July 4th Auto Accidents

While a time for celebration, the long Independence Day weekend can also bring with it a number of serious personal injuries, including car accidents from drinking and driving, illegal firework injuries, and dog bites. Indeed, according to the National Safety Council, July 4th is the deadliest holiday in the United States. The patriotic holiday has also historically been the deadliest day on the road for Americans. Unfortunately, we saw several fatal auto accidents over the weekend that confirmed how dangerous July 4th can be for some.

If you or a loved one was injured by a negligent driver in an auto accident over the July 4 weekend, know that California law is on your side. If your injuries and/or property damage were the result of another driver’s reckless or careless behavior, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and more.


Summer Months Mean More Teen Driving Accidents

Summer is here and in the San Fernando Valley, that means we can expect a lot more cars on the road. Why? Because school is out and teen drivers are making the most of their summer break.

The increase in the number of teen drivers on local roads may not be good news for everyone. Statistically speaking, teen drivers are the demographic most likely to cause auto-related accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a teen driver, speak to an experienced accident attorney about your legal rights.

Numerous studies on brain development have shown that the brain doesn’t reach full maturity until the mid-twenties, long after teenagers can apply for their drivers license. While distracted driving can happen at any age, teenagers have been more likely to engage in typical distracted driving behaviors like texting and driving. Additionally, if they are driving with friends in the car, they can be easily distracted, which leads to less paying attention to the road and more car accidents. Unfortunately, many teen drivers also drive while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Teen driving statistics


5 Reasons to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in an auto accident, you may be wondering if it is really necessary to hire an attorney. Maybe your damages weren’t very high or you have always enjoyed the law and would like to handle your case yourself. Whatever the reason, know that sometimes it is possible for you to represent yourself. In fact, here’s a cheat sheet on how to handle your own car accident case by going through small claims court.

Quite often, hiring the right personal injury lawyer is the best choice for you and your family. So the question is: How do you know if you need to retain the assistance of an attorney to help you handle your case? Read on for the top 5 reasons why hiring an attorney after a car accident will help you protect your rights.

1. You have a limited time to sue. In California, there is a statute of limitations that says you must file a car accident claim within a certain amount of time (generally 2 years, but more on that here) or you give up your right to sue forever.