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How product liability works with legalized marijuana

As many Californians already know by now, this state has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. As a result, what was once an illegal drug sold in the shadows is now a product being sold by several upstart businesses in the state. Whether one thinks the legalization of marijuana is a good idea or not, no one can deny that as the cannabis business becomes part of the ordinary economy of this state, important new legal questions are emerging.

One might wonder, for instance, what will happen should someone use marijuana that turns out to be unsafe or, more generally, if the drug itself winds up not being as harmless as some might think currently.

Holding California's distracted Uber drivers accountable

A previous post on this blog discussed how California lawmakers are taken yet another legal step toward cracking down in distracted drivers, both in the Los Angeles area and throughout the rest of the state. As this blog has discussed, while texting and driving and cell phones are a problem, there are other common sources of distracted driving. Any one of these distractions could lead to a serious accident, even fatality.

For instance, with the continued and growing popularity of ridesharing, there have unfortunately been many residents who have fallen victim to distracted Uber drivers. Uber drivers, being ordinary citizens, who may even have other jobs, are not professional motorists and, as such, may not have the same training and experience, or be subject to the same rules and oversight as professional drivers.

Possible changes to California's distracted driving laws

Distracted driving is a serious problem in California and across the country. You know this type of behavior is both dangerous and irresponsible, yet many drivers continue to engage in distracted behaviors while behind the wheel. In order to combat this serious safety threat, state lawmakers are voting on a possible change to California laws.

Recently, a bill proposed making distracted driving a moving violation. This would increase the severity of penalties associated with this type of reckless driving. This bill passed the California State Senate, which means there is a significant chance that laws will adjust and bring harsher repercussions for drivers who operate a vehicle while distracted.

Orange, Los Angeles counties have most fatal car accidents

According to the latest numbers from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, which date from 2016, California accounts for a little over 10 percent of all fatal car accidents in the United States.

This same report also showed that motorists in the southern part of the state are at particular risk for being involved in a deadly auto accident. Specifically, Orange County and Los Angeles County had the fifth most and most fatal car accidents, respectively, among all the counties in California. Other counties in the southern part of this state also ranked high in terms of the number of fatal accidents.

If rear-end collisions are preventable, why do so many happen?

One of the things you can count on here in California is traffic jams. Stop and go traffic seems to be the norm, which means that you could easily become the victim of a rear-end collision. No matter how much you keep your eyes on the traffic behind you, you simply can't predict what another driver will do. You may tap your brakes to alert drivers behind you or use your turn signals well in advance of a turn, but that may not be enough.

In fact, every year, approximately one million rear-end collisions occur across the country, and many of them occur here in California, which makes them one of the most common types of accidents. The problem is that these accidents are largely preventable.

With warmer weather, we're watching out for motorcyclists

The summer months will soon arrive in the Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area, and that will mean even more motorcycles on the road.

In many cases, other motorists simply aren't watching out for motorcyclists. Despite public awareness campaigns, motorcycle unawareness is still a problem, as many drivers on California roads are either distracted or, even if they are generally good at paying attention, simply don't have their eyes trained to spot motorcycles.

If you're going too fast, you may not be able to stop in time

Few California residents can say that they haven't gone above the posted speed limit on at least one occasion. Whether you were running late, enjoying some music or just trying keep up with the flow of traffic, you ended up speeding. While you may not have suffered any adverse consequences on those occasions, you could end up with more than just a speeding ticket if you end up in an accident.

Of course, watching your speed doesn't mean that another motorist will. Traffic here in Costa Mesa is as unpredictable as it is in the rest of the state, and you may have to unexpectedly slow down or even stop. You could end up in an accident because a speeding driver was unable to stop in time to avoid colliding with your vehicle.

Hit-and-run accidents plaguing Los Angeles bicyclists

A 60-year-old man is the latest victim in a rash of hit-and run-accidents involving bicyclists riding in the South Los Angeles area. The man died after being hit by two vehicles in broad daylight. One vehicle did not stop, and the other was never clearly identified.

This most recent accident comes on the heels of another deadly hit-and-run in which a young man, only 22 years old, did while riding his bicycle at another intersection in the area. The person who hit the young man, who was driving a Porsche SUV, has yet to be located. The young man's mother is asking for the person who hit her son to do the right thing and come forward.

How safe are the vape batteries in your pocket?

Many people in California and throughout the nation have gotten heavily into vaping. Although your reasons for trying e-cigarettes may be different from another person's, a lot of vape smokers say the thing that won them over to start was the lack of smoky odor. Not many people actually enjoy the smell of tobacco cigarettes. If your e-cigarette has any scent at all, it's likely only a residual aroma of the flavored vape oil you've put in your device.         

Vape users also cite other reasons for switching to e-cigarettes, such as they cost less, are apparently not as habit-forming and carry less potential for adverse side effects on your health. However, there's a growing concern among vapers regarding possible safety hazards having to do with spare batteries. The more you know about how to avoid battery explosions, the better. It's also good to know there are support networks in place to help you seek recovery for your losses if an injury occurs.  

Lane splitting may save your life, but it could injure you, too

It may be safe to say that the congestion of California's freeways is legendary. You could spend hours sitting in stop and go traffic to get to your destination. If you ride a motorcycle, these circumstances put you a particularly precarious position since other drivers could stop suddenly in front of you or not stop behind you.

If you stay in the flow of traffic, you could end up seriously injured. This is why you and other motorcycle riders may travel in the space between the lanes under these circumstances. It limits the possibility of another vehicle striking you.

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  • Easton & Easton LLP BBB Business Review The superior client service Easton & Easton provides has earned the firm an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
    best lawyers | Best law firms | US news | 2016 Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen anew each year since 2014 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for the Southern California Metro Area.
    The National trial lawyers | top 100 trial lawyers Doug and Brian Easton have been selected as Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California each year since 2014 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.
    10 best 2015 Client satisfaction | 10 best law firms | American institute of personal injury attorneys Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen as one of the "10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms” in all of Southern California" for 2015 based on client satisfaction — one of the highest honors we could ever hope to achieve.
    TopVerdict.com | Top 50 US Verdicts | Personal Injury | California| 2016 Brian and Matt Easton were recently honored for their efforts in securing a $1,850,000 verdict for a client in 2016, which was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California by TopVerdict.com.
  • super lawyers Doug and Brian have each been selected by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than 5% of attorneys. Matt Easton has been selected among Super Lawyers' Up-and-Coming Top 25 in Orange County and Top 100 in Southern Califonia, an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys under 40 years old.
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  • 10 best 2015 client satisfaction | American institute of personal injury attorneys Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been chosen as one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California each year since 2015 based on client satisfaction, an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys - and Easton & Easton houses three of them.
    American board of trial advocate | Orange county chapter Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.
    The National trial lawyers | top 40 under 40 Matt Easton has been selected each year since 2014 as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 for California by The National Trial Lawyers — an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys.
    The best lawyers in America Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.
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  • Nations premier | NAOPIA | Top ten attorney | Personal Injury Matt Easton has been selected as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in California for 2015 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys — an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys under the age of 40.
    Avvo rating 10.0 superb | top attorney wrongful death Both Doug and Matt Easton have been selected as Top Wrongful Death Attorneys by Avvo with scores of 10 out of 10 based on their skill, experience, results, peer evaluations, and client reviews.
    National association of distinguished counsel | Nations top one percent | NADC Doug, Brian, and Matt easton have all been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel among the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys each year since 2017.
    Attorney Cover Feature | Law firm of the month | 2015 Easton & Easton was featured in 2015 on the cover of Orange County Attorney Journal with an in-depth 5 page article about the Easton family’s success fighting for justice for their clients. Click here to read the article.
    Avvo Clients choice 2015 | Personal Injury Avvo Client’s Choice Award Avvo Client’s Choice Award (2015) — Based on client reviews and satisfaction, Matt Easton has received the Avvo Client’s Choice Award for 2015.
  • W. Douglas Easton W. Douglas Easton Doug, the Managing Partner of Easton & Easton, has practiced law for more than 40 years and is chosen each year as one of the Best Lawyers in America and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer.
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    Matthew D. Easton Matthew D. Easton Matt, a Partner at Easton & Easton, has been selected as one of the "10 Best” Personal Injury Attorneys in California and the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40.
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    Brian W. Easton Brian W. Easton Brian, a Partner at Easton & Easton, is a member of ABOTA and one of the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California.
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