House of Representatives
This week, the House of Representatives is due to consider a series of bills that will have a major impact on the civil justice system in our country.There are several bills being introduced, but among the most noteworthy of them, is H.R. 1215, the so-called "Protecting Access to Health Care Act".Far from protecting access to health care, H.R. 1215 denies patients wronged by medical malpractice the compensation that is rightly due to them.The bill sets ... read more >>

Charter Bus Safety Standard Increase, Following a Northern California Accident with FedEx Truck
On Monday, the California State Assembly approved new safety standards to be imposed on charter buses. This new standard came about as a reaction to a motor coach accident that killed eight Los Angeles-area students who were visiting colleges in Northern California in 2014.The tragic 2014 incident occurred near Orland, when a FedEx tractor trailer crossed a median on Interstate 5 and collided with the bus. The impact of the collision rendered the door inoperable ... read more >>

Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law today that banned big rigs and semi trucks from a portion of Angeles Crest Highway.  The move came five months after a runaway truck lost its brakes on a steep incline,  hurtled down the road an crashed into several cars  as well as a bookstore in La Canada Flintridge.  A father and daughter were killed and 12 others were injured.  A temporary ban on the semis was ... read more >>

Here are a few interesting driving laws that go into effect in 2009No Text Messaging - In California, the legislature passed a "no-text law".  This means that it will be against the law to write, send, or read any text-based communication while driving.  This includes emails.No Tolerance DUI Law - California's DUI laws have become more strict.  In 2009, any person who is on probation for a DUI conviction cannot drive with a BAC of ... read more >>

Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled that a Good Samaritan is not immune from civil liability when coming to the aide of an injured victim, if that Good Samaritan's actions cause further harm. Good Samaritan laws in California have been designed to encourage people not to pass by those in need of help in times of emergencies and accidents.California Civil Code section 1714.2 is California law which protects the average person from being sued ... read more >>

In less that a week after the deadly Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth, the California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a policy in California that would prohibit railroad operators from the personal use of cell phones and other wireless devices.Speculation has increased over the cause of the crash, and reports surrounding the use of a cell phone to send text messages have become a focal point of investigation. Two teenagers from Chatsworth have told local ... read more >>

Most of us are extremely happy about California's new cell phone laws that the legislature passed last year.  There is nothing more frustrating than being behind a driver who is completely oblivious to his/her surroundings only to find out they are holding a cell phone up to their ear.  Various studies show how talking on a cell phone while driving can be just as harmful as being under the influence while driving.  One study by ... read more >>

On March 2nd, 2007, a charter bus carrying the Bluffton University baseball team through Atlanta, GA, crashed and toppled off an overpass, slamming into the highway wall killing six and injuring twenty-nine.One of the six who died was sophomore David Betts of Bryan, Ohio, who's father John Betts has launched a campaign to promote the Motorcoach Safety Act of 2007" (S. 2326).  The proposed bill would require seat belts on charter buses and passenger buses that ... read more >>

There is an interesting bill up for voting here in California titled Senate Bill 1167, authored by State Senators Wiggins and Migden.  Current state law prohibits any insurance company to require an insured to have their cars or other vehicles repaired at a designated auto body shop after an accident."This bill would provide that when a policyholder first reports vehicle damage to an insurer, the insurer shall determine if the policyholder has selected an auto ... read more >>

In 1992, the California legislature enacted a law that required all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. As of 2006, only three states (Colorado, Iowa and Illinois) do not require motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. Check to see California's bicycle helmet laws as they differ in requirements.Wearing a helmet may make a difference when filing a claim for recovery for injuries as a result of your motorcycle accident in California. For ... read more >>