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.


Car Accident Mediation? — It’s Confidential!

Woodland Hills car accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg always recommends mediation to his clients whenever a resolution cannot be obtained through informal negotiations.  Often, these are cases that are litigated and hotly contested. The mediation process can be emotional and draining.  When unsuccessful, clients are often shocked to learn that everything that was said and…


When Truck Accidents Cause Fires

What happens when a large truck or big rig crashes and starts a fire, injuring innocent victims? Who is responsible for the damage caused? After the recent raging fire in Calabasas, where residents were forced to evacuate their homes, the upcoming warmer months which are often prime for fires throughout the San Fernando Valley, and the increase in construction and construction-related vehicles around the new Warner Center, these questions are ones that are on the top of many peoples’ minds.

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9 Reasons Why Your License Will be Suspended

Woodland Hills car accident lawyer Barry P. Goldberg handles hundreds of car accident cases in any given year.  About half of those accidents are either Uninsured or Underinsured.  It is not surprising because about 4 million drivers—or 1 in 6— have suspended licenses.  Therefore, they have no insurance.  Most California drivers have no idea what…


Main Reasons for License Suspension— No Insurance and Failing to Report Accidents to the DMV!

Woodland Hills car accident lawyer Barry P. Goldberg — a foremost advocate for Uninsured Motorist Coverage—is concerned for his clients and neighbors that over 4 million drivers in California have suspended licenses!  That is just about one in six!  That means they are Uninsured Motorists and you need to “cover” yourself!  The main reason for…


Harambe the Gorilla and Dog Bite Cases: Who’s At Fault?

The recent incident involving a toddler and Harambe the Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo has brought the issue of animal ‘attacks’ into the national spotlight. Every year, thousands of Americans are bitten by animals — most often dogs. Many of these dog bite victims have a legal right to recover damages from the animal’s owner or another responsible party.

If A Vicious Dog Bites You

If you are bitten by a dog, the first thing you need to do is write down the name and phone number of the dog’s owner or the name of a witness who can provide you with that crucial information. Next, and without delay, seek immediate medical attention. An untreated animal bite, especially from a rabid dog, can lead to serious injury, infection, and even death. You can bring your medical evaluation and reports to an experienced dog bite attorney who will be able to tell you whether you have a legal claim, and how much financial compensation you may be able to recover.

It is important to have the contact information of the dog’s owner, as you may want to file a claim against the owner with the help of an attorney.

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Common Mistakes By Woodland Hills Drivers

There seems to be a theme among the accidents caused by negligent drivers in the Woodland Hills area. And by theme, we mean a trail of common mistakes these drivers make that result in serious auto accidents. Read on to learn more…

Neglecting the Turn Signal

California law is clear on how drivers should changes lanes in traffic or turn and that involves the use of a turn signal, which many drivers tend to ‘forget’. It may be surprising, but not using one’s turning signal is actually more dangerous and more prevalent than distracted drivers. In fact, according to statistics, motorists either neglect to use their signals when changing lanes, or fail to turn the signals off, about 48% of the time. When making a right or left turn, the failure rate is 25% of the time. These numbers add up to about 2 billion times a day that drivers fail to use signals, and it is no surprise that many auto accidents are caused by a driver’s failure to properly use a turn signal.