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California Scooter Laws 2018

Posted in Bicycle Accidents,California Law,Personal Injury on June 17, 2019

Scooter riding has boomed in popularity in the state of California since state lawmakers allowed scooter rideshare companies to debut their rentable dockless electric scooters. Companies such as Bird, Lime, and Spin have released thousands of electric scooters in different cities across California for riders to rent. The increase in scooters in California have led… read more

California Bike Laws 2018

Posted in Bicycle Accidents,California Law on June 15, 2019

Riding a bicycle safely in California takes complying with all applicable rules, laws, and regulations. It is up to all bikers to understand and obey traffic rules that apply to them before hitting the road. It is up to motor vehicle drivers to respect bicyclists and to operate safely around them according to state laws…. read more

Steps To Take After a Hit-and-Run in California

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on June 13, 2019

In California, it is against the law to leave the scene of a car accident without fulfilling a driver’s duties of care. These duties include stopping at the scene, swapping information with the other driver, and calling the police to report the accident, if applicable. To breach these duties is to commit the crime of… read more

How To Maximize Your Personal Injury Settlement in California

Posted in California Law,Truck Accidents,Pedestrian Accidents,Car Accident,Personal Injury on June 7, 2019

A personal injury settlement is a financial award you may be able to receive after another person or entity negligently or intentionally causes harm. A settlement is an agreement you and the defendant (and often the defendant’s insurer) come to, without needing to take the case to court. As a claimant, it is up to… read more

Can You Sue for PTSD After an Accident in El Cajon?

Posted in California Law,Personal Injury on June 5, 2019

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental condition that can have debilitating symptoms. Someone may develop PTSD after living through or witnessing a traumatic accident, such as a catastrophic car accident. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of pain and suffering damage under California law. It may be possible to hold someone else responsible… read more

How Much to Expect From a Car Accident Settlement in California

Posted in California Law,Truck Accidents,Car Accident,Personal Injury on May 16, 2019

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury claims in California, with tens of thousands of drivers filing insurance claims and taking legal action for accidents every year. If you expect to file an insurance claim or lawsuit for a recent car accident, you should have some idea of what to… read more

How to Settle a Car Accident Claim Without a Lawyer

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on May 8, 2019

It is possible, although difficult, to handle some legal matters on your own without hiring a personal injury attorney in El Cajon. The vast majority of car accident claims are relatively small, and these small accident claims rarely proceed to trial. It is generally in the best interest of everyone involved to settle the matter… read more

Are Personal Injury Settlements Taxable in California?

Posted in California Law,Personal Injury on April 23, 2019

Whenever an American citizen receives any kind of substantial windfall there is a high probability that individual will incur a sizeable tax burden on the proceeds he or she earned. This includes lottery winnings, some types of inheritances, and even legal settlements and cash awards. However, federal and state laws exist that prevent excessive taxation… read more

How Much Do Lawyers Take Away From Settlements?

Posted in California Law,Personal Injury on April 19, 2019

The assumed high cost of legal fees very often deters some people from seeking legal counsel when they need it the most. Legal representation can be very expensive, especially for difficult cases requiring lots of time and attention. When attorneys use traditional billing methods and charge clients for time spent working on their cases, those… read more

Who Pays Medical Bills After a Car Accident?

Posted in California Law,Car Accident on March 15, 2019

If you suffered injuries in a car accident, you will likely have to receive ongoing medical treatment until you recover. As a result, you will have to pay for thousands of dollars in medical expenses. These costs may include doctor’s visit fees, hospitalization costs, medications, surgeries, physical therapy, and mobility equipment, just to name a… read more

What Is It Called When a Lawyer Only Gets Paid If He Wins?

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on March 14, 2019

If you suffer from a personal injury in California, you may wonder what your legal options are, especially if you do not have the funds to pay expensive legal fees. In fact, many people refrain from pursuing legal action because they believe they cannot possibly afford an attorney out of pocket. However, many law firms… read more

What Is a Personal Injury Trust?

Posted in California Law,Personal Injury on March 13, 2019

After you suffer an injury and file a personal injury lawsuit, you may receive a substantial amount of money as a settlement. The court usually makes these awards to compensate for certain expenses related to your injuries, such as past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You want to keep these… read more

What Are Punitive Damages?

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on March 12, 2019

When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you reach a settlement that awards you with funds as compensation for the losses you sustained. The most common types of damages are economic damages, which include expenses such as lost wages and medical expenses, and noneconomic damages, which cover pain and suffering and emotional anguish. However, you… read more

Can I Reopen My Personal Injury Case?

Posted in California Law,Personal Injury on February 21, 2019

After you have settled your personal injury case, you may experience new symptoms of your existing injuries or notice new injuries you believe stemmed from your accident. Or, you may not feel satisfied with your settlement amount. Can you reopen a personal injury case once it is settled? What Does Settlement Mean? In legal terms,… read more

Can You Sue for PTSD From a Car Accident?

Posted in California Law,Personal Injury on February 15, 2019

It is no secret that car accidents can be traumatic. Some people experiencing the most severe car accidents have long held that the accident itself led to post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. What is PTSD? Can you get it from a car accident? More importantly, can you sue if you experience PTSD as a result… read more

Do You Have to Report Minor Accidents to the Police?

Posted in California Law,Car Accident on February 13, 2019

It is never a good time for a car accident, but it seems that those minor fender benders always happen when you are in a rush to get somewhere. What’s more, accident reports may mean you run the risk of a traffic ticket, charges, and a higher insurance premium. Do you really have to report… read more

Who Is at Fault in a Lane-Splitting Accident in California?

Posted in Motorcycle Accidents,California Law,Personal Injury on December 31, 2018

California is the first state to permit lane-splitting or the act of a motorcycle riding between two lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction. As such, it has been a pioneer state in terms of what works and what does not with lane-splitting. Lane-splitting accidents have become an increasing issue since the legislative change… read more

Contributory Negligence vs. Comparative Negligence in El Cajon

Posted in California Law,Car Accident on December 20, 2018

During a vehicle accident claim with your car accident lawyer, one might hear the phrases contributory or comparative negligence. These are two legal concepts that can apply to car accident claims in which the person claiming damages may bear fault for the accident. These rules can decide how much compensation a plaintiff receives, and are… read more

What You Need to Know About California Motorcycle Laws in 2018

Posted in Motorcycle Accidents,California Law on December 15, 2018

California is a popular state for motorcyclists. Every year, thousands of motorcyclists flood the roads and highways of The Golden State. Motorcyclists who live in the state and those who are just visiting must all obey current California motorcycle laws. Otherwise, they could face fines, points on a driving record, and other penalties. State traffic… read more

CHP Focuses on Reducing Teen Distracted Driving

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,News on November 15, 2018

Distracted driving is one of the deadliest driver mistakes. Failing to pay adequate attention to the road makes it almost impossible for a driver to react to changing roadway conditions or situations in time to prevent a collision. In 2016, distracted drivers contributed to the deaths of 3,450 people across the country. About 9% of… read more

How to Find Out If Someone Has Car Insurance

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on September 25, 2018

Just because it’s mandatory to carry car insurance in the state of California does not mean every driver will obey the law. In fact, hundreds of uninsured and underinsured drivers are on the roads right now. Driving without insurance isn’t just a crime – it’s unfair to the law-abiding citizens who end up dealing with… read more

California Learner’s Permit Rules Over 18

Posted in California Law,Car Accident on September 22, 2018

DISCLAIMER: If you are in need of more information in regards to obtaining a learner’s permit, please contact the DMV in your geographic area. The Law Offices of Howard Kitay offers legal representation to those who have been injured in the state of California, as we are only licensed to practice in this state. Information… read more

AB 1785: California Expands Phone Use While Driving

Posted in Bicycle Accidents,California Law on September 21, 2018

California has had handheld cell phone laws in place for years, restricting when and how drivers may use cell phones behind the wheel. Several laws ban the use of cell phones in the state when operating a motor vehicle. One law prohibits those under the age of 18 from using all phones, hands-free or handheld,… read more

What Are the Bicycle Helmet Laws in California?

Posted in Bicycle Accidents,California Law,Personal Injury on September 20, 2018

The Golden State offers gorgeous landscapes, views of the Pacific Ocean, natural terrain and year-round perfect weather. As a result, thousands of bicyclists use California roads all months of the year. Whether you’re a California resident who takes a bicycle to work or just planning to visit the state for a bike race or excursion,… read more

Driving Without a License in California

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on September 19, 2018

You must have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit to legally operate a motor vehicle in the state of California. California Vehicle Code Section 12500 states that a person must hold a valid license to drive a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or motorized bicycle on a highway. Going against this code is a traffic violation… read more

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