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CA wrongful death lawyerMany people throughout the Bay area own boats that allow them easy access to ocean activities and other bodies of water throughout the region. For those that do not, there are numerous charter boat options offering fishing, diving, and pleasure cruising excursions. Unfortunately, a recent boat fire off the coast of Santa Barbara that claimed the lives of several local residents has cast doubt on the safety of these trips. Wrongful death claims could be filed against the charter boat company on behalf of the victim’s families, due to a lack of safety precautions onboard the vessel.

CA Dive Boat Fire Claims Lives of 34 People

A fire that happened on board a scuba diving boat claimed the lives of 34 people over the recent Labor Day weekend. The fire broke out early Labor Day morning, as the vessel was anchored off Santa Cruz Island. The charter originated in Santa Barbara but the majority of people on board were from San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area.

Early reports indicate that the scuba divers were downstairs sleeping when the fire broke out while the boat crew was mainly above deck. Flames quickly raced throughout the below deck cabins, allowing passengers little to no time for escape. While most of the crew survived the blaze by jumping overboard, nearly all of those trapped below went down with the ship.


CA accident lawyerThere is an abundance of cycling groups in San Jose and the surrounding Bay area, as well as numerous events that draw cyclists from other places. Unfortunately, despite road improvements, additional bike lanes, and aggressive public awareness campaigns, motor vehicle accidents involving cyclists are increasingly common. In light of a recent fatal cycling accident, we want you to be aware of the problem and your rights if this type of accident occurs.

Fatal Cycling Accident in San Jose

We recently reported on the large number of children injured in bike accidents throughout the Bay Area and provided details on ways parents could help keep young riders safe. Adult cyclists are also at risk and need to be aware of the potential dangers as well. Even experienced cyclists can find themselves caught up in collisions involving motor vehicles. When these accidents do occur, the injuries you suffer can be severe.

A recent cycling accident in San Jose is a prime example. The crash left one cyclist dead and the other with potentially life-threatening injuries. The collision occurred July 15, 2019, near Vista Park Drive and Capitol Expressway. Police report that the accident involved an SUV, which struck two men while they were riding their bikes. One was pronounced dead by emergency responders while the other was transported to a local hospital. The SUV driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with the investigation. At this time, there is nothing to indicate alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash.


CA injury lawyerPeople throughout the Bay Area are still reeling in the aftermath of a recent mass shooting in nearby Gilroy, which left several people dead and numerous others suffering serious injuries. Unfortunately, these types of violent incidents have become increasingly common, both in California and throughout the nation. Our hearts go out to the victims and all those impacted by this tragedy. As concerned citizens and proud residents of the local community, our San Jose personal injury attorneys want you to be aware of steps you can take to protect yourself against these situations.

Mass Shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is something residents throughout San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area typically look forward to every year. Unfortunately, this year’s event was marred by gun violence. As it was winding to a close after three days worth of festivities, a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing three people and leaving 19 others with serious injuries.

The 19-year-old shooter was a former local resident who had moved to Nevada. He is reported to have made posts linking him to Neo-Nazi movements in the days prior to the festival. After opening fire on the crowd, he was killed in a gun battle with police. Investigators report two children and an adult suffered fatal gunshot injuries. Additional victims were taken for treatment to St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and Valley Medical Center in San Jose.


CA accident lawyerCar accidents generally occur due to reckless driving on the part of other motorists. Failure to follow traffic rules and regulations puts everyone at risk and one of the most dangerous driving behaviors is running red lights. To raise awareness, a national group has designated the first full week in August as National Stop On Red Week. The following highlights what you need to know to keep yourself and your passengers safe.

National Stop on Red Week

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) is partnering with local and federal traffic safety agencies in sponsoring Stop on Red Week August 5 through 11, 2019. The goal is to educate the public about the dangers of red-light running and how it most commonly occurs. Disregarding red lights and other traffic signals may be something you associate with drivers who routinely flaunt the law and public safety. The fact is red-light running is a common behavior among those who are otherwise safe and law-abiding drivers.

How many times have you approached an intersection when the light was yellow and stepped on the gas to catch it before it changed to red? According to the NCSR, roughly half of all drivers admit to doing this and one in four do so on a regular basis. Running a yellow light or going through as it turns red is often just as dangerous and likely to result in a car accident. Other important facts about red-light running include:


CA accident lawyerWhen people hear of car accidents resulting in serious injuries, they tend to think of those that happen along highways, intersections, and other high traffic areas. The recent death of a toddler in San Jose calls attention to one often overlooked site where some of the most potentially deadly types of crashes can occur. Parking lot accidents are an unfortunately common type of collision. The following sheds light on the risks and how these types of crashes frequently happen.

Death of Child Calls Attention to Parking Lot Dangers

A tragedy unfolded in San Jose recently when a three-year-old boy was struck and killed in a local parking lot. The accident happened in East San Jose, at a business near the southwest corner of Santa Clara and 24th Street.

The mother of the boy had just parked her vehicle and was walking into the business while the child waited in the car. The boy apparently was able to get free of his car seat and opened the car door, jumping out of the parked vehicle. At the same time, a motorist in a 2012 Nissan truck was driving along the road. He was unable to stop in time and ended up striking the child.

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