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March 2015 Archives

Is lane-splitting legal in California?

No matter how much experience you have on the back of a motorcycle, you could still have questions and/or concerns over California road safety guidelines regarding the practice of lane splitting. Major law enforcement agencies and regulators in the state have refrained from offering guidance to motorcyclists on lane splitting, allowing for confusion and doubt as to what is and isn’t permissible under the law.

Does homeowners insurance cover dog bites?

The attorneys at Harting, Simkins & Ryan, L.L.P., are well-versed in the many types of losses and financial hardships that can result from dog attack incidents. Unfortunately, we are also all too familiar with the fact that achieving adequate financial compensation for your injuries and other damages can be increasingly difficult in some cases. Pursuing dog bite claims against homeowners’ insurance carriers can be a long and involved process, as California insurance trends and practices continue to evolve.

Could a pre-existing condition affect my personal injury claim?

The truth of the matter is that a large percentage of Los Angeles residents live with chronic injuries and/or medical conditions. For instance, you could suffer from work-related back pain or have high blood pressure. While you may have such medical issues under control, being involved in a car accident could exacerbate the symptoms and/or severity of any pre-existing conditions that you have. That is why it is important to understand whether and how having pre-existing medical conditions can impact personal injury claims and awards.

Understanding the Cyclist Anti-Harassment Law

If you live or work in Los Angeles, you are very familiar with the fact that LA roadways are continually bombarded by traffic. As a result the road congestion, bicycles are increasingly becoming a reliable form of transportation for many area locals. At the same time as bicycles have gained popularity, however, incident rates involving bicycle rider harassment and injuries are also on the rise. It is for that reason that the attorneys at Harting, Simkins & Ryan, L.L.P., are committed to educating our clients about their rights and the Cyclist Anti-Harassment Law.

Police dog attack liability

California law enforcement and emergency services agencies are increasingly incorporating K-9 units into their ranks. Police dogs, for instance, are used in a number of different scenarios and capacities to apprehend criminal offenders and protect the public. The intense behavioral screening and training that police dogs undergo does not ensure that the animals do not make mistakes and/or become aggressive under inappropriate circumstances. Therefore, it is important that the public understands when and how a police dog attack can become a personal injury incident.

Fatal train accident could result in wrongful death claims

The ultimate outcome of a serious collision can play a major role in determining the types of personal injury claims that may be pursued by victims and their families. In the event that an accident victim succumbs to his or her injuries, loved ones may decide to make wrongful death claims against the liable party or parties in the crash. A recent accident involving a pickup truck and commuter train in Southern California may now lead to civil and criminal charges since one person has died.

What should I do in a hit-and-run accident?

While being in any kind of car accident can be distressing enough, being involved in a hit-and-run collision can be incredibly stressful and hurtful. If you sustained painful injuries in a collision where the other driver fled the scene, you probably have serious concerns over what you should do next. Provided here are a few general guidelines regarding what you should do following a hit-and-run accident.

Motorcyclists vulnerable to motorists’ negligence

If you spend any amount of time on Southern California roadways, you have probably been involved in or witnessed a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle collisions occur all the time and often have catastrophic consequences for motorcycle riders and their families. In fact, the attorneys at Harting, Simkins & Ryan, L.L.P., handle many cases where a lack of attention and/or awareness on the part of motorists contributes to serious and fatal injuries for unsuspecting motorcyclists.