The Fourth of July is coming up, the holiday that many of us look forward to the most. If you aren’t a fan of fireworks, perhaps you enjoy the chance to sit with friends, enjoying a relaxed, extended afternoon, sharing barbecue and tossing back a few beers — or even a nice California wine. The […]read more
Motor vehicle accidents can cause serious injuries whether you are in a large truck, a compact car or on a bicycle. Here in San Francisco, there are a lot of bicyclists and bicycle accidents occur on a regular basis. Traffic accidents occur for a variety of reasons, of course, but cyclists in San Francisco have […]read more
In the 1952 movie, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” the locomotive of one train hits an automobile and another train, both of which are stopped on the tracks. The force of the impact jolts the locomotive backwards and slows it down considerably. Each car behind it is slammed, in turn, by the car in front […]read more
There are many different weather conditions that can make driving more difficult. One such condition is fog. Fog can greatly reduce driver visibility, which could create an increased risk of vehicles colliding. Given the traffic safety problems fog can pose, when a person knows there is going to be heavy fog in their area, it […]read more
Readers may have heard last month about a wrongful death case in which a San Francisco jury awarded $4 million in damages to the parents of a woman who was struck and killed by a truck while riding a bicycle in 2013. The accident reportedly occurred when the truck driver made a right-turn in front […]read more
The Super Bowl is this Sunday, Feb. 1, and, while it isn’t quite a national holiday, there is a little something for everyone: football, of course, but also the half-time show and the much-anticipated (and very expensive) commercials. This is a day for get-togethers with friends and family. Those get-togethers may well start long before […]read more
An accident in Sacramento raises an interesting public policy issue: driving privileges for the elderly. A 94-year-old man approached a drive-through car wash and apparently mistook the gas pedal for the brake on his sedan. The car blew through the car wash, taking out a good deal of equipment as it went. The incident was […]read more
It’s hard to imagine that anyone would want to leave San Francisco over the holidays, but we may want to prepare for an influx of visitors. AAA predicts that 99 million Americans will leave home this Christmas and New Year’s, most of them by car. AAA cites lower gas prices as a major reason more […]read more
We are wrapping up our discussion of ridesharing services and liability. In July, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a revision to its recently adopted ridesharing regulations regarding insurance coverage for transportation network companies. The PUC had learned the hard way that the original language was not enough. TNCs had been required to carry commercial […]read more
We are continuing our discussion of transportation network company regulations in California. The state was the first to adopt regulations specifically for these ridesharing operations, and, it seems, those regulations are a work in progress. The tricky issue is liability. The drivers use their own cars, and, initially, TNCs had not been buying commercial liability […]read more
Earlier this month we started to talk about ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft and California’s efforts to regulate them. (Read the post here.) Cab companies objected loudly to the state’s seemingly casual treatment of the industry’s new lower-cost competitor. One reason transportation network companies could charge their customers less is that they were not required […]read more
There are just 22 more shopping days until Christmas. It’s hard to believe, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, and we have now officially entered the Winter Holiday Season. For many of us, the next few weeks will be hectic, and between finding just the right gifts and office parties and holiday gatherings […]read more
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