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Roseville CA Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Pursuing a products liability claim against a auto manufacturer

Earlier this week, we wrote about a tragic accident in Roseville, California, last month in which a vehicle that was in park rolled over the driver as she was unloading something out of the back seat.

We concluded the post by saying that an investigation is needed to determine what caused the vehicle to move even though it was in park and on flat ground. We stated that if a defect was responsible for the incident, the woman's family may be able to pursue a products liability claim against the vehicle's manufacturer. 

Is defect responsible for tragic Roseville rollover accident?

Because motor vehicles are such an everyday part of our lives, many of us don’t appreciate the sheer size, weight and power they possess. It isn’t until we are involved in an accident that we realize how dangerous motor vehicles can be. This is especially true when motor vehicles don’t work how we expect them to.

The family of a Roseville woman now understands the magnitude of this statement after their loved one was killed when her vehicle rolled over her as she retrieved something out of the back seat. 

CHP hopes to deter distracted driving with tickets

Have you ever been driving down the freeway only to glance at the car next to you and see the driver with his eyes on his cellphone instead of the road? It’s not a very comforting feeling, is it?

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, close to 70 percent of California residents who were surveyed last year said they had been hit or almost hit by another driver who was talking or texting on a cellphone.

California lawmakers pass law affecting Uber insurance (2 of 2)

Welcome back.

Every time you slip into the passenger seat or get behind the steering wheel of a motor vehicle, you run the risk of being involved in a car accident. For that reason, all drivers are required to carry at least minimal insurance coverage in California.

Then there are additional insurance coverage requirements for drivers who make a living carrying people in their vehicles, such as taxi cab drivers.  But new technology has blurred the line between traditional drivers and drivers who charge for offering lifts. Enter: Uber.

California lawmakers pass law affecting Uber insurance (1 of 2)

Technology has changed the way we go about life in many ways, including the way we find a ride. Uber is a California-based ridesharing company that allows people to use a smartphone app to connect with drivers in their area who are willing to give them a lift using their private vehicles. The smartphone app developed into a modern-day taxi cab service that is now available in most areas of the country.

But as we all know, anytime you get into a vehicle there is a chance of an accident occurring, which is why expansive insurance coverage is a must for taxi cab companies. But should companies like Uber also have to require their drivers to carry expansive insurance coverage? And who should be responsible if an accident occurs and an Uber driver is un- or under-insured?

The importance of installing a car seat properly (2 of 2)

Welcome back. We are currently discussing the importance of installing car seats properly. Here are the remaining tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Parents Central page on properly installing car seats:

  • For rear-facing seats: The car seat should be installed at the correct recline angle. Most ears are equipped with indicators that help determine this.
  • For forward-facing seats: If the car seat has a top tether strap, it should be connected to the tether anchor and tightened to limit forward head movement if a crash should occur.

The importance of installing a car seat properly (1 of 2)

Anytime you drive you take the risk of being involved in a car accident. This is a very unnerving thought for people with small children. That's why we depend on car seats to protect our precious cargo. But if car seats are not installed properly, they don't offer the same protection, and small children can be seriously injured or killed if an accident occurs.

The California Highway Patrol reported that just last week an infant was ejected from a vehicle in Santa Rosa because of an improperly installed car seat. On Friday evening, the infant's mother was pulling out of a driveway when the vehicle's left rear door swung open and the car seat containing the child fell out into the road.

California dog owners held strictly liable for attacks

Many of us are dog lovers and enjoy the loyal companionship of our four-legged family members. However, not all dogs are loyal and well-behaved. In fact, many people in California and the rest of the country are injured because of dog attacks each year.

If you or your child has been injured by a dog, you are doing everyone else in the area a favor by reporting the incident. Additionally, filing a claim against the dog owner can help you pay for the expensive medical bills you may have incurred as a result of the attack.

Where does Sacramento rank on the list of best, worst drivers?

Every year, people across the U.S. eagerly await the publication of various reports ranking everything from graduate schools and hospitals to cars and retirement destinations. While this is certainly understandable, there is one report that perhaps doesn't receive quite as much press, but which provides a very comprehensive look at traffic safety here in the U.S.

Earlier this week, Allstate Insurance Company released its tenth annual report ranking 200 U.S. cities in terms of which has the best drivers and which has the worst drivers. Here, the report arrived at these rankings after crunching the numbers on millions of car accident claims, as well as a variety of other factors such as city density, population and amount of rainfall/snowfall.

Ride-sharing drivers in CA to be subject to insurance minimums

The private transportation industry has undergone something of a dramatic transformation over the last several years thanks to the advent of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Gone are the days of arranging a ride in advance or waiting for a taxi company to send a vehicle your way, and in are the days of instantly locating a ride with just a few swipes of your finger.

For those unfamiliar with what ride-sharing companies actually do, they allow prospective fares to arrange rides with drivers in their immediate vicinity via smartphone apps. Here, the drivers are under contract with the ride-sharing company, but use their own vehicles to transport passengers.

While this approach has proven successful from a business standpoint, it has also raised certain concerns regarding public safety.

In particular, state lawmakers have long been concerned that many of the drivers in the ride-sharing industry are lacking the necessary amount of insurance, such that passengers injured -- or worse -- in car accidents wouldn't be adequately covered.

Accolades & Memberships

Attorney Chris Kreeger is accomplished and well respected in the California legal community. Below is a short list of some of his accolades and memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Sacramento Consumer Attorneys (President 2003; » Board of Directors 1997)
  • Sacramento County Judge Pro Tempore
  • El Dorado County Judge Pro Tempore.
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