Why Won’t the Insurer Tell Me the Policy Limits?

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is asked this question all the time—why won’t the insurer for the driver that hit me disclose the available policy limits information? The insurers’ continued refusal to cooperate and disclose is often viewed as “shady” by auto accident victims. Ironically, the insurers’ steadfast refusal drives potential clients…

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Do You Know the “Permissible” Exclusions in Your Auto Policy?

Do You Know the “Permissible” Exclusions in Your Auto Policy? Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg has seen almost every possible circumstance arising from automobile accidents. Many cases involve insurance coverage issues ranging from whether a policy was in effect at the time of the accident to more complex concepts—like whether roommate A…

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Do I Need to Hire an Auto Accident Attorney?

You were involved in an auto accident in the San Fernando Valley, but thankfully it seemed relatively minor. You didn’t break any bones or suffer a concussion, and your car only has minimal damage. So should you just avoid filing a claim with your auto insurance company and move on? As an experienced auto accident attorney would attest, the answer is no. Car accident injuries (such as neck injuries resulting from whiplash) can sneak up on you in the days or weeks following the accident. Therefore, it is critical to seek help for both medical claims and legal claims.

After a car accident, the last thing you want to deal with is your insurance company. This is one area where an experienced auto accident attorney will be very useful. There is just no need to go through the process of filing insurance and medical claims alone. By retaining the services of a qualified Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer, the necessary steps will be taken to ensure that your legal rights are considered that you receive fair compensation for any injuries or losses suffered in the accident. Without hiring a car accident lawyer after an accident, it is possible to end up having to pay medical bills and/or other damages caused in the accident.

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Elderly Drivers and Car Accidents

Are you concerned about an elderly loved one’s determination to remain mobile and independent and not give up the keys to their car? Were you injured in a San Fernando Valley car accident caused by a senior citizen who technically should not have been driving? If you can relate to either of these experiences, keep reading.

It seems that older people are often stubborn when it comes to admitting they should not longer be driving, or giving up their drivers licenses. And in places like Los Angeles County, who can blame them? Getting around via public transportation is often not the easiest in our part of the country. However, this is no excuse to put oneself or others at risk. It is an unfortunate and true statistic that the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age. An average of 500 older adults are injured every day in crashes. According to the CDC, fatal crash rates per mile traveled increase starting at age 75 and jump notably after age 80. Experts believe this is largely due to increased susceptibility to injury and medical complications among older drivers rather than an increased tendency to get into crashes.

Older Drivers are Vulnerable

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Police Pursuit Accidents and Liability

Residents and drivers in the greater Los Angeles area are no strangers to police chases. We seem to see one on the news on weekly basis! Have you ever wondered what happens in the cases when the driver trying to get away hits an immobile object or another car? Who’s at fault?

Is the Suspect in a Police Chase Liable?

Maybe . . . The suspect in a police chase may be liable for breaching the duty of care owed to others on the road, including pedestrians, cyclists, and fellow motorists.  If the suspect is negligent for failing to exercise the standard of reasonable care under the circumstances, he or she could be liable for damages caused by his/her actions. This would mean that: [1] the suspect had a duty to take risk-reducing precautions and to conform to a specific standard of conduct, [2] the suspect breached that duty by falling below the applicable standard of care, [3] the breach was the actual and proximate cause of injuries, and [4] someone suffered damages. If the suspect is violating traffic laws, or any other statute, regulation, or ordinance designed to protect others, and the violation was a substantial factor in causing injuries, the suspect may be liable under the negligence per se doctrine.

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Should California provide driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status?

A Public Safety and Uninsured-Motorist Coverage Perspective Published in the Advocate 2013 Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg believes California has a growing problem with record numbers of unlicensed, and therefore uninsured, drivers on the road. Undocumented immigrants drive every day and present a deadly risk to California motorists because they cannot get…

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