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Put Your Smartphone Down and Drive!

If you are one of those drivers who believes that you are talented enough to text or use a smartphone while driving, you are mistaken and you need to stop immediately. Put your smartphone down and drive. I’m not talking about sending a text or checking your updates really quick at the stop light. No. I’m talking about literally texting and driving. The reason people mistakenly believe that they can successfully take their eyes off the road for a few seconds to send a text message is the misconception of distance traveled in a “few seconds.” Most people think that taking their eyes off the road for a quick second is fine, and “nothing can happen in a few seconds.” Well, that’s where most people are wrong. According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, at 55mph, it will take a vehicle less than five seconds to cross an entire football field (fmcsa.dot.gov, 2009). Five seconds is usually the length of time a person takes their eyes off the road to read a text. Think about it: Would you drive 100 yards on the freeway blindfolded for five seconds? Well, theoretically, that is what you’re doing....

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Tips for the Rainy Season

The rainy season is one of the greatest causes of auto accidents and personal injuries than any other season. According to the Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, “On average, there are over 5,748,000 vehicle crashes each year. Approximately 22% of these crashes—nearly 1,259,000—are weather-related” (ops.fhwa.dot.gov, 2017).  Although auto accidents are only one area of how people are injured, a personal injury can even happen while walking such as in the mall, the grocery store, or a public place. If you have been injured in an auto accident or from a slip and fall in a building, you may be entitled to pursue damages for your injuries. Call One Law Group in Beverly Hills at (844) 626-1LAW to speak with a personal injury attorney today. Here’s how you can stay safe during the rainy season when you come across those slippery surfaces, whether you’re driving or walking. When you’re driving: Be patient and drive slow. Slow driving will help you avoid hydroplaning and allow you to see the road better. Increase your space between cars. More space between your car and others will help you avoid hitting them in case your car begins to slide. Always turn on your headlights. Don’t rely on...

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Weather-Related Auto Accident Injuries

During those winter months, the road conditions can become quite dangerous. With dangerous road conditions, the chances of rear ending another vehicle or getting rear ended increase dramatically. Although we all do the best we can to be prepared for driving in wet or icy conditions, sometimes there is nothing we can do to prevent someone from smashing into the back of our vehicle. The majority of rear-end accidents result in an injury to more than one person, and that injury is usually whiplash, which can produce a number of other conditions. However, in more severe auto accidents where one vehicle rear ends another, the injury suffered by the victim can be life altering. In either situation, after an auto accident, a person should always seek medical attention to ensure that there are no underlying injuries that they haven’t felt yet. Sometimes, an injury may not be noticeable until a few days or weeks after the auto accident. At the same time, you should also seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney to help you file a personal injury claim. At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, we have helped hundreds of people receive damages for the auto injuries they...

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Smart Phones, Police, and Warrants

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Smart Phones, Police, and Warrants [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]A very common questions nowadays: What happens to your property once you are arrested? Before smart phones were invented, the police were legally entitled to take the arrestee’s cell phone as evidence in determining their involvement in additional criminal activity than what is already apparent at the time of the arrest. For instance, if the police arrest someone because of their alleged involvement with drug possessions, they could acquire additional and incriminating evidence (text messages, phone calls) regarding the case. The police would benefit from the information provided in the cell phone, which in likely cases, would lead to much harsher penalties for the crime. In the end, instead of just drug possession, this person could now be charged with drug possession, transportation, and sale of the drugs based on text message and phone call evidence taken by the police at the time of the arrest.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]However, over the last few years, many United States courts have determined and acknowledged that modern smart phones are more like a computer in that they contain very, very personal information. This is where your privacy rights are factored into this type of case: when your personal information...

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Is Your Designated Driver Actually Sober?

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Is Your Designated Driver Actually Sober? [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]Recently, confirming a designated driver in your group of friends for an evening of partying and drinking has been encouraged as one of the safest and most effective ways of reducing the risk of alcohol related car accidents and DUI’s. When choosing a designated driver amongst your friends, it is assumed by the entire party that this person will abstain from consuming alcohol for the evening in order to keep their passengers and other people on the road safe, so that they can all get home without being injured. However, that is not always the case.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]Many Beverly Hills DUI lawyers and attorneys have grown increasingly skeptical of how many designated drivers are truly and 100% abstaining from alcohol throughout the evening when the temptation is completely surrounding them in situations like parties, clubs and bars. Think about it. You go out for an evening of partying, bar hopping, and an all-around good time. What exactly is the likelihood that the designated driver for the evening can avoid the temptation to stay sober and responsible? Or are they more likely to have a few drinks in order to catch up with the vibe of...

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Distracted Driving Even Without Your Cell Phone

Distracted Driving | Auto Accident Injury Attorney Beverly Hills

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Distracted Driving Even Without Your Cell Phone [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]At this day and age, technology is at an all-time high, stealing attention away from everyday tasks and putting people at risk for accidents because of these distractions. Rarely to people pay attention to the world going on around them, with their heads down and the online world at their fingertips. On a daily, hourly, or even secondly basis, we are bombarded by things competing for our attention. Anything from the TV, to the radio. From the internet ads to our cellphones that are stuffed with social media, everything is right there at your fingertips, you would wonder why you’d EVER need to look up! With so much technology constantly in our field of vision, it is easy to get distracted from things that immediately require your attention.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]So, what should we be paying attention to instead of (not in addition to) technology? Driving is one thing of superior importance. Despite California's ban on texting and handheld cellphone use behind the wheel, distracted driving is still proving to be an incredibly common hazard of the road. In fact, recent studies show that you cell phone could even be a distraction while you...

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Passengers Rights in an Auto Accident

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Passengers Rights in an Auto Accident [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]Often times when there are car accidents involving a driver and a passenger, we find that one of the most popular questions asked is if a passenger can sue the driver that was responsible for the accident.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]The answer is YES![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]In a car accident in which a passenger is involved, they have just as many legal rights as anybody else would. Just as another car, pedestrian or biker would, you can sue for negligence. A negligent party is found when a person or group of people acts irresponsibly, resulting in pain or injury to another person or party. If you are a passenger in a car and suffer injuries due to another car driver, they can be held liable for any injuries or damages accrued. Negligent parties can be held responsible for medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering and any other damages you might have suffered as the passenger in an accident that you were a part of but innocent in.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="10px"][mkd_icon_list_item icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="fa-caret-right" title_font_weight="" title="If the driver happens to be a friend or family member"][vc_column_text]These situations can be incredibly tricky, as often times many injured victims...

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10 Steps to Take after Being in a California Auto Accident

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] 10 Steps to Take after Being in a California Auto Accident [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]Auto accidents can be stressful, frustrating, and downright scary. Dealing with an auto accident correctly and immediately is a key factor is ensuring the best results possible for your case. Please take these guidelines into consideration in order to stay calm and prepared in the event of an automobile accident:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][mkd_list_ordered] Stay at the scene of the accident. It is crucial for all parties involved in the auto accident to stay at the scene, especially considering if there are any injuries or fatalities. Fleeing the scene after an accident can have the horrific result in criminal charges. Check everyone for injuries. Check yourself and your other riders to see if they’ve sustained any injuries. Seek medical attention right away for anyone who has been harmed. If anyone has sustained a back or neck injury, do not move them (this can cause further injury). Wait for proper medical professionals to arrive to handle the situation. Call the police as soon as possible. In the state of California, it is important to contact your local authorities if the automobile accident causes a significant amount of property damage, severe injury, or death. Double check...

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Avoid Rear-End Collisions with These Tips

Beverly Hills Auto Accident Injury

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Avoid Rear-End Collisions with These Tips [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]There are many simple precautions you can take in order to avoid a rear-end collision. Although One Law Group can help you with the knowledgeable and experienced legal representation if you are involved in an accident, it is best for you and everyone surrounding you to avoid a car accident altogether. Things such as keeping your eyes on the road, avoiding distractions (such as a cell phone or your radio), and scanning around continually can all help.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Let us help break down road safety tips so you can avoid a rear-end collision:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][mkd_unordered_list] Pay attention. This means avoiding messing around with your radio and keeping off your cell phone (the call or text can wait). These distractions can have terrible effects, especially when driving in high speeds when you are on the freeway. Watch for brake lights. Especially when traveling at high speeds. Things happen very quickly. If you see the car/s in front of you braking, it’s safe bet that you should start slowing down as well. Give yourself space. In higher speeds, say on the freeway going about 60 miles per hour, try to keep at least 2-3 seconds of space between your...

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Texting – Not the Only Distraction While Driving

Beverly Hills Auto Accident Attorney

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Texting- Not the Only Distraction While Driving [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]Everyone knows how texting and driving has become a huge no-no in some states, including California. Texting and driving can cause endless distractions on the road and, in turn, catastrophic and life altering accidents. But where does it end? Texting is not the only thing causing accidents on the road. It turns out that texting is just one of the many distractions that can cause unsafe driving habits, often leading to life-shattering accidents on the road.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]A study administered by State Farm insurance that started back in 2009 surveyed thousands of drivers each year. It showed that while many drivers still text and drive, they also admitted doing other distracting things on their cell phones such as checking their email, browsing their Twitter and rummaging through their other social media pages. The survey also showed that compared to back in 2009 (six years ago), the amount of drivers who have admitted to accessing the internet or checking their social media pages has doubled. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]Because it takes hold of a driver’s attention and requires at least one hand to do, texting and driving is one particular instance that can cause distractions and...

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