• man riding motorcycle before crash

    Motorcycle Crash Checklist for Low-Speed Collisions

    Motorcycle riding is one of the most thrilling experiences you can have, but it can also be quite dangerous if you’re not cautious. Even when you have all the right safety equipment and you’re driving responsibly, motorcycle accidents can still happen. Whether you experience a low-speed or high-speed accident, it’s wise to understand what to […]

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  • man loading van used for amazon truck delivery

    Why Amazon Truck Accidents Aren’t Uncommon

    Today’s consumers love convenience, especially since the dawn of COVID-19. Shopping online and home delivery services have become a mainstay in our society today. Leading the pack is everyone’s favorite online retailer, Amazon. Amazon is on a mission to provide every American with the convenience of next-day delivery. But more, faster, deliveries mean more, faster, […]

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  • motorcycle parked under a tree after a minor motorcycle accident

    What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

    Before you’ve been involved in an accident on your bike, you should know in advance what to do after a motorcycle accident. You’d likely be confused, frustrated, injured, and doing your best to keep it together so that you can stay on top of things. Between the time you’ll need to spend away from your […]

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  • row of motorcycles in winter

    How to Winterize a Motorcycle

    Storing your bike in a clean, dry place for the winter may seem safe enough, but the truth us, there’s a whole process that you need to follow to properly winterize a motorcycle. Unless you plan on riding motorcycle in winter, you may be thinking it’s time to start preparing your bike to be parked […]

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  • barriers erected to prevent caltrans accident

    Avoid CalTrans Accidents: Be Aware of Extra Roadwork

    While local stay-at-home orders were fully in place and freeways were seeing a significant reduction in traffic, state officials were taking advantage of the situation by ramping up their roadwork projects. Road workers were able to work during the daylight hours instead of at nighttime, and were enjoying being able to close down long stretches […]

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  • fedex truck passing two pedestrians

    I Was in a FedEx Truck Accident: What Now?

    Delivery truck accidents, like a FedEx truck accident, can be very complicated as there are usually many different companies and people involved and accountable for the incident. Unfortunately, delivery truck drivers often have a great deal of pressure on them to deliver their packages quickly, which can lead to speeding, reckless driving, and dangerous situations. […]

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  • person driving at unsafe speeds during covid-19

    Watch Out for Speed-Related Car Accidents: Reckless Driving on the Rise During COVID-19

    With the state-wide stay-at-home order in full effect, our state freeway traffic is reduced significantly. The problem is that many of those who remain on the road are violating California basic speed law. In fact, according to the LA Times, the California Highway Patrol has reported an increase of over 87% in citations for motorists […]

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  • woman meeting with personal injury lawyer by video call

    How to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer Remotely

    Although we’re all still under the stay-at-home order in California, accidents and personal injury cases are still as prevalent as ever. Unfortunately, just because the world has slowed down and been forced to take a pause doesn’t mean that accidents and injuries have, too. So, what if you’re involved in an accident during the COVID-19 […]

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    How to Get a Police Report After a Car Accident

    If you’re involved in a vehicle collision that results in injuries or property damage, a police officer should be on the scene to investigate the accident and file a police report. Accidents can be intense and there tends to be a lot of confusion on the scene, so it’s important to know when and how […]

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  • distracted driver texting behind the wheel

    Texting and Driving Accident Statistics

    Texting and driving accidents are a fairly new phenomenon, as texting has only begun over the last couple of decades, which have been really ramping up each subsequent year as we become more and more glued to our devices. Texting while driving is perhaps the leading cause of distracted driving accidents today. In fact, the […]

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  • christmas tree ornament

    How to Prevent Car Accidents During the Holidays

    The holidays present a special time to gather with family, friends, and loved ones from near and far. It’s also a time with more people on the roads. Although the holidays are often the ideal time to make that trip over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house, there are extra hazards on […]

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  • student injured at school - parents suing for negligence

    Suing a School District for Negligence: What You Need to Know

    If you’re wondering how to sue a school because your child was injured while under the care and supervision of the school district and it’s staff, the answer — like most areas of negligence law — is somewhat complicated. As experienced personal injury lawyers who handled a Manteca school negligence case, we’ll explain the basics […]

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  • car about to get in accident with commercial truck

    Common Reasons for Truck Accidents in Sacramento

    Trucking accidents, like any vehicular accident, are extremely delicate situations. If you or someone you know were involved in a trucking accident, you must hire an experienced Sacramento truck accident lawyer to help ensure a successful outcome. Unfortunately, big rig accidents are especially delicate because they often involve serious injuries and even fatalities. On top […]

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  • swings on school playground where injuries can occur

    Our Manteca School Negligence Case in the News

    From the press release issued August 22, 2019: Disabled student neglected by teacher’s aide suffers injuries, files claims against San Joaquin Board of Education and Manteca Unified School District MANTECA – Veronica Villalobos, the mother of 12-year-old Priscilla Villalobos, has filed claims against the San Joaquin Board of Education and Manteca Unified School District in […]

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  • four motorcycle riders safely enjoying scenery

    NHTSA’s 5-Year Motorcycle Safety Plan

    On May 14th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) posted its official Motorcycle Safety 5 Year Plan. According to this document, “Overall traffic fatalities are increasing, and motorcyclist fatalities also continue to increase and are near their highest level in over 35 years.” Despite advances in vehicle technology and road design, fatalities continue to […]

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  • motorcycle accident victim suffering from emotional distress

    Emotional Distress After a Motorcycle Accident

    It’s fairly well-known that motorcycle riders are more likely to be seriously injured than car passengers in a collision. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) most recently reported that “motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash.” History and common sense also tell […]

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  • commercial trucks on highway

    Vicarious Liability Torts in Commercial Truck Accidents

    If a negligent driver causes a commercial truck accident, the trucking company can be burdened with vicarious liability torts. The company can be held liable for the driver’s negligence under the legal tenet known as respondeat superior, a Latin phrase that translates as “let the superior make the response.” This concept transfers the truck driver’s […]

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  • california fire possibly caused by utility company under strict liability

    3 Fascinating Strict Liability Tort Cases in Sacramento

    Tort liability in personal injury cases is most often based on acts of negligence, but there are exceptions. Sometimes the responsible party is held to the strict liability tort standard, meaning that a finding of negligence or malicious intent is not required. The most common types of strict liability tort cases are based on: Product […]

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  • a stereotypical biker who could be unfairly blamed for motorcycle accident

    California Bill Could Have Ended Motorcycle Profiling

    In February of this year, a bill was introduced by Assembly Member Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) that would have made it illegal for law enforcement officials to engage in “motorcycle profiling.” The successful passing of this bill likely would have had a significant impact on future California motorcycle accident cases. Co-authored by Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin (D-South […]

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  • classroom where a school accident might happen

    Can You Sue if Your Child Suffers Personal Injury at School?

    Laws about whether or not you can file a lawsuit against a school vary from state to state. In California you certainly can, but first you must file a Notice of Claim within six months of the date of injury. School districts are government entities and as such are protected by what is known as […]

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  • uber app

    New California Drunk Driving Law Restricts Uber & Lyft Drivers

    Commencing July 1, 2018, a California DUI law will go into effect making it illegal for drivers with a blood alcohol content level of .04 percent or higher to operate a vehicle that carries a passenger for hire. “Passenger for hire” is a legal definition meaning “a passenger for whom consideration is contributed as a […]

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  • police force in riot gear

    Wrongful Death by Police: Should You Take a Settlement?

    For at least the last few years, anyone tuned into national news is aware of what seems a wave of police brutality and cases of wrongful death by police shooting working through the newspapers and courts. The Los Angeles Police Department reported that 2017 was a record year for settlement payments, at nearly $81 million (not […]

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  • man driving under influence

    Drugged Driving Surpasses Drunk Driving Accident Rates

    A recent study released in April by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported that drivers who were involved in a fatal car accident caused by drugs has surpassed the percentage impaired by alcohol. Also, in a roadside study, they found that around 15% tested positive for some illegal drug or marijuana. And of that […]

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  • the top of a call tower

    Cell Tower Radiation Causing Personal Injury

    Nearly every teenager alive today has always known the cell phone. There are now more mobile devices in the world than there are people: 8.1 billion gadgets vs 7.5 billion people. And counting. Today, more people own mobile phones than have access to running water or electricity, and to those that have them, their phones […]

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  • firefighters putting out car fire

    How Vehicle Fires Affect Driver Safety During Fire Season

    For most of us, vehicle fires seem an infrequent event that often leads to a cataclysmic explosion. Outside Hollywood, the explosions don’t happen so much, but the fires still do. Nationwide, 17 car fires are reported every hour, and some of them are preventable with a little fire awareness. Two-thirds of vehicle fires start by […]

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  • work zone road construction accident

    Road Construction Accidents and California “Move Over” Law

    All 50 US states have passed a “move over law” that requires motorists to either slow down or change lanes due to emergency personnel or workers on the side of the road–such as police, tow truck drivers and roadside construction workers, if they are not behind a barricade. But despite ongoing and evolving media campaigns […]

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  • people boating on lake adhering to safety laws to avoid boating accidents

    Law Enforcement Works to Reduce Boating Accidents in California

    Heading toward the hot days of August in the Sacramento area, the 700 miles of waterways and shoreline have swelled with beachgoers and boaters. Also experiencing an increase is the likelihood for drunk boating. For public safety, the area’s Sheriff departments and first responders have joined efforts to get medical care and transportation to boating […]

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  • bystanders at scene of car accident

    Can You be Sued for Helping a Car Accident Victim?

    Someone who witnesses a car accident or other traumatic personal injury accident and tries to assist the victims in some way is commonly known as a “Good Samaritan,” based on the biblical story. Modern societies seem to have evolved a fear of being a Good Samaritan for mostly legal reasons. Similar to the reflexive fear […]

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  • harley davidson recall

    Motorcycle Accidents Spur Harley-Davidson Recall

    Harley-Davidson has issued a recall for 57,000 motorcycles, for an issue that seems minor, but can easily cause motorcycle accidents. The recall is specific to 2017 motorcycles manufactured from July 2nd, 2016, to May 9th, and more info can be found on their website. This is the first recall issue specific to their newest engine, […]

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  • car goes into ditch after victim hit from behind

    Victim Receives Fair Neck Injury Settlement after 4 Years

    In early 2013, plaintiff in this car accident case was a 56 year-old homemaker who slowed to enter a driveway when she was unexpectedly hit from behind and pushed into a ditch on a semi-rural two lane road by a inattentive motorist. Her car was disabled and so was the full-sized pick-up truck that hit her. […]

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  • cars stacked in junkyard after an accident

    What to Tell Insurance Company After Accident

    If your car was damaged to the point of being undriveable, it was most likely towed to the nearest tow yard. An insurance adjuster will inspect the car there and estimate the cost of repairs. If the cost to repair your vehicle exceeds its market value (how much the car was worth before the accident, […]

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  • man filling out california lawsuit forms

    How to File Court Papers in CA for Personal Injury Accident: A DIY Guide

    Filing court papers for a lawsuit after an accident without a personal injury attorney requires an extensive amount of paperwork. Here are some steps to help you through the free online forms provided by the California Judicial Council. Let’s assume you have been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault. Most of the forms you’ll need will have a […]

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  • lane splitting in california

    Will New Motorcycle Lane Splitting Law Reduce Accidents?

    On January 1st, 2017, California became the first US state to legalize “lane-splitting”, also known as “lane-sharing” and “traffic filtering.” It is the well known practice in California of riding between cars on motorcycles. Lane-splitting is thought to have originated because all motorcycle engines were once entirely air-cooled and would quickly overheat if not kept moving. […]

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  • “Sitting Disease”: Work Injuries at Your Desk

    Simply having a desk job may be the cause of workplace injury. Spending the bulk of the day in a sitting position can put you at risk of developing serious back, leg, neck injuries, yet many of us get up only a few times throughout the day to walk to the break room, restroom, or to […]

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  • the capitol building in sacramento, ca

    Sacramento Has Head Start on New Drunk Driving Law

    If you’ve ever been hit by a drunk driver, this news might be a relief: a bill was signed into California state law last fall, requiring convicted drunk drivers to install ignition interlock devices (IIDs) on their cars to prevent and reduce drunk driving accidents. The law goes into effect statewide on January 1, 2019, but […]

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  • Roseville car with smashed crumple zone after car accident

    The Car Safety Feature that May be Hiding Your Injuries

    Sometimes a car accident attorney will agree to take on a client whose injuries don’t seem to match up with the damage done to their vehicle, at least not at first glance. That doesn’t mean that the victim’s injuries weren’t caused by the car accident, but that modern cars are designed to “crumple” during collision, […]

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  • example of a self-driving car which may prevent car accidents

    Frank Penney Injury Lawyer’s Paul Hoybjerg on Legal Issues of Self Driving Cars

    Many of today’s new cars come with some level of automation, such as pre-charged brakes or adaptive cruise control. But if Elon Musk is correct, cars will be completely autonomous by 2023. What impact will this have on drivers, insurance companies, and the automotive industry? Penney Law’s own Paul Hoybjerg covers this in a recent […]

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  • football concussion injuries

    Football Concussion Injuries: Who’s Liable?

    Football fans may have heard about the many legal battles fought against the NFL and NCAA this year and in very recent years. Concussions and other brain injury accidents are very common among athletes, so where did the controversy come from? Awareness of a progressive degenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) began in the mid-1990s. […]

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  • view from car at night before a dui accident

    DUI Drugs in California: What’s Changed in 2017?

    Most drivers are aware of the DUI (driving under the influence) laws in California. Yet most also associate this with driving under the influence of alcohol. Not all DUI charges involve alcohol. In California, it is illegal to drive under the influence of ANY drug, even a medication that has been legally prescribed to you or in the […]

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  • Pokemon NO: The New Dangerous Distraction

    Unaltered image from iphonedigital on flikr. National guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day for children and teens, but the majority of young people do not meet that goal. Spending excessive time engaging in sedentary behaviors such as watching TV, playing video games and other screen time activities, contributes to […]

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  • sacramento's run to feed the hungry

    Pedestrian Safety at Sacramento’s Run to Feed the Hungry 2016

    Sacramento’s Run to Feed the Hungry Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services‘ (SFBFS) highly anticipated annual Run to Feed the Hungry event promotes pedestrian safety. This rain or shine event started in 1994 with just under 800 participants and is continuing to attract immense crowds of all ages. Ms. Siefkin indicated that a record of 29,002 […]

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  • vision is blurred while student is drunk driving

    SADD: More Than Just Preventing Student Drunk Driving

    Formerly known as Students Against Drunk Driving, S.A.D.D. began with a mission of preventing teen car accidents caused by driving under the influence of alcohol. The organization changed its name to Students Against Destructive Decisions in 1997 to address the vast array of issues impacting young adults today, including: substance abuse  suicide depression bullying violence body image Impressive Group […]

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  • driver in car drinking a beer about to cause a drunk driving accident

    MADD Origins in Sacramento, CA

    In 1980, 13 year old softball all-star Cari Lightner was killed in Fair Oaks, California when she and a friend were walking to a church carnival. A drunk driver who had been released from jail just two days prior on his fourth DUI hit Cari from behind, throwing her 125 feet, then fled the scene. […]

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  • A car that has rear-ended another, leading to a personal injury case.

    Do You Have a Case After a Low-Speed Rear Impact Collision?

    A Low Speed Rear Impact Collision (LSRIC) is one in which two cars are in an accident, but the speed traveled was very low, i.e. under 10 miles per hour. At this speed, it’s common for there to be minimal or no property damage, so insurance adjusters will make a low-ball offer. Low Speed Collisions CAN […]

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    Sacramento Schools Try to Reduce Teen Drunk Driving

    Drunk driving has been a problem for decades, leading to car accident injuries and deaths on the road. In the 1990s, a program called Every 15 Minutes was developed on the premise that a person was fatally injured in an alcohol-related collision approximately every 15 minutes. A powerful educational tool coordinated by the CHP and affiliated agencies, […]

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  • drinking and driving

    Suing Drunk Drivers in Civil Court

    The Difference Between Civil and Criminal Drunk Driving Cases Criminal Case In California, it’s a misdemeanor to drive a vehicle when a person is “under the influence” of alcohol. The driver can face a variety of penalties including restitution, fines, community service, jail time, loss of driving privileges, suspension of driver’s license, installation of an […]

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  • driver taking test at california dmv

    Truck Driver’s DMV Test Vital for Preventing Accidents

    Last year, federal investigators discovered over 100 commercial truck drivers bribed California DMV employees to get illegal Class A drivers’ licenses. For an under-the-table fee of up to $5,000 each, DMV employees altered computer information to dishonestly show that drivers had passed written and behind-the-wheel tests. Commercial truck drivers are required to be in possession of […]

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  • teenage boy asleep at the wheel

    5 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

    Getting a driver’s license is one of the most exciting events in a teenager’s life. For most teens, a license equals freedom and a step toward adulthood. But for parents, this day can be extremely stressful because car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenage drivers. Parents play a key role in preventing […]

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  • big rig on road in the rain

    Brake Problems Biggest Cause of Truck Accidents

    Study Finds Driver Fatigue Not Biggest Cause Truck drivers are known to spend notoriously long hours on the road. And most people think that driver fatigue is the most common cause of truck accidents. But according to a national study by the FMCSA, the primary cause of most large truck accidents is brake problems. Fatigue […]

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    SmartDrive Helps Prevent Truck Accidents

    Please note: this is not a sponsored post, and we are in no way affiliated with SmartDrive Systems, Inc. We simply support driving safety. SmartDrive is a new technology that protects drivers on the road and saves fuel costs for commercial trucks, mass transit, and other fleets. How SmartDrive Works The SmartDrive technology was designed […]

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  • personal injury justice

    Short FAQ About Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

    Getting in a personal injury accident, whether it is a slip-and-fall, car accident or medical malpractice, is a stressful time in a person’s life. It can be quite scary dealing with the unknown, such as mounting medical bills and how they will get paid, how and when to replace a vehicle, insurance claims and whether to […]

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  • bike accident

    Bicycle Accidents Can be Avoided

    Sacramento is an ideal environment for bicyclists, with its historic attractions, rivers, trails, farmers markets, quaint neighborhoods and tree-line streets. But sharing the road with cars increases the likelihood of bicycle accidents. Here’s why: A driver can misjudge the speed of a bike and end up striking the cyclist. Car drivers often do not expect bikes to be […]

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  • a commercial truck loading dock

    Truck Accident Victims Often Forget the Shipper

    Truck accidents can be disastrous, which is why commercial truck owners are required to carry a minimum of $750,000.00 in single-limit coverage. This typically covers the trucking business owner, drivers, and any trucks that are insured under the policy. The policy amounts are so high because litigation costs a great deal in the U.S. (A recent study […]

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  • people celebrating july 4 glad they're not in car accident

    Elk Grove Safest Place to Drive in Sacramento Report Says

    Every year before July 4th, the Allstate insurance company publishes a ranking of the top U.S. 200 safest cities to drive in. And while Sacramento, Roseville or Folsom didn’t make the top 100, Elk Grove did – coming in at #91! (The actual city of Sacramento was #130, down from 115 in 2015). The ratings in […]

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  • Funny Video Shows Danger of Texting and Driving

    A European organization called Responsible Young Drivers produced an educational video that’s fun to watch. License applicants were told that they would have to send text messages during their driving test, and the video shows the results. Most of the drivers are shocked and a little upset, but they learn a very valuable lesson. Even […]

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  • Highway Crossroads Makes Sacramento Magnet for Truck Accidents

    Sacramento’s highways facilitate access to unique destinations like Lake Tahoe, Reno, and San Francisco. Droves of people make the pilgrimage from the Bay Area every weekend to go skiing, hiking or snowboarding in Tahoe. Likewise, small town folks often like to head to the city for a taste of nightlife on the weekend. In fact, Sacramento and […]

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  • spoliation

    Write a Spoliation Letter to Protect the Evidence of Your Case

    What is Spoliation? Put simply, spoliation is the destruction of evidence. Many people assume the only valid reason to destroy evidence is because it’s incriminating. But there are situations when evidence is destroyed unknowingly. How Might Spoliation Impact Your Personal Injury Case? There is evidence in every personal injury case, no matter how slight. Let’s assume we are talking […]

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  • teen driver texts while driving creates vicarious liability situation

    Vicarious Liability in California

    Someone who has been negligent and caused an accident has created tort liability for themselves. Vicarious liability is a legal doctrine applicable in the state of California that creates liability for a person who did not actually cause the injury but who has a special relationship with the one who did, such as: Parent-Child Employer-Employee […]

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  • employee liability

    Employer Liability – Can You Sue Your Boss?

    Read these hypothetical examples of workplace accidents where employer liability is more difficult to determine than you might think. Employer Liability with Slip and Fall Accidents Q. Edward Employee was on his way to work one day, but stopped on the way to have breakfast at a local coffee shop. While at Cathy’s Coffee Shop, […]

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  • calculator and documents for car accident settlement

    Truth About Car Accident Settlement Calculators

    There are many car accident settlement calculators available online, but they should only be used to provide an estimate of your eventual settlement. This article will shed light on some of the key variables that can only be determined by examining the details of the case. Two Primary Factors When Determining Your Settlement The value of […]

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  • mysterious car accident settlement formula

    Car Accident Settlement Calculator Formulas Demystified

    Before you can begin negotiating a car accident settlement, you need to have a general idea of how much compensation you should reasonably expect. There is no one official formula to get the monetary value of your settlement, but you can get a general idea by combining the totals of economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic […]

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  • Map of Sacramento’s Most Dangerous Intersections

    Sacramento car accidents are all too frequent, with a combined injury and death rate of almost 2,000 per year within city limits. Many of these happen on the freeways, but city surface streets also present opportunities for collision. Intersections can be the most perilous, with cars and trucks making turns, speeding up or slowing down, […]

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  • Uninsured Motorist Sample Demand Letter

    There are over 4 million uninsured motorists in California. If you were in a car accident that was not your fault and the responsible party doesn’t have auto insurance, you may submit a claim to your own insurance company under the terms of your policy. To give you a head start, we’ve created a sample demand letter […]

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    Why Car Insurance is Important in California

    Up to 4.1 million drivers in the State of California are uninsured, according to the Insurance Research Council. If you’re one of these drivers, read this article to understand why car insurance is important to have and what can happen if you don’t. Is car insurance legally required in California? Yes, car insurance is absolutely required […]

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  • sacramento car accident infographic

    Sacramento Traffic Accident Report

    Sacramento is the site of over 3,000 traffic accidents per year resulting in death or injury, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Sacramento Drunk Driving Accidents Not surprisingly, many Sacramento car accidents were caused by drunk drivers. Of the 279 injuries that were related to alcohol in 2012, 43 of them were caused by an […]

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  • Anatomy of a Personal Injury Demand Letter

    If you’ve been in an accident, you may need to write a personal injury demand letter to an insurance company. Demand letters are often necessary when filing a personal injury claim as they provide detailed facts of your case in a way that can maximize the possibility of a strong settlement in your favor. Download Sample […]

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  • insurance company responses

    3 Typical Insurance Company Responses You Might Get After You Send a Demand Letter

    If you’ve been injured in an serious accident, you probably received medical attention and gone through a recovery period. If the accident was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for medical treatment, lost wages as well as pain & suffering. But to get the ball rolling with the insurance companies, you must first […]

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  • Premises Liability: Who’s Responsible When You Slip and Fall?

    What is Premises Liability? Premises liability law determines who is responsible when someone has an accident on property other their own. Also known as slip and fall accidents, premises liability has to do with when conditions on the ground or in a building cause someone to slip and fall or have an accident in some […]

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  • California Demand Letters Made Easy

    If you’re a California resident and have been in an accident, you may need to write a California personal injury demand letter to a company or individual. Luckily, the California state judicial system makes it easy with an online demand letter template. California Demand Letter Generator There is a California demand letter template wizard available […]

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  • people investigating aftermath of serious train accident

    Train Accidents Less Common Than Car Accidents But More Serious

    Train accidents might seem like something that used to be an issue, back before modern transportation, driving laws and driver safety practices existed. But you’d be surprised just how often train accidents involving a motorist or pedestrian still do occur. As a personal injury lawyer, it’s regrettable that I hear these stories still all too […]

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  • 6 Ways Insurance Companies Try to Reduce Your Personal Injury Settlement

    Insurance companies are notorious for trying to minimize the amount of money they will have to pay out in a personal injury claim. If you’ve been injured in an accident, knowing some of the most common tactics used by insurance companies could mean a big difference in your settlement amount. Here are 6 of the most common ways […]

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  • pedestrians crossing street in city

    Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Safety

    Now that elementary, junior high, high school and colleges are back in session in Sacramento, there are more pedestrians walking to and from school, bus stops, after-school activities, sports, homes of friends, after school programs and to their own residences. With more people (and children) on the roads,  an increase in pedestrian injuries is likely. Of the […]

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  • kids walking to school

    5 Great Pedestrian Safety Tips for Sacramento Kids

    Accidents can happen at any time. Learning how to prevent them is extremely important. To avoid a personal injury, here are 5 safety tips go over with your child before they start walking to and from school and activities. 1. Be SEEN One of the most basic and important tips is to make sure you […]

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  • A California Personal Injury Trial in 7 Steps

    Usually, personal injury cases don’t go to trial. Trials are expensive, time consuming and the outcome is uncertain for both the plaintiff and the defendant. But sometimes they do. If your case looks like it may go to trial, you should know what happens in a typical personal injury trial. In this article, we provide a step-by-step description […]

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  • Dog Bite Laws: Am I Entitled to a Lawsuit?

    While dogs are commonly known as “Man’s Best Friend”, there are certain breeds that inflict serious injury on humans and their canine counterparts. Nearly 75 million dogs live in the United States. 880,000 dog bite victims seek emergency medical care at hospitals in the U.S. annually according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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  • Does Personal Injury Have a Statute of Limitations?

    When a party is injured, they have a period of time to file a law suit. This is called the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury allows victims involved in an accident a certain period of time to file a lawsuit. Failing to understand and comply with the statute of limitations may hurt your […]

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  • Can Passengers Sue The Driver in a Car Accident?

    In car accidents involving a driver and a passenger, one of the first questions people ask is “can the passenger sue the driver of the car that was responsible for the accident?” The short answer is yes. The car accident passenger can sue the driver of the car under the same legal theory that anybody (another […]

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  • stacked sheets of asbestos

    Know the Risks of Asbestos Exposure

    Asbestos was used in many industrial and building materials throughout the twentieth century, even though the dangers of asbestos exposure had been studied and documented in the 1930s. Corporations continue to be liable for irresponsible practices that threatened their employee’s lives, and the lives of others in the immediate area that have been involved with […]

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  • overturned truck

    Truck Accidents Are Often Preventable

    On August 1, 2006, Dan Lindner kissed his two toddlers and wife goodbye before they set out for a four- hour drive with Lindner’s mother-in-law to visit family. This would be the last time he would ever see any of them alive. As his wife drove her minivan on the interstate, traffic slowed to a […]

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  • motorcycle accident claim

    What’s the Real Value of Your Motorcycle Accident Claim?

    Before you can determine what the value of your motorcycle accident claim, you need to look at two very important factors: Was the other party liable? Were there property or personal injury damages? Unless you can prove the answer is yes to both, the value of your case is virtually zero. This is because “liability” is […]

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    Determining Negligence in No Contact Motorcycle Accidents

    Not every motorcycle accident is a contact crash. An automobile driver can be liable for a motorcyclist’s injuries and property damage even when they have not physically touched the motorcycle rider. The question is whether the driver was negligent. Determining Negligence Negligence is failing to exercise reasonable care. If a reasonable person would have behaved […]

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    Texting and Driving: A Dangerous Distraction for California Drivers

    The popularity of mobile phones in recent years has created a big problem for public safety on California roads. Texting while driving is the cause of thousands of injuries and deaths in the US every year. The California Department of Motor Vehicles reports that there are three types of distracted driving: Distractions that take your eyes […]

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  • How to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit (Without a Lawyer)

    If you’ve been a victim of a car accident or have suffered another injury, you may be motivated to file a personal injury claim against someone or some organization. You may also be thinking about filing the claim yourself instead of using a lawyer. If you’re considering filing a civil lawsuit yourself, this post will help your […]

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  • 6 essential elements of a personal injury demand letter

    The 6 Essential Elements of a Personal Injury Demand Letter

    After you’ve been in an accident, knowing how to write a personal injury demand letter for the insurance companies is one of the most important things you can do. A demand letter (also known as a demand package) goes through each stage of your claim from the date of the accident through the date of the letter and […]

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    Maximize Your Settlement Amount by Seeking Immediate Medical Care

    If you’ve been injured in a car accident and you want to maximize the settlement amount, seeking immediate, documented medical care is the #1 most important thing you can do. Why? Delays in seeking medical treatment tell the insurance company that your injuries are not serious. This may prompt the insurance adjuster will lowball your […]

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  • 4 Reasons Why Getting a Lawyer After a Car Accident Makes Sense

    There are four primary reasons why you should consider getting a lawyer after a car accident. Lawyers are experienced dealing with insurance companies Lawyers usually work on a contingency basis. This means you don’t have to pay anything upfront. Car accident cases can be complex with many different players – insurance companies, medical providers, multiple plaintiffs and […]

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    How to Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

    If you have been seriously injured in an accident, the experience can be emotionally draining and confusing. Insurance adjusters will discount your claim, bully you, and scare you into an unreasonable settlement or no settlement at all. Discovering how to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you handle the insurance adjuster and negotiate a […]

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  • doctor shows personal injury patient medical costs

    Future Medical Costs from a Personal Injury

    In California, a person who has been injured is entitled to future medical damages in addition to past medical charges. The measure by which the damages are measured is stated in Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. “To be recoverable, a medical expense must be both incurred and reasonable. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541, 555. […]

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  • How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

    After an accident, many people wonder how to choose a personal injury lawyer. If you or someone close to you has been involved in an auto collision, slip-and-fall, or wrongful death, your life has been impacted. The laws of California may provide you compensation and $$$ damages if you have been wrongfully injured or hurt. […]

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  • motorcycle drivers beating public perception

    3 Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident: Beating Public Perception

    Public perception influences settlement amounts in every area of personal injury. After a motorcycle accident, defeating the negative public perception of motorcycle riders is essential. Beating public perception after a motorcycle accident comes from: (1) Being aware of the public perception issue (2) Not playing into stereotypes (3) Keeping the focus on their negligence and […]

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  • pedestrians getting ready to cross street have legal protection against car accident

    Pedestrian Car Accidents

    Pedestrians have the right to expect safe access and travel according to the California Vehicle Code section 21949(a).  This notion has also been supported by established pedestrian car accidents case law.  In Celli v. Sports Car Club Inc. (1972) 29 Cal.App.3d 511, Plaintiffs were viewing the race in the pit area with their “pit passes” […]

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    Personal Injury Caused By Condition of Public Property

    You’ve just been involved in a traffic collision with another car, but it wouldn’t have happened if a tree branch wasn’t obscuring your view of a stop sign. You’ve just been assaulted and robbed in a city parking garage at night, but it would not have occurred if access to the garage was restricted and […]

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  • motor scooter safety tips

    4 Motor Scooter Safety Tips For Enjoying Your Ride

    In recent years, the popularity of motor scooters surged into a cultural norm: Vespas, mopeds and other electric scooter sales increased by 50% in 2011, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. Whether young or old, individuals of all ages and backgrounds turn to motor scooters as a fun and efficient way to cruise around town. […]

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  • mom and kid in swimming pool

    Swimming Pool Safety Tips for Summer

    Swimming pools offer kids plenty of summertime fun and play. From get-togethers with friends on the block or a leisurely evening swim, swimming pool activities remain as an everlasting American pastime fit for the warm weather. Despite the great fun they provide, swimming pools come with their own set of dangers. According to CDC, drownings […]

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  • family member at funeral service of wrongful death victim

    Elements of a California Wrongful Death Suit

    In order for a wrongful death suit to be successful, there are certain elements that need to be present. It is important for the surviving family to understand all of these elements before pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit in California. Element 1: Did the Wrongful Death of a Human Being Occur? The answer to this […]

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    California Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

    Statute of Limitations laws limit the amount of time a plaintiff has to file a lawsuit. Statute of limitations laws help to guarantee that the legal process can move forward in a timely manner, that evidence will still be fresh and that witnesses are still available to testify. In the event of a wrongful death, […]

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  • The 13 Safest Vehicles in a Car Accident

    Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) releases their IIHS Top Safety Picks after the cars are graded on several metrics. Chosen vehicles are proven to provide excellent protection in the event of a car accident. For 2013 models, the Top Safety Pick+ award went to 13 vehicles, with 117 additional cars earning […]

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  • DUI Checkpoints and Auto Accident Prevention

    DUI checkpoints were first initiated for one reason, to prevent death and/or injury by an alcohol impaired driver. In California, these traffic stops are funded by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in an effort to save lives and prevent alcohol related auto accidents. While 12 states view checkpoints as unconstitutional, 38 states, including California, set up […]

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  • couple playing with dog after learning about dog bite prevention

    Dog Bite Injury Prevention

    Dog’s make great companions and in many cases are considered family. They are wonderful pets and can bring a lot of joy into a household. However, even the best pets can attack under certain circumstances. Dog bite injuries are serious and should be addressed as such. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 800,000 […]

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  • Do You Have a Wrongful Death Case?

    If you have suffered the sudden death of a loved one at the legal fault of another, you may have means for a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits are filed by the survivors of the deceased when death was the result of another party’s negligence or improper actions. Wrongful death cases can only be […]

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