Car Accident

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Seat Belt Defects and Car Accidents

As we know, automobile accidents in the San Fernando Valley can lead to serious injuries and sometimes death. When we combine a several thousand pound vehicle with defective products, the injuries can be even more...more

New York's Vision Zero Plan

In August, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that lowered New York City’s speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph. The bill was called “Vision Zero” and its goal is to reduce the number of deaths of motorists and...more

Lowering the legal limit in Illinois could reduce car accidents

A 65-year-old Hebron, Connecticut math teacher was severely injured after an inebriated parent struck him with her car after dropping her son off at school. According to NBC Connecticut, police determined that the driver, a...more

Pa. Supreme Court Agrees that Policyholders May Assign Their Bad Faith Claims

This week, in a 5-1 decision resolving a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that a policyholder or insured is permitted to settle the claims against it...more

Staged car crashes claim many victims

Many drivers throughout Chicago have become victims of fraudulent auto accident claims, which are a common way for organized crime rings to make money. Drivers are often unaware of the fraud, and quietly accept their role in...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Limits on Self-Insured Car Rental Company's Liability for Customers' Accidents

In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide an issue of considerable importance for Illinois’ car rental industry: can a self-insured car rental company be held liable without...more

Underinsured Motorist Insurance – Allowable Offsets to Limits

Christina Elliott v. Geico Indemnity Company - Court Of Appeal, Third Appellate District (November 19, 2014)- In California, Uninsured Motorist (“UM”) Coverage and Underinsured Motorist (“UIM”) Coverage are...more

Study: Drivers’ perception tied to motorcycle accidents

All too often, Illinois residents encounter headlines involving motorists failing to stop for motorcyclists. A motorcycle accident in Chicago recently occurred, clearly unfolding the scenario once again. Two men were...more

Deadly Car Accidents and Pennsylvania Negligence Claims

Fatal Head-On Crash Near Philadelphia High School - A recent article from CBS 3 Philly reported that a head-on crash just outside of Northeast High School in Philadelphia resulted in the death of one victim and the...more

How To Represent Yourself in Your Car Accident Claim

It’s a big secret that many lawyers don’t want you to know, but YES, you CAN represent yourself in a car accident claim. While there are certain situations where the experience and knowledge of a successful car accident...more

Landlords Need Not Deny Puppy Love

Dog-lovers will be happy to know they may rent property to a tenant and the tenant’s dog without necessarily being subject to strict liability if man’s best friend turns out to be not-so-friendly after all. In Spirlong v....more

Carhops and Cash Deposit Bags: Insurer Skates From the “Dual Purpose” Doctrine

For many, Sonic Drive-In restaurants stir thoughts of juicy burgers, neon-blue sodas, ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, and roller-skating carhops. Recently, however, in Hudson Specialty Insurance Company v. Brash Tygr, LLC, Nos....more

Prevent unnecessary legal complications by documenting a car accident

Thousands of individuals and families are forced to seek advice from an attorney for car accident injuries that they endure every year. According to the Illinois Department of Transpiration, 103,156 people were injured in car...more

Cognitive distraction focus of recent study

The use of hands-free technology has been widely touted as the most effective way to reduce incidences of distracted driving. Twelve states have completely banned the use of handheld devices while driving, and the federal...more

Pedestrian Accidents: Safety Tips

Being hit by a car while walking down the street or across a crosswalk is a terrifying experience, and unfortunately, one that is not all that uncommon in the San Fernando Valley. Indeed, the Center for Disease Control shares...more

Tracy Morgan Lawsuit Stalls, Star Suffers Brain Injury

Many people are familiar with the catastrophic trucking accident that left comedian Tracy Morgan severely injured and in a coma. Five months later, Tracy is still fighting to recover. According to a recent Associated Press...more

California Court Rejects Bad Faith Claim

In Graciano v. Mercury General Corporation, 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 1028 (Cal. App. Oct. 17, 2014), the California Court of Appeal had occasion to consider whether an insurer may be held liable for bad faith for unreasonably...more

3 Logjams that Stall Most Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases

Barry P. Goldberg is a frequent author on Uninsured/Underinsured (“UM/UIM”) motorist topics. As such, regular advice is given out on many UM/UIM circumstances. Surprisingly, most questions from other lawyers do not involve...more

Holiday Parties: Can You Sue the Bar or Homeowner Who Served the Alcohol?

It’s that time of year again, when holiday parties abound and the number of buzzed drivers or intoxicated drivers on the roads increase, putting many innocent pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and motorists at risk. We may...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - November 2014

In This Issue: - Southern District of California Denies Motion to Dismiss Bad Faith Claim in Homeowners Policy Dispute - Northern District of Indiana: No Bad Faith Where Insurer Has a Rational Basis for its...more

Middle District of Pennsylvania: Mere Delay Does Not Constitute Bad Faith

Shaffer v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No. 1:13-CV-01837, 2014 WL 5325340 (M.D. Pa. Oct. 20, 2014). Court grants summary judgment to insurer where lengthy investigation was required to determine causation for UIM...more

Buzzed Driving & Drunk Driving Accidents Increase During Holiday Season

A new study released by UC San Diego reveals that “minimally buzzed” drivers – including those with a very low 0.01 blood-alcohol level (which is well below the legal limit of 0.08) are often to blame for fatal car crashes....more

Middle District of Florida: Court Denies Summary Judgment For Insured On First-Party Bad Faith Claim Where Permanence Of Injury...

Cadle v. Geico Gen. Ins. Co., No. 6:13-CV-1591-ORL-31G, 2014 WL 4983746 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 6, 2014). Middle District of Florida finds that insured’s bad faith claim for first-party failure to settle could not properly be...more

Red Light Accidents in the San Fernando Valley

Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue in the San Fernando Valley and across the nation. Indeed, a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that in the last...more

Proposed New Jersey Legislation Seeks to Protect Privacy Interests in Motor Vehicle’s “Black Box” Data

In past investigations into automobile collisions, drivers often faced little challenge to their claims that they adhered to speed limits but somehow lost control of the car, that they applied their brakes but could not slow...more

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