Holiday Parties: Can You Sue the Bar or Homeowner Who Served the Alcohol?

It’s that time of year again, when holiday parties abound and the number of buzzed drivers or intoxicated drivers on the roads increase, putting many innocent pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and motorists at risk. We may know that a person who gets behind a wheel after drinking and causes an auto accident can be held liable for the damages they cause, but what about the person or business who supplied the driver with the alcohol?

According to the California Supreme Court, social hosts who charge a cover to attend their parties can potentially be held liable for injuries caused by their drunken underage guests. Social host liability imposes liability on social hosts as a result of their serving alcohol to adults or minors. Persons subject to social-host liability in civil lawsuits are generally those that provided alcohol to the obviously intoxicated or to minors who subsequently are involved in vehicle crashes or other activities causing death or injury to third parties. A social host is most often a private individual who serves alcohol in a non-commercial setting.

3 Logjams that Stall Most Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases.

Los Angeles personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is a frequent author on Uninsured/Underinsured (“UM/UIM”) motorist topics.  As such, regular advice is given out on many UM/UIM circumstances.  Surprisingly, most questions from other lawyers do not involve substantive UM/UIM issues.  Rather, the questions inevitably involve UM/UIM “procedure.”  There is a good reason—- the UM/UIM statutes…

Buzzed Driving & Drunk Driving Accidents Increase During Holiday Season

A new study released by UC San Diego reveals that “minimally buzzed” drivers – including those with a very low 0.01 blood-alcohol level (which is well below the legal limit of 0.08) are often to blame for fatal car crashes. According to the author of the study, “there is no blood-alcohol content so low that it’s safe to drive.” The holiday season often sees an increase in “buzzed” driving resulting from the number of work parties and family and friend gatherings. Many San Fernando Valley drivers think it is okay to drive after “just one drink” but as this study shows, that is not always the case. If you or a loved one is injured by a buzzed or drunk driver, know that the law is on your side.

The study examined over 570,000 fatal auto accidents and the research clearly shows that drinking and driving at any blood-alcohol level is dangerous and associated with greater accident severity, causing many implications for driver, passengers and the legal system.

Red Light Accidents in the San Fernando Valley

Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue in the San Fernando Valley and across the nation. Indeed, a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  indicates that in the last period of time surveyed, there were more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes, resulting in more than 7,000 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injury crashes. Over 700 deaths were caused by a driver running a red light. In other words? The auto accidents that result from a driver running a red light are serious. If you or a loved one have been injured in such an accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.

Sadly, one in 3 people claim they personally know someone injured or killed in a red-light running crash. This number is way too high and serves as a reminder of the importance of driving safely and following the rules of the road.

Risks Associated with Untreated Dog Bites

There is no denying that in the San Fernando Valley, we love our dogs. From dog-friendly businesses to outdoor dining areas, packed dog parks, and more, it is clear that we live in one animal-friendly city. Unfortunately, along with all the love and laughter a treasured pet brings, there can be some downside — in the form of aggressive, vicious dogs. And sometimes, these dogs bite people.

Maybe it was your child that was the innocent and unsuspecting victim of a brutal dog bite attack in the San Fernando Valley. According to the CDC, about 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs every year, with children accounting for half of this number. At least one in every five of those bitten require medical attention. If a child is involved, it is often more crucial to obtain medical treatment in order to ensure that the child is not at risk for long-term damage, whether it be emotional, physical, or mental.

Lies Insurance Companies Tell You Regarding Rental Car Coverage

If you’re like the countless Southern California drivers who have been involved in an auto accident, you’re probably more fed up with the insurance companies than with any injury to yourself or property damage to your car! Of course, car accident injuries (including whiplash) are nothing to joke about. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in Calabasas or the San Fernando Valley, be sure to seek prompt medical attention.

One of the biggest irritants among men and women who have been involved in a car accident is the way the auto insurance companies handle their claims. Even if the auto insurance company is yours! Your auto insurance likely includes collision coverage, which covers damage to your car arising out of a collision with another vehicle. Perhaps you purchased rental car insurance, which covers your rental car for a set dollar amount and maximum number of days.

Stop Sign Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are all-too-common in the San Fernando Valley.  In California, pedestrian deaths occur in approximately 22% of all traffic fatalities. No matter how often pedestrian accidents may occur, if you are the innocent victim minding your own business and obeying pedestrian traffic laws who is hit by a motor vehicle, nothing feels common about it. Chances are you’re wondering how – and why – your accident happened and how you will recover, both financially and physically.

Drivers responsible for pedestrian accidents often claim they “failed to see” you, didn’t have time to stop, or even that it was your fault and you darted in front of their car! What’s more, their insurance company might even try to blame you for the accident. If you were hit by a drunk, distracted or reckless driver, you deserve to be compensated. Contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney to learn more.

Driver runs a stop sign/traffic light

The Insurance Companies are Not Your Friends or Your Neighbors—Don’t be deceived by one of the Best Ad Campaigns of All Time

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, works with insurance company representatives on a daily basis and can provide a clear perspective on what insurance is and what it is not.  What will an insurance company do for you?  What is an insurance company’s obligation? The answer to these questions are blurred and the…

Can I Sue If I Was Hit By a Car While Jaywalking?

While California pedestrians are legally required to cross streets in demarcated crosswalks, if you were jaywalking in the San Fernando Valley and were hit by a car, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries. For example, if the driver of the car was drunk or high, distracted, texting, or speeding, then negligence is involved. However, determining liability for a pedestrian accident can be difficult to establish without the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Legally speaking, if a car hits you while you are jaywalking, you may still be able to receive compensation — if the driver broke the law in some way. The driver, of course, will argue that you were at fault for not following the law. This is where the doctrines of negligence and comparative fault come into play.

What Is Negligence?