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What To Do If You’re In An Auto Accident With An Uninsured Driver

When getting into and accident, calling the police is always best protocol. But when getting into an accident, you never know the situation you are put into when it comes to an uninsured driver. Of course, having a police/accident report will make any process much easier whether it comes to having your expenses covered or even helping the claims process. Also, it’s very important to take pictures of the damages, the location of where the accident occurred, and getting the other parties information.

Exchanging information is as important as taking pictures of the scene. In fact, this stage is where you might learn that the other driver doesn’t have any coverage at all. Be sure to get all the info you can regarding the other driver and their vehicle, as well as the contact information for any witnesses.

When in an accident with another party whom is NOT insured, covering damages will have to be processed through your own insurance. UNINSURED MOTORIST INSURANCE, better known as “UIM“, is a coverage that protects you when you are involved in an accident with another party who is not insured but clearly at fault.

Call your attorney for proper guidance on how to proceed with your claim. The consultation is extremely helpful. Not only will your attorney take away the stress and anxiety related to the processing of these difficult claims, but your attorney will also fight on your behalf in order to ensure that a fair outcome is obtained on your behalf to your satisfaction, not only to cover all of your out of pocket expenses, but to also compensate you for your pain and suffering resulting from the collision.

Our firm offers a FREE consultation and review of your automobile insurance coverage in order to provide you with a clear understanding on what coverage’s you carry and what additional options may benefit your family.  Please feel free to contact our firm for this free review.

Legalized Marijuana and Car Accident Rates for California

weed and car accidentsA joyous day for many was the legalization of marijuana in California earlier this year (2017). However, as other states have noticed an increase in fatal car accidents after legalization, it’s become a forefront thought on whether this same trend will align with California.

Approving Prop 64 made California the most populated state to do so. 21+ year olds are allowed to purchase and use marijuana for recreational purposes under this proposition. Another common question that rose from the passing of this law, was how it would affect the rules of the road. As of right now, drivers are being held to the same standard of an alcoholic DUI. If a driver is pulled over by law enforcement, they will be held accountable according to their influence level. Injured parties also have the right to file a claim against the driver if affected by mentioned negligent acts.

Vehicle Code 23152(e) VC reads: “(e) it is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug [including marijuana] to drive a vehicle.”

Washington, Colorado, and Oregon, all saw an increase in car accidents after legalization. Studies show that auto accidents went up 2.7 percent within the same year. Though a small percentage, it would play an extremely large role with a highly populated state such as California. Not enough time has passed since legalization, so statistical significance is not currently available.

Testing for a DUI on the spot is a difficult task for law enforcement. Certain biological differences can be enough to determine a DUI driver from a sober one, though more statistical proof is required. Saliva tests are being assessed in an effort to determine immediate results; however it still does not prove that the effects are present and the user is impaired. THC is stored in your fat cells, and is not water soluble like alcohol. The THC can be present in the body for a few weeks, depending on the metabolic rate of the user. If the officer has reason enough to pursue the matter further, a blood test at the station will determine the user’s stimulus levels. If the user denies a blood test, you can be immediately charged for a DUI.


Conviction penalties for driving while high are the same as for alcohol for first time offenses. These include:

– Probation for up to 5 years

-Up to 6 months jail time

-Up to $1000 fine

– Up to 6 months of drivers license suspension.


If you were convicted of a DUI, it is best to research your rights, or contact a law firm that specializes in DUI cases. If you were injured by another driver you believe was under the influence, contact us today at (310) 277 – 9000 to discuss your case at no cost to you.



Alexis Paton, Editor

5 Steps in Choosing the Right Law Firm for You

Dealing with a legal case is stressful and sometimes not worth the trouble it includes. Finding a law firm that handles your case and trusting that they will alleviate that distress can also be a tedious process. There are thousands of law firms to choose from in every city, so how do you make the decision of choosing which one will best fit your needs? After reading these 5 steps, you will have a better understanding of how to pick a firm that will carry out your case and reach the greatest possible outcome.

Bikers Insurance

California is encouraging people to pedal more than drive. Efforts are being undertaken to make the streets safer, we have a long way to go.
CNN reported that per National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, bike-related accidents increased by 28% between 1998 and 2013. Hospitalizations from bike injuries increased 120%, from 5.1 to 11.2 per 100,000 adults. Drivers’ failure to yield is the most common cause accidents.
Tofer & Associates advises that even when you are going for a short ride:
Wear proper gear
Take designated bike routes
Observe all traffic rules, all the time
Get an insurance
In California, bike insurance fall under the same category as motorcycle insurance. However, it is still worth doing more research. There are certain coverage that would include competitive biking activities. Their coverage includes medical payments, theft coverage, personal liability and others.
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