Posts From February, 2017

Born to be Wild: Lane-Splitting Becomes Law in California

  • Feb 28 2017

Q: Will lane-splitting result in more motorcycle accidents?

Lane splitting became legal in California on January 1, 2017. The practice is defined as allowing a two-wheeled motorcycle to be driven between rows of stopped or slowly moving vehicles.

As a practical reality, the new law legalizes the long-time practice of bikers zipping through a sea of bumper-to-bumper cars at rush hour. While the law is already in effect, the California Highway Patrol has been tasked with developing “educational guidelines”

New Hotline May Help Halt Los Angeles Sexual Harassment in its Tracks

  • Feb 27 2017

Q: What should I do if I am a victim of sexual assault or harassment while riding the transit system?

Maybe the only thing more stressful and frightening than driving in Los Angeles or any other major city, is having to rely on the public transit system instead–particularly if you are a woman and fearing sexual assault or harassment.

Well, if you’ve been bothered by creeps invading your personal space on the platform, unwelcome cat calls and groping, or worse, the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a plan to help those who fear for their safety while riding the transit system.

From Melrose Place to Easy Street?

  • Feb 26 2017

Q: Can I still sue for personal injury if the driver who hit me goes to jail?

Some of the leading causes of California car accidents include drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding, and more. When someone’s negligent or reckless behavior results in the personal injury or wrongful death of another, the victim or their close surviving family members may have grounds to recover damages through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

In order to recover though, they must be able to prove that the defendant’s actions caused or contributed to the injuries or death.

How do you determine liability in construction accidents?

  • Feb 25 2017

If you’ve ever set foot on a construction site, you know how chaotic it can be. People from different companies scrambling over uneven surfaces and moving around materials of shapes and sized can be a recipe for injury and death. Construction accident injuries happen everyday, and with the great number of people involved, determining liability can be a complex problem.

What Parties Are Involved?

The first place we start in determining liability in construction accidents is determining what parties are involved. These parties include:

  • Land/building owners – potentially liable for dangerous site conditions
  • Design Professionals,

Rotten Eggs, Sad Kids, and a Class Action Lawsuit

  • Feb 24 2017

Q: What can I do if I purchase defective products or toys?

It was arguably the hottest toy of the 2016 holiday season. It seemed that nearly every boy and girl of a certain age had a Hatchimal toy at the top of their wish list.

A Hatchimal is an electronic, interactive furry creature that promises to hatch out of its egg in response to approximately 10-40 minutes of holding, rubbing, tapping, and caressing from its human recipient.

Fall Accidents and the Peril in the Shipyard

  • Feb 23 2017

Q: If I fall on someone else’s property, are they liable for my personal injury?

“Man overboard!” That could’ve been the cry on January 5th at BAE-Systems in Barrio Logan when a shipyard worker fell into a vessel that was under construction in the shipyard. The fallen worker reportedly fell two decks down and was wedged into a tight space deep in the interior of the under-construction vessel.

It took firefighters and a “specialized technical rescue team”

Dog Bites Sending People To California Hospitals In Growing Numbers

  • Feb 22 2017

Who is liable in dog bite injuries?

The aftermath of a dog bite can often be very painful for the victim, and quite costly for the dog’s owner. The Insurance Information Institute estimates at least 33 percent of homeowner insurance claims stem from dog bites, which has amounted to 15,000 to 16,000 claims per year over the past decade.

New information published in the fall of last year reveals emergency room visits for serious dog bites in California are up by 44 percent in the last 10 years.

California Motorcycle Accident Cuts Cinematographer’s Life Short

  • Feb 21 2017

Q: Can I sue for wrongful death if my loved one was killed by a distracted driver?

It could’ve been a scene from an action movie, but it wasn’t.

When the car collided with the motorcycle and the motorcyclist went flying, there was no stuntman and no cameras rolling. When the action stopped, there was only death–an allegedly wrongful death.

The real life characters in the above Hollywood motorcycle accident included an Uber driver with a passenger on board and a motorcyclist who was a cinematographer,

Woman seriously injured after ‘traumatic event’ on cruise ship

  • Feb 18 2017

How can you protect your rights after a cruise ship accident?

Taking a cruise often makes for an enjoyable vacation. Most excursions take passengers to exotic and beautiful locations, and give the opportunity to have fun while meeting a variety of people from around the world.

However, serious injuries on cruise ships do occur. In late January, a 20-year-old crewmember on the Legend of the Seas was flown by helicopter to a hospital after suffering a lower back fracture. The ship was traveling to Brisbane, Australia via the Cook Strait,

Construction Workers Face High Risk of Injury in California

  • Feb 17 2017

What are the most common causes of construction worker injuries?

Construction workers perform a vital role in our society, creating and repairing essential homes, buildings, infrastructures, and more.  While working in construction can be exciting and rewarding, those in the construction industry are at risk of injury while on the job.  According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 5,000 workers were killed on the job in 2015, and 21.4 percent of these deaths were in the construction industry.  Construction remains one of the most dangerous professions in California and thousands of workers will be injured in construction accidents annually.    

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