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What Should You Do as a Passenger Injured in a Car Accident?

If you were a passenger injured in a car accident, you deserve compensation. In most cases, you will have an easier case because one or both of the drivers may be liable. When dealing with a personal injury claim, the plaintiff needs to prove liability (party at fault) and damages (the injuries incurred by the […]

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Texting and Driving is Dangerous For Everyone

Smartphones and infotainment systems make it difficult to keep your focus on the road. That is why incidents of distracted driving have increased in recent years. It is also why texting and driving is one of the top causes of car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, distracted driving causes more than 1.6 […]

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New California Driving Laws to Know About in 2019

State lawmakers recently passed multiple new laws that went into effect at the start of the year. Failing to follow these laws could put you and others at risk. At a minimum, you could receive a citation or even jail time. To avoid these outcomes, we encourage you to continue reading our blog to learn […]

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Santa Barbara Boat Fire Leaves 34 Dead

On Labor Day, off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, a fire broke out on the 75-foot diving vessel Conception. There were 39 passengers and crew on board the Conception that morning. Yet, rescuers could only save five crew members; the remaining 34 passengers perished. We do know that all passengers and one crew member […]

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5 Tips To Prevent Tire Related Accidents

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates show that car accidents are a major cause of injuries and deaths in the United States. According to CDC estimates more than 2 million people suffer injuries in car accidents each year, and 200,000 require hospitalization. An additional 35,000 plus lose their lives during or after the […]

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How Much Does a Spinal Cord Injury Cost?

For individuals with spinal cord injuries, a lifetime of challenges awaits. Not only must these individuals adjust their lives to the limitations of their injuries, they must also pay for the associated costs. What is the monetary cost of a spinal cord injury? The San Luis Obispo spinal cord injury attorneys at James McKiernan Lawyers […]

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Safety Tips for the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

Summer is finally here, and you know what that means. The weather is nice and warm, school is out, and tourist season has begun. People all over the country are going out on road trips and taking family vacations, but there is a darker side to this time of the year. With more people on […]

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Safety Issues You Need to Know About When Ridersharing with Uber or Lyft

The ridesharing industry continues to grow as word of Lyft going public spreads through news outlets. Rumors also indicate that Uber could soon launch its own IPO, which could make ridesharing an even stronger component to our national economy. This amplifies concerns when it comes to passenger safety and traffic accidents involving Uber and Lyft. […]

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James McKiernan Lawyers Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Lyft

James McKiernan Lawyers has filed a class action lawsuit against Lyft, Inc. on behalf of a passenger who was sexually assaulted by a driver. On November 4, 2018, a woman who had been drinking used the Lyft app to hail what she thought would be a safe ride home. During that ride, the woman blacked […]

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Is the Truck Lobby Trying to Overturn California’s Meal Break Rules?

When it comes to driving long hauls, it’s important that drivers have plenty of rest. However, trucking companies want to get their cargo to its destination as quickly as possible. This can cause truckers to work long hours without rest, which can result in serious crashes. To prevent these fatigue-related crashes, the federal government and […]

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