Walnut Creek’s Walkability Causing Pedestrian Accident Concerns

Pedestrian accidents in Walnut Creek from April 2004 to September 2017. Zoom in and click a plot point for more information about the accident.  Ask any homeowner what they look for in a neighborhood when they move to it. You’ll probably get a variety of answers such as close driving distance to work, excellent schools and
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Bike to Work Day Promotes Cycling with ‘Happy Hours,’ Gifts, Challenges

If you enjoy commuting to work by bicycle — or if you’d like to start — consider joining the festivities for Bike to Work Day on May 11. The event is sponsored by Bike East Bay and includes activities like a morning ride with members of the Berkeley City Council, Bike Happy Hour celebrations in
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Appel Law Firm Obtains $1.32 Million Construction Accident Verdict

Think Construction Trials are a Waste of Time? Not so fast. Incident At the time of the incident, the client was a ceiling installer working on a contract basis in Redwood City, California. Ceiling installers primarily work with drywall, ceiling tiles, and wallboard, and may be involved in both installation and painting. They may also
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Appel Law Firm Award Scholarship to Hit and Run Victim

Each year, an annual scholarship award is granted to college and graduate students who have survived car accidents. These individuals have overcome the odds and their injuries. The Auto Accident Survivor Scholarship awards the student $1,000 for school tuition. We are proud to announce that the 2016 winner of the Auto Accident Survivor Scholarship is
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Suing a California Municipality

In the state of California, you can sue a public entity at the local governmental, county or state level for monetary damages. The claim must meet the requirements of the California Tort Claims Act (CTCA). This act sets out the procedures to be filed. These requirements can be found in code sections 810-996.6. The claim
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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In just a split second, a distracted driver can cause an accident that destroys lives. Adjusting a radio, turning to talk to a passenger, or quickly responding to a text may seem harmless at the time. But in that moment of inattention, tragedy can strike. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in California, and federal
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Cyclist Safety & Road Rage

If you’ve ever been the target of another motorist’s road rage, you know how terrifying the situation can be. In a road rage scenario, you have no way of knowing if the agitated motorist will simply hurl angry words or if the situation could escalate into physical violence. For a cyclist, experiencing road rage from
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California Hoverboard Laws

Main Takeaways: Hoverboards are two-wheeled, “self-balancing” scooters with a small platform on which the rider stands. The biggest danger of hoverboards is the serious injuries that can result when riders crash. New rules include: hoverboards are not allowed on airplanes, highways (when under the influence of drugs/alcohol), require helmets and other safety equipment, and cannot
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Unexpected Way Driving for a Rideshare Will Violate Your Insurance Policy

Imagine it. You were just approved as a rideshare driver for a TNC (Transportation Network Company), such as Uber or Lyft. You just picked up and dropped off your first client. Your app is on and you are waiting for the next match assignment. You decide to drive around while you wait. As you drive out
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New App Periscope Increases Distracted Driving Accident Possibilities

Every vehicle owner should be aware of technology’s impact on the driving experience. Although you might not own a smartphone or other mobile devices, plenty of others are distracted by the temptation to use these devices while behind the wheel. While GPS and hands free technologies have improved the driving experience in terms of safety
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