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Daniel Rodriguez Makes The 2022 California Super Lawyers List

Posted in Awards on January 12, 2022

Founder and President of Rodriguez & Associates, Daniel Rodriguez, has been selected to the 2022 California Super Lawyers list. Daniel has been part of this list every year since 2009.

Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.

Daniel’s firm has obtained more multi-million-dollar verdicts than any other law firm in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and has earned the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history.

To learn more about Daniel Rodriguez, click here.

Congratulations, Daniel!

Named to Expertise.com’s Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Bakersfield List

Posted in Awards,Firm News,Honors and Recognitions,Kern County Lawyers,Personal Injury,Rodriguez & Associates on January 11, 2022

Rodriguez & Associates has been named by Expertise.com’s one of the Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Bakersfield for 2022. Expertise.com aims to connect people with the top experts in their city by field. 

Our firm was also named to the site’s 2022 top 19 Best Car Accident Lawyers in Bakersfield and the top 20 Best Litigation Attorneys in Bakersfield

Expertise.com evaluated 243 personal injury firms in the Bakersfield area, scoring them on more than 25 variables across five categories including availability, qualifications, reputation, experience, and professionalism. The results were then analyzed to provide the public with the best 23 lawyers in the area. 

Rodriguez & Associates is based in Bakersfield, California, but we have represented clients from all over the country. 

If you or a loved one are in need of an experienced and professional personal injury attorney, contact our personal injury attorneys at Rodriguez & Associates today.

Named Best Car Accident Lawyers in Bakersfield by Expertise.com

Posted in Awards,Car Accidents,Firm News,Honors and Recognitions,Kern County Lawyers,Personal Injury on January 11, 2022

Rodriguez & Associates tops Expertise.com’s list: 2022 Best Car Accident Lawyers in Bakersfield

Our firm has been featured in top rankings consistently by Expertise.com over the last several years.

We were also named to the site’s 2022 Best Litigation Attorneys in Bakersfield and Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Bakersfield lists. 

Expertise.com scored dozens of Bakersfield car accident lawyers on more than 25 variables across five categories and analyzed the results to give readers a hand-picked list of the top 19 firms in the area. 

Rodriguez and Associates has over 100 years of combined experience in handling car and other vehicular accident cases and takes pride in their reputation of success and professionalism. To learn more about us, click here.

Does Car Insurance Cover Me If I Hit a Pedestrian?

Posted in Car Accidents,Pedestrian Accidents,Personal Injury,Rodriguez & Associates on January 4, 2022

Car accidents occur every day on California roads. These collisions often involve two or more drivers. In some cases, pedestrians and cyclists are struck by drivers, resulting in severe injuries and property damage.

If you are in a car accident and hit a pedestrian, you could be financially responsible for that victim’s losses. Your insurance policy will typically cover these damages, but if the pedestrian requires additional compensation, you could be liable for the remaining cost.

California Car Insurance Requirements

State laws on car insurance typically fall into one of two categories: fault or no-fault. In no-fault states, people who are injured in car accidents are financially responsible for their own losses. They carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance that pays for their damages after an accident.

Like most states, California follows a fault-based car accident system. If a driver causes a car accident, they are financially responsible for all of the damages that the victims sustain. Pedestrians, along with other drivers, passengers, and cyclists, are covered by this insurance policy.

To uphold this financial responsibility, drivers must carry the following amounts of car insurance.

  • $15,000 for injury or death to one person in an accident
  • $30,000 for injury or death to all people in an accident
  • $5,000 for property damage per accident

What Happens If You Hit a Pedestrian

If you are involved in a car accident and hit a pedestrian, the pedestrian could file a claim against you. Victims of California car accidents have the right to pursue an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver. If the pedestrian believes that you are at fault for the accident, he or she will likely file a claim against your insurance.

Your policy would cover the pedestrian’s losses up to your policy limits. If the pedestrian requires more compensation, he or she could escalate the case to a lawsuit. For this reason, it may be helpful to invest in higher amounts of insurance coverage. A Bakersfield car accident attorney can help you decipher the details of your case and explore your legal options.

Could a Pedestrian Be Liable for Your Car Accident?

Motorists are often at fault in accidents involving pedestrians. However, pedestrians hold certain duties and responsibilities as well. If a pedestrian fails to exercise reasonable care while on the road and causes an accident, he or she could be financially responsible for the accident. 

For example, say that a pedestrian suddenly runs across the road in front of an oncoming vehicle. The driver does not have enough time to stop and hits the pedestrian. In this situation, the pedestrian would be considered at fault because he or she committed a dangerous act. The driver could not reasonably stop and avoid an accident due to the pedestrian’s actions.

In some cases, drivers and pedestrians share liability for a collision. For example, say that a driver is speeding in a school zone. A pedestrian suddenly jaywalks across the street and the driver could not stop in time to avoid a collision. In this situation, the pedestrian may share 30% of the fault while the driver holds 70%. Under California law, the pedestrian could collect 70% of his or her total damages from the driver.

If you are involved in a pedestrian collision, it is important to speak with a lawyer. A Bakersfield bicycle accident attorney can represent your best interests and help you navigate the claims process. Contact an attorney as soon as possible following your accident to discuss your legal options.

Stay Safe This New Year’s Eve: Don’t Drink and Drive

Posted in Personal Injury on December 27, 2021

As New Year approaches, many people celebrate New Year’s with their families and friends. Once the party is over, it may be tempting to drive home. However, driving under the influence is not safe. The driver may hit someone while driving and/or get a DUI. There are different ways drivers get DUI’s. For example, a driver can get a DUI from alcohol intoxication or non-legal drugs—or even from legally prescribed medications.

This New Year’s Eve, we encourage you to:

  • Stay sober or;
  • Get a rideshare service or taxi or;
  • Get a ride from a family member or friend or;
  • Celebrate at home

We wish you a safe holiday season!

Daniel Rodriguez Races in the 16th Annual Antarctic Ice Marathon

Posted in Events on December 23, 2021

In Union Glacier on December 17th, 2021, Runbuk, Inc hosted the 16th edition of the infamous Antarctic Ice Marathon with sixty-two registered athletes from all over the world. For over a decade, marathoners and adventure athletes looking for their next challenge have gathered in Antarctica to compete in the annual race.

These ice-marathoners trek through the frozen tundra near the South Pole, beginning at the foot of the Ellsworth Mountains and running 26.2 miles through freezing temperatures. The race is recognized by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and qualifies runners for the World Marathon Challenge, where runners aim to complete marathons on each of the seven continents.

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest, and driest continent in the world. Because of these severe conditions athletes must train to be prepared for a number of possibilities during their race. The extreme elements and windy weather constantly change the Antarctic landscape, making the marathon course notoriously unpredictable, as well as the annual race winners. This year was no exception to the extreme.

Before even reaching the race’s starting line, athletes had already endured a marathon of multiple flights, travel restrictions, quarantines, and weather delays. A massive storm detained many athletes in Chile, where they had been quarantined, prior to the last leg of the trip to Antarctica. The storm led to a multiple-day weather delay, difficult, soft snow, and temperatures in the negative teens. The challenges the athletes faced leading up to the race did not deter this group one bit and instead they bonded, many forming friendships.

Due to weather concerns and the possibility of cracks forming in the ice, athletes were required to stay on a predetermined loop of approximately 6.5 miles (10.5km). The loop was completed four times to meet the marathon distance. Winning the men’s division is Grzegorz Bogunia of Poland who completed the course in 3:53:02. Evija Reine of Latvia took home the gold for the women with a time of 4:06:11.

Among the competitors is Daniel Rodriguez, founder and president of Rodriguez & Associates of Bakersfield, California. Daniel made the trip to Antarctica with his son, Tomas Rodriguez, where they both overcame the challenges of climate and travel to race in this once-in-a-lifetime athletic experience.

A marathon runner for many years, Daniel is no stranger to hard work, determination, and grit. These personal traits that have been ingrained in him from a young age, and that made him such a successful attorney, are evident throughout all aspects of his life. Competing in the Antarctic Ice Marathon race is just one more testament to his drive and passion for life.

Congratulations, Daniel!

Rodriguez & Associates Sponsor the Fog Run to Benefit At-Risk Youth

Posted in Community Involvement,Events,Firm News,Rodriguez & Associates on December 22, 2021

Rodriguez & Associates is one of the Platinum Sponsors for the 32nd Annual 5k-10k Fog Run at Lake Ming, CA on January 8th, 2022. 

This is a fun, family-friendly 5K-10K race to support at-risk youth including Kern County Probation Department’s Stockdale Helping Hands program. The race takes place on a beautiful scenic course overlooking beautiful mountains and lake views. 

Stockdale Helping Hands (S.H.H.) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to guide at-risk youth towards success by removing barriers and equipping them with their basic needs. S.H.H provides at-risk youth with clothing, hygiene products, and other necessities to go on with their daily activities. S.H.H helps set up our youth for success and makes our community a safer place. 

Our office is proud to be sponsoring and participating in this important run for the Kern County youth. 

Click here to sign up for the Fog Run. 

At Rodriguez & Associates, we strive to serve our community both in and out of the courtroom. We are able to help those in need as well as strengthen the community we work and live in by supporting our local organizations and charities.

Danay Gonzalez Answers Commonly Asked Questions About Being a Lawyer

Posted in Personal Injury Attorneys,Rodriguez & Associates on December 14, 2021

Danay Gonzalez, attorney at Rodriguez & Associates, answers a few commonly asked questions people have for her about being a personal injury lawyer.

What made you become a lawyer?

I wanted to be a voice for my community and make a difference.

How did you become a lawyer?

After high school, I attended UCLA, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I went on to attend and graduate from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law. I was fortunate enough to pass the July 2017 Bar Exam on my first try.

Is being a lawyer hard?

Absolutely the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but so rewarding!

Watch California personal injury lawyer, Danay Gonzalez answer these questions in her TikTok video:

Danay grew up in Kern County, CA, and knew she wanted to help others by becoming a personal injury lawyer after seeing how Daniel Rodriguez, founder and senior partner at Rodriguez & Associates and successful member of the Hispanic community, advocated for her friends and neighbors.

Danay, along with Daniel Rodriguez and partner Chantal Trujillo, obtained the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history of $70,578,289 for a truck vs SUV case.

Danay is passionate about fighting for people’s rights and helping them find their own voice.

CONTACT OUR BAKERSFIELD PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

Rodriguez & Associates is conveniently located in downtown Bakersfield, CA. We are available for weekend and evening appointments, charge no fee for consultations, and speak both English and Spanish. To contact us, please call 661-323-1400 or 800-585-9262 Toll-Free.

Trucks vs. Cars: Are All Vehicle Crashes the Same?

Posted in Car Accidents,Personal Injury,Personal Injury Attorneys,Rodriguez & Associates,Truck Accidents on December 2, 2021

Every car crash has its own unique set of circumstances that individuals, law enforcement, and insurance companies must handle, but when a crash involves a commercial truck (also referred to as a semi-truck or tractor-trailer) additional layers of trucking law, regulations, insurance policies, and negligence come into play. Handling a lawsuit that involves a commercial trucking accident requires representation with knowledge and experience of these factors.

Determining Liability

Typically, in a car crash, there is one person who is determined to be at fault. Due to the nature of the trucking industry, multiple parties, including or excluding the driver of the truck, can be held responsible for damages. Depending on the specifics of an accident, the truck driver, the truck manufacturer, the trucking company, and even more players may hold some or all of the responsibility for the incident. Because of these layers of involvement, determining liability in a commercial truck accident can be a logistical nightmare that requires deep knowledge of trucking laws to sort out who is at fault.

More Serious Personal Injury

The weight of the average American car will range between 2,000 to 4,000 pounds, whereas a commercial truck can range from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds. Trucks also have significant physical dimensions that require longer stopping distances, wider turn radiuses, and larger blind spots.

In an accident involving any two vehicles, the physical size and proportions affect the force inflicted. A crash involving two cars will potentially cause far less damage than a car that is struck by a vehicle 20 times its size. It is for this reason that accidents involving commercial trucks typically cause greater physical injury, more fatalities, and more totaled cars. Read more about trucking accident statistics here.

Trucking Insurance Policies

A commercial truck accident case can be worth a huge amount in court because the trucking industry requires massive insurance policies. Trucking insurance providers will aggressively defend their clients to avoid liability. A rise in truck accidents has influenced increases in insurance policies for trucking companies with more at stake in a lawsuit. Bakersfield Truck Accident Attorneys of Rodriguez and Associates has the expertise to handle all situations that arise in court.

Investigating Truck Accidents

Due to the many complexities of a truck crash, investigations are extensive and can require many months of research in addition to knowledge of federal and state trucking regulations. Familiarity with different types of evidence required throughout an investigation is imperative. Examples of evidence include:

  • Accident reports
  • Electronic logs
  • Photos and witness statements
  • Evidence requested in a spoliation letter

Trucking accident attorneys of Rodriguez & Associates have handled hundreds of truck accidents. Founder and senior attorney Daniel Rodriguez, along with attorneys Chantal Trujillo and Danay Gonzalez, obtained the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history of $70,578,289 for a truck vs SUV case. We are familiar with truck accidents’ engineering, truckers’ fatigue, and other issues that lead to catastrophic accidents.

If you – or someone you love – have been a victim of a truck accident, contact us today. Call us at (661) 323-1400 for a free consultation to discuss your case and legal options.

Common Mistakes People Make After Being In a Motor Vehicle Accident

Posted in Car Accidents,Personal Injury,Personal Injury Attorneys on December 1, 2021

We understand how a serious injury or losing a loved one in a car crash can and will impact your life. It’s very common to be shaken up after a motor vehicle accident, but it’s very important to remember these key steps so we can help your case to the best of our ability.

  • Get a police report.
  • Take pictures of the scene, injuries, and/or vehicles.
  • Get witness contact information.
  • Don’t tell the police/ambulance that “you’re fine”, it will go in the report.
  • Make sure to seek medical attention within 3 days.
  • Don’t give a statement to your insurance company without having a lawyer.

Watch personal injury attorney, Danay Gonzalez explain these steps in her educational TikTok video:
We understand just how stressful it can be to experience a significant motor vehicle accident in Bakersfield, CA. Our trusted personal injury attorneys at Rodriguez & Associates have handled hundreds of motor vehicle accident cases. We will review every aspect of your claim, and discover the party responsible for your situation.

Whether your car was struck by a drunk driver or you were involved in a collision while riding your bicycle, a crash can cause emotional trauma, property damage, and permanent injuries. Our team diligently fights to maximize your settlement and protect your best interests.

CONTACT OUR BAKERSFIELD MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS

Rodriguez & Associates is conveniently located in downtown Bakersfield. We are available for weekend and evening appointments, charge no fee for consultations, and speak both English and Spanish. To contact us, please call 661-323-1400 or 800-585-9262 Toll-Free.