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  • Published: December 1, 2012

In order to “win” a personal injury case, your legal team must prove that the other driver was at fault, or liable, for your injuries. Common law recognizes four basic levels of fault: Negligence Reckless or wanton conduct Intentional misconduct Strict liability Negligence generally means careless or inadvertent conduct that results in harm or damage. It is a recurring theme…Read More

  • Published: December 21, 2011

Any student of history knows about the Vandals, the Germanic tribe that sacked Rome in 455 A.D. The Vandals are in the news again, with another victory over a much larger foe. In 2004 the punk band The Vandals released an album, “Hollywood Potato Chip,” that Hollywood trade newspaper Variety claimed infringed on its own trademarked logo. The band reached…Read More

  • Published: December 13, 2011

For the first time in California, an appellate court ruled on the question of whether a truck driver can be held liable for injuries caused to others if his or her truck is parked legally but nonetheless blocks motorists’ views of oncoming traffic. While the court’s ruling does not apply in all circumstances, the facts in Lawson v. Safeway, Inc.clearly…Read More

  • Published: December 29, 2010

A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that laws banning texting while driving don’t reduce the number of crashes. Instead, crashes increased in three of the four states studied, including California. According to Adrian Lund, president of both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute, it’s possible that the increase is…Read More

  • Published: December 29, 2010

It was a tragedy that shook people nationwide, even people who weren’t baseball fans: Hours after pitching six scoreless innings in his season debut, Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunk driver who ran a red light and T-boned the car Adenhart was riding in. Two of Adenhart’s friends, Henry Pearson and Courtney Stewart, also…Read More

  • Published: December 28, 2010

Nighttime is an especially dangerous time to be on the road, but Halloween night is often one of the deadliest nights of the year because of impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2008, 58 percent of all highway fatalities nationwide on Halloween night involved a motorist or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC)…Read More

  • Published: December 25, 2010

A Canadian man in California on a business trip lost his wife and almost lost his ten-month-old son in a head-on crash Friday. According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, 29-year-old Jaye Wass of Ottawa, Canada, was driving northbound on Highway 1 when her vehicle was hit head-on by a southbound Jeep that had crossed into the oncoming lanes of traffic.…Read More

  • Published: December 22, 2010

In one heart-wrenching, irreversible moment, two promising young lives were destroyed. Eighteen-year-old Roshan Rahbari was dead. And Mitchell Braden Pennings, also 18, would soon be charged with felony DUI, felony hit-and-run, and vehicular manslaughter. According to the Los Gatos Mercury News, the two young men were traveling on Almaden Expressway in Los Gatos in the early morning hours of September…Read More

  • Published: December 16, 2010

We, as attorneys, are required on the one hand to pursue our clients’ goals with “zealous advocacy.” We must strive to help them in achieving their ends by all legal, legitimate, economic means at our disposal. Yet, at the same time, it is critical that we engage with our opposing counsel in a manner that maintains a high level of…Read More

  • Published: December 12, 2010

One day before his 51st birthday, Daniel Garcia, a beloved maintenance supervisor for the Scotts Valley Unified School District, was thrown from his motorcycle after colliding with a Jeep whose driver made an illegal U-turn in front of him. The father of five died ten days later at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Friends and colleagues told Santa Cruz…Read More

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