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News and information regarding car accident and injury claims in California from Los Angeles Personal Injury attorney, Steven Sweat.

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Avvo Answers: Award Winning Injury Lawyer Steven Sweat Answers Your Questions

Avvo Answers: Award Winning Injury Lawyer Steven Sweat Answers Your Questions | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
my answers to legal questions at Avvo.com
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This is a good summary of many questions that I have answered over the years regarding auto accident claims and other personal injury matters.  It seems that same or similar issues continue to come up and I hope consumers find this a helpful resource for their questions regarding personal injury law in California.

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Car Defects Raise Issues on Criminal Convictions

Car Defects Raise Issues on Criminal Convictions | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
Lakisha Ward-Green spent three months in jail after she lost control of her Chevrolet Cobalt, killing her teenage passenger.
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Effect of Accidents on California Auto Insurance Rates

Effect of Accidents on California Auto Insurance Rates | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
California auto insurance rate increases for accident claims are limited by state law. CA auto accident attorney explains. | Free consult 866-252-0735
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Hollywood CA Crash Leaves 7 Injured

Hollywood CA Crash Leaves 7 Injured | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
Police were searching for a man who fled the scene of a two-car crash that critically injured seven people, including three children, in Hollywood on Saturday night, officials said.
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New Car Safety Ratings Explained

New Car Safety Ratings Explained | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
No one ever plans to be in a car accident, but if one happens, we want to be safe. In fact, a 2012 survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center found that 65 percent of car buyers said safety ...
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No proof of auto insurance in Los Angeles?!?

No proof of auto insurance in Los Angeles?!? | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
Dear Honk: A Vehicle Code section says that, effective Jan.
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Red and Yellow Light Accidents in California

Red and Yellow Light Accidents in California | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
Red and Yellow Light Accidents in California cause injury and death. CA car crash victim's attorney explains the law and your legal rights.
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Why do light controlled intersections comprise only 10 percent of all interchanges in the U.S. but are the site of ONE THIRD of all fatal accidents?  Find out more:

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CA Court Ruling on Driver Interference Causing Crash

CA Court Ruling on Driver Interference Causing Crash | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
In an interesting personal injury claim coming out of California, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District, has reinstated a plaintiff's case arising from injuries sustained in a ...
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Dangers of Distracted Driving in California and Elsewhere

Dangers of Distracted Driving in California and Elsewhere | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
As the use of cellular phones has become almost ubiquitous in today's everyday culture, both in California as well as across the country, distracted driving has becoming a correlative increasing ...
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Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies in a Crash?

Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies in a Crash? | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
The gearheads in Detroit, Tokyo and Stuttgart have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Even the Google guys seem to have solved the riddle. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident.
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CA Labor Commission rules Uber driver is employee not independent contractor

CA Labor Commission rules Uber driver is employee not independent contractor | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
[...] observers seized on the ruling as a possible game changer for Uber, as well as rivals like Lyft and other on-demand companies like Postmates and Handy, which all rely on vast workforces of independent contractors. “If the court's view holds up under appeal, this is a very significant decision, not just for Uber and Lyft, but for a range of other new platforms like Instacart that rely on the on-demand workforce,” said Arun Sundararajan, an NYU business professor who studies the emerging sector. [...] the ruling could stifle innovation, according to Sundararajan. Uber is “in the business to provide transportation service to passengers,” it wrote. [...] Uber “is involved in every aspect of the operation,” the ruling said, including setting rates for rides, vetting drivers and more. A raft of lawsuits now winding their way through the courts seek to have drivers and other on-demand workers reclassified as employees, but those are years away from final decisions. [...] it is contrary to a previous ruling by the same commission, which concluded in 2012 that the driver ‘performed services as an independent contractor, and not as a bona fide employee.’ [...] the debate could spur creation of a new employment model rather than the current black-and-white choices of W-2 full-time employment or 1099 independent contract work. Sundararajan had a similar view, saying the case underscores the need “to create a new social safety net as employment is unbundled and our workforce becomes largely freelance.”
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

While this ruling is limited to the context of wages for the drivers of ride share services like "Uber" and "Lyft", it may have broader implications for auto accident victims traveling in ride-share vehicles.  If the driver is an employee, then the normal laws of negligence and "respondeat superior" would apply to hold Uber and other ride share companies liable for acts performed within the scope of employment.

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More than 350K driver's licenses granted to undocumented immigrants in California

More than 350K driver's licenses granted to undocumented immigrants in California | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
So far, more than 350,000 Californians have been licensed under the program, with 1 million more expected in the next three years.
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Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner hit with second lawsuit from fatal car crash

Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner hit with second lawsuit from fatal car crash | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
Caitlyn Jenner is facing a second lawsuit related to a fatal car accident in Malibu last February.
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California Second Worst State for Drivers

California Second Worst State for Drivers | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
California is one of the worst states for drivers. New rankings by Bankrate.com took into account fatal crashes, thefts, commute times, gasoline spending, repair costs and insurance premiums. 
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Bankrate.com calls California the second worst state for drivers in the nation.  The study factored in things such as total number of fatal car accidents in its study.

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Keyless Car Ignitions Called 'deadly' in Lawsuit

Keyless Car Ignitions Called 'deadly' in Lawsuit | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
Deaths have been caused by people accidentally leaving their cars running after they've parked them for the night.
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The alleged defect of keyless ignitions is the ability of the vehicle to continue running after the driver has left the vehicle.  Apparently this has lead to 13 deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Abogado de Accidentes automovilísticos de California

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Abogado de Accidentes automovilísticos de California explica sus derechos legales después de un accidente de auto | Llama para consulta gratis 866-252-0735
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Spontaneously Shattering Sunroofs Prompt Federal Investigation

An increasing number of complaints for breaking sunroofs led the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take a closer look.
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GM's OnStar: Vulnerable to Hackers!

GM's OnStar: Vulnerable to Hackers! | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
OnStar, the infotainment and safety system in GM vehicles, could be hacked. Here's how to keep that from happening.
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Fake Town Created To Test Driverless Cars

Fake Town Created To Test Driverless Cars | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
Self-driving vehicles now have a neighborhood all their own -- where researchers can study them in new ways.
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Could Computer Hackers Crash My Car?

Could Computer Hackers Crash My Car? | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
Hacking and cyber crimes are occurrences that frequently happen to innocent victims all over the world. More than 55 million people across the globe fall victim to computer hacking and other ...
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Technology is always advancing but, sometimes it advances quicker than we like.  Is this the case with computerized, web-connected cars that have been shown to be vulnerable to hackers who can take control of the vehicle and cause a wreck?  Find out more:

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Danger of Hacking Web-Connected Cars

Danger of Hacking Web-Connected Cars | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
A pair of researchers said that they had hacked a Jeep Cherokee through its Internet-connected system, allowing them to take control of the engine, brakes and even steering.
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In addition to the "distracted driving" issues raised by web-connected "smart" dashboards that I have discussed in other blogs, there is another danger: Hacking.  Apparently it is possible for a hacker to log into your car and do things like cut the power to your brakes!

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Will “Smart” Car Dashboards Lead to More Distracted Driving?

Will “Smart” Car Dashboards Lead to More Distracted Driving? | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
Distracted driving is a safety issue typically associated with performing other tasks while driving. Any non-driving activity you are engaged in while operating a motor vehicle significantly ...
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Do we really need to start responding to texts or social media through our car dashboards?  Won't this lead to more distracted driving and related auto crashes.

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10% of drivers of all ages under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.

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California DMV Does U-Turn and Releases Reports on Self-Driving Car Accidents

California DMV Does U-Turn and Releases Reports on Self-Driving Car Accidents | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
California state officials have released reports detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes,
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As an attorney that represents auto accident victims in the State of California , I'm glad to see the data on accidents involving so-called "driverless" cars being made public.  I think these types of vehicles have the potential to reduce traffic congestion and motor vehicle collisions but, Google and other manufacturers should not be allowed to "hide the ball" on the safety record of such vehicles if they are being tested on the open roads of the Golden State.

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T-Bone Car Accident Claims in California Can Cause Devastating Injuries or Death

T-Bone Car Accident Claims in California Can Cause Devastating Injuries or Death | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
T-Bone Car Accident Claims in California explained by Los Angeles injury attorney for motor vehicle collisions in intersections due to negligence.
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Latest Research on Car Accidents Caused By New Drivers

Latest Research on Car Accidents Caused By New Drivers | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
As kids become teenagers and young adults, parents all have the same worry, and with good reason: Teens and young adults are much more likely to be involved in auto accidents than virtually any ...
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As an attorney who represents auto accident victims, I am glad to see additional research being done on assessing the driving skills of younger drivers.  Statistically, teens and young adults are in one of the highest demographic categories for being at risk to be involved in a motor vehicle collision.

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NTSB: Collision avoidance systems should be standard in cars

NTSB: Collision avoidance systems should be standard in cars | California Car Accident and Injury Attorney News | Scoop.it
The board recommended manufacturers begin by making a warning system standard, and then add automatic emergency braking after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration completes standards for them. Only four of 684 passenger vehicle models in 2014 included automatic braking systems as a standard feature: the Mercedes-Benz G Class 4X4, an SUV; the Subaru Forester and Outback, also SUVs, and the Subaru Legacy, a mid-sized sedan. When the systems are offered as options they are typically on high-end vehicles like Cadillac, Infiniti and Lexus models and are often bundled with non-safety features like heated seats or faux leather interiors, making the overall package more expensive. "Slow and insufficient action on the part of the (highway traffic administration) to develop performance standards for these technologies and require them in passenger and commercial vehicles, as well as a lack of incentives for manufacturers, has contributed to the ongoing and unacceptable frequency of rear-end crashes," the report said.
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Should all cars sold in the U.S. have some type of collision avoidance systems in place?  While I think this is a good idea in concept, as I have pointed out in other blog posts (click here), such systems will always have their limitations and are no substitute for sound driving habits, which are the best way to avoid car crashes. 

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