The Art of Negotiation in Personal Injury Cases

Q: How does the extent and cause of a victim’s injuries impact the outcome of a personal injury case? Whenever there is an accident case, the first question raised—and often debated—is who is at fault? Who caused the accident, or in legal terms, who is liable? Once liability is established, the focus shifts toward the...
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Boating Tragedy Off The Coast Of Catalina

When embarking on a fun boating trip, one does not usually anticipate the boat tipping over and being thrown overboard.  Three males, age sixty-four, sixty-two, and forty-seven, were recently identified by the Coroner’s Office.  They died when their boat overturned on the coast of Santa Catalina Island, in California. More specifically, the boat tipped...
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When Planes Fall

As a driver in Northern or Southern California, you might swerve to avoid a collision from another car, but did you ever think you could collide with a plane?  This occurred on Interstate 15 North, in Fallbrook, near San Diego, when a small plane crashed into a Nissan.  At approximately nine in the morning,...
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When Cruise Events Go Wrong In California

Massive ships have the potential to cause massive damage.  A whale-watching ship driven by an employee of “Hornblower Cruises and Events” caused panic and distress in San Diego, California when it drove straight into a dock filled with onlookers.  Seven passengers of the ship were left injured in the accident.  The damage ranged from...
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The Consequences Of Bypassing A Train

It is never worth sidestepping a train in order to get to the other side of the tracks.  One Friday afternoon, this set of circumstances occurred when a “driver tried to bypass a stalled train” in Madera County, California.  Three male employees of a nearby farming business were involved.  The young men were in...
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A Bus Driving California Catastrophe

Buses can usually cause the most catastrophic accidents because they can weigh approximately sixteen thousand pounds. These vehicles weigh even more if carrying passengers or property.  Therefore, death, injury, and severe damage usually results.  This incident occurred in the County of Merced in California and involved a bus traveling on Highway 99 from...
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When Bicyclists & Motor Vehicles Collide

Bicycle accidents in California are on the rise and have reached a high of approximately three hundred and thirty eight bicyclist fatalities.  The state even topped the charts in 2012 when it “had the most bicyclists killed of any state.”  Apparently, eighty-four percent of these deaths involved adult-males over the age of...
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When Trains Derail

Who is liable for damages when an act of God contributes to the cause of an accident?  A San Franciso train called “The Altamont Corridor Express” (ACE) was impacted by intense flooding in the area.  This train ran on the Union Pacific Railroad, a popular commuter line that transports approximately six thousand individuals daily. ...
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