Law Office of Lowell Steiger

Category: Car Accidents

Texting While Driving: Articles, Videos, Links

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 8, 2008

Last September I posted a blog piece which focused heavily on texting while driving. The situation continues to escalate. Living and driving in Los Angeles really brings to light the flagrant disregard that so many drivers have for their fellow motorists, not to mention pedestrians and bicyclists, whom they do not see when their focus is on texting or dialing on their cell phone. I truly believe that talking on the phone is not so much a distraction as the focus that it requires to text and/or dial while driving. Update: 2009 Law Bans Text Messaging while Driving – See Video… Read More

Rear-Ended By Drunk Driver: Leads to Surgery, Large Settlement

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 11, 2008

How horrific it was for my client, Mrs. F., an innocent woman legally slowing down for a stop to be suddenly, and without warning, be rear-ended by a drunk driver. Otherwise in great health, this lovely lady’s life was turned asunder by the flagrant disregard of a guy who was more concerned with his afternoon cocktails than the safety of other people on the road on which he drove. The physical impact to Mrs. F’s car was so severe that it was deemed a total loss. In particular, the insurance company felt that it would cost more to repair her car… Read More

Thanksgiving Highway Safety Video

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: November 18, 2007

merica’s Road Team Captain Tony Sifford gives tips on how to arrive safely to your destination this Thanksgiving Holiday. Here are his 5 tips: Inspect your vehicle Make sure you have items you need in your vehicle Give yourself plenty of room to share the road safely Give yourself cushion and time to make your maneuvers safely Give other motorists consideration on the road

Government Mandates Better Side-Impact Protection

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 29, 2007

Thanks to Bob Kraft’s Blog P.I.S.S.D. for posting an article regarding the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s announcement that there is to be improved safety protection in new passenger vehicles by September 2012. Here’s the quote from Bob’s blog: Specifically, the rules mandate better head protection, and that will probably be provided by manufacture through the use of side and window curtain air bags. Side-impact crashes killed 9,200 people in 2005, the most recent figures available. Automakers agreed in 2003 to install side air bags in all new passenger vehicles by September 2009, and the safety equipment is becoming more widely available.… Read More Introduction to Auto Safety & Crash Testing

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 8, 2007

Road traffic accidents kill more than one million people a year, injuring another thirty-eight million (5 million of them seriously). The death toll on the world’s roadways makes driving the number one cause of death and injury for young people ages 15 to 44. How safe is that new or used vehicle you’re thinking of purchasing? With the introduction of airbags and crash-testing, the number of people killed and injured by motor vehicles has decreased in many countries. International NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) ratings provide a useful basis for comparing vehicle safety. Let’s see what international safety information is currently… Read More

Vehicle Crash Safety Video from General Motors

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 26, 2007

General Motors produced this video which examines the causes of major injury and death in auto accidents. They go into detail, both in audio and visually, about the role of seat belts, air bags and stability control in reducing the risk of injury and death. If you’re having trouble seeing the video above, click here. Wear your seatbelt!!! The Law Office of Lowell Steiger Represents Injured Victims If you have suffered a Personal Injury, Call for a Free Consultation Contact Attorney Lowell Steiger at

Understanding the Severe Forces in Motor Vehicle Crashes (Graphic Video)

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 24, 2007

I found this graphically enlightening video on : Understanding the Severe Forces in Motor Vehicle Crashes, A Non Profit Educational Public Service Mini Movie, August 3, 2007. Edited by Matt Flournoy of Marietta, Georgia. If the image is incomplete, please click here to watch the video directly on Youtube. Quoting from the copy that accompanies the article: 1) It should not be called a motor vehicle accident. It should be called a motor vehicle crash, collision or wreck. 2) The force of a crash is measured by the Delta V (the change of velocity). 3) The human body is not designed to handle the severe… Read More

Dr. Barry Carlin on Living Pain Free After an Auto Accident

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 16, 2007

Dr. Barry Carlin practices in West Los Angeles If you have any questions he can be reached at 310-478-1234 or When you are in an auto accident, there are a number of unique aspects of the injury that make it impact more on your life than the average sports, work or lifting injury; and frequently cause the injuries to become a chronic problem that effects your quality of life for years, sometimes forever. Why is it that so many of you live with discomfort and sometimes limitations in sports, social and work activities after a car accident? Should not modern medicine… Read More

‘Hands-off’ driving law in California is OK’d for ages 16, 17

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 14, 2007

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (California) has sent a message to young drivers: no text messaging, no cell phone calls, no using laptops. At least not while behind the wheel. Schwarzenegger signed legislation yesterday that will make it illegal for drivers younger than 18 to engage in such activities. Reported in today’s issue of This law will take effect on July 1, 2008. Violators face a fine of $20 for the first offense; $50 for each additional ticket. There is an exemption for emergencies. The article goes on to say: “The dangers of sending text messages via cell phones or other electronic… Read More

Driver Safety Movie (1959), Graphic (Part 2 of 2)

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: June 18, 2007

This is part 2, Legendary “shock” driving safety film featuring numerous scenes of mutilated cars and injured/dead people and a voiceover lacking in compassion. Produced in cooperation with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and shown to millions of young drivers for over 40 years. CONTENT ADVISORY: Many disturbing scenes of violent deaths and accident scenes; cries of crash victims on soundtrack.

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