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Monterey County personal injury attorneyEvery car accident is different, but as experienced car accident attorneys, we see that many of our clients often suffer from similar types of injuries. A skilled car accident attorney should be able to assess your injuries and talk to you about the value of your case. With the right guidance, you may be able to collect compensation to help put your life back on track.

Common Car Accident Injuries

While auto accidents can range in severity from a minor fender-bender to a high-speed, multi-vehicle pileup, certain kinds of injuries are particularly common. Car accident victims have been known to experience:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_driverless-truck-autonomous-accident.jpgThroughout the country, commerce shows no signs of slowing down. Over the years, countless improvements in technology have resulted in innovations that better facilitate the flow of goods to the marketplace and consumers nationwide. It seems that we are on the verge of another major step forward, as driverless truck technology is beginning to emerge. This level of automation had sprouted up due to a general shortage of labor and the soaring costs related to truckers being on the roads for weeks at a time. Driverless trucks, however, are not without their risks, as heading into new and uncharted paved territory could mean accidents involving these large load-bearing vehicles.

A New Age of Automation

Several large companies throughout the United States have begun trial runs of driverless trucks to determine the feasibility of adding the automated vehicles to their fleet. It is important to understand that “driverless” is a bit of a misnomer—at least for now. Autonomous vehicles still require a human to be present to take over control if and when the operating software is unable to perform a particular task or in an emergency. Meanwhile, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will need to consider several factors when determining what regulations may be put in place to govern their use, including:

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Monterey County personal injury attorneysStatistics indicate that at least 1.7 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States each year. Some may recover completely, but others may suffer from severe long-term or permanent disability. Both groups are at risk for long-lasting sleep disturbances, a new study says. Why is this important, and what might it mean for your personal injury case?

TBI and Sleep Disturbance

In what was said to be the longest and most comprehensive study on the possibility of sleep disturbances in TBI victims, researchers followed 31 first-time TBI sufferers for a total of 18 months. The study also included a control group of 42 healthy people who did not have a history of traumatic brain injury. Both groups were asked to report their sleep behaviors and sense of daytime sleepiness. Body movements were recorded for a total of two weeks using a wrist device, and each participant also spent a night in a video sleep lab. Here, doctors monitored individuals for muscle activity, body movements, and heart rhythm.

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Monterey County personal injury attorneyIf you have been injured in a trucking accident, you may not know who or what entity is responsible for your injuries. The trucking industry is regulated by federal and state law and has many different players.

In many cases, liability for injuries sustained in a trucking accident may be shared by more than one party. It may be necessary to name a number of responsible parties in your claim so that you can obtain the full compensation you deserve for your injuries, potentially including:

  • The truck driver: If the accident was the truck driver’s fault, he or she may be the proper party to hold liable. You must determine if he or she is an employee of the trucking company or an independent contractor. Doing so may provide additional avenues of compensation depending on the circumstances of the case.
  • The trucking company: The truck company might also share in the liability for your injuries under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior­—especially if one or more of its policies or actions caused the accident. For example, perhaps a truck company did not properly take care of its fleet and the poor condition of the truck caused or contributed to the accident.
  • The cargo company: In some cases, the driver is not the one who loaded the trailer or bed of the truck. If the cargo was improperly loaded, overloaded, or not secured properly, the cargo company may be included in a lawsuit.
  • The truck manufacturer or parts company: If there is a mechanical defect in the truck on in any of its components—such the brakes or tires—and the defect caused or contributed to the accident, a manufacturer could be liable.

In addition, all of these parties likely have insurers, who will be active participants in the lawsuit.

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Monterey County personal injury attorneyDespite severe consequences, aggressive enforcement, and countless awareness campaigns, drunk drivers continue to cause thousands of accidents every year. A drunk driving accident often results in catastrophic injuries that last a lifetime. Tragically, some victims will not even survive the accident. Because drunk driving is caused by an illegal act, victims of drunk driving accidents may be able to seek punitive damages from the drunk drivers in addition to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

What Are Punitive Damages?

Punitive damages are a special kind of damages that are not available in every personal injury case. Punitive damages are designed to punish actions that go beyond simple negligence. These damages are intended to help deter people from making the same kinds of dangerous choices in the future. In order to be awarded punitive damages, you will need to show that the driver acted with a conscious disregard for the safety of others.

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