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Posts From January, 2017

Multiple Injuries in Wrong-Way Crash on I-280

  • Jan 31 2017

Can I sue a wrong way driver if I am injured in an accident?

Many may be familiar with the old song “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” but a wrong-way driver on southbound Interstate 280 may have missed that one. According to the California Highway Patrol, a vehicle crashed and ended up on its roof in the early morning hours of December 28. Then several more vehicles were reportedly involved in the collision.

The car in question, a silver Volkswagen,


Are personal injury settlements taxable?

  • Jan 30 2017

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you know how much your life can be changed in an instant. Hopefully, you have a competent attorney to represent you and get you the compensation that you deserve.  If you are fortunate enough to receive monetary compensation for your personal injury, you might be wondering whether you have to pay taxes on this new income.

As with any tax topic, the answer is a bit complicated. Whether or not your personal injury settlement is taxable will depend on a number of factors,


Off-duty LAPD officer killed in New Year’s morning crash in Simi Valley

  • Jan 29 2017

Who is liable when Uber and Lyft cars are involved in automobile accidents?

It’s hard to imagine that 5 years ago, taxis and private cars were the only means of on-demand transportation. The advent of app-based ride sharing has revolutionized the on-demand transportation industry by providing lower-cost rides to people whenever and wherever they need it. The app-based ride-sharing model has posed some problems though, when it comes to liability for personal injuries. If you’ve been involved in an accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you probably know what we mean.


What are the leading causes of personal injuries in California?

  • Jan 28 2017

Every year hundreds of thousands of Californian’s are injured due to the negligent acts of other people. We see them everyday and work closely with them to put their lives back together. If you have been injured at the hands of another person, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. Here are the leading causes of personal injuries in California, according to the State of California:

Slip and Fall

The most common personal injury accidents in California in 2014, the most recent data we’ve got,


Protecting Young Athletes from Second-Impact Syndrome

  • Jan 25 2017

What is the Concussion Management in Youth Sports Act?

In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2007, the Concussion Management in Youth Sports Act into law. While schools previously had strict rules to protect student athletes who may have suffered head injuries, this law, which became effective in January, extends those rules to youth sports organizations.

The law requires youth sports leagues in the state to have procedures in place to protect young athletes from head and brain injuries. Those who appear to have suffered a concussion must be removed from play immediately and cannot return until they are cleared by a medical professional who is trained in the treatment and management of concussions.


Trucker Fatigue Caused 2015 Metrolink Crash

  • Jan 23 2017

What are the leading causes of truck accidents in California?

In February 2015, a truck en route to Oxnard, California from Arizona made a wrong turn onto the railroad tracks where it was struck by a Los Angeles bound Metrolink commuter train. The wreck killed the engineer and also injured 32 passengers and train crew members. Now, federal investigators have determined that the accident was caused by acute driver fatigue and lack of familiarity with the area.

The crash occurred at 5:44 a.m. after the trucker had reportedly been on duty for close to 24 hours after traveling 17 hours from Somerton Arizona.


The Hidden Danger in Taxis and Rides for Hire

  • Jan 21 2017

Q: Could your next ride-for-hire be your last?

There is a frightening and potentially deadly reality surrounding rides for hire, which includes traditional taxicabs as well as app-based rides-for-hire like popular Uber and Lyft services.

In most cases, the cabs and private cars used are not subject to mandatory compliance with auto safety recalls. What that means is, that depending on the city you’re living in or visiting, there is greater than a one in three chance of a taxi, Uber, or Lyft vehicle having an incomplete auto safety recall work outstanding.


“Ghost Ship” Oakland Warehouse Fire Haunts Survivors

  • Jan 19 2017

Q: Who is responsible for injuries and death in a building fire?

They never had a chance.

The three dozen young artists and friends who perished at a party in an Oakland warehouse fire in early December were only one block away from the firehouse. But the company’s impressive three-minute response time wasn’t fast enough to save them from catastrophic injuries in the “death trap” known as the “Ghost Ship” – the name given to the warehouse that was converted to an artistic colony.

Reportedly,


What is Causing the Spike in Pedestrian Accident Deaths in California?

  • Jan 17 2017

Fatal pedestrian accidents are up dramatically nationwide over the five year period between 2009 and 2014, with California pedestrian accident fatalities averaging higher than the national average—sometimes much higher. In fact, Palm Springs reports pedestrian deaths quadruple the national average.

What is causing this spike in pedestrian deaths in California?

Authorities believe that there are many contributing factors to the increase in pedestrian accident fatalities including the following:

  • an increase in the number of pedestrians;
  • an increase in the number of homeless;

Medical Crisis Causes Car to Collide with a Bus

  • Jan 15 2017

Who is liable when a medical emergency causes a motor vehicle accident?

A fatal collision between a car and bus is now believed to have been caused by a medical emergency.  The crash occurred at about 11 a.m. in Anaheim.  The 60-year-old driver of a Toyota Avalon was traveling on Harbor Boulevard when suddenly, instead of navigating a bend to the right, the car continued straight into oncoming traffic.  It spun out of control and hit an Orange County Transportation Authority bus that had just pulled away from a stop.