With the shortest day of the year fast approaching, we find ourselves on the roads after dark more and more. If you are a motorcycle rider, how can you protect yourself during the more dangerous after dark hours? Here are three things that could save your life.
- Take the Best Route – During the day, feel free to take the scenic route. At night, the most important thing is visibility. You don’t get a lot of light from the single headlight on a motorcycle, so well-lit roads are the best for seeing obstacles. Well-lit areas also give you the best chance of other drivers seeing you.
- Wear Reflective Clothing – If you are wearing all black on a black bike, other drivers are likely not to see you even on a decently lit road. Especially at night, you want to have something reflective on you and on your bike. When another driver’s lights are on you, they should be able to see you right away.
- Ride Slow – Speeding is the most common cause of accidents for drivers of just about any type of vehicle. You should always obey the speed limit, but be sure to drive the right speed for the conditions (darkness, bad weather, etc.) even if that means going a little slower than you prefer.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers in San Diego
If you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident in the state of California, especially if you are in the San Diego area, contact the personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm. We have the experience and know-how to ensure your settlement includes compensation for all of your injury-related loses. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 now.Read More
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury in the state of California. We’re going to take a closer look at three of the most common causes of car accidents so that you have the best chance of protecting yourself and your loved ones.
- Alcohol – Drunk driving is not only related to accidents involving injuries, but it is particularly associated with auto accident fatalities. The smart move is to call a taxi, Uber, or just let a friend be a designated driver, especially around the holidays when the frequency of drunk driving accidents spikes.
- Speeding – Nearly all auto accidents go back to speeding. Whether the driver is distracted, drunk, or running a stop sign, the collision still usually has to do with speed. Always drive the speed limit, and give other drivers who are willing to break the law a wider berth when they try to pass.
- Hazardous weather conditions – From low visibility due to fog to rain and slippery wet roads, there are all sorts of weather conditions that make it more dangerous to be on the road. If you have to be out in the bad weather, be sure to use proper defensive driving techniques, and leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
If You Have Been Injured in an Auto Accident in California
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an auto accident in the state of California, the personal injurie attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to receive a proper settlement rather than the ridiculous first offer that most insurance companies make. To learn more, call our San Diego office today at 619-344-0360.Read More
Are you concerned that your beneficiaries may still have a long way to go in learning to handle money? If so, you may want to protect them from misusing their inheritance by installing a spendthrift clause into your trust. What does this provision do? How can it protector your heirs from creditors?
The Benefits of a Spendthrift Trust
Once funds have been distributed to a benefactor, creditors can go after these assets. However, funds that are not under control of the heir or that have not yet been dispersed can be protected from certain creditors. This is where a spendthrift clause comes into play.
In a spendthrift trust, the funds are under the control of a trustee who distributes funds to the heir when he or she sees fit. Since the beneficiary cannot access these funds at will, they are not considered to be his or her property. This provides the additional protection from creditors who can only go after what the beneficiary actually owns.
There are, however, exceptions to every rule. For example, a court may direct that child support or alimony payments that have been awarded can be taken from a spendthrift trust.
Learn More About Your Estate Planning Options
To learn more about your estate planning options, contact the experienced attorneys at Petrov Law Firm by calling 619-344-0360. From developing an estate plan from scratch to reworking an outdated plan, we can help you to prepare for the future with confidence.Read More
If you are debating whether to form a living trust as a part of your estate plan or to just leave everything behind by means of a last will and testament, this article may help you make that decision. We’re going to look at three things that make a trust superior to a will.
- Avoid Probate – Don’t make your assets have to go through probate court and be subject to an executor. Forming a living will can allow you to pass your estate directly to your beneficiaries. You can still include clauses that dictate how the trust is dispensed (for example, you can instruct the successor trustee to manage the funds until your heirs turn 18).
- Manage Your Own Trust – You can control what goes into your trust and serve as the trustee until you die. This gives you full control over the trust. You do, however, also have the option of appointing a trustee to care for things while you are still alive.
- Keep Your Estate Private – Trusteeships remain confidential, even after you die. A last will and testament becomes a matter of public record. This allows anyone to be able to see what was passed on to your heirs and could cause them to become the subject of scam attempts. So creating a trust may be a protection.
Are You Ready to Form a Living Trust?
Contact the California estate planning attorneys at Petrov Law Firm today to ensure that your assets go to your beneficiaries rather than to the courts. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 now.Read More
If you have ever seen the countdown clock come up on a crosswalk sign and thought, “I would have had plenty of time to get across,” you may get to test that hypothesis in 2018. That’s right, starting on January 1st, it is no longer jaywalking to head out into the crosswalk after the countdown with the flashing hand has started. The catch is that you still have to make it to the other side before the countdown ends, so you can’t dally along the way.
How may this affect safety? Let’s take a closer look at what this means for both drivers and pedestrians in the state of California.
“On Your Mark, Get Set, Cross!”
The problem with instituting this new law is that many pedestrians already get hit by cars in California each year. It often occurs when a pedestrian enters the crosswalk suddenly and a driver isn’t expecting it. This new law may increase the odds of that happening. After all, if a pedestrian sees the countdown clock and knows he either must run across before it hits zero or wait until the next light, what is the likelihood he will look both ways if he’s in a hurry and only has seconds to traverse the street?
This places a heavier burden on drivers to keep an eye out for pedestrians who may try to slip across the road during those final countdown seconds. Even if an accident is 100% the pedestrian’s fault, a driver may still feel guilty for the rest of his life if a person is injured or even killed while he is at the wheel.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you have been injured in a car accident, especially as a pedestrian following the state guidelines, you may be entitled to compensation beyond just any medical bills you incur due to the accident. To see what other loses you can recoup, call Petrov Law Firm today at 619-344-0360.Read More
You’ve slipped and hurt yourself on someone else’s property. It seems like it should be an open and shut case. In fact, you expect a settlement any day now. However, there are several reasons the settlement you are offered may be a fraction of what you deserve, assuming you are offered anything at all. There are three things you need for your slip and fall case, and without an experienced lawyer in your corner, the complete package may not come together. Here are the three key elements of your personal injury case:
- Eyewitness testimony – When you are injured, the first thing you think of may not be to get the phone number of anyone who saw the incident. But this can be an important element to your case. After all, if no one saw you fall, your injuries alone may not be enough to prove the accident was someone else’s fault.
- CCTV footage – The best-case scenario is that there is a security camera that caught it all on tape. But if the security camera belongs to the company or person you want to sue, have fun trying to get your hands on it. A lawyer can help to subpoena the footage. If it mysteriously disappears, that may provide a lawyer with enough leverage to get you a better settlement (although it would make things more complicated in an actual court case).
- Proof of negligence – This is the tricky part. How do you prove that a responsible person knew about the potential hazard and either ignored it or was being slow about fixing it? It may come down to proving that the hazard was there long enough that there was sufficient time for it to be noticed and repaired, even if everyone genuinely walked by it every day without notice.
If You Have Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer in California, you’ve come to the right place. The attorneys at Petrov Law Firm have a great deal of experience with trip and fall accidents. Let us help you get the best possible settlement. Call 619-233-0360 today!Read More
What is undue influence? It occurs when an influencer (sadly, often a family member), exerts pressure on someone that causes the person to act contrary to the way he or she normally would. This is done by the one exerting the pressure (the influencer) in order to benefit him or herself. In other words, a person influences someone who is susceptible (due to age, the onset of dementia, etc.) to make financial or other decisions for his or her benefit (and usually to the detriment of rightful heirs).
This is an unfortunately common occurrence. How can you be sure that your estate planning isn’t subject to undue influence? Is there any way for heirs who feel they were cheated by someone exerting undue influence to take recourse?
Avoiding the Effects of Undue Influence
The best way to avoid undue influence is to have an ironclad estate plan in place that spells out your wishes in no uncertain terms. Should you decide to change your will or beneficiaries later in life, you need to be sure that your estate planning is equally meticulous, so no one can make claim that there may have been an influencer behind the scenes scheming for material gain.
When an Influencer Exists
Fortunately, there are measures in place to contest wills and other estate planning that clearly involved undue influence. But this ties up funds, sometimes for years, and wastes much of those assets on court fees. Thus, it is far better for heirs if estate planning is well thought out and documented
The estate planning experts at Petrov Law Firm will be happy to help you develop your California estate plan. Call 619-344-0360 to get your comprehensive estate plan started today.Read More
California’s Health Care Decisions Act makes an advanced healthcare directive (AHCD) an important part of your estate planning in California. What are some of the things you need to know about this act? What does it allow you to do? Why do you want the document to be legally executed? Here is what you need to know.
- Your Current Directive May Not Be Valid – If you have had an AHCD for a long time, you will want to check and make sure that it meets the current state guidelines. During a medical emergency is not when you want to find out that your AHCD hasn’t been valid for years.
- Appointing a Health Care Agent – This document allows you to appoint a health care agent who can make decisions for you should you become incapacitated. It also allows you to prepare instructions for your healthcare in advance, including end of life decisions.
- Your Decisions Can’t Be Altered by Someone Else – Neither your health care agent nor your doctor can override the explicit instructions you provide in your advance healthcare This allows you to take control of your healthcare choices.
- You Have to Mentally Competent – Now is the time to execute this document. You must be an adult (over 18) and mentally competent at the time the document is executed in order for it to be legally binding.
- You Can Make Changes at Any Time – All you have to do is provide your doctor with a written document that revokes your AHCD, and it becomes invalid. You can also issue a new document to replace your old one any time your wishes changes as long as you are still mentally competent at the time.
Help in Protecting Your Right to Make and Enforce Healthcare Choices
At Petrov Law Firm, we take seriously each individual’s right to make his or her own medical decisions. Including an AHCD as a part of your estate planning is a vital part of making these decisions in advance in the state of California. To learn more, contact our team today by calling 619-344-0360.Read More
AAA’s Center for Driving Safety and Technology recently teamed up with University of Utah researchers to examine the dashboards of 30 modern vehicles so as to determine how frequently these dashboard displays took a driver’s vision of the road and how much of a driver’s cognitive function had to be allocated to operating the display. The shocking results revealed that this technology, designed to provide modern conveniences, may be a major distraction for drivers.
Distractions – A Primary Cause of Modern Car Accident Injuries
Music itself doesn’t seem to be a major distraction for drivers. In fact, many auto manufacturers have begun integrating radio controls into the steering wheel so that drivers never have to take their eyes off the road to hear their favorite tunes. Unfortunately, the rest of the functions of the dashboard display continue to grow and now include complicated menus for control of the thermostat, GPS navigation, and other interactive components.
Fighting to Stay Focused on the Road
Being able to pair your smartphone with your car is great until the first time it doesn’t work and you find yourself fiddling with the dashboard trying to fix it while driving. Text message support may keep people from picking up the smartphone while driving, but sometimes speaking a message and struggling with the voice commands can be just as much of a distraction. This is a case where instead of encouraging a person to wait until they arrive at their destination, new technology just finds a different way to distract the driver. The fact is that maintaining focus on the road and off of technology is the best way to avoid an accident.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you are the victim of an injury due to a distracted driver, you need to get the right medical treatment, and you deserve to be compensated for those costs and other losses that may occur as a result of the injury. Petrov Law Firm has experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers who can help you to recover your losses. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
While dog bites are a preventable injury, more than 300,000 children end up in the ER each year due to an incident with a dog. According to the CDC, children between the ages of 5 and 9 are the at the greatest risk. Shockingly, more than half of dog bites come from family pets and not a strange animal. The CDC also warns that the number of dogs in a home increase the likelihood of being bit.
So the first way to protect your children is to be careful about the breed of dog you bring into your home (almost all serious injuries and fatalities are related to pit bulls), and to keep the number of dogs in the home to just one (risk of injury increases by 5 times as you add more dogs).
However, since many bites still occur outside the home, here are 4 tips to help protect your kids:
- Don’t allow children to play with a dog unsupervised.
- Teach children not to approach dogs they don’t know.
- Show your child how to know when a dog is defensive or scared (perhaps by using pictures). Then encourage the child never to make eye-contact with a frightened dog.
- Dogs are most likely to attack in groups, so instruct your children never to approach a group of dogs, even if they seem friendly (i.e., a dog walker with several dogs).
If You or Your Child Suffers a Dog Bite
When bitten by a dog, seeking medical attention is the first step. Then it is time to call Petrov Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys can help you to seek compensation for medical expenses and other damages or losses you and your family may have suffered. Call 619-344-0360 today to set up a free consultation.Read More