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2010 | California Personal Injury Blog

BISNAR | CHASE Compiles Labor Law Violation Complaints Against Taco Bell for Class Action Certification

By Brian Chase on November 10, 2010 - No comments

California employment lawyers, BISNAR | CHASE, have been documenting declarations of over 18,000 current and former Taco Bell and Yum! Brands employees who claim that the their employers have failed to properly compensate for wages. The consolidated class-action complaint against the defendants seeks damages in excess of $5 million. …Read the rest »

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Personal Injury Lawyers Announce Grand Prize Winner For the BISNAR | CHASE Rendezvous SURF-FEST Raffle

By Brian Chase on September 8, 2010 - No comments

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The BISNAR | CHASE Personal Injury Lawyers are pleased to announce this year’s raffle winner for their drawing at the Rendezvous SURF-FEST. The yearly festival was a hit for many who came out for the chili cook off, car show, live music, and upbeat crowd. …Read the rest »

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Automobile Black Box Recording Can Prove Your Case

By Brian Chase on August 23, 2010 - No comments

Brian Chase Explains to Fox 11 News Why All Cars Should Have a Black Box

The feds looked at data from so called automobile black boxes. Data recorders in many cars. Well now congress wants them in every vehicle. Here’s how they work.

In photo after photo, Kevin Valencia was smiling. A young man brimming with life. But now, the pictures look like this. Kevin was ejected from a car in a crash a few years ago. A spinal cord injury left him without the use of his legs.

“Nobody thinks, ‘No if you get ejected, you weren’t wearing your belt.’ Nine times out of ten, that’s true.”

But not in Kevin’s case and thanks to a box like this, lawyer Brian D Chase was able to show Kevin was wearing his seatbelt.

“The black box recording proved conclusively, that person was wearing their seatbelt at the initiation of the crash.”

The black box, also known as an EDR, or event data recorder, is becoming key to more and more legal cases. An important tool for accident forensics it was back in 2005 that many auto manufacturers, began making black boxes in automobiles a standard feature.

“It will provide information such as the vehicle speed, what the throttle is doing, what the brakes are doing, the engine RPM, it can tell us if the seatbelt is buckled.”

Tim Royce specializes in accident forensics. Here he demonstrates how to plug in and download the details.

“It can be used to determine the fault of a driver. But, primarily my interest is to look at what really took place in the accident.”

These boxes, actually they are usually silver, not black. Are found under driver or passenger seats or in the center of the dash. They contain a recording chip. Some record up to 25 seconds before a crash. Most, less than that.

Intel is working on a black box for smart cars that would record video and warn drivers about potential dangers. But some manufacturers make the data easier to obtain than others. Much of it comes out in code that takes a specialist to decipher.

“It’s a bunch of acronyms, letters, numbers or combinations thereof. And you need a booklet to understand how to interpret that. One of the concerns as a trial attorney, that I have is you can download the black box, but I’m relying on someone to give me the map, to figure out how to read the black box.”

During the recent Toyota investigation, after deaths and injury were linked to sudden acceleration, lawyers and safety advocates were told they would need court orders to get access to Toyota’s black box data. Now congress is weighing in with auto safety legislation aimed at requiring black boxes in all vehicles and standardizing the amount of time data is stored prior to a crash.

“I would welcome it. It would give me additional information.”

David James Cane works for MEA Forensic Engineers and Scientists.

“Every vehicle will have an EDR.”

Attorney Chase says it will only work if all auto manufacturers are required to make the data public.

“I think it would level the playing field. Be more fair.”

At least, in Kevin Valencia’s case, the black box proved he did buckle up.

“We had objective forensic evidence to prove my client was wearing their seatbelt.”

One goal of the auto safety bill to make black boxes mandatory within five years and to have them record data up to 60 seconds before a crash. Now to learn more about automobile black boxes go to www.myfoxla.com

Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys have been helping victims of serious injury accidents since 1978. For a Free Consultation, please call 949-203-3814 today.

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BISNAR | CHASE Joins the Fight against Breast Cancer

By Brian Chase on July 28, 2010 - No comments

The Newport Beach personal injury lawyers at BISNAR | CHASE have joined the fight against breast cancer by participating in the largest single-day breast cancer fundraiser, Lee National Denim Day. The staff of the prestigious law firm is collecting $5 donations to support Lee Jean’s research for breast cancer and education programs. The staff will be collecting donations from now until the October 4, 2010 donation deadline, and then the staff will wear jeans to work on that day to show their support for breast cancer awareness, detection and treatment. …Read the rest »

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Breast Cancer Fundraising – Joining the Fight

By Brian Chase on July 28, 2010 - No comments

The Newport Beach personal injury lawyers at BISNAR | CHASE have joined the fight against breast cancer by participating in the largest single-day breast cancer fundraiser, Lee National Denim Day. The staff of the prestigious law firm is collecting $5 donations to support Lee Jean’s research for breast cancer and education programs. The staff will be collecting donations from now until the October 4, 2010 donation deadline, and then the staff will wear jeans to work on that day to show their support for breast cancer awareness, detection and treatment. …Read the rest »

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Information for Injured Car Accident Victims In California

By Brian Chase on April 15, 2010 - No comments

Seriously injured car accident victims can accumulate tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident you need a skilled Newport Beach personal injury lawyer. A car accident can leave you permanently injured. You need to recover money from the person who caused your accident.


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Personal Injury Law Firm Walks with MADD to Prevent Drunk Driving

By Brian Chase on April 9, 2010 - No comments

According to Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and CDC statistics, about 11,773 people died in alcohol-related traffic accidents in 2008. It is also predicted that around 3 of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic collision in their lives. These types of crashes cost around $51 billion every year. …Read the rest »

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BISNAR | CHASE Featured in Newsweek’s Special Section

By Brian Chase on February 17, 2010 - No comments

The California personal injury law firm of BISNAR | CHASE was featured in Newsweek Magazine’s special “Interview Issue” under “The Best of Los Angeles Law” section. The Newsweek article clearly captures what this law firm stands for, the high standards we aspire to achieve each and every day our attorneys and staff members show up to work. The article talks about our most significant case, our greatest legal achievement and the innovative things we are doing to help consumers and personal injury victims. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Orange County Car Accident Injures Woman

By Brian Chase on January 13, 2010 - No comments

One woman sustained injuries in an Orange County car accident after her vehicle was rear-ended by an SUV, The Orange County Register reports. The accident occurred the morning of January 12, 2010 when a Mitsubishi SUV rear-ended a Nissan sedan on the eastbound 91 Freeway near Raymond Avenue, in Anaheim. Paramedics transported an injured woman from the Nissan to an area hospital. The extent of her injuries is not known. …Read the rest »

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