On Tuesday, October 4, 2016  at approximately 11 pm, an auto vs tree collision sent two men in their 20s to the hospitalPedro Martinez, 23, of Lynwood was driving a when the vehicle crashed into a tree on the 1400 block of State College Boulevard in Anaheim.  Two men were hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in the crashAuthorities report that Martinez was later cited for felony driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.

Kevin Warn / OC Register

If the accident was caused by driving under the influence of alcohol, the driver can be liable for damages in excess of the general legal principles that govern tort recovery. California law provides for punitive-damages designed to punish wrongful behavior-when a wrongdoer demonstrates despicable conduct willful and conscious disregard for the safety of others.  Driving while intoxicated is evidence of conduct with no regard for the safety of others.

Experienced attorneys can investigate the facts of this case and bring an appropriate lawsuit seeking the recovery of damages. If the facts demonstrate despicable conduct in disregard for human life, a skilled attorney can also include punitive damages.   A successful case incorporating punitive damages can yield up to nine times the recovery of a case based on compensatory damages alone.

Successful resolution of single vehicle collisions requires a proficient understanding of the rights and obligations between drivers and passengers.  Drivers have an obligation to their own passengers to drive safely.  At the same time, Drivers and passengers in vehicles on public roads have a right to expect safe road design and construction.

Government at the federal, state and local levels, has a duty to design, construct and maintain safe roads.  Guardrails, signs, speed bumps, road design and proper road maintenance are all factors that need to be considered any a vehicle collision.

Additionally, successful resolution of these kinds of cases requires a complete understanding how these rights and obligations translate into insurance coverage for the driver, passenger and potential liability against third parties responsible for the collision. The attorneys at Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP have the experience to navigate through these types of cases where there are multiple levels of liability.  Furthermore, the Kalfayan Merjanian team has the resources to investigate every potential cause of a catastrophic injury and provide a comprehensive strategy to make victims whole.

The legal team at Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP has the knowledge and experience necessary to investigate all causes of vehicle collisions-including road conditions that can sometimes be a major factor.  Furthermore, legal action against government entities can have shortened time periods to bring a claim.   Generally speaking, the time limit to bring a claim for damages against a public entity is six months instead of the the traditional two-year statute of limitations period against other responsible actors in tort cases.  If you have been involved in vehicle collision, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who can evaluate all aspects of your potential case and preserve your rights from every responsible party.

Kalfayan Merjanian has combined legal experience worth decades among its attorneys and support staff and has achieved aggregate recoveries in the billions of dollars across all of its practice areas.




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