A new law has legalized jaywalking in the state of California. The legislative initiative, titled the “Freedom to Walk Act“ and codified within CA Vehicle Code section 21456, now makes it legal to cross streets outside of designated crosswalks, unless doing so creates “immediate risk of a collision.“ The reasoning behind the law, according to…

There are a number of common misconceptions about what is and is not prohibited under the California Vehicle Code.  We’d like to set the record straight about we believe to be the five most common “myths” about driving laws in California.Mid-Intersection Lane Changes are Against the LawContrary to widely held popular belief, it actually is not illegal…

Rainy season is now upon us and with it comes the increased risks of driving in inclement weather.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are an average of nearly six million motor vehicle crashes every year and among those, approximately 21% are weather-related. Wet roads and rain account for a staggering 70% of…

Introduction The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) was a statute enacted by the California Legislature in September 1975. It was enacted in order to lower medical malpractice insurance premiums for health care providers in the state of California. At that time, the idea behind the legislation was to keep healthcare provers, as a whole,…

It would be nice if insurance companies were always looking out for our best interests, but in reality this is far from the case. As it turns out, “like a good neighbor,” your insurance isn’t always there. In a way, the insurance companies aren’t to blame. It’s simply the insurance company business model to take…

Speed is only one of several factors influencing how seriously you are injured in a car accident. No one should be deterred from pursuing an injury claim simply because the property damage isn’t severe, but skilled legal representation is of particular importance in these cases.

You are most likely already aware that California has a law which restricts the use of cell phones while driving. What you may not know is that this law was updated as of January 1st to restrict the use of hand-held devices for all purposes—not merely calls and texts. This means no more checking the…

In recent years, camera phones with video recording capability have become commonplace.  Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook now enable us to share what we record quickly and with ease.  These technological advances have led to an exponential increase in filmed police encounters, which in turn has resulted in mainstream media coverage of…

We are pleased to announce that Patrick Phillips has been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The Rising Star list, which recognizes…

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