Pedestrian Deaths Climbing in Greater Los Angeles

Los Angelenos are known for loving their automobiles, as traffic on the 101 during rush hour can attest, but some days local residents feel like getting out on foot. Unfortunately, pedestrians in and around Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley are at more risk of getting killed by a car than anywhere else in the U.S., except for New York City. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, know that you have legal rights.

So why do California pedestrians face such a high risk of being hit by a car or other automobile when running, jogging, or taking a leisurely stroll? Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and other state agencies have identified several trends in technology and lifestyle that have introduced new risks to pedestrians. These risks include:

2016 Amendment to C.C.P § 998 Equalizes Costs for Plaintiffs and Defendants

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg frequently comments on proper uses and tactics of C.C.P § 998 Offers to Compromise.  In fact, it is one of the few very useful tools left for a personal injury attorney to prompt or force a settlement with a third party in litigation.  Moreover, C.C.P § 998…

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Never Sign a Release in an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Case!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is an expert on all things “Uninsured” and “Underinsured.”  The problem with Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist claims is that there is no integrated statute and procedural guidelines for properly handling these claims.  It is a patchwork of statutes, rules and contractual provisions.  Many, if not most, personal…

A Landowner has a Duty to Warn of Certain Dangerous Conditions

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg must look for viable liability theories against all possible defendants, particularly in catastrophic injury cases.  One theory of liability that can create liability is when a dangerous condition of property exists and the landowner fails to warn of the known dangers.  The lure of this theory is…

Why Can’t I Get My Traffic Collision Report?

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg gets this question all the time.  In fact, sometimes the failure to obtain a police traffic collision report is the motivating reason why accident victims decide to contact a personal injury lawyer in the first place.  Because the traffic collision reports are more than just information, this…

Expert Testimony is Necessary to Establish Some Types of Damage, But Not Others.

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is often faced with decisions whether to hire experts on medical causation, or allow the plaintiff and the jury to apply common sense.  Essentially, the question of whether an expert is required comes down to whether the medical [or economic] condition is “beyond common experience” such that…

Furnishing an insured vehicle for the “regular use” of a non-insured young driver is excluded from coverage!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is often confronted with attempts by families to side-step paying insurance premiums by allowing a family member to “borrow” a vehicle. Later they contend that the use was occasional or intermittent in order to access liability coverage as a permissive user.  The families are able to own…

Merry Christmas! Insurers are increasingly using the “Drop Check” to settle your case for less.

Woodland Hills Personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg has seen insurer trends over the past three decades of representing injury victims.  Early in his days of practice, insurers often utilized the “Drop Check” to attempt to side track negotiation and to settle cases cheaply and quickly.  The “Drop Check” is a tactic whereby the insurer…

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A Plaintiff without Medical Insurance Can Still Establish the Reasonable Value of Medical Services Rendered—- the Medical Bills are Admissible for That Purpose.

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is frequently challenged to establish the reasonable value of his client’s medical bills even though they are not paid by health insurance.  The “challenge” is presenting a trial without incurring large and arguably unnecessary expert fees merely to have someone testify that medical bills in a particular…

Santa Monica Successfully Asserts “Trail Immunity” For Sidewalk/Path at Palisades Park

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is frequently consulted concerning fall accidents and biking accidents in and around Santa Monica.  In a recent unpublished case, the Court expanded the immunities available to public entities to include the “paths” adjacent to Ocean Avenue at Palisades Park which might otherwise be considered “sidewalks” for purposes…