December 2017 Archives

Victims of car accidents can often pursue their damages

Although car accidents are common sights on the freeways in and around Alameda, no one expects that they will become the victim of another person's driving negligence. A collision between two vehicles can be a violent and dangerous event that may leave a victim with serious medical injuries and emotional trauma. The aftermath of a car accident can be long-lasting and may impact a victim's life well into the future.

I slipped and fell at a grocery store: Can I sue?

Grocery stores are fraught with slip-and-fall dangers. For one, they are filled with various items containing liquids, slippery fruits and veggies and other items that can fall, break and create dangerous situations. Secondly, they usually have slick floors that get extra slippery when wet.

Fatal accident claims life of California toll booth worker

Recently, a woman in her mid-forties got up early to go cover a shift for a sick coworker at 5 a.m. They were workers in the Bay Bridge toll booths near Alameda. She had been employed by Caltrans for over a decade, but that morning would be the last time her husband and young daughter saw her alive.

The key to surviving a panicked crowd

Dangerous situations that result in injury are often in the news. These stories may make you wonder what to do if you find yourself in a crowd during an emergency. A recent piece in Popular Science delves into the issue, discussing the research of a number of scientists. These scientists researched the reactions of crowds in various situations - situations that range from crowds that were panicked by an explosion to the movement of consumers within a shopping mall. This data was gathered in an attempt to help reduce the risk of injuries to people in panicked crowds.

Cars turning right on red pose high risk to children

It is a sight we have all seen when out on a walk or bike ride. We stop at an intersection only to notice the car that pulls up to make a right hand turn in front of us does not even notice we are there. Thankfully, we notice. We stop. We wait. If we had not, we would likely have gotten hit.

Injured as a result of inadequate security?

The slip-and-fall accident is probably one of the most common scenarios Alameda residents picture when they hear us talk about suing a negligent property owner for compensation. However, there are many other situations in which a property owner's negligence can lead to injuries and a premises liability lawsuit.

Drowsy driving accidents severely underestimated

Drowsy driving is dangerous. Falling asleep at the wheel can cause a catastrophic accident. This is not a novel concept. Yet, in this age of technological innovations, it appears the number of accidents that result from drivers falling asleep at the wheel is rising.

How can a car accident victim establish negligence?

Negligence is a legal term that often appears in personal injury cases. In many of these suits, the victim needs to establish that the person responsible for the injury was negligent. Establishing negligence generally requires that the victim meet four specific elements:

Tips to help prove fault in a car accident

It's the most basic rule of driver's education: drive safely. A failure to follow basic traffic rules can result in a ticket. Traffic tickets serve as one way to help deter drivers from making poor choices while driving. Unfortunately, even with the threat of a ticket some drivers drive in an unsafe manner. Legal remedies are available in the event that this negligence results in an accident that causes injury to another.

Injured in a retail store on Black Friday?

Alameda shoppers, like so many others around the country, love to hunt for deals on Black Friday. Although more and more are shopping online these days, brick-and-mortar stores still do their best to lure in bargain hunters before the holidays. Unfortunately, Black Friday shopping in the stores can pose some serious risks to customers' health and safety, particularly when a negligent property owner fails to account for hazardous conditions.

Does CA have a statute of limitations?

A victim injured by another's negligent or reckless actions generally has the chance to hold that person accountable through a lawsuit. In many states, including California, this form of legal relief is only available for a certain period of time. This is the statute of limitations.

"Death by Pokémon Go" study delves into car accident data

Pokémon Go! is a popular app that allows users to gather various Pokémon creatures and partake in game play. The unique aspect of this app was the fact that it incorporated real world locations. Users would stop at specific locations, like a park or mall, to get a new creature, pokeballs, battle at gyms or partake in other activities related to the game.

The difference between reckless, negligent and distracted drivers

The majority of car accidents today are caused by what is classified as a distracted driver. However, in addition to that title, there are a few others that may classify a driver as well. These classifications can carry differing punishments and consequences. So, what is the difference between a distracted driver, a negligent driver, and a reckless driver?

Study finds 2 primary factors contribute to pedestrian accidents

An accident involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle can result in serious, potentially fatal injuries for the pedestrian. Unfortunately, these accidents are not uncommon. A publication in the United States National Library of Medicine's National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes that "traffic-related pedestrian injuries are a growing public health threat."

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