The Barnes Firm

Enforcing the Law

LOS ANGELES – Anyone who’s been behind the wheel of a vehicle knows how dangerous texting and driving can be. It takes your eyes off the road, and it pulls your mind away from the task at hand. This deadly combination of decreased reaction time and distraction can be...

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1 In 4 Drivers Were Using A Phone Before Crashing

LOS ANGELES – The decisions made in the moments before a car crash can be the difference between life, death or serious injury. The problem is, almost one in four drivers were using their phone in those moments before a crash, a new study found. According to research from...

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Spread the Word to Save a Biker

LOS ANGELES – Bikers are in a dangerous position. Without a seat belt, and few protections between them and other vehicles, they still take to the road every day. But before other motorists hound motorcycle fans for putting themselves in such a precarious position, hear what the Hurt Report...

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Big Trucks, Bigger Risks

LOS ANGELES – Truck accidents are on the rise, and it’s particularly apparent in Southern California where tens of thousands of large commercial trucks barrel through congested freeways and highways every day, a Los Angeles Truck Crash Lawyer said. Some of these trucks can weigh up to 80,000 lbs.,...

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Renting Cars Under Recall

LOS ANGELES –Automotive dealerships are required to pull recalled cars from sale lots until the defective products have been fixed. For the millions of Americans renting cars, that luxury doesn’t come standard. The rental car industry is a $24.4 billion venture. With more Americans traveling, there’s a greater demand...

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Airbags: Even Top-Priced Cars Go Total Recall

LOS ANGELES – Air bag recalls are proving to be as diverse as the American melting pot, even affecting over 800 Ferrari supercars. To try to wrap your head around the recent airbag recalls, imagine how big Los Angeles is. There are more than 12-million people in the Southland....

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Defective Airbags Causing More Injuries

LOS ANGELES – Federal regulators continue to pull more vehicles off the roads, citing airbag problems. Each time, the airbags are linked to the Japan-based Takata Corporation. Since 2008, 14 different automakers have recalled 24 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators. Some of these inflators have been known...

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Traffic Crashes Set 50-Year Record in 2015

SAN DIEGO – Whenever you step in a vehicle, you’re surrounded by safety features: seatbelts, air bags, crash avoidance technology. Cars have certainly undergone improvements over the last few decades but despite these improvements, 2015 saw the largest percentage rise in traffic deaths in the past 50 years, according...

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“Conveyor Belt” of El Niño Storms Halt Drivers

SAN DIEGO – You’ve heard about the Almighty El Niño by now but its full power hasn’t been unleashed… yet. That could change this week and drivers in Southern California should prepare for rain. A lot of rain. Just take a look at satellite images and you can see...

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Gas Leak Capped: What’s Next?

LOS ANGELES – The natural gas leak that drove thousands of people from their homes has finally been plugged, according to a Southern California utility company. A blowout spewed tons of methane gas into the air over the past 16 weeks over the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter Ranch....

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