Jan 05 by GJEL

State Driving Laws Across The Nation

The details of your state’s driving laws might not be a major influence on the events of your daily life, but if you or your teenager is getting a license, you want to make calls or text while behind the wheel, or your elderly parents are losing their motor skills, knowledge of the relevant regulations becomes essential. Looking at driver laws nationwide, the trend is moving toward stricter graduated license laws for teen drivers, and heightened regulations against distracted driving. Scroll over this interactive map to see the details of your state’s driving laws and how they compare to others.

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Oct 24 by GJEL

Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline

In this document, we’ll address some of the more common things you can expect when filing a lawsuit. While we can’t tell you everything that might happen in any particular case, the steps below provide an overview of what you may generally expect. Keep in mind that each lawsuit takes a different path, and those paths are not always predictable.

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Feb 15 by jason

The Top Examples of Distracted Driving

The Most Common Examples & Causes of Distracted Driving According to a 2015 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed,…

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Apr 29 by GJEL

GJEL Legal Dictionary

Below you will find the GJEL Personal Injury Legal Dictionary sorted in alphabetical order. These are common terms you might here used in a personal injury case. 3rd…

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Mar 25 by jason

Social media tips for personal injury plaintiffs

Everything that’s posted on social media is considered public, and even the most well meaning remarks about a personal injury claim could potentially be used against a plaintiff by the defense. For this reason, we’ve assembled the following social media guidelines for personal injury plaintiffs currently involved in litigation.

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Jul 05 by GJEL

California Motorcycle Summer Safety Information & Resources

Summer is the best season for motorcycle riders. The unusually consistent sunny weather enables longer rides with better conditions throughout California. Of course, more motorcycles on the road increases the likelihood of a motorcycle accident, but there are a few simple steps that riders can take to improve motorcycle safety by avoiding unnecessary risks. These actions involve wearing all appropriate safety equipment, attending summer motorcycle events that stress safe rides, and encouraging teens to stay safe on their motorcycles. We’ve developed this motorcycle safety resource to address each of these issues for the summer and fall months.

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May 31 by GJEL

California Teen Driver Summer Safety Statistics & Resources

Teen drivers throughout the country are faced with countless dangers on city streets and highways. Teens are the demographic most likely to cause car a accident, technology poses the temptation for distracted driving, and scientific studies have even shown that the teen brain may not have developed the motor skills and emotional maturity to drive safely. As California teens hit the road more during the summer holiday, they should take precautions to stay safe and aware at all times. And since California teens receive their restricted license at 16 and their unrestricted license at 18, they can take the summer to boost their knowledge of state driver laws and practice safe driving techniques.

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May 24 by GJEL

California Motorcycle Events Calendar – Summer

Motorcycle safety and ride enjoyment are often challenged by bad weather. Though all drivers are impacted by slick roads during rainy and snowy months, motorcyclists have it even worse, since they are not shielded by a metal and glass frame. So the summer months are especially important for motorcyclists, both in terms of motorcycle safety and the ability to take long rides uninterrupted by unsavory weather. And thanks to California’s beautiful coastline and forests, California motorcyclists are extra privileged. We’ve compiled a calendar of some of the month’s major California motorcycle events in June, July and August.

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May 17 by GJEL

Map of California DMV Offices

Safe driving behavior begins at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Teen drivers are tested by their local DMV before receiving their license, and all drivers must go through the DMV to renew their license or ask other important questions. California has made sure that residents don’t need to travel far to access DMV services. To help make this even easier, we’ve put together an interactive map of the DMV offices throughout California. Click the DMV office near you for its address and phone number.

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Mar 10 by GJEL

Senior Driver Safety Checklist & Self Assessment

There are many factors senior drivers should consider before getting behind the wheel. The topic areas below are subject to each individual and may not apply to everyone. But for most people, age comes with an inevitable decline in eyesight and motor skills. With these concerns in mind, we’ve developed this safety checklist to be referenced by senior drivers prior to operating a motor vehicle. If any of these items portray your current health or situation, then speak with a family member or personal physician to learn more about safety options.

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Feb 15 by GJEL

Traffic Deaths by Vehicle Type in California and Nationwide

We’re reminded every day that city streets and highways are dangerous for all drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Hearing constant stories about traffic deaths involving distracted driving or drunk driving makes it difficult for any parent to trust that the roads will be safe for teen drivers. Fortunately, the number of traffic deaths has been falling in recent years. For example, the last year with reliable information, 2009, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System reported 33,800 deaths. This may sound like a lot, but it was the best year on record since 1950, and nearly 18 percent lower than 2007. Take a look at our interactive graph of those 2009 figures, broken up by vehicle type.

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Jan 11 by GJEL

California Motor Caution Calendar

Fresh into the new year, it is common to make resolutions about attitudes or actions you would like to change this time around. These commonly relate to weight loss, financial responsibility, or interactions with family and friends. This year, we’d like to ask you to consider an additional resolution: to be safer on city streets to prevent car accidents. To keep track of dangerous driving days and safety-related events, we’ve created a calendar of motor caution days, complete with days and weekends that are often riddled with car accidents, and holidays and events related to bike and car safety for teens and parents.

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Dec 27 by GJEL

State-By-State Drunk Driving Laws and Driving Fatality Statistics

While there is currently no federal law against drunk driving, it is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. But each state varies in its enforcement of DUI laws. Some states, for example, automatically suspend the driver’s license after he or she is first convicted for driving under the influence while some require no suspension at all. In addition, some states require ignition interlock devices to prevent drunk driving after the first DUI offense while others never require the breathalyzers. For more state-by-state information on DUI laws and statistics, check out our interactive map.

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Nov 04 by GJEL

Teen Brain Development – The Frontal Lobe of the Brain is Essential for Driving

Although the brain is 80 percent developed at adolescence, new research indicates that brain signals essential for motor skills and emotional maturity are the last to extend to the brain’s frontal lobe, which is responsible for many of the skills essential for driving. This research suggests that emotional immaturity, not inexperience, is the primary reason that teenage drivers are responsible for far more car accidents than any other age demographic. Click through for our animated brain development infographic.

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Oct 11 by GJEL

Bicycling Helmet & Safety Laws Across the Nation

Over the past decade, bicycling has undergone a significant revival. Hoping to decrease their carbon footprint, unclog city streets, and get a little extra exercise, commuters have turned to their bicycles in droves as a preferred method of getting to work. But state laws have not always kept up with the gradual shift away from motor vehicle dominance. Since the roads were developed with cars in mind, laws aren’t automatically sensitive to the safety of cyclists. With this in mind, we compiled a list of notable bike laws in each of the 50 states and the District of Colombia.

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Aug 30 by GJEL

Seniority Behind the Wheel: Managing Safety Risks for Older Drivers

Teenagers are notoriously the most dangerous demographic of drivers. But there are dozens of factors that can influence car accidents that have nothing to do with inexperience and immaturity. In fact, older drivers can become a hazard as their eyesight, motor skills, and spatial recognition begins to fade, and a set of safety advocates are beginning to suggest laws to ensure that drivers stay safe on the road as they grow older. This guide lists some of the dangers associated with driving for older adults, and some possible alternatives to help drivers maintain their freedom once they put away the keys.

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Jul 30 by Ben

Car Technology that Can Prevent Accidents

Slowly but surely, technology has become an unavoidable part of our day. But fidgeting with cell phones and other technological devices while driving is enormously dangerous, contributing to more than 500,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths last year alone, according to the .National Highway Traffic Administration. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of devices that will help avoid the temptation to text, email, or dial friends while on the road. These devices can help make yourself and your teenager tech gurus, but more importantly, a safer drivers.

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May 30 by Ben

Parent-Teen Safe Driving Contract

This contract is intended to help initiate conversation about roadway safety, especially for teen drivers and their passengers. The agreement covers six areas pertaining to distracted driving, driving under the influence, driving a vehicle with minors, speeding and other rules of the road, and auto accidents. Each section includes specific pledges to prompt family discussion, and we suggest parents and teens sign to seal the agreement.

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Feb 10 by Ben

What to do after a car accident: Free Checklist

Getting into a car accident is scary, confusing, and complicated. It’s even scarier to think about your teenager getting into a car accident. But it’s important that if you or your teenager is in that situation, everyone knows what to do. So while we hope you never have to use this form, we encourage you to download our Car Accident Preparedness PDF, and keep it in your glovebox, along with your insurance and vehicle registration info. Key pieces of the PDF include emergency supplies, the parties involved, witnesses, documenting the scene, and a step-by-step checklist.

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Jan 12 by Ben

Free Legal Aid Resources in the Bay Area

Every partner at GJEL (that’s Andy, Ralph, Luke, Jim, and Kristin) started his or her career at a Legal Aid clinic. The spirit of “fighting for the little guy” remains with us today in earnest.

We understand that not everyone needs a personal injury attorney, and although we offer free consultations and take cases on a contingency basis only–meaning we don’t get paid until we win or settle a case–many times people need attorneys in different fields who do charge by the hour. Legal Aid clinics can be great resources in these situations.

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