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Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Sacramento, CA

30 Mar
Expertise.com recently mentioned The Law Office of Mark A Doughty as one of the Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Sacramento, California. The Seattle, WA firm “…looked at 325 Personal Injury Lawyers in Sacramento and picked the Top 25”. Read more about how Expertise highlighted the top twenty-five experts out of hundreds of personal injury lawyers that were reviewed, and how they analyzed and scored each business on more than twenty-five variables across six categories to create a hand-picked list of the Best Personal Injury Lawyers in the Northern California Sacramento Area.
  1. Reputation: A history of delighted customers as a signal of outstanding service.
  2. Credibility: Building customer confidence with licensing, industry accreditations, and awards.
  3. Experience: Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.
  4. Availability: Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.
  5. Professionalism: Providing customers a seamless experience both online and off.
  6. Engagement: Actively engaged with their customers across a number of platforms.
The mission at Expertise.com is to revolutionize the way consumers and experts connect. They want to make choosing the right expert simple. Once the businesses are ranked, their team manually reviews the highest scoring results to ensure that they can proudly stand behind each of the selections. Expertise gathers all of the relevant contact information, and writes detailed descriptions to give online viewers a clear overview of each business.
Thank you to EXPERTISE for the Award
Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Sacramento

 

The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of Northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

AUTO SAFETY RECALLS Part 2: Toyota

29 Feb
Happy Leap Day 2016! We at the GoLaw Legal Network hope you will “Be Our Valentine” all year long by joining us on our Online Social NetworksLast month we posted Part One of an article about Car Safety Recalls from Farmers Insurance, and a few tips on What to Do If Your Car Is Hit With A Recall – Part One.  This month, GoPersonalInjury.com brings you more Auto Safety Tips and Best Practices with “Car Safety Recalls Part 2: Toyota”.
A number of members of the GoLaw family drive Toyota vehicles and have had good results with respect to longevity and ease of maintenance.  Even so, one of our vehicles (a 2009 Toyota Yaris) received a number of IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL NOTICES during the past year, including:
Toyota Driver Side Seat Track Assembly: In the seat rail of the driver seat of the subject vehicles, the springs used for the mechanism which locks the seat rail in its adjusting positions could break. This can happen if the seat is adjusted forward and/or rearward with high frequency.  If a seat rail spring breaks, the seat may not lock into the adjusted position. If the vehicle is operated with a broken seat real spring, the seat could move in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant.
Toyota Steering Column Spiral Cable Assembly: The steering column assembly in the involved vehicles contains a spiral cable assembly with electrical connections to the driver’s airbag module that could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned. If this occurs, the air bag warning lamp will illuminate. In addition, the driver’s air bag could be come deactivated, causing it to not deploy in the event of a crash.  This could increase the risk of injury to the driver in certain types of crashes.
Either one of these issues could create a dangerous situation, and if both occurred together, the result could be fatal. The above described Automobile Safety Recall Notices were sent to us “in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act”, and each applied to more car models than just ours, including certain:
– 2009-2010 Model Year Corolla and Corolla Matrix Vehicles
– 2008-2010 Model Year Highlander Vehicles
– 2009-2010 Model Year Tacoma Vehicles
– 2006-2008 Model Year RAV4 Vehicles
– 2008-2010 Model Year Scion xD
– 2006-2010 Model Year Yaris Hatchback and Sedan Vehicles
It was a fairly straightforward process for us to get the URGENT SAFETY RECALLS performed FREE OF CHARGE, but if you have other questions about the above recalls, click: Toyota.com/Recall or search your auto manufacturer/model and the term “recall” in your preferred online search engine such as Bing/MSN, Google, and/or Yahoo!. If you believe a dealer has failed or is unable to remedy the defect within a reasonable time, click: SaferCar.Gov
The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

Has Your Car Been Hit With A RECALL – Pt1

31 Jan

Happy New Year! We at the GoLaw Legal Network and our friends at GoPersonalInjury.com have made a resolution to share more Auto Safety Tips and Best Practices with our “digital friends” like you through our Online Social Networks.  Thanks to Dennise Burbank at Farmers Insurance near Marysville, California for emailing us at GoLaw.com this important article about Auto Safety Recalls.

What to Expect When an Automaker Finds Defects

Buying a new car doesn’t guarantee the vehicle will be without problems. Manufacturers issue recalls when an automotive defect is found that could pose a danger to drivers or passengers. In fact, 2014 was a record-breaking year for car recalls in the U.S., with more than 60 million vehicles affected by approximately 700 announcements.

The Recall Process
Any number of problems can incite a recall — from malfunctioning accelerators to defective steering parts and everything in between.

Once issues are discovered, automakers are legally required to send recall letters to the registered owner of each vehicle detailing what’s wrong, the risks posed, and where the vehicle can be serviced. The notice will also include a list of potential warning signs to help determine if a vehicle requires immediate attention.

When the problem is less serious, the automaker sends a service bulletin to dealers, notifying them of the concern and outlining how to resolve it. Often referred to as “secret warranties,” these announcements usually go unpublicized since the issues don’t pose a threat to safety.

A manufacturer who issues a recall notice to drivers or a service bulletin to dealers accepts the financial liability for the recall-related repairs as long as a designated dealership or repair site services the vehicle.

How to Stay Aware of Recalls
Before buying a car manufactured in the last 10 years, check for recalls online. Search the
recall database maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine if recalls have been issued or if a particular vehicle has missed necessary recall-related repairs. 

If you think your vehicle has a safety defect, report it to the NHTSA so potential safety hazards can be investigated and addressed. If the NHTSA receives enough complaints on a specific make and model, the government agency will launch an investigation.

The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

Driver Purposefully Hits Motorcycle Trying to Pass

21 Dec

Happy Holidays from your friends at the GoLaw Legal Network.  We hope you and your family have a Joyful, Healthy & Safe season celebrating with your friends and loved ones. Thank you for the chance to be a “digital friend” on our social networks, and thanks also to GoMotorcycleCrash.com for sending us this month’s Safety Video Blog: Texas Driver Purposefully Swerves to Hit Passing Motorcyclist.

Road Safety or Self Defense?

When we first watched the YouTube Video linked below, and saw through the eyes of the helmet camera cruising down the road on a bright sunny day, we found it very hard to believe. We all must be reminded me to Remain Alert, and to Always Drive Defensively.  No amount of Motorcyclist Safety School, however, can prevent another driver from committing negligence and poor judgement. In this case, it appears to be an intentional act of wrongdoing which caused this motorcycle/vehicle collision.

AutoBlog.com reports: “Two wrongs definitely don’t make a right, especially on the road when lives are at risk. A motorcycle rider and his passenger in Texas were on the receiving end of that truism Saturday when a car they were attempting to illegally pass hit them, perhaps intentionally. Eric Sanders was riding on his motorcycle with his girlfriend Debra Simpson when they came up on some traffic, WFAA reported. Sanders says the driver was traveling 20 miles under the speed limit. They tried to pass the driver in a no passing zone, but that’s no excuse for what happened next. The slow-moving car suddenly swerved into the motorcycle, sending the bike and its riders skittering across the blacktop.”

VIDEO: Driver Purposely Hits Passing Motorcyclist

According to Fox8.com: “Authorities are investigating after a car veered into a motorcycle on a rural North Texas road, an incident captured on video that left two people injured. The crash happened Saturday on a two-lane road about 5 miles north of Granbury, TX. Eric Sanders, the driver of the motorcycle, contends the car’s driver swerved intentionally. He suffered abrasions, and his girlfriend was taken to a Fort Worth hospital with a broken wrist and deep arm lacerations.”

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING VIDEO IS GRAPHIC AND CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE… PARENTAL GUIDANCE ADVISED…

YOUTUBE Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L13Z7Aa7ZXQ

Published by Bikes_vs_Cops on Oct 17, 2015

Negligence or Attempted Murder?

Eric Sanders, the driver of the motorcycle, contends the car’s driver swerved intentionally. A video shows the motorcycle passing a car, which then veers left over a double yellow center line, upsetting the motorcycle and sending the riders into the roadway.

YOUTUBE Video Pt1:

Published by Mayhem Street-bikes on Oct 17, 2015

Video courtesy of : Eric Sanders

YOUTUBE Video Pt2:

Motorcycle Road Rage and Attempted Vehicular Homicide

The Fox8.com team continues the report:

“The second motorcyclist, who captured the accident on his helmet cam, confronted the driver who can be heard on the video saying ‘I don’t care’ when asked what he was doing and why he hit the motorcyclist.”

“The 68-year-old William Crum of Granbury was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Each felony count carries a punishment of two to 20 years in prison if convicted.”

GoLaw.com associated attorneys have many years experience in getting valuable settlements and awards for people injured in many different types of injury causing events including bike accidents, car wrecks, motorcycle crashes, public transportation injuries, semi truck accidents, slip & fall, and wrongful death.

The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury

30 Nov

Happy November from your friends at the GoLaw Legal Network.  We are Thankful for our Health & Safety, and for the chance to have you as a “digital friend” on our social networks.  Thanks to GoPersonalInjury.com for sending us this month’s Safety Blog on TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury.

TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury

Many people are not aware that a motor vehicle collision can be a violent injury causing event, inflicting intense “G Forces” on the bodies of the occupants. These G-Forces, an effect of the acceleration of gravity at the earth’s surface, can in some cases cause TBI: traumatic brain injury.

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WHAT IS A TBI?

According to BrainLine.org and BrainInjury101.org, A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be defined as a blow or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury, that disrupts the function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI, and the severity of such an injury may range from ‘mild’ (a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to ‘severe’ (an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia) after the injury. A TBI can result in short or long-term problems with independent function.

TBI FACTS:

  • A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs approximately every 15 seconds.
  • Nearly five million Americans currently suffer some form of TBI disability.
  • Of the 1.7 million who sustain a TBI in the U.S. each year:
    • 52,000 die
    • 275,000 are hospitalized
    • 1.365 million are treated and released from an emergency department
  • In the United States, TBI is a leading cause of death for people under the age of 45.
  • The Human Brain is perhaps the most complex object on earth, yet is soft and vulnerable with the consistency of a firm pudding.
  • The leading causes of TBI are Motor Vehicle Accidents, Falls, and Sports Injuries.

TBI EFFECTS:

Physical symptoms of brain injury include:

  • headaches
  • difficulty coordinating balance
  • blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • milder vision problems
  • seizures
  • changes in sensory perception
  • trouble speaking and swallowing
  • changes in sleep patterns
  • lack of bowel and bladder control
  • changes in sexual function
  • motor impairment (trouble moving body normally)

Functional/Emotional Changes:

  • personality changes
  • difficulty forming sentences or choosing vocabulary
  • confusion
  • trouble communicating
  • difficulty with reason, focus and logic
  • memory impairments
  • depression
  • poor concentration
  • mood swings
  • limited attention span
  • disorientation
  • difficulty remembering conversations/forgetfulness
  • acting inappropriately

To adapt to these changes, it will help you and your loved one if you develop coping skills and find and use supportive resources.

GoLaw.com associated attorneys have many years experience in getting valuable settlements and awards for persons injured in many different types of injury causing events and accidents including bike accidents, car collisions, motorcycle wrecks, big rig truck crashes, and train collisions.

The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

Car Crashes Caused by Distracted Driving

31 Oct
Happy Halloween, to all of our friends!  As the holiday season approaches, we at GoLaw.com hope you have a fun and stay safe. Thank you to AAAAccidentDataCenter.com and GoPersonalInjury.com for this month’s Driving Safety Article: Friends or phones: Distracted driving leads to 6 out of 10 teen crashes
Friends or phones: Distracted driving leads to 6 out of 10 teen crashes
New idea for keeping teens safe: lock them up until they’re 25.
OK, maybe that’s not reasonable. But in a new report published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, analysis of nearly 1,700 videos finds that 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes with teen drivers are caused by a distraction—either friends or phones. The foundation calls it “the most comprehensive research ever” into distracted teen driving. Teens in the U.S. have the highest crash rate of any group, and the AAA report shows that distraction is a much bigger problem than previously realized. Forbes writes,
For the study, researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in 1,691 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied. Previous estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that distraction is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes, the group said.
This is a jump from 1 in 10 to 6 in 10, indicating a huge public safety issue. While most countries have a minimum driving age of 18, the U.S. minimum age remains at 16 (or 15 with learner’s permit). While many states have enacted laws about how many teens can be in a car at once, this research indicates that more states may want to follow suit—or pursue stronger laws—in the future. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that, on average, graduated licensing reduces teen crashes 10-30 percent, and they even have a calculator where you can determine how graduated teen driving laws could lower rates of teen fatalities in your state.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S., and the AAA report is telling us that most of them may be preventable through tougher restrictions on teen driving. Will legislators listen?
YouTube Video by AAA: Distracted Teens Crash Causation
New research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety into distraction and teen crashes. (Courtesy AAA)
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A new study exposes a disturbing trend among teen drivers. AAA reports distraction was a factor in nearly six of 10 moderate or severe accidents involving teenagers. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. Wyatt Andrews reports from Washington with the sobering statistics.
The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

Motorcyclist Drug Under A Truck And Survives

1 Jun
Thanks to http://GoMotorcycleCrash.com for a dramatic and heroic True Story of a group of Good Samaritans who helped rescue a Southern California Motorcyclist that was trapped under a moving Truck on the 1st day of this Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  As reported by #ABC7Eyewitness and CBS Los Angeles: a Motorcyclist was hit by a car while changing lanes on the eastbound 91 freeway, just west of the 71 in Corona, CA. Another driver, who thought he saw a bumper being drug beneath the vehicle, flagged down the truck driver so they could rescue the motorcyclist. Fortunately, the driver of the motorcycle received only minor injuries because he was wearing protective clothing and a quality helmet. 
A motorcyclist was rescued after being trapped under a pickup truck in Corona, CA, May 1, 2015. 
BYRON HOLEMAN/CBS LOS ANGELES
VIDEO: #DrugUnderATruck 

CBS Los Angeles tracked down the man who shot the video.
“I walk up to the guy, I put one knee down, I can see he’s kind of groggy, everybody gets out, we’re trying to figure out how to help him out, do we lift the car up, do we get jacks?” said Byron Holeman, one of many who came to aid the cyclist.
According to witnesses and Corona Fire Department Spokesman John DeYoe, the motorcyclist was trapped and drug under the red Ford F-150 truck at freeway speeds. Another witness and rescuer included a local firefighter, Andrew Hubbard, who got a jack and was able to help lift the truck off him with the help of some Good Samaritans. Incredibly, the man was pulled free and hospitalized with only minor abrasions, DeYoe said.

Holeman said once paramedics were called, he started recording the rescue scene, which he then posted to Facebook. As of Memorial Day May 25th, the viral Facebook video had been viewed more than 7,226,000 times.

**Warning, the following video may be disturbing for some to watch.**

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So I’m commuting home today in the famous 91 freeway traffic. I see a pick up truck east bound just past Green River dragging what I thought might be a bumper. I take a closer look and realize it is a human body underneath the truck.  #Abc7eyewitness
Posted by Byron Holeman on Friday, May 1, 2015

Amazingly, the man escaped the ordeal in Riverside County with only minor injuries, largely thanks to his protective gear.
Screenshots from a video showing the rescue of a motorcyclist by a group of concerned citizens. Credit: Byron Holeman.
An ambulance arrived on the scene a short time later. The man, who was in full protective gear, suffered only minor injuries, but was taken to a local trauma center as a precaution. This story underscores the importance of staying alert while driving, and being extra careful to watch out for Motorcyclists. Thanks to the Good Samaritans and the Motorcyclist’s protective equipment for the positive conclusion to this serious event.
The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.
Sources: abc7, cbs los angeles, localnews7, facebook, patch, youtube