Southern California has been through a heartbreaking week. Some of our own were forced to flee their homes and seek safety elsewhere. But these communities have always proven strong and resilient, and we will come through this one as well by standing together and relying on one another.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the Los Angeles Police Department, staged auto accidents are on the rise in Southern California, and Los Angeles is the staged auto accident capital of the United States. Each year thousands of drivers are victims of staged auto accidents.
Age-appropriate toys are a vital part of every little one’s growth and learning process. Unfortunately, inappropriate toys can lead to injury or death, most often in the form of choking on small parts. With the holiday gift-giving season fast approaching, it’s time to give serious consideration to the toys and games you plan to give to the children in your life.
When you take your automobile onto the road in California, you’re taking chances. You’re relying on the notion that others will comply with traffic laws, obey speed limits, stop for stop signs and traffic lights, etc. But you also take the chance that you may be in an accident with an uninsured motorist. Because of this, California has developed its own set of severe laws which govern penalties for uninsured motorists.
Millions of people are attracted to motorcycles for all sorts of reasons, but while riding a motorcycle gives you freedom, that freedom can come at a steep price if you’re unskilled on a two-wheeled vehicle, or do not pay close attention to your surroundings and other vehicles on the road. A motorcycle accident can be just a millisecond away unless you’re always vigilant.
Our colleague, Robert Mandell, has written a featured article for the October edition of Valley Lawyer, a publication of The San Fernando Valley Bar Association. In it, he discusses mass tort actions in connection with large-scale disasters such as the Aliso Canyon gas leak in 2015, and navigating the choppy legal waters in defense of the rights of disaster victims. An excerpt from his writing is included below. We highly recommend that you click through to the entire article online and take a few minutes to read it. It begins on page 12 of the magazine. We at The Mandell Law Firm are very proud of his work.
Anyone who drives the roads, highways and freeways of California understands the inherent danger involved. Perhaps nothing on the highway poses a greater risk, or can result in more devastating destruction, than the thousands of large commercial trucks who share the roadways with us. Truck accidents, even at low speeds, can totally destroy a typical passenger car or motorcycle.
The recent destruction wrought by hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and Virginia have focused us, once again, on how well and how quickly our government agencies respond to the public’s needs during and after a natural disaster. In the event of a natural disaster or accident, do citizens have a right to expect a reasonable level of government liability for disaster response management. Should they be sued for negligence if they do not meet that expectation?
Buses are one of the most common forms of transportation in this country. From regional transit authorities, to city transportation, to school buses, we rely on them to take us places when we don’t have the means, or desire, to drive. But with so many buses on the road, that all too often translates into bus accidents. Some are minor, and some are deadly, but bus accidents can be very serious matters, which is why you should always consider engaging an experienced personal injury attorney if you’re involved in one.
A recent study from Johns Hopkins puts the number of deaths from medical errors every year in the United States at more than 250,000. Other reports estimate the numbers may be as high as 440,000. After heart disease and cancer, medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. Much of the scrutiny has focused on surgical errors.