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Amusement Park Accidents
Amusement parks such as Raging Waters, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm, etc., are a favorite form of entertainment for families and young people in California. Millions of people from all over the country come to California specifically to go to amusement parks.
Amusement park owners are consistently working to out-do their competitors to increase consumer popularity and revenue. New roller coasters and other amusement park "thrill" rides are cropping up all the time, advertised as being the world's fastest, highest and scariest. Unfortunately, these rides are giving riders a lot more than they pay for, including broken or bloody noses, broken ribs and limbs, whiplash, brain hemorrhages, paralysis and even death. The increase in thrill ride accidents is alarming as hundreds of people suffer minor to serious injuries each year.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that emergency room injuries from amusement park rides rose almost 87 percent in the last five years. The investigation conducted by the CPSC into these injuries concluded that several factors are at fault in these injuries - consumer behavior, operator behavior, mechanical failure, and design defects or limitations. While there may be some question over who is blame for the accident, there is no question that those injured while riding amusement park attractions suffer pain and loss because of their injuries.
Liability for amusement park accidents and theme park injuries involves three types of law - negligence or tort law, product liability law and premises liability law. Amusement parks are notorious for their refusal to admit their liability. Only with experienced and talented legal representation will your rights be protected. If you or a loved one has been hurt at any California amusement park, call us immediately to discuss how you can recover compensation for such injuries!
At Jensen & Associates our experience and dedication to representing California automobile accident victims has earned us the legal expertise and financial resources to handle our client's cases with the best representation. We are committed to doing everything in our power to make sure we achieve the best possible outcome for our California auto accident victims.
Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. As more and more cars enter our roadways, more and more risks and threats are present to drivers.
There are approximately 6 million car accidents in the United States every year. Of these 6 million accidents, there are 3 million injuries - about 2 million of which are permanent, including paralysis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia. Car accidents are responsible for killing over 40,000 people each year.
With numbers like these, it is likely that at some point, every driver will be involved in some kind of auto accident. Whether it is a "fender bender" or a one more serious, it is always important to protect yourself.
Always be a cautious and courteous driver. Protect yourself by owning automobile insurance. It is estimated that 25% of the cars on the road are being driven by uninsured drivers.
If you are involved in any type of car accident, you may be eligible to collect compensation from any negligent parties. If you have sustained an injury, you should hold the negligent party or parties responsible for any injuries, loss of income, medical expenses, among many others.
By contacting a Southern California vehicle accident lawyer Jensen & Associates to represent you after an auto accident, you are making the best choice in legal representation. We will investigate the accident scene, research the accident and your vehicle along with any other evidence that came into play at the time of your accident. We will stand up for you against any insurance company, wrongdoer, trucking company, or anyone else who has caused you harm. It is our responsibility to make sure your rights are upheld and defended.
Call us today for your free consultation with one of our California car accident attorneys.
THINGS YOU SHOULD DO AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT OR CAR CRASH:
Auto Product Liability
If you have suffered serious physical injuries as the result of a defective vehicle or auto part, you should contact a California auto product liability attorney from Jensen & Associates immediately to discuss your case. It is the responsibility of the motor vehicle manufacturers to make safe vehicles, free from defects or faults which may injure the consumer. Therefore, the auto manufacturer may be held accountable for any injuries or fatalities which are the result of a defective automobile.
In the case of an auto part defect, the item may be recalled to prevent the possibility that consumers will be harmed. Some vehicles have been recalled in the past due to a variety of dangerous flaws, such as:
These, and other auto defects, may cause serious and sometimes lifelong injuries and disabilities to the victims. To find out more about defective auto parts and the injuries they cause, please contact us for immediate assistance.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as the result of a defective auto part or vehicle, contact the experienced California legal team at Jensen & Associates for a free consultation. We will use our extensive knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.
When an airline disaster occurs, victims and their families need the representation of a committed, resourceful law firm to help them accomplish their goals. Whether those goals include proceeding to a trial to hold a defendant publicly accountable, obtaining a fair settlement early, or just to obtain advice from counsel on how to proceed.
A plane crash is one of the most devastating accidents that can occur. Most airplane accident catastrophes kill all passengers and crew members and cause massive destruction. While travel by airplane is considered one of the safest modes of transportation, accidents do occur every year, killing hundreds and leaving families to grieve their losses. To receive the best possible legal representation, contact an experienced and accomplished attorney that will evaluate your case and offer sound legal advice.
If you are intending to file a claim against an airline or helicopter company to recover damages suffered by you and your family, you must seek the advice of a lawyer who is experienced in aviation law and has a reputation of success in aircraft accident cases.
Jensen & Associates has been successful in representing the family of someone killed when the private plane in which he was a passenger crashed when it hit power lines on take off from the airport in Victorville. We were able to obtain over half a million dollars for the victim’s family from the Edison Company, in addition to tens of thousands more from the manufacturer of the engine and of the plane itself, despite the bankruptcy of the manufacturer. If you or a loved one have suffered the tragedy of being in a plane crash, it is essential that you obtain immediate legal representation from a talented, experienced and aggressive attorney. Call Jensen & Associates today for a free no-obligation consultation.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of both traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and spinal cord injuries. However, sports activities, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other situations may cause severe injury to victims as well. If another person’s negligent and careless actions have caused someone in your family to suffer an irreversible and devastating personal injury, contact our office today.
What are the most common causes of brain and head injuries?
Car accidents are the most common cause of brain and head injuries. Sporting accidents, workplace accidents, and premises liability claims also contribute to the number of traumatic brain and head injury victims each year.
What are some of the symptoms and side effects of TBI?
The symptoms and side effects of traumatic head and brain injuries are the same, and they include the following physical, emotional, and cognitive effects:
Although we understand that no amount of monetary compensation can ease the physical and emotional pain that victims suffer, it can provide some level of financial comfort as victims and their families struggle to pay the medical bills and rehabilitation costs often associated with TBI.
How are traumatic brain injuries treated?
Traumatic head and brain injuries require both short and long term treatment. Physical rehabilitation, working with a speech and language therapist, or meeting with an occupational therapist may all be appropriate courses of action depending on the severity of the injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)*: It can occur in a variety of ways. TBI can occur when there is a rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain as in whiplash or shaken baby syndrome. This type of injury is sometimes referred to as a "closed head injury". TBI can also result when the head comes into contact with another object as in a motorcycle accident or a blow to the head. Unlike a closed head injury where it may not be possible to tell that the person is injured just by looking at them, this type of TBI usually has outward manifestations of injury such as a skull fracture. The injuries that result from TBI can be long lasting and sometimes difficult to prove, especially when there aren't outward physical manifestations of the injury. In fact, a mild traumatic brain injury can be sustained, yet routine neurological examinations will be normal.
Someone who has suffered a TBI may experience physical, cognitive and behavioral problems. Physical symptoms that result from TBI include lethargy, fatigue, headache, vision problems, and sleep disturbance. Cognitive problems that may be due to TBI include inability to concentrate or pay attention, difficulty with memory, difficulty with planning, and trouble either understanding or producing speech. Behavior problems resulting from TBI include, mood swings, irritability, and lack of inhibition. Many of these problems may be attributed to depression, when they are in fact a result of the TBI. This is especially true in instances of mild traumatic brain injury since there may be little other evidence of physical injury.
For that reason it can be hard for a person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury to recover adequate damages for their injuries. It can be difficult to prove the lasting physical effects of TBI to the satisfaction of a judge or jury when there are no apparent physical injuries and when neurological exams return normal results.
If a loved one have been seriously injured in this way, you need immediate legal representation from a talented, experienced and aggressive California personal injury attorney. Call Jensen & Associates today for a free, no-obligation consultation at your home, hospital or rehabilitation center.
Catastrophic injuries or illnesses can include brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, brachial plexus injury, multiple fractures, burns or other congenital or neurological disorders. All which can have life altering effects. This type of injury affects not only the injured victim, but their family as well. A catastrophic injury or illness usually causes severe disruption to the central nervous system, which causes many other systems of the body to not operate properly.
Possible effects of a catastrophic injury include:
The catastrophic injury or illness may also impact:
With a catastrophic injury, anything is possible. The victim faces possible hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy and rehabilitation. They healing time required for these injuries can last a lifetime.
If you or a loved one have been injured in this way, you need immediate advice from a talented, experienced and aggressive injury attorney. Call Jensen & Associates today for a no-obligation free consultation about what your rights. If you’d like, we’ll come to your home, hospital or rehabilitation center to meet with you.
Defective Road Design
Roads are designed to encourage free movement from place to place, but also must be designed with the safety and security of motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, but unfortunately some thoroughfares are not as safe as they could be. When accidents occur due to defective road, highway, or freeway design, someone must be held responsible.
Jensen & Associates has been in the forefront in representing victims of negligent road design against Caltrans. One such case, involving the absence of a guardrail on a freeway offramp, resulted in a precedent-breaking decision in the Court of Appeal that opened the door for victims to sue when previously courts had consistently rejected such claims. This landmark case, Hernandez et al. v. Caltrans (114 Cal.App.4th 376) which was decided in December 2003 took years of preparation and a determination to do everything necessary finally reach a six-figure settlement in 2004 (after the Supreme Court rejected Caltrans’ pleas for review of the Court of Appeal decision in favor of our client) for our closed-head trauma victim, but it was well worth it.
In order for a road to be considered safe, a user must have enough time to see, process and react to information such as changes in the road condition, other people on the road, weather issues, and any number of other constantly changing variables. Local governments must build and maintain the roads under their jurisdiction, while federal officials must provide funding and oversight for highways and other national roads.
Unfortunately, government agencies are not always the most responsible or efficient bodies, and sometimes they design dangerous roads that can cause people harm or loss. When innocent people are injured due to defective road, highway, or freeway design they often have to go to court in order to collect the settlement they deserve.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident due to defective road, highway, or freeway design, you may be able to collect financial compensation for your pain and suffering. You must not hesitate, for if you wait the statute of limitations on your case could expire, and you will not be able to claim damages against those responsible.
If you or a loved one has been injured and you suspect that there might be a problem with the road itself, you deserve to have Jensen & Associates on your side to fight for your cause. Call us today for an immediate no-obligation free consultation.
It may surprise you that California is ranked first in the nation in fatal dog attacks. Insurers nationwide pay out over $1 billion in claims related to dog bites annually. One-third of the money paid out through homeowners' liability claims are related to dog attacks.
Jensen & Associates had handled numerous California dog bite injury cases, and obtained what was reported to be the largest jury verdict ever obtained up to that time for a certain type of dog injury. We can use our best knowledge and experience to represent your case and achieve results. In our experience the most dangerous month for dog attacks is August. The days are long, it's been hot for months, the gardeners are coming and going and children are generally home from school; a dangerous combination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents and the U.S. Postal Service compiled a startling array of statistics about dog attacks. Here are some of the results:
These alarming conclusions show that this is a problem that is getting worse, not better. Victims of dog bite attacks can sustain painful and life-altering injuries, including deep skin wounds, loss of fingers, infections and scarring. Dogs that are prone to attack are a liability and the owners need to be held responsible for them.
CHILDREN MOST OFTEN VICTIMS
Children are most often the victims of serious dog attacks for several reasons. They are boisterous, loud and make unpredictable movements that can scare dogs. And what a child might see as an expression of love - a simple hug- can be an explicit threat to the animal.
THE MOST VICIOUS BREEDS
In the period from 1979 to 1996, there were 154 reported fatal dog attacks. Five breeds accounted for two-thirds of those attacks. Those breeds, in order of the most fatalities, are: Pit Bull, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Husky and Alaskan Malamute. Pit Bulls were responsible for twice as many fatal attacks as any other breed and over half of all fatal attacks. We have handled more cases involving Rottweilers than any other breed.
It is not necessary for the Plaintiff, in a California case, to prove that the dog was known to be vicious or had a propensity to bite. One bite is alone sufficient to support liability. Under California law, all the Plaintiff (injured person) must prove to recover for a dog bite injury is:
The most important aspect of prosecuting a dog attack case is to secure evidence as quickly as possible. We have our investigator on the scene, usually within an hour of notification, in order to gather and preserve evidence. The best evidence that we seek to obtain immediately is the identity of the dog and its owner, photographs of the dog, identity of witnesses, witness statements, and photographs of the injuries and location of the attack.
Lack of Adequate Warning
When a manufacturer fails to provide adequate warnings or safety information with their product, they put the consumer at risk of injury or, in the worst cases, death. The manufacturer can be held liable if they do not adequately warn the consumer of foreseeable product hazards that are not readily apparent to the typical user. The manufacturer can also be held liable if it does not give instructions on the safe use of a product to reduce the risks of injuries.
If you have been injured by the condition of a property or of a product, call us immediately and we will evaluate whether any warnings given to you were adequate. Frequently, the law requires more warnings than are given, but only an experienced California Personal Injury Attorney can properly advise you about the law as it applies to your case. Call Jensen & Associates immediately to protect your rights and to find out our opinion of what your particular case is worth. While not a guarantee, the opinion of an experienced lawyer can guide you to making the right decisions about what to do next. Jensen & Associates has had many victories for consumers whose injuries were preventable had adequate warning been given. Call us today for an immediate free, no-obligation legal consultation.
Every year in the United States, approximately 2,000 people are killed in motorcycle accidents, and another 50,000 motorcyclists suffer physical injuries as the result of accidents. As the victim in a California motorcycle injury case, it is your responsibility to prove the following things:
Depending upon the particulars of your case, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries, property damage, future losses, medical expenses, and other related costs.
Jensen & Associates has experienced lawyers to help maximize your recovery when you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. Call us today to protect your legal rights!
Pedestrian injuries and fatalities occur quite frequently in the United States; with recent statistics showing that one pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 111 minutes. Pedestrians are at a higher risk for injury and death than any other non-occupant group involved in an auto accident. In fact, almost 90% of non-occupant fatalities are pedestrians, not cyclists or skateboarders. Therefore, pedestrians need to take extra caution to protect themselves from injury and death while traveling on our roads and streets. But, at times, this is not enough to keep from being involved in an accident.
Regardless of who was at fault in the accident, victims should seek the counsel of an experienced California pedestrian accident lawyer. To protect your legal rights following severe injury or the wrongful death of a loved one involved in a serious motor vehicle collision, it is generally wise to consult an experienced personal injury law firm as soon as possible. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost, and witnesses may become hard to find.
Motor vehicle collisions cause extraordinary suffering and loss to motorists, passengers and pedestrians. Injured victims face medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Family members of deceased victims suffer economic loss, mental anguish and loss of companionship.
Jensen & Associates has experienced lawyers to help maximize your recovery when you have been injured as a pedestrian. Call us today to protect your legal rights!
THINGS YOU SHOULD DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT HAS OCCURRED:
Premises liability law concerns slip-and-fall accidents, among other mishaps, and the parties responsible for such accidents. Under premises liability law, all property and business owners have the express responsibility to ensure a safe environment for visitors and guests under reasonable circumstances. When property owners fail in this responsibility and a guest sustains injury, that guest may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit and should contact a lawyer immediately.
What constitutes premises liability?
To build a premises liability case, the plaintiff needs to prove one of the following points:
In short, property owners and managers have a responsibility to maintain an environment that is safe for a reasonable person to use.
Common Causes for Premises Liability Claims
Under premises liability law, any condition that is unsafe and that could have reasonably been prevented by a property owner or manager is grounds for a premises liability lawsuit if it causes an injury to someone else. Some of the most common grounds for premises liability claims include:
Contact a Premises Liability Lawyer
When property owners, business managers, and maintenance workers are negligent in their responsibility to ensure a safe environment, innocent people may sustain serious or even catastrophic personal injury. If you feel that you or someone you love has suffered injury as a result of unsafe conditions on another person’s property, it is important that you obtain the counsel of an experienced attorney. We can help you determine whether the injuries you suffered are covered by premises liability and educate you on what to expect as you pursue your personal injury claim. Call Jensen & Associates today for a free, no-obligation.
We live in a complex and technical world in which we expect the products we purchase and use to be designed and manufactured in such a manner that they are safe for our use. We also expect that the sellers and manufacturers of products will give us reasonable warnings of dangerous propensities of their products.
Unfortunately, not all designers, manufacturers and sellers of products live up to these expectations and the requirements of our laws with regard to their products. Jensen & Associates, California Product Liability Lawyers, focus a large part of their practice on representing individuals who have been seriously injured or killed as the result of defective products. Our mission in pursuing product liability cases is to obtain just compensation for our injured clients and to create an economic incentive for those manufacturing companies to produce safe products and provide sufficient warning of the dangers of their products, ultimately resulting in the saving of lives.
Here are three ways a product may be found to be dangerous:
In some case, you may not necessarily have to prove that the manufacturer was "negligent". Product liability claims, often called "strict product liability" can be established if you are able to prove three things:
Jensen & Associates has reputable experience in representing individuals who have been seriously injured or killed as the result of defective or incorrectly designed products. If you have suffered injuries due to a defective product you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer to recover damages. Contact a California product liability lawyer at Jensen & Associates today to learn more about your rights.
Consumer Product Safety Commission: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.asp. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.
Slip/Trip and Fall
Injuries that occur on another person's property are far too common. These may include slips, trips or falls, inadequate security, lead poisoning, construction, farms, swimming pools, fires, explosions, exposure to hazardous materials, athletics, animal bites, and workplace injuries. Often, such injuries are caused by the negligence of another person. If you have been injured while on another person's property, you may be able to file a claim against the property or manager if negligence resulted in your accident.
California slip and fall accidents are very complex and often difficult to prove. A thorough understanding of the ever-changing and fact-specific laws regarding the various and numerous incidents that result in premises liability is essential to successful legal representation.
In California, merely owning or occupying land does not make that person liable for injuries sustained on the property. There must be some form of negligence on the part of the owner or occupier of property before there can be any liability. In order to understand the duty owed by an owner or occupier of land, it is necessary to understand the difference between the owner of the property and the occupier of the property and their relative liability. Likewise, it is necessary to understand the three different types of people who may be on the property because the degree of responsibility owed by an owner or occupier varies according to the status of the person who is injured. These types are invitees, licensees, and trespassers.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by slipping or tripping and falling on someone else’s property, it is essential to have skilled legal representation as soon as possible. Jensen & Associates has tried a number of such cases and settled many more without the need for trial, resulting in substantial recoveries for our clients. Call us today for a no-obligation free consultation to protect your legal rights!
Each winter, millions of people hit the slopes on their skis and snowboards in search of excitement and adventure. And although most recreational skiers and snowboarders are aware that these sports can be dangerous, most do not recognize the extent of the inherent dangers involved.
Although you take precautions to minimize the chance of being involved in a skiing or snowboarding accident, unfortunately you depend on the conduct of others on the slope. The inconsiderate, reckless, and even negligent behavior of other skiers and snowboarders is a major contributor to skiing and snowboarding accidents.
However, there are numerous other threats on the slopes that can quickly turn an enjoyable winter escape into a nightmare. While operators of ski slopes are responsible for instructing their employees on proper safety precautions, the risk of incurring an accident cannot be entirely eliminated.
While each ski accident is unique, following are some of the more common types of accidents:
Ski safety legislation varies from state to state and is frequently reinterpreted by their courts. Most statutes began by not holding ski area operators liable for dangers considered “inherent” to skiing. But the definition of and the process for determining how to interpret these “inherent dangers” vary widely. And the duty of care skiers owe one another generally remains in dispute.
For the above reasons, it becomes vitally important to seek an attorney who has successfully handled skiing and snowboarding accidents in the jurisdiction in which you or a loved one has suffered a skiing accident. Of course, it is preferable to avoid an accident to begin with. You and your loved ones can increase your chances of doing so by taking the following precautions:
If you have been injured while skiing or snowboarding, it is essential that you talk to an attorney at Jensen & Associates who has successfully litigated these particular type of accident cases. Call us today for an immediate and no-obligation free consultation.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries such as vertebrae fracture and compression often leave people disabled or paralyzed. Additionally, quadriplegia and paraplegia often lead to serious medical complications, increasing the need to for in-home care and hospitalization. However, since the insurance industry typically wants to compensate accident victims for economic losses only, non-economic losses such as diminished quality of life and pain and suffering are almost never included in settlement calculations—that is until an experienced lawyer representing the victim steps in to negotiate.
The personal injury attorneys at Jensen & Associates represent people with spinal cord injuries due to the following:
Understanding the Legal Options Available to You for Financial Recovery
Due to the cost associated with spinal cord injuries, most liability coverage and medical coverage is exhausted relatively quickly. Insurance companies are usually interested in settling a case rather than enter into expensive litigation. While we prepare each case for litigation, we are also prepared to negotiate a settlement when our client prefers to do so. While we protect your rights and interests, we always discuss the options available to you throughout the course of your case
If you or a loved one have suffered a tragic injury, it is essential that you talk to an attorney at Jensen & Associates who has successfully litigated these particular type of accident cases. Call us today for an immediate and no-obligation free consultation.
Injuries sustained from participation in sporting or recreational activities demand the immediate attention of an attorney. Recognizing the stress and strain associated with mounting medical bills and lost wages, we're dedicated to getting you back on your feet again financially. As your legal representative, we free clients from having to worry about hassling with insurance companies, initiating medical and employment benefits, or coordinating legal proceedings. Operating as a full-service personal injury law firm, we protect our clients' rights and aggressively represent their interests in any dealings with claims adjusters, other attorneys, or property owners. Knowing your case is in good hands allows you to focus on other important areas in your life as well.
Taking legal action now is a strong first step towards a full recovery.
Negligence and the Voluntary Nature of Sports
Given the voluntary nature of most sporting and recreational activities, it's important to establish the manner in which someone else's actions are negligent. Skateboarding and mountain climbing present different legal issues than playing a pick-up game of basketball. When someone goes beyond the rules of the game or fails to provide a safe environment for competitive play, they can be held liable for their negligence.
If you have been injured while playing any sport, it is essential that you talk to an attorney at Jensen & Associates who has successfully litigated these particular type of accident cases. Call us today for an immediate and no-obligation free consultation.
Swimming Pool Accidents
As one can imagine, with the hundreds of thousands of swimming pools in California, our state is second only to Florida in swimming pool related injuries and deaths in the United States. Most swimming pool injuries occur because of improperly designed and constructed pools, failure to properly secure a pool from small children, and failure to maintain the swimming pool in good condition. Property owners may be found liable if their negligence lead to the injury or death.
A drowning accident can take the life of any individual, but children seem to be most at risk for drowning. Never leave children unattended around a pool, hot tub, or spa. Remember it only takes a few seconds and a small amount of water to drown a small child.
Jensen & Associates has successfully represented victims of swimming pool accidents. Frequently we have seen terrible injuries caused at an older apartment complex where the pool is not up to applicable codes for handrails or for the height of the steps. One such case we tried to a jury verdict involved a man who was almost killed from the fall he sustained. If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, it is urgent that you consult as soon as possible with a talented, experienced and aggressive attorney. To find out what we think your case is worth, call today for a no-obligation free consultation.
Jensen & Associates, California Train Accident Attorneys, represent the seriously injured victims of railroad accidents, Metrolink train collisions, and train crashes throughout California. If you have been involved in a train accident and have suffered serious personal injuries call our offices for a free consultation on your legal rights. At Jensen & Associates, our skilled California train crash lawyers may be able to recover for you the maximum monetary compensation for your train accident related injuries.
Urban population in the United States is increasing at unprecedented levels and with the increase in population comes the need for expanded forms of mass transit. Train travel, once considered a romantic and leisurely way to travel throughout the country, is now a necessary mode of transportation for millions of Americans. In addition, with the expansion of the MetroLink in California, commuter train travel has increased dramatically in the last decade. Unfortunately the number of train crashes has also risen with the increase in passenger travel.
Here are some national United States railroad accident statistics:
There are over 600 railroads and hundreds of thousands of miles of track traversing the country. Many of these rails are used for freight transportation, including cargo, merchandise and chemicals. Trains carrying toxic chemicals are particularly threatening if involved in an accident. Passenger trains use only a fraction of the railroads in the nation, but are still involved in collisions and derailments each year.
Collisions and derailments may occur for a number of reasons. Engineer negligence, inadequate rail maintenance and unsafe operators have all been blamed for train wrecks. Lately, though, there has been an increase in the number of train collisions involving motor vehicles. This controversial issue made headlines this year in January, when a man left his truck on railroad tracks in a botched suicide attempt, causing the Metrolink train to crash into the vehicle and derail.
At Jensen & Associates, our team of personal injury professionals have the experience, knowledge and skill that is required to effectively pursue all types of serious injury cases, including injuries or deaths resulting from California train accidents. We will comprehensively investigate every aspect of your claim to assist you in recovering the highest monetary compensation for your injuries or loss.
In the United States truck accidents take place every 16 minutes, many times resulting in serious physical injuries and fatalities to the people involved. Due to the large size of trucks and 18 wheelers, victims in passenger cars or other similar sized vehicles are at risk for serious injuries, such as:
If your truck accident injuries were the result of recklessness or negligence on the part of the truck driver, you have the right to hold the driver, and possibly his or her employer, liable for your injuries. At Jensen & Associates our California truck accident lawyers have experience successfully representing clients who have suffered from serious injuries in truck accidents, as well as other types of motor vehicle accidents. We may be able to recover for you monetary compensation for your injuries and other accident related expenses.
For more information about how a California truck accident attorney from Jensen & Associates may be able to help you, please contact us for immediate assistance.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in California, please contact the experienced legal team at Jensen & Associates for a free consultation. We will use our knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.
Dog Bite Statute - California Civil Code Section 3342
California's dog bite statute, basically overrules the common law rule "scienter" (i.e., your own knowledge of the animal's dangerous propensities by biting someone earlier). California Civil Code section 3342 states:
3342. (a) The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner.
(b) Nothing in this section shall authorize the bringing of an action pursuant to subdivision(a) against any governmental agency using a dog in military or police work if the bite or bites occurred while the dog was defending itself from an annoying, harassing, or provoking act, or assisting an employee of the agency in any of the following:
(1) In the apprehension or holding of a suspect where the employee has a reasonable suspicion of the suspect's involvement in criminal activity.
(2) In the investigation of a crime or possible crime.
(3) In the execution of a warrant.
(4) In the defense of a peace officer or another person.
(c) Subdivision (b) shall not apply in any case where the victim of the bite or bites was not a party to, nor a participant in, nor suspected to be a party to or a participant in, the act or acts that prompted the use of the dog in the military or police work.
(d) Subdivision (b) shall apply only where a governmental agency using a dog in military or police work has adopted a written policy on the necessary and appropriate use of a dog for the police or military work enumerated in subdivision (b).