Does Hollywood Encourage Illegal Speed Racing?

Despite its glorification in Hollywood films such as the “Fast and the Furious” series and “Need for Speed,” street racing (or drag racing) has been blamed for causing many accidents — and with good reason. Drivers often lose control of their vehicles due to high racing speeds, resulting in injuries and fatalities to drivers, passengers, or bystanders.

Street racing generally refers to any contest or exhibition of speed between two or more vehicles on any street or roadway and is illegal in most states, including California. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the California Office of Traffic Safety, hundreds of citations are issued each year for illegal speed racing. Since 2006, California has allowed prosecutors to charge drivers who engage in reckless driving or speed contests that injure another person with a felony. Drivers could also be sentenced to six months in state prison and fined up to $1,000. Prior to that time, drivers could only be charged with a misdemeanor and thus faced shorter prison stints (if they faced any at all).


What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere, anytime, even when you think are paying attention. Perhaps, before crossing a street, you checked left and right and saw that the coast was clear of cars. Or you saw a car and believed that you and a driver made eye contact and it was safe to cross the street, but the driver didn’t slow down. Long story short? Accidents between motorists and pedestrians in Woodland Hills are common. If you are a pedestrian who was hit by an automobile driver, there are several things you should know.

First, the driver of the car, truck, or motorcycle may face both civil and criminal liability. Civil liability means that as the injured pedestrian, you may sue for damages sustained as a result of the accident. An experienced pedestrian accident attorney will be able to help you with this. You may be able to recover medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and for injuries suffered. Additionally, a local government agency, such as the District Attorney’s Office, could charge the driver with criminal liability. This means the state would prosecute the driver for injuries caused to you if the driver was determined to be breaking the law, such as driving under the influence or engaging in a hit and run. Criminal liability could result in fines, probation, jail time, and loss of a driver’s license.

Legal Obligations of Driver Who Hits a Pedestrian


Don’t Terminate Me —Bro!

Woodland Hills Personal Injury Lawyer Barry P. Goldberg has noticed a shift in litigation attorneys’ attitudes towards discovery in court.  Due to under-funded Superior Courts, it is more and more difficult to enforce discovery.  Therefore, a “new breed” of litigator is growing that is trying to game the otherwise self-executing discovery process.  When they eventually…


10 Details You Should Write Down After Being Involved in a Car Accident

In the confusion and chaos often following a serious auto accident in Woodland Hills, the last thing on many accident victims’ minds is protecting their legal rights. However, if down the road, you or your loved one may want to consider bringing a personal injury claim against a negligent driver, it is important that you remember to gather certain information that could end up being very useful. Of course, if you or your loved one is seriously injured in the crash and require immediate transportation to a hospital to take care of injuries, your well-being comes first. Perhaps a non-injured friend or family member can obtain documentation and photographs to potentially be used as evidence on your behalf.

What to Write Down After an Auto Accident

If you or a loved one is injured in an automobile accident, it could be helpful to write down, or have someone else write down for you, these ten important accident-related details as soon as possible:


A Proper C.C.P. § 998 Offer to Compromise Must Apportion Amounts to Multiple Defendants.

Woodland Hills Personal Injury Attorney Barry P. Goldberg is a major advocate of utilizing the California Code of Civil Procedure § 998 Offer to Compromise in every case.  In fact, Mr. Goldberg calls the procedure the “Tactic of Champions” because it can reverse substantial costs of litigation to the losing party.  Unfortunately, many lawyers do…


Side Swipe, or Lane Changing Auto Accidents

Lane change or “side swipe” collisions are more common than one might think.  These auto accidents are described as a “glancing blow” from or on the side of another object, such as another vehicle and usually occur when one vehicle makes an improper lane change and makes contact with the vehicle in the adjacent lane. Drivers of motorcycles and commercial trucks can also be guilty of side swipe collisions.  Cyclists are often victims of these accidents as drivers underestimate or fail to acknowledge the space a cyclist needs on the road.

A side swipe accident in Woodland Hills may also be caused by a distracted driver who veers into the adjacent lane.  Distracted driving occurs under a variety of circumstances, including texting while driving, using a phone, being impaired by alcohol or prescription drugs, or a host of other circumstances.


Be Careful Out There! The Recreational Immunity Statute Could Preclude Liability!

Woodland Hills Personal Injury Lawyer Barry P. Goldberg encourages everyone to enjoy the outdoors and experience all that California, Los Angeles County and Ventura County have to offer.  However, if you are entering property to hike, sight see or bike, you may not be able to sue anyone if you are injured.  This surprises many…


Recovering Lost Wages After An Auto Accident

If you are involved an auto, bicycle, or motorcycle accident in the San Fernando Valley, you might be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries. For example, your lawyer may seek “lost income” and/or “lost earning capacity” damages in presenting claims to the insurance company or at trial. These types of monetary awards aim to make you or an injured loved one “whole” after an accident.

“Lost Income” Financial Recovery for Injuries

Personal injury victims may seek lost income damages as compensation for wages and benefits lost due to injury. For instance, if you were unable to work for two weeks following a car accident, your San Fernando Valley auto accident lawyer might seek two weeks’ worth of wages, because you “lost income” during that week. For purposes of calculating the damages, you need not miss the days of work consecutively. Any income lost can be counted, whether it was one day here, and two days the following week, due to pain and/or doctor’s appointments that prevented you from working. Lost income damages can be fairly straightforward to prove, because these damages involve examining the person’s work attendance record and their pay stubs.


Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents & How to Avoid Them

As the weather in the San Fernando Valley continues to get warmer, and the days get longer, more and more locals are taking to their bikes to get around. Bicycling can be a great form of exercise and, for the eco-friendly, an ideal form of transportation. So what happens when you, or you and your family, are on a leisurely bike ride and an out of control or negligent driver careens into you? Do you have legal rights? Can you recover financial compensation for your injuries?

Bicyclists accidents and injuries

Each year, cyclists are involved in auto accidents with cars and trucks and suffer from serious injuries. Recent statistics indicate that these bicycle accidents are most often the fault of the automobile driver. Whether it is a result of motorists simply not paying attention for bicyclists as carefully as they should or texting and driving or simply a disregard for a cyclist’s life, cycling accidents in the San Fernando Valley are increasingly common.


When Is It Necessary to Hire An Auto Accident Lawyer?

If you have lived in the San Fernando Valley long enough, you have probably been involved in or witnessed an auto accident. If it was what you considered to be a “minor” car accident, you probably figured you didn’t need a lawyer, that you could work it out with the insurance companies. After all, your insurance company is on your side, right? Wrong.

Many people work under the assumption that their insurance company will treat them fairly and have their best interests at heart. So when their insurance company tells the accident victim that they would like to settle the matter and offer a number, the person thinks “this must be what my injuries and property damage were worth.” While that may sometimes be the case, and indeed, you may be able to represent yourself in a car accident claim (click here to learn more about self-representation), it is often not the case.

Just because your own insurance adjuster tells you that you do not need a lawyer does not make it true. Before signing a full and final release in exchange for a settlement offer, make sure that you have obtained the full and rightful financial recovery that you deserve. Even when you think you were hardly injured, it is best to seek an opinion as many injuries pop up down the road, known as later injuries, and can have long-term side effects.