When a large semi truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the outcome can be devastating. Large trucks are significantly heavier passenger vehicles, and when the two collide, injuries are often inevitable. In 2019, large trucks accounted for only about 4% of all registered vehicles, but they were involved in 10% of all fatal crashes, a 2% increase from the previous year. Such statistics are shocking, but there are many factors behind this steady increase in fatal truck accidents.
New data from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projects that the pandemic has had an impact on the number of pedestrian traffic deaths in 2020. Although data shows that the number of cars on the road has decreased during the pandemic, the projected fatality rate of pedestrian accidents increased by 21%, the largest spike ever recorded since 1975, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System was established.
In a California personal injury case, a plaintiff may be given compensation in cases that someone violated an obligation of care to that individual through negligence, causing harm. Defendants are typically found negligent when they act in a manner inconsistent with a reasonable, careful individual. Read below for more information on the various types of negligence and how the class can impact personal injury cases. Read more: Definition of Negligence in California Law
O'Connor, Runckel and O'Malley LLP would like to announce our 2021 law school scholarship recipient, Margaret McCallister.
Margaret is an incoming 1L at Georgetown University Law Center. She just wrapped up a 2 year fellowship working as a Carbon Pricing Analytics Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Through analysis, policy outreach, and capacity development on the design and implementation of market-based climate policies, Margaret focused on the fight against climate change. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with certificates in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Energy. While at Princeton, Margaret engaged with environmentalism as a member of Princeton Student Climate Initiative and as the managing editor of the Princeton Legal Journal. She used the Legal Journal as a platform to conduct and share research in environmental policy. Incorporating her personal interest in law and innovation into her independent work, such as her senior thesis, has challenged Margaret to more fully explore the politics of environmentalism and to envision creative solutions and strategies for combating environmental injustice.
We look forward to seeing Margaret succeed in her upcoming years at Georgetown University Law Center.
A car accident can cause many different types of injuries, ranging from minor all the way up to catastrophic and possibly fatal. Generally speaking, there are two different categories of injuries resulting from car accidents:
Impact injuries: These are caused by the victim being slammed into part(s) of the car.
Penetrating injuries: These are caused by objects penetrating into the victim.
O'Connor, Runckel and O'Malley LLP would like to announce our 2020 law school scholarship recipient, Annie Liu. Annie is a first-year law student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She is the proud daughter of Taiwanese immigrants and the first person in her family to pursue a law degree. Growing up in a low-income household, Annie shared in her family's struggle to overcome financial hardships and make a better life for themselves.
Following her graduation from Harvard University with a degree in Sociology, Annie joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as a Strategy Analyst. She played an integral role in the creation of the Crime Strategies Unit (“CSU”), a special operations team that combined the office’s best legal talents with cutting-edge technology to concentrate resources on prosecuting Manhattan’s most violent criminals. CSU paved the way for prosecutors to take on more proactive roles, not only in prosecuting crime but also in rehabilitating the communities most afflicted by it. CSU quickly became a model for innovative prosecution and has been replicated by dozens of district attorney’s offices nationwide.
California drivers involved in any type of traffic accident are under specific legal obligations to report the crash. If you plan to hold the driver who caused the accident financially responsible for the losses you incurred, California has some laws that could substantially affect your case.
Should you become injured or harmed in some way due to the negligence or actions of another, you may be legally entitled to compensation from the responsible party. Unfortunately, this often requires the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. These lawsuits take time and typically go through a number of stages before winding up in court.
The statute of limitations states how much time you have to file a lawsuit if you’ve been wronged. The law requires most lawsuits to be filed within a specified time frame. Generally speaking, once the statute of limitation passes, your claim is no longer legally valid.
The length of time you have to file a lawsuit depends on which type of legal claim you’re making.
Personal Injury Claims
If you’re making a personal injury claim, you have a full 2 years from the date you were injured to file your lawsuit. However, if you did not realize you were injured right away, then you are given 1 year from the date you discovered your injury.