Resources

The Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel is pleased to provide links to the following resources for victims of serious personal injury and those contemplating filing for consumer bankruptcy. For further resources or to speak with an experienced attorney regarding a personal injury or bankruptcy matter in the Bay Area, contact the Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel.

California Legal Resources

California Court System

State of California Official Website

California State Bar Association

Personal Injury Resources

The California Department of Motor Vehicles registers vehicles in California and licenses their drivers, as well as maintaining driving records including accidents and convictions.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) manages more than 50,000 miles of California’s highway and freeway lanes and provides inter-city rail services.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration directs the highway safety and consumer programs established by the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, the Highway Safety Act of 1966, the 1972 Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act, and succeeding amendments to these laws.

The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads, through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an industry-funded independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s highways.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a not-for-profit, publicly-supported charitable educational and research organization dedicated to saving lives and reducing collisions and injuries on the roads.

Advocates for Highway Safety encourages the adoption of federal and state laws, policies and programs that save lives and reduce injuries.

The Bureau of Transportation Studies at the United States Department of Transportation publishes safety information and research-based statistics on accidents.

The citizen services section of the United States Department of Transportation‘s website provides information on roads and bridges and vehicle safety.

The Kelley Blue Book on-line can help you determine the value of your car, which is helpful information in negotiations with an insurance company.

The mission of the American Medical Association is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

The Brain Injury Association of America is the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The Brain Trauma Foundation was founded to improve the outcome of TBI patients by developing best practice guidelines, conducting clinical research and educating medical personnel.

Trucking – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides extensive regulations designed to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

Motorcycles – The Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides a library of safety booklets and tip sheets for riders. The Motorcycle Industry Council is dedicated to promoting and preserving the motorcycle industry. The American Motorcyclist Association provides a summary of motorcycle laws by state. Click here for California.

BicyclesYield to Life is a non-profit organization providing safety tips and accident advice for bicyclists and motorcyclists. California bicycle laws can be found here.

Product Safety – The Consumer Product Safety Commission was created to protect the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from consumer products. 

Bankruptcy Resources

The U.S. Bankruptcy Code allows you to download the entire code (Title 11) or access individual chapters, such as Chapter 7 liquidation, Chapter 13 debt adjustment (wage earner’s plan), or Chapter 11 reorganization

The U.S. Bankruptcy Courts website provides a great deal of consumer-oriented information, including Bankruptcy Basics in general as well as information specific to Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

All bankruptcy proceedings are governed by the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedures, which cover everything from filing a petition to a grant of discharge.

This pamphlet from the State Bar of California answers many bankruptcy-related questions.

The public education division of the American Bar Association helps you understand the rules of the two major forms of personal bankruptcy and the other options that exist for those who are facing financial difficulty.

The U.S. Trustee Program is the component of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases and private trustees under Title 11 (the Bankruptcy Code) and 28 U.S.C. 586