A Victim of a San Bernardino Car Accident can Sue Even if Partially at Fault

According to a July 2017 article in The Press-Enterprise, three people were killed in an accident after a man ran a red light. A man driving an SUV allegedly crashed into a car in Apple Valley.

The car crash happened in the early afternoon at the intersection of Bear Valley Road and Deep Creek Road. The SUV’s driver ran a red light and crashed into a 2013 Honda Civic turning west from Deep Creek Road.

The driver and occupant of the Honda, a 63-year-old male and 77-year-old passenger, died at the accident scene. The SUV driver was airlifted to the hospital where he later died.

The police were investigating the accident at the time of the article and did not initially have another cause of the crash.

Pure Comparative Negligence Allows a Victim who Shares Blame in an Accident to Sue for Damages

A defendant trying to avoid paying an injured plaintiff will have many legal defenses to help avoid liability. One type of defense is called comparative negligence. Comparative negligence is claiming that a plaintiff injured in a car accident did something wrong to help cause the accident, essentially contributing to his or her own injuries.

According to California law, an injured victim has the responsibility of protecting him or herself from harm by not doing anything to cause an accident. If an accident does occur and the injured plaintiff is at fault, a judge can compare fault.

In some states, if the injured plaintiff is deemed to be at fault more than 50%, then he or she cannot receive damages. Other states use a form of comparative negligence that alters the amount an injured plaintiff can receive if he or she shares fault for the accident.

Pure Comparative Negligence in San Bernardino

In California, comparative negligence is further broken down into another type of negligence called pure comparative negligence.

Pure comparing fault involves assessing a percentage of fault to each driver. The amount of the plaintiff’s fault decreases his or her damages. For example, a defendant ran a red light and caused an accident. The injured plaintiff was texting at the time and did not see the driver coming towards him or her. A judge or jury would assign a percentage of fault to the injured plaintiff.

Let’s say it the injured plaintiff’s fault was 30%. If he or she did not share fault, he or she would receive 100% of damages. Being 30% at fault, the plaintiff would receive 70% of damages.

Contact Sanford A. Kassel About Your San Bernardino Car Accident

If you are partially at fault for an accident caused by another driver, you are still allowed to seek damages. Compensation for lost wages, medical costs, and pain and suffering are common types of damages sought in a car accident case. Since you may be partially at fault for the crash, your amount of damages may be lower than someone who did not share fault in the crash, but this does not mean you do not have the right to file a claim.

Contact us about your car accident in southern California. We will determine the cause of the accident and if you really share fault.

The Cause of a Bike Accident in San Bernardino Might be Driver Negligence

According to a May 2017 article in the San Bernardino County Sun, a bicyclist was killed in a crash on Mother’s Day. At the time of the report, San Bernardino police were searching for a vehicle involved in one of the accidents. It was the driver who allegedly hit a bicyclist. The hit-and-run happened shortly after 2 a.m. in the 1100 block of 39th Street. A 52-year-old male was riding his bike traveling west and along the curb at the time of the accident. He was struck from behind by a driver possibly operating a dark Toyota Yaris. The driver was also heading west at the time of the accident. The bike accident victim was thrown off the bike and landed on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The crash was still under investigation at the time of the report. It is unknown whether the bicyclist’s family would file a personal injury claim on his behalf.

What is a San Bernardino Bike Accident?

A bike accident typically involves a vehicle and a bicycle colliding. It can also include two bicyclists colliding. The cause of the collision may be negligence per se, which involves the driver breaking a traffic law. To obtain compensation for a bike injury, a victim must prove that the driver or other bicyclist was at fault.

Common Causes of Bike Accidents in San Bernardino

In a collision between a bike and a vehicle, the bicyclist typically gets the brunt of the damage, such as devastating injuries and property damage. The follow are some common causes of bike accidents:

  • Left-hand turn accidents: Drivers are usually turning left when they hit bicyclists.
  • Reversing a vehicle unexpectedly: When drivers place their vehicles in reverse without looking out for other drivers or bicyclists, accidents occur.
  • Open-door accidents: Drivers should not open their doors after parking until all traffic is clear. When they do not watch out for bicyclists, bicyclists can be hit by the open door.

Sanford A. Kassel is Your San Bernardino Bike Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one was injured in a bike accident, you have the right to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We will help you prove your case according to California’s personal injury laws. These include showing that the driver had a legal duty to avoid causing an accident and harming you. The driver breached that legal duty when he or she caused an accident and injured you. The cause of those actions was negligence, and that negligence caused your injuries. You deserve to be compensated fully.

Let’s get started on your case. We offer a free case review. Contact us.

Workers can Sue for Age Discrimination in San Bernardino

According to a November 2016 article in USA Today, more tech workers are finding it hard to find and retain jobs as they grow older. Since 2012, approximately 90 age-related complaints were filed against many of the tech companies in Silicon Valley, according to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, or DEFH. The complaints were requests for an immediate right to sue the companies.

Since May 2013, approximately 28 complaints were about Hewlett-Packard. Other tech companies being sued include Apple, Google, Cisco Systems, and Oracle. Some of the complaints also include wrongful termination.

The majority of the complaints are focused on age discrimination. Many legal experts and employees claim that many older tech workers get pushed out during mergers or restructuring.

Age is not often celebrated in the tech industry and many companies are looking for younger workers. In an age discrimination lawsuit filed in August 2016, four former HP employers claimed a recent major restricting of the company unfairly purged older tech workers.

It is not known if the HP lawsuit was settled or went to trial. It is also not know if the complaints filed were resolved.

What is Age Discrimination in San Bernardino?

Age discrimination is the act of treating an employee unfairly based on age. A younger employee cannot file age discrimination because he or she is not in the protected class. Only an employee who is 40 years or older can be discriminated against because of age.

Age discrimination may range from a supervisor calling an employee names in reference to his or her age, like “grandpa,” to termination. It may include being passed over for promotions or not being hired for a job at all.

Proving Age Discrimination in San Bernardino

Proving age discrimination involves showing that the employee suing:

  • Belonged to a protected class. This means that he or she is over 40 years old.
  • Was subjected to an adverse work environment because of age. This adversity may be in the form of a demotion, termination, or suspension.
  • Experienced discrimination that other employees not in the protected class did not experience. This means younger employees at the same company did not experience the same type of discrimination the employee suing did.

Immediately Contact Sanford A. Kassel about Your San Bernardino Age Discrimination Case

No one has the right to discriminate against you because you are over 40 years old. The state and federal law protects you and allows you to receive compensation if you have been discriminated against.

You have one year to file an age discrimination claim with the DFEH, a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit. It is such a limited time period because the claim is based on specific facts. The direct evidence, or facts needed, include discriminatory comments made about your age or statistical evidence.

Contact us immediately to start working on your age discrimination claim. We will evaluate your claim and determine whether it violates any federal and/or California age discrimination laws. We will explain how we will proceed and what compensation you can receive to compensate you for the discrimination you have experienced.

The Importance of Choosing an Experienced, Local, Medical Malpractice Attorney

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If you, or a member of your family, has been seriously injured, because of an avoidable medical mistake, it is critical that you hire the right medical malpractice attorney to represent you.

Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals have a duty of care to their patients. When health care professionals fail in this duty and commit medical malpractice, lives can be forever altered.

An experienced, local medical malpractice attorney can be your most valuable advocate toward protecting your legal rights, and obtaining the maximum recovery for your case of malpractice.


Why is it important to hire an experienced, local medical malpractice attorney to represent you?

  • Familiarity with local trial judges, local court rules, and their court staff.
  • Familiarity with the thought processes of local jurors.
  • Access to the local resources you need to put together the best possible case, and protect your rights.
  • Reputation in the local community for outstanding medical malpractice trial skills and successful outcomes.

In making this decision, it’s important you talk with local medical malpractice attorneys to get a better sense of their qualifications and experience, as well as an idea of what it would be like if they were to handle your case.


Sanford Kassel-Local Medical Malpractice Attorney, San Bernardino, CAI am San Bernardino Medical Malpractice Attorney Sanford A. Kassel. I have been representing clients with Medical Malpractice cases in the Inland Empire since 1981. I will fight for your rights to full compensation if you or someone you love suffers a catastrophic or life-changing injury as the result of the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional or medical facility.


Over a span of more than 35 years of practicing in Southern California, the firm of SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation, has developed strong relationships with highly-respected, well-qualified medical professionals who can review the facts of your case and determine whether competent medical care and treatment could have prevented or minimized injuries.

So, if we cannot reach a fair and full settlement out of court, we are always prepared to take your case to trial, to get the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

Our law firm has a history of success in Medical Malpractice litigation. In fact, Sanford Kassel earned the distinction of having the

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