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Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash in California – The Questions Remain

On March 23, 2018, 38-year-old, San Mateo man, Walter Huang was killed when his Tesla Model X slammed into a concrete barrier on southbound Highway 101 in Mountain View, California and subsequently caught on fire. According to news reports, Mr. Huang’s Tesla Model X was on Autopilot at the time of the crash. Indeed, at the center of this fatal car accident in San Mateo was Tesla’s Autopilot system. According to records provided by Mr. Huang’s family, the victim had taken his Model X into Tesla because the vehicle had veered towards that very same barrier several times previously. After the collision,…

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Dealing With Insurance After a Crash

Have you recently suffered injuries in a San Francisco car accident? You may be entitled to compensation for any damages that arise from another person’s negligence under California law. However, the degree of your compensation will depend on how you approach the days and weeks following an accident. Since car accident claims payout through insurance companies, knowing how to deal with them following your accident is essential. Follow these steps to successfully navigate your insurance claim following a car crash: Talking to Your Insurance Company Even if another driver is at fault for your injuries, most insurers require that you…

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What Is Prop 213?

Prop 213 is a California state law that went into effect on November 6, 1996. This law primarily restricts uninsured drivers from collecting non-economic damages resulting from a car accident, even if the accident was not their fault. This law has been challenged numerous times but has not been overturned at this point. While the law primarily affects those involved in an accident who are uninsured, there are portions that may affect you in other accident claims as well. Our San Francisco car accident lawyers explain the details of Prop 213 below. What Compensation Is Affected by Prop 213? Prop…

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Self-Driving Vehicle Regulation – What Does It Mean?

In early September, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill that effectively legitimizes self-driving vehicles for the future to come. Dubbed the SELF DRIVE Act, this bill aims to set a framework for autonomous vehicle regulation at the federal level – the first step in establishing national standards for testing, safety, and regulation. Why is This Important? Currently, regulation of self-driving vehicles on public roads lies solely in the state’s hands – and only 21 states have passed legislation related to autonomous vehicles. Most of these state laws don’t share much in the way of standards, with many of…

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What Do I Do If I’ve Been “Doored” By a Car?

Bicycle commuting is rapidly gaining popularity across the nation, but especially in California. San Francisco saw commutes rise by nearly 9 percent in 2016, with an estimated 82,000 bike trips every day. However, with the prevalence of bicycles also comes the potential for danger, as cyclists and motorists learn to coexist on the busy SF streets. One of the most dangerous things that can happen is “dooring” – when a parked vehicle unknowingly opens their door to obstruct the path of an incoming cyclist. While it may sound comical, dooring may result in potentially serious, painful injuries including: Severe road…

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Has Uber Affected Drunk Driving Rates in San Francisco?

There has perhaps been no bigger impact to the traffic and commuting world recently than the ridesharing revolution. Companies such as Lyft and Uber are convenient alternatives to the older taxi model of ride-hailing, making it even easier to get around your neighborhood. One heavily debated result is the impact companies like Uber have had on driving under the influence. It’s theorized that their prevalence and ease of hailing rides should ideally reduce alcohol-related driving incidences such as DUIs, alcohol-related fatalities, and drunk driving collisions. But is this really the case? Has Uber affected drunk driving rates in San Francisco?…

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Accident with an Uninsured Driver?

You faithfully pay your insurance premiums on time, and reasonably expect others to do the same. It can be frustrating then, to be involved in an accident with someone who is uninsured or underinsured. Unfortunately this is not uncommon. Should you find yourself in a car accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, take the following steps: Call the Police It’s always a good idea to summon the police to the scene of an accident, but especially when there’s an uninsured driver involved. Having an official police report will help you get your expenses covered under your own uninsured driver…

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Public Transportation Injuries and Legal Claims

In general, public transportation is a safe and cost-effective way to travel. When bus, train, taxi, and cable car accidents do take place, however, they tend to cause serious and life threatening injuries. If you are involved in a public transit accident and suffer an injury, you will likely qualify for benefits through the at-fault driver’s insurance. Liability in Public Transportation Accidents Many states, including California, are at-fault states. This means that the at-fault driver will face liability for the accidents and injuries he or she causes. Every driver is responsible for maintaining a reasonable duty of care on the…

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At least 10 people, 4 vehicles involved in major accident

A multi-car accident on Highway 4 left multiple drivers and passengers needing medical care and a number of vehicles with serious damage. The accident occurred near Antioch where a stray bumper had fallen onto the freeway. As speeding cars tried to avoid it, one stopped, triggering a pileup that involved four other vehicles. At least 10 people were treated for injuries, with reports that three people were listed in critical condition. Five ambulances and four helicopters responded to the scene to tend to the victims. Road debris like this is dangerous – auto-parts, bumpers, loose and unsecured cargo as well…

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10 injured, 5 seriously in car wreck at Chinatown bus stop

Even waiting at the bus stop in San Francisco is not as safe as you might think. Minding your own business on the curb still can put you in the path of an out-of-control car or truck and expose you to serious injury. That is what happened to 10 people in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood on Dec. 16. According to KPIX-TV, the group was waiting at a Muni bus stop when a car drove into them and their shelter. Police say the driver lost control of her vehicle and hit two cars before going over the curb. Police said that…

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