Judge rules that Uber and Lyft must treat drivers as employees

New ruling highlights the importance of correct worker classificationUpdate: March 22, 2021Proposition 22 was overwhelmingly approved by voters in the state's November 3, 2020 general election. With its approval, gig economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash will be able to continue classifying their drivers as independent contractors.In August 2020, a California judge ruled that rideshare companies like Uber and ... Read More

How the U.S. can make new cars safer

Pedestrians and cyclists are at risk of serious injury from collisions with motor vehicles. While any vehicle can cause life-changing injuries, the decades-long trend of vehicles getting heavier and larger only increases the risk for pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers on the road. In addition, many of these large vehicles have blind spots, serious rollover risks, and are more likely ... Read More

California’s SB 1159 and AB 685 provide new COVID-19 guidelines

Many months after it first arrived in our state, COVID-19 outbreaks continue throughout California. To slow the rate of transmission and provide both businesses and workers with clear rules and guidelines, state lawmakers have passed two new bills regulating COVID-19 exposure, notification, and workers’ compensation coverage in the workplace. Earlier this year, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order ... Read More

Causes of bicycle accidents and the best ways to avoid them

Some of the common causes of bicycle accidents include poor road conditions, impaired vehicle drivers, and defective equipment.

Riding a bike is a popular form of exercise in Los Angeles. It is common to see cyclists on the roads year-round. Some are riding for fun, while others are commuting to a job, school, or around town in order to reduce their carbon footprint and enjoy time outside. That said, there are risks involved when a cyclist enters the ... Read More

The most frequently asked questions about car accidents

In a city of more than four million people, it often comes as little surprise when you drive by an accident on the roads in Los Angeles. Rush hour in both the morning and the evening produces a lot of traffic, and drivers might become frustrated during this time and, therefore, more aggressive when attempting to move faster than the ... Read More

Governor Newsom loosens California WARN Act requirements in response to COVID-19

By Benjamin Kussman | Attorney, Blair & Ramirez LLP The California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“California WARN Act”) requires all covered employers to provide employees with 60-days notice prior to a mass layoff, plant closing, or major relocation. Cal. Lab. Code §§ 1400-1408. The California WARN Act only includes two express exceptions: (1) physical calamity; or (2) acts ... Read More

Train hits car in south Los Angeles

Early in March, a driver found their way onto the tracks of a Metro Blue Line train in Los Angeles. The train crashed into the car, dragging the vehicle and causing serious damage. Fortunately, the driver sustained only minor injuries. Authorities were surprised the crash was not fatal. Video shows there was no train gate down that would block traffic ... Read More

Tanker truck crashes into multiple vehicles near Los Angeles

A tanker truck carrying milk was trying to navigate residential streets near Los Angeles when it crashed into several parked cars alongside the road. A few cars were pushed out of the way, and one car was thrown into a residential front yard before the tanker became wedged against a minivan. Thankfully, the truck accident occurred around 2:00 a.m. when ... Read More

Child airlifted to Riverside County Hospital after a bus crash

According to a story published by ABC 10 News San Diego, a 5-year-old was recently injured in a serious bus accident. The child was airlifted from Inland Medical Center to Riverside University Health System Medical Center to receive treatment for a head injury. The incident occurred late last month on I-15 south of Route 76. The bus was carrying passengers ... Read More

Riverside man injured by a car accident in his own home

Recently, a Riverside resident was sleeping in their home when a car crashed into his bedroom at about 1:00 a.m. News reports indicated the car hit a utility pole, plowed through two yards, then came through the wall of the house into the man’s bedroom, pinning the man against the wall. When first responders arrived, the two occupants of the ... Read More