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At Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, our primary objective is to help our clients and partners better navigate the ever-evolving COVID-19 landscape while still enjoying their lives. Many may need to travel for work, leisure, or to return home as restrictions are being loosened, but it is important to understand how the travel industry as a whole has changed and how to keep safe.
Our world has dramatically changed in recent months and will continue to at an unparalleled rate throughout California, leaving many people anxious and uncertain about their future, especially when it comes to health, unexpected accidents, and the potential of serious injury. You may have a ton of new questions, such as how COVID-19 could affect your personal injury or auto accident claim.
Anyone who has driven a California road knows that accidents are a daily occurrence. Whether there is a delay on the I-5 or an intersection is blocked off by fire trucks, we often assume that there was a car accident. We try to tell ourselves that accidents happen to other people, that we are defensive drivers and know our streets better than everyone, but the reality is that an accident can happen to anyone. What is more troubling is that the risk of fatality varies depending on a number of factors, such as alcohol or drug impairment, distracted driving, and even age.
Time has flown by since we at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie first announced the finalists to our 2020 Rise to Shine Scholarship. It seemed like an impossible task to read all of the incredible essays you sent our way and pick just a handful of finalists. Little did we know that another truly difficult task was ahead of us. How could we possibly choose just one person to win the $1,000 scholarship from our group of fantastic finalists?
Almost every industry in California, from rideshare drivers to freelance journalists to music festivals, is feeling the effect of AB5. Formally known as California Assembly Bill 5, AB5 officially went into effect on January 1st, 2020, and requires businesses to extend employee status to workers who do not meet the ABC test that would otherwise classify them as independent contractors. While this law has been marketed as a “gig worker bill”, it also may have a major impact on another group of workers: truckers.
The weeks seem to have flown by as we at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie have been privileged enough to review the applications for our 2020 Rise to Shine Scholarship. While you may not have entered your professional lives just yet, you have all shown that you have something amazing to offer the world, so long as you have the courage to let yourself shine.
If you are like most people, you have probably had the experience of being on the road with a drunk driver. It can be a scary feeling, knowing that you cannot predict or trust their behavior. Your first instinct may have been to get as far away from that vehicle as possible, and this is the best method to avoiding a collision. If you happen to spot a driver who appears to be intoxicated or impaired, reporting it to the police could also help save their life, as well as the lives of innocent people sharing the road.
Most people brush off slip-and-falls as clumsiness, even if it was someone else’s fault. When no injuries are involved, this makes sense; no one wants to make a fuss over something small. But if you fall down a dark staircase or cracked your head because restaurant staff didn’t clean up a spilled drink, then a small fuss would be the least of anyone’s worries.
Stray dogs can pose a risk to both children and adults. With no owner to control them, they can attack and injure innocent people. When a dog has no clear owner, it may be difficult to recover compensation for a dog bite. In some cases, the owner of the property where the attack occurred may be held liable for housing a dangerous animal, even if the property owner is not the dog owner.
Food delivery apps have become a major part of our lives, whether you want pizza on a Friday night or when you forgot to bring lunch to work. You can easily order food for an older family member who can’t get to the store or get that pancake special you have been craving but do not want to drive across town. But when you are on the road, you may dread seeing a speeding or distracted delivery driver.
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