Posts From September, 2017

California Takes on Texting While Driving

  • Sep 28 2017

Why is it so dangerous to text and drive?

Any activity that diverts your attention away from driving, including texting, eating, or using your GPS, results in distracted driving.  Distracted driving is believed to kill over 3,477 people each year and injure another 390,000, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  In an effort to combat distracted driving, California lawmakers have passed laws banning the practice.  Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers at J&Y discuss California’s distracted driving laws and why it is so dangerous to use your phone while driving.

Can I Get Punitive Damages in a California DUI Lawsuit?

  • Sep 25 2017

When a person is injured by a drunk driver, they may bring a lawsuit against the driver to seek damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses related to the car accident. This lawsuit is a civil claim, which is handled separately—and under slightly separate rules—from any criminal charges that have also been filed against the intoxicated driver.

One option for a person injured in a drunk driving accident is to seek punitive damages with the help of a personal injury attorney.

Uber’s Driverless Truck Unit Is Under Government Investigation Following Unapproved Tests

  • Sep 19 2017

Who Is Liable When a Driverless Truck Injures Others?

Just as driverless cars are expected to revolutionize day-to-day errands and commutes, driverless trucks are expected to revolutionize the shipping and commercial trucking industries. However, the arrival of driverless trucking may have faced a setback, not from a driverless truck accident, but rather, when California regulators announced a site inspection of Uber’s autonomous trucking operations.

The inspection is tied to concerns that Uber may have broken California state law by testing driverless trucks on the state’s public roads without permission.

When Airbags Kill: Understanding Automobile Product Liability Cases

  • Sep 12 2017

No one who buys, leases, or rents a vehicle with an airbag does so expecting that the airbag—a device designed and intended to save lives—will kill them.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what has happened in a series of wrongful death cases involving defective airbags in a wide range of vehicles. A hidden defect in an airbag took the life of at least one Southern California woman in 2001, but the airbags in question were not recalled by many automakers until 2009 or later.

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