Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is frequently consulted concerning fall accidents and biking accidents in and around Santa Monica. In a recent unpublished case, the Court expanded the immunities available to public entities to include the “paths” adjacent to Ocean Avenue at Palisades Park which might otherwise be considered “sidewalks” for purposes…
With the emergence of new shopping centers, restaurants, and cafes in Woodland Hills, many residents are starting to appreciate the ability to walk to dinner, local boutiques, and more. Not only is walking eco-friendly, but it can be a nice way to get some exercise and take advantage of the warm Valley nights. Unfortunately, with the increase in pedestrians throughout Woodland Hills comes an increase in the number of pedestrian-related auto accidents.
Pedestrian accident statistics
For many Woodland Hills residents, the ease of online shopping has saved them time, money, and the stress of navigating crowded parking lots (read about parking lot accidents here) and busy retail stores. As online shopping becomes more of the norm, the number of commercial delivery trucks involved in auto accidents also increases. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by a delivery truck, speak with an experienced Woodland Hills accident lawyer about your legal rights.
Take UPS, for example. The shipping giant now boasts nearly 100,000 delivery trucks that operate 7 days a week. The 60,000 or so employed drivers log almost 900 million miles a year behind the wheel. And UPS is not the only one. Many retailers have ramped up their delivery services, meaning more trucks on the road and more trucking accidents.
Leading causes of delivery truck accidents
Car accidents happen daily throughout Woodland Hills, and many residents blame ever-increasing traffic in and around the Warner Center. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident that was not your fault, know that California law is on your side.
Two categories of car accidents
There are two broad categories of causes of car accidents: 1) driver error and 2) everything else. According to studies performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driver error is the leading cause of car accidents in the United States.
Los Angeles Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist attorney Barry P. Goldberg is regularly confronted with issues which implicate the use of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage. It is very common that an unidentified “hit and run” vehicle is involved in serious collisions. It is not uncommon for a “phantom” vehicle to cut someone off or run someone off…
Immediately after an auto accident in the San Fernando Valley, it is common for those involved to start finger-pointing. This makes sense for a handful of reasons, including that being at fault for an accident can affect everything from the cost of your insurance premium to “points” on your driving record. Not only that, but the driver who is responsible for causing the accident is liable for your injuries. So if fault is slightly unclear (i.e. the driver didn’t run a red light and crash into you, a scenario where fault is obvious), how do you prove that you are entitled to financial compensation?
Different types of auto accidents
Car accidents in the San Fernando Valley often happen when you least expect them. In fact, even the most cautious of drivers are sometimes blindsided by a not-so-cautious driver, perhaps one who is texting and driving, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or just not observing the rules of the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, you have the right to recover financial compensation for your injuries.
The financial toll resulting from personal injury accidents can be devastating and threaten your family’s financial stability. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another driver or entity (such the corporation who employed the negligent driver), you have a right to be reimbursed for the income you lost while treating and recovering from your injury, medical expenses, pain and suffering, as well as potential future damages.
Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is always looking for creative ways to obtain as much as possible for his clients. It has become more common that the value of the plaintiff’s injuries easily exceed the available third party policy limits. Most capable plaintiff’s attorneys know and understand how to make a “policy…
With millions of California students officially back in school, traffic safety should also be on every parent and child supervisor’s back-to-school list. Too often, we hear tragic stories of children walking in a crosswalk on the way to or from school getting hit bar a car, suffering severe and sometimes life-threatening injuries. With instances of texting and driving on the rise, even though it is against the law, it is especially important to teach our children street safety tips. And yes, scrolling through Instagram or Facebook while driving is also considered distracted driving. If your child was injured in an auto accident or pedestrian accident caused by a distracted driver, contact an experienced accident attorney.
Traffic Dangers Children Face
Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is a big proponent of the California Code of Civil Procedure § 998 Offer to Compromise process. In fact, there is no logical reason not to use the process in every litigated case! Section 998 provides, among other things, that if a party fails to accept a…