April 30, 2020

Did You Know? California Has Self-Driving Cars on its Roads

I just learned this fact recently. I had no idea that technology was getting to the point where we actually have prototypes driving around California. Google Inc. has been testing these cars on California roads for at least six years. In that time, there have only been 11 accidents. Google claims that none of the accidents were their fault, but that can’t be verified independently. The car can see more than a football field away and has lines and lines of code telling it how to react to every situation the designers could think of. To perform the tests, California requires there to be a human driver behind the wheel. But you can recognize them due to the rig on […]
April 30, 2020

Who is at Fault? Trip and Fall

So, you are walking down the street, minding your own business. You are not on your phone, you are not listening to music, you are paying attention to where you are going and watching for traffic at crosswalks and driveways. A perfect pedestrian walking down the sidewalk in a perfect way. Then your toe catches on something and you fall forward to the ground. You look back and you see that the corner of the concrete slab of the sidewalk is much higher than one before it. Who is at fault? While a pedestrian is responsible for watching where they are going and paying attention, there is no requirement to constantly scan the ground for hazards. There are many factors […]
April 30, 2020

Case Spotlight: $100,000 Settlement After Deposition

Insurance companies are in business to do one thing: make money. The Law Offices of Alan M. Laskin in Sacramento CA has fought for its clients for many years. When the insurance company digs their heels in and refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, we go to war. We recently had an interesting case where our refusal to bend to pressure to settle for less than what a case was worth really worked to our client’s advantage. She had medical bills over $38,000.00. The third-party policy was only $100,000.00 and it seemed pretty reasonable to us expect to be offered the policy limits immediately. That was not the case. The insurance company refused to offer the policy limits and in […]
April 30, 2020

Insurance Company Calls and Tactics

The other day I was asked how to get an insurance company to stop calling. This young lady had been getting phone calls every day from three different adjusters from the same company. Once you hire an attorney, the calls should stop immediately. You can tell the adjuster you have hired someone and give them the attorney’s contact information and they should not call you again. Other than that, there really is no way to make them stop. There is a reason they keep calling. Adjusters get rewarded monetarily for settling claims quickly and under reserve. A reserve is the amount of money the insurance company sets aside to pay out a claim once a claim is filed. The company […]