California was ranked among the top 6 states for traffic safety laws according to a recent study performed by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. What laws are in place that protect California residents? Are there any laws that could be added to increase safety further? How many fatalities occur on California roads despite these laws? Read on to learn the answers.
California State Laws that Protect Drivers
California lawmakers have adopted numerous laws to show that safety is important in the state. For example, seat belts are required for all drivers and passengers, including those in the back seat of the vehicle. Motorcycle riders are required to wear helmets. Infants and toddlers must be in a rear-facing seat at least through age 2, and there is a booster seat law in place. Other important laws include a ban on open alcoholic containers in the vehicle as well as a ban on texting and driving.
Other Laws Suggested in the Report
Of course, there are still states that have stricter laws when it comes to certain habits, and the report listed some that could be of benefit in California. For example, while texting and driving is banned, many states have a law against all hand-held devices. This would further reduce distractions for drivers. California also does not yet require ignition locks for all offenders of impaired driving laws.
If You Have Been Injured on California Roads
While no system of driving laws is perfect, one of the most highly trafficked states has been able to keep the 10-year fatality statistic at 31,750. Of course, many more are injured in accidents. It is estimated that accidents cost the state nearly $20 billion per year. If you have been injured in an automotive accident, seek the compensation you are owed by calling 619-344-0360. The personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm will be happy to assist you.Read More
The CDC used 2013 figures to illustrate just how much fatal car accidents cost California residents every year. We’re not talking about the emotional toll that these deaths take on families. These numbers strictly represent the financial toll. The figures may prove shocking to you.
- $38 Million – This represents the medical costs left behind by patients who died in car accidents in the state of California in 2013 alone.
- $4.44 Billion – This staggering number is the amount of work loss costs incurred by these accidental deaths. Take, for example, the husband, father, and businessman who doesn’t make it home from work one evening. His family has lost perhaps decades of his income.
Of course, there is no way to calculate the impact of such tragedies in mere numbers. That’s why wrongful death plaintiffs often receive more than just medical compensation and compensation for loss of future income. Pain and suffering, as well as emotional losses, also need to be considered, and that can lead to settlements that provide well for a family during the long time of emotional healing that needs to take place following such a catastrophe.
Compassionate Lawyers for Your Wrongful Death Case in California
Petrov Law Firm has the compassionate lawyers that you want on your side during a wrongful death suit. Please remember though that time is of the essence when you have a case like this. As a result, we encourage you not to delay in calling our San Diego office at 619-344-0360.Read More
When a bicycle and a car are involved in an accident, it is almost always bad for the person on the bicycle. The CDC estimated that in 2013 fatal crashes involving bicyclists cost $222 million in medical costs and loss of wages. How can you protect yourself if you ride a bike regularly? Here are four things to keep in mind:
- Let cars go first – It is just not worth it to go up against a car just because you are in the right and the driver of the vehicle is in the wrong.
- Stay alert – Remember that cars won’t always see you, so you need to be on the lookout for them.
- Use hand signals – When turning, always let drivers know ahead of time by using the proper hand signals. Also, don’t assume all drivers will know what the hand signals mean.
- Wear reflective clothes – This is especially vital if you are going to be riding after dark. The more visible you are to drivers the better.
If You or a Loved One Has Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident in California
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in California, do not hesitate to call the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. Officers are often too quick to label an accident the cyclist’s fault at the scene, and ever-changing laws may allow you to seek compensation from the driver’s insurance company. To learn more, give our San Diego law office a call at 619-344-0360.Read More
When a car accident occurs, the priority is to care for the injured. Then it is time to assign blame. This can determine if someone gets ticketed, whose insurance is responsible for the bill, and even if a lawsuit will occur. Here are five reckless things that people do behind the wheel that lead to accidents.
- Alcohol – Don’t drink and drive is a slogan even children know by heart, but that doesn’t stop people from getting behind the wheel after they’ve had a few.
- Speeding – This is what is behind just about every accident on the road. Even if there are also other factors like poor road conditions or being distracted, many accidents could still be avoided if people just obeyed the speed limit.
- Smartphones – Texting while driving is illegal in almost every state (get with the program Arizona, Missouri, and Montana), but really any smartphone use is going to distract a driver. In California, any handheld use of a smartphone is banned while driving.
- Distractions – Besides just smartphones, there are a lot of other things people do while driving that distracts them. Everything from eating and drinking to smoking and applying makeup can lead to a motor vehicle accident.
- Red Lights – Red means stop. It doesn’t get any clearer. Whether a person is distracted, driving too fast, or trying to “squeeze the lemon” on a yellow light that is long gone, running a red light can turn into a serious accident in a hurry.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident in California
If you have been injured in a car accident in California, the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to receive the proper compensation for your losses. Before you sign anything from an insurance company accepting a settlement, give us a call at 619-344-0360. We can help you to maximize your settlement and avoid being cheated by a lowball insurance settlement.Read More
If you ride your bike for exercise, to work, or even just recreationally, we want you to ride safely. We’re going to look at three times a cyclist needs to use extra caution and how you may be able to avoid injury.
#1 When Approaching Turns
Cyclists generally stay to the right, especially if there is a bike lane. That means you will often be at greatest risk when there is a place for motorists to make a right-hand turn. Why is this the case? For one thing, a driver who doesn’t see a cyclist alongside them may make that right-hand turn suddenly and clip the bike. Second, drivers often fail to use turn signals, so you may get no warning that the car is about to turn until they start to break and crank the wheel over.
#2 When Leaving the Bike Lane
There are several situations where leaving the bike lane is legal. Sometimes it is even the safer course of action. One of the times it is okay for you to leave the bike lane is when approaching a place where cars can make a right-hand turn. Moving into the car lane will alert drivers to your presence and ensure they don’t make a right-hand turn with you alongside them.
#3 When at a Traffic Light
Some drivers see that green light and stomp on the gas without looking in any direction. If you are alongside a car at a light, and they are making a right-hand turn, give them space or try to make eye-contact with the driver. Unfortunately, once again, some drivers fail to signal properly. So don’t assume that car next to you will be zooming on straight ahead when the light turns green.
If You Have Been Injured in a Bike Accident
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm are here to help if you have been injured in a cycling accident. An officer who is unfamiliar with bike laws may have made the accident out to be your fault, but there are laws that protect cyclist. We can help you to gain the compensation you deserve for medical bills and other losses. Call 619-344-0360 today to learn more.Read More
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
Recent studies have revealed that many car accidents involving bicycles are head-on collisions. Since this is the type of bike accident that results in the greatest risk of injury, it is vital to protect yourself if you choose to use your bicycle in high traffic areas. Here are 5 tips to help you stay safe.
- Ride on the right side of the road. When walking, you should always go toward traffic to be more visible, but when riding, you always want to go in the same direction as traffic to reduce the risk of a head-on collision.
- Stay to the right except to pass. If there is a bike lane, be sure to use that lane.
- Don’t get too close to parked vehicles. Someone may not see you riding by and open the door suddenly.
- Always signal when turning. Hand signals are an important part of riding your bike on the street.
- Use the right bike and keep it maintained. If your bike is either too big or too small for you, your ability to control it will be compromised. Also, you want to be sure that things like brakes and tires are in top condition before you head out into high traffic areas.
If You Have Been Injured in a Cycling Accident
Despite your best efforts to ride defensively, accidents can still happen. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, a car insurance company will likely try to settle for the least amount possible. Petrov Law Firm can help you to seek the full compensation you deserve. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
Did you know that cyclists in the state of California not only have all the same rights as drivers on the road but also all of the same restrictions? For example, if you didn’t know that it is possible to get a DUI while riding your bike, you may want to think twice before taking your two-wheeled transport to the bar or club.
What Is the Penalty for Biking Under the Influence?
While getting a DUI in your car in California can cost you a fortune (you can pay thousands of dollars in fines), a bike DUI only costs a maximum of $250. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious offense. Riding a bike while intoxicated (or under the influence of drugs) can result in arrest. After all, it is still considered public intoxication, so there are more than just traffic laws to consider when you are on a bike after a few drinks.
Can a Biking DUI Affect Your Personal Injury Case?
What if you are injured while riding a bike and it turns out you were intoxicated? This could completely negate your ability to recover losses (except medical bills) due to the injuries you sustain. What if the driver who hits you says you rode right out in front of him, and there are no other witnesses? It would be easy to make the case that the accident was entirely your fault due to being intoxicated while riding. So please be careful about getting on your bike if you know you will be having a few drinks.
If you have been injured while riding your bike, especially if another driver was at fault, contact Petrov Law Firm today to speak with a personal injury attorney. You can reach our experienced lawyers by calling 619-344-0360.Read More
What is lane-splitting? Perhaps you’ve noticed in heavy traffic that is slow moving or stopped, motorcycles will sometimes drive on the dashed line between lanes to pass vehicles. You’ve probably seen it happen often enough that you may have already thought this was a legal maneuver. Recently, California law has acknowledged this practice for the first time, authorizing the California Highway Patrol to develop safety guidelines regarding lane-splitting. The bill does everything but plainly say the practice is legal.
What Does This Mean for Drivers?
It’s already important to look out for motorcyclists. One study performed in California revealed that nearly 6,000 motorcycle accidents occurred in a 15-month period. Interesting, about 17% of those accidents were related to lane-splitting. Now that the practice has been all but legalized, vehicle drivers need to be more conscious of this maneuver than ever.
Regardless of how you feel about the safety of the practice, its acceptance by California legislation could lead to larger settlements for motorcyclists injured while lane-splitting legally.
If You Have Been Injured While Lane-Splitting
If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured while lane-splitting legally, you may be deserving of compensation from the offending driver or from an insurance company. Whether your bike is damaged, you have mounting medical bills, or you need compensation for the pain and suffering you sustained due to the accident, Petrov Law Firm can help you to receive your due compensation. Call 619-344-0360 to get your claim started today.Read More
Bicycle accidents are common in California, and the best way to survive an accident is to know how to avoid one. Here are a few tips to help you be safe whether you use a bike for your daily commute, for recreation purposes, or to get a little exercise.
3 Ways to Ride Safely
In most cases, the driver of the car is at a fault when a car and a bicycle are in an accident, but here are a few ways to be more visible to motor vehicle drivers and protect yourself.
- Always Ride with Traffic – While pedestrians should always use sidewalks and walk toward traffic if possible, cyclists share the road with cars and need to observe normal traffic laws. This includes riding on the right side of the street. Stay as far to the right as possible and use bike lanes when they are available. Watch out for cars parked alongside the road as a door may swing open unexpectedly.
- Be a Defensive Driver – Be on the lookout for dangers and try to assume that most drivers will not see you. You should never expect a car to give you the right of way, even when they legally should.
- Wear a Bicycle Helmet – Whether required by law or not, a bike helmet is the best way to protect yourself in the case of an accident. Most cyclist injuries and deaths are due to head trauma. Be sure to wear your helmet, even if you are just going to the store down the street.
If You Are in A Bicycle Accident
The personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm take the rights of cyclists seriously. If you have been injured in an accident, we’re here to help. And in the event of a tragedy, we can help surviving family members to pursue due compensation in a wrongful death suit. Call 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation today.Read More