If you have been injured, you may wonder how you will receive compensation for your medical bills, lost work, and other expenses that you incur. The solution will be related to the answers to the following three questions.
What Type of Injury Did You Suffer?
There are a number of different ways that may have sustained a personal injury. Some of these possibilities include:
- Car accidents
- Dog or other animal bites
- Slip and fall accidents
The way you were injured is important because different California state laws will dictate who is at fault for the injury and how the expenses will be covered.
When Did the Injury Occur?
Why is the timing of the injury important? It is because California state law has a statute of limitations on seeking compensation for an accident that leads to injury. As a result, it is important to seek legal assistance as soon as you can following such an injury.
Who Is Responsible for the Injury?
Finally, you need to determine if there was any fault or negligence on the part of someone else that led to your injury. Most defending lawyers in a personal injury case will try to make a case that blame is shared due to various factors. You want someone in your corner who can ensure you are fully compensated for your losses.
Personal Injury Lawyers in San Diego, California
If you have been injured in southern California, contact the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. We have the experience and ability to help you maximize your settlement. Call 619-344-0360 today to get started.Read More
The CDC used 2013 figures to illustrate just how much fatal car accidents cost California residents every year. We’re not talking about the emotional toll that these deaths take on families. These numbers strictly represent the financial toll. The figures may prove shocking to you.
- $38 Million – This represents the medical costs left behind by patients who died in car accidents in the state of California in 2013 alone.
- $4.44 Billion – This staggering number is the amount of work loss costs incurred by these accidental deaths. Take, for example, the husband, father, and businessman who doesn’t make it home from work one evening. His family has lost perhaps decades of his income.
Of course, there is no way to calculate the impact of such tragedies in mere numbers. That’s why wrongful death plaintiffs often receive more than just medical compensation and compensation for loss of future income. Pain and suffering, as well as emotional losses, also need to be considered, and that can lead to settlements that provide well for a family during the long time of emotional healing that needs to take place following such a catastrophe.
Compassionate Lawyers for Your Wrongful Death Case in California
Petrov Law Firm has the compassionate lawyers that you want on your side during a wrongful death suit. Please remember though that time is of the essence when you have a case like this. As a result, we encourage you not to delay in calling our San Diego office at 619-344-0360.Read More
When a car accident occurs, the priority is to care for the injured. Then it is time to assign blame. This can determine if someone gets ticketed, whose insurance is responsible for the bill, and even if a lawsuit will occur. Here are five reckless things that people do behind the wheel that lead to accidents.
- Alcohol – Don’t drink and drive is a slogan even children know by heart, but that doesn’t stop people from getting behind the wheel after they’ve had a few.
- Speeding – This is what is behind just about every accident on the road. Even if there are also other factors like poor road conditions or being distracted, many accidents could still be avoided if people just obeyed the speed limit.
- Smartphones – Texting while driving is illegal in almost every state (get with the program Arizona, Missouri, and Montana), but really any smartphone use is going to distract a driver. In California, any handheld use of a smartphone is banned while driving.
- Distractions – Besides just smartphones, there are a lot of other things people do while driving that distracts them. Everything from eating and drinking to smoking and applying makeup can lead to a motor vehicle accident.
- Red Lights – Red means stop. It doesn’t get any clearer. Whether a person is distracted, driving too fast, or trying to “squeeze the lemon” on a yellow light that is long gone, running a red light can turn into a serious accident in a hurry.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident in California
If you have been injured in a car accident in California, the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to receive the proper compensation for your losses. Before you sign anything from an insurance company accepting a settlement, give us a call at 619-344-0360. We can help you to maximize your settlement and avoid being cheated by a lowball insurance settlement.Read More
When a person is injured, a question often arises as to who is responsible for medical bills and other losses that may be suffered. We’re going to take a closer look at three of the most common types of personal injury cases in the state of California.
#1 Vehicular Accidents
Injuries in auto accidents are very common. Whether the person who is injured is a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, it calls into question who is at fault and which insurance company is responsible for the damages.
#2 Dog Bites
Dog bites are extremely common injuries, and sadly, many of the victims are children. It is important always to monitor children playing with pets, especially dogs. However, if an injury occurs, it may call into question whether the dog’s owner is responsible.
#3 Slip and Fall Accidents
From tripping over a break in the sidewalk to slipping on a wet floor, there are all sorts of ways that people end up in trip and fall accidents. Is the injury the fault of the property owner? There are a number of considerations that come into play to determine whether there is any fault or negligence.
San Diego’s Personal Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured in the state of California in one of these common types of occurrences, then we encourage you to talk to our attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. By calling 619-344-0360, you get the legal help you need along with the compassion you deserve. Find out why our clients are confident we are interested not just in cases but in people.Read More
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury in the state of California. We’re going to take a closer look at three of the most common causes of car accidents so that you have the best chance of protecting yourself and your loved ones.
- Alcohol – Drunk driving is not only related to accidents involving injuries, but it is particularly associated with auto accident fatalities. The smart move is to call a taxi, Uber, or just let a friend be a designated driver, especially around the holidays when the frequency of drunk driving accidents spikes.
- Speeding – Nearly all auto accidents go back to speeding. Whether the driver is distracted, drunk, or running a stop sign, the collision still usually has to do with speed. Always drive the speed limit, and give other drivers who are willing to break the law a wider berth when they try to pass.
- Hazardous weather conditions – From low visibility due to fog to rain and slippery wet roads, there are all sorts of weather conditions that make it more dangerous to be on the road. If you have to be out in the bad weather, be sure to use proper defensive driving techniques, and leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
If You Have Been Injured in an Auto Accident in California
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an auto accident in the state of California, the personal injurie attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to receive a proper settlement rather than the ridiculous first offer that most insurance companies make. To learn more, call our San Diego office today at 619-344-0360.Read More
Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. Regardless of the type of vehicle you drive, there’s just no competing with a giant 18-wheeler when an accident occurs. While most truck drivers are safe, consider the following 3 ways that commercial trucks can pose a threat to other drivers and their passengers.
- Undertrained Drivers – Again, most truck drivers have a CDL and are trained to drive trucks in general. However, certain types of trucks like big rigs require additional training. An undertrained driver can pose a serious threat to others.
- Rollovers – If a truck rolls over and lands on another vehicle, it’s not going to go well for a car or even an SUV. Don’t drive alongside trucks for very long, especially if there is a turn or a hard stop coming up as these are situations that can lead to a rollover.
- Hazardous Materials Spill – If you’ve even been parked on the highway for hours while a hazardous chemical spill is cleaned up ahead, the only good thing to say is that at least you weren’t close enough to be exposed.
If You Have Been Injured in an Accident with a Commercial Truck
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to additional compensation beyond any settlement the insurance or shipping company may offer you. Before signing anything, you should be sure to speak with a personal injury attorney. The lawyers at Petrov Law Firm can help you to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To get started on a case, call 619-344-0360.Read More
Injuries and fatalities are common when a commercial truck is in an accident with other drivers. This occurred twice during the first four days of December in the state of California, resulting in a total of 3 deaths. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones.
What does the state of California require in order to reduce the number of truck accidents?
3 Important Regulations Regarding Truck Drivers in California
- A CDL is required – That means no one should be behind the wheel of a large commercial vehicle unless he or she is properly trained and licensed.
- Convictions can result in suspension – We’re not just talking about things like a DUI while working. Drivers can lose their CDL even if they commit certain infractions while driving a personal vehicle while off the clock.
- Time limits – To keep drivers from being behind the wheel while drowsy, there are both state and federal regulations regarding how much time a driver can spend behind the wheel.
If a driver is injured in an accident with a truck, especially if the truck driver has violated any of the regulations noted above, compensation may be due to the injured parties.
Seeking Compensation After an Accident with a Commercial Truck Driver
If you have been injured in an accident with a truck driver, call the personal injury attorneys at the Petrov Law Firm. We work with a team of medical professionals to make sure that accident victims receive the proper medical care and are able to recover lost wages and compensation for pain and suffering. Dial 619-344-0360 to get started today.Read More
Truck accidents are a common occurrence in the San Diego area and across California. In fact, in 2012 alone, truck collisions resulted in more than 200 fatalities and over 5,000 injuries in California alone. Why do truck accidents occur so often? There are a number of reasons that result in injury and property damage. Here are a few:
· Driver Error – If the driver is not trained properly or lacks experience, driver error may be to blame for the accident.
· Driver Negligence – A perfectly capable driver may get into an accident by speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or medications, or by reckless driving behavior.
· Driver Fatigue – If a driver exceeds federal regulations in regards to work hours or is too tired to drive for other reasons, sleepiness can lead to a crash.
· Medical Issues – While there has been a nationwide crackdown on this issue, some drivers are still out there who have health conditions that should disqualify them from commercial driving.
· Cargo Loading Practices – When cargo is not properly loaded or secured, something can fall from the truck causing an accident.
· Overweight Vehicle – When a truck is loaded beyond its recommended load bearing capacity it may become difficult to stop or control.
· Mechanical Problems – Whether caused by improper maintenance or a steep grade in the road, loss of brake control can cause an accident.
Hire San Diego’s Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers
At the Petrov Law Firm, we can help truck accident victims to receive due compensation. Contact us at 619-344-0360 for a consultation to determine any monetary damages you may be entitled to.Read More
Over the last 10 years, California has seen the highest rate of truck accidents in the US. Why are truck accidents so dangerous? What causes the majority of accidents? Here are some shocking statistics regarding truck accidents.
A Recent Study Reveals the Dangers
2013 truck driver accidents stats across the US were recently reviewed to show just how dangerous truck accidents are. For example, in 2013, there were 338,000 crashes involving large trucks. 265,000 of those accidents caused damage to property. 73,000 resulted in injuries. Of those injuries, 52,000 occurred to drivers or passengers in other vehicles.
The shocking number one cause of truck driver accidents was prescription drug use with more than a quarter of the accidents being blamed on medication. And that’s just prescription drugs. 17% of accidents were blamed on over-the-counter medications. Once you add in illicit drug use, drugs come into play in 46% of truck accidents, as opposed to just 23% of the accidents being due to speeding and 13% to driver fatigue.
Truck Accident Lawyers You Can Trust
If you need truck accident attorneys in San Diego, Chula Vista, or any of the surrounding areas, contact the Petrov Law Firm at 619-344-0360. If you have been injured in an accident with a truck, especially if any of the abovementioned factors are in play, you deserve to compensated. Don’t rely on an insurance company to treat you fairly when it comes to property damage, medical bills, or other due compensation. Our personal injury attorneys can get you what you really deserve.
Commercial vehicles can cause significant damage and even fatalities when colliding with other drivers on the road. While certain illness should disqualify a driver from working commercially, the paperwork required for a commercial driver’s license will generally only ask a driver to disclose these conditions rather than subjecting the driver to a medical examination. In fact, when the FMCSA made use of such an exam back in 2014, 70,000 drivers lost their licenses due to health.
Because much of the screening is still performed on the honor system rather than through physical examinations, there may be times when a dishonest driver with a serious medical withholds this information and is able to get a license that he or she should never have had. If that individual is then in an accident because of the health issue, what could be the results?
Dealing with the Aftermath of Being in an Accident with a Commercial Vehicle
If you have been in an accident with a commercial vehicle, it is worth hiring a lawyer who knows to investigate the health of the driver. If a disqualifying illness is revealed, you may able to receive compensation, especially if the condition was at fault in the accident. Such compensation can include:
• Accident-related medical expenses (present and future)
• Vehicle damage expenses
• When injuries result in missed work—lost wages
• If you are injured to the point of no longer being able to pursue your past career—earning capacity losses
• Pain and suffering, both physical and emotional
It is important to have a law firm with truck accident experience in your corner to help you get the compensation that you deserve in such a situation. This is also true for one’s family should the accident result tragically in the death of a loved one.Read More