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Do I always have the right-of-way when walking?

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, the pedestrian usually receives serious or fatal injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's most recent data, traffic crashes killed almost 6,000 pedestrians in the United States in 2017. Unfortunately, many collisions between pedestrians and vehicles are preventable.

Many people believe that pedestrians always have the right-of-way. However, this is a common misconception that may contribute to preventable collisions.

Symptoms of a spinal cord injury may not appear right away

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries (SCIs) in the country. While you may associate this type of injury with paralysis, SCIs can cause a variety of other symptoms. Some of these symptoms may initially seem minor, while other symptoms may not even appear right away.

Misconceptions about this life-altering injury can lead to severe consequences, especially if you do not seek appropriate treatment right away. It may be wise schedule a medical examination after any traffic collision to avoid potentially making an injury worse. It may also be helpful to familiarize yourself with some of the less-obvious symptoms you may experience if you receive a SCI.

Allstate names Los Angeles one of the riskiest cities for collisions

Earlier this year, Allstate released a list of 200 United States cities ranked from safest to least safe for drivers based on the number of property damage claims filed in each city. This year's list uses data collected between January 2016 through December 2017.

Los Angeles appeared as one of the lowest ranked cities on the list, coming in as number 195. Allstate named the 405 Freeway the riskiest road in LA. Other cities in the list include Brownsville, Texas, which Allstate ranked the safest city, and Baltimore, Maryland, which Allstate ranked most dangerous.

What happens if you are injured in a ride-sharing accident?

Each year, more and more people are driving for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. As a result, ride-share passengers and those sharing the road with ride-share drivers face a greater likelihood of being injured in an accident. With car accidents so common in heavy traffic, California was one of the first states to address insurance coverage for ride-sharing companies and drivers, so you need to know how this would apply to your specific situation.

What do self-driving cars mean for liability insurance?

Beverly Hills is home to some of the world’s most exciting cars. Step outside, and you’ll find Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys and Rolls Royces rolling down the streets. But these days, the cars driving the most excitement are the ones with the massive sensor arrays mounted on top.

For years, the city has dreamed of a fleet of autonomous vehicles (AVs), and its website asserts it’s only a question of when and how these cars will reshape the nation’s roadways, not if they will. That means we can expect to see more of them on the city’s streets and on streets throughout the nation, and we can expect some larger conversations about insurance and liability.

You shouldn't have to risk your life bicycling in Los Angeles

Of course, a bike is no match for a car or truck in an accident. Cyclists know this when they hit the road. But what they should be able to count on is that drivers of heavy vehicles will follow traffic laws and drive with caution and prudence. Unfortunately, all too often, drivers in Los Angeles are in too much of a hurry or driving while distracted. When one of them hits a bicyclist while driving negligently or recklessly, causing injury or death, that driver will be legally liable for the resulting harm.

Quick Internet searches pull up news stories of several of these accidents recently in the LA area. For example, a cyclist died when the driver of a car pinned him between the vehicle and a pole in the Central-Alameda area near downtown. An allegedly intoxicated, speeding driver hit a Riverside biker in Rialto, who died at the scene.

Multivehicle pileups all too common in Los Angeles traffic

Those who live or work in the LA area know part of life is fighting congestion and traffic. Hearing about yet another pileup on one of our freeways or interstates becomes something that does not raise an eyebrow after a while. But a multicar crash often causes property damage, severe injury and even death.

In March, readers may remember several multivehicle accidents involving about 20 vehicles (and trapping many more) along a four-mile stretch when thick fog covered the Grapevine area on Interstate 5 on a Saturday afternoon. According to an article in the Sacramento Bee, in addition to the foggy conditions, other factors that could have contributed to the crashes included smoke from two burning vehicles, drivers not engaging their headlights and excessive speed for the condition.

LA traffic headaches no excuse for negligent or reckless driving

People who live or work in the Los Angeles metro area know all too well what it is like to drive anywhere, especially in rush hour or in bad weather. In 2018, LA drivers sat stuck in traffic jams almost 130 hours each, on average, according to a study by INRIX as reported by Curbed Los Angeles.

Santa Monica, California-area e-scooter injuries subject of study

One of the first venues for an electric scooter sharing service was in 2017 in Santa Monica, right down the road from our law firm in Beverly Hills. Scooters as an ingredient in the soup of public transportation are positive from convenience, cost and air-quality viewpoints.

However, introducing an unfamiliar mode of travel into famously heavy California traffic in which the driver’s body is unprotected — think bicycles and motorcycles — opens up scooter drivers to collisions with larger vehicles, standing objects and pedestrians as well as to other kinds of mishaps, all of which can potentially cause serious injury to vulnerable scooter drivers.

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