Auto Accident

Zombies Overrun California’s Distracted Driving Campaign

by Staff Blogger | April 2nd, 2012

April 2, 2012

Zombies are on the loose on Northern California’s roads, and you might be one. The “zombies” are actually distracted drivers, and according to ABC 7 News, they’re being compared to zombies as part of California’s campaign for the 2nd Annual Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which started yesterday.

The ad campaign kicked off with commercials depicting those who use their phones behind the wheel as the lifeless and thoughtless creatures and will coincide with other educational programs on the topic throughout the month.

A study by Carnegie Mellon University that found a cellphone can reduce 35 percent of a person’s brain activity while driving was the inspiration for the public service announcements. A spokesman for the California Office of Traffic Safety, Chris Murphy, says that “the message is one-third of your brain is not there because you’re doing that on your phone while you’re driving, you really become a zombie. There’s inattention blindness that you don’t even know what you’re not seeing.”

In an effort to reduce the number of accidents in the state caused by these drivers, law enforcement will be on the lookout for any driver who’s not using a hands free device. Nearly 52,000 drivers were ticketed last year statewide in a similar month-long campaign.

The California Car Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers ask that motorists help keep California’s highways safe by putting their cellphones down while behind the wheel of their vehicles.

Woman Arrested After Being Caught Speeding Three Times In An Hour

by Staff Blogger | March 27th, 2012

March 26, 2012

Speeding is one of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel of a car. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration show that speeding is a factor in roughly one-third of all fatal motor vehicle crashes. Despite these numbers, drivers continue to risk their own lives, and the lives of other motorists around them, by engaging in this risky behavior.

In Hayward, California, a 53-year-old woman was arrested after being stopped three times within an hour for driving at excessive speeds. An article released by The Sacramento Bee said that the woman was originally stopped for speeding on Highway 70, just past the Sutter and Yuba County line, after being clocked driving 103 mph by a California Highway patrolman.

Minutes later, another patrolman clocked the woman driving 105 mph on the road. She was again pulled over and cited. She was pulled over for a third time within minutes of the second citation for driving 76 mph in a 55 mph zone.

After the third citation, the officer felt the woman’s blatant disregard for speed limits warranted an arrest. She was booked on charges of reckless driving.

The California Car Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers say that speeding-related accidents killed more than 10,500 people last year alone. Help us reduce this number by always obeying the posted speed limit on roads when you are behind the wheel.

Several Tips To Keep Motorists Safe During High Speed Pursuits

by Staff Blogger | January 16th, 2012

January 16, 2012

High-speed vehicle pursuits down the highway gets our adrenaline pumping in the movies. But what if you found yourself to be the helpless bystander of a real car chase during your daily commute? This happens almost on a daily basis across California, and observations have shown that most motorists don’t know what to do.

An article in The Sacramento Bee described a chase that occurred several weeks ago along California’s Highway 99. News footage shows that as the chase progresses, the cars around the chase acted as if nothing was happening. They stayed at the same speed and made no efforts to get out of the way.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) says that one reason this occurs is that drivers don’t scan their mirrors often enough. They suggest that motorists check all of their mirrors every 15-20 seconds.

If you find yourself in the middle of a high-speed pursuit, CHP Trooper Mike Bradley stated that you should not slow down, but turn on your right blinker and work your way over to the shoulder of the highway. If you see a crime scene ahead, pull over and stop well behind officer vehicles.

The California auto accident attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers fight for victims who have been injured in accidents and support community safety campaigns throughout the year in order to prevent accidents. If you are the victim of a car accident, contact an experienced attorney today.

Alameda Law Firm Offers Free Cab Rides Home on New Years Eve

by Staff Blogger | December 27th, 2011

December 26, 2011

In recent years, the holidays have become an increasingly dangerous time of year for driving in California. According to The Los Angeles Times, six people died on California highways over this past holiday weekend, and the California Highway Patrol made 889 suspected drunken driving arrests.

The California drunk driving victim attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers are sponsoring a campaign in order to help combat the growing number of drunk drivers during the holidays. The firm will be offering free cab rides home to those who have been drinking on New Years Eve.

This will be the seventh year that the law firm has sponsored the Safe And Sober Cab Ride program, which offers a maximum $35 cab fair home to anyone needing a ride. The rides are provided only to a person’s residence, not to another drinking location. The cabs will be running from 10:00 PM Saturday, December 31 to 4:00 AM Sunday, January 1.

Call one of the following cab companies and tell them your ride home is on Berg Injury Lawyers:

  • Sacramento — Call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Patrons must be picked up at a restaurant, hotel, or bar within downtown Sacramento to qualify for a free ride.
  • Alameda, Oakland & Berkeley — Call Veterans Cab at (800) 281‐4488. Any fare exceeding $35 must be paid in cash.
  • San Francisco — Call Luxor Cab at (415) 282‐4141.

California Court Rules Against Cell Phone Use At Stoplights

by Staff Blogger | November 21st, 2011

November 21, 2011

Next time you are at a stoplight and itching to call someone, think again. The San Francisco Chronicle reported last Tuesday that the state court of appeals upheld that a driver who is stopped at a red light is still technically driving, and therefore prohibited from using a hand-held cell phone.

The debate began in December 2009 when a California motorist was pulled over and cited for using his cell phone while at a stop light. The man appealed the citation, saying the law that prohibits the use of cell phones while driving only applies if the vehicle is in motion.

The First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco stated the law was intended for all motorists on state roadways, even if they may be temporarily stopped. The Deputy Attorney General called it a “common sense” ruling, but lawyers for the defense stated they would take the case to the next level at the state Supreme Court.

Attorneys for the defense base this decision to pursue the case further on a 1991 case, in which, a man’s DUI arrest was thrown out because he was technically found asleep behind the wheel of a running–but legally parked–car.

The California Auto Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers always discourage the use of cell phones while driving; but would like to know your opinion. Can a ticket be issued for using a cell phone while driving if the vehicle is not moving? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

$73 Million Awarded In California Lawsuit Against Ford

by Staff Blogger | November 14th, 2011

November 14, 2011

A Sacramento, California, jury awarded $73 million dollars in damages to plaintiffs in a case against Ford Motor Company Thursday. According to The Sacramento Bee, the judgment came after seven years of litigation surrounding a passenger van accident caused by separation of tread from a tire on the van.

The accident happened on April 9, 2004, as a group of church members headed home from a concert. During the drive, the van began to shake violently as the tread of a Goodyear tire began to peel off. The driver of the van attempted to pull over, but lost control and the van rolled several times before coming to rest. The 48-year-old driver of the van and the front passenger were killed in the accident, while several other suffered injuries.

In court Thursday, the attorney for the plaintiffs told jurors that Ford and Goodyear failed to alert the customers about a $2 billion recall on the tires. The jury agreed, and with a vote of 10-2, the award was given. The jury also gave a small award after they found that the van’s design was partially at fault for the crash. Ford stated they plan to appeal the decision.

The California Car Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers often handle cases where victims were injured because of faulty auto parts. If you have been injured because of a manufacturer’s negligence contact us immediately.

Richmond Teen Killed, Two Others Injured During Illegal Street Race

by Staff Blogger | November 7th, 2011

November 7, 2011

In Richmond this weekend a local teen died and two others were injured in an illegal street race crash. The Contra Costa Times reported yesterday that the accident happened around 1:15 Sunday morning, along a stretch of Richmond Parkway.

The street glistened as the two cars, a Nissan Altima and a BMW, floated down the asphalt that was freshly drenched with rain. The vehicles were locked neck-and-neck, when the 21-year-old driver of the Nissan hit a wet patch, lost control, and hit his friend’s BMW. The impact caused the BMW to spin out of control and flip several times before hitting a pole.

The driver of the BMW died at the scene of the crash, while his two passengers were urgently rushed to the John Muir Medical Center by helicopter in critical condition. The driver of the Nissan was unharmed, but investigators arrested him on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

California issued 800 citations in 2001 for illegal racing-related infractions–a number that has grown significantly every year since. Now, it is estimated that 49 people are hurt and killed for every 1,000 individuals who participate in illegal street races.

The California Car Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to encourage anyone hurt in an accident at no fault of their own to contact them immediately for a free evaluation of your case.

California DUI Arrests Up During Labor Day Weekend

by Staff Blogger | September 12th, 2011

September 12, 2011

Every year there are hundreds of people injured or killed on American highways by drunk drivers over Labor Day weekend. Some years, such as this one, are more dangerous than others because of higher numbers of these drunk drivers. According to The Reporter, there were 1,399 arrests this year alone over the recent holiday weekend.

The California Highway Patrol issued a press release early last week releasing the numbers, noting an increase from 1,360 arrests over the same time period last year.

The release also stated that 14 people had died throughout the state of California over the four day period from the Friday before the weekend to Labor Day. That’s quite a jump from the 10 who died last year in holiday collisions, said California Highway spokesperson, Officer Elon Steers. Steers added that 13 of the 14 killed were not wearing seat belts at their time of death.

Officer Steers explained that 242 DUI arrests were specifically made in the bay area over the holiday, which was an increase from the 221individuals that were brought in last year on the charge.

The California Auto Accident Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers see all too often the outcome of accidents involving drunk drivers, or the lack of seatbelt use. That is why they often spearhead programs such as their Safe And Sober campaign, which offers free cab rides to those who have over indulged, on certain holidays. Their cause was recently discussed in an interview with founding attorney, William Berg

Distracted Driving More Common and Dangerous Than We Realize

by Staff Blogger | May 16th, 2011

May 16, 2011

The State of California has found that distracted driving is now one of the top three factors in fatal and serious injury automobile accidents, joining impaired driving and speeding. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), nine percent of all drivers are using mobile devices while operating a motor vehicle. The scary part is the numbers are more than likely on the low-end according to the report released by the OTS because of the short limited view surveyors were given.

Another study found that it was less dangerous to drive drunk than to drive and operate a cell phone. The University of Utah Psychology Department found that “cell-phone drivers may actually exhibit greater impairments (i.e., more accidents and less responsive driving behavior) than legally intoxicated drivers.”

California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow is quoted as saying “This shows how ingrained the use of mobile devices has become. Even when faced with laws, studies, and stories of tragedy, too many are not able to put down their cell phones.”

If you or someone you know has been hurt or killed due to someone texting or talking on a cell phone, the California auto accident lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers may be able to help. There are laws in place to protect those injured due to a distracted driver’s negligence; the victim shouldn’t pay the price.

Berg Injury Lawyers Helps Local Residents by Giving Away Hands-Free Headsets

by bil | June 25th, 2008

June 25, 2008

With California’s new hands-free law taking effect July 1, 2008, many Californians are purchasing headsets for their cell phones so they can continue to talk while driving. Any motorists, who are caught chatting on their cell phones without a hands-free device starting July 1, will be fined.

To help local residents and alleviate the added costs of purchasing headsets, Berg Injury Lawyers will be distributing 2,000 complimentary hands-free headsets.

“With the new law taking effect, many Californians are faced with the added expense of purchasing hands-free headsets,” said attorney William Berg, founder of Berg Injury Lawyers. “By giving these headsets away, I hope to alleviate the extra expense while promoting safe driving. As part of my job, I constantly hear about car accidents that could have been easily avoided if drivers had been paying more attention to the traffic around them. I hope that this new law helps keep all drivers a little safer on the roads.”

The law, which takes effect July 1, 2008, is meant to protect everyone on the road by reducing driver distraction. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, an estimated 300 lives will be saved annually in California due to the new law. Additionally, Connecticut, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., currently have laws in place to ban using hand-held mobile devices while driving.

To receive a complimentary hands-free headset, visit the firm’s Web site at and fill out a simple form. Headsets will be available at Berg Injury Lawyers’ Alameda, Modesto, and Sacramento office locations beginning July 3 while supplies last.

About California’s Hands-Free Law

  • While those 18 and older are allowed to use hands-free headsets, those under 18 aren’t allowed to use mobile devices with or without hands-free accessories (VC §23124).
  • Police officers will begin ticketing drivers who use cell phones without hands-free devices on July 1. The first offense results in a $20 fine and the second offense is a $50 fine. Multiple offenses could result in more than triple the base amount.
  • Drivers are allowed to use their cell phones without hands-free devices during emergencies to call police, fire, or medical authorities.