In early 2017, a 30-year-old motorcyclist was struck from behind by a SoCal Gas Company vehicle while sitting at a red light in Hawthorne. He became wedged under the vehicle and was dragged for more than 400 feet. The accident caused the rider to suffer severe injuries to his right leg, requiring him to undergo multiple surgeries. Amputation could be necessary in the future if he develops any complications. The motorcyclist filed a motorcycle accident lawsuit against SoCal Gas to recover compensation for his injuries. The lawsuit claimed that the company knew that the employee driving the truck at the time of the accident suffered from random seizures. Despite this knowledge, the company still permitted him to get behind the […] Read more

Young Americans are increasingly concerned about the future of the planet. Many are doing their part to limit their carbon footprint. This often involves ditching traditional forms of transportation in favor of more environmentally-friendly alternatives. It may be no surprise to learn that more people are choosing to ride a bike than ever before. Bicycle traffic is increasing across the country. However, the infrastructure in most cities and states isn’t designed with bicyclists in mind. More bicyclists are hitting the road, and more bicyclists are getting injured and killed in traffic accidents. The Most Dangerous States For Bicyclists Some states are more dangerous for bicyclists than others. Statistics show that Florida, Texas, and California lead the nation in fatal bicycle […] Read more

Wearing a seat belt significantly lowers the risk of severe and fatal injuries if you’re involved in an accident. Seat belts are so important that 49 states have passed mandatory seat belt laws. However, not everyone buckles up behind the wheel. It’s estimated that 27.5 million Americans do not wear a seat belt in the car. What happens if you’re involved in a car accident, but aren’t buckled up at the time of the collision? Can you still file a personal injury claim and recover compensation? Or, does your failure to wear a seat belt bar you from getting money for your injuries? California’s Seat Belt Law California’s seat belt law became effective back in 1986, when only 22 percent […] Read more

Dangerous and defective cars could be on the road thanks to the recent government shutdown. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plays a critical role in ensuring that the cars that are on Los Angeles roads are safe. However, the agency recently revealed that it was unable to investigate safety complaints or enforce recalls for the 35 days the government was closed. NHTSA Investigates Safety Complaints Every year, the NHTSA receives between 100,000 and 150,000 safety complaints from drivers across the country. Employees at the agency investigate these complaints to identify potential safety issues and/or defective products that could pose a threat to the public. During the shutdown, drivers submitted thousands of complaints to the NHTSA. Since 331 employees […] Read more

What Happens If I Don’t Show Up For Jury Duty?

The jury is an essential part of the American legal system. Even though only a small fraction of civil cases actually go to trial, those that do rely on the impartial consideration of jurors. As a member of a jury, you’re presented with facts, evidence, and arguments. You’re then trusted to digest that information and make a decision that will affect many lives. Being asked to sit on a jury should be a great honor. You’re being asked to perform a fundamental role within your government. Unfortunately, jury duty is often perceived as a waste of time or unimportant. Our lives have become so hectic that we don’t have the time or energy to perform the most basic civic duty. […] Read more

36 Killed In New Year’s Eve Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving accidents tend to spike around the holidays. It’s particularly dangerous to travel on California roads in the days before and after New Year’s Eve. Most recently, drunk driving accidents claimed 36 lives between December 28, 2018 and January 2, 2019. Four of those victims were pedestrians. The lives of the families of those 36 victims will never be the same. Instead of celebrating the new year with their loved one, they’re forced to grieve a tragic loss. One driver’s decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated can destroy a family in a matter of moments. These families will never be able to bring their loved ones back. However, they may have the right to file a civil […] Read more

A Los Angeles family is struggling with the tragic and unexpected loss of their daughter, just a few short days before her second birthday. The young girl was killed when she and her father were struck by a vehicle in East Whittier. According to reports, the father took the girl’s hand and began to lead her across the Santa Gertrudes Avenue. Unfortunately, the pair was not immediately visible to oncoming traffic. They were struck by a driver traveling north on the busy street. Both victims were transported to the hospital. The young girl died from her injuries and the father was reported as being in critical condition. The family may consider taking legal action against the driver who caused the […] Read more

Can Nurses Be Sued for Medical Negligence?

Doctors aren’t the only ones who are involved in your treatment and care when you visit the hospital. In fact, there are potentially dozens of people who work on your medical case in some way. When you suffer an injury while in the hospital, you may be quick to assume that the doctor is entirely to blame. However, it’s important to consider that the doctor may have not been involved in causing your injury, at all. Nurses are almost always as involved, if not more involved, than the doctors on your case. It’s entirely possible that a nurse’s error in judgment or negligence could cause serious injuries. Can you file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a nurse in Los Angeles? […] Read more

An unexpected accident can be overwhelming. You may suffer severe physical and emotional injuries. The financial costs of your accident can make things much more difficult. Since someone else caused your accident, you have the right to demand compensation. That person should be held responsible for the injuries and harm you’ve suffered. When you file your claim, the defendant tries to argue that they shouldn’t have to pay you anything because your medical bills have already been covered by your insurance company. Thanks to the collateral source rule, this type of argument typically can’t be successful. The Collateral Source Rule Protects Your Rights Private insurance is incredibly popular across the United States. In some situations, you’re even required to purchase […] Read more

Accidents involving electric scooters have become increasingly problematic in Los Angeles. Emergency rooms across the area have reported that they’re treating more scooter accident victims than ever before. Many victims are blaming the electric scooter companies for providing unsafe and unreliable equipment. Two electric scooter companies – Bird and Lime – are now being asked to take responsibility for injuries their devices have caused. A class action lawsuit has been filed against the companies in Los Angeles. What is a Class Action Lawsuit? A class action lawsuit is filed by attorneys on behalf of a “class” of victims. These victims generally suffer substantially similar injuries or are injured for the same reason. Rather than pursuing compensation through individual lawsuits, the […] Read more