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NEWPORT BEACH HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION DISPUTES ON THE RISE

By pwsadmin / April 9, 2020 /

Those who choose to live in homeowners’ association communities may tick off a list of many positives, including nicely manicured lawns, houses painted in complimentary colors, neighborhood amenities like swimming pools and well-maintained sidewalks and trails. Our real estate attorneys recognize the goal is to protect property values and also foster goodwill among neighbors. According…

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SPEEDING KILLS. SO, WHY IS CALIFORNIA SO SLOW AT SETTING NEW SPEED LIMITS?

By pwsadmin / March 16, 2020 /

The National Transportation Safety Board has said for years that speed kills. They said cars speeding on United States roads increase the chances of a deadly crash. Then, there’s California. An old law in California requires cities to set speed limits based on how fast people are already driving on that stretch of road. That’s the…

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CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS PROPOSE BILL TO CLOSE HIT-AND-RUN LOOPHOLE

By pwsadmin / February 11, 2020 /

More than one hit-and-run crash happens in the United States every minute, according to AAA. Since 2009, hit-and-run fatalities have increased at an average rate of 7% each year. The majority of hit-and-run fatalities involve pedestrians and bicyclists. Drivers who flee the scene of a crash often do so because they are: Uninsured Under the influence of drugs…

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DRUNK DRIVING FATALITIES HAVE DROPPED, BUT REPEAT DUI OFFENDERS CONTINUE TO ENDANGER LIVES

By pwsadmin / January 14, 2020 /

Despite a steep decline in DUI-related fatalities over nearly four decades, drunk drivers still continue to pose a threat to public safety. For some people, driving under the influence of alcohol may be an isolated incident. For others, it’s habitual, even when they are aware of the obvious risks. This raises the question: can repeat drunk driving…

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RECKLESS DRIVING WAS THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH THAT INJURED KEVIN HART

By pwsadmin / December 6, 2019 /

The life and career of actor and comedian Kevin Hart were in serious jeopardy after his car crashed in September. What did the Hollywood star do wrong behind the wheel? Nothing. He was the passenger. The California Highway Patrol said Jared Stanton Black was driving Hart’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda in Malibu when the muscle car struck…

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PICKUP TRUCKS POSE A THREAT TO SMALL CARS

By pwsadmin / November 15, 2019 /

Large SUVs are less of a risk to smaller vehicles compared to 20 or 30 years ago, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Still, they are a threat. The study noted newer SUVs and cars are more crash-compatible than they were in the 1990s when people in cars and minivans…

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HERE’S HOW PTSD CAN IMPACT SURVIVORS OF SERIOUS CAR CRASHES

By pwsadmin / October 22, 2019 /

It’s a nightmare scenario. You’re involved in a horrific crash. Maybe you sustained serious physical injuries that required prompt medical attention. At worst, you were involved in a fatal crash or lost a loved one. Immediately after, you’re in shock, as your mind can’t process what just happened. You go through all the standard post-crash…

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ORANGE COUNTY ATTORNEY ON BEST IDEAS TO PREVENT IMPAIRED DRIVING CRASHES

By pwsadmin / September 19, 2019 /

Labor Day is now behind us and the unofficial end of summer is here. With the coming festivities and holidays, there will likely be impaired drivers on Orange County roads. While police officers do their best to pull over and arrest impaired drivers, many of them continue to go under the radar. The good news is…

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‘DOORING’ SPRINGS VEHICLE DOOR INTO BICYCLISTS’ PATH BUT SWIVEL-AND-LOOK CAN AVOID DEADLY AND SUDDEN OBSTACLE

By pwsadmin / August 14, 2019 /

Few actions scare bicyclists more than the prospect of a car door suddenly opening in their path. Such crashes — known as “dooring” — can kill or maim bike riders. But a simple step that is supported by worldwide ride services Uber and Lyft can avoid dooring accidents by calling on vehicle drivers and passengers to pause…

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DRIVERS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SHARE THE ROAD WITH BICYCLISTS, MOTORCYCLISTS, AND PEDESTRIANS

By pwsadmin / July 26, 2019 /

Summer is a time of year when all types of road users are out and about, especially bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. These are among the most vulnerable road users on Orange County roadways. Crashes involving bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists usually happen when drivers fail to recognize the rights of other road users or behave as if…

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