Override Accidents

Tractor Trailer Override Accident Attorneys

An override trucking accident occurs when the front end of a tractor trailer or large truck crashes into the back end of a car. Because of the height difference, the truck rides over the car or motorcycle in front of it. It is essentially a rear end collision but the consequences can be much worse because of the difference in size and height between the vehicles. Override accidents are very violent trucking crashes and are frequently fatal because of the amount of force exerted upon impact.

If you or a loved one have been hurt, injured or killed in an override truck accident in California, it is in your best interest to contact the California Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers at Nokes & Nokes. With several decades experience helping injury and accident victims in California, they are equipped to competently handle your truck accident lawsuit. As your legal counsel, Nokes & Nokes will make fighting for the benefits and compensation you deserve a number one priority.

Caused Of Override Trucking Accidents

California tractor trailer override accidents can be caused by several factors. Bad weather and slippery or hazardous roads, combined with a driver not compensating for those factors in his or her driving, are common causes of trucking accidents. Other causes are drivers not paying attention to whom or what is in front of them, driving recklessly or having a poorly maintained vehicle. Drivers who drive longer than they are supposed to in an effort to log more hours or arrive at a destination on time also increase the risk of being involved in an override truck accident.

Injuries Caused By Override Truck Accidents

An override commercial vehicle accident can cause serious injuries. Due to the size and weight of a commercial truck, it typically destroys the car it runs over. In an override accident, severe head trauma can result, since the body of the car can go under the front of the truck, causing an impact directly with the upper portion of the passenger compartment. Broken bones, neck and back injuries are also typical in override truck accidents. Rear end trucking accidents can also result in death.

Contact A California Override Truck Accident Attorney

If you, a loved one or family member have been injured in a trucking accident in California, please do not hesitate to contact the personal injury lawyers at Nokes & Nokes. They offer free consultations and charge no fee unless they recover for you.


Retail Store Accidents

Retail Store Accidents Attorney Orange County

Orange County, is a very popular shopping area for out of state tourists as well as California residents. Many even plan entire vacations around Orange County’s many outlet malls, malls and boutique shops in areas like South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum and quaint beach towns like Laguna Beach. For the most part, people do their shopping and return home without any problems. However, sometimes one can be involved in an accident in the store, or on the owner’s property such as in the parking lot. Being hurt or injured while on someone else’s property is a very common type of personal injury law called Premises Liability Law.

California law related to injury in commercial settings such as a grocery stores, malls or shopping centers provides that a possessor of property who invites others onto his property to conduct business must exercise due care to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition and to remedy unreasonably dangerous conditions which are known, or with the exercise of reasonable care should have been known. California personal injury and accident law also requires that a landowner warn of any unreasonable risks which are known, or with the exercise of reasonable care should  have been known, and which others would not be expected to discover.

Legal Obligations Of Owner Or Operator

The owner or those with control of a store, must inspect aisles and shelves within reasonable time periods to be sure the area is safe. Usually the store will have an employee travel up and down the aisles to clean any spill or item which may have fallen. Sometimes, a pallet of food or soda will fall on a customer as he or she passes by. Usually, the store will have a video camera to record such injuries and we can often obtain that video if you contact us very quickly. Grocery stores and other retailers also want you to look at their shelves and their items for sale. They place bright signs and otherwise persuade you to look at the sale sign and not at the floor in front of you.

Sometimes an injury can be the result of an assault in the parking lot where there is no security. If the store knows or should know of a security problem or crime in the area, there may be a duty to provide proper protection to you as their invitee.

Types Of Retail Store Accidents

There are many ways you or a loved one can be injured while in a store or restaurant in California. Typical accidents involve slips, falls, tripping over objects in aisles, being hit by objects falling from shelves, and accidents or assaults in the parking lot.

Establishing Liability In A Retail Store Accident

Regarding retail store accidents, there can be more than one person or entity at fault.It is imperative to look for all parties who may be responsible for your injuries. Property owners, management companies, franchise corporate headquarters, equipment manufacturers and third parties, such as security companies, may also be held accountable for your injuries. A skilled Orange County Accident Attorney can help you determine who may ultimately be responsible for your injuries.

Contact A Skilled Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been hurt in a retail store or restaurant in Orange County it may make sense to consult with a personal injury attorney serving all of Orange County. At Nokes & Nokes we have many years experience with premises liability cases throughout Orange County, California including Fullerton, Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach. Call our office at (949) 716-7200 today. We will do our best to get you the compensation and benefits you deserve for your injuries.

We offer free consultations to personal injury and accident victims meaning we charge no fee unless we recover for you.


Orange County Car Accident Explosions

Car Accident Explosion Lawyers Orange County California

Often times in an auto accident, the injuries sustained can be debilitating, or lethal, even at lower speeds. A car accident that occurs at a low speed but can induce life threatening or deadly injuries is an explosion or car fire following the accident. You may very well be entitled to benefits and financial compensation from multiple sources in the event your car exploded or caught fire following the accident.

Causes Of Car Accident Explosions And Fires

A very common cause of a car accident fire or exploding car accident in Orange County occurs when metal, shrapnel or debris punctures the gas tank. If the gas tank is punctured in an auto accident, the odds of a fire or explosion increase immensely. On some model automobiles the gas tank can be poorly situated and this design flaw can end in an Orange County Car Fire Accident.

Injuries Suffered In An Exploding Car Accident

Burn injuries, skin injuries, scarring and disfigurement are typical in a car fire accident. There is the risk of being trapped in the car while the fire burns and possibly causes an explosion. These are the main variation in an exploding car accident compared to a more conventional automobile accident. Any type of car crash can induce injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, back and neck injuries as well as accidental death.

Recovering Physically After The Accident

Burn injuries can take substantially longer to recover from compared to other types of injuries. Severe burn injuries can require multiple corrective surgeries, long term rehabilitation and life skills training. These alone can ruin you financially. Retaining an Irvine Car Accident Explosion Lawyer will ensure you get what you are entitled to for any compensable injuries.


Why is it a good idea to have medical payment insurance on your auto policy?

When you’ve been in a car accident, particularly if it was anything other than minor, you may find yourself experiencing an expensive ambulance trip followed by an expensive emergency room visit. If you don’t have health insurance, these bills can throw you for a loop. Even if you do have health insurance, your insurance may not cover anything until you have met your deductible, which can mean that you have to spend thousands of your own dollars on medical bills before your health insurance pays for anything. Many health insurance policies also cover only a percentage of some medical bills, so auto med pay coverage can really help.

An ambulance trip alone can cost more than $1,000.00, and an emergency room visit can cost much more – especially if the doctor orders any diagnostic studies such as MRIs or CT scans. The hospital will bill for the emergency room. The emergency room doctor usually has a separate bill, and the radiologist who looks at your x-rays or MRIs has yet another bill.

Auto med pay coverage will allow you to be sure that these bills will get paid if you don’t have health insurance or if your health insurance, for any reason, doesn’t cover or pay them. This can protect your good credit as well as your peace of mind.

But what if the accident wasn’t your fault and you are going to look to the other party (or the other party’s insurance) to pay your bills? First, there’s no guarantee that the other party has insurance, even though the law requires it. Second, even if the other party has insurance, his or her insurance company generally will not pay your bills unless and until you settle your entire bodily injury claim with them. In most cases, you won’t want to settle right away because you may need more medical treatment and you may not yet know how serious your injuries are, how much work you’ll have to miss or how long it will take you to get better.

If you were hurt and you make a bodily injury claim against the person who hurt you, your auto med pay coverage can benefit you even more. Under almost every auto med pay policy available in California, when an automobile insurer makes payments under medical payment coverage, it is “reimbursable,” meaning that if you make a bodily injury claim against a person who hurts you and you received money on that claim, you have to pay back what your insurer paid you in medical payments benefits. That is because, if you did it right, you collected your medical bills as a part of your bodily injury claim. (This is where I tell you that it is always a good idea to talk to a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney before you talk to the other side when you’ve been hurt in an accident.) When you’ve hired an attorney on a contingent fee basis, however, you don’t have to pay back all of the medical payments benefits your carrier paid, which means you will get to keep more money from your claim. Your auto med pay carrier must reduce its reimbursement by whatever percentage you paid your attorney. This is so that you don’t wind up paying attorneys’ fees to recover money for your insurer. It sounds confusing, but here’s how the math would work (the numbers below are hypothetical and aren’t meant to represent the value or results of a particular case):

SCENARIO 1 (you don’t have med pay coverage, you hired an attorney for 35% contingent fee, you have $4,000.00 in bills you have to pay out-of-pocket.)

Settlement: $10,000.00
Less attorneys’ fees: <$3,500.00>
NET: $6,500.00
Less medical bills you have to pay: <$4,000.00>
NET TO YOU: $2,500.00

SCENARIO 2 (you have med pay coverage, hired an attorney for 35% contingent fee, med pay pays $4,000 in benefits.)

Settlement: $10,000.00
Less attorneys’ fees: <$3,500.00>
NET: $6,500.00
Less medical bills: <$4,000.00>
NET: $2,500.00
Plus auto med pay benefits
paid by your insurer: $4,000.00
NET: $6,500.00
Less your auto med pay
repayment ($4,000 less 35%): $2,600.00
NET TO YOU: $3,900.00

You netted an additional $1,400.00 because you had auto med pay coverage.

Of course, if you didn’t bring a bodily injury claim either because the accident was your fault or you just chose not to do so, you do not have to pay your insurer back anything at all and you have protected yourself from the out-of-pocket bills you otherwise would have had to pay.

The bottom line is that auto med pay coverage can offer you important additional protection, and the additional premium is generally not that high. I don’t sell insurance. In fact, I make my living trying to recover damages for my clients from insurance companies who aren’t particularly eager to pay. Still, auto med pay can be very useful. Along with uninsured motorist coverage (which is another subject I will address) it offers protection you should not do without if you’re driving a car.


SUV Rollover Accidents

Frequently, when an car, truck or SUV rolls over during an accident it can be attributed to a vehicle design flaw. This is common in SUV Side Impact Collisions. SUV’s commonly rollover due to their high center of gravity. Due to the severe amount of force exerted at impact these types of accidents can induce serious and sometimes fatal injuries on the driver and passengers inside the vehicle. Consulting with an SUV Rollover Law Firm if you have been injured in an SUV Rollover Accident.

SUV Rollover Accident Causes

A well designed car or automobile can just as easily be rolled over during an accident as a poorly designed vehicle. Speed, momentum and inertia upon impact are typically the most common causes of automobile rollover crashes. Various causes of vehicle rollover accidents are:

  • Defective Vehicle Designs
  • Tire Blowout Accidents
  • Speed Upon Impact
  • Being Hit By Vehicle Larger That Yours

If you have been injured in an SUV accident in Orange County, California call The Law Office of Nokes & Nokes at (949) 716-7200.

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