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Cellphone use while driving causes over 1 in 4 car accidents

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A new study by the National Safety Counsel revealed that the use of cellphones causes 26% of the nation’s car accidents. The same study revealed that 5% of cellphone-related crashes occur while texting. The majority of the accidents involve drivers distracted while talking on handheld or hands-free cellphones.

Researchers warn drivers that talking can be more dangerous than texting while operating a vehicle, and the use of talk-to-text applications is not a solution. Studies have shown that driving performance while using a hands-free phone was rarely found to be better than using handheld devices.

If you want to save yourself from a car accident, wait until you reach your destination before you answer your phone.

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With more than 20 years of combined legal experience, personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Payab & Associates in Woodland Hills have successfully employed an assertive, methodical approach to help injured victims recover generous settlements and jury verdicts.

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If I get injured in an accident or wrongfully terminated, how long do I have to make a claim?

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The time you have to file a lawsuit will vary from state to state depending on statute of limitations. Statute of limitation is the time within which a lawsuit or claim must be filed.

Some common statute of limitations include:

Personal Injury cases – you have 2 years from the day of the accident to file a lawsuit.
Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (age, race, sex, disability, national origin discrimination, etc.) – Claims must be initially filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing within 1 year. Once the DFEH issues a Right to Sue Notice, the claimant has 1 year to file a case in court. Note that even if you miss the 1 year statute of limitations to file a DFEH Complaint, you can still file a claim for wrongful termination of public policy within the 2 year standard tort statute of limitations. Of course, when a potential FEHA claim is pursued as a public policy claim, you can not collect your attorneys’ fees as you could under FEHA.
Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation under Title VII, ADEA and ADA (age, race, sex, disability, national origin discrimination, etc.) – In California, claims must be initially filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with 300 days. Once the EEOC issues a Right to Sue Notice, the claimant has 90 days to file a case in federal court.
Unpaid Overtime, Minimum Wage, Meal and Rest Breaks – Claims must be filed with the Labor Commissioner or in court within 3 years of when the wages were earned.
Breach of Contract – If the contract is written, the lawsuit must be filed within 4 years of when the breach occurred. If the contract is oral or implied-in-fact, it must be filed within 2 years of the breach.
California Equal Pay Act – Actions for wage discrimination claims (ie- the opposite sex is paid a higher wage based on gender) is within 2 years for most actions, and 3 years if the violation was willful.
Family Medical Leave Act – Any action must be filed within 2 years after the violation, or within 3 years if the violation was willful.

If you’re debating whether or not to pursue a claim now or later down the road it will generally be to your benefit to file sooner than later as it’s typically easier to collect evidence and prove damages before too much time has passed.

The Law Offices of Payab & Associates is a Los Angeles based law firm with more than 17 years of experience in employment and personal injury cases. Our office has successfully litigated many complex disputes including car accidents, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, wage and labor disputes, and retaliation cases.

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What To Do After A Car Accident?

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Dealing with a car accident can be a headache. With the following instructions, you will be able to handle the situation more smoothly.

1. Take pictures of the scene of the accident and your injuries. This will help you have some proof to help explain your side of the story.
2. Take notes of everything, including: names, contact info, injuries, medical diagnoses, treatments, medications you have taken, missed days from work, changes in your everyday routine, etc.
3. Contact your insurance company right away to let them know of your car accident. Make sure you have your notes ready when you call.
4. Seek medical treatment right away after your injury. Your health is the most important thing you should be concerned about. If you delay the process, it can be a hindrance to your recovery, and to your case.
5. Find a personal injury lawyer to help you with the process. Car accident cases are done on a contingency basis meaning that you do not have to pay anything for the legal service until the lawyer has won the case for you. This also means there is NO cost if there is no recovery.
6. Do not sign anything until you have reviewed it with your lawyer. If you sign some documents, you can give up certain rights in the future, so do not attempt to handle anything yourself.

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With more than 20 years of combined legal experience, personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Payab & Associates have successfully employed an assertive, methodical approach to help injured victims recover generous settlements and jury verdicts.

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What is contingency fee?

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Contingency fee means that the lawyer must win your case before he or she can be paid for the work. This means you do not have to pay anything for the legal service until the lawyer has won the case for you. This also means there is NO cost if there is no recovery.

Our attorneys at Law Offices of Payab & Associates take your employment and personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This is our guarantee for all of our employment and personal injury cases. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The Law Offices of Payab & Associates is a Los Angeles based law firm with more than 17 years of experience in employment and personal injury cases.

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Uber Sued Over Girl’s Death in San Francisco

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The family of a 6-year-old girl killed by an Uber driver filed a lawsuit against the driver as well as the company, asserting that the use of the fast-growing Uber app runs afoul of California’s distracted-driving laws. The suit alleges that the driver of the vehicle – who was at that time an Uber contractor – was logged on to the company’s Uber app when he fatally struck the victim. The wrongful-death suit will have a big effect on how technology companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar should be regulated and to what degree they should be held liable for the actions of their drivers.

 

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Jury Awards $4.6 Million in Jeep Death Where Seatbelt Didn’t Work

Jury awarded $4.6 million to the husband of a woman killed when she was ejected from a Jeep when here seat belt didn’t work.

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A Gwinnett County jury awarded $4.6 million to the husband of a woman killed when she was ejected from a Jeep during a rollover wreck. The company that manufactured the seat belt the victim was wearing must pay $3.7 million of the judgment and the jury apportioned $900,000 of the verdict to the victim’s daughter, who was driving at the time of the accident.

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