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Author Archives: Robert S. Patterson

Recovering Damages After a Distracted Driving Accident

Despite strict motor vehicle laws and road-safety initiatives, driving while distracted is a major cause of car accidents in California. Drivers who allow their attention to be diverted from the road may be held liable for the bodily injury and property damage another person suffers in a resulting crash. Recovering damages requires a plaintiff to […]

Major Causes of Traffic Fatalities in California

California can be a dangerous place to drive, as rising accidents statistics show. Getting to a destination quickly is a priority for most drivers, sometimes at the expense of safety. In the worst-case scenario, a poor decision behind the wheel can lead to a severe crash that kills the driver and/or other people involved. According […]

What Your Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Protection Covers

Even though California mandates that all drivers have vehicle liability insurance coverage, the state still has the most uninsured drivers in the country. Also, the minimum insurance coverage that California requires might not be enough to get your car accident damages fully compensated. If you are injured in a car accident with a driver who […]

What Auto Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know When You Make a Claim

If you have been the victim of a car accident, there are many considerations that can arise. You might have physical injuries that require treatment and car repairs or replacements that must be made. Your first recourse is to file a claim with your own insurance company to obtain prompt compensation for medical bills and […]

Recovering Damages If You Were Doored While Riding a Bike

One of the most frequent causes of injury to bicyclists is “dooring.” This occurs when a driver or passenger in a parked vehicle opens a door without warning while a bike is passing. The rider may swerve into traffic to avoid a collision and be hit by another vehicle, or the bike may hit the […]

Overcoming the “Obvious Danger” Defense in a Slip and Fall Case

If you were injured from slipping and falling on someone else’s property, you may be able to sue to obtain financial compensation. However, success depends on showing that there was a hazard on the property that the owner or occupant had a duty to repair or to warn potential visitors about. Your lawsuit can be […]

What Are Your Remedies if You’re Hurt in a Hit and Run?

Suffering injuries as a result of someone else’s careless driving is always a devastating experience, but worse still is when a driver that causes your injuries leaves the scene and refuses to take responsibility. If you were hit by a hit-and-run driver, it is more difficult but still possible to obtain compensation for your losses. […]

Wrongful Death Lawsuits and Survival Actions: What’s the Difference?

If a member of your family died as the result of the negligence or other wrongful act of another person, you may be able to recover financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit and a survival action. While on the surface, the two may seem interchangeable, wrongful death claims and survival actions are distinct in […]

Determining Who’s at Fault for a Truck Accident

Whenever there are multiple parties to an accident, the chances increase that fault may be shared. Truck accidents are even more complicated, since fault may lie not only with the truck driver but also with individuals or businesses involved in putting the truck on the road. In California, all parties whose negligence or other misconduct […]

Effective Responses and Remedies for Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home residents are often vulnerable to abuse, neglect and even theft. Caregivers may use threats, intimidation or undue influence to silence victims. When nursing home personnel violate residents’ rights or fail to deliver proper care, the victims and their families can pursue remedies under civil and criminal law to stop the abuse and to […]