Anytime you are involved in an auto accident in the San Fernando Valley, it is of crucial importance to obtain the contact and insurance information of the other driver(s). Unfortunately, many drivers in California are driving either without insurance or with expired insurance policies. One would think that these uninsured drivers would take extra precautions…Details
Do You Know the “Permissible” Exclusions in Your Auto Policy? Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg has seen almost every possible circumstance arising from automobile accidents. Many cases involve insurance coverage issues ranging from whether a policy was in effect at the time of the accident to more complex concepts—like whether roommate A…Details
You were involved in an auto accident in the San Fernando Valley, but thankfully it seemed relatively minor. You didn’t break any bones or suffer a concussion, and your car only has minimal damage. So should you just avoid filing a claim with your auto insurance company and move on? As an experienced auto accident attorney would attest, the answer is no. Car accident injuries (such as neck injuries resulting from whiplash) can sneak up on you in the days or weeks following the accident. Therefore, it is critical to seek help for both medical claims and legal claims.
After a car accident, the last thing you want to deal with is your insurance company. This is one area where an experienced auto accident attorney will be very useful. There is just no need to go through the process of filing insurance and medical claims alone. By retaining the services of a qualified Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer, the necessary steps will be taken to ensure that your legal rights are considered that you receive fair compensation for any injuries or losses suffered in the accident. Without hiring a car accident lawyer after an accident, it is possible to end up having to pay medical bills and/or other damages caused in the accident.Details
Are you concerned about an elderly loved one’s determination to remain mobile and independent and not give up the keys to their car? Were you injured in a San Fernando Valley car accident caused by a senior citizen who technically should not have been driving? If you can relate to either of these experiences, keep reading.
It seems that older people are often stubborn when it comes to admitting they should not longer be driving, or giving up their drivers licenses. And in places like Los Angeles County, who can blame them? Getting around via public transportation is often not the easiest in our part of the country. However, this is no excuse to put oneself or others at risk. It is an unfortunate and true statistic that the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age. An average of 500 older adults are injured every day in crashes. According to the CDC, fatal crash rates per mile traveled increase starting at age 75 and jump notably after age 80. Experts believe this is largely due to increased susceptibility to injury and medical complications among older drivers rather than an increased tendency to get into crashes.
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Residents and drivers in the greater Los Angeles area are no strangers to police chases. We seem to see one on the news on weekly basis! Have you ever wondered what happens in the cases when the driver trying to get away hits an immobile object or another car? Who’s at fault?
Is the Suspect in a Police Chase Liable?
Maybe . . . The suspect in a police chase may be liable for breaching the duty of care owed to others on the road, including pedestrians, cyclists, and fellow motorists. If the suspect is negligent for failing to exercise the standard of reasonable care under the circumstances, he or she could be liable for damages caused by his/her actions. This would mean that:  the suspect had a duty to take risk-reducing precautions and to conform to a specific standard of conduct,  the suspect breached that duty by falling below the applicable standard of care,  the breach was the actual and proximate cause of injuries, and  someone suffered damages. If the suspect is violating traffic laws, or any other statute, regulation, or ordinance designed to protect others, and the violation was a substantial factor in causing injuries, the suspect may be liable under the negligence per se doctrine.Details
Article Summary There are many strange twists and turns in handling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Arbitrations. This article highlights some of the unique nuances in handling these arbitrations and suggests a model for an agreement to use certain statutes and rules in addition to Insurance Code §11580.2. With adequate planning, agreement of counsel at the…Details
Article Summary The modern trial lawyer shoulds not disregard the effect of Facebook and other social media when presenting a case to a jury. This article discusses the Court’s attempt to deal with social media through revised jury instructions and developing case law. With adequate acknowledgement that social media is pervasive and here to stay,…Details
A Public Safety and Uninsured-Motorist Coverage Perspective Published in the Advocate 2013 Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg believes California has a growing problem with record numbers of unlicensed, and therefore uninsured, drivers on the road. Undocumented immigrants drive every day and present a deadly risk to California motorists because they cannot get…Details
Auto accidents occur all too often on Los Angeles roads. From fender benders to multi-car collisions, it is nearly impossible to drive even a short distance without seeing a few cars pulled over to the shoulder or avoid the increased traffic that comes with a lane that has been blocked by a few cars. Los…Details
Car accidents happen with such regularity in California that meeting someone who hasn’t been involved in one is surprising. A recent U.S. Census report shows that there were 10.9 million car accidents annually in the United States. As a result of these automobile accidents, between 32,000 and 34,000 people die each year. When someone dies…Details