Car Accident

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Is an Underinsured Motorist Policy Subject to the Automatic Bankruptcy Stay?

Imagine: an employee is injured in a car accident with another driver who is at fault. The employee settles with the at-fault driver for the limits of her liability policy. The employee, whose injuries exceed the at-fault...more

Tracy Morgan Truck Accident Settlement

Last year, comedian Tracy Morgan and his friend James McNair were involved in a serious truck accident. Tracy suffered severe injuries and McNair was killed when a Walmart truck collided with the limo bus that was carrying...more

Can I Recover for Pain & Suffering After a CA Car Accident?

I was badly injured in a car accident in the San Fernando Valley. I know my medical and doctor bills should be covered by insurance, but what about my pain and suffering? In California, an individual who was injured in...more

Torts – Effect of Howell Decision on C.C.P. § 998 Offers

Lena Lee, et al. v. Joseph M. Silveira, et al. - Court Of Appeal, Fifth District (May 15, 2015) - A personal injury plaintiff is entitled to recover expert witness fees and pre-judgment interest if the...more

Using Video Footage From Your Auto Accident

Today’s technological advancements mean that almost everyone has a way to take video footage of what goes on around them. The ability to capture footage can be especially useful when a car accident in the San Fernando Valley...more

Rollover Accidents: Causes and Potential Financial Recovery

Rollover accidents have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes, according to statistics from the National Highway and Transportation Administration. Every week, tragic headlines of fatal rollover accidents remind...more

Aquaplane accidents – what is sufficient evidence to prove causation? Tinworth v Haydon & NRMA

NRMA have successfully defended to the High Court a claim for personal injuries as a result of a single vehicle aquaplaning accident. A roadside pedestrian alleged the driver had been negligent in travelling at the speed...more

U-Turn Accidents: Who’s at Fault?

In many driving situations in the San Fernando Valley, it is dangerous — and sometimes downright illegal — to make a u-turn. It is not surprising that turning the car 180 degrees, to travel with oncoming traffic, can cause...more

Auto Accidents Occurring On On-Ramps

Unfortunately, accidents near or on freeway off-ramps and on-ramps in the San Fernando Valley are more common than one might wish. Recently, for example, a So Cal driver carrying newspapers in a pickup truck hit a guardrail...more

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...more

Essential Steps One Must Take Right after a Hit and Run Accident

The impediments of an auto accident end up compounding greatly if the driver immediately leaves the accident scene. Even though in the United States, it is illegal to do so, many drivers flee the scene of the accident knowing...more

Making Things Easier After an Auto Accident: Getting Professional Legal Assistance

Injuries caused by auto accidents are usually due to the negligence of a driver. Normally, auto accident injuries involve neck, back and head injuries, which require immediate medical attention. Sadly, the treatment for such...more

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...more

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...more

Do I need a lawyer after a car accident?

Do I need a lawyer after a car accident? This is a common question that many motorists ask themselves after being involved in a collision. Some may wish to avoid the stigma associated with seeking a claim after minor...more

Sorry, But Your Reservation Has Been Cancelled: How an Insurance Company’s Failure To Give Proper Notice of Its Reservation of...

Most courts hold that an insurance company will not be estopped from denying coverage, even if the insurance company participates in the defense, provided it gives timely notice to the policyholder through a reservation of...more

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...more

Auto Accidents and Double Yellow Lines: What’s the Connection?

California law prohibits driving to the left of, or essentially crossing, double yellow lines. These lines symbolize a no-passing restriction or no-passing zone. If a law enforcement officer catches a driver crossing over...more

Illinois Supreme Court Addresses Duty of Care Owed by Insurance Agents

On March 19, 2015, in its decision in Skaperdas v. Country Cas. Ins. Co., 2015 IL 117021 (Ill. Mar. 19, 2015), the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed an appellate court decision holding that Section 2-2201 of the Illinois Code...more

Can older drivers become impaired faster?

There is an increasing amount of focus on the effects of alcohol impairment behind the wheel due to the alarming number of fatalities that occur each year. According to the Illinois DUI Fact Book, alcohol-related crashes...more

Do Tinted Windows Cause Car Accidents?

Putting a window tint on the windows of your car may seem like a smart move to beat the summer heat in the San Fernando Valley. Window tinting is not necessarily illegal, but it can be confusing because two sets of laws...more

Newman v. Cornerstone - Insurer's Offer of UIM Need Not Specify Its Cost

Newman was injured in a motor vehicle accident for which the at-fault driver carried insufficient insurance to compensate her for her damages. Therefore, she sought UIM coverage from her insurer, Cornerstone. Cornerstone...more

Auto Accidents in Construction Zones

Accidents involving motorists in highway construction zones are more common than one might think. In fact, 88,000 auto accidents took place in construction zones in 2010, according to the latest findings from the U.S....more

Court Rejects Attenuated Argument of Automobile Insurer Liability

Just how attenuated is too attenuated for a driver’s conduct outside the vehicle to be covered by the auto policy covering the vehicle? In Hough v. McKiernan, the Supreme Court of Rhode Island drew the line at about...more

When Blind Spots Cause Auto Accidents

Even if you think you can easily change lanes while driving, auto accidents often occur when another vehicle is in a driver’s “blind spot.” For instance, a driver may signal and begin changing lanes — without realizing...more

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