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Texting and Distracted Driving Can Cause Serious Accidents Here in Orange County

The highways and local streets of Irvine, Mission Viejo and Orange County are heavily travelled, and the distractions of texting, emailing and cell phone use are consistently cited as causes for local accidents. A recent article by the California Office of Traffic Saftety noted that over 70% of Californians said they'd been run into, or nearly involved in an accident by those texting or using their cell phone. As an experienced accident and injury attorney, I am keenly aware of the growing issue this challenge presents. We are able to access phone records, texting and usage to help prove that the negligent driver was distracted, and to help our clients to achieve the best outcome possible. The same survey noted that texting while driving increases your risk of accident by 23 times. I encourage you to consider that when you are tempted by the ease of communications that smartphones provide. If you have been injured in an accident due to a distracted driver, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation at 949-305-1400. We all share the road with distracted drivers each and every day, and I encourage you to keep your eyes on those around you. Odds are, they may be distracted.

When Someone Is Accidently Killed Due to Negligence it is known as a "Wrongful Death"

After more than 35 years of practice, I am more humbled than ever working with families who have lost a loved one due to wrongful death. This is an emotional time, and the emptiness is overwhelming for many of my clients. This is why I became an attorney - to stand up for and help those who have experienced a loss, and to help to make things better for the surviving family. Nothing can replace a loved one. Wrongful death cases require a combination of experience and expertise to ensure the best possible result. In my work with the families, I take the responsibility of communicating with the insurance companies and legal parties involved and managing the entire process start to finish. I am personally available to answer questions and to provide guidance and support throughout the process. Working with my clients who are struggling with a wrongful death allows them to release those concerns into the hands of a proven and seasoned professional, so that they can focus on what is most important: grieving their loss, healing, and moving forward with life. California places a short timeframe limitation on the family known as a "statute of limitations". I invite you to contact me personally at 949-305-1400 to begin the conversation so that I can help protect your family's interests.

Why is Uninsured / Under-Insured Motorist Coverage So Important in Orange County CA?

Here is Orange County and across California, UM or UIM coverage - Uninsured Motorist or Under-Insured Motorist policies cover you in the event of 3 significant events: 1) no insurance, 2) not enough insurance to cover injuries and 3) hit-and-run drivers. California has state minimums for motor vehicle insurance of $5,000 for property, $15,000 for injury or death to one person, and $30,000 for injury/death involving multiple people. This coverage barely scratches the surface (if you'll pardon the pun) in almost every accident, and we are often representing people who must fall back on their own UM/UIM coverage. The good news is UM/UIM is the least expensive part of your auto insurance cost, and we recommend that you obtain the highest level of coverage the carrier will provide. Is your car worth more than $5,000? I can tell you from experience, injuries from accidents will usually far exceed the $15,000 minimum and if you are harmed by someone else's negligence you will want to be able to have the best possible hope for treatment and recovery. It makes good sense, and is quite affordable. Maximize your UM/UIM coverage within your auto policy today.

Increased Traffic to Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa Raises Pedestrian Accident Risks for Local Residents and Drivers

The Orange County Fair has opened in Costa Mesa, significantly increasing motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area. Area residents and visitors should be vigilant when driving in and around Costa Mesa. Pedestrian accidents account for 1 in 9 accident fatalities in California (According to the California Driver's Handbook), and events like the Orange County Fair present additional risks for local drivers. Pedestrians are usually given the benefit of the doubt when they are involved in accidents with cars or other vehicles. Pedestrians can step off of a curb or cross a street at any point without warning, and while this may violate traffic laws it does not relieve the driver of the vehicle from potential exposure to liability. Drivers in and around the fair should exercise additional caution. The fair is a wonderful opportunity to sample local foods and enjoy good times with family and friends. Be safe out there.

Partners Who Do Not Warn You that They Carry an STD Can Be Held Accountable

California law (as well as the laws of most states) require someone who knows they have an STD to warn any potential partner prior to beginning a physical relationship. If you have been given an STD by a professional, celebrity, business owner or other person of means it is absolutely possible to hold them accountable for their actions. You will have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life, and you deserve to be able to stand up to them. Most will try to intimidate you with threats of "the best lawyers money can buy" and "it's your word against mine, no one will believe you got it from me" or "you can't prove anything." We can prove the STD came from them, and I have successfully stood up to some very powerful and wealthy individuals on behalf of my clients who have been given STDs. We can help you to recover from what has happened, in a private and confidential manner. If you have received an STD from a celebrity, athlete, business officer or owner, professor, or other professional we can help you to stand up to them and hold them accountable for giving you an unwelcome STD.

You Can Seek Legal and Financial Justice from a California City, County or State Public Entity

Many California and Orange County, as well as Irvine and Mission Viejo residents come to us with questions that are legally classified as "public entity" lawsuits: those involving local trains, buses, public transportation, as well as the failure by a public agency to identify, correct or eliminate hazardous conditions that contribute to accidents resulting in injury or wrongful death. These cases can arise from a broken stop light or hazardous sidewalk as well as by the negligent driver of a car or truck owned by a public agency or entity. I have more than 35 years experience holding public entities accountable to the citizens of Irvine, Mission Viejo and Orange County California. If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a family member in an accident involving a bus, train or other publicly owned vehicle I can help. These lawsuits are quite complex, and require an attorney with extensive experience and proven expertise in public entity cases. My proven track record in court and in these specific types of cases sends a clear message to the public entity and their legal team: we will hold you accountable and we have the skill and power to do so.

30th Annual Irvine Concert on the Green and Fireworks Festival

The 30th Annual Irvine California "Concert on the Green and Fireworks Festival" is slated for this Friday, July 4th at the Irvine High School. Gates will open at 3:00 pm and the festivities will include food and drink, live music and a fireworks extravaganza! Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for children. Information is available on the Irvine City Calendar. The extravaganza is presented by the Irvine Police Association and features music by The Derek Bourdeaux Group, as well as bounce houses, field games and entertainment for the whole family. The evening will culminate in a Pyro Musical Sky Concert & Fireworks Extravaganza By Pyro Spectaculars, and is sure to be a fun event for the entire community.

Injured Passengers Always have a Claim in Irvine and Orange County

If you were injured as the passenger in a motor vehicle or on the back of a motorcycle in Irvine or across Orange County you always have a claim. Usually, if you are sharing a ride with someone they are more than a passing acquaintance, and this can create a sensitive issue when it comes to pursuing an injury claim. Friends don't like to sue friends, and people don't like to sue family members. We are all required to carry insurance by the State of California, and that is the source of recovery in these cases. We will not be dragging your friend or loved one through the mud, we will pursue the insurance coverage to ensure that you recover as much as possible to cover your medical bills and all that has happened. If there is not enough coverage with the driver's policy we will turn to your own insurance and to others who may have contributed to the accident. These cases can become quite complex and it takes an attorney with years of experience and expertise to navigate through the legal hurdles while respecting the sensitivity of family and friendships. One caveat: some insurance companies will not cover immediate family members (including children) who live with the driver at fault, unless you purchase additional coverage in your automobile insurance. You should ALWAYS ask your insurance agent to make sure that everyone in your car is covered if you are at fault, regardless of their relationship to you. If they won't offer the coverage, perhaps you need a different carrier. We have been serving passengers and those who are injured in accidents for over 35 years. If you have been injured in an accident we invite you to contact us for a free consultation at 949-305-1400.

Scarring Resulting from a Dog Attack in Irvine will Require Multiple Surgeries

When a child is attacked by a dog in Irvine or anywhere in Southern California, the result is often severe tearing wounds that leave significant visible scars. These scars will not only require multiple plastic surgeries but emotional counseling as well. The self esteem and well being of the child are the hidden scars that must be addressed as part of the long term treatment plan for healing. These cases require a combination of expertise and experience, as well as a long term recovery plan. The legal and financial recovery path is not a "pay as you go" process, we get one opportunity to resolve the case, and the financial settlement must cover all present and future costs associated with the attack. Insurance companies will always try to offer a quick settlement, and in many cases the parents of the child know the dog owner well (often family or close friends) and wish to just make it go away. Our issue is with an insurance company (or companies). I am always very considerate of the relationships involved and the sensitivity associated with resolving the issues at hand. I help my clients to keep the welfare of their child in mind, and work to ensure the best long term outcome for their child, while preserving existing relationships.

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