October 10, 2016
The attention focused on distracted driving has raised public awareness about the dangers of attempting to multi-task while operating a motor vehicle. While traditional distractions like chatting with passengers, adjusting the radio, reading a newspaper, and grooming continue to be a problem, most government safety campaigns have focused on the dangers posed by electronic devices like cell phones. Certainly, these types of distractions justify the attention garnered by government regulators and media sources, but parents face a serious distraction that receives much less attention – their kids sitting in the backseat.
October 3, 2016
The unique physical characteristics of an 18-wheeler render certain driving maneuvers that would be considered routine in a passenger car as almost too dangerous to attempt in most situations. Large commercial trucks can have a gross vehicle weight of up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded and operating on the interstate highway system. Their length can reach 65 or 75 feet depending on the trailer connection. Given the massive weight and length of these vehicles, U-turns typically cannot be executed without creating a high risk of a collision.
September 26, 2016
John Wayne Airport in Orange County constitutes the primary airport serving Orange County and the surrounding areas of Southern California. The airport saw 4,584,147 people board planes during a recent one-year period, and massive amounts of cargo moved through the airport. The combination of TSA security screening delays, long lines at check-in counters, and gridlock traffic force many travelers to rush through the airport. Given that John Wayne Airport is the sole major airport servicing Orange County, millions of people face the risk of suffering an injury in a fall when proper maintenance and clean up precautions are not observed. The chaos and crowds create the risk of slipping on a puddle of spilled coffee or tripping on construction obstructions in walkways.
September 19, 2016
If a motorist rear-ends your car when you stop at a red light, you might assume that liability is so clear that you do not need to retain an attorney. However, many people learn that car accident claims which supposedly involve “clear liability” frequently become contentious disputes because insurance companies have extensive litigation resources at their disposal. When individuals injured in auto accidents attempt to pursue a civil lawsuit without legal representation, they often fail to realize how misguided this strategy is until it is too late.
September 12, 2016
While many people are aware of the epidemic involving drunk and distracted drivers, fewer motorists are aware of a cause of serious auto accidents that poses a comparable danger. Sleep-deprived motorists cause approximately 100,000 vehicle collisions reported to police annually according to the National Sleep Foundation. The organization’s website also estimates that these sleep-deprived crashes cause injury to 71,000 people and 1,550 fatalities each year.