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Dangerous Road Design and Accidents

Contact Experienced San Francisco and Bay Area Auto Accident Attorneys

When an auto accident occurs, it’s natural to try to determine who caused it and to focus on the drivers involved. But what if the negligent party isn’t even at the scene?

The lawyers of the personal injury lawyers of Weber & Nierenberg are skilled at determining whether road design and road maintenance caused a car or truck accident, identifying plaintiffs and obtaining compensation for accident victims. For example did the accident involve:

  • The lack of a guardrail or other barrier?
  • A sightline issue involving a blocked intersection, dangerous curve or unsafe grade?
  • A dangerously designed on or off ramp?
  • A dangerous surface?
  • Poorly marked construction zone?

We work with experts to determine if road conditions, maintenance or design contributed or led to an accident. We also investigate whether counties, municipalities, states and other potential plaintiffs were made aware of potential dangers. Our experience and diligence has resulted in numerous successful cases. For more information regarding California your rights following an accident, browse the State Bar of California website or contact our firm.

It’s Important to Get Legal Help in Dangerous Road Design-Related Accidents

In some auto accidents, an insurance company may be willing to make a fair offer. When a dangerous road is involved, the relevant government agency may have legal protections. It’s important that you work with an attorney who understands how to build the strongest-possible case while navigating complex issues regarding plaintiff immunity, complex injuries or wrongful death.

At the law firm of Weber & Nierenberg, we can knowledgeably handle your dangerous road case and pursue the compensation you deserve while making roads and communities safer. For a no-charge consultation following a car or truck accident, contact us at 1-866-288-6010.

Drugged Driving Deaths on the Rise

Committed to Protecting Your Rights Following Drug-Related Auto Accidents

When a car accident occurs, drunk driving tests are routine. They are also simple. Police officers are trained in the use of breath test devices, and police labs are usually equipped to quickly analyze blood and urine samples.

Auto accidents become complicated, however, when drugged driving is suspected. Why? The effects of many legal and illegal drugs on drivers’ ability to operate vehicles are unknown. Also, police are less equipped to react to and investigate drugged driving.

The difficulty of determining drugs’ role in car accidents is coupled with a significant increase of drugged driving nationally. A study cited by the organization Stop Drugged Driving indicates that drugs are present “more than 7 times as frequently as alcohol among weekend nighttime drivers in the U.S., with 16% testing positive for drugs, compared to 2% testing at or above the legal limit for alcohol”. Another study, conducted by the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in 2009, revealed that two-thirds more individuals tested positive for illegal drugs compared to alcohol following accidents.

If you or a loved one were injured in a car or truck accident in California, it is important that you contact a law firm that 1) can determine whether drugged driving contributed to or caused the accident, and 2), has the skills and knowledge to effectively pursue the compensation you are owed.

The attorneys of the law firm of Weber & Nierenberg have handled numerous cases involving drunk driving and drugged driving. We bring almost 27 years of experience to clients in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. We can knowledgeably investigate your injury claim or the wrongful death claim of a loved one and hold negligent parties responsible. To contact Weber & Nierenberg for a no-charge consultation, please call 1-866-288-6010.

Blind Spots and Truck Accidents

Contact a San Francisco and Bay Area Attorney Following a Truck Accident

The blind spot that your car or light truck’s rear view mirror can’t detect is often larger and, consequently, more dangerous on semi trucks and other large trucks. Additionally, tractor trailers have a second blind spot near the rear of the vehicle. Drivers may even fail to see you when your vehicle is directly in front of the due to the truck cabs’ higher elevation. When truck drivers fail to see vehicles and pedestrians in blind spots and accidents occur, victims may be owed compensation.

For almost 30 years the personal injury lawyers of Weber & Nierenberg have assisted car and truck accident victims in Northern California. Our record includes numerous results of $1 million or more. We can answer your questions regarding truck accidents and blind spots and provide effective legal help.

How Blind Spots Can Lead to Serious Accidents

When large trucks turn, they often swing one way in order to turn the other way, in order to achieve a better angle. When truck drivers rely on their rear view mirrors to execute a “swinging turn”, they often rely on both of their rear view mirrors. Since there are blind spots or “no zones” on each side of the truck, “swinging turns” are significantly more dangerous than most driving maneuvers, and innocent pedestrians and other drivers pay the price.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a truck driver’s negligence involving rear view mirrors and blind spots, we can help by providing knowledgeable and experienced legal help. Our track record has resulted in needed compensation for countless clients injured in truck accident. For a no-charge consultation, contact us at 1-866-288-6010.

Pedestrian Knockdown Accidents in the Bay Area

Contact an Attorney Skilled at Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable

Pedestrians and bikers injured in auto accidents are at risk of serious injury because they lack the protections that are built into cars and trucks. When the accident victim is knocked down, additional injuries can occur upon impact with pavement and other hard surfaces.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian knockdown accident, contact the lawyers of Weber & Nierenberg.

We have the skills, knowledge and resources needed to take on insurance companies and hold negligent drivers accountable for serious injuries. Has a pedestrian knockdown accident led to:

  • Head trauma?
  • Spinal cord injuries?
  • An amputation?
  • Another serious injury or wrongful death?

With decades of combined experience, we can assess serious and catastrophic injuries while working with road mark analysts, accident reconstructionists and other experts to build a strongest-possible case.

Committed to Pursuing Your Maximum Compensation Following a Bike or Pedestrian Accidents

Biker and pedestrian knockdown accident can involve complex legal issues. For instance, was the vehicle driver clocked in for a job? Did the driver flee? Were there witnesses? And did the driver work for a government agency?

At Weber & Nierenberg we work with neurologists and other medical experts to assess and demonstrate brain injuries and other injuries as appropriate following knockdown accidents. Our track record in cases involving pedestrians, bikers, motorcyclists and others injured in walkways and on two-wheeled transportation include numerous seven-figure results. For more information regarding your rights following a pedestrian knockdown accident or any other motor vehicle accident, browse the State Bar of California website or contact the San Francisco attorneys of Weber & Nierenberg by calling 1-866-288-6010.

Legal Aspects of Carbon Monoxide Exposure in California

Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Invisible, odorless and deadly, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning causes thousands of accidental deaths and serious injuries in the United States each year. Exposure to CO has been estimated to account for up to 40,000 emergency room visits each year. Just about everyone faces at least some risk of carbon monoxide exposure on a daily basis, through residential heating and cooking appliances, internal combustion engines of all kinds, and many different industrial processes. Cigarette smoking also generates carbon monoxide in both inhaled and secondhand smoke.

Carbon monoxide is an asphyxiant that interferes with the delivery of blood oxygen to cell tissues. Even at sublethal exposure levels, the resulting injuries can be very serious and disabling, including permanent damage to the heart or lungs, or irreversible impairment of brain function. The first signs of carbon monoxide poisoning usually appear when someone experiences a combination of the following symptoms: headaches, dizziness or disorientation, nausea, respiratory problems or unconsciousness. Untreated exposure to high CO concentrations will often result in death.

Consider Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Medical Emergencies

Fortunately, the levels of CO exposure we face in daily life are typically low and easily dissipated through proper ventilation. On the other hand, it is very difficult to tell when carbon monoxide has built up to dangerous levels without proper monitoring and warning devices. Because the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble those of other illnesses from flu to heart attack, you should seek emergency medical care and let the treatment team know of any suspected CO exposure risks.

Accidental carbon monoxide poisoning can occur through improper maintenance of home appliances, cars and trucks, or industrial equipment. While you can take steps to protect yourself from the buildup of CO, sometimes you’re depending on others to minimize the risks: landlords, home construction contractors, repair and installation professionals, employers, auto maintenance shops and others. Negligence in preventing or warning about carbon monoxide risks could result in liability for any resulting injuries or fatalities.

The California Legislature recently passed a law requiring residential landlords to have carbon monoxide monitoring and warning devices in each rental unit by the end of 2013. Single-family residences have been required to have CO sensors in place since July 2011.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for Advice: Call 866-288-6010

The attorneys of Weber & Nierenberg have decades of experience with the investigation and proof of claims in accidental injury and fatality cases of all kinds, including claims related to carbon monoxide poisoning. In one case, we recovered $700,000 for a 69-year-old man whose brain injury was traced to CO exposure caused by negligent installation of a home heating exhaust flue.

With offices in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and San Rafael, our law firm is convenient for clients throughout the Bay Area. Contact us to schedule a free consultation about your case, or visit our website at www.weberandnierenberg.com.

 
 
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