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
Dog bites are an extremely common cause of injury and the need for extensive medical care. But the fact is that one dog breed rises above the rest when it comes to danger. You may already know which breed it is, but what you may not know is just how serious the issue has become.
Important Dog Bite Statistics
ResearchGate published the statistics from a study on dog bites. The research discussed the frequency of dog bites as well as how often operative procedures are needed to care for injuries. One particular breed stood out in the study – pit bulls.
In the eight studies that were compiled by researchers, pit bulls were responsible for the most attacks. They were also responsible for the majority of serious injuries and fatalities. According to one of the largest studies, about a quarter of dog attack injuries suffered by children were caused by pit bulls, and two-thirds of those attacks led to surgical procedures. The data also showed that pit bulls were 250% more likely to get in serious bites in multiple locations, thereby increasing the amount of damage done and medical treatment required.
But what if it is your family’s pit bull? Doesn’t that make it safer? Unfortunately, familiarity increases the risks across the board for dog bites. As much as 45% of dog bites are from the family dog, not one that you or a child meets for the first time.
If You Have Been Injured in a Dog Attack
If someone else’s dog has caused you harm, you may be able to recoup your medical expenses or other damages, especially if negligence was involved. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm today for free consultation by calling 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 been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may want to seek compensation for medical bills and other losses. What do you need in order to prove that the injury was the fault of the property owner? Here are three ways to pin an injury on the owner of the property where the slip and fall occurred:
- The property owner or an employee created the conditions that led to the slip and fall accident. For example, if you fell due to a spill, was the spill caused by the owner or one of the owner’s employee’s. If you caused the spill or another guest of the property, the owner might not be at fault.
- The property owner or an employee knew the dangerous circumstances existed but chose not to act. In other words, was there time for the owner or employee to do something about it? If another customer spills something right in front of you and you immediately slip, there was nothing the establishment could have done. If a customer spilled something and an employee walked by, shrugged, and went on break, now the burden may be on the company.
- The dangerous situation is something the property owner or a representative should have known about. For example, if the carpet of a building is clearly uneven due to wear and tear and appears to have been like that for years, it would be tough to make the claim that they didn’t know, even if they only set foot on the property on rare occasions.
Help with Your Slip and Fall Claim in San Diego, California
If you have suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident near San Diego or Chula Vista, contact the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. Our experienced team can help you to see if you have a valid case and will fight for you to get the settlement you deserve. Call 619-344-0360 today to get started.Read More
When a person is injured, a question often arises as to who is responsible for medical bills and other losses that may be suffered. We’re going to take a closer look at three of the most common types of personal injury cases in the state of California.
#1 Vehicular Accidents
Injuries in auto accidents are very common. Whether the person who is injured is a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, it calls into question who is at fault and which insurance company is responsible for the damages.
#2 Dog Bites
Dog bites are extremely common injuries, and sadly, many of the victims are children. It is important always to monitor children playing with pets, especially dogs. However, if an injury occurs, it may call into question whether the dog’s owner is responsible.
#3 Slip and Fall Accidents
From tripping over a break in the sidewalk to slipping on a wet floor, there are all sorts of ways that people end up in trip and fall accidents. Is the injury the fault of the property owner? There are a number of considerations that come into play to determine whether there is any fault or negligence.
San Diego’s Personal Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured in the state of California in one of these common types of occurrences, then we encourage you to talk to our attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. By calling 619-344-0360, you get the legal help you need along with the compassion you deserve. Find out why our clients are confident we are interested not just in cases but in people.Read More
In order to avoid being injured in an accident, the best thing you can do is to drive yourself safely. While the law may not always require you to change how you drive to accommodate road conditions, there are certain circumstances that increase the risk of an accident. Here are five types of road conditions to watch out for.
- Rain – Everyone knows that snow or ice can make roadways slick, but many seem to ignore wet roads. Any moisture on the road requires slower speeds and more room between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
- Darkness – Night driving, in particular, can be dangerous. Be sure to have your lights on from dusk onward. Watch for obstacles on the road, and be courteous to other drivers by shutting your high beams for oncoming traffic.
- Potholes – A pothole can damage a tire and result in a sudden blowout. Try to avoid potholes if at all possible. If you can’t, take the pothole as straight on as you can and slow down a much as you safely can. If your tire pressure light comes on after hitting a pothole or if you feel a wobble in the wheel, pull over immediately to assess the damage.
- Construction Areas – Construction workers are often killed by drivers who fail to use additional caution in work areas. Driving safe in construction areas is a matter of life and death for yourself and the workers.
- Animal Crossings – If you are driving through an area where animals are known to cross, use extra caution. Animals often have trouble judging the speed of cars and may try to run across the road at the last moment.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident in California
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to receive due compensation from the insurance company should you find yourself injured in an accident. Even if you have been offered a settlement, don’t sign anything before you call 619-344-0360. We’re here to help!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
Recent research reveals that sitting at a desk is not as safe as most people think. However, there are still plenty of jobs that pose more immediate threats. Here are five of the most dangerous jobs. Did yours make the list?
- Police Officer – An officer of the law is putting his or her life on the line to protect others. That is certainly a commendable career option. Unfortunately, it also means dangers that don’t necessarily end when an officer’s shift is over. You always need to be cognizant of your surroundings to ensure that the job isn’t trying to follow you home.
- Lumberjack – Logging is one of the most dangerous jobs around. One wrong move can end a life quickly in a field that involves high-powered equipment and an extremely heavy product. Long hours add fatigue to the list of dangers.
- Construction Worker – Not only is safety equipment vital for workers in this industry, but you run the full risk of injuries due to the elements from frostbite in the dead of winter to the risk of heatstroke in summer.
- Mechanic – The list of dangers in this workplace environment can’t be understated. From noxious chemicals to dangerous tools, a mechanic’s shop is no place for an untrained individual. Even professionals can quickly come to harm if you let your guard down.
- Metalworker – Welders and other metalworkers are dealing with intense heat, bright lights, sharp metallic edges, and more. From an equipment malfunction to a mistake in safety protocol, this profession can go from zero to deadly in an instant.
Personal Injury Attorneys San Diego Workers Can Trust
If you have been injured working in a dangerous job, the fault may be due to negligence or lack of safety training by an employer. To learn if you are eligible for compensation, contact the personal injury professionals at Petrov Law Firm. California residents can call 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation.Read More
It sometimes seems that people have a hard enough time driving forward in San Diego. Reverse can make even the best of drivers look like someone who just got in the car for the first time. How can you avoid making some of the most common mistakes people make while driving in reverse? Here are four safety tips.
- Make sure your reverse lights work – While a stopping vehicle displays red lights on its back, a car in reverse displays white lights. However, if those lights are not working, other drivers or pedestrians are not expecting you to move backward. Since most vehicles do not have a warning light to indicate reverse lights are out, have someone help you check them periodically.
- Back up slowly – There may be an emergency situation that requires you to back quickly out of danger. Barring such a rare occurrence, you should take your time backing up. Hitting the gas too hard when going in reverse can result in an accident.
- Not checking around the car before backing up – Always look in every direction before backing up. Be sure to check for reverse lights from the cars across from you in a parking lot since the other driver may not be looking for your lights. Your mirrors have blind spots, so be certain not to gamble your safety on the view they provide.
- Don’t rely solely on technology – Reverse cameras are great, but they don’t show you everything. You still need to turn around and check your side view mirrors before hitting the gas when in reverse.
Car Accident Attorneys in San Diego
Hopefully, these tips will help you to drive safely when in reverse. Unfortunately, you can’t account for all of the other drivers out there and their driving practices. If you have been injured in an auto accident in California, Petrov Law Firm can help. Call 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation with one of your compassionate personal injury lawyers.Read More