Fault in Motorcycle Accident Cases

Injured in a collision caused by a passenger vehicle? Zev Rubinstein can help.Due to their smaller size and fewer safety features, motorcyclists involved in a crash are often at greater risk for severe injury than their counterparts in passenger vehicles. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the carelessness of someone driving a car, truck, or SUV, veteran Oceanside attorney Zev Rubinstein can fight for the compensation you deserve.

Lack of attention to the road and surrounding vehicles can lead to devastating consequences for anybody involved in a collision. However, in many cases motorcycle accidents and the serious injuries that accompany them can be avoided if drivers in passenger vehicles would remember to use appropriate caution by sharing the road.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents stem from the reckless driving of other motorists, such as:

  • Following too closely or otherwise not leaving enough space between their vehicle and a motorcycle
  • Failing to pay adequate attention when turning left or changing lanes
  • Not checking blind spots or misreading mirrors (motorcycles can appear farther away than they actually are when looking in the side-view)
  • Blinding the rider at night by using high beams

If the driver of a passenger vehicle committed these or other careless acts and caused an accident, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please contact The Rubinstein Law Group or call 855-365-9955 today to schedule your free consultation. Our motorcycle attorney represents clients in or around Oceanside and other areas of Southern California.

Car Accidents Caused by Texting

Car Accident Attorney EscondidoThe fine for a first-time violation of California’s ban on texting while driving is just $20. However, a car accident caused by a driver preoccupied with a mobile device can take a much greater financial, physical, and emotional toll on the victim. If you were injured in a car accident caused by an irresponsible motorist, Escondido lawyer Zev Rubinstein can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

A driver moving at 55 mph might travel up to 100 yards without looking at the road while reading, writing, and/or sending a text message. However, this isn’t the only dangerous aspect of texting behind the wheel.

Drivers who divide their attention between a mobile phone and the road are also more likely to:

  • Have poor reaction time
  • Fail to regulate speed properly
  • Drift between lanes
  • Exhibit diminished awareness of changes in road conditions, nearby vehicles, and potential hazards

Each one of these careless actions can result in a car accident; when combined, the risk is only multiplied. If you were injured by a driver whose mobile phone took precedence over the safe operation of a vehicle, our Escondido attorney can evaluate your case and build a strong claim on your behalf. You might be entitled to damages such as medical expenses, car repair or replacement costs, and lost wages.

To begin building your car accident case, please contact The Rubinstein Law Group or call 855-365-9955 today to schedule a free consultation with our Escondido lawyer.

Were You Injured by a Defective Vehicle?

Escondido defective products, car accidentsYahoo! Autos reports that General Motors is recalling over 3 million vehicles due to a variety of safety concerns, including faulty ignition systems and airbags. If you were injured by an unsafe vehicle, Escondido defective product attorney Zev Rubinstein can fight for your right to compensation.

When an auto manufacturer fails to warn consumers and take necessary steps to mitigate the danger of a defective vehicle, the company opens itself to potential liability. However, the manufacturer isn’t always the sole party that is potentially liable in defective product cases.

Flaws can be introduced at multiple points in a vehicle’s chain of distribution, including the design and transit stages. You might be able to recover damages from these parties as well if they contributed to the hazardous defect.

Mr. Rubinstein has more than 25 years of experience advocating for victims injured in car accidents that were caused by a variety of factors, including defective vehicles. Though each case is different, people injured by defective vehicles are often eligible to win damages for:

  • Medical bills
  • Long-term care and recovery expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Car repair or replacement (property damage)
  • Pain and suffering

Some defective vehicles are an even greater safety risk than others. If your loved one tragically died due to injuries sustained from the malfunction of a car, truck, or SUV, Mr. Rubinsten can start building a wrongful death case on behalf of your family.

After reviewing your case, Mr. Rubinstein can begin a thorough investigation into the nature of the defect that caused your vehicle to malfunction, resulting in your injuries. To find out more about how our Escondido attorney can help you with your defective product case, please contact The Rubinstein Law Group or call 855-365-9955 today to schedule a complimentary review of your case.

Are Dog Owners Liable for Bite Injuries?

dog bite attorney EscondidoNo matter how friendly a dog seems, it’s important to remember that canines are animals that can become violent with little to no warning. If you’re one of the estimated 800,000 Americans each year who require medical attention for a dog bite, Escondido attorney Zev Rubinstein can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

California law has adopted a strict liability standard that holds owners accountable for injuries caused by a dog’s bite regardless of whether or not the animal exhibited prior aggressive behavior. However, this law applies only to bites, not other types of injuries caused by dogs.

Although state law only makes owners liable for one type of wound, dog bites can seriously traumatize victims physically and emotionally. Mr. Rubinstein has helped multiple dog bite victims in the Escondido area recover damages for their injuries.

Depending on the details of the attack, you might be eligible for compensation such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Plastic surgery expenses, if you suffered severe scarring or disfigurement
  • Counseling costs due to mental anguish after the attack
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering

To learn more about how our dog bite attorney can build a strong case on your behalf against a negligent pet owner, please contact The Rubinstein Law Group or call 855-365-9955 today to schedule your free consultation. Mr. Rubinstein serves clients in or around Escondido, California.

Brake Defects a Major Cause of Truck Accidents

truck accident attorney EscondidoBrake failure and driver fatigue are the two most common causes of crashes involving tractor trailers, according to a recent article in the magazine The Lawyer’s LogBook. A defect in any component of a semi can lead to disaster on the road. If you were injured because of brake or other mechanical failure in a heavy rig, Escondido truck accident attorney Zev Rubinstein can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

When fully loaded, semi trucks require 250 feet to stop completely from 60 mph, more than double the distance a passenger vehicle requires to do the same. Because brakes are such a critical safety feature, a number of federal regulations apply to their proper use and maintenance, with inspections required to ensure compliance.

Unfortunately, brakes can be mishandled by multiple parties, potentially resulting in a catastrophic truck accident. Depending on the circumstances of your case, Mr. Rubinstein can initiate legal action against:

  • The driver: For failing to inspect the truck before a haul or use brakes properly (such as “riding” the brakes and overheating them)
  • The trucking company: For failing to inspect or maintain a rig’s brakes
  • The brake manufacturer: For failing to design brakes properly, or introducing a defect during production
  • The loading company: For improperly distributing cargo, putting uneven pressure on the brakes and potentially causing them to overheat

If you sustained severe injuries in a truck accident, please contact the Rubinstein Law Group or call 855-365-9955 today to schedule a complimentary consultation. Mr. Rubinstein represents clients in Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, and nearby areas in Southern California.

Study: Risk of Lung Defects in Newborns Rises with Antidepressant Use

A new study published this month in the medical journal BMJ found that a newborn’s risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPH) increases if the mother uses antidepressants during the final trimester of her pregnancy. If a prescription drug negatively impacted your health or your child’s health, Vista attorney Zev Rubinstein can pursue a product liability case on your behalf.

PPH occurs when blood flow in the lungs is interrupted due to the failure of the newborn’s circulatory system to begin functioning independently outside of the womb. This condition can lead to symptoms ranging from breathing problems to dangerously low oxygen levels in the blood.

Unfortunately, PPH isn’t the only serious birth defect that research has linked to the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat depression during pregnancy. Prenatal SSRI exposure has been found to increase risk of the following in newborns:

  • Low birth weight
  • Heart defects
  • Malformations of the limbs, mouth or face
  • Incomplete development of the spinal cord or brain (anencephaly)
  • Premature fusion of bones in the skull (craniosynostosis)

Drug manufacturers are legally obligated to provide warnings about the potential risks medication can have for mothers and their unborn children. When companies fail to provide adequate warning and a child is born with, or tragically passes away from, a serious birth defect, the family might be entitled to compensation for medical bills, exceptional care costs, pain and suffering and other damages.

If you or someone you love suffered severe injury because of a dangerous drug or other defective product, please contact the Rubinstein Law Group or call 855-365-9955 today to schedule your initial consultation. Mr. Rubinstein is proud to represent clients in or around Vista, California, and the surrounding areas.

UC San Diego Study: ‘Buzzed’ Driving Still Major Car Accident Risk

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, concluded that drivers who drink and then operate a car with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) below the legal limit are still significantly more likely to be at fault in a car accident. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, Carlsbad lawyer Zev Rubinstein can pursue the compensation you deserve no matter what condition the other driver was in.

Drivers who are buzzed have consumed alcohol but maintain a BAC below the legal limit (.08 percent in California). In the UC-San Diego report, the first nationwide analysis of data on “buzzed” driving, drivers with a BAC of just .01 were 46 percent more likely to be at fault in a collision.

If you’re the victim of a drunk driving accident and you suspect alcohol was a factor, it’s important to take the following steps:

  • Seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible
  • Make sure all diagnosis and treatments you receive are thoroughly documented
  • Gather information about the accident, including name and license plate number of the other driver, contact information for witnesses and, if possible, photos of the scene
  • Cooperate with police on the scene, but don’t discuss fault or apologize for the accident
  • Ask for a copy of the police report when it’s complete

Mr. Rubinstein will investigate the auto accident thoroughly, including whether or not the driver who caused the collision was intoxicated, and build a strong case on your behalf.

To find out more about how our auto accident lawyer in Carlsbad can help you recover the damages you deserve for your injuries, please contact The Rubinstein Law Group or call 855-365-9955 today to schedule a free consultation.

Diagnosing Concussion After an Accident

Accident lawyer Escondido brain injury
Although doctors consider concussion the most “mild” form of brain trauma, this serious injury can still lead to severe complications. If you’ve sustained a head injury, the Escondido accident lawyers at The Rubinstein Law Group can help you build a case against the responsible party.

A concussion is a violent jolt to the brain caused by external force. If you’ve received a blow to the head, some symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Dizziness or loss of equilibrium
  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sound
  • Nausea
  • Cognitive issues, such as trouble thinking, reading, talking or concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of consciousness

It’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible after any accident involving the head to rule out more severe forms of brain injury. The onset of concussion symptoms can often be delayed after an accident, making it imperative to undergo a full exam sooner than later.

Your doctor might examine you for concussion with tests like:

  • Verbal: Simple questions like “What is your name?” and “Where do you live?” can help the doctor assess any difficulty with concentration or memory
  • Neurological: Impaired reflexes, coordination or balance could indicate disruption to the nervous system
  • Imaging: CT and MRI scans give doctors an inside view of the brain, allowing them to check for signs of bleeding or bruising (which could indicate a more severe brain injury than concussion)

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in an accident, please contact The Rubinstein Law Group or call 855-365-9955 today to schedule your free consultation. Our accident lawyers are pleased to serve clients in or around Escondido, California.

What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

Property owners are responsible for maintaining safe and accessible conditions for visitors. If you were hurt because of the negligence of a property owner, the Oceanside personal injury lawyers at The Rubinstein Law Group can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Oceanside personal injury lawyer can help build slip and fall caseLike the name implies, slip and fall accidents occur when a person loses his/her footing due to insufficient maintenance of a property. If you’ve been injured because of a slip and fall, the first step is to seek medical attention.

After you’ve received treatment for your injuries, it’s important to gather as many details about the scene of the accident as possible, such as:

  • Your location on the property
  • Obstructions or defects on the property, such as an unattended spill, unrepaired stairs or walkways, improperly stored items blocking your path, etc.
  • The presence or absence of warning signs
  • The nature and extent of your injuries
  • Names and statements from any witnesses who might have seen the accident
  • If possible, taking photographs of the accident scene and your injuries; a cell phone camera or other mobile device can be extremely helpful

Property owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe. If you were injured because of unsafe conditions on a neglected property, the personal injury attorneys at The Rubinstein Law Group can assess your case and help you build a premises liability claim against the property owner.

To learn more about how our Oceanside personal injury lawyers can help you pursue compensation after a slip and fall accident, please contact The Rubinstein Law Group or call 855-365-9955 today to schedule your free consultation.

Overloaded Truck Accidents

Because they’re governed by state and federal law, cases involving 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, semis and other trucks can be more difficult to navigate than the typical auto accident. If you have been injured by one of these heavy vehicles, our Escondido truck accident attorneys can help you understand your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Due to the size of the vehicles involved, truck accidents can lead to serious injuries. Trucks that are overloaded, for example, not only damage road surfaces but require greater stopping distance and move with greater force. These factors, combined with an overweight truck’s additional stress on systems like brakes, make overloaded trucks a danger to other vehicles.

Trucks can be overloaded both physically (carrying more weight than the axles, trailer and other systems can safely support) and legally (exceeding national and state highway weight regulations). Multiple parties could be responsible for overloading the truck and causing an accident, including:

  • The driver
  • The owner of the truck
  • The manufacturer of parts on the truck
  • The trucking company
  • The party responsible for loading the truck, in cases where excessive or improperly situated cargo contributed to the accident

Before consulting a truck accident attorney, be sure to document the event as much as you can. Records and pictures of the damage to your vehicle, your injuries and economic hardships caused by the accident can only help you obtain fair compensation.

If you live in Escondido, California, or the surrounding areas and you need a skilled truck accident attorney, please contact The Rubinstein Law Group today or call (855) 365-9955 for a free consultation.