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Lime pulls scooters due to potential fire hazard

A previous post on this blog talked about some of the dangers the electric scooters one can now find zipping around Los Angeles and its Orange County satellite cities present both to riders and to other members of the public. To follow up on that post, Lime, one of the major distributors of these scooters, recently pulled thousands of its products from the streets of cities in the area and across the country. Apparently, some of these scooters have a tendency to catch fire, particularly if the casing holding their batteries has been damaged.

There have been reports of batteries starting to smolder and, in some cases, even catch on fire. While thankfully no one has been reported injured as a result of a scooter fire, it just goes to reinforce that this new transportation trend comes with some considerable risks.

Understanding why semitrailer collisions occur

When a large and heavy semitrailer collides with a smaller and lighter vehicle, the consequences can be devastating. Cars and trucks are no match for the size and weight of a fully loaded truck moving at high speeds, and these types of collisions often lead to serious or fatal consequences. Because of these reasons, California truckers have the responsibility of driving safely and responsibly.

Many truck accidents are the result of preventable factors and avoidable risks. Victims of these types of collisions may have grounds to pursue compensation for their losses and injuries, but it is first helpful to understand why these accidents happen. If you suffered injuries in a truck collision, it is beneficial for you to understand how the crash occurred and what you can do to hold liable parties accountable. 

Lawsuit filed against electric scooter companies

A previous post on this California blog talked about how the newest transportation trend, electric scooters that pedestrians can pick up and drop off as they travel through crowded areas, poses hazards to riders and those with whom these scooters share the roads and sidewalks. This post mentioned that several people had been injured by these devices, often because they were not equipped with a helmet or because they did not receive instruction about how to operate the device.

Now, it seems that some of the victims of these accidents are taking action, as a group of nine of them have filed a class action lawsuit in Los Angeles County. The lawsuit names both the manufacturers of the scooters and those companies which distribute them as defendants.

Buying a new car? It's probably a four-wheel driving distraction

Technology is supposed to make your life easier, and in some ways, it does. You can stay in touch with people, travel longer distances and entertain yourself more easily than ever before. At the same time, vehicles have become safer and manufacturers now add more technology to their vehicles in order to remain competitive and relevant in the market.

The problem is that the technology being added makes newer vehicles rolling distractions. Infotainment systems appear as standard equipment more often these days. This may make a particular vehicle more attractive to you, but it could make it too attractive.

Even with laws, cell phones are tempting to California drivers

Our state is one of a few states that has a law which goes beyond just prohibiting texting and driving. In addition to forbidding instant messaging, checking email and searching online, the law of this state also prohibits drivers even from making conventional phone calls with a handheld device like a smartphone. However, even under the threat of fines, many drivers in this state still cannot resist the occasional phone call or quick check of a text message, even though they are driving. According to one report, Californians typically spend between 16 and 18 percent of their total driving time on their phones.

This means that an average driver is spending about 11 or so minutes per hour multitasking by trying to both drive and use a phone. Of course, multitasking, particularly when it involves taking one's eyes off the road and hands off the wheel, is never a good idea and can lead to very serious car accidents.

Law Firm’s Strength Lies In Family Ties

The law firm of Easton and Easton, a boutique personal injury law firm located in Costa Mesa, has a strong reputation for excellence. Founded by Doug Easton in 1991, the Orange County firm has always had family involved. From the very beginning, Doug’s wife Rae Lyn provided bookkeeping services for the firm.

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Area bus accident injures 40; 5 in critical condition

A bus accident on Interstate 405, in the Los Angeles area, left 40 people, including the driver and several passengers on the bus, with injuries. The California bus accident happened in the middle of the day and involved the bus careening into a median after it went out of control. While spinning, the bus also struck at least one other vehicle.

Of those injured, a total of 25 had to be transported to area hospitals. Five victims were listed in critical condition, but at this point, no one has died in connection with this crash. Police kept the highway closed for hours in order to clean up and investigate the crash.

Helmets do not prevent all types of motorcycle injuries

No one would argue that motorcycle riders who wear their helmets are making an intelligent choice. Helmets do indeed save lives and may also prevent the most serious head injuries in the event of an accident.

However, it is important for people to remember that helmets do not prevent all serious injuries following motorcycle accidents. They are proven to be effective in preventing head injuries, and recent studies have also demonstrated that they actually prevent certain types of spinal cord injuries in the upper neck as well.

5 questions to ask yourself to lessen distraction while driving

Distracted driving is a serious problem that plagues California roadways and those across the country. Many drivers allow themselves to take their minds off driving, and even when this distraction lasts only momentarily, that moment can easily result in a serious car accident.

Because you want to make sure to remain a safe and conscientious driver, you likely do your best to remain focused while behind the wheel. However, you may put yourself at risk of succumbing to distraction without even realizing. Therefore, you may want to take the time to assess your situation before getting into your vehicle, and determine how you could lessen the possibility of distraction.

A car wreck does not have to wreck you emotionally, physically

Another motorist has just struck your car, and you feel pain throughout your body. What began as an ordinary drive to work has turned into an unforgettable ordeal that has left you with physical, emotional and financial scars.

Sometimes these types of motor vehicle accidents happen because another driver was careless behind the wheel. For example, perhaps the other driver was driving too quickly for road conditions or even texting while on the road. In these situations, you have the right to seek monetary damages. Here is a rundown on a few kinds of damages you could pursue following a car wreck in California.

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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.
    People Love us on yelp | 2016 Award Recipient Easton & Easton received the “People Love Us On Yelp” award in 2016 due to the exceptional client satisfaction reviews given by our clients over the years.
    American academy of trial attorneys | Premier 100 2015 | AATA Doug and Matt Easton have each been featured as Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for California since 2015 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.
    Multi million dollar advocates forum Brian and Matt Easton have each earned lifetime appointment to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum — The Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaTM through the results achieved for their clients. This is an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys in the United States.
    Top rated lawyers AV | Av preeminent Martindale hubbell lawyer ratings Doug Easton has held the “AV Preeminent” Rating for over 30 years and Matt Easton received this prestigious distinction in 2015. The "AV Preeminent" rating is the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards, and is based on the legal profession’s oldest peer review rating system, dating back to 1887.
  • 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.
    Avvo rating 10.0 superb | top attorney Personal Injury Both Doug and Matt Easton have been selected as Top Personal Injury Attorneys by Avvo with scores of 10 out of 10 based on their skill, experience, results, peer evaluations, and client reviews.
  • 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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