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Be Aware Of Drunk Drivers During The Holidays

By Kelly Balamuth on December 5, 2019

It stands to reason that the odds of being involved in a traffic crash increases when there are more cars on the road. With more alcohol-impaired drivers sharing the roadways over the holidays, the odds increase exponentially. Not only are there more people traveling to visit family and friends from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Day, but people are more inclined to consume alcoholic beverages when they come together to celebrate. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Collision

Bicycling Accidents in the Bay Area

By Kelly Balamuth on November 30, 2019

Traffic crashes involving motor vehicles and bicycles are a growing problem in California. Bicycle injury rates increased by 21% over a recent seven-year period while overall traffic injury rates decreased, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Bicycle accident injuries are increasing in both absolute terms and relative to total vehicle crashes. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Oakland Community Rallies for Improved Street Safety Following Deadly Hit and Run

By Kelly Balamuth on November 15, 2019

A fatal hit and run pedestrian accident occurred in an Oakland school zone on October 1, 2019, as reported by CBS SF. Huong Truong was walking her four-year-old niece home from Garfield Elementary School when they were both struck by a car at Foothill Boulevard and 22nd Avenue. The driver left the scene of the accident. The four-year-old niece was injured, and Huong Truong died at the scene. Read the rest »

Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Bicyclist Fatality Provides a Stark Reminder of the Importance of Bike Safety

By Kelly Balamuth on October 30, 2019

A 24-year-old Oakland bicyclist was killed in a dooring accident in early October 2019, as reported by CBS SF. The cyclist was riding southbound in the 1800 block of Fruitvale when he hit the open door of a parked Toyota Avalon and was ejected into traffic. The young man was thrown from the bike and hit by a Dodge Ram pickup traveling south on Fruitvale. Although fire and ambulance crews provided assistance, the bicyclist died at the scene. Read the rest »

Posted in: Wrongful Death

4 Dead in Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 101

By Kelly Balamuth on October 15, 2019

Early in the morning of Thursday, October 3rd, a  wrong-way collision on the 101 ended in tragedy.

The ghastly collision occurred just north of Candlestick Point around the 3rd Street exit, according to California Highway Patrol officials. Around a half hour past midnight, the CHP received multiple calls regarding a possible wrong-way driver on the 101 freeway. Around five minutes after the initial calls, a CHP unit came across the fatal two-vehicle wreck involving a sedan and a taxi, which left all four people involved dead at the scene. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Collision

Four Injured in Overturn Accident at East Bay High School

By Kelly Balamuth on September 26, 2019

Last August, a car containing four teenagers was involved in an accident inside the parking lot of an East Bay high school.

The accident took place outside of Concord High on 4200 Concord Boulevard shortly after school had been let out. According to police, the car was being driven in a reckless manner inside the parking lot of the high school before it overturned. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Collision

Construction Worker Killed at Moscone Center

By Kelly Balamuth on July 16, 2018

You may recall a recent story in the news where a construction worker, who was operating a hydraulic crane commonly referred to as a “cherry picker,” was killed in a workplace accident at Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. According to the police department, the man, who was there to pick up a high-reach boom on behalf of a machinery rental company, was crushed between the heavy device and a concrete slab. Emergency workers pronounced him dead on the scene. Read the rest »

How Hot Is Too Hot for a Parked Vehicle?

By Kelly Balamuth on June 29, 2018

In Northern California, we’re accustomed to mild temperatures for most of the year. But it doesn’t take much direct sunlight to heat up the inside of a parked car to dangerous levels. Leaving someone in your vehicle with the windows rolled up could lead to disastrous results, especially for pets, babies, or the elderly. Read the rest »

Posted in: Child Injury

In Case You Forgot…

By Kelly Balamuth on June 11, 2018

You may recall a little scenario from our blog last March that went something like this: You’re at the drugstore to pick a common household item, perhaps eye drops or toothpaste, and you notice that the seasonal aisle is full of summertime items, like beach towels and sunscreen. It’s at that moment that you realize summer is in the not-too-distant future.

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Posted in: Auto Maintenance

If You Are Injured in a Park, Can You Sue?

By Kelly Balamuth on May 25, 2018

City parks are a valuable public resource that allow anyone in the community to enjoy outdoor spaces and recreational facilities. They can come in many different shapes and sizes, with fun options for families and individuals of all ages. Unfortunately, every year, park visitors get hurt in awful accidents. Many of these injuries could easily have been prevented with proper supervision and maintenance. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability

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