Bringing a Lawsuit for a Defective Airbag

Airbags have made headlines recently, and not for the reasons one might hope. Instead of protecting drivers and passengers, some airbags have been causing injuries, ranging from burns to eye injuries and, unfortunately, death. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident and your injuries were worsened by a defective airbag, contact an experienced Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer. An airbag, which is likely located in either the steering wheel or in a panel on the dashboard, is connected to a crash sensor.  The sensor works by deploying at the moment the car gets into a severe crash (which usually means a head-on or near head-on collision with speeds ranging from 8 to 14 miles per hour).

Airbag Malfunction

When airbags deploy, they burst out of the dashboard at speeds topping 100 miles per hour.  The airbags can be hot, dusty, and covered in chemicals.  The airbag deploys in about 1/20th of a second, meaning the average person has very little time to react.  If you are injured when an airbag deploys, you may have a claim for damages.


Accidents Caused by Driving on Prescription Medication

Many of us, for one reason or another, end up taking prescription medications at some point in time. Unfortunately, fewer drivers consider how prescription medications affects their ability to safely drive.  New research shows that some medications, such as allergy medication, can affect cognition and response times as much as drinking alcohol affects driving. Understanding…

Auto Accident Lawyer Los Angeles

Do You Know the Difference Between an Insurance Agent, Broker and Broker/Agent?—Should you Care?

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is a student of all things insurance.  When it comes to this topic the average person turns off immediately and just somehow trusts that the person they buy the insurance from, and then the insurer, will somehow take care of everything.  In California, it is the rule…


Los Angeles Metrolink Hit & Run Accident

The recent news of a serious hit-and-run collision between a produce truck and a MetroLink train in Southern California has prompted many to ask: what are a driver’s obligations after an accident? How is someone charged with committing a hit-and-run?

In the MetroLink accident, a train traveling to Los Angeles at 80 miles per hour collided with a pickup truck pulling a trailer.  The driver had turned onto the tracks (likely by accident), then jumped out of his vehicle and walked away before the accident occurred.  No one was killed, although dozens of people were injured.

What is a person to do after being involved in an accident?


California Court Again Reinforces Mediation Confidentiality Hindering a Client’s Ability to Sue His Lawyers!

Woodland hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg encourages mediation in almost every case he handles.  In California, what is said and communicated in the mediation context is privileged and cannot be used in subsequent matters.  Many attempts have been made to circumvent the privilege without much success.  Recently, another attempt to use evidence or…


If you ask for “Full Coverage” Your Insurer has no Duty to provide it! Get an Independent Agent to Advise You!

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg cringes when interviewing a client and hearing the response “I have Full Coverage.”  While it certainly beats “I have no coverage” or “I have minimum coverage”, it really provides less information than clients think.  In fact, there is no accepted array of automobile insurance that qualifies as…


Teen Drivers and Woodland Hills Car Accidents

Young drivers ages 16 to 19 years of age have the highest annual crash rates of any other age group, nationwide.  Indeed, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for this group is 3 times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over.

Common causes of teen auto accidents include traveling with too many people in the car, lack of seatbelt use, and distracted driving.  A closer look at these causes reveals that one in four teens reports either driving or riding in a car without using a seatbelt.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt is the number one way to prevent serious injury or death in a motor vehicle accident. Young drivers are also more likely to drive while distracted by texting, playing loud music, or speaking with other passengers.

Additional causes of accidents in this age range include inexperienced driving techniques; traveling late at night or early in the morning; or driving under the influence.  Split-second decisions such as driving too fast, overcorrecting after turning, or making sudden turns in intersections or in front of traffic are likely to lead to car accidents.  With time, these risks may decrease.


Slip and Fall Accidents in the San Fernando Valley

Thousands of people are injured each year in San Fernando Valley in “slip and fall accidents,” which may be caused by slipping or tripping on uneven ground, a wet floor, or on unstable stairs.  Who is at fault?  Property owners are required to act carefully so that the fall was not likely to happen, and visitors or passers-by are equally responsible for acting with care and avoiding a fall.

If a property owner is to be held responsible for injuries suffered in a slip and fall or a trip and fall, the owner must have caused the condition, such as the uneven ground, the wet floor, or the unstable stairs.  A property owner could also be held responsible if he or she knew about the dangerous condition, such as the ground, floor, or stairs, and did nothing about it.  Finally, the third way a property owner might be held responsible is if what is known as a “reasonable” person caring for the property would have discovered the dangerous condition and removed or repaired it.