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Heavy Rains Hit Southern California – Be Safe On The Road!

Posted – December 2, 2014

The heavy rains have hit Southern California, and while the area is certainly in need of the wet weather, it is bringing along some risks of its own. Rush hour traffic will feel the affects with the heaviest rains set to fall later this afternoon. Be cautious of slick conditions and debris-covered roads.

Parts of the area are also advised to brace for flash flooding. San Diego Fire Departments are offering free sandbags to help combat the rains. If you’re in need of such reinforcements, you can find a nearby station here: http://www.10news.com/news/free-sandbags-available-at-sd-fire-stations.

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Happy Thanksgiving and Safe Travels!

Posted – November 24, 2014

Today marks the busiest travel day of the entire year, and Southern California residents are expected to be on the move with an estimated 3.5 million people traveling this week. Nearly 85% of those will be hitting the road in their cars. Given the increased numbers, it’s important to be a cautious and courteous to your fellow road warriors.

Here are a few travel safety tips to keep in mind:

• Always buckle up.

• Never drive impaired.

• Drive cautiously in work zones.

• Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches.

• Avoid distractions – never text while driving (it’s against the law!)

• Observe speed limits.

• During long trips, rotate drivers.

• If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

• Carry an emergency preparedness kit in the trunk.car-traffic-1113tm-pic-8

“Do’s and Don’ts” To Keep In Mind If You Are Involved In An Accident – San Diego, Orange County, Murrieta, Los Angeles

Posted – November 24, 2014

car-wreck-ambuIf you are injured in an accident, the moments that follow can be frightening, confusing and stressful.  It is easy to panic and forget important details that may be relevant in determining liability.  Whether you are involved in an accident at work, at a public business, or in auto accident, it is important to keep calm and maintain your composure.  The following is a list of things to do and things not to do following an accident:

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  • Do make sure that you are safe and clear of any hazards after an accident.
  • Do immediately call for medical help if someone is injured. An injury that may seem minor at first could potentially be something more serious.
  • Do report the accident to your insurance agent as soon as possible. However, because you may be in shock as a result of your injuries it is recommended not to provide a recorded statement unless you have your attorney present. Simply convey to your insurer that you are not ready or comfortable to provide a recorded statement.
  • Do exchange information with the other parties involved. If you are in a car accident, be sure to get the following information: license plate numbers; the others driver’s insurance information and driver’s license number; and the make and model of the vehicle(s) involved in the accident.  With the advent of smartphones, it is quite easy to take photographs of a license plate, registration and proof of insurance.  Taking photographs will ensure that you obtain the correct information.
  • Do get the names (first and last), addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses. Witnesses can help clarify facts about the accident, and provide details that you may not have noticed about the accident or the events surrounding it.
  • Do take note of the conditions surrounding the accident, such as the time of day, weather, distances, any dangerous conditions, etc. A camera phone is a useful tool to use.
  • Do take photographs of the scene of the accident. If you are involved in a car accident, it is prudent to take photographs of the both vehicles (different angles, wide shots and close up shots), as well as the surrounding area. Take photographs of the road and weather conditions, of any skid marks and debris. However never attempt to take photographs that require you to put yourself or others in a hazardous situation (i.e., the middle of the road, close ups of a burning vehicle, etc.).
  • Do take photographs of any bruising or injuries that you experience as a result of the accident once you have had an opportunity to obtain medical attention.
  • Do call the police if necessary. They will document the accident and gather facts for legal purposes. This is especially important in the case of an auto accident, as any police report could become an important piece of evidence.

 

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  • Don’t leave the scene of the accident.
  • Don’t delay in getting treatment if you are injured. You may be seriously injured and not realize it. In addition, someone may question the validity of your injuries if choose not to immediately seek treatment.
  • Don’t discuss the accident with anyone at the scene, and don’t discuss who is at fault. Statements made about who or what caused the accident can later be used to challenge certain versions of the accident, and may be used against you.
  • Don’t forget to take pictures. This is especially important in an auto accident.
  • Don’t speak to anybody from the at-fault party’s insurance company before consulting a lawyer.
  • Don’t wait to seek legal advice. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to prove your case.
  • Don’t sign documents from an insurance company without obtaining legal advice on the relevance of those documents, as you may be inadvertently waiving rights you may have.
  • Don’t agree to a settlement of your case until you obtain legal advice.

For a free consultation regarding your claim contact the Hariri Law Group at 619-363-2889. You can also visit us on the web at www.haririlaw.com.   We look forward to speaking with you regarding your case. *Disclaimer: Every case is fact specific. In order to properly assess your case please contact one of our experienced attorneys.

Fitbit Data Used As Evidence In The Courtroom

Posted – November 21, 2014

Will Fitbit, a wearable devise that tracks a person’s daily physical activity, be the next wave of evidence to hit courtrooms in personal injury cases? One law firm in Canada has taken the lead, and is hoping the technology will help its client win her case.

Fitbits, and other wearable devises like it, are worn by users and can track a multitude of data about their physical activity and even sleep habits. McLeod Law of Calagary, Canada believes that their client, who was injured four years ago, will be able to prove that she previously led an active lifestyle using the data collected by her Fitbit.

The firm’s plan is to have their client wear the Fitbit during an “assessment period,” after which the data will be sent to an analytics company, Vivametrica. Vivametrica will then compare her information to that of the general population. The firm hopes the data will show that their client, who was a personal trainer, has activity levels under a baseline for someone of her age and profession as a result of her injuries.

Traditionally, doctors observe injured plaintiffs for a relatively short period of time and then offer their professional opinion. The limited data doctors collect during such visits, combined with the fact that litigants will find doctors who will give them the opinion or diagnosis that works best for them, makes the case for Fitbit that much stronger. In theory, using information collected from Fitbit-like technology would remove this potential bias and offer some concrete evidence.

The idea comes with its own set of potential abuses, too. Clients could easily modify their daily activity to better position themselves for litigation. Additionally, insurance carriers could possibly require claimants to wear such devises and use the information against them. Although this raises potential constitutional issues, we believe it won’t be too long before we see American courts paving the way for Fitbit in the courtroom.

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