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New Years Eve Celebrate Responsibly

With stay-at-home orders in place, people are limited to how they will spend their New Year’s Eve (NYE). However, that hasn’t stopped countless people from traveling over holidays and attending large gatherings. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates an increase in the number of car accidents and fatalities this New Year’s due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. As you prepare your New Year’s Eve plans, be mindful of all possible dangers that may arise throughout the night.

Christmas Tree

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has halted or canceled traditional holiday plans for most, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) predicts dangerous roads this year following a recent report of more risky driving behavior (speeding, driving under the influence). Of the numerous kinds of holiday accidents that occur from November through January, the most common result in fires and burns, slip and falls, and auto accidents.


Thanksgiving is a time to come together around the table and take a moment to acknowledge what you are truly grateful for. Though Thanksgiving celebrations may be a bit unorthodox this year due to the global pandemic, the risk of accidents and catastrophic injuries will be at an all-time high during the holiday season.

California Rules of the Road: Riding an Electric Bike

Southern California has recently seen a lot more bicyclists on the road. However, it’s been noticed that these bicyclists are traveling at higher speeds than usual. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, there has been a surge in Electric Bike sales. E-Bikes are just like regular bicycles, except with the addition of battery-powered assistance. As the recent trend to purchase E-Bikes continues, it is important that owners and riders become familiar with the laws regulating these bikes and the types of accidents and injuries involved.

Is Eating Behind the Wheel Considered Distracted Driving?

While sitting in traffic or stopped at a red light, drivers usually take this time to check messages, finish getting ready, or have a bite to eat. Although these small tasks may seem harmless, they can lead to major accidents caused by distracted driving. Breakfast may be known as the most important meal of the day, but is it worth risking the lives of others on the road? Traffic will not stop on a distracted driver’s account; the snack can wait.

Yield With Caution: Yellow Lights and Left-Hand Turns

Yellow lights are seen as an ultimatum for drivers to either accelerate speed or slow to a stop. However, the moment at which a car advances through their window of opportunity—at a yellow light or left-hand turn—sometimes intersects with an oncoming vehicle driving along the road the yielding car is passing through.


Halloween has become a festive tradition that millions of Americans partake in annually. Whether it is going door-to-door to collect candy, watching scary movies, or throwing/attending a Halloween party; it is a “spooktacular” time of year for people of all ages. Unfortunately, Halloween can also be a dangerous time of the year for pedestrians and motorists.

Dog Bite Laws In California
  • October 2020
  • By Samer Habbas, Esq
  • In Dog Bites,

With nearly 90 million domesticated dogs in the United States, it should come as no surprise that each year about 4.5 million people are attacked or bitten by dogs. Depending on the circumstances and where the injury happened, the victim may also pursue an injury claim based on the dog owner’s negligence or “strict liability” dog bite law that makes the owner liable regardless of the animal’s history or the owner’s carelessness.

Lane Change Auto Accident Who is at Fault?

Car accidents happen on a daily basis on California roads. Although liability can easily be established in some collisions, others may require additional investigation by an experienced car accident attorney. One type of motor vehicle accident that may require extensive investigation is a lane-change accident. In these types of accidents, typically the motorist who failed to obey the right of way is deemed at-fault. But that isn’t always the case.

Can Automatic Braking Feature Reduced Rear-End Accidents

With features like self-driving mode, lane assist and blind-spot detection, the latest inventions for vehicle safety have offered drivers a helping hand in safe driving. The purpose of the Automatic Braking System is to help prevent a rear-end collision, in the event the driver either miscalculates speed or is distracted. From first glance, this system seems like a great feature to have. But has it made a change in rear-end accidents on the road? And can we fully trust this system’s capabilities to protect us?


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