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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

Tourist Winetasting – What About the Danger of Car Crashes?

By Kelly Balamuth on March 18, 2018

Northern California is famous around the world for its lovely scenery and amazing vineyards. But what you might not think about when visiting Napa Valley and other popular spots in California’s wine country is that all those tourists lead to an increased risk of deadly crashes—especially because many tourists participate in wine tastings, and will end up intoxicated. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Collision

You’ve Winterized, Now “Summerize”

By Kelly Balamuth on March 1, 2018

As you stroll through your local drugstore to pick up some shampoo or shoe polish, you may be somewhat surprised that sandals, beach towels, ice chests, and pool toys are abundant in the seasonal section. Yes, that’s right. Even though you’re still wearing sweaters and thick socks, this display serves as a not-so-subtle reminder that spring and summer are right around the corner. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Maintenance

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

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