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The Proposed Truck Safety Act: What You Need to Know

Truck accidents are one of the leading causes for roadway related deaths in our country. With the growing need for transportation for goods, it doesn’t seem like the commercial trucking industry ...
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Stay Safe While Camping This Summer

One of the most wonderful things about living in Northern California is the wealth of beautiful natural resources that surround us, and especially the trees and wilderness on our doorstep. Whether you ...
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Personal Injury Statutes of Limitations in California

Statute of limitations on civil claims are in place in every state to prevent fraud and opportunism by claimants. However, in many cases, these laws provide a narrow window for legitimate claims and ...
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Muni Train Accident Claims the Life of 12-Year-Old Boy

Last month, we wrote about a new suicide prevention campaign for BART, which was experiencing a rise in train accident deaths. Now, just weeks later, San Francisco has been hit with another deadly ...
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BART Launches Overdue Anti-Suicide Campaign

More than a year ago, I wrote a blog post asking why no one was talking about the rising death tolls on BART and Caltrain. Why, I asked, was no one considering additional safety measures, such as ...
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California's "Comparative Negligence"

Sometimes the circumstances of an accident are complex and the matter of assigning fault is not simply a matter of identifying a single party. In asserting the details of an accident, you might find ...
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California Leads U.S. in Bicycle Deaths

In the latest report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, California was named one of the most dangerous states for bicycling and lead all other states in bicyclist deaths. Between 2010 and ...
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Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C. Chosen for "Best Law Firms"

We are proud to announce that the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C. has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers list of "Best Law Firms" . ...
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Why You Should Vote YES on 46

Vote YES ON 46. Don't believe the "greedy lawyer" rhetoric. Think it through. If Prop 46 fails it is unlikely you, your parents, your kids, or anyone in the community will find a lawyer ...
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What Is MICRA?

Note: This post is part of an ongoing series about Proposition 46. Recently on the blog, I announced that I would be doing a series of blog posts related to Proposition 46, the initiative on ...
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Why Do Medical Malpractice Caps Matter?

Note: This is the first installment of a series about medical malpractice caps in California and the initiative on the ballot this November that proposes to raise them. This November, there is a new ...
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Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Guidelines Tossed in California

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about lane-splitting in California, and how to do it as safely as possible so as to minimize your chances of getting crushed, doored or destroyed. California is ...
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Jury Awards $18 Million to Giants Fan Beaten at Dodgers Stadium

Most San Francisco Giants fans likely remember the brutal beating of Bryan Stow, which took place when Stow and a couple friends went down to watch the Giants play their first game of the 2011 season ...
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Five Ways To Stay Safe This Fourth of July

Summer is in full swing, and Fourth of July weekend is right around the corner. But while the upcoming holiday is great for grilling with friends, hanging out at the beach, watching fireworks or ...
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What to Know About GM's Compensation Fund

Just hours after GM announced its plan to compensate victims of accidents involving defective ignition switches, the automaker recalled a whopping 8.2 million more vehicles. This raises the total ...
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More Cyclists Should Use GoPro Cameras to Document Accidents

GoPro, the popular pocket camera company that has made more than $117 million in the past three years, just had a highly successful Initial Public Offering. The company, which was founded by Bay Area ...
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Sleep-Deprived Walmart Trucker Faces Charges for Tracy Morgan Wreck

A truck driver for Walmart recently pled "not guilty" in response to charges of vehicular homicide in the widely publicized car accident that killed comedian James McNair and landed Tracy ...
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Tragic Fisherman's Wharf Accident Could Have Been Prevented

There's a city code in San Francisco which, until 2-year-old Kayson Shelton died in a freak accident on Friday, appeared to many to be largely unnecessary. The code prohibits storeowners from ...
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On Walking and Talking on the Phone

Since the advent of cell phones, people have started using their walking time as an opportunity to chat on the phone. This phenomenon has become an epidemic. Now, at any given moment outside my law ...
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S.F. Needs to Stop Foot-Dragging On Sunset Stoplights

How many pedestrian accidents need to happen on San Francisco's Sunset Boulevard before the city actually does something about it? It's a depressing question, to be sure, but one that is ...
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Celebrate Bike to Work Day

Today, thousands of people are commuting to and from work in support of the Bay Area's 20th annual Bike to Work Day. There's certainly lots to celebrate, that's for sure. People are riding ...
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New Lawsuit Takes Aim at Tech Shuttles

According to the Chronicle, a handful of advocacy and activist groups has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to put an end to San Francisco's shuttle program, which allows private shuttles, often from ...
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Oakland Plays Catch-Up On Bike Lanes

As rent prices in San Francisco have become unreachable for a majority of the population, many out-priced city residents have decamped for the East Bay, and Oakland in particular. Along with the new ...
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Tech CEO Road Rage Highlights Tensions in Bay Area

In general, folks in the Bay Area try to share the road as amicably as possible. Cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cars all navigate around each other as best they can, leaving extra room where ...
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California's Nurses Deserve To Be Safe

A recent string of violent attacks against California nurses has generated a lot of media attention and a new bill requiring more extensive safety procedures in state hospitals. The attacks drawing so ...
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