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  • Who is at Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Car Accident?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 13-Sep-2017

    Rear-end collisions are generally rather straightforward. The vehicle that hits the other from behind is considered to be at fault, regardless of how unexpectedly the car in front stopped. However, if you were recently involved in an accident that involved more than two vehicles, you might be wondering how fault is determined. In pile-up cases, a single driver can still be at fault for the ...
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  • The Consequences of Saying "Sorry" After an Accident

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 27-Mar-2017

    For many people, it is a natural reaction to apologize after any type of incident involving contact between two people. While it may be a nice gesture when you accidentally bump into someone on the street or step on someone’s foot, it is not the most appropriate thing to do following a car accident. In fact, apologizing after a crash can potentially harm your case and your ability to recover ...
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  • How to Prevent Spinal Cord Injuries

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 8-Dec-2015

    One of the worst injuries that a person can sustain is a spinal cord injury. Depending on the location and severity of these injuries, spinal cord damage can cause varying levels of paralysis and loss of bodily function. While the unexpected can always happen, there are several precautions you can take to reduce your risk of suffering a spinal cord injury. Drive Defensively Car accidents are one ...
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  • Teen Killed in San Jose Intersection Crash

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 12-May-2014

    Nearly 300 people attended a vigil to celebrate the life of an 18-year-old Santa Clara High School graduate who was killed in a San Jose car accident. According to a Mercury News report, the fatal crash occurred at Tasman Drive and North First Street in San Jose. Officials say the young victim was a passenger in a Cadillac Deville that may have gone through a red light before colliding with a ...
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  • Fans, Friends, and Loved Ones Come Together to Grieve the Deaths of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Dec-2013

    On the afternoon of November 30, Paul Walker of “Fast & Furious” fame was hosting a charity event in Valencia for his organization Reach Out Worldwide in conjunction with a local custom car shop, Always Evolving. Exotic supercars were put on display alongside a toy drive. All proceeds were to be donated to good causes. To entertain donors, Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, ...
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  • NHTSA Reports Ford Recall of 355,000 Vehicles

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Sep-2013

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford announced a recall that affects nearly 355,000 vehicles that were originally sold or are presently registered in 22 states and the District of Columbia. The recalled auto products include 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car models. Consumers who live in areas with high frequency of ...
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  • Rental Car Safety Bill Passed by Senate in Honor of Santa Cruz Sisters

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 20-Aug-2013

    In 2004, two Santa Cruz sisters were killed when their rental car caught fire and collided with a truck head-on on Highway 101 near Bradley. The Chrysler PT Cruiser was rented out to the victims by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Although the vehicle had been recalled a month prior to the accident due to a potential fire hazard, the rental company did not take it in for the appropriate repairs. After the ...
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  • Man and Woman Killed in Richmond Crash

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 15-Jul-2013

    A man and woman were killed in a Contra Costa County car accident when their Toyota Camry crossed into oncoming traffic and was struck by another car. According to a news report in The Contra Costa Times, the fatal car crash occurred on Richmond Parkway in Richmond. Officials say their vehicle crossed two lanes for unknown reasons, struck another vehicle, and rolled over. The man and woman were ...
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  • The Importance of Wearing Your Seatbelt This Summer

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 1-Jul-2013

    Summer is a wonderful time for long road trips and traveling together as a family. Several families get together, rent large vehicles such as vans, and travel in groups. While these trips can be a lot of fun, they can also be extremely dangerous. In the event of a crash, those who are buckled up tend to be much more protected than those who are not. A vehicle occupant who has not been buckled in ...
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  • How Sober Are U.S. drivers? NHTSA Study Aims to Find Out

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 24-Jun-2013

    The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is once again taking to the streets to gather data on drivers’ use of alcohol and drugs while driving. Drunk or drugged driving pose known risks both to the driver and to others on the road, but as many experienced San Jose car accident attorneys know too well, these known risks don’t deter some drivers from getting behind ...
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  • Ways to Reduce the Severity of Whiplash Injuries

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 30-May-2013

    Whiplash injuries are injuries to the neck that occur in a wide range of car accidents, although they are most common in rear-end crashes, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). They include injuries to soft tissue, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and even the bones of the neck. Pain, swelling, and stiffness may linger even after the injuries appear to have healed. While ...
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  • Cell Phone Use Increases Distracted Driving Risk - Even If It's Hands-Free

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Apr-2013

    Many California drivers have heard of the risks of using a handheld cell phone while driving or of texting while driving. However, many have not seen recent research that indicates that a hands-free device doesn’t reduce the risk of talking on a cell phone while driving. It’s the conversation, not the use of one’s hands, that increases the risk for a crash. The study by the ...
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  • What Risks Do California Teens Face On The Road?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 28-Mar-2013

    Teen drivers in California face an elevated risk of car accidents. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, traffic accidents are more common among 16- to 19-year-old drivers in our state than any other age group. Many factors increase teens’ susceptibility to car crashes, including: Lack of skill. Because teens are just starting to drive, they lack many of the driving ...
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  • Distracted Driving Is A Multi-Layered Problem

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 22-Mar-2013

    Recent awareness campaigns in California and many states have raised the profile of “distracted driving.” Most drivers, if asked, can explain that distracted driving often involves cell phones or texting and that it’s important to pay attention to the road when you drive. However, many drivers don’t identify other common types of distractions as a problem – even when ...
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  • U.S. Continues to Grapple With Speeding-Related Traffic Deaths

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 8-Mar-2013

    Speed is a major source of serious car accident injuries and deaths, as every hardworking San Jose car accident attorney well knows. Unfortunately, little progress has been made in recent years in curbing speeding-related fatalities in the United States, according to a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). A 2012 GHSA study found that speeding continues to cause about ...
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  • Protect Yourself and Prevent Winter Driving Crashes With These Tips

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 8-Feb-2013

    If you’re heading into California’s mountains for some skiing, heading north to Washington or Oregon, or even leaving our state altogether for a vacation, practicing safe driving in winter weather is key to protecting yourself and those in your vehicle, as well as others on the road. Here are a few tips for safer winter driving, courtesy of the Occupational Safety and Health ...
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  • I-880 Crash Claims The Life Of Milpitas Man

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 16-Jan-2013

    A 19-year-old man from Milpitas lost his life recently in a car accident on I-880 in San Jose, according to a recent article in the Mercury News. The man was a passenger in a Chevy Cobalt that had been traveling down I-880 near San Jose’s Gish Road when it left the roadway, tumbled down an embankment, and rolled over. The 19-year-old was thrown from the vehicle during the crash and suffered ...
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  • Simple Tips to Prevent a New Year's Eve Car Accident in Northern California

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 18-Dec-2012

    Many northern California residents go out on New Year’s Eve, and unfortunately, some of them are involved in car accidents that cause serious injuries or even death. You can help reduce the risk of a car accident both for yourself and for your friends and family by following a few simple safety tips this holiday season. For partygoers : Plan ahead. Before you head to a party, decide how ...
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  • Headed for the California Mountains? Prepare for California Winter Driving

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 13-Dec-2012

    The popular image of California is of a state that is hardly ever visited by inclement weather. While southern California does tend to stay sunny and warm most of the year, residents of California’s northern areas and mountains know that the dangers from snow and ice on California roads can be very real. Here are some tips from the California Department of Transportation for safe winter ...
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  • NHTSA Study Finds Not All Car-Related Injuries Occur in a Crash

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 11-Dec-2012

    When asked what the number-one source of car-related injuries is, most people will answer, “car accidents.” It’s true that car crashes are the most common source of injuries suffered in or near a motor vehicle. But according to a recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes aren’t the only source of injuries people ...
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  • Keeping Kids Safe In And Around The Car

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 27-Nov-2012

    Most parents know how important it is to use a proper child safety seat or booster seat in order to keep kids safe during a road trip. However, it’s also important to know what other vehicle dangers pose the greatest risk to children and to keep an eye out for these risks in and around your own vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identifies five major sources ...
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  • Ntsb Announces Its Top Four Most-wanted Vehicle Safety Features

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 22-Nov-2012

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released its “top ten most wanted” safety features across all U.S. modes of transport, including planes, trains, pipelines, and motor vehicles. Included on the list were the top four priority safety measures for U.S. cars. About 35,000 people die during transportation in the U.S. each year, and hundreds of thousands more are ...
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  • Plan Ahead For A Safe Road Trip This Thanksgiving

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 20-Nov-2012

    As many as half of all U.S. residents decide to travel on the long Thanksgiving weekend, and the vast majority travel by car. All this extra traffic creates an extra risk of death or serious injury on the road. You can help protect yourself and your loved ones this Thanksgiving by using some or all of the following safety tips: Travel during non-peak times, if possible. Leaving on the Tuesday or ...
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  • During National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, Practice Safe, Well-rested Driving

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 13-Nov-2012

    Drowsy driving is involved in over 16 percent of U.S. car crashes every year, or about one in six, according to the AAA Foundation. During National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, you can help protect yourself and your passengers by practicing safe and well-rested driving habits. The National Sleep Foundation provides many tips for preventing drowsiness while driving. Some tips you can use this ...
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  • GHSA Expresses Support, Concern For NHTSA Driver Licensing Rules

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 7-Nov-2012

    Th e Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently expressed a mixture of support and concern for new graduated driver licensing rules suggested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To the NHTSA’s suggestion of requiring 40 hours behind the wheel for novice drivers, the GHSA expressed support for getting teens needed experience, but noted that nobody ...
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