Safety Tips for Bicycle Riders

When bicycle accidents happen, they are often quite serious. Indeed, bicycle riders face a greater risk of suffering from serious crash-related injuries and deaths than other drivers. Whether you are trying to “go green”, get some exercise, or just catch some fresh air, here are some tips to ensure that your bicycle rides remain safe and sound.

Know About Traffic Rules and Regulations

California is a very bicycle friendly state. However, as a cyclist, it is always smart to be aware of the rules of the road before you head out on your ride. Following these rules will also hopefully make it easier for you to ride safely and in harmony with motorists. What’s more, if you are involved in an accident, it would be easier to get compensation if you were in the right.


Barry P. Goldberg Donates to Los Angeles Family Housing

San Fernando Valley, California – Attorney Barry P. Goldberg donated $1,000 on December 12, 2016 to the LA Family Housing (LAFH) – Christmas Gift Card Program as part of his law firm’s December Charity Donate-a-Thon.

Mr. Goldberg recently met the director at a Blanket the Homeless Program with the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, of which he is the Treasurer.  The director shared that the LA Family Housing facility was “transitional” for 90 days and that the organization has been placing families in reasonably priced housing around the Valley after the 90 days. There are hundreds of local families that are scraping by to make rent and buy food, and Christmas gifts for children are at the bottom of the list. The LAFH is trying to get $20 gift cards to give to the parents for each child that is part of the placement, so the parents can provide a Christmas gift.


Drunk Driving Accidents and the Holidays

Not surprisingly, the odds of getting into an auto accident increase when there are more cars on the road (such as during rush hour) or when driving conditions are less than optimal (say, during rain storms). But when the number of alcohol impaired drivers increases, the odds of a drunk driving related accident skyrocket.

Alcohol consumption and holiday driving

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at certain times of the year, such as summers and holidays, the numbers of deaths caused by drunk drivers increases dramatically. During the Christmas season, for example, an average of 45 fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver occurred each day, and soared to 54 per day over New Year’s.


Motorcyclists and “Riding” Under the Influence

Drunk driving is a problem year round, and particularly during the holiday season. Recent reports show that over 16,000 people were injured in drunk driving accidents in California in one year. That number is far too high. Drunk driving puts not only the driver’s life at risk, but it also increases the risk of injury or death to other motorists.

And drunk driving isn’t just for automobiles. Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that drunk driving deaths involving motorcycles are on the rise and that motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes are 2.5 times more likely to have consumed alcohol than passenger vehicle drivers.. Indeed, motorcyclists have the highest percentage of alcohol-related deaths — about 46% of riders killed in accidents, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), have alcohol in their system at the time of their death.

Drunk Driving Consquences


Barry P. Goldberg Donates to LAPD Devonshire PALS

San Fernando Valley, California – Attorney Barry P. Goldberg donated $1,000 to the Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire PALS Youth Program as part of his law firm’s December Charity Donate-a-Thon.

The Greg Smith LAPD Devonshire Youth Center is a safe and welcoming environment where children of the Northwest community can attend after school programs, interact with police officers and learn valuable life skills. The staff, volunteers, and police officers who work at the center are committed to teaching our youth leadership, integrity and character. The program includes access to computer labs, sports programs, tutoring opportunities, mentoring and more. Mr. Goldberg was overwhelmed by the organization and its focus, sharing that it offers “all the things we take for granted as parents that we forget are not available to the less fortunate—safe place to go after school. Abundant study resources. Tons of desirable programs like guitar lessons, sports, advanced art classes.


California Drivers are Still Confused about Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage!

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is an expert on all things “uninsured” and “underinsured.”  But, how does it work?  What is it? Why is it not clear to everyone? Well, in short, it is neither logical nor fair! Uninsured Motorist Coverage Protects You, Your Family. Uninsured motorist coverage is insurance YOU purchase…


Smart Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Responsible, safe driving is taught in driver education courses across the state, however accidents still happen. While most motorists drive within the legal speed limit and otherwise the rules of the road, it only takes one “bad apple” so to speak to cause an auto accident.

Have you ever been involved in a bad car accident? Driven by a multi-car crash on the 101? Or seen a bus accident on the news? There is no doubt an auto collision is an emotionally exhausting and stressful situation for all parties involved. What’s worse is that if the parties do not take the appropriate steps after the accident, the situation can easily get out of control. Fortunately, there are experienced auto accident attorneys who can assist you and your loved ones during this challenging time.

The Injured Should Be Assisted First


What to Do When Injured In Accident By An Uninsured Motorist

It only seems fair that the injured party in an auto accident receive full compensation. However, in California, about 1 in 8 drivers are uninsured, meaning if you or a loved one were injured in an accident that was caused by an uninsured driver, the at fault driver does not have insurance coverage to pay for your damages.

Not surprisingly, individuals who choose to drive without being covered — uninsured motorists — create problems for those who do follow the law and have insurance. Indeed, injured drivers won’t receive any compensation if they file a personal injury claim against an uninsured motorist.

Do no despair, however, there is hope: your own insurance coverage. If you are involved in an accident with a driver who does not have insurance, you can file a claim under your own uninsured motorist coverage.

How Does Uninsured Motorist Coverage Work?