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More Than Two Dozen People Injured In Metrolink Train Accident

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On Wednesday, February 28, 2015, a Metrolink passenger train was derailed when it collided with a truck and trailer that had been driven onto the tracks. The driver of the truck escaped from his vehicle, but the engineer of the train and the train's passengers were not so lucky.

Following the crash, 27 of the train's passengers (and the engineer) were taken to local hospitals, and three passengers and the engineer were deemed to be "critically injured." By the end of the day Wednesday, three of those patients were still classified as being in critical condition.

11 Green Broillet & Wheeler Attorneys Included In 2015 SoCal Super Lawyers

We are proud to announce that 11 of our attorneys have been named for inclusion on this year's Southern California Super Lawyers list. Every year we are humbled to receive this recognition, as it is based on peer nominations and extensive independent research by Thomson Reuters, the publishing company that selects Super Lawyers award recipients.

While we are pleased that our attorneys have received this well-deserved recognition, we are even prouder of what led to them receiving these awards - providing exceptional legal representation to our clients and obtaining hard-fought results in complex cases.

After A Car Accident: What You Need To Know, And What You Need To Do.

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From the moments immediately following a car accident, to the weeks, months and years that follow, you will do many things to protect your health and your ability to provide for yourself and your family. But it can be nearly impossible to know if the steps you are taking are the steps you should be taking.

For guidance in this matter, we encourage you to utilize the resources listed below.

Burn Injury Resources

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All too often, clients come to our firm after suffering serious burns. These resilient individuals, who have experienced horrific injuries, painful medical procedures and lifelong scarring, inspire our team and make us proud to serve as a trusted resource to burn victims throughout California.

As a part of our dedication to helping burn victims and their families, we have compiled a list of resources that you may find helpful. If you require additional assistance after examining the list below, or if you would like to discuss your legal options, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Most Dangerous Roads in California

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California has more than 170,000 miles of roadway, consisting of a combination of Interstate highways, state highways, local roads, city streets and other roadways. Some of these roads are more dangerous than others, including:

Interstate 5 (I-5)

The section of I-5 in and around San Diego is notorious for accidents. Those who have used "The 5," especially at "The Merge" where I-5 and I-805 come together, can attest to the chaotic and dangerous nature of this roadway. Despite increased funding and planning in recent years, including additional bypass lanes to help alleviate the traffic load at "The Merge," I-5 in the San Diego area remains a treacherous stretch of Interstate roadway.

GM Recalls and Bankruptcy: A Compilation

Car on highway.jpgAs we've recently mentioned, General Motors (GM) continues to be in the news for issues related to its bankruptcy and recall lawsuits. We've blogged on these issues many times during the past few years; in this post you will find a compilation of some of our most recent and most viewed posts on GM-related topics.

Family Alleges CRMC is Covering Up a Doctor's Malpractice

Last August, we blogged about a doctor at Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC) who had a fourth medical malpractice lawsuit filed against him. This doctor and CRMC were recently in the news again, as part of a 30 Action News/ABC30 News story centered on another of the doctor's alleged victims.

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Our post from August 2014 gives additional insight into the cases against this doctor, and addresses basic questions such as:

  • What is medical malpractice?
  • Why would the Medical Board of California get involved?
  • Why did the family file a malpractice suit?

    Driving and Using Your Phone: Even If It's Legal, Should You Do It?

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    California is well-known as a state with restrictive rules regarding cellphone use in the car. Talking without the use of a hands-free device is prohibited, and texting while driving is not allowed. There are additional restrictions for young drivers, bus drivers and select other motorists.

    A recent court ruling stands in contrast to these laws. The case involved a man who was using a GPS map on his phone and was ticketed when a police officer noticed him doing so. Such activity is not specifically outlawed by California statutes, so the man took his case all the way California's 5th District Court of Appeal - and won. This clarified state law and made it clear that not all uses of mobile phones are prohibited.

    Car Accidents and Your Insurance Rates: California Edition

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    After a car accident, many people have questions not only about whether their insurance will cover the accident, but also about how an accident will affect their insurance premium rates in the future.

    This question is especially important to California residents; California has long been known for having high insurance premiums, and the state consistently has some of its prominent neighborhoods rank in the top 10 for most expensive insurance rates by zip code.

    A recent study analyzes the effects filing insurance claims has on future premiums. It offers insight into nationwide trends and some eye-opening information about insurance in California.

    Bus Accidents: An Ongoing Problem in California and Across the US

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    Every day in the United States, people receive the distressing news that a bus accident has occurred in their community. Despite the fact that buses often carry some of our society's most vulnerable members, such as children and the elderly, bus accidents are an all-too-common occurrence. This is especially true in California, where a huge fleet of buses is always on the road to support schools, tourism, and a wide range of other private and public interests.

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