Crash Test Bias Puts Female Drivers at Risk

The raw data on car accident fatalities tells us that the majority of Americans killed in car crashes are men.  But this statistic masks a troubling and relatively unknown fact: when a car crash does occur, women are at significantly greater risk of injury or death.  In a study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was found that a female driver or front passenger who is wearing her seat belt is 17% more likely than a male… Read More >

Car Accidents More Deadly in 2020

Since the COVID19 pandemic hit in early 2020, more employees have been working from home, fewer people have been traveling, and everyone has been living a more sedentary lifestyle in general.  It’s only logical that this would result in a lower number fatal car crashes per million vehicle miles driven—less activity should lead to fewer accidents.  As it has turned out, though, emptier streets have meant an especially deadly year for traffic accidents across the United States.  According to a report released… Read More >

Tips to Avoid Slip-and-Fall Injuries This Rainy Season

Dear Friends and Clients, As we enter the rainy season, it is more important than ever to take precautions against slip-and-fall accidents. For the elderly in particular, a slip-and-fall can have life-changing medical and financial consequences. Over the years we’ve seen numerous instances of dangerous conditions that don’t immediately come to mind. In light of these often hidden risks, we’ve put together a short list of tips that may help ensure your safety during this wet and slippery time of… Read More >

Talcum Powder’s Link to Ovarian Cancer

There has been a lot of recent talk about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, concerns about this connection appear to be well founded. In 2006, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the use of talc-based body powder in the perineal (genital) area as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”1 This is particularly worrisome news for women, many of whom have used talc-based baby powder products, such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, since a young age…. Read More >

Criminal Charges Filed Over Porter Ranch Gas Leak

If you live near the Los Angeles suburb of Porter Ranch, there is no doubt you are already familiar with the massive uncontrolled natural gas leak that is presently causing large numbers of people in the area to fall ill.  The leak, which sprung from a natural gas facility owned by Southern California Gas Company, has been ongoing since October and is allegedly releasing more than 30,000 kilograms of methane per hour—that’s roughly the equivalent of what 1.4 million cars… Read More >

Car Insurance For Your Bicycle?

Cycling has seen a recent surge in popularity, and with it, a surge in bicycle versus car accidents.  Most people know that if you are injured by a car while riding a bicycle, you can file a claim with the driver’s auto insurance to obtain compensation for your injuries.  But what if the driver fled the scene, has no insurance, or simply doesn’t have enough insurance to cover your damages?  Surprisingly, your own uninsured motorist coverage from your car insurance… Read More >

Lesser Known (But Still Common) Car Insurance Exclusions

Most people who own vehicles have something called collision coverage as part of their auto insurance policy.  Collision coverage insures the policy holder’s vehicle against damage or destruction regardless of who is at fault for the accident.  This, of course, gives people a valued sense of security about the often significant investment they’ve made in their car. However, most collision coverage is not nearly as comprehensive as people tend to think.  Most policies contain a number of exclusions which, though… Read More >

CA Supreme Court Limits Franchisor Vicarious Liability

In a blow to the rights of franchise employees, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling last week in Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC that significantly limits franchisor liability in employment and tort matters.  Specifically, the Court ruled 4-3 that a franchisor is not vicariously liable for sexual harassment perpetrated by an employee of a franchisee unless the franchisor exercises control over the manner and means by which their franchisees hire, fire, discipline and manage workers. In the case of… Read More >

Underinsured Motorist Coverage & Apportioned Third Party Settlements

A surprisingly common scenario that our southern California law office encounters when handling motor vehicle injury claims is a circumstance arising when our client has underinsured motorist coverage and obtains an apportioned settlement from the at-fault driver’s insurance.  “Apportioned settlements” typically refer to policy limit settlements which are apportioned between three or more claimants.  So, for example, in a circumstance where three people are injured in a car accident and the at fault driver has insurance coverage of $15,000 per… Read More >

Naming Vehicle Owners As Defendants In Car Accident Lawsuits

We are often asked whether the owner of a vehicle can be named in a lawsuit for personal injury arising from a car accident.  The answer to this question is “yes,” though establishing liability against the car’s owner is more complicated than simply proving ownership. The most common theories of liability against the owner of a vehicle who was not physically driving the car at the time of the accident are “negligent entrustment” and “respondent superior.”  Negligent entrustment claims arise… Read More >