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Liability and Fault in a Pileup Accident

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on April 10, 2020

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Multi-car pileups often happen when a driver rear-ends another vehicle and pushes it into the next vehicle, creating a chain reaction. This can become even more complicated if the original driver is rear-ended in turn by another vehicle, which may make it challenging to determine when the accident started. Other drivers may swerve to avoid the crash, sideswiping other vehicles and causing further accidents. When a tractor trailer rolls over, lying across several lanes of traffic, other vehicles on the roadway are likely to crash into it. These confusing – and often tragic –circumstances can make it difficult to determine liability.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Recovering from Dog Bite Trauma

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on April 4, 2020

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Dog bites, while seemingly simple, can come with a host of physical traumas, including scarring, broken bones, and risks of infections. But dog bite attacks don’t only cause physical injuries. They can also have long-term psychological effects, particularly in children, and have been linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The resulting trauma can cause a fear of animals that the victim never experienced before, following them for years if not properly treated with therapy.

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Posted in: Dog Bites

OC Sheriff’s Department Ramps up Battle with Distracted Driving

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on March 27, 2020

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is cracking down on distracted driving, as stated in its January 7, 2020 press release. In order to deter dangerous driving practices, the Department is requiring deputies to concentrate their patrols on identifying and pulling over drivers who use their phones while driving. While the fines for this crime are still rather low, the Department hopes that aggressive enforcement will help reduce distracted driving accidents.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

How Can You Tell If a Truck Is Overloaded?

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on March 20, 2020

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When a large, commercial truck is overloaded, it puts the lives of others on the roadway at risk. If you see an overloaded big rig on the road, the best thing to do is get out of its way. Fortunately, there are certain visible signs to clue you in when a truck is overloaded.

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

Are Electric Bikes Safe to Rent?

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on March 5, 2020

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In recent years, Orange County has experienced a boom in electric bikes, or E-bikes, with local companies and large corporations bringing this trendy form of transportation to Southern California’s coast. And it makes perfect sense. E-bikes can get you to your destination faster, offering low-cost, energy-efficient, emissions-free transportation with benefits for your body and your health. But are they safe?

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Posted in: Bicycle Accidents

What Is a Settlement Mill (and Why Shouldn’t You Work with One)?

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on February 28, 2020

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A settlement mill is a team of lawyers that excels in settling cases quickly, as opposed to fighting for the compensation you deserve. They will take your case with no intention of ever going to trial. These lawyers make their money by settling a high volume of cases quickly. Their law offices are organized to benefit the lawyers and the insurance companies – not the injured victims they represent.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Get Ready for the 2020 Rise to Shine Scholarship

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on February 20, 2020

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A new year, a new decade, a new scholarship! We at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie will once again be offering a nationwide $1,000 scholarship to help aspiring students achieve their dreams and pay for educational expenses. This award is available to both high school seniors and current college students who plan on continuing their education.

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SUVs Pose Less Accident Risk; However, Your Pickup Truck May Still Be a Threat

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on February 13, 2020

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Back in the 1990s, people in cars and minivans were much more likely to die in a crash with an SUV than in a collision with another car or minivan. But in 2013 through 2016, there was only a slightly higher risk of death in a crash with a one to four-year-old SUV than in a collision with a car of the same vintage. This trend toward compatibility of cars and minivans with SUVs has been documented by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It has been attributed to new SUV designs with lower front ends and stronger structures and side airbags in cars and minivans.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

If You Are Assaulted, Who Can You Sue?

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on January 31, 2020

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A report from the FBI showed that some Orange County cities saw a rise in violent crime in 2018, as stated in an article on Patch. These cities include Dana Point, Fullerton, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Wood, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Placentia, and San Clemente. Violent crime can occur anywhere. Even Irvine, which prides itself on being the safest city of its size for the 14th year running, experienced 160 violent crime incidents in 2018.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

Children and Dog Bites

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on December 29, 2019

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More than four million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. every year, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The dog-bite injury rate is highest among children ages five to nine. Dog bite injuries are usually more severe in younger children, requiring hospital stays and reconstructive surgery in severe cases. The good news is that with the right strategy, many dog bites can be prevented.

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Posted in: Dog Bites

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