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April 2015 Archives

Los Angeles authorities looking for wrong-way motorcyclist

Many Los Angeles motorcycle accidents are caused by speeding or distracted car drivers. While these actions are certainly unsafe, they pale in comparison to the reckless way some people operate their vehicles. Drunk driving, weaving through traffic and driving the wrong way down a street are all examples of exceptionally dangerous behavior that can easily lead to a serious crash. When such behavior causes a motorcycle accident, the resulting damage may be substantial.  

Explaining California’s motorcycle insurance requirements

Based upon the responses of many of the Long Beach motorcyclists that we’ve worked with here at the offices of Harting, Simkins, and Ryan, there’s much confusion out there about motorcycle insurance requirements. Just as is the case with auto insurance, most motorcycle owners never anticipate having to use it, and thus will often look to save by purchasing only the minimum amount of insurance required by the law. It’s difficult to put a general answer on just how much motorcycle insurance one should have, as needs vary from individual to individual. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at just how much insurance California motorcyclists are required to have, and when and where they might want to consider extra coverage.

Examining the tendencies of elderly drivers

Advances in medical science and an increased emphasis on healthier living has Long Beach residents enjoying their independence much longer than many of their predecessors. One activity that today’s seniors are continuing on with at a higher rate than in years past is driving. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the years 1997 to 2012 saw a 30 percent increase in the number of drivers age 70 and above. Yet as is the case with so many other aspects of life, Father Time can eventually take his toll on one’s driving skills.

Do bicycles always have the right of way?

It’s not hard to imagine who wins when a car and a bicycle collide on the streets of Long Beach. The toll that bicycle accident victims have to endure can be severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2005 alone, bicycle accident injuries resulted in projected lifetime costs of over $5 billion. Some may think that such accidents could be avoided if motorists would simply respect the rules of right of way. Yet a closer look at this principle may reveal some surprising facts.

The potential dangers posed by cat bites

When conversations turn to the types of dangerous animal bite cases we handle here at Harting, Simkins, and Ryan, most typically assume them to involve dog bites. Yet while dog bites usually rank among the most common type of animal attack cases, it’s their partners in the domestic pet world that produce some of the most dangerous bites. Every year, countless people in Long Beach are bitten by cats. While it may seem hard to fathom, cat bites will often present an even greater danger to attack victims.

Fatal boating accident statistics and causes

Given that Southern California promises year-round boating and other outdoor recreation opportunities, residents and tourists alike flock to the water. Unfortunately, though, negligence and sheer recklessness on the part of some boaters can have devastating consequences for people just looking to have a good time. That is why it is important for people to understand the major risks and accident rates associated with boating.

What are some signs of dog aggression?

While it can occur rarely and/or unexpectedly in an animal, dog aggression is a serious behavioral issue that can have tragic consequences. If you or a loved one were involved in a dog attack incident, it may be necessary to determine whether the animal in question has ever illustrated aggressive behavior before. After all, there are several forms and signs of aggression that can be identified by dog owners before they ever lead to an attack.

Protecting your rights in a car accident with an uninsured driver

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident involving an underinsured or uninsured driver, you can face multiple difficulties achieving the compensation that you deserve. For one thing, it can be challenging to pursue necessary damages against someone with limited to no liability coverage. You could also have a difficult time getting your own insurance provider to account for the full extent of your injuries and losses. That is why the attorneys at Harting, Simkins & Ryan, L.L.P., are fully committed to helping our clients explore all available options for pursuing damages.

Avoidable construction accident kills California pregnant woman

Any time construction work takes place in a residential neighborhood in California, it is the duty of those responsible for the work to ensure that the safety and well-being of area residents is accounted for at all times. Beyond that, local municipalities are obligated to implement and enforce appropriate safety guidelines on all city works projects. Unfortunately, however, professional negligence and other issues can still contribute to serious and fatal construction accidents.