Archive | September 2013

Another Tragic Death From a Pit Bull Attack in The Inland Empire – Sept. 24, 2013

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Sept. 24, 2013 – I woke up this morning to read a tragic story of a 2 year old boy from Colton, California, who was mauled and killed by five pit bull dogs while in the backyard of his uncle’s home. The tragedy of this death extends beyond compare to any grief one could experience. I can only hope the family, in time, can find peace.

This tragic dog attack in the Inland Empire is only one of many which have occurred to children and adults throughout the years as a result of attacks by pit bull dogs. These dogs were originally bred to be vicious fighting dogs. Unfortunately, that trait has not left them. Injuries from these dogs can arise whether the injured victim knew the dog previously or was a complete stranger to the dog. In a moment, the dog can turn on a person and cause serious injuries and damages. Often times, the attack is directed to the face and upper body, thereby causing the worse injuries.

To make matters worse for the victims of these pit bull bite or mauling injuries, many insurance companies are excluding liability insurance coverage for these and other types of dogs which have been known to be aggressive. If you are a homeowner, and you have a dog which might be listed as an aggressive dog, such as a pit bull, rottweiler, German Shepard, Alaska Huskies, etc., you need to make sure your insurance coverage protects you from dog bite claims. More importantly, you need to make sure that your insurance is available to help compensate a victim of your dog’s conduct. In 2009, the average cost for a dog bite injury was nearly $25,000.00. That means that there are many claims that can significantly exceed the average settlement cost. If you do not have insurance coverage, then you can be held personally liable for these losses. If your insurance company will not provide coverage for your dog, then you need to find special insurance coverage for your dog. Talk to your insurance agent and find out where you can get proper insurance coverage.

For a victim of a dog bite or attack, you should seek immediate medical attention to minimize the physical and emotional impact and scarring which follows a dog attack. Also, seek immediately legal representation to help you deal with the legal issues that arise and to secure the best financial recovery possible following the injury.

David H. Ricks, Esq. – Inland Empire Law Group, 8600 Utica Avenue, Suite 200, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 – Tele: 909-481-0100. Go to http://www.davidrickslaw.com/practice_areas/dog-bite-and-animal-attacks.cfm for more information and video on dog bit injuries.

MOTORCYCLISTS SUFFER INJURIES AND DEATH IN ACCIDENTS, THEN SUFFER FROM BIAS WHEN TRYING TO RECOVER

This past week, on August 27, 2013, a horrible accident occurred in Rancho Cucamonga, California on Sixth Street, between a motorcycle and a semi-truck.  The reports seem to indicate that this accident occurred when the semi-truck was trying to make a U-turn in front of the motorcycle.  This accident ended the life of a 4 year old girl who was on the back of the motorcycle at the time of the collision.  The shock and horror the family and friends must have felt when they heard about the accident is unimaginable.  Our thoughts and concern go out to the family and friends suffering from this tragic accident.

After I read the report of this accident, I was appalled at some of the comments written in response to the article reporting on the accident.  As I read those comments, I saw uncaring and/or uneducated comments solely because this accident involved a motorcycle.  In my experience as a personal injury attorney, I have learned that there is so much bias against motorcyclists that even when an accident results in the death of the small child, the bias cannot be tempered.  This is why most motorcycle accidents need serious legal representation to overcome the bias that exists at every stage of the process.  The bias often starts with the accident report.  So many reports assess liability on the motorcyclist even when there is almost no contributing responsibility attributable to the motorcyclist.  Other areas of bias come from witnesses, the insurance adjuster, a judge or the jurors.  Overcoming these biases and establishing liability on the responsible party for the accident is critical to the success in a motorcycle accident case.

Finding the best personal injury lawyer in Rancho Cucamonga is a critical part of overcoming motorcycle bias when dealing with such an accident.  The Inland Empire Law Group is a well established Rancho Cucamonga law firm capable of turning back the bias against safe motorcyclists using our roads and highways.  For proper legal representation call now, 909-481-0100.