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Are San Francisco Bicycle Accidents Common?

San Francisco is known as one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the entire country. However, that doesn’t mean that bike accidents don’t happen in the Bay Area. Medical costs from bicycle accidents are rising, even though there have been fewer biking fatalities in the area. That could mean more cyclists are finding themselves injured in accidents, which means it could be important for you to know what to do if you are involved in a bicycle crash.

Are Bicycle Accidents Common in San Francisco?

A 34-year-old woman from Mission recently shared her bike accident experience with StreetsBlog. She was riding down Valencia between 14th and 15th street, when something struck her from the left. An SUV took a right turn, and the driver failed to notice the woman riding right beside the vehicle. The rider was taken to the hospital, where they concluded that she only had soft tissue damage, but it could have been worse.

Advocacy groups are now pushing for physical barriers between cars and riders along Valencia street. Efforts like these could go a long way toward reducing cyclist injuries and fatalities, but a recent report warns that medical costs resulting from bike accidents are going up. A study published in June said that annual costs for bike injuries rose 137 percent between 1999-2013 study period. Which means you could end up with a stack of medical bills if you find yourself in a collision while riding your bike.

What Do I Need to Do If I Get into a Bicycle Accident in San Francisco?

So, what should you do if you have a bicycle accident in the Bay Area?

  • Call and wait for the authorities. A police report can be critical evidence in any claim you make related to a bike accident.
  • Make sure police get your side of the story, even if you think you might not be injured. Adrenaline does crazy things to the body, and you may have been hurt worse than you think.
  • Get contact info from the vehicle driver and witnesses to the accident. If you are too injured to do so, ask a bystander if they can help.
  • Take pictures and document your experience in writing. Smartphones allow us to do so much now, so take advantage of this technology.
  • Don’t talk to the other party’s insurer, they are not looking out for you.
  • Get medical attention! This is the most important thing you can do, because your personal safety in a crash situation is what matters the most.
  • Contact an experienced professional. A Bay Area bike accident attorney has the experience you need to make sure you aren’t overwhelmed by medical expenses.

Brought to you by the personal injury attorneys at Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C.—we are dedicated to helping you when catastrophe strikes.

Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C to Investigate Northern California Wildfires

The last two weeks have been among the worst in California’s history. Wildfires have ravaged more than 250,000 acres Northern California. Thousands of homes and businesses in Napa Valley, Sonoma and Santa Rosa are destroyed. Despite the best efforts of firefighters, the wildfires in Northern California are still not contained.

Did Downed PG&E Equipment Cause the Northern California Wildfires?

Californians deserve answers. We deserve to know why these fires broke out in the first place. Mary Alexander & Associates is investigating how the faulty equipment operated by PG&E contributed to this unpresented natural disaster.

In the moments before the fires began, California emergency crews responded to multiple reports of downed PG&E powerlines and transformer explosions. Over the last several years, our state has experienced the worst drought in its history. Sparks from the powerlines or transformers likely ignited nearby brush that had dried out due to a lack of rain.

PG&E claims that its equipment was damaged by “hurricane force winds.” However, there are reasons to doubt these claims. To be considered hurricane-force winds, windspeeds must exceed 75 miles per hour. Reports suggest windspeeds were not this high when the power lines were knocked over. In addition, PG&E has a record of neglecting maintenance on its equipment. PG&E is responsible for four of the 20 largest wildfires in our state’s history.

If PG&E is responsible for this wildfire, they must be held accountable. More than 100,000 Californians have been evacuated from areas affected by the fires, and an estimated 8,400 houses have been destroyed. At the time this blog was published, 42 Californians are dead and dozens more are still missing. The number of casualties is expected to rise in the coming days.

Can I Sue if I Am Affected by the Wildfires?

The San Francisco personal injury and property damage lawyers Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C. have a proven record of working tirelessly on behalf of our clients. Our law firm is currently representing victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that occurred earlier this year in Oakland.

You can speak with our San Francisco personal attorneys if you or loved ones were affected by the recent wildfires. Our law firm offers free initial consultations that could explain your legal rights and possible options for compensation. For more information on this wildfire and to determine your eligibility for filing a lawsuit, please call us at 415-966-2626.

Did Negligent Security Contribute to the San Francisco UPS Shooting?

Bay Area LawyerOn June 14th, the calm of the morning was broken by the crack of gunfire and screams. A lone shooter walked into a UPS facility here in San Francisco, and opened fire. Five victims were shot during the incident, but only two of these victims survived. The shooter later took his own life when confronted by police.

This tragedy shook the lives of families and workers, some of whom claim they cannot return to work due to resulting post-traumatic stress disorders. Even more astonishing, some of these workers claim that this senseless loss of life could have been avoided. Now they are taking these claims to court.

Will Witness Testimony Prove UPS Shooting Lawsuits’ Negligence Claims?

According to witnesses, when the shooter entered the UPS building, he passed through metal detectors. As he passed, a MAC-10 semi-automatic machine gun, an automatic pistol and ammunition hidden in a bag, set off a metal detector. However, the guards on duty allegedly let the man pass. This wasn’t the first time workers claimed to have witnessed such negligence.

Other incidents involving the presence of guns, and times when guards failed to stop unauthorized personnel were reported to supervisors and the company. Yet nothing was done, according to employees and family members who have filed these recent lawsuits.

Who Is Responsible When Security Fails to Protect?

Allied Universal (the company hired to man the metal detectors), Valacal Company (the building owner), and UPS have all been named in these lawsuits. These civil suits claim that the defendants were negligent of worker safety and did not provide adequate security, which resulted in the injury and death of several employees.

In California, as in most states, employers have a duty to provide a reasonably safe work environment for employees. This includes providing security in areas where it could be unsafe. If a company’s employees are attacked, hurt or even killed after their employer neglected to provide reasonable security, then that company could be held liable for damages suffered by the victims and their families.

As personal injury lawyers representing people from Oakland, San Jose, San Mateo and San Francisco, Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C. has a deep understanding of workplace incidents such as this. Our record shows our passion for protecting victims of violence and negligence, so you can look to us for help and to keep track of the legal news you need to know as workers here in the Bay Area.

California Talc Powder Lawsuit News

image of the product involved in the talcum powder lawsuitA recent verdict was announced in a Los Angeles, California, lawsuit against manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, awarding $417 million to a woman who alleged that she developed ovarian cancer due to long-term use of the company’s talcum powder. The judgment included $347 million in punitive damages.

The California talc powder lawsuit was the sixth of its kind brought against Johnson & Johnson, with other plaintiffs also alleging that the company failed to warn both the public and the medical community about the risks of long-term use of the product for feminine hygiene, which has been shown to have a potential link to ovarian cancer. The previous cases were tried in St. Louis, Missouri. Four of the five previous lawsuits were ruled in the plaintiffs’ favor, with a total of over $307 million awarded to the victims.

Details of the Latest California Talc Powder Lawsuit

According to the California talc powder lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the plaintiff who was awarded $417 million had been using Johnson & Johnson baby powder often twice a day for approximately 41 years. Upon being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the woman continued to use the talcum powder until she saw a news report concerning another woman who had developed ovarian cancer from talcum powder use.

During the trial, evidence was shown that Johnson & Johnson knew about the risks of developing ovarian cancer from talcum powder use as feminine hygiene as early as 1964. A spokesperson from Johnson & Johnson said the company plans to appeal the court’s decision.

More Baby Powder Lawsuits Being Filed

As of now, there are nearly 5,000 claims against Johnson & Johnson with regard to the potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, with plaintiffs claiming that the company knew about, and chose to ignore, the risks of using their Johnson & Johnson and Shower to Shower products for feminine hygiene purposes. Undoubtedly, this will not be the last California talc powder lawsuit that Johnson & Johnson must deal with.

Because the risks and potential results of long-term use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder are individual and highly personal, California talcum powder lawsuits are not class action lawsuits. Each case receives individual attention for much higher potential monetary awards, concurrent with the damages, pain and suffering caused to the victims and their families.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or fallopian tube cancer that is potentially linked to use of Johnson & Johnson or Shower to Shower products, the knowledgeable talc powder lawsuit attorneys at Mary Alexander & Associates may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What are my Options as a Passenger Injured in a Car Accident?

If you are a passenger injured in a car accident, you also have rights. In fact, you may be in a position to receive more compensation than any of the drivers. If for instance, both drivers are partly at fault, the compensation awarded may be limited. If you have suffered injuries as a passenger, you first need to establish who was at fault. This is where our personal injury lawyers in San Francisco, CA come in. In most cases, none of the drivers will admit fault willingly. There is a need for an investigation to ascertain the party liable to cover for your injuries.

Making Third Party Injury Claims

As a passenger injured in a car accident, you can make an injury claim to the following parties:

• The insurance provider of the owner or driver of the car you were traveling in.

• The insurance provider of the other driver involved in the auto accident.

A claim to any of these insurance policies is considered a third party claim because you would be making a claim to another insurance provider other than your own. As a passenger injured in a car accident, it is also possible for you to sue both insurers. This can happen when the compensation received is not sufficient to cover for the injuries you have suffered. Our lawyers can help you sue for full compensation and receive the maximum amount allowed in injury claims.

The Need for a Personal Injury Lawyer

When you get involved in an injury, one of the things you contemplate is whether to hire the services of an accident injury lawyer. It is important to note that, even in straight forward cases complications can arise along the way. Personal injury laws also differ from one state to another. In light of this, you need a lawyer who has extensive knowledge of the law. Another hurdle in these cases is calculating the compensation. You may not be in a position to know how much your case is worth. The competent lawyers of Mary Alexander & Associates will review your case and advise you on the best way forward. Contact us and let our experience work for you.

Premises Liability in San Francisco

You may have heard of the phrase premises liability, but you might not know what it means. Premises liability means that a property owner has to keep their property safe for the people who enter it. In San Francisco, the amount of care that a property owner must take depends on whether the property is for business or personal use.

What types of accidents count?

Premises liability isn’t just for slip and falls. While that’s a large area of premises liability, it also involves construction accidents, dog bites, and even falling objects. Any time a person suffers an injury because of an unsafe condition on a property, there may be premises liability in San Francisco.

Business Owners

Business owners have the highest duty to take care of their property. That’s because they’re inviting people to come onto the property for their own benefit. Premises liability in San Francisco can apply when a business owner doesn’t take care to inspect their property and discover conditions that might cause injury. That is, a business owner has an affirmative duty to find and correct potential dangers.

Property for Non-Commercial Use

Private people don’t have the same premises liability in San Francisco that business owners have. That is, when a person comes on a property for the mutual benefit of both the owner and the guest, the owner doesn’t have to inspect the property. In that case, the property owner has a reasonable period of time to find a danger. Then, they need to correct the problem or warn the guest.

What about trespassers?

A property owner owes the least duty to a trespasser. It’s true that a trespasser can ask for premises liability in San Francisco under limited conditions, but the standards are very high. A property owner just can’t leave traps or obvious dangers.

Damages

If a person gets hurt because of unsafe premises, they may be able to recover damages. These damages can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. No two cases are alike, and a victim must carefully bring their case to court to make a full recovery. Contact Mary Alexander & Associates today for a free consultation.

Bike Accidents in San Francisco

The number of bicycle trips made in San Francisco per day is estimated to be more than 82,000. Despite its reputation as a bike-friendly city, there are still many bike accidents in San Francisco. Careless motorists can easily cause serious injuries when they collide with bicyclists. If you have been in an accident caused by a negligent driver and suffered injuries, Mary Alexander & Associates can help. Entire blog

Top 5 Summertime Injuries

Summer can be a lot of fun. Swimming, traveling, cookouts and concerts are just a few of the things that we look forward to during the warm and welcome summer months. Unfortunately, summer can come with a few common summertime injuries. Here are the top five ways that people get hurt during the summer:

Drowning

According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is one of the leading causes of death in young children. Drowning can happen so fast that adults may not react before it’s too late. Not only should swimmers and the adults that watch children be aware of their surroundings, but businesses and organizations offering swimming activities should make sure that their facilities have proper safety precautions as well as trained and qualified staff. Entire blog

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