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California-Car-Accident-AttorneysDriving on California’s highways can be an exhilarating experience, but it can also be very dangerous. Every year, there are thousands of traffic accidents in the Golden State, many of which result in serious injuries and even death. In this article, we’ll take a look at the latest traffic accident statistics in California for 2022.

Overview

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), there were 216,366 traffic accidents in the state in 2022, which resulted in 3,854 fatalities and 165,978 injuries. This represents a decrease of 6.5% in the number of accidents, a decrease of 5.2% in the number of fatalities, and a decrease of 7.3% in the number of injuries, compared to the previous year.

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bird-scooter-accident-attorneysCalifornia property owners owe a legal duty to lawfully present visitors to protect them from dangerous conditions that they know about or reasonably should know about to prevent foreseeable injuries. When a property owner violates its legal duty, it can be liable to pay damages to a victim who is injured as a result. In Hacala v. Bird Rides, Inc., Cal. Ct. App. Case No. B316374, the Court of Appeal considered whether Bird Rides, Inc., the app company behind Bird Scooters, owed a duty of care to a woman who suffered serious injuries when she tripped and fell over a scooter that had been parked in violation of the company’s permit with the City of Los Angeles.

Factual and Procedural Background

Bird Rides, Inc. is an app company that people can use to rent electric scooters to quickly get around Los Angeles. The company launched its scooter rental service in L.A. in 2017 and parked numerous scooters at docking stations located throughout the downtown areas. At the time it applied for a permit, Bird agreed to several rules set by the city, including not allowing its scooters to be parked within 25 feet of a street corner with a single pedestrian ramp. The company also agreed to have staff available 24 hours per day to remove scooters in emergencies and between 7 am to 10 pm to re-park scooters at docking stations that had been left away from them. Since Bird’s system is dockless, the company can locate and track its scooters throughout the city, and riders are told that they can leave them anywhere.

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Going to the movies is a fun and popular pastime for many people, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare if you experience a slip and fall accident. Slip and falls are one of the most common types of accidents that can occur at movie theaters, and they can cause serious injuries. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what you need to know about slip and falls at movie theaters and what steps you should take if you are involved in such an incident.

Common Causes of Slip and Falls in Movie Theaters

Slip and falls can happen anywhere, but they are particularly common in movie theaters because of the dark and crowded environment. Some of the most common causes of slip and falls in movie theaters include:

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Los-Angeles-Motorcycle-Accident-Attorneys-300x193Riding motorcycles can be exhilarating because of the sense of freedom that riders have while they ride. Many people who ride motorcycles also choose to do so because of their excellent fuel economy and more affordable cost compared to cars. While motorcycles offer some advantages compared to larger motor vehicles, they also carry inherent risks. Unlike people riding in cars or trucks, motorcyclists do not have the protection of a metal cab surrounding them. When they are involved in motorcycle accidents, motorcycle riders are much likelier to suffer catastrophic injuries or fatalities.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases national motorcycle crash data each year, but the reports are delayed by a few years. The most NHTSA recent data is from 2020. The most recent data from the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) is from 2021. We have compiled motorcycle crash statistics to help you understand the risks, types of collisions, and steps you can take to reduce your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident.

Fatalities: Motorcycles vs. Passenger Cars and Light Trucks

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Auto accident involving two cars on a city street

Rear-end accidents occur when a motor vehicle collides with the rear of the vehicle in front of it. These types of accidents happen frequently, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports they are the most common type of collision, accounting for 29% of traffic accidents. Knowing what happens in rear-end collisions and why they cause common types of injuries can help you understand the reasons why these accidents can be serious.

Understanding Rear-End Accidents

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Pedestrian-Accident-Attorneys-Los-AngelesEvery year in California, hundreds of people are killed and thousands are injured in pedestrian accidents. In 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, the California Highway Patrol reported that 1,034 people were killed and 14,126 were injured in pedestrian accidents in the state.

Pedestrians do not have anything to protect them when they are struck by vehicles and instead absorb the physical forces released in a collision with their bodies. Because of this, they are much more likely to suffer serious injuries or to be killed in pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles. To try to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents and resulting injuries and deaths, California enacted jaywalking laws to encourage pedestrians to cross at intersections and in crosswalks. However, the legislature recently passed a bill that was signed into law that changed how the state handles jaywalking. Here’s what you need to know about the new jaywalking law and its likely impact on pedestrian accident claims.

New Jaywalking Law in California

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Biker-Crash-Injury-Lawyers-Los AngelesManufacturers and others involved in the chain of distribution can be liable when consumers are harmed by product defects when they use the products in the manner in which they were intended to be used. When an agent of a manufacturer introduces a defect in a product that later injures a consumer, the manufacturer might still be liable. In Defries v. Yamaha Motor Corporation USA, Cal. Ct. App. Case No. E073017, the California Court of Appeal considered a case in which a man was injured while riding a motorbike that had been improperly assembled by an authorized dealer of Yamaha and whether Yamaha could properly be held liable for the dealer’s negligence.

Factual and Procedural Background

In December 2016, Chad Defries’ wife bought a Yamaha dirt bike for her husband as a Christmas present. Mr. Defries first rode the bike one month later. He took it out a second time on Feb. 2017 with two friends, including Johnny Kitchin and Johnny Butcher. The trio decided to ride their bikes at a dirt bike course in Perris. While riding through a portion of the course that consisted of a series of small hills, the throttle on Defries’ motorcycle fell off the handlebar, causing the handlebar to turn to the left and Defries to fall off the bike in a motorcycle accident. Defries broke his right femur, suffered a separated shoulder, and suffered a hernia. Butcher and Kitchin both testified that they saw the throttle hanging off of the bike detached from the handlebar when they loaded the bike in their truck.

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car-accident-attorneys-LosAngelesDespite the fact that the costs involved with medical treatment and car repairs following motor vehicle accidents have dramatically risen over the past five decades, California’s mandatory minimum liability insurance requirements have remained the same for more than 50 years. Recently, however, the California legislature passed a bill that would increase the minimum mandatory liability insurance requirements for motorists in the state, which is a move that is long overdue.

California’s Current Liability Insurance Law

Under Cal. Veh. Code § 16056, all motorists in the state are required to carry minimum liability insurance in at least the following amounts:

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slip-fall-accident-lawyerIn California, when an employee negligently creates a dangerous condition on the premises of their employer and fails to correct it, the employee’s knowledge of the dangerous condition is imputed to the employer. Employers are vicariously liable for the negligence of their employees while they are working. In Perez v. Hibachi Buffet, Cal. Ct. App. Case No. B304824, the Court of Appeal considered a case to determine whether a jury’s verdict in favor of a plaintiff who had been injured in a slip and fall in spilled liquid in a hallway was based on a reasonable inference instead of impermissible speculation.[1]

Factual and Procedural Background

Hibachi Buffet is a restaurant with seating for 200 guests. Jorge Perez was a customer who went to the restaurant for lunch. During his visit, he walked up a hallway to the restroom and adjusted his dentures. When he entered the hallway to go to the restroom, the floor tiles were dry. After he left the restroom, there was a spill of liquid on the hallway floor that he slipped in and fell hard on the tiled surface, sustaining serious injuries.

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California-Wrongful-Death-AttorneysEmployers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees when the employees injure others while acting within the scope and course of their employment. In Musgrove v. Silver, Cal. Ct. App. Case No. B311504, the Court of Appeal considered whether Hollywood producer Joel Silver was directly or vicariously liable for the death of his assistant while they were in Bora Bora for Jennifer Anniston’s wedding.

Factual and Procedural Background

Carmel Musgrove was a 28-year-old executive assistant to Hollywood Producer Joel Silver. In August 2015, Silver invited Musgrove and Silver’s personal chef, Martin Herold to travel to Bora Bora with him, his family members, and friends to Bora Bora to celebrate actress Jennifer Aniston’s wedding. Silver gave Musgrove the option of attending but did not mandate her presence. He told her if she went, she would only have minimal duties of coordinating the schedules of Silver and his family but would otherwise be free to do what she wished. He also paid all of her expenses for travel, food, and alcohol during her stay. Herold traveled to make the family’s meals but also was otherwise free to do what wished and was paid for preparing meals. His expenses were also covered, including alcohol.

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