Safety recalls and liability: What to do if you’ve been injured by a defective product

November 14, 2014 | 7:42 am


Across the globe, between 12 million and 17 million vehicles have been affected by the recent Takata airbag recalls. They include 10 automakers, including the giant Toyota Motor and General Motors companies. About 8 million of the recalls are in the United States.

Worst of all: A fifth death reported Nov. 13, 2014, is thought to be linked to Honda’s defective Takata airbags, USA Today reported.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent letters dated to the automakers, urging them to take “aggressive and proactive action to expedite” replacement airbags. The automakers are now facing class-action lawsuits. To view a list of affected vehicles, click here, and for questions and answers on the airbag recall, go here.

The Bakersfield personal injury and products liability law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles has vast experience in product defect cases. Manufacturers and retailers have an obligation to provide customers with products that are safe, but too often, companies place profits ahead of safety, and the end result is a seriously injured victim.

For years, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has provided a webpage dedicated to keeping up to date on the latest safety recalls. You can view this page here.

It’s important for consumers to know what makes a products liability lawsuit, and what to do if you suspect you or a loved one has been injured because of a defective product. Here are some tips and information related to products liability. For more information, visit this specialized website focused on products liability cases.  

There are three types of defects that create liability for defective products:

  • 1) Manufacturing defects
  • 2) Design defects
  • 3) Marketing defects.

If you are injured by a product that has any one of these defects, you may be entitled to recovery for the damages you have suffered. The most common claim made against a manufacturer is typically referred to as a “strict liability” claim. Under this theory, a manufacturer will be liable if you can establish that

  • 1) The product was defective
  • 2) The defect existed prior to the manufacturer releasing the product
  • 3) The defect caused your damages.

The products liability lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have provided several frequently asked questions and answers related to safety recall and products cases. To view all of the questions and answers, visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage by Chain | Cohn | Stiles here.

If I am injured, or a loved one is killed by a defective product, who can I sue?

You can sue the manufacturer of the product. Besides the manufacturer, you can sue every company that was in the marketing chain of the product, i.e., wholesalers, distributors and retailers. Any repairer of the product may also be liable.

What constitutes a defective product under California law?

A product may be found to be defective because of a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or a warning defect. If plaintiff can prove any one of these defects, he or she can win the case against the manufacturer.

What damages can I recover in a defective product case?

The injured person is entitled to recover damages for past and future medical treatment, past and future wage loss, damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress, and, if the injured person can establish bad enough conduct on the part of the manufacturer, punitive damages (i.e. damages intended to punish the business). If the injured person dies, his or her survivors are entitled to recover full compensation for their economic losses that result from the injured person’s death, as well as monetary damages which stem from the loss of society, care, and comfort of the decedent.

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If you have been injured due to a defective product, the Bakersfield products liability attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles recommend taking the following steps:

  • Keep the product and anything related to it, such as packaging, instructions, receipts, etc.
  • Take photographs of the product and the scene of the accident.
  • Verify that you were using the product in accordance with the manufacturer’s written instructions.
  • Gather the names and contact information of any witnesses.
  • Seek medical attention immediately

Once you’ve taken these steps, contact Chain | Cohn | Stiles immediately — by calling 661-323-4000, or visit the website Chainlaw.com — so that the law firm can assist you in filing a products liability lawsuit.

CCS on The Groove: Is there a time limit to obtain attorney help following an accident?

November 12, 2014 | 8:50 am


“If I’m injured in an auto accident, and maybe at that time I don’t think I’m hurt, how long do I have to obtain some legal advice or an attorney like yourself?”

That’s the questioned posed by DJ Sheri Ortiz recently on The Groove 99.3 to accident attorney Marshall Frasher, associate with the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles.

Frasher appeared on the Buckley Radio station show to give advice to listeners on what they should do if they’re ever involved in a car accident.

“What we generally recommend is for people to contact our office as soon as they can after an accident,” Frasher said. “It’s pretty important.”

You can listen to the full segment here:

The reason for contacting an attorney quickly, Frasher shared with listeners, is to make sure the person who is injured knows what their rights are with regards to contacting the an insurance company and making sure they know what to do or what to say in those situations.

Many times, accident victims go to the hospital for treatment, and once they are released they have to handle potential property damage claims. This involved speaking with insurance companies and adjusters — conversations that can be vital to potential cases, Frasher said. Sometimes, accident victims can hurt their cases depending on what they say to adjusters.

“It’s very important that people understand what their rights are before they start talking to a claims adjuster,” Frasher said. “It’s always good to know what your options are, and to know that there is help available to you at an early junction in the case so that you can get a good recovery.”

As stated in the Chain | Cohn | Stiles website dedicated to assisting victims, automobile accident victims may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party’s insurance company and/or by your own insurance company if the negligent driver was uninsured or underinsured. It’s important to take the following three steps if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident:

  • Obtain the name, address, insurance information, vehicle identification number and driver’s license number of any and all people involved in the accident, as well as all witnesses.
  • Make sure that a report is filed with the law enforcement officers, but do not talk to anyone else (especially insurance adjusters) about the accident or sign anything without first consulting an attorney.
  • Seek medical attention immediately and explain to your physician or surgeon all of the symptoms and complaints you have been feeling since the accident occurred.

If you are involved in an accident, contact the accident attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles at 661-323-4000, or visit the website Chainlaw.com. For help related to car accidents specifically, go here.

To listen to more tips and advice by lawyers on The Groove, go here.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week reminds motorist to never drive while tired

November 5, 2014 | 9:23 am


On Tuesday, July 29, 26-year-old Jesse Rios was taking a morning jog near his home in southwest Bakersfield. At the same time, 29-year-old Eliseo Soto was driving home after reportedly working a 12-hour shift, police said.

Soto allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel, jumped a curb in his truck and fatally struck Rios. Rios, the sole provider for his family, left behind his wife and 4-year-old daughter.

The Bakersfield-based wrongful death law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, which is representing the Rios family in their personal injury case, is reminding drivers this week — Drowsy Driving Prevention Week — to think twice before getting behind the wheel while tired.

The week-long campaign — promoted annually by the National Sleep Foundation, from Nov. 2 to Nov. 8 this year — hopes to lower the number of motor vehicle accidents due to fatigue, and ultimately make the roads a safer place overall. The campaign also provides public education about the under-reported risks of driving while drowsy and countermeasures to improve safety on the road.

Don’t think it’s an important issue? Consider these stats and facts:

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 reported crashes are the result of driver fatigue each year.
  • These crashes result in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.
  • 60 percent of adult drivers say they’ve driven while tired in the past year, according to the National Sleep Foundation. And 13 percent say they have nodded off while driving at least once a month.
  • There is no test to determine sleepiness as there is for intoxication.
  • Sleep deprivation increases the risk of a sleep-related crashes. In other words, the less people sleep, the greater the risk.

Here are some tips courtesy of car accident attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles and the National Sleep Foundation. Before you drive, consider if you are:

  • Sleep-deprived or fatigued. Six hours of sleep or less triples your risk.
  • Suffering from sleep loss (insomnia) or poor quality sleep.
  • Driving long distances without proper rest breaks.
  • Driving through the night, mid-afternoon or when you would normally be asleep.
  • Taking sedating medications such as antidepressants, cold tablets or antihistamines.
  • Working more than 60 hours a week. This increases your risk of crashing by 40 percent.
  • Working more than one job and your main job involves shift work.
  • Drinking even small amounts of alcohol.
  • Driving alone or on a long, rural, dark or boring road.

And to make sure you avoid sleep-related accidents and crashes, make sure you follow this advice:

  • Get a good night’s sleep before hitting the highway.
  • Don’t be in a hurry to arrive to your destination.
  • Take a break every two hours or 100 miles to help get refreshed.
  • Use the buddy system to keep you awake and share driving duties.
  • Avoid alcohol and medication that may cause drowsiness or have side effects.
  • Don’t drive when you would normally be sleeping.

If you or a loved one is involved in an accident and you suspect the persona at fault fell asleep, it’s important to contact an attorney. The car accident lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles are experienced in such cases. Call the law firm at 661-323-4000 or visit the website Chainlaw.com.

Trick or Treat? No matter the choice, practice safety this Halloween

October 30, 2014 | 6:55 am


Trick or treat?!

No matter which one you and your family chooses this Halloween, make sure you take proper safety precautions. Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office reminds children and adults to keep the Halloween tradition fun by remembering to be safe.

“There is no real trick to making Halloween a treat for the whole family, but following safety tips and using common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season,” the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The most common dangers on Halloween are falls and vehicle-pedestrian collisions and crashes. Another major concern is identifying candy that has been tampered with, which children are given.

Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for young pedestrians, with twice as many deaths as on a typical day, USA Today reported, according to State Farm. Most at risk are kids ages 12 to 18.

Drunken drivers, too, are another hazard for everyone walking the streets. The share of fatal crashes involving drunken drivers rises from the usual 30 percent to nearly 50 on Halloween, USA Today highlighted. About 20 percent of pedestrian deaths on Halloween involve a drunken driver.

Here are several tips provided by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Chain | Cohn | Stiles to help make Halloween safe and fun:

Parents

  • Know the route your children will be taking if you aren’t going with them.
  • Make sure you set a time for them to be home. Have your children eat a good dinner before going out.
  • Make sure your children are properly supervised while out.
  • Make sure they trick or treat in a group if you are not with them.
  • Children 12 years and younger should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tell your children to never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Tell your children to stay out of the street while walking.
  • Choose a costume that is brightly colored and easy to see in the dark.
  • Carefully inspect all food and candy before letting your child eat it (when in doubt, throw it out).

 Trick or Treaters

  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Stay on sidewalks.
  • Cross the street at intersections, never run out from behind a parked car.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Make sure your costume fits you well.
  • Only approach houses that are well lit.
  • Walk from house to house, don’t run.
  • Never take shortcuts, such as alleyways or empty fields.
  • Don’t eat anything until your parents have had a chance to inspect it.

Children should also know the basics, such as their phone number and address in case of an emergency, and how to react if a stranger tries to approach them. If your child is late returning home or you cannot locate your child, immediately call 9-1-1 and report it to local law enforcement.

Pets 

Calls to animal poison control centers go up at Halloween, according to USA Today. Chocolate contains a compound that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even seizures and death in dogs. Raisins and the artificial sweeteners can also sicken dogs.

  • It’s best to keep all sorts of human treats stashed away.
  • Don’t feel the need to dress up pets in costumes. Pet costumes can cause stress in some pets, and some dogs might try to chew the unwanted costumes off their backs.

Adults

If you are planning on attending a Halloween party, consider the following:

  • In 2012, 23 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involved a drunk driver.
  • In 2012, 48 percent of all traffic fatalities on Halloween resulted from a DUI-related accident.
  • Children are two times as likely to be hit and killed by a vehicle while walking on Halloween.
  • Drinking violations for criminal offenders increase by about 25 percent when Halloween is on a Friday.

And if you or a loved one are involved in an accident during Halloween, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles are experts in pedestrian and car accident cases. Reach them 24 hours a day at 661-323-4000, or visit the website Chainlaw.com.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles joins Diwali celebration with India Association of San Joaquin Valley

October 28, 2014 | 9:10 am


Each year in the autumn, the Indian community celebrates a gazetted holiday featuring a festival of lights. The celebration can last up to five days, when people decorate their home and workplaces with electric lights or oil lamps. Also popular are bowls of water with floating candles and flowers.

The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

It’s called Diwali, which is observed throughout the Indian community in Kern County as well. And each year, the India Association of San Joaquin Valley commemorates this event in Bakersfield with a celebration, this year held on Oct. 25 at Seven Oaks Country Club.

The Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is a proud supporter of the Indian community in the San Joaquin Valley, and this year was a sponsor for the Diwali celebration, and the association’s annual directory for members.

“We support the Indian community, which for years we have been a major part of the Bakersfield community,” said CCS attorney Neil K. Gehlawat. “We had a great time celebrating Diwali with our Indian neighbors throughout Kern County.”

The India Association of San Joaquin Valley was formed in 1974, and since then has continuously grown along with the Indian community in Kern County and the San Joaquin Valley.

“Today, the association has more than 300 paid members and is involved in a wide variety of activities and cultural program, all which bring out the rich heritage of India,” wrote Shetal Mehta, president of the India Association of San Joaquin Valley, in this year’s association directory.

The Gehlawat family has been a longtime supporter of various causes throughout Kern County, including the Diwali celebration. And Dr. Dilbagh Gehlawat has been a beloved pediatrics doctor in Delano for decades.

Neil Gehlawat concentrates his practice on personal injury, and wrongful death cases. He grew up in Bakersfield and graduated from Stockdale High School, before earning his bachelor’s degree from the UC Berkeley. He then went on to obtain his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, before returning to Bakersfield, and joining the firm in 2012.

He is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, and regularly assists Kern County residents of Indian background with their legal needs. If you speak Hindi or Punjabi and are in an accident or are seeking workers’ compensation assistance, call Chain | Cohn | Stiles at 661-323-4000, or visit the website Chainlaw.com.

* Editor’s Note: Neil Gehlawat is no longer an attorney with Chain | Cohn | Stiles *

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*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the values of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles takes on wrongful termination, discrimination case against Bakersfield business

October 24, 2014 | 10:11 am


* Please note: Chain | Cohn | Stiles is no longer accepting wrongful termination cases *

For several years, Adam Rendon worked at Bakersfield’s Best Pawn on Chester Avenue. There, he was subjected to derogatory remarks from his supervisors and coworkers.

At one point, when he ignored the comments, his coworker pointed a gun at him and pulled back the hammer. The gun was unloaded. On another occasion, his colleague told him, “I don’t like me no queers,” and then fired a nail gun on concrete to make a loud “bang.” Rendon, believing that Jimenez had fired an actual gun, experienced heart palpitations and shortness of breath and was admitted to an emergency room at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.

Then, in June 2011, Rendon published a book that detailed his difficult upbringing and revealed he was gay. From that point, he was continuously subjected to severe and pervasive harassment from his coworkers because of his sexual orientation that included employees firing guns at a picture of Rendon attached to a wall at the back of the store.

In February this year, Rendon was fired.

The Bakersfield wrongful termination lawyers at Chain | Cohn | StilesMatt Clark and Neil Gehlawat — have filed a lawsuit against pawn shop owner Donald Younger, manager Jose Santoyo and employee Richard Jimenez for harassment and discrimination. The Bakersfield Californian highlighted the case in its Oct. 24 edition, which you can read here. See the article in the newspaper here.

“The bottom line is that everyone is entitled to work in an environment free of hostility and discrimination,” said Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyer Neil Gehlawat. “Unfortunately for Adam, he was denied this basic right. After self-publishing his book about his difficult upbringing, in which he disclosed his sexual orientation, he was subjected to an array of homophobic remarks, slurs, and even violence by his co-workers. And to make matters worse, when he complained about this behavior to the owner of the store, he was subjected to even more hostility, retaliation, and was ultimately terminated.

Gehlawat continued: “By filing this lawsuit, Adam wants to send a message to Bakersfield’s Best Pawn, and to all employers, that every employee deserves to work in a hostile-free environment, regardless of their age, race, gender, or in his case, sexual orientation.”

Rendon, with the assistance of Chain | Cohn | Stiles, is seeking compensatory damages from Bakersfield’s Best Pawn including lost wages, bonuses and retirement benefits as well as general damages for mental pain, anguish and emotional distress. The lawsuit also demands punitive damages to punish the pawn shop’s owner and employees who either engaged in the harassment or didn’t do anything to stop it.

* Editor’s Note: Neil Gehlawat is no longer an attorney with Chain | Cohn | Stiles *

Make safety a priority for ‘National School Bus Safety Week’

October 21, 2014 | 9:39 am


Each day, thousands of buses leave their stations to pick up and carry some of our nation’s most precious cargo. It’s important other drivers on the road are extra careful when driving around these vehicles.

Schools across the country this week are recognizing “National School Bus Safety Week,” held this year from Oct. 20 to 24. And school and public safety officials are urging everyone — including parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus drivers, school administrator and others — to make safety a priority this week.

The Bakersfield-based personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, too, is promoting safety around Kern County school buses.

School buses continue to be the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In fact, students are 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends. And according to the National Safety Council, school buses are 172 times safer than the family car.

Still, accidents involving school buses can happen. Studies have proven that the most dangerous part of the school bus ride for children is when they get on and off the bus, according to the California School Employees Association (CSEA), which receives law firm benefits through the Group Law Services program with Chain | Cohn | Stiles. CSEA, which represents more than 8,500 school bus drivers and other transportation workers, is a leader in advocating for student safety in California, including sponsoring the 1968 law that requires all buses to carry the “Stop when Red Lights Flash” sign.

Here are school bus safety-related tips for all motorists can take into account:

Parents and Children

  • If your child rides the school bus, walk with him or her to the bus stop and wait until the school bus arrives.
  • When the bus approaches, stand at least six feet away and wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver says that it’s okay before stepping onto the bus.
  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you and you can see the bus driver.
  • Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps don’t get caught in the handrails or doors.
  • Never walk behind the bus. If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Don’t try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.

Motorists

  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in California. Learn the “flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions.
  • Yellow flashing lights mean that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Drivers should slow down and prepare to stop.
  • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms mean that the bus has stopped, and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop and wait for red lights to stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.
  • Be mindful of pedestrians crossing at intersections or crosswalks and slowdown in school zones and residential areas, especially for children playing and gathering near bus stops.
  • Never overtake a school bus, unless you are traveling on a highway or interstate with multiple lanes.
  • Don’t be a distracted driver. You endanger your own life and the lives of others. Your call, text or email can wait.

For more school safety-related tips from Chain | Cohn | Stiles, visit the “Safety Alerts” section here. And if you or your loved one is ever involved in an accident, call the accident lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles at 661-323-4000 or visit the website, chainlaw.com.

CCS takes part in American Heart Association’s ‘Heart Walk,’ ‘Lawyers Have Heart’ fundraiser

October 17, 2014 | 9:24 am


It’s widely known that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States, which claims more than 800,000 American lives each year.

In Bakersfield, the American Heart Association hosts the annual Bakersfield Heart Walk to celebrate those who have made lifestyle changes and encourage others to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles. The event also raises money needed to fund life-saving research and initiatives in our own local community.

This year, the Bakersfield Heart Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at Cal State Bakersfield (CSUB). The Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to support the American Heart Association and the Bakersfield Heart Walk this year.

The Heart Walk will also feature the “Lawyers Have Heart” 5K, which also raises money for the research and community education programs related to the American Heart Association. The event brings together law firms and attorneys to raise awareness of heart disease and strokes. 

This year, CCS partner Matt Clark will take part in the Lawyers Have Heart 5K. This event began in 1991, and since then has raised more than $7.5 million for the American Heart Association and its causes. The event aims to raise awareness, and to also show local communities that local attorneys case about making a difference, while also promoting exercise and fitness. Today, Lawyers Have Heart has grown to by one of the largest philanthropic endeavors supported law firms and legal vendors in the United States.  

The Lawyers Have Heart 5K and Heart Walk in Bakersfield has raised $185,000 so far, with the goal of raising $210,000 to fund life-saving research and health initiatives in Kern County.

The Oct. 18 event will feature a 5K timed run, 5K walk, 2-mile walk, survivor’s lap, kid’s zone, health screenings, VIP tent for Top Walkers, vendor tents, a team T-shirt contest and more. Adult survivors will be honored with hats, and child survivor will receive special Heart Hero capes. Lunch will be donated by Subway.

There is still time to sign up to help. The Lawyer Have Heart run is $35 per participant, and all runners will receive a T-shirt.

This year an estimated 785,000 Americans will have a new coronary attack and about 470,000 will have a recurrent attack. It is also estimated that an additional 195,000 silent heart attacks occur each year. Join Chain | Cohn | Stiles and support the American Heart Association.

For more information, go to Kern County’s American Heart Association’s web page here or visit the American Heart Association Kern County’s Facebook page here.

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UPDATE: CCS partner Matt Clark competed and came in second place overall in the “Lawyers Have Heart” 5K on Saturday at Cal State Bakersfield. See his photo finish here.

Fatal distracted driving crash involving deputy in Los Angeles similar to local case

September 4, 2014 | 10:17 am


As was reported recently, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges against a sheriff’s deputy who was apparently distracted by his mobile digital computer when he fatally struck a cyclist and prominent entertainment attorney in Calabasas in December.

He was riding his bicycle in the bicycle lane when the deputy’s patrol car hit him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputy was reportedly returning from a fire call at the time of the collision.

Even though the deputy was inattentive by typing into his mobile computer in his patrol car, the district attorney’s office reported, the deputy “was acting within the course and scope of his duties when he began to type his response” and “he acted lawfully.” In short, the law does not prohibit officers from using an electronic wireless communications device while on duty.

The cyclist’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county, the sheriff’s department and the deputy, alleging driver negligence and seeking to obtain more information about the incident.

The situation is similar to another case handled by the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, in which two people were struck and killed by Kern County Sheriff’s deputy patrol car as they were legally crossing a street. The deputy was driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone before hitting them, as was responding to a call of a stolen vehicle; however, his emergency lights and siren were not turned on.

In March, the wrongful death case settled for $8.8 million, believed to be record-breaking for an automobile accident case against the County of Kern. Read more about the case here. In the criminal case, the deputy took a plea deal, and was sentenced today to 480 hours of community service. During his sentencing, the deputy apologized for the crash.

Simply, distracted driving is dangerous. The attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have provided tips in their website for drivers to avoid distracted driving.

  • Use your electronic device only when parked, or have a passenger use it.
  • Never use an electronic device or take notes while driving.
  • If your phone rings while driving, let the cellular voice mail service take the call and listen to the message later when you are parked.

These tips are meant to protect you, your family, and everyone else on the road. Other tips include:

  • Pay attention to the road: Do not take notes or look up phone numbers while driving. If you are reading an address book or business card while driving a car, or writing a “to-do” list, then you are not watching where you are going. It’s common sense. Don’t get caught in a dangerous situation because you are reading or writing and not paying attention to the road or nearby vehicles.
  • Do not engage in distracting conversations: Stressful or emotional conversations and driving do not mix. They are distracting and even dangerous when you are behind the wheel. Make people you are talking with aware you are driving. If necessary, suspend phone conversations which have the potential to divert your attention from the road.

For more tips, go to Chainlaw.com. And for more on distracted driving, laws and statistics, click here.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles partners with Groove 99.3

August 22, 2014 | 9:23 am


The Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to announce its partnership with The New Groove 99.3, “Bakersfield’s Old School” station.

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UPDATE: To hear audio clips of Chain | Cohn | Stiles on The Groove, go below and click on the links. 

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The Buckley Radio Group station — which is family owned and operated — is now airing various CCS commercials throughout the day (to listen to these, click the links below under “Radio Commercials”). Twice a month also you will find our attorneys chatting live in air with Groove DJ Sheri Ortiz about various personal injury and workers compensation* cases handled by the law firm, discussing Kern County injury cases getting attention in the media, and answering questions from listeners. You can also find our logo and link on the Groove’s website.

Catch us this month with Sheri Ortiz on Thursday, Aug. 28, and on Friday, Aug. 29. Check back to this post for a schedule of future radio appearances.

Additionally, the partnership between Chain | Cohn | Stiles and The Groove includes participation in three nonprofit events.

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ll be reminding women and men on air to see a doctor for a mammogram on each Buckley station, which includes KLLY, KKBB and KNZR.
  • In November and December, we’ll also be involved with Bakersfield Toys for Tots Toy Drive, which raises funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local coordinators and defray the costs of conducting annual Toys for Tots campaigns.
  • We’ll also be a part of the “Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign” from Dec. 24 to 31. This falls in line with Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ commitment to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. This year, the law firm is helping organize and host Bakersfield’s first-ever “Walk/Run Like MADD” with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County. Learn more about the Sept. 20 event HERE.

Here are the radio commercials you can find airing now on Groove 99.3. To listen to some of our other radio commercials, which will air during each Bakersfield College Renegades football game, go HERE.

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*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the values of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.