Other Passengers: The Leading Cause of Car Accidents

These days, texting and driving gets a lot of backlash. And for good reason. In 2011, texting and driving was responsible for over 1.3 million car crashes, including many serious accidents in Woodland Hills. Statistically speaking, texting while driving makes a crash 23 times more likely than even talking on the phone and driving. If you or a loved one is injured by a driver who was texting instead of paying attention to the road, you may be able to bring a legal claim against them for damages.

However, texting while behind the wheel is not the only culprit of unsafe driving. In fact, many car accidents, especially among teens, are caused by other passengers in the car. Teens have the highest crash rate of any age group in the US and distraction is a factor in 58% of the accidents. And the top cause of these accidents? Not cellphone use (although that was #2): The top cause of distraction for teen drivers was interacting with one or more passengers. Researchers found that to be the cause of 15% of distracted-driving accidents among the teen drivers.

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Dog Bites: Safety Tips for Adults

It is estimated that over 4 million US residents are bitten by a dog each year. Many of these dog bites victims are in California, where over 40% of households own at least one dog. Some of these bites are just surface level “scrapes” and thankfully, do not cause serious injury. However, many dog bite victims are not so lucky. Approximately 885,000 bites per year — almost one out of every 5 — are serious enough to require medical attention (according to the CDC).

So what do you do if you or a loved one is bitten by a dog that requires serious medical attention and carries long-term consequences? Contact an experienced dog bite lawyer in Woodland Hills to discuss your legal rights and potential for financial recovery.

Dog Safety Tips for Adults

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When Auto Accidents Lead to Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can be long-lasting, even permanent. And they can happen in the blink of an eye. Someone driving safely in their car, heading to work or to dinner or to the store, could wake up after being hit by another automobile with disfiguring, painful, and embarrassing injuries caused by burns.

When we think of auto accidents in Woodland Hills, we generally think of broken bones or whiplash and other neck injuries. We do not often think of burns. But first, second, and third degree burns are all common injuries suffered by accident victims. Indeed, car accidents involving air bag impact or a horrific fire can result in burns. If you or a loved one suffered burns or other injuries in a car accident that was not your fault, you may have a potential legal claim.

Types of Burns

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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…

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Pedestrian Accidents in Woodland Hills

With the emergence of new shopping centers, restaurants, and cafes in Woodland Hills, many residents are starting to appreciate the ability to walk to dinner, local boutiques, and more. Not only is walking eco-friendly, but it can be a nice way to get some exercise and take advantage of the warm Valley nights. Unfortunately, with the increase in pedestrians throughout Woodland Hills comes an increase in the number of pedestrian-related auto accidents.

Pedestrian accident statistics

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Hit By a Delivery Truck? Who Do You Sue?

For many Woodland Hills residents, the ease of online shopping has saved them time, money, and the stress of navigating crowded parking lots (read about parking lot accidents here) and busy retail stores. As online shopping becomes more of the norm, the number of commercial delivery trucks involved in auto accidents also increases. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by a delivery truck, speak with an experienced Woodland Hills accident lawyer about your legal rights.

Take UPS, for example. The shipping giant now boasts nearly 100,000 delivery trucks that operate 7 days a week. The 60,000 or so employed drivers log almost 900 million miles a year behind the wheel. And UPS is not the only one. Many retailers have ramped up their delivery services, meaning more trucks on the road and more trucking accidents.

Leading causes of delivery truck accidents

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Increased Traffic Leads to Car Accidents in Woodland Hills

Car accidents happen daily throughout Woodland Hills, and many residents blame ever-increasing traffic in and around the Warner Center. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident that was not your fault, know that California law is on your side.

Two categories of car accidents

There are two broad categories of causes of car accidents: 1) driver error and 2) everything else. According to studies performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driver error is the leading cause of car accidents in the United States.

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“Physical Contact” is required in order to make an Uninsured Motorist Claim!

Los Angeles Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist attorney Barry P. Goldberg is regularly confronted with issues which implicate the use of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage.  It is very common that an unidentified “hit and run” vehicle is involved in serious collisions.  It is not uncommon for a “phantom” vehicle to cut someone off or run someone off…

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Rear End Accident Injuries and Financial Compensation

Immediately after an auto accident in the San Fernando Valley, it is common for those involved to start finger-pointing. This makes sense for a handful of reasons, including that being at fault for an accident can affect everything from the cost of your insurance premium to “points” on your driving record. Not only that, but the driver who is responsible for causing the accident is liable for your injuries. So if fault is slightly unclear (i.e. the driver didn’t run a red light and crash into you, a scenario where fault is obvious), how do you prove that you are entitled to financial compensation?

Different types of auto accidents

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Recovering Lost Wages After an Auto Accident

Car accidents in the San Fernando Valley often happen when you least expect them. In fact, even the most cautious of drivers are sometimes blindsided by a not-so-cautious driver, perhaps one who is texting and driving, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or just not observing the rules of the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, you have the right to recover financial compensation for your injuries.

The financial toll resulting from personal injury accidents can be devastating and threaten your family’s financial stability. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another driver or entity (such the corporation who employed the negligent driver), you have a right to be reimbursed for the income you lost while treating and recovering from your injury, medical expenses, pain and suffering, as well as potential future damages.

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