Car Accidents: What Happens When the Driver is Not the Owner?

There are an unlimited number of reasons you may let a friend or relative drive your car. Perhaps your friend is the designated driver for the evening, and yours is the only vehicle that can hold all of your friends. Or maybe your cousin’s car broke down and she needs to borrow yours in order to get to work. Whatever the reason, it is important to know that you may be liable for any accidents your friend or relative causes while behind the wheel of your vehicle.

I am liable if someone causes an accident in my car?

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Tax Time Question—- Is My Personal Injury Settlement Taxable?

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg starts receiving phone calls around this “tax time” of year from clients asking whether their personal injury settlements must be declared and are taxable.  I always answer the question the same way, I am not qualified to provide tax advice.  In fact, I “glazed over” in law…


Barry P. Goldberg Honored as “10 Best Personal Injury Attorney”

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg has been honored once again for his dedication to his clients, his stellar reputation within the community, and his outstanding track record of success by the American Institute of Legal Counsel, an impartial third-party attorney rating organization that acknowledges attorneys for their excellence in the field of law. For the third year in a row, Mr. Goldberg has been awarded with the “10 Best” distinction in personal injury law.

The “10 Best” is a prestigious honor as each attorney must:


Pedestrian Deaths Climbing in Greater Los Angeles

Los Angelenos are known for loving their automobiles, as traffic on the 101 during rush hour can attest, but some days local residents feel like getting out on foot. Unfortunately, pedestrians in and around Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley are at more risk of getting killed by a car than anywhere else in the U.S., except for New York City. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, know that you have legal rights.

So why do California pedestrians face such a high risk of being hit by a car or other automobile when running, jogging, or taking a leisurely stroll? Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and other state agencies have identified several trends in technology and lifestyle that have introduced new risks to pedestrians. These risks include:


Lawyers can be Heroes!

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is trying to fight the negative lawyer stereotypes by attempting to live up to high ideals.  By being active in the San Fernando Valley Bar Association as an elected trustee and performing with the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic and Big Band of Barristers, Mr. Goldberg meets several…


2016 Amendment to C.C.P § 998 Equalizes Costs for Plaintiffs and Defendants

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg frequently comments on proper uses and tactics of C.C.P § 998 Offers to Compromise.  In fact, it is one of the few very useful tools left for a personal injury attorney to prompt or force a settlement with a third party in litigation.  Moreover, C.C.P § 998…


Sample Letter of Demand for a Dog Attack Claim

If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite attack, should you hire an experienced dog bite lawyer to assist you with your legal claim? Generally speaking, the answer is a resounding yes. By retaining a knowledgeable attorney who knows who to deal with and what to ask, as well as how to fight for you to recover the financial compensation your injuries deserve, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your case is being handled efficiently and expediently.

If you prefer to not work with an attorney after being attacked by a vicious dog, there are a few things you must know. First, it is advisable to seek medical attention as soon as possible so that your injuries can be examined and documented by a medical professional. Next, you may want to consider writing a letter of demand. The purpose of this letter is to summarize the facts, review the causes supporting your claim, and to demand financial compensation that fairly represents your injuries and damages.

In the demand letter, include:


Attorney Barry P. Goldberg Featured in Article on Parking Lot Accidents

When we hear about car accidents, we think multi-car crashes, big rigs smashing into smaller automobiles, and other examples of catastrophic crashes. What we don’t often consider are parking lot accidents. Personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is all too familiar with these types of accidents and his blog post on the realities of a parking lot accident is one of the most popularly searched articles on the matter.

As such, Auto Insurance Center, a consumer drive center for education on car insurance that stands to provide the most useful and comprehensive resource on the web on the subject, reached out to Mr. Goldberg to discuss the perils of parking lot auto accidents. With 1 in 5 accidents takes place in a parking lots, parking lot accidents are not to be ignored.


Distracted Driving: The #1 Cause of Car Accidents

As any auto accident victim can attest, the negligent driver always claims that it wasn’t his/her fault. Fortunately for the individuals who suffer broken bones, emotional distress, and financial ramifications from being hit by a reckless driver, the proof is clearly in the pudding.

According to several studies, the #1 cause of car accidents is distracted driving. Now, distracted driving can take many forms (the big one in the news currently being texting and driving), but regardless of whether the driver was speeding or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the result it the same — if the driver caused the accident, he/she is potentially liable for your injuries. Speak to an experienced auto accident attorney about your legal rights.

Common examples of distracted driving

Distracted driving is rampant in the San Fernando Valley. With many commuters in a rush to get to work, they can look for ways to ‘save time’. This can include:

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Never Sign a Release in an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Case!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is an expert on all things “Uninsured” and “Underinsured.”  The problem with Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist claims is that there is no integrated statute and procedural guidelines for properly handling these claims.  It is a patchwork of statutes, rules and contractual provisions.  Many, if not most, personal…