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.

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.

Take the Right Steps in the Early Stages of a Car Accident Case

Car Accident Case

The decisions you make in the moments, hours and days after a California car accident can have important consequences for your legal and financial interests. A good way to protect yourself if you have been in a car accident is to know what steps to take and in what order.

Until you have the chance to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer, you’ll be acting on your own. Any serious mistakes you make can expose you to criminal punishment as well as hurting your chance of recovering damages from the other driver’s insurer or your own.

Six Essentials After a California Car Accident

The following recommendations will help you avoid problems while protecting your legal interests in the immediate aftermath of an auto accident in the Bay Area. Then it’s a good idea to discuss your situation with an attorney who can provide additional advice about your legal options. Contact the law firm of Weber & Nierenberg in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or San Rafael for a free consultation.

Here’s what you need to do right after a car accident in California:

    1. Stop and Stay at the Scene. If you hit something or someone, stop. If someone hits you, stop. Leaving the scene of an accident until you take care of some essential business is a serious crime and could not only create major problems for your license, it could send you to jail.

 

    1. Do What You Can for Injured Persons. Before you leave an accident scene, you and the other driver (if any) should check to see if anyone was hurt and do what you can to help – call 911, render first aid, or take an injured person to the hospital as soon as possible. Don’t worry about getting sued for injuries caused by your efforts in an emergency situation — California’s Good Samaritan Law will protect you from liability.

 

    1. Exchange Information With the Other Driver. California law requires you to give the following information to the other driver: your name, address and phone number; your auto insurance carrier and contact information; and your license plate number. You have the right to receive the same information concerning any other driver involved with the accident. If any witnesses stopped, get their names and phone numbers, too. Do not express opinions about whether you are hurt, who caused the crash, or any other matters that could later come up as evidence in a lawsuit.
    2. Report the Accident to the DMV. State law requires you to report any motor vehicle accident that results in property damage over $750 or an injury of any kind to a person. You need to complete a DMV Form SR 1 (“Report of Accident Occurring in California”) and send it in within 10 days of the accident. It’s not enough to report the accident to local law enforcement, call 911 or give a statement to a police officer.

 

    1. Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company. Your auto insurance policy requires timely notification before you will be entitled to receive coverage under your own policy. You are also under an obligation to cooperate with your insurer in its investigation of your claim or any claim against you. That doesn’t mean you should answer all questions right away, though. Give your insurer a bare-bones report of the accident right away, then politely decline to give more detailed information until you have consulted with an attorney.

 

    1. If You Were Hurt in Any Way, Get Medical Treatment. In the most serious accidents, victims will be taken be taken by ambulance to the nearest emergency room, then perhaps transferred to a regional trauma center. In the less serious range of accidents, however, people will often be tempted to decline treatment and continue on their way. This is a mistake. Many low-impact car accidents cause apparently minor injuries that will not get better on their own. Get medical treatment right away, if only to get an idea of what symptoms to watch out for.

 

Once you take care of these six essential steps right after a car accident, it’s time to consider legal advice about your insurance coverage, your right to personal injury damages, or your own risk of getting sued. With four offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the personal injury law firm of Weber & Nierenberg has a regional reputation for excellence in client service and case results in car accident litigation of all kinds.

For a free consultation about your legal options following a car accident anywhere in the Bay Area, contact Weber & Nierenberg in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or San Rafael. To learn more about our lawyers’ experience and our firm’s approach to auto accident claims, see our website at www.weberandnierenberg.com.

Recovering Damages for Boat Accident Injuries

Recovering Damages for Boat Accident Injuries

At the Bay Area law firm of Weber & Nierenberg, our attorneys advise and represent people who suffered serious injuries in boating accidents of all kinds, from river rafting or water skiing accidents to collisions involving commercial cruise lines or other seagoing vessels. Some of these cases will involve claims of negligence against the owner, while others will depend on proof of liability against an operator, rental agent or skipper of another boat.

Clients of Weber & Nierenberg benefit from our attorneys’ experience with the wide variety of legal and evidentiary problems that can come up in the investigation and proof of California boating accident claims. You also benefit from our highly personalized and attentive approach to client service while you are dealing with the difficulties that invariably follow a serious accident. For a free consultation with trial lawyers fully committed to the best possible results for our clients, contact us at any of our four locations in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or San Rafael.

Comprehensive Client Service in Boat Accident Litigation

Our attorneys can handle even the most complex boat accident claims. As necessary, we work with experts from many professions and technical fields to prove facts essential to the success of your case. We also collaborate with your medical treatment team to make sure that your diagnosis, current treatment and future needs are fully documented in your demand for financial compensation.

Our attorneys also work closely with your medical and rehabilitation team so that your injuries, prognosis, and future treatment needs can be presented completely and persuasively.

Examples of the kinds of boating accidents we handle include:

  • Personal watercraft accidents (e.g., Sea Doos, Wave Runners
  • Water skiing accidents
  • Capsizings
  • Collisions in channels or at docking sites
  • Accidents involving drunk boating
  • Accidents caused by defective or inadequate safety equipment
  • Accidents on cruise ships, harbor boats or whale watching tours
  • Fishing boat accidents
  • Charter boat accidents

To learn more about your options for recovering the damages you need for a serious injury on the bay, in the ocean, or on an inland lake or stream, contact Weber & Nierenberg for a free consultation with experienced boating accident attorneys. You can learn more about our firm by visiting our website at https://www.weberandnierenberg.com.

SUV collides with Muni Bus 5-4-10

An SUV struck a #6 Parnassus Muni bus at the intersection of Market and Montgomery in San Francisco. Reports state that the SUV struck an island divider and then the left side of the bus. The SUV driver was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for observation and treatment.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident — especially a serious injury such as a complex bone fracture, amputation, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury — you should seek experienced counsel.

Schedule a free, confidential consultation with the personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm by calling us toll free at1-866-288-6010.

Why do you need a personal injury attorney?

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 auto accident, retain the services of a personal injury attorney with extensive experience handling insurance companies and auto 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.

How can we help you?

Once you hire us, we will try to preserve all evidence that remains at the accident scene. We will inspect and photograph your motor vehicle. We will obtain and review all police, fire and ambulance reports. Interviewing witnesses before the insurance company or public entity does is crucial.

We work with a renowned motor vehicle accident reconstruction expert to reconstruct the accident so that the insurance company or public entity can fully understand what happened.

To discuss your SUV or Muni Bus accident claim or wrongful death claim with an experienced San Francisco Bay Area personal injury lawyer, please call attorney Joe Nierenberg toll free at 1-866-288-6010
for a free, confidential consultation.

 
 
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