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Geico tried to “save on car insurance” by denying payment

Geico’s slogan is that 15 minutes could save you lots of money on car insurance. Perhaps the insurance company could have saved millions of dollars had it spent 15 minutes evaluating the claim of one of its customers.

A California jury has ruled that Geico must pay $23 million to a Southern California man who got the run-around on a car accident claim. The insurer resisted paying for four years. The jury saw through it as a prime example of insurance bad faith.

Failure to yield factor in California motorcycle accident

Many laws associated with driving -- either on motorcycles or in more traditional motor vehicles -- may seem relatively simple. However, this simplicity is often deceptive. Many laws -- such as yielding to traffic -- are in place because they save lives. Failure to obey them can have fatal consequences. Such appears to be the case in a recent California motorcycle accident.

The accident happened at approximately 8 p.m. on a day in mid-April. According to reports, the driver of a sedan stopped briefly at a stop sign at an intersection. However, police claim that the driver failed to see an oncoming motorcyclist.

Wrongful death: Infant killed in California crash

A fatal car accident is always a tragedy, but one that involves the death of an infant is often even more traumatic. This is especially true when the accident likely could have been easily prevented. The parents of a deceased infant in California may be considering a wrongful death lawsuit after their 6-month-old daughter died in a crash.

The incident reportedly happened on a day in early April. Though the day reportedly started with the family shopping for a baptismal outfit for their infant, it ended in tragedy. Reports indicate that the driver of a pickup failed to stop at a stop sign.

Wrongful death: 3 killed in fiery California car crash

There are many times when a driver and his or her passengers might feel at risk of being involved in a car crash, such as when weather conditions are bad. However, most motorists likely feel relatively safe while stopped, waiting on a traffic light to change. Unfortunately, three people were recently killed in a California crash that could ultimately lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.

The incident happened just after 1 a.m. on a day in late March. According to reports, a red vehicle was at a full stop at a traffic light. Unfortunately, police believe that a white vehicle slammed into the back of it. The red vehicle reportedly burst into flames after impact.

Wrongful death: Woman dies in collision on California highway

A car accident can happen at any time of day for a variety of different reasons. A slight miscalculation while navigating a turn or looking down long enough to change the radio station can quickly lead to devastation. For these and other reasons, it is necessary for all drivers to remain vigilant at all times. Unfortunately, a family in California may be considering a wrongful death lawsuit after a woman was killed in a recent crash.

The incident happened at approximately 11:30 p.m. on a day in March. According to reports, a 26-year-old male was driving a sedan on an on-ramp to a California highway. Police say that the man lost control of the vehicle, causing it to go down an embankment before striking the concrete median dividing the highway.

Bound to happen sooner or later: pedestrian killed by robot car

Uber has suspended its experiments with self-driving cars after a pedestrian was killed in Arizona. Uber had been testing its autonomous taxi service in Tempe, as well as San Francisco, Toronto and Pittsburgh.

Initial reports indicate that the “robot car” was not at fault for the fatal collision. Nonetheless, the fatality was a setback for Uber and other proponents of self-driving vehicles. And a “told you so” for detractors who say such vehicles are not ready for the real world.

Slip-and-fall accidents: Jury awards woman almost $5 million

When people from California are away from home, they have certain expectations when they stay at a hotel. At the very minimum, they expect that those tasked with maintaining the premises of the hotel will ensure that there is proper maintenance and that adequate warnings will be given in the event of dangerous conditions. Failure to do so could result in slip-and-fall accidents.

A woman in another state has recently won a lawsuit against Marriott International Inc. and Courtyard Management Corp. after she was reportedly injured when she fell on property owned by the former in Jan. 2010. She filed a lawsuit in 2012. After testimony was given that the fall shattered her ankle, requiring two surgeries, the jury awarded her $1.2 million. However, an appeals court overturned the award after it was determined that the district judge provided jury instructions that were not correct.

California car accidents: Multi-vehicle crash sends 2 to hospital

All drivers must remain vigilant at all times while traveling on California roadways. However, it is especially important that drivers of tractor-trailers are alert while driving. Because of their larger size, car accidents involving such vehicles can easily have serious consequences. Unfortunately, two people were recently seriously injured in a multi-vehicle accident involving three tractor-trailers and a sports utility vehicle.

The incident happened just before 6 a.m. on a day in early March. According to reports, a westbound tractor-trailer driven by a 63-year-old man crossed over into oncoming traffic, side-swiping an eastbound tractor-trailer. The second tractor-trailer ultimately crossed into westbound traffic, striking the third tractor-trailer involved in the collision.

DUI suspected in California motorcycle accident

Motorcyclists often face unique challenges when traveling on California roadways. Because of their smaller size, it may be more difficult for other motorists to see them in addition to their relative lack of physical protection in comparison to more traditional motor vehicles. In fact, police claim that only luck prevented a recent motorcycle accident from being fatal.

The incident happened at 2:45 a.m. on a day in late February on a California freeway. Police say that a driver was driving on the wrong side of the road, causing a head-on collision with a motorcyclist. The car crashed into a concrete barrier while the motorcycle was essentially wrecked.

Wrongful death lawsuit possible following California crash

The unexpected death of a family member is never an easy event. Unfortunately, two families in California are now left coping with the news that their loved ones died in an accident that may have been preventable. To help manage the financial consequences of their loss, the families of the two deceased men may opt to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the man believed to have been driving the vehicle that crashed.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in February. According to reports, three men were riding in a pickup truck. Reports indicate that the truck crashed, coming to a rest after it struck a tree.

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