Las Vegas Dispute leads to Deadly Auto Crash

A dispute that began in a Las Vegas Hotel ended in a deadly shooting and car crash. As a result, three people were killed and at least three people were injured. The cars involved in the crash were a silver-gray Maserati and a black Range Rover SUV. The Maserati sped off and the SUV had followed at high speeds. Then at around 4:30 a.m. at a stoplight, gunshots were shot from the SUV and hit into the Maserati. As a result, the Maserati crashed into a taxi cab that exploded on impact. The cab driver and passenger were killed at the scene, while the Maserati driver was pronounced dead at a hospital, and a passenger in the Maserati was injured. The SUV that sped away is currently on the lookout by police authorities in three states and is considered to be armed and dangerous. Read more: Full article.

When a loved one dies suddenly because of an accident, the family faces extraordinary grief and a wide range of legal matters to settle. If your relative was killed in a wrongful death accident, turn the legal matters over to a wrongful death attorney at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm.

Driving Cars and motorcycles rashly at high speed can cause severe accidents resulting in grievious injuries to motorcyclists and car passengers. Many motorcycle accidents and Auto Crashes are caused by public transportation drivers, hit and run accidents, right hand turn accidents, and poorly maintained roadways. Motorcyclists should know their rights. For example, under the California Vehicle Code Section 21801, any driver making a left turn have to yield the right of way to all vehicles (including motorcycles) which lawfully come from the other direction and are close enough to constitute a hazard.

The attorneys of Weber and Nierenberg offer free initial consultation for those affected by personal injury, car accident matters, and wrongful death. Our attorneys represent clients on a contingency basis in wrongful death claims. If you are a victim of a wrongful death claim, please contact Weber and Nierenberg for a consultation at 1-866-288-6010.

17-Year Old Pedestrian Dies After Struck by Car at Sloat and Vale, San Francisco

On the evening of March 2, 2013 on Sloat Boulevard at Vale Avenue in San Francisco, a 17-year old Lowell High School junior was struck by a car while she was walking across the intersection. The impact caused severe injuries which led to her death.

Reports state that the auto’s driver is being charged with driving under the influence.

Pedestrian accidents are numerous in San Francisco and the congested Bay Area. The personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in wrongful death cases and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a pedestrian accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure all aspects are thoroughly covered. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Daly City woman struck by SF Muni bus over weekend dies

Eileen Barrett, 72-year-old Daly City, California, resident hit by a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus near Lake Merced. She passed away on Monday, February 18th.MUNI Bus Eileen Barrett was struck by an outbound 18-46th Avenue bus at about 4:30 p.m. at Lake Merced Boulevard. Although doctors initially thought she would survive this catastrophic accident, despite having been transported to a hospital with serious injuries, she did not make it. As is standard protocol for these kinds of accidents, the bus operator was expected to undergo drug and alcohol testing. San Francisco authorities expressed their condolences to the family and friends of Eileen Barrett and stated that a full investigation as to the cause of this accident is underway. Full article.

In many instances, an insurance company or public entity will dispute who is at fault for an accident of this measure. If the settlement offer is insufficient, a lawsuit may be filed to take your case to trial. Under California, a surviving spouse, children or parent has up to two years to file a wrongful death claim. The case does not necessarily have to be completed within this two year time period, however, it must be filed in the appropriate court before the time period ends.

At the law firm of Weber & Nierenberg, our attorneys work hard to help those who have lost loved ones seek justice. We are personal injury lawyers with offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Oakland, San Rafael and San Jose. Our wrongful death attorneys have handled many types of wrongful death claims. You can feel confident in and comfortable with our ability to vigorously protect your interests. Even if you are not certain that you want to file a wrongful death claim, you may have questions that our attorneys can answer.

To discuss your concerns or just gain an understanding of your rights regarding a wrongful death claim, please contact our office by calling: 1-866-288-6010. The attorneys of Weber and Nierenberg have spent their entire career (almost 70 years of combined experience) representing injured persons exclusively. Our law firm offers a free initial consultation and represents clients on a contingency basis in wrongful death claims.

When a Loved One Dies From Wrongful Death — California Attorney Helps

When a person dies because of someone else’s negligence, carelessness or intentional actions, it is considered a wrongful death because it should never have happened. If you have a loved one who died wrongfully, you may have legal rights under the law to seek a claim against those who caused the loss.

The law recognizes that no monetary value can make up for such a grievous loss. At the same time, the law recognizes that survivors suffer not just the emotional loss caused by a wrongful death; they also experience economic and other types of loss. These types of can be compensated for in a wrongful death claim.

Attorneys who represent clients in wrongful death claims take into account many factors in order to fully protect the rights of their clients. They must have the resources and experience to build a strong case that establishes:

  • How long the person may have lived if their life had not been cut short
  • How much financial support the victim’s loved ones will lose as a result of the death
  • How to somehow place a monetary value on the loss of companionship and comfort
  • How to effectively prove liability

Two Years to File a Wrongful Death Claim

In California, you have up to two years to file a wrongful death claim. The case does not have to be completed, but it must be filed before this time limit ends.

At the law firm of Weber & Nierenberg, we work hard to help those who have lost loved ones seek justice. We are personal injury lawyers with offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Oakland, San Rafael and San Jose. Even if you are not certain that you want to file a wrongful death claim, you may have questions that we can answer.

Wrongful death laws in California allow only certain people to file these types of claims, including the surviving spouse, children or parents, depending on specific family circumstances.

Answers and Understanding From a Wrongful Death Attorney in Northern California

To discuss your concerns or just gain an understanding of your rights regarding a wrongful death claim, please get in touch with our office by calling: 1-866-288-6010. We offer a free, initial consultation and represent clients on a contingency basis in wrongful death claims. This means that our clients do not pay a fee unless we win compensation on their behalf.

Representing Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents in the Bay Area

Drunk Driving Accidents in the Bay Area

Investigating and proving damages claims against drunk drivers is a different exercise from other kinds of motor vehicle accidents. To learn how an experienced personal injury attorney can develop and present the facts that can help you recover the full measure of your damages, contact Weber & Nierenberg for a free consultation.

With offices in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and San Rafael, our law firm is convenient for clients throughout the Bay Area. We accept claims against intoxicated motorists on a contingent fee basis, which means that we collect no attorney’s fee unless and until we recover compensation for you, either through settlement or trial.

One of the biggest cases our firm ever handled involved an intoxicated bus driver who struck and seriously injured our client in a rear-end collision. We settled the case for $3.75 million.

Establishing Civil Liability for Drunk Driving

In our experience, evidence of drunk driving, substance abuse or other impairment on the part of the defendant driver can be a powerful circumstance toward establishing our client’s right to damages. We know how to work with evidence of intoxication without regard to the outcome of any criminal DUI or DWI charges against the other driver. In certain cases, our attorneys can even allege that the other driver was impaired even if no charge of drunk driving was brought against the other driver.

Because a civil claim for damages involves a lower standard of proof than a criminal prosecution, claims against drunk drivers can go forward even without a conviction on a DUI charge. We can use the evidence of intoxication developed by law enforcement without having to worry about proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt. We can also look at evidence of past substance abuse problems and prior drunk driving offenses on the part of the defendant.

Evidence of intoxication will be important in most drunk driving accident cases because it can support a claim for punitive damages. Additionally, liability for drunk driving accident damages will often be excepted from the discharge in bankruptcy. Proof that the other driver had been drinking to the point of impairment or beyond will usually strengthen the accident victim’s claims.

Learn more about the ways an experienced trial attorney can use evidence of drunk driving to help an accident victim achieve justice. Contact the Bay Area law firm of Weber & Nierenberg for a free consultation. You can also visit our website at https://www.weberandnierenberg.com.

Fatal Caltrain Accidents Increasing in Summer 2011

The fatal collision in Sunnyvale on July 19 between a commuter train and an individual described as an adult male trespasser brought the 2011 death toll on the Caltrain system to 11, a total already greater than the 10 fatalities reported by the agency for all of 2010.

Caltrain maintains accident records indicating 19 fatalities along the system in 2009, 10 in 2010 and 11 so far in 2011. Of these 38 deadly accidents, 24 were determined to be suicides, with another 12 cases under investigation.

Fatal commuter train accidents can result from any number of causes, with suicide being the leading cause of death in recent years. In cases of derailment, grade-crossing accidents involving cars or bicycles, or other accident scenarios, it can be difficult to determine whether operator error, equipment malfunction, negligent station or signal design or other causes are primarily to blame for a given accident.

Trial Lawyers with a Record of Success in Public Transportation Accidents

Experienced attorneys who are familiar with the legal, procedural and evidentiary demands of wrongful death litigation against public transportation agencies can help the surviving families find out just went wrong in a fatal train accident. At Weber & Nierenberg, our lawyers have successfully resolved a number of serious or fatal accident cases involving Bay Area transit agencies.

We recovered a total of $9.1 million in four cases involving serious or fatal injuries resulting from negligent or intentionally tortious conduct on the part of Bay Area public transportation agencies and their employees. Weber & Nierenberg’s experience with the investigation and proof of personal injury and wrongful death claims in a wide variety of situations represents a powerful advantage in our clients’ favor.

Call 866-288-6010 for a Free Consultation at Any of Our Four Offices

For additional information about our law firm’s experience with the resolution of complex tort claims in serious or fatal accident cases involving public transportation agencies in northern California, contact Weber & Nierenberg in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or San Rafael. You can also learn about our practice by visiting our website.

BART Pays $1.3 Million to Settle Fruitvale Station Shooting Claim

The mother of Oscar Grant III, the young man fatally shot in Oakland by a BART police officer on New Year’s Day 2009, has settled her wrongful death lawsuit against BART for $1.3 million, as reported by the San Francisco Examiner.

The settlement resolves the second of two civil lawsuits filed in connection with the shooting death. BART previously paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death action brought on behalf of the victim’s daughter, who was five years old at the time of the shooting.

Johannes Mehserle, the BART police officer who shot Grant while the victim lay face down on the Fruitvale Station platform, was released after serving 11 months of a two-year involuntary manslaughter sentence. He maintained that he thought he was firing a Taser instead of a gun.

Liability and Damages Claims against California Transit Agencies

Proof of personal injury or wrongful death claims against a public transportation agency require an aggressive approach to the investigation of the facts and careful attention to detail in the development of the damages side of the case. The advice and advocacy of experienced attorneys can help protect the value of the plaintiff’s claims whether based on negligence, intentional torts or a combination of liability theories.

With four offices around the Bay Area, the lawyers of Weber & Nierenberg are familiar with the demands of civil litigation against the various local and regional transit authorities operating throughout the region. In one case against the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI), our law firm recovered $855,000 for a bus passenger who was forcibly removed from the bus by a driver with a history of violent confrontations with passengers.

Call 866-288-6010 for a Free Consultation in the Bay Area

To find out more about the ways our attorneys can protect your rights in cases involving injuries resulting from negligent or intentional misconduct on the part of public transportation agencies and their employees, contact Weber & Nierenberg in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or San Rafael. To learn more about the range of our law firm’s practice, see our website.

PG & E Record Flaws Exposed in San Bruno Explosion Investigation

Months after an explosion in a Pacific Gas & Electric pipeline killed eight people in San Bruno, maintenance documents released by the utility to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) show conflicting information about repair work performed along the line for decades, according to a report in the San Francisco Examiner.

The discrepancies concern the details of a 1998 leak a few miles away on the same high – pressure gas line. PG & E workers who repaired that leak reported problems and remedial steps different from those reported by the utility. In the wake of last year’s San Bruno explosion, the California Public Utilities Commission ordered the turnover of thousands of PG & E documents concerning safety, maintenance and repair records.

Comparing the documents to the utility’s previous statements, it appears that PG & E itself is yet to get a handle on the causes of leaks along its pipeline. For example, PG & E has previously stated that the pipeline was seamless, but the records show numerous welds and other repairs along lengthwise seams.

Complex Accident Investigation Depends on Careful Records Analysis

The San Bruno pipeline explosion case illustrates the complexity of investigating accidents involving public utilities. In civil actions for damages by the individuals and families most directly affected, it will be necessary to prove negligence on the part of the utility or its contractors in the design, installation or maintenance of the transmission line.

Because the most reliable and specific evidence of the causes of an accident will generally come from the records maintained by the utility itself, the failure to maintain proper maintenance and repair records can complicate the investigative efforts of plaintiffs’ lawyers as well as those of regulators. In some cases, however, proof of inadequate record – keeping practices by itself can help establish the plaintiff’s case for negligence.

Call Weber & Nierenberg for a Free Consultation: 866-288-6010

At the Bay Area law firm of Weber & Nierenberg, our experience with the investigation and proof of complex personal injury claims against corporate and public agency defendants can make the decisive difference in the outcome of a catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death case.

Contact us for a free consultation in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or San Rafael if you need advice about your legal options in the aftermath of a public utility accident, a bus or train crash, or an accident on government property. You can also visit our website.

Too Young to Die: How to Avoid Teen Car Accidents and Teenage Auto Accident Fatalities

According to statistics provided by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35% of teen deaths are caused by traffic accidents. Parents know there is nothing more heartbreaking than having a child cut down in the prime of their life. Teens think they are invulnerable and accidental deaths are things that happen to “other people,” not them.

Nevertheless, there are steps you can take to help your teenager avoid a car accident, which may save lives and heartache. The best courses of action you can take include seatbelt use, education on limiting distractions and a zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use.

Avoiding a Car Accident Fatality by Buckling Your Seatbelt: This is one step you can take long before your teenager obtains their drivers license. It is never too early to establish a good habit, and buckling in every time you get in a car is a good habit to acquire. Many states have seatbelt laws that require everyone in a vehicle to buckle their seatbelt or risk a high fine. Their slogan is “Click it or ticket!” Regardless of whether your state requires seatbelt use, if you get your children in the habit of using their seatbelt every time they get in the car, it will become second nature and could end up saving their lives someday.

Education on Limiting Distractions: Talk to your children about things they need to do when driving. Most importantly, they need to pay attention to the road and there surroundings. That means avoiding as many distractions as possible. There is an old saying in driver’s education that when you are driving, your best friend becomes your worst enemy. That is because friends tend to distract drivers, although not intentionally, they still can be a major distraction, including having a driver turn to face their friend when engaged in a conversation.

Cell phones are another distraction. Although many of know we should not talk or text while driving, even having a cell phone ring or a text message beep often creates a curiosity that can be overwhelming. It is recommended that cell phones be turned off or silenced while driving, or at least give your cell phone to another passenger to tell you who is calling or texting.

Drugs, Drinking and Driving Is a Recipe for Disaster: Drug and alcohol use, especially among teenagers, is one of the leading causes of traffic accident fatalities. According to the NHTSA:

  • Each year thousands of teens are killed or injured in traffic crashes as a result of underage drinking.
  • During 2006, 7,643 15- to 20-year-old drivers and motorcycle operators were involved in fatal traffic crashes across the Nation, 1,377 (18 percent) of whom had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, despite the fact that it is illegal for teens to drive after drinking any alcohol.
  • Nationally, 64 percent of all drivers or motorcycle operators ages 15 to 20 who were involved in fatal traffic crashes and had a BAC of .08 or higher died as a result of the crash.

Teenagers have their whole life ahead of them, help them make sure they don’t do anything to unnecessarily jeopardize their future. Help them to be responsible drivers.

If your teenager is unfortunate enough to get into a car accident and is seriously injured or killed, an experienced attorney can provide you with counsel and representation. Although we represent accident victims and their families, our preference would be to help you avoid an auto accident in the first place.

With more than 26 years of experience, the attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg give every case personal attention from the day of your first consultation until the day your case is resolved by way of settlement or trial.
For more information contact a personal injury lawyer at Weber & Nierenberg by calling 1-866-288-6010
for a free consultation.

Man killed in Muni Crash on 4-21

A westbound #14 Mission bus struck and killed a San Francisco man near the intersection of Mission and Beale streets on 4-21. The accident is still under investigation.

Why do you need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Insurance companies want to pay as little as possible in claims. They may claim that you were not hurt or that your injuries came from another accident or condition. They may downplay the seriousness of your injuries.

If you talk to the insurance company, do not allow yourself to be recorded. We recommend not making any statements to the insurance company without counsel from an experienced lawyer. It is best to leave all communications to an attorney who has extensive experience handling car accident injury claims. Insurance companies, even your own, will use anything you say against you. They are in the business of paying out as little as possible for car accident claims.

If you have been injured in a Muni related accident, retain the services of a personal injury attorney with extensive experience handling insurance companies and accident claims. Call the personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation toll free at 1-866-288-6010 or fill out our intake form and we will contact you.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured because of someone’s negligence or a dangerous or defective property condition — including such serious injuries as a complex bone fracture, traumatic brain injury, burn or spinal cord injury — you should seek experienced counsel.

For a free consultation to discuss your injury claim with an attorney who has extensive experience handling accident claims, call toll free 1-866-288-6010
or, if you prefer, fill out our intake form and we will contact you.

At the Weber & Nierenberg law firm, our lawyers can protect your interests after a serious accident, including a motorcycle or auto accident, that resulted in serious injury. With offices throughout northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Rafael, Oakland and San Jose, we represent clients throughout the communities in and around the East Bay, North Bay and South Bay, including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Napa, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Berkeley, Richmond, Fremont, Hayward, Modesto, Stockton, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Walnut Creek, CA.

 
 
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