Los Angeles Metrolink Hit & Run Accident

The recent news of a serious hit-and-run collision between a produce truck and a MetroLink train in Southern California has prompted many to ask: what are a driver’s obligations after an accident? How is someone charged with committing a hit-and-run?

In the MetroLink accident, a train traveling to Los Angeles at 80 miles per hour collided with a pickup truck pulling a trailer.  The driver had turned onto the tracks (likely by accident), then jumped out of his vehicle and walked away before the accident occurred.  No one was killed, although dozens of people were injured.

What is a person to do after being involved in an accident?


California Court Again Reinforces Mediation Confidentiality Hindering a Client’s Ability to Sue His Lawyers!

Woodland hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg encourages mediation in almost every case he handles.  In California, what is said and communicated in the mediation context is privileged and cannot be used in subsequent matters.  Many attempts have been made to circumvent the privilege without much success.  Recently, another attempt to use evidence or…


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 really provides less information than clients think.  In fact, there is no accepted array of automobile insurance that qualifies as…


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.

Common causes of teen auto accidents include traveling with too many people in the car, lack of seatbelt use, and distracted driving.  A closer look at these causes reveals that one in four teens reports either driving or riding in a car without using a seatbelt.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt is the number one way to prevent serious injury or death in a motor vehicle accident. Young drivers are also more likely to drive while distracted by texting, playing loud music, or speaking with other passengers.

Additional causes of accidents in this age range include inexperienced driving techniques; traveling late at night or early in the morning; or driving under the influence.  Split-second decisions such as driving too fast, overcorrecting after turning, or making sudden turns in intersections or in front of traffic are likely to lead to car accidents.  With time, these risks may decrease.


Slip and Fall Accidents in the San Fernando Valley

Thousands of people are injured each year in San Fernando Valley in “slip and fall accidents,” which may be caused by slipping or tripping on uneven ground, a wet floor, or on unstable stairs.  Who is at fault?  Property owners are required to act carefully so that the fall was not likely to happen, and visitors or passers-by are equally responsible for acting with care and avoiding a fall.

If a property owner is to be held responsible for injuries suffered in a slip and fall or a trip and fall, the owner must have caused the condition, such as the uneven ground, the wet floor, or the unstable stairs.  A property owner could also be held responsible if he or she knew about the dangerous condition, such as the ground, floor, or stairs, and did nothing about it.  Finally, the third way a property owner might be held responsible is if what is known as a “reasonable” person caring for the property would have discovered the dangerous condition and removed or repaired it.


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 are involved in a motor vehicle accident in California, you must report the accident to the DMV, regardless of whether you are at fault for causing the accident. The police and/or your insurance company will not do it for you.  Consulting with an attorney who focuses on auto accident claims can be a smart move to make sure you comply with California law.

You can report the accident to the DMV by completing the “SR 1” form on the DMV’s website (also found here) or by speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Woodland Hills who will file it on your behalf. The form asks for information about you and the other driver, including name, address, and vehicle description.  You will also fill in information about insurance coverage at the time of the accident.


What to Expect When Meeting Your Personal Injury Attorney for the First Time

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg understands that most people are nervous about meeting a lawyer for the first time because most people have been able to avoid legal disputes most of their lives.  When you have met a lawyer, it is usually for “bad news” and is (almost) always expensive.  Besides that,…


Drunk Driving Accidents in Woodland Hills and Financial Recovery

Drunk driving accidents needlessly cause thousands of injuries each year in California and throughout the United States.  According to one study, alcohol was responsible for more than half of traffic fatalities in California.  Indeed, that same year, more than 33,000 people were injured in auto accidents caused by drunk drivers.  If you or someone you know was injured or killed in a vehicle accident and one or more of the drivers was intoxicated, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

In California, driving with a blood alcohol content (“BAC”) of .08% or greater is illegal.  Most of the time, depending on a person’s weight, a person drinks more than they think they have and reaches that illegal limit quickly — and still gets behind the wheel.  Federal statistics for fatal car accidents from 1994 through 2008 shows that even a small amount of alcohol (.01%) in the bloodstream, or half a beer, can increase accident severity significantly.  The study found that even where people consumed a low level of alcohol and considered themselves “buzzed,” accidents were more severe.  The more alcohol in the bloodstream, the faster the drivers went.  And, these drivers were more likely to hit another vehicle and were less likely to wear a seat belt.