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A San Mateo County Bicyclist Dies After a Collision With a Car Moving at an ‘Unsafe Speed’ on Highway 1

In the last decade, the Bay Area has been home to tens of thousands of crashes in which a bicycle and a motor vehicle collided. Almost 2,000 of those left the bicyclist dead or seriously injured. When that's happened to you (or has taken a bicycling loved one from your family,) you have the right to pursue legal action. A knowledgeable San Mateo bicycle injury lawyer can help you put together the strongest possible case. NHTSA statistics showed that, in the first nine months of 2021, fatal accidents in California and Arizona were up 17% over that same period in...
Bicycle AccidentsandWrongful Death

Overcoming an Arbitration Agreement as Part of Pursuing Your California Wrongful Termination Case in Civil Court

Arbitration agreements within employment contracts are common. A lot of employers make their new employee's sign versions of these agreements that call for the employee to waive the right to pursue claims like wrongful termination in San Mateo court and instead adjudicate them in an arbitration proceeding. On the surface, that might not seem especially problematic, but risks lurk beneath the surface, and those risks may indicate that your wrongful termination action should be a court case, not an arbitration one. Getting to court, then, means not just demonstrating your wrongful termination, but also the unenforceability of your arbitration agreement....
Wrongful Termination

A Trio of California Restaurant Workers Receive $120K in Back Wages, Penalties, and Compensation for Rest and Meal Breaks Their Employer Illegally Denied Them

California is home to roughly 1.1 million undocumented workers. More than half of those 1.1 million work in a small cluster of industries, of which restaurant employment is one. Although the law gives these workers (like all workers) certain rights, they remain vulnerable in many ways, including threats of deportation if they try to stand up for those rights. Others workers often face similar problems, only with something other than deportation representing the "stick" at the end of the threat. Whether you're a citizen, a documented non-citizen worker, or an undocumented worker, don't let anyone intimidate you from standing up...
Wage and Hour LawandWorkers' Compensation

A California Appeals Court Revives the Premises Liability Case of a Shopper Significantly Injured Inside a Warehouse Store

Slip-and-fall accidents may be the objects of many jokes in the popular media but, in real life, they often can (and do) cause very serious injuries. If you suffered substantial harm because someone else failed to deal appropriately with a hazard on their property, then you may be entitled to recover in a court of law. An experienced San Mateo premises liability can help you analyze your case and determine the best strategy for you. In any premises liability case, one of the most fundamental things you have to prove is that the person (or entity) you sued had a...
Premises Liability

​What Happens When a Trucking Company Violates FMCSA Rules?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces many rules and regulations on trucking, bus, and motorcoach companies. When trucking companies violate FMCSA regulations, the agency may penalize them. When trucking companies' violations of FMCSA regulations contribute to an accident, the trucking company may be liable for victims' damages. If you or a loved one were in a truck accident, your truck accident attorney should investigate whether the trucking company violated FMCSA rules or guidelines. Examples of FMCSA Rules Violations That May Contribute to an Accident There are several FMCSA rules which are clearly in place for safety reasons. If...
Truck Accident

​What Are the Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Many of the causes of motorcycle accidents are not related to motorcyclists. Those causes include: Other motorists: Approximately one-third of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes result from other motorists turning into the motorcycle's path. Other motorists may also cause motorcycle accidents by tailgating, running red lights, stop signs, yield signs, driving while distracted or intoxicated, or engaging in other dangerous driving behaviors. Road conditions: Potholes, uneven roadways, large cracks in the road, dangerously positioned work crews, non-operational traffic lights, and other road conditions can contribute to motorcycle accidents. Pedestrians: If a pedestrian suddenly crosses the road illegally, a motorcyclist may have to...
Motorcycle Accidents

​How Many Bicycle Accidents Occur Each Year?

Though many bicycle accidents in California go unreported, the state keeps track of fatal bicycle accidents-and the news isn’t great. California was second in the nation in a recent year with 133 bicyclist deaths. Only Florida had more. Though California does have the most significant population of all the states, 133 bicyclist deaths per year is an alarming statistic. The figure indicates a widespread lack of regard for bicyclists’ safety. Why Do Bicycle Accidents Happen in California? Bicycle accidents happen for various reasons, many of which relate to motorists. Motorists can endanger bicyclists and cause bicycle accidents by: Driving while...
Bicycle Accidents

​How Can Your Lawyer Preserve Evidence From a Truck Accident Claim?

Evidence is a vital piece of any truck accident claim. It will be imperative for your attorney to obtain and preserve all relevant evidence in your case. Their ability to do this can make or break your case for compensation. Your attorney should thoroughly collect and preserve evidence, including by: Making multiple records of the same evidence: Simply having a piece of evidence is not enough. Your attorney should make multiple copies of a particular report or take numerous photographs of physical evidence to ensure a damaged or lost piece of evidence doesn’t hurt your case. Keeping all evidence in...
Truck Accident

Multiple U.S. Labor Department Actions Highlight Unpaid Overtime and Other Wage and Hour Problems in California’s Healthcare Industry

Healthcare workers face many challenges. Increasingly, extremely long hours are one of them. Losing one's "work-life" balance is one problem; it's quite another to put in those extra long hours and then not get the overtime pay you deserve. If you're a healthcare worker in California who's been denied proper overtime compensation, you should get in touch with an experienced San Mateo wage and hour lawyer. A ccording to an April 2022 National Nurses United survey, nearly two-thirds (64.5%) of hospital nurses responded that their employers used "excessive overtime" to staff their facilities. On top of that, there's the plight...
Wage and Hour Law

A Toolmaker’s Distributors Land a $15M Settlement in the Misclassification Case They Filed in the Northern District of California

There are various different ways an employer might illegally deny you compensation. They might classify you as an "exempt" employee when you really were "non-exempt" or they might classify you as an independent contractor even though the nature of your work dictated that you really were an employee. If you've been denied overtime pay as a result of misclassification, you may be entitled to a judgment and back wages, so it pays to make sure you have a knowledgeable San Mateo unpaid overtime lawyer handling your case. Earlier this year, a group of employees landed a $15.8 million settlement in...
Wage and Hour Law