SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Truck Accident Attorney Discusses Truck Accidents | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

“We Meet Our Clients By Accident”

The information provided in the following articles is for information purposes only. If you feel you have a personal injury case, please contact us for a FREE case evaluation.


Southern California sees its share of trucks on the road and its share of truck accidents.  This is especially true for Santa Clarita Valley because trucks often travel on the Interstate 5 Freeway and it seems that trucks accidents are a common place when it rains.

Statistic gathered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, reveal that in 2005, accidents involving large trucks resulted in 5,212 fatalities.  Most of these fatalities involve passenger vehicles who get the brunt of the force when hit by large trucks.

In order to protect motorists, special safety rules and regulations have been implemented for truck drivers.  These rules have helped reduce truck accidents, which can still occur regardless of whether a truck driver adheres to or violates these safety rules and regulations.  Can some of these accidents be avoided?  That depends on the cause of the accident, which could be one of many.

1.  Driving too close.

Often times, truck drivers drive too close to the vehicles in front of them and when that vehicle stops, the truck may not have sufficient distance to stop before hitting the vehicle.

2.  Driving too fast.

It generally takes an 18 wheeler 40% greater time to stop, when compared to that of a passenger vehicle.  This estimate varies depending on weather conditions, road conditions, the weight of load the truck is carrying, and whether or not the truck is bobtailing (i.e. the truck is being driven without an attached trailer).

3.  Driver Fatigue

Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, truck drivers must keep a log, showing their hours of operation (i.e. driving hours) and their off-duty (non-driving) hours.  These strict guidelines were put in place to reduce or minimize driver fatigue.  When a truck driver fails to adhere to these rules, fatigue may set in, making him a dangerous driver on the road.

4.  Driver Aggression

Truck drivers have strict time schedules, especially when hauling perishable goods.  When a truck driver is running late, he tends to become more aggressive on the road, placing other motorists at risk.

5.  Driver Error

Sometimes, truck drivers cut a corner too thin or too wide when making a turn.  Sometimes, because of their heights, truck drivers fail to see small passenger vehicles, bicyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians in their blind spots.

6.  Load Shift

If improperly tied down, loads can shift during transport.  When this happens, a truck driver can lose control of his truck.

Regardless of the cause, if you have been injured in a truck accident, please contact our office for a free consultation.  The Mason Law Firm Truck Accident Attorneys has an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and Mason Rashtian has an “AV” Rating with Martindale-Hubble, which is highest rating an attorney can achieve in the field of legal ability and ethical standards.  There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.

Conveniently Located

The Mason Law Firm has 3 convenient locations:

Our Toll Free Number:  (800) 577-0149

Santa Clarita Valley
27240 Turnberry Lane, #200
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 362-0805

Burbank
3500 West Olive Avenue, 3rd Fl
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 533-1671

San Fernando Valley
15303 Ventura Blvd., 9th Fl
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 533-1671

Licensed to practice law and serve clients throughout the State of California


Member: Santa Clarita Valley Bar AssociationMember Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of CommerceMember: San Fernando Valley Bar Association

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SCV Attorney | SCV Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Train Accidents | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

“We Meet Our Clients By Accident”

The information provided in the following articles is for information purposes only. If you feel you have a personal injury case, please contact us for a FREE case evaluation.


Pursuant to California law, trains are considered “common carriers” because they offer transportation to the general public for profit.  Under the law, trains must use the highest care and diligence of a very caution person when transporting passengers.  This means that trains (and their operators) must do all that is necessary under the circumstances to avoid injury or harm to their passengers.

Prior to opening his own practice, Train Accident Attorney Mason Rashtian of The Mason Law Firm worked as an insurance defense attorney and often times defended common carriers in accident cases.  As such, Personal Injury Attorney Mason Rashtian understands the obligations placed on common carriers, such as trains and train operators.

In 2006, Mr. Rashtian opened his own practice and is now in the position of helping victims of train accidents (such as Metrolink trains and AMTRAK trains) recover for injuries sustained as a result of negligent and careless behavior by train operators.

Regardless of the cause, if you have been injured in a train accident, please contact our office for a free consultation.  The Mason Law Firm as an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and Mason Rashtian has an “AV” Rating with Martindale-Hubble, which is highest rating an attorney can achieve in the field of legal ability and ethical standards.  There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.

Conveniently Located

The Mason Law Firm has 3 convenient locations:

Our Toll Free Number:  (800) 577-0149

Santa Clarita Valley
27240 Turnberry Lane, #200
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 362-0805

Burbank
3500 West Olive Avenue, 3rd Fl
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 533-1671

San Fernando Valley
15303 Ventura Blvd., 9th Fl
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 533-1671

Licensed to practice law and serve clients throughout the State of California


Member: Santa Clarita Valley Bar AssociationMember Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of CommerceMember: San Fernando Valley Bar Association

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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Do You Need An Attorney or Can You Handle Your Own Injury Case? | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

“We Meet Our Clients By Accident”

Getting into a car accident is not an everyday event.  If you get into an accident, there are many things that come into play, which you need to be aware of.  For example,
  • Should you give a statement to the insurance company?
  • If you give a statement, what should you say?
  • Should you fill our forms given to you by the insurance company?
  • How do you find a trusted healthcare provider to examine and treat you?
  • How do you pay for your medical treatment?
  • Can you recover for lost income?
  • What about pain, suffering, aggravation and inconvenience?

This is just the beginning.  What happens if the insurance company denies your injury claim?  What happens if they accept your claim but will not pay for some or all of your medical bills?  What happens if the insurance company refuses to pay for your lost income or pain and suffering?  If they make a settlement offer, is that offer fair based on the facts of your case?  This is just pre-litigation.

What happens if you have to file a lawsuit?  How do you file it?  How do you conduct discovery?  How do you prove your case?  How do you prove your damages?  Are you ready to go up against the insurance company and its experienced defense lawyers?

There are just some of the issues than can arise.  So, when I am asked “Do I need an attorney or can I handle my own injury case?”, I can quoting Abraham Lincoln, who once said: “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” But, I usually put it this way: “You wake up one morning with a bad tooth ache.  You have a choice:  (1) you can go to your garage, pick up a pair of pliers and yank the tooth out, or (2) you can call a dentist. Which one would you choose?” The same principle applies here.

If you choose to handle your own injury case, remember that you will be facing a seasoned and experienced adjuster, who has been trained to do everything in his/her power not to pay you anything on the case or to pay you as little was possible.  If the case ends up in litigation (i.e. a lawsuit is filed), then you will also be facing a experienced defense attorney with the same objective as that of the adjuster.

Most, if not all, personal injury attorneys take injury cases on a contingency fee basis.  This means that the attorney gets paid a percentage of the settlement or judgment  and if there is no recovery in the case, then the attorney does not charge you a fee.

So, if you are not paying anything out of your pocket for an attorney, why wouldn’t you then utilize his or her expertise?

Maybe the question should be: “How can I afford not to hire an attorney to handle my personal injury case?”  It is crucial that you hire an attorney as soon as possible in the case, and preferably before you start dealing with the insurance company.  The longer you wait before hiring an attorney, the more harm you can cause to your case.

If you have a personal injury case, such as an accident, slip and fall, dog bite, etc., and want to get an honest assessment of your case and be educated as to your options, please give us a call. There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.

Santa Clarita Valley
27240 Turnberry Ln, #200
Valencia, CA 91355
Tel: (661) 362-0805

Our Toll Free Number:  (800) 577-0149

You can also reach us by email:  mason@mrscvlaw.com


Licensed to practice law and serve clients throughout the State of California


Member: Santa Clarita Valley Bar AssociationMember Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of CommerceMember: San Fernando Valley Bar Association

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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Motorcycle Accidents | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

Often times, a motorcycle accident results in serious injuries or death.  Statistics reveal that for every mile traveled in 2006, there were 35 times more deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents than from car accidents.  The reason for the severity of injuries in motorcycle accidents is attributed to one fact: motorcycles provide less protection in a crash when compared with other vehicles.

In many accidents involving motorcycles and cars, trucks or buses, the motorcycle is generally struck head-on as opposed to the rear or the side.  In such head-on collisions, the chance of sustaining a serious injury or death dramatically increases because the motorcyclist is generally thrown from his bike due a lack of seat belt.

Sometimes, a motorcycle accident occurs when a car makes a left-hand turn in front of a motorcyclist, striking the motorcyclist in the process or forcing him/her to swerve to avoid an impending collision.  This type of accident generally occurs because the driver of the vehicle failed to see the motorcycle due to its size or did not expect a motorcycle to be approaching or passing on the left.  The same may also occur when a vehicle is making a right-hand turn, but this type of accident occurs less frequently.

Another cause of motorcycle accidents could be attributed to lane splitting.  This occurs when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of traffic where cars are stopped or are moving slowly.

Regardless of the cause of the accident, if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, please give us a call. We will provide you with an honest assessment and educate you.  There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case. For more information, contact us at (661) 362-0805 or visit our site at:

http://mrscvlaw.com

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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Seat Belts and Car Accidents | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

Ever wonder how seat belts progressed to the seat belts of today?

The credit largely goes to Consumer Attorneys, commonly known as Personal Injury Attorneys, who fought manufacturers for a better and safer seat belt.  Personal Injury Attorneys filed lawsuits that went a long way to highlight the dangers of no seat belt and defective or inferior seat belts.

One such lawsuit involved Chrysler’s Gen 3 defective seat belts, which were installed in more than 14 million cars.  These seat belts were defective because they had a tendency to unlatch in vehicle accidents, making them useless for the very purpose which they were invented.  Because of these lawsuits and the work performed by Personal Injury Attorneys, seat belts have been redesigned.

If you want more information about this topic or personal injury lawsuits, please visit our website at:

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http://sfvalleylaw.com

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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Gap Insurance May Be Essential After An Accident For Those Who Finance Their Vehicles | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

For more information about personal injury, including accidents, please contact us at (661) 362-0805.

Most people have not heard of Gap Insurance.  What is it?  Do you need it?  How can it potentially help you after an accident.

You can also find additional information on our website:

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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Importance of Having Med Pay and How it Helps You After an Accident | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

In this video, Mason Rashtian discusses the importance of having a Med Pay provision in your automobile policy.  Such a provision can be very beneficial following a car accident.  For an article on Med Pay, please click here.

For more information about all personal injury matters, including accident, please contact us at (661) 362-0805 or (818) 700-8422, or visit our website at:

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