Car Accident

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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

Summary of California Appellate Decisions - March 2015

HOW TO USE THIS CASE SERVICE - When you receive your summaries, each page will have an alphabetical letter located in the upper right-hand corner. Each alphabetical letter corresponds to a separate subject matter...more

Help! The Driver Who Caused the Accident is Blaming it on the Sun!

While many Woodland Hills drivers are unlikely to complain about treacherous driving conditions caused by snow and heavy rain, they may face an unexpected hazard on the road: sun glare. Sun glare occurs when the sun is rising...more

Evidence of Failure to Use a Seatbelt Now Admissible in Texas

In a landmark decision delivered last month in Nabor Well Services, Ltd v. Romero, the Texas Supreme Court overturned more than 40 years of precedent and unanimously reversed the Court's long-standing prohibition on evidence...more

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,...more

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...more

Crash, Bang, Smash! Tips for Successfully Navigating Evidentiary Roads In Motor Vehicle Collisions

So your client has been involved in motor vehicle collision. Now what? Whether representing a plaintiff or a defendant in a crash, preserving all potentially relevant evidence is an obvious first concern. What may not be so...more

New Jersey Casts a Broader Net (Opinion Rule)

It wasn’t too long ago that, down the shore, New Jersey hosted one of the most notorious litigation hellholes in the country. That’s not the case anymore, as the current (2014-15) ATRA Judicial Hellholes report explains in a...more

Seat Belts, Car Accidents, and the “Seat Belt Defense”

Many statistics and reports show that using seat belts when driving or riding in an automobile saves lives. Indeed, the numbers are encouraging: for those in the front seats, wearing a seatbelt correctly can reduce the risk...more

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...more

In Personal Injury Actions, Prejudgment Interest on Costs Not Recoverable

In Bean v. Pacific Coast Elevator Corporation, 2015 DJDAR 2864 (“Bean”), the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, held in the published portion of its opinion that courts may not award prejudgment interest...more

Voice-based vehicle systems focus of new cognitive distraction study

Many new automobiles come equipped with voice-based technology, which allows drivers to control certain functions of their vehicle with the sound of their voice. This technology was originally designed to minimize the amount...more

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....more

Snell & Wilmer Defends Ford Explorer Sport Trac Roof and Safety Canopy® System in California Federal Court Trial

Snell & Wilmer attorneys Dan Rodman, Jay Schuttert and Jonathan Murphy recently represented Ford Motor Company in the trial of a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac rollover lawsuit in the United States District Court for the...more

Should We Worry about Marijuana DUIs?

The number of drivers with alcohol in their system has has gone down significantly while the number of drivers using marijuana has gone way up. Safety-wise this doesn’t seem to be a bad trade. A recent National Highway...more

Do I Have to Report My Car Accident?

If you find yourself involved in a fender-bender while you are driving in Woodland Hills, you may wonder if you need to tell the Department of Motor Vehicles or your insurance company. The law in California is clear: if you...more

Photos speak louder than words: document a car accident with pictures

In 2013, 988 people were killed in 892 motor vehicle accidents in Illinois. In 2012, the national figure reached 33,561 fatalities and 2,362,000 injuries as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....more

Proving vehicle defect after an auto accident

When motorists purchase a vehicle, they put their complete trust in the manufacturers and workers who built it. In many instances, however, defects in these vehicles can cause or contribute to accidents, some of which become...more

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