Pedestrian Dies After Struck by Car on Montgomery Drive in Santa Rosa

On the afternoon of February 27, 2013 on Montgomery Drive in Santa Rosa, a 60-year old man was struck by a Mercedes-Benz, which fled the scene. The pedestrian died from his severe injuries. Unfortunately, this happens way too often in the congested San Francisco Bay Area.

The auto’s driver was identified and charged with hit-and-run vehicular manslaughter.

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.

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.

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.

PG&E Releases List of Pipelines at Risk

Public Outcry and Pressure from Officials Results in List

Due to pressure from state regulators and public outcry, PG&E released its list of top 100 priority projects in Northern and Central California on Monday, September 20, 2010. Interestingly enough, the segment of 30-inch pipe that exploded in the San Bruno gas explosion was not on the list. Additionally, the list did not include a segment of the same pipeline to the North in South San Francisco that PG&E identified as a top priority in 2009. Although state regulators approved $4.87 million in 2008 for repairs to the line in question, PG&E spent the money on other projects only to ask the state for an additional $5 million in 2009 to complete the project. To date, however, work has not started on the project.

Corrosion Problems in the San Bruno Gas Explosion?

While state and federal officials have yet to identify a definitive cause for the San Bruno gas explosion that killed 4 people and destroyed as many as 37 homes, pipe corrosion as a likely culprit is a growing concern. If the pipe that exploded was weakened by corrosion, several questions arise: How many other neighborhoods are at risk from corroded pipes? Why didn’t PG&E act sooner if they knew they had a potential problem? Why weren’t funds allocated for repairs spent on intended projects and upgrades?

Direct Assessment – A Failed Method for Maintaining Gas Pipelines?

Part of the problem may be due to the method used by PG&E to assess the safety of its gas pipelines. PG&E uses a “direct assessment” technique to create an electronic mapping of a pipeline. When testing for problems, an electric current is sent through a pipeline while utility workers walk along the segment in question inserting in the ground above it sensors that look like ski poles. Theoretically, if the pipeline is in good shape, the sensors will register an electric signal. If a weakened signal is registered, corrosion is likely the cause, indicating the need to investigate further the integrity of the pipe being tested.

Safety experts and consultants have raised a number of concerns regarding the “direct assessment” method used by PG&E to test its pipelines. For instance, direct assessment and electronic mapping can only test for corrosion in those areas where poles can reach. Secondly, other things like stress and pressure can weaken pipes. In fact, Jim Hall, a former NTSB chairman, has said the method is too unreliable for identifying stress and pressure fractures and should not be used in high-density, urban areas.

Negligence on PG&E’s Part? What should have been done Differently?

As more light is shed on what PG&E did – and failed to do – questions are beginning to emerge as to whether or not they could have prevented the San Bruno gas explosion. Failure to implement best practices, allocate money for needed repairs and upgrades, or prioritize issues when people complained of smelling gas suggests PG&E may have acted negligently. As evidenced by their initial unwillingness to release their list of top priorities, PG&E and their attorneys may not be willing to share information with you or your insurer. Working with an experienced utility and personal injury attorney can ensure your rights and interests are protected.

Contact San Bruno Gas Explosion Attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we have represented numerous clients in cases involving burn injuries and carbon monoxide poisoning. We understand the issues involved when dealing with negligence on the part of a public utility – especially involving natural gas. For more information regarding our practice or to speak with one of our attorneys for a free consultation, call San Bruno gas explosion attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg at 415-788-3900 or toll free at1-866-288-6010 today. If you prefer, you can email us and a we will contact you

Freak Trucking Accident Kills Woman: Why You Need a Good Lawyer

In 2008, a woman was hospitalized and later killed when some debris struck her windshield and caused a severe head injury. The debris was a 34 pound metal plate. No one knew where the debris came from and no one claimed responsibility.

Eventually, the family retained an attorney, who utilized a team of specialists and investigators to track down the debris and the companies responsible for the accident. There were three companies involved and all three either settled or were found liable in court.

This illustration demonstrates why an experienced personal injury attorney should be retained. First, a less experienced attorney or a person trying to resolve this case on their own may not have discovered all the parties responsible for the accident, and therefore may only have had a partial recovery for less compensation. Second, because multiple parties were involved, a skilled lawyer understands how to examine the various insurance policies and help you maximize the compensation from each party who contributed to the accident. And finally, an experienced attorney has the network of professionals and experts to perform the proper investigation and assist with medical testimony and other trial issues that can make or break a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Therefore, if you have been injured or lost a family member in an accident, such as the freak trucking accident outlined above, you should consult an experienced attorney ASAP. The sooner you retain a lawyer, the sooner an investigation can take place. The closer the proximity in time to the accident, the better it will be for you because witnesses and evidence will be more readily available.

With more than 25 years of experience, Weber & Nierenberg will gives every case personal attention from the day of your first consultation until the day your case is resolved by way of settlement or trial.
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