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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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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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The Statute of Limitations of California Car Accident Claims

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on December 21, 2019

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A statute of limitations is a time limit imposed by law for filing a lawsuit, after which your claim is barred. California has different statutes of limitations for different types of lawsuits. For example, it is one year for libel or slander, three years for fraud, and four years for the collection of rents. For personal injury matters, including car accidents, the statute of limitations is two years.

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Finding Peace After an Auto Accident

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on November 21, 2019

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By Jim Ballidis

An automobile accident can be traumatic and frustrating. You may be the victim of a drunk or inattentive driver. That driver walks away from the collision unharmed while you suffer the consequences for months or even years afterward.

How can you regain peace while you’re recovering from an accident?

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Do I Need an Injury Attorney or Can I Handle My Case Myself?

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on November 14, 2019

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By Jim Ballidis

I hear this question often from prospective clients. Everyone tends to think “I can do it myself!” In the age of the DIY internet, I certainly have that opinion about a lot of projects I handle, unrelated to law. The idea is that if you handle the case, you can avoid any attorneys’ fees. Otherwise, why bother with the hassle?

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Do You Know What To Do After A Car Accident?

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on February 22, 2018

Unfortunately, most of us will probably be involved in a car accident at some point. Though you may not be able to guess exactly how you’ll react to a crash, knowing what to expect can make this unpleasant experience less overwhelming.

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Walking and Texting – Don’t Underestimate The Dangers

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on November 15, 2016

In the mobile world we live in today, it’s impossible not to hear about the dangers of using a cell phone or texting while driving.  What you might not know is the level of danger involved when walking and texting and the staggering increase of related personal injury accidents.

Pedestrian accidents are often caused due to a decreased level of attentiveness happening while walking and using cell phones. Pedestrians actually do not always have the right-of-way and they have a duty and obligation to pay attention and watch where they are walking.

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California Lawyers Reveal the Most Significant Driving Distraction for Parents – Kids in Backseat

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on 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.

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Orange County Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Unique Challenges in Proving a Drowsy Driver Caused a Car

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on 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.

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Driving Distractions and Accidents

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on March 14, 2016

The attention focused on distracted driving has raised public awareness considerably regarding 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 cellphones. Certainly, these types of distractions justify the attention garnered by government regulators and media sources, but there are three prevalent forms of distraction that many motorist never even consider a problem:

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