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Truck engulfed in flames after 3 vehicles involved in crash

Three vehicles were involved in a fiery car accident in downtown Los Angeles recently, after one of the vehicles was engulfed in flames. The crash happened at an intersection, after two vehicles and a tanker truck were wrapped up in the wreck. The tanker truck was carrying carbon dioxide and a photo in our source article shows just how serious the flames were. One person was left in critical condition as a result of the crash, while the truck driver in the crash was listed in fair condition.

Little else is known at this time about the crash. It isn't even clear how the crash happened in the first place.

Beware 'the phantom car accident'

The phantom car accident is an accident type you are probably unaware of. And yet it is quite common, causing thousands of serious injuries and deaths every year.

A phantom car accident is much like a hit and run -- only the driver's car doesn't actually touch you or your vehicle. It usually causes you to swerve or leave your lane, where the actual violence occurs - striking a pole or wall or curb or tree or other vehicle.

Phantom drivers may know they caused your injury - or, like many distracted drivers, they weren't paying enough attention to see that they injured you. Sometimes, just like hit and run drivers, they speed away and are never heard from again.

Were you just in an accident? Here's what you should do

Confusion usually reigns in the moments following a car accident. This can happen for a variety of reasons, not least of which is that the people involved in the wreck may be injured. This could also be the first time that the victims of the wreck have been involved in a car accident. Or, both of these factors could be involved. In any case, the way you act and the things you do in the moments immediately following a car accident are crucial, so let's talk about some of the steps you should take during these critical moments.

What some people do after they get into a crash is panic. When they panic, these people will either flee the scene of the crash (which we can't stress enough: don't flee the scene!) or they will be angry and upset as they talk with the police or the people involved in the crash. The latter can lead to unproductive moments after the crash, while the former can lead to criminal charges.

Red-light runner involved in fatal crash, 4 seriously injured

A fatal car accident on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles left one person dead and four others needing hospitalization for their serious injuries. Details are a bit sparse at the moment, but it sounds like witnesses saw a speeding vehicle that ran a red light, triggering the accident. The two vehicles involved in that wreck eventually spun off and collided with a third vehicle.

A Los Angeles police officer said they are investigating the crash and trying to determine if it was just a red-light running, or if one of the drivers was intoxicated. In any case, it certainly seems as though one of the drivers was operating his or her vehicle in a dangerous and negligent way. One disturbing detail is that there were no skid marks at the scene of the crash, indicating that the reckless driver didn't even attempt to brake before the collision.

Know the basics of a personal injury claim for compensation

Filing a claim for compensation in a personal injury case is something that you can do if you were injured in an accident that was someone else's fault. If you are considering filing a claim for compensation, there are several points that you should be aware of. Each of these points can have an impact on your claim for compensation.

The first point that you should know is that your claim is filed in the civil court system. Filing this claim for compensation with the appropriate court is the start of your case. You should file your claim in a timely manner because there is a statute of limitations that sets time limits for all personal injury cases. If you don't file your claim before that time limit runs out, you will probably be out of luck.

Common carrier accident can lead to injuries, compensation claims

Common carriers, such as bus companies, have a duty to ensure that drivers are proeprly trained to drive in a safe manner. In fact, the responsibilities that are placed upon common carriers by California laws are much greater than those that are placed on drivers who are operating personal vehicles. When you are injured in an accident while traveling on a common carrier, you will probably look into the possibility of seeking compensation.

One important factor that distinguishes a common carrier from an ordinary driver is that common carriers charge a fee for transporting people or goods from one location to another. Often, these common carriers are operated by a municipality.

Increase in pedestrians struck by LA motorists

The police in Los Angeles are reporting that the number of pedestrians being struck and experiencing severe injuries by motorists has increased more than a third throughout the past five years. It's their belief that distracted driving, as well as pedestrians not being as aware as they should be, are the main culprits to these rising statistics. The increase in pedestrians struck by LA motorists is a growing concern of the police, as well as the public. 

How are brain injuries diagnosed?

Suffering a brain injury, especially a traumatic brain injury, means that you will need to seek medical care to get a diagnosis so that you can move forward with a treatment program. When you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, you will probably find yourself in the emergency room. Your diagnosis will begin in that emergency department.

What is considered when making a brain injury diagnosis?

Traumatic brain injury: Why you need an attorney

Traumatic brain injuries don't just impact your physical health and ability to function. They also have a dramatic effect on what your day-to-day life looks like. Even once you are out of the hospital, you may need ongoing appointments, specialized medical equipment and additional time off work — or even a total career change.

Unfortunately, it's quite common for the other party in one of these accidents to be less than cooperative. Insurance companies in particular can be incredibly difficult to deal with and may even try to get you to believe that you were the person at fault. It's important to understand that these companies have dedicated legal teams on retainer specifically for these situations.

Expenses are considerable after a spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries lead to lifelong expenses that can be very costly. Generally, higher level injuries are associated with higher expenses than lower level injuries. Another factor that affects the lifelong expenses associated with the injury is the age of the victim. Younger spinal cord injury patients are likely to have higher expenses because of the number of years they are likely to live after the injury occurs. It is easy to understand the financial devastation that occurs after this type of injury when you consider some averages associated with spinal cord injuries.

The expenses that a person with a spinal cord injury will incur is usually highest during the first year. A high tetraplegia injury means an average of $1,064,716 in direct expenses, which includes living expenses and medical care, in the first year. A low tetraplegia injury means an average of $769,351. Paraplegia is associated with an average of $518,904 of direct expenses in the first year. Any level of injury that is associated with incomplete motor function is associated with $347,484 the first year.

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