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San Ramon Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Cyclist Hit-and-Run

Days before Thanksgiving, San Francisco employment lawyer Spencer Freeman Smith pled guilty to felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for hitting and killing Bo Hu, who was riding his bike on Dougherty Road in Dublin.

How Workers' Compensation Affects Personal Injury Cases

Workers' Compensation cases vary from personal injury actions in many ways. Personal injury is based on fault. But if an employee gets injured on the job, he or she was entitled to workers' compensation benefits whether the employer is at fault or not.

Oakland: Take Creative Steps to Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to serious injuries, even death when walking on or alongside any street traveled by cars. Most of the time, the driver claims not to see the pedestrian in time. In order to ensure pedestrian safety at intersections, a city needs to essentially hit the driver with a wet towel as they approach a crosswalk or other avenue where driver and walker cross paths. To accomplish this, cities need to get assertive and creative in their design.

Safe Cycling: The Legal Effects of the Three-Feet Rule

As you may know, Vehicle Code Section 21760, aka the Three Feet for Safety Act, took effect last month. The new law requires motorists to give at least three feet when passing cyclists. Sounds simple enough.

Distracted Drivers Harm Others and Themselves

On September 12, 2008, 25 people lost their lives and another 135 were injured when a packed Metrolink commuter train collided with a Union Pacific freight train in Chatsworth, California. Federal investigators believe that the crash was likely the fault of the train engineer, Robert Martin Sanchez, who also died in the accident. Phone records revealed that Sanchez was sending and receiving text messages in the moments leading up to the crash, causing him to ignore several warning lights and run through a red light before hitting the freighter at a combined speed of 80 miles per hour.

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