Clever Use of the Rules Can Make the Most of Your Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Arbitration

Los Angeles personal injury attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, is recognized as the “go to” expert on all things Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist.  In fact, other lawyers frequently contact him on questions about securing the arbitration in the first place.  However, very little thought is paid to actually maximizing the opportunities of the arbitration itself.  This…

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Double Check Your Uninsured Motorist Coverage This Holiday Season

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, urges his friends, family and clients to double check their Uninsured Motorist coverage this Holiday season.  It is definitely a “lump of coal” in your stocking when you discover that the driver that caused a serious accident which nearly destroyed your Holiday season was uninsured.  What’s worse—-is…

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How To Represent Yourself in Your Car Accident Claim

It’s a big secret that many lawyers don’t want you to know, but YES, you CAN represent yourself in a car accident claim. While there are certain situations where the experience and knowledge of a successful car accident attorney in the San Fernando Valley is a must, a car accident victim can definitely represent him or herself in some car accident claims. Read on to learn when it is a DIY project or when it is time to hire a lawyer.

Handling Your Own Car Accident Claim

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Pedestrian Accidents: Safety Tips

Being hit by a car while walking down the street or across a crosswalk is a terrifying experience, and unfortunately, one that is not all that uncommon in the San Fernando Valley. Indeed, the Center for Disease Control shares that over 4,700  pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2012, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured. According to the CDC, “this averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.”

Pedestrian Accident Risk Factors

While pedestrian accidents injure men and women of all ages, certain demographics are more at risk for being hit by a car while walking. These include:

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Tracy Morgan Lawsuit Stalls, Star Suffers Brain Injury

Many people are familiar with the catastrophic trucking accident that left comedian Tracy Morgan severely injured and in a coma. Five months later, Tracy is still fighting to recover.  According to a recent Associated Press news report, the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the June 7 crash, along with a broken leg, nose and ribs. Several other passengers in the car were injured, and one was killed. Truck accidents are a serious and life threatening reality of our roadways, no matter where you live.

Brain trauma can occur as a result of an impact to the head or sudden acceleration/deceleration within the cranium. In addition to the damage caused at the moment of injury, brain trauma causes secondary injuries. Indeed, TBI can cause a host of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral effects, and a person’s recovery can range from complete recovery to permanent disability or death. In Tracy Morgan’s case, his attorney shared that it is not certain if the comedian would ever be his former self again because of his severe brain injury.

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Holiday Parties: Can You Sue the Bar or Homeowner Who Served the Alcohol?

It’s that time of year again, when holiday parties abound and the number of buzzed drivers or intoxicated drivers on the roads increase, putting many innocent pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and motorists at risk. We may know that a person who gets behind a wheel after drinking and causes an auto accident can be held liable for the damages they cause, but what about the person or business who supplied the driver with the alcohol?

According to the California Supreme Court, social hosts who charge a cover to attend their parties can potentially be held liable for injuries caused by their drunken underage guests. Social host liability imposes liability on social hosts as a result of their serving alcohol to adults or minors. Persons subject to social-host liability in civil lawsuits are generally those that provided alcohol to the obviously intoxicated or to minors who subsequently are involved in vehicle crashes or other activities causing death or injury to third parties. A social host is most often a private individual who serves alcohol in a non-commercial setting.

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3 Logjams that Stall Most Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases.

Los Angeles personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is a frequent author on Uninsured/Underinsured (“UM/UIM”) motorist topics.  As such, regular advice is given out on many UM/UIM circumstances.  Surprisingly, most questions from other lawyers do not involve substantive UM/UIM issues.  Rather, the questions inevitably involve UM/UIM “procedure.”  There is a good reason—- the UM/UIM statutes…

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