Sign the Petition to Mandate Easy Exit Safety Features on Buses

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To Mandate Easy Exit Safety Features on Buses!

How Many More Innocent People Must Needlessly Die?

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The tragic and unnecessary injuries and multiple deaths of innocent students and adults when a Federal Express Truck collided head on with a school bus in Orland, California on April 10, 2014 could possibly have been minimized or even eliminated had better safety features been federally mandated.

Quoting from an article published in The Republic, Rules To Make Crashed Buses Easier to Escape Still Not Adopted 15 Years After Recommendation,  “Because the bus was overturned and partially submerged, passengers had to evacuate by standing on the seats, pushing up on the emergency windows, and climbing out onto the top of the bus.  Each of the emergency windows on the bus was hinged at the top, allowing the window to swing open when the emergency release bar was activated.  Tests performed by the manufacturer after the accident indicated that an upward force of 85 pounds was needed to fully open an emergency exit window with the coach lying on its side.”

Due to the height of some of the passengers or the window weight, some people were unable to push the windows open after unlatching them.

You Have The Power to Make A Positive Change! 

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To Mandate Easy Exit Safety Features on Buses!

The Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has the power, and therefore must, issue new standards for large buses so that after an accident passengers can easily open windows and emergency exits.

Can you even imagine the fear and desperation that these people felt ?  The New York Times headline said it best: “In An Instant, a Bus to College Was A Fiery Trap.”

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, easy-to-open windows and exits are necessary “to ensure evacuation in adequate time under different emergency situations for various occupant groups, including children and the elderly.”

As a personal injury attorney representing injured people and the families of loved ones killed due to the negligence of others, I’ve seen first hand the physical, emotional and financial devastation that preventable injuries and death have caused.

Secretary Foxx has the power to make positive change and save the lives of those who trust that they will be safely delivered from Point A to Point B.

You Have The Power to Make A Positive Change! Tell Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx To Mandate

Easy Exit Safety Features on Buses!  

Click Here to Sign the Petition

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As always, I’m here for all of your legal needs.

Lowell Steiger, Attorney at Law

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9 Killed in Crash Between Fed Ex Truck and Bus Carrying Students

Chico, California: A FedEx truck collided head on into a bus on Thursday, April 10 when it allegedly crossed the center divider on the I-5 Freeway in the city of Orland (Glenn County, Ca) killing nine people and injuring dozens more.  Orland is approximately 100 miles north of Sacramento.

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If the allegations are correct, FedEx will undoubtedly be held liable for the injuries to those who survived and the families of those who so tragically and needlessly died in this accident. Among the dead were the drivers of the FedEx truck and the charter bus.

The charter bus company could be held liable as well if it can be shown that its driver could have avoided the accident and/or contributed in some way to the crash through his own comparative negligence or inattention.

Could distracted driving have been one of the root causes of this tragedy?

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FedEx Risk Management / Insurance Information

Victims or Their Families: Call or E-Mail Me Today

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Lowell Steiger, Attorney at Law

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Distracted Driving Kills! 10 Most Dangerous Habits

Distracted driving maims and kills innocent people. Most people think of distracted driving as texting while driving — and they’re right. Yet, as this video relates, there are so many more forms of distracted driving.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Habits

  1. Texting
  2. Talking on the Cell Phone
  3. Daydreaming
  4. Watching Roadside Diversions / Rubbernecking
  5. Adjusting On Board Electronics
  6. Drowsy Driving
  7. Yelling at the Kids
  8. Focusing on Your Pets
  9. Grooming, Shaving, Putting on Make-Up
  10. Eating & Drinking

Distracted Driving Links

Governors Highway Safety Association: Distracted Driving Laws By State!

Travelers Insurance: Distracted Driving Increases Accident Risk

Drive-Safely.net: The 10 Most Dangerous Foods to Eat While Driving

New York Times: Pets and Distracted Driving

ABC News: One of the Worst Driving Distractions – Your Kids!

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Research on Drowsy Driving

StreetsBlog USA: Voluntary Guidelines for Onboard Electronic Devices

Wikipedia: Rubbernecking

Fox News: Daydreaming Top Cause of Major Accidents

Undistracted Driving

Courtesy California Department of Motor Vehicles

When you are driving, the condition of the roadway you are on and the behavior of other drivers can change abruptly, leaving you little or no time to react. When you are driving, follow these rules:

  • Stay focused.
  • Pay attention.
  • Expect the unexpected.

Call or E-Mail Me Today for Your Free Personal Injury Consultation

I can be reached at

(323) 852-1100

(818) 306-5799 or

(877) 487-8221

lowell@steigerlaw.com

As always, I’m here for all of your legal needs. If your issue is something other than personal injury, then I have a great network of attorneys personally vetted by me to whom I can refer you.

Lowell Steiger, Attorney at Law

 

Settling Your Personal Injury Case Is YOUR Decision

The bottom line is that you are the injured party. The settlement process in a personal injury case is indeed complex. Despite the fact that your lawyer is doing all of the talking on your behalf, you are an integral part of your own settlement negotiations. If something doesn’t feel or sound right, tell your lawyer. Voice your concerns. He or she will should advise you based on a mixture of experience in the legal world and the particular facts of your case. Every case is different. The settlement that you reach is final, you can’t go back for more money once you’ve signed on the dotted line.

Settlements are reached through various means and can be achieved at any point during the pendency of your case. Those means are not the subject of this particular posting but, in general, settlement can be reached by negotiation between your attorney and the insurance company adjuster or defense attorney, or at mediation before a retired judge or attorney-mediator or at a settlement conference in court before a sitting judge. Call or e-mail me and I’ll be happy to discuss these issues in much greater detail. Consultations are free.

I can be reached at

(323) 852-1100

(818) 306-5799 or

(877) 487-8221

As always, I’m here for all of your legal needs. If your issue is something other than personal injury, then I have a great network of attorneys personally vetted by me to whom I can refer you.

Lowell Steiger, Attorney at Law

Motorcycle Safety Videos: One Graphic, One Tame

zero accident sceneScotts Valley, California: 71-year old Alan Yelensky died earlier this week while riding his 2014 Zero All-Electric Motorcycle south on Granite Creek Road near Blair Ranch Road south of Scotts Valley.  Yelensky collided with a northbound Ford F-250 truck.  Yelensky was ejected from his motorcycle and landed about 15 feet down an embankment.

This story caught my eye and my heart because here a man lived 71 years to have his life snuffed out in a nanosecond.  I represent people who have been injured on motorcycles and the families of those who have died in motorcycle crashes.  Nothing can be more devastating than to have your life, or your family’s lives, changed for the worse in a split second.  A wrongful death lawsuit is something that no one ever wants to be a party to.  I know, I’ve handled way too many wrongful death lawsuits.

Motorcycle Safety Videos

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Street Rider Course by Motorcycle Safety Foundation

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Motorcycle Safety Tips with (Beware) Graphic Images

 

I can be reached at

(323) 852-1100

(818) 306-5799 or

(877) 487-8221

As always, I’m here for all of your legal needs. If your issue is something other than personal injury, then I have a great network of attorneys personally vetted by me to whom I can refer you.

Lowell Steiger 2014

Lowell Steiger, Attorney at Law

Three Critical Things You Should Do to Make Sure Your Heirs Don’t Lose Your Money!!

6988272680_8146a984c3_o My colleague, attorney Martha Patterson, sent out a great piece describing Three Critical Things You Should Do To Make Sure Your Heirs Don’t Lose Your Money. Please take the time to read her experience-based common sense suggestions below.

Ms. Patterson has successfully helped hundreds of clients establish their estate plans.

Since my practice focuses on representing those who have been injured by the negligence of others, I believe it’s important to leave the estate planning advice to an expert like Ms. Patterson.

Here’s what she said:

If your spouse or heirs cannot quickly figure out what you own after you pass away or become incapacitated, you won’t just leave them frustrated-you might leave them with less money. State Treasuries and other government agencies currently hold more than $32 billion in unclaimed financial assets, and most of these proceeds belonged to now deceased account holders whose heirs were unaware that the accounts existed. In the past heirs went to your file cabinet and safe deposit box. Today things have become much more complicated, online accounts…automatic withdrawals and bill payments… and dozens of passwords and PIN codes. All of this makes it harder for your heirs to find your bank accounts, brokerage accounts, life insurance, and unredeemed savings bonds. If your heirs cannot find your money the money ends up in a State Treasury or other government agency.

Here are 3 things to do to make sure your heirs can find your money:

1. Ditch The Safe Deposit Box For a Fire Proof Safe

safeIf your heirs do not know where it is it could be difficult if not impossible to find. Further, if your heirs do not have the key and do not have permission to access the Safe Deposit Box, the Bank could require your heirs to get permission from the Court before they will open the box. A better solution for keeping important papers is a fire proof safe.

2. Keep A List of Your Accounts and Keep it Current

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You should have a Paper list of your accounts with institutions and account numbers. You may want to keep the list as part of your Trust and also make sure that you give a copy of the list to the person who will handle your affairs when you die.

3. Keep A List of Your Passwords

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It has become more and more important for people to change passwords and make them more complicated (harder for people including your spouse and heirs to guess), if our heirs can’t access your online accounts money can be lost. I recommend keeping your passwords in a safe location.

I know we all want to keep our financial information private, and may not want our spouses or heirs to know everything about what we own and how to find it, unfortunately when we become incapacitated or pass away in the digital age our heirs will not be able to open our mail, or go to the corner bank to find your money, you need to be proactive and make sure there is a way to find the information.

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to take some time to plan your estate so that your family will be protected and your assets preserved if you die or need care, give Martha Patterson a call at (866) 452-9657.

You can also call me, of course, and I will be happy personally introduce you to Ms. Patterson. I can be reached at

(323) 852-1100

(818) 306-5799 or

(877) 487-8221

As always, I’m here for all of your legal needs. If your issue is something other than personal injury, then I have a great network of attorneys personally vetted by me to whom I can refer you.

Lowell Steiger 2014

Lowell Steiger

Pit Bull Fatal Attack: Criminal Liability? Civil Liability? Or Both?

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Jacob Bisbee Two year
old Jacob Bisbee was mauled to death by three pit bulls (often considered a
Steven Hayashidangerous breed) owned by his
step-grandfather, Steven Hayashi.  The
tragedy occurred in 2010.  According to Contra Costa County prosecuting attorney Mary Knox:

 

 

  1. Hayashi repeatedly ignored pleas by his wife and Jacob’s
    father to remove his five pit bulls from the home the extended family shared on
    Trailcreek Court
  2. July 22, 2010: Hayashi was designated as the caretaker
    for Jacob and his four year old brother while his wife slept after a night
    shift.
  3. Hayashi went out to play tennis with his son, leaving
    Jacob and the brother unsupervised.
  4. Hayashi did not lock the door to the garage where the
    pit bulls were kept.  He knew the boys
    could uopen the door but they usually stayed in their room.
  5. Jacob wandered into the garage and found three of the
    five pit bulls (the other two were in the yard)

The legal question to be answered is not whether Hayashi
intended for this tragedy to happen but whether the dog attack constituted a
crime.  Hayashi is currently being tried
for involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment.  If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years
in prison.

In a jailhouse interview with the San Francisco Chronicle,
Hayashi acknowledged that he had ignored signs which would warn him of the dogs’
dangerous propensities.  Those signs
included one of the dogs killing his Chihuahua.

At the preliminary hearing, Judge Clare Maier said that
there was not enough evidence to support a murder charge because there was “scant
evidence” that Hayashi’s dogs had previously attacked humans.

Hayashi is seeking acquittal and is being represented by
attorney David Cohen.  Over Cohen’s objections,
Knox opened the trial last week by showing photos taken at a hospital of the
little boy’s disfigured body.

Cohen was quoted as saying “The D.A.’s case is all about the
terrible photos and a terrible tragedy and that somebody’s got to pay.  This family and my client have suffered
tremendously.  He certainly didn’t intend
for this to happen.”

This is certainly a tragedy.
Whether Hayashi’s negligence will rise to the level of a guilty verdict
is a question to be decided during this trial.

In civil court, someone in Hayashi’s shoes could be sued for
wrongful death based on both theories of negligence and a statutory
liability
.

In my practice I’ve represented, and continue to represent,
many victims of dog attacks. This is a tragedy that could have, and should have, been avoided.

Woman argues with judge and ends up with 300 days in jail

Bottom line: Don't argue with the judge.  This woman turned an arraignment into a 300 day jail sentence.

 

ELYRIA — Ebony Burks earned the dubious distinction earlier this month
of drawing the longest jail sentence that Elyria Municipal Court Judge
Gary Bennett has ever handed down for contempt of court.

Burks'
300-day stay in the Lorain County Jail came out of an Aug. 14 hearing
during which she was being arraigned on domestic violence and assault
charges in separate cases.

“From One Second To The Next” Documentary – It Can Wait

Xzavier, Chandler, Debbie, and Reggie all know the horrors of texting
& driving firsthand. Watch their stories in this It Can Wait
Documentary.

Visit http://www.itcanwait.com to take the pledge, and learn more about the dangers of texting while driving.

I represent people who have been injured in car accidents — cars are the deadliest of weapons.  Distracted drivers who believe that they're different than other drivers, that they are in control when their eyes leave the road, are delusional. It takes no more than a split second for your car to veer off its path and strike an innocent pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist or other car.  The injuries range from whiplash to paralysis to death.

Doing what I do for a living makes me hyperconscious of the perils of distracted driving.

When I see someone texting while driving, my blood begins to boil.  I just want to jump out of my car, run over to that person and shake them into reality, let them know that they are a millisecond away from killing someone. 

Bottom line: Please don't text while driving.

 

“From One Second To The Next” Documentary – It Can Wait

Xzavier, Chandler, Debbie, and Reggie all know the horrors of texting
& driving firsthand. Watch their stories in this It Can Wait
Documentary.

Visit http://www.itcanwait.com to take the pledge, and learn more about the dangers of texting while driving.

I represent people who have been injured in car accidents — cars are the deadliest of weapons.  Distracted drivers who believe that they're different than other drivers, that they are in control when their eyes leave the road, are delusional. It takes no more than a split second for your car to veer off its path and strike an innocent pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist or other car.  The injuries range from whiplash to paralysis to death.

Doing what I do for a living makes me hyperconscious of the perils of distracted driving.

When I see someone texting while driving, my blood begins to boil.  I just want to jump out of my car, run over to that person and shake them into reality, let them know that they are a millisecond away from killing someone. 

Bottom line: Please don't text while driving.