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Natomas Freeway Construction: Will it ever end?

Almost five years ago construction commenced on the I-80 freeway in Sacramento County. The area of construction is generally located in Natomas and North Sacramento. The project’s purpose is repaving existing roadway and adding carpool lanes. So, why on earth is it taking so long?

Original Contractor Drops out of Project

Beware of Balance Billing

Beware of Balance Billing

Ed Smith is a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer. Health insurance is a complex topic, but most adults understand the basics of how the average policy is supposed to work. Suppose that Jorge goes to an “in-network” medical provider (meaning a medical provider with whom Jorge’s health insurer has agreed to certain contractual rates for services). Jorge receives services that total $700. He pays his $25 copay and goes on his way (assume Jorge has no deductible). The medical provider discounts Jorge’s medical bill to the rate it had agreed to with Jorge’s insurer, and then the insurer pays the provider the agreed upon rate.

Suppose further that Jorge goes to a medical provider that is not within his health insurance’s network of providers. The medical provider in this case can charge Jorge the full $700. Depending on the terms of the health insurance contract between Jorge and his insurer, the insurer may pay a portion of this bill. The medical provider would then bill Jorge for the balance that remains afterward. This practice is known as “balance billing.” Continue reading

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Preventing Holiday Fires

We love to hang the stockings by the chimney with care. But let’s be mindful that they don’t go up in flames. I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer. It is heart-breaking when we learn of fires occurring in our community. The home is a place where sweet memories are made with those we hold so dear. There have been three home fires resulting in death in a little over one week. Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of fires that occur in homes. Nearly two-thirds of home heating fatalities are caused by portable space heating units.  We must be so careful with these devices. Equally important, is to become fire safe while decorating for the holidays.

Chrismas Tree Safety

As a Citrus Heights Accident lawyer, I’m often asked if there any especially bad intersections where I tend to see a lot of accidents.

There are several intersections that jump out. Some dangerous Citrus Heights intersections statistics show Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard is the most likely place to get into an accident in Citrus Heights. There were some 32 accidents near that intersection or near Sunrise Mall in the past three years.

Another hotspot is the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Antelope road where there have been 28 accidents during the past 3 years.

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Hike Davis!

Looking to get out in nature to enjoy this nice fall weather? Pack a lunch, lace up your shoes, and visit the UC Davis Arboretum this weekend! The Arboretum is stretched over 100 acres and features 17 different gardens. This trail has something to offer everyone; with a 3.5 loop path, this trail is great for joggers and bicyclists too! Picnic tables can be found in the Redwood Grove and near Putah Creek Lodge.

Calling all green thumbs! Spruce up your garden!

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Yuba City Power Restoration After Rainy Day Collision

PG&E has restored power for over 1,600 customers after Monday’s outage. The cause of this outage was linked to a broken power line after a vehicle collided with a pole. The driver of the vehicle was said to be traveling at an unsafe speed for rainy conditions.

Rainy days- especially some of the first of the season- require a driver’s full attention when behind the wheel of a car.

In a previous blog we discussed California law regarding permissive users.  As already explained, a permissive user is someone not listed on an insurance policy but is a person that we gave car accidentpermission to use our vehicle.  This is a person who does not live with us and does not use the vehicle frequently. Additionally, for permissive drivers to be covered, the insurance policy must not contain an exclusion prohibiting all ‘permissive users.’  Consumers should clearly understand not only who is considered a permissive user but who is NOT considered a permissive user so that they do not have problems with their insurance carrier.

It is also important to remember that insurance follows the owner of the car and not the driver of the car in California so good judgement needs to be used when loaning out your car.

Many consumers may have heard something about California law and permissive users and may get it into their head that their car is automatically covered irregardless of who drives the car simply because they purchased an auto insurance policy. This is incorrect.  Consumers need to educate themselves as to who will not be afforded coverage by their insurance carrier.  We can claim to our insurance company that the person was a ‘permissive user’ but they need to fit the test.

Does this equation ring true: more bicycle commuters = more bicycle injuries?  According to a recent report from the American Medical Association journal (JAMA), the answer is yes.  As gasoline prices and concerns over the environment have risen, more people nationwide have taken to riding bicycles to get to work and errands around town.  It is good exercise and means fewer vehicles on the road, but apparently it also means more hospital admissions – according to the JAMA study, admissions due to bicycle-related injuries have more than doubled since 1998.  The increase was the largest with bicyclists aged 45 and older.  A study in another journal concluded that there was a similar rise in bicycle related deaths in that age group.

While some of these injuries and deaths could be attributed to an uptick in participants in bicycling as a sport (triggered by Lance Armstrong’s popularity), it is likely that the bicycle commuter increase is also responsible.  

So what can be done to decrease these rising numbers?  In addition to urging safety measures for riders, such as consistent helmet use and reflective gear, communities need to accept and accommodate the increase in bicyclists on the roadways.  In Sacramento, this has already begun as we see “green lanes” in bicycle heavy commuter areas, and passage of the recent three-feet law.  Other cities such as San Francisco and Portland, Oregon have responded as well.

Fiery Fatal Crash in Natomas, Ca

On Tuesday August 18th there was a police pursuit that ended in one fatality. Prior to the event police and an air unit were called to investigate reports of a shooting in the 2600 block of Stonecreek Drive in Natomas, CA where a man was reported to have fired off shots from a riffle while in a dispute with neighbors. It was also reported that the suspect fled the scene by a vehicle that was driven by a female driver.

The police air unit located the vehicle west of the Garden Highway and instructed the drive to stop the vehicle with no success. The driver then proceeded to speed off causing the officers to lose sight of the vehicle only to catch up to the car near the 2000 block of Garden Highway to find the vehicle overturned and on fire. The driver was said to be traveling at high speeds and left the roadway hitting a tree.

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