Getting some exercise and walking around sunny Southern California is a great way to stay healthy, run errands, and even get to work in the morning. However, there are dangers associated with going for a walk around your neighborhood or in San Diego. Whether it is dangers from unsafe or distracted drivers or just from potential hazards on the sidewalk, here are 10 ways to protect yourself.
- Wear bright colors so that you are easily visible to drivers.
- If you walk at night, be sure to wear something reflective, even if it just on your shoes.
- Look both ways before crossing an intersection, even though you have the crossing light.
- Don’t assume a driver sees you. Always try to make eye contact.
- Don’t walk with headphones in. Your ears can help keep you safe as much as your eyes can.
- Always cross at designated areas and stay in the crosswalk.
- Cross with a group if you can. This will increase visibility to drivers.
- Walk on the sidewalk if there is one. If not, always walk against traffic so you can see what is coming toward you.
- Avoid using mobile devices while walking. Such a distraction could cause you to step in front of a car or trip on a hazard on the sidewalk.
- Don’t drink and walk. If you had one too many, call a cab.
Personal Injury Lawyers for Southern California Pedestrians
If you have been injured in an accident as a pedestrian, contact the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. We can help you to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and other compensation that you are due for your losses. Call us today at 619-344-0360 to get started.Read More
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 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 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
New Year’s often means celebrations that last late into the night. Unfortunately, this translates into January first being one of the deadliest days on the road every year. This is especially so because of the number of drunk drivers.
Several years ago, a study was conducted that showed that the average number of fatalities due to drunk drivers on a given day is 36. However, on New Year’s Day that number spikes to 54. It also increases during a number of other holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas.
Pedestrians Also in Danger on New Year’s
New Year’s Day isn’t just dangerous for drivers. No day sees more pedestrian deaths than January 1st—not even Halloween, another holiday where pedestrian fatalities rise drastically.
If a drunk driver turns your celebration into a tragedy, what can you do?
Seeking Compensation for Wrongful Death in an Intoxicated Driver Case
One might think that getting compensation is an open and shut case when someone is killed by a drunk driver. However, you should always seek legal representation by an experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyer.
Insurance companies often seek to settle quickly and for a fraction of what a grieving family should receive. The wrongful death attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to get what you really deserve. We offer free consultations, so you don’t have to worry about getting a bill just to see if you are entitled to damages.
If you have tragically lost a loved one to a drunk driver, please call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
According to research released earlier this year, about 15% of California’s traffic fatalities are pedestrians. Serious injury or death are common when a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian. According to research performed by AAA, the speed of the vehicle is the primary factor in how serious the injuries will be.
Driver Speed Increases Risk of Injury or Death
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that speed is the number one factor in causing injury to pedestrians. When a collision occurs with the vehicle moving at 23 mph, the risk of serious injury is at 25%. However, if the car is moving at 39 mph, the pedestrian has a 75% chance of sustaining serious harm. Clearly, caution by drivers around pedestrians is vital to minimize the risk of injury or death.
Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Claims in Pedestrian Accidents
A pedestrian accident can result in tragedy. The lawyers at Petrov Law Firm seek to help bereaved family members to secure damages. The speed of the driver, texting while driving, or other violations may result in a pedestrian death being labeled as a wrongful death.
In the case of serious injury, a pedestrian is likely entitled to monetary damages, especially if crossing at a crosswalk. Everything from medical bills and lost wages to pain and suffering needs to be factored in when an accident occurs. Call 619-344-0360 to get started today and let our experienced personal injury attorneys help you to achieve the maximum damages for your case.Read More
In 2014, there were only 15 road traffic accident fatalities in the city of Chula Vista, California. Unfortunately, 9 of these involved pedestrians. That is an incredibly high rate. In fact, it was about 30% higher than the California average for that year.
Sometimes, just going for a walk can be a dangerous experience. This is especially true if someone on the road is driving under the influence of alcohol. Going back to the 2014 statistics again, 6 of the 15 fatal accidents that year were alcohol related.
If you or a loved one have been struck by a vehicle and injured while walking, can you receive any compensation?
You Rights in a Pedestrian Accident
The driver is just about always at fault when a pedestrian is injured in an accident. This means that injured pedestrians are likely due compensation for medical bills, missed work, pain and suffering, and more.
Sadly, a pedestrian may not survive an accident with a moving vehicle. If you have lost a loved one in such a tragic manner, you may be entitled to damages due to what is legally referred to as wrongful death.
The compassionate lawyers at the Petrov Law Firm want to help you get what you deserve. That is why we offer free consultations for those who believe they have a wrongful death case. Contact us today at 619-344-0360. We can help you to obtain the damages you are entitled to as the grieving victim in a wrongful death case.Read More
All drivers are held to the standard of what a normal and prudent person would do in any circumstance. Drivers are responsible for driving carefully, especially when a pedestrian is present. This responsibility is known as a duty of reasonable care in the realm of personal injury law. The law holds that a normally vigilant person is extra cautious and maintains full control of their car when they know a pedestrian is present or might be nearby.
A normal, prudent driver would take steps to avoid hitting a pedestrian in any situation if possible. Usually the driver is held liable in a pedestrian-auto accident due to the expected responsibility of due care. However, if the pedestrian behaves in such a way that makes it impossible for the driver to avoid colliding with them, the pedestrian will be found to be at fault.
For example, if a driver is going the speed limit in a commercial zone and a pedestrian jumps out from behind a parked car or other obstruction when the driver is only a few feet away, the driver will not be held responsible. Due to the pedestrian’s unpredictable presence and erratic behavior, the driver cannot be held responsible for the accident.
If a pedestrian behaves in a manner that forces someone driving in a normal, cautious way to take evasive maneuvers to avoid injury to the pedestrian, the pedestrian will be held liable to any damages incurred by said evasive maneuvers.
As a driver, it is prudent to remain cautious and aware when driving, especially around pedestrians. So long as all possible steps are taken to avoid injury to the pedestrian, the driver will not be found at fault. If a driver happens to sustain injuries when trying to avoid hitting a pedestrian, the driver can make personal injury claims against the reckless pedestrian. A personal injury lawyer should be contacted immediately to provide claims guidance and help secure the fairest compensation for the injured party.Read More
According to some recent studies, pedestrians are more likely than ever before to be distracted while on city streets. With phones in hand, people are walking, talking, texting, listening to music, and ignoring the cars nearby. As a driver, you still have to be as alert as possible for these distracted pedestrians. If you’ve been in an accident with a pedestrian, contact a lawyer immediately to determine if some of the responsibility can be shifted to the pedestrian.
Distractions come in many forms. An alert pedestrian can still cause an accident if he or she is listening to music or talking on the phone. Audio signals are just as significant as visual ones and anyone who steps out onto the street before listening for oncoming traffic is somewhat responsible for an ensuing accident. Of course, a pedestrian busy texting is highly likely to miss a changing light and walk through an intersection illegally.
Distracted pedestrians can also cause a chain reaction. A distracted jogger could force a bicyclist into traffic, causing you to swerve and hit an oncoming car. In a case like this, the accident is between you and another driver, but the pedestrian and the cyclist need to be interviewed to proper distribution of responsibility.
If you contact a lawyer as soon as the accident occurs, you are more likely to find the other people involved in the chain of events. Don’t rely on police reports and insurance underwriters to delve as deeply as your lawyer will to determine the true cause of the accident.Read More