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Check Your Car for Animals as It Gets Colder

By Kelly Balamuth on January 9, 2018

It’s probably the last place you’d think to look for an animal, but come wintertime, your car engine becomes very attractive to critters of all shapes and sizes. For instance, you may have noticed that cats like to sit on car hoods. This is because they appreciate the warmth of an engine after it’s recently been turned off.

For this same reason, animals (whether house pets, strays, or wild animals) will sometimes crawl up into a car’s engine column for warmth and shelter. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Maintenance

The Hit-and-Run That Ruined My Fun

By Kelly Balamuth on August 24, 2017

It’s another one of those beautiful Northern California weekends. You hit the road with your special someone and for a moment it feels like everything in the world is going your way. You decide to stop at a roadside nut stand to pick up some fresh almonds. As you sample the hickory-smoked variety—BAM!—a loud crash, followed by the squeal of tires peeling out. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Collision

When Man’s Best Friend Is Not So Friendly

By Kelly Balamuth on August 14, 2017

People love dogs. And why shouldn’t they? Dogs are known for their loyalty and protection, and are also furry and adorable. Unfortunately though, dogs can harm people, sometimes maliciously, sometimes unintentionally. Read the rest »

Posted in: Dog Bite Attack

A Hot Car on a Cool Day

By Kelly Balamuth on August 11, 2017

Brooke, a busy mother of two boys—5-year-old John and 2-year-old Louis—worked full-time as an audiologist and lived in the Mission District with her husband, Mark, a dentist. They were educated, well-informed professionals who handled their respective workloads and joint home life while making it all look easy. The kids were always clean and happy, dinner was always on the table, and they were hip to all the latest parenting trends.

So you’d never think it would happen to them. Read the rest »

Posted in: Wrongful Death

You’re Driving Me Mad!

By Kelly Balamuth on August 9, 2017

Do a quick Google search of “Bay Area drivers” and you’ll discover very quickly that the Bay Area is considered by many people to be one of the worst areas in America to drive. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Collision

Road Tripping for the Holidays and Safe Driving

By Kelly Balamuth on December 22, 2016

To stay safe during the holidays while travelling to visit friends and family, there are some important steps that families need to take. While not every accident is avoidable, there are reasonable precautions that can hopefully make your road trip a fun and secure one.

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Posted in: Auto Collision

Tip for Insuring Your Car is Safe for Holiday Travel

By Kelly Balamuth on November 28, 2016

Over the holidays many of us will be traveling to visit friends and family. It is important to proactively make sure that your vehicle is in top working order so you arrive safely. The following is a summary of things to do:

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Posted in: Auto Collision

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Recall

By Kelly Balamuth on October 3, 2016

The manufacturer of the Galaxy Note7, Samsung, has announced a voluntary recall and exchange program for Galaxy Note7’s that can overheat and pose safety risks to users. The company is doing this in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC has formally made a recall for nearly 1 million of the devices. Affected devices were sold in the U.S. before September 15, 2016. While the company has acted to recall its products, knowing your rights as a consumer can help you decide any legal action to pursue if you’ve been injured by a Galaxy Note7. Having a knowledgeable attorney can assist you in gathering evidence for a trial.

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East Bay Truck Crash Closes Both Lanes of Interstate 680

By Kelly Balamuth on October 30, 2015

Recently, a tractor-trailer collided with a freeway divider on Interstate 680. The truck accident caused several other vehicle collisions, started a brush fire, and shut down both sides of the freeway for several hours.

According to witnesses who spoke to the California Highway Patrol, the truck had been driving erratically before it hit the concrete divider, spraying debris across the freeway. Read the rest »

Posted in: Truck Accidents

Head on Car Collision in Richmond Claims a Life According to CHP

By Kelly Balamuth on October 23, 2015

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to a head-on car accident near Richmond last weekend that claimed at least one life.

The crash happened on the San Pablo Dam Road near the intersection with Castro Ranch Road, according to a news report from NBC Bay Area. Police, firefighters, and paramedics who responded to the scene were forced to close both lanes of traffic to assist crash victims. The road remained closed for approximately four hours. Police are still investigating the causes of the crash. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Collision

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