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    - Nancy F.
  • “Richard Spencer was there for us from the day after my accident, representing me and my wife, and there throughout the whole lawsuit until it was settled.

    - Felix D.
  • A little over year ago I found myself in need of legal counsel. It's stressful enough when you are in an accident that stops your life as you know it.

    - Marie K.
  • My son and I were involved in a major car accident and my son was seriously injured. I met Richard and he got my son the maximum we could get.

    - Eran F.
  • I've used Mr. Spencer's services a couple of times now and could not be happier with the level of service, his professionalism, and the manner.

    - Gabriel S.
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    - Sandra B.

San Fernando Valley Personal Injury Blog

Pedestrian-vehicle accidents happen for many reasons

There are many causes of pedestrian-vehicle accidents, which makes it difficult to protect yourself at all times. Even so, understanding the most common causes goes a long way in keeping you out of harm's way.

Drivers don't always take extra caution when operating a vehicle in close proximity to pedestrians. This alone increases the risk of an accident. Some of the factors often contributing to driver negligence include:

  • Speeding and other forms of reckless driving, (such as illegal passing)
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Neglecting to following traffic signals and signs
  • Disregarding weather conditions, such as rain
  • Disregarding traffic conditions, such as construction zones

Drowsy driving is a top cause of motor vehicle accidents

Regardless of the time of day or where you're driving, you could find yourself drowsy and wondering if you should pull your vehicle to the side of the road. Just the same, there's always a chance that another driver may not be fully alert.

Drowsy driving is a top cause of motor vehicle accidents, so it's critical to prevent this at all costs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving is responsible for tens of thousands of accidents and injuries every year.

Yes, property owners are responsible for keeping visitors safe

If you slip and fall, you may be interested in filing a claim against the owner of the property. You will need to make sure that you have information on the situation that led to your fall, and you'll have to show that the owner or possessor of the property did not take precautions to prevent your injuries.

If you can show that the owner or possessor was not maintaining the property well or that he or she somehow ignored issues that later led to your injuries, then you'll be in a good position to win your claim.

Life-changing injuries that people suffer due to car crashes

Speed limits allow people to drive 70 miles or even faster on highways. On surface streets, the speed limit can be as high as 55 miles an hour. It's easy to see how traveling at speeds like this can lead to severe injuries in the event of a collision or crash. Hundreds of thousands of people get hurt in crashes each year.

Most people understand that there is some risk inherent in traveling at high speeds, but few people stop to really think about the potential consequences. Getting into a crash while driving could mean the kind of injuries that cost thousands of dollars and change the course of your future.

Learn how to avoid injury when falling

If you’ve been watching the World Cup this month, you may have marveled at the soccer players’ agility and footwork. You might have been stunned by their incredible endurance and control. And you’ve probably wondered at how they’re able to endure brutal-looking tumbles, only to be back up on their feet, running at full speed within a matter of seconds.

While soccer players face a higher than average likelihood of injury than the average Joe, a slip-and-fall accident can happen to any of us. However, if you’re not a professional athlete, you’ve probably never been taught how to fall correctly. In today’s post, we explain how to avoid injury when you fall.

Slip-and-fall victim wins $1.6 million

An 85-year-old man recently won a slip-and-fall case against supermarket superstore Safeway. The man slipped in liquid laundry detergent left in one of the aisles of the store. The injury was severe, a broken femur that required surgery and insertion of a medical rod. The victim has required repeated rehabilitation sessions and continued physical therapy and may never fully regain use of his leg.

The victim of the slip-and-fall accident argued that the company was responsible for the accident. He built a case to establish the business should have removed the hazard and that its failure to do so resulted in his injury.

What makes truck accidents so dangerous?

Sharing the road with a big semi-truck can be a nuisance. They accelerate slowly and they usually don’t drive as fast as you’d like. If you’re in a hurry to get to a big meeting, it can be tempting to swerve around such trucks and speed ahead. However, such behavior could be a recipe for disaster.

In today’s post, we examine why trucking accidents are especially devastating.

Brain injuries can happen as a result of a slip-and-fall

Our society loves to minimize the risk involved in a slip-and-fall accident. You can often see depictions of these potentially serious events in movies and on television shows. These accidents are often a source of amusement for the people viewing this entertainment. The same is not true about real life slip-and-fall incidents.

People who suddenly fall can experience severe, life-altering consequences as the result of a simple slip. One possible consequence is a traumatic brain injury resulting from a slip-and-fall. While broken bones and soft tissue injuries are commonly associated with falls, fewer people realize the risk to their brains.

Increase in pedestrian deaths might be caused by cellphones

More pedestrians are being struck and killed in California and across the U.S., and traffic safety experts believe distraction is a top cause. Because of cellphones, there are more distracted drivers and pedestrians than ever before. However, experts place most of the blame on drivers as they are operating 4,000-pound vehicles that can easily injure or kill pedestrians.

Since 2009, pedestrian deaths have spiked 46 percent. While it's difficult to definitively blame distracted driving for the increase in fatalities, experts believe that circumstantial evidence strongly supports the theory. For example, cellphone use jumped 236 percent between 2010 and 2016, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Meanwhile, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System found that cellphone-related U.S. emergency room visits increased 83.5 percent between 2007 (when the first Apple iPhone came on the market) and 2016. Vehicle infotainment systems may also be adding to the problem. Researchers from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently studied infotainment systems from 30 different vehicles and found they were all at least moderately distracting to drivers.

Traumatic brain injuries can devastate patients

Brain injuries can stem from a host of causes. Accidents, falls, car crashes and explosions can all cause head trauma. While there is a chance that an injury to the head won't result in a damage to the brain, it is also possible that it can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

For individuals who have this type of injury, extensive medical care might be necessary. Here are some points to consider after suffering a brain injury:

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