While California doesn’t have the toughest laws on distracted driving, there are a number of regulations in relation to cell phone use that you should be aware of if you are a driver. Here are some of the main things you need to know in order to drive safely and avoid a violation.
- If you’re under 18, you shouldn’t be touching or using your cell phone while driving. Even hands-free calls are off-limits for teens with limited driving experience.
- If you’re 18 or older, you still can’t text, but you can make hands-free phone calls.
- If you’re 18 or older, you can actually pick up your phone for a couple of seconds while driving, but only for the sake of dialing a number. Then you have to take the call on a headset or speakerphone.
- Cell phone laws only apply on public roads. If you are in your own driveway, on a private road, or driving through a field somewhere, you can use your phone as much as you want.
- If an emergency arises, you can call the emergency services, police, fire, etc. without having to make a handsfree call.
- Authorized drivers of emergency service vehicles don’t have the same cell phone restrictions as other drivers. Everyone should be giving these vehicles the right of way anyway, so the distraction should add minimal danger.
If You Have Been Injured in an Auto Accident in California
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Driving while drowsy is a common issue in the United States, especially when it comes to truckers. If you have ever fallen asleep at the wheel or felt like you may do so, here are some statistics that should convince you to take a nap before getting on the road.
Did you know that more than 1 million accidents that occur on US roads each year are directly related to falling asleep at the wheel? Then you have to add to that figure the number of accidents that are related to being drowsy which causes a person no longer to be alert. This can decrease response times in emergency driving situations and lead to an accident occurring when a person would normally have been able to stop, swerve, or perform other evasive maneuvers.
According to the CDC driving drowsy can result in the following three issues for drivers:
- Decreases the ability to make good decisions (i.e., “Should I pull out in front of that car?”)
- Decreases reaction times
- Inhibits ability to pay attention (as if drivers didn’t already have enough distractions)
Hopefully, this is enough to convince you to pull over and take a nap, but what about other drivers on the road?
If You Have Been Injured by a Drowsy Driver in California
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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
Distracted driving results in many accidents, injuries, and even deaths on California roads each year. We’re going to look at 5 common things that distract drivers. Then we will provide information on what you should do if you have been injured in an accident with a distracted driver.
- Smartphones – Oh sure, there is a law that you can’t text and drive. But that doesn’t stop some drivers from being distracted by cell phone use. As of yet, there is no completely hands-free legislation in California.
- Music – Whether a driver has an old-school CD player or is scrolling on a mobile device to select a song, playing music in the car can be distracting to a driver. It is preferable to get your music playing before you get on the road. If you have passengers, let one of them DJ for you.
- Food and Drink – Dashboard dining can be a major distraction, especially if you are eating something messy. Taking your eyes off the road or hands of the wheel for just a second can be all it takes for an accident to occur.
- Reading – Texting and driving may be the most modern form of reading and driving, but it is not the only way reading distracts drivers. Whether it is a newspaper, magazine, or book reading and driving is never a good idea. Get an audiobook
- Videos – More and more vehicles have a video entertainment system. That’s fine for kids in the backseat. Just keep the video out of the view of the driver so he or she is not tempted to watch along.
If You Have Been Injured by a Distracted Driver
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm are here to help if you have been the victim of a distracted driver. To learn more, contact us today at 619-344-0360. Before you sign any settlement from an insurance company, it is important to seek legal advice so you get the full compensation you deserve!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
The summer months are some of the most dangerous for drivers. What do you need to know so that you can keep yourself and your family safe? Here are 3 things to think about when getting behind the wheel during the sunny summer months.
#1 Vacationing Drivers
You can’t expect drivers during the summer months to know where they are going. That vacationing driver doesn’t know the usual traffic patterns and may not even be familiar with all of the local driving laws.
#2 High School Drivers
One of the reasons that accidents spike during the summer months is that teens who are off from school are on the road a lot more. You have to be aware of inexperienced drivers who may be paying more attention to their passengers or a smartphone than the road.
#3 Road Construction
Workers take advantage of the dry summer months to get additional road projects done. That means you may run into more construction than usual on your daily travels or summer road trips. Keep an eye out for rapidly changing traffic patterns.
Car Accident Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured in a car accident, the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to deal with insurance companies and at-fault drivers. You may be eligible to receive a settlement to compensate you for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 before accepting any kind of settlement.
State-by-state car insurance works either under the presumption of fault or no-fault. What is the difference, and which regulations apply in the state of California? Read on for some important info if you are ever injured in a car accident.
What Is At-Fault Insurance?
At-fault insurance means that every accident will have a driver who is deemed the one to blame for the incident. Even if one driver is considered 51% in the wrong and the other 49%, someone has to be chosen as the at-fault driver. This means one driver’s insurance will be responsible for the other driver’s injuries. Your liability insurance will pay for the other driver’s injuries if you are at fault, and your insurance will only cover your injuries if you have personal injury protection (PIP) insurance.
What Is No-Fault Insurance?
In no-fault states, each driver’s insurance will cover his or her own injuries regardless of who caused the accident. In these states, PIP is mandatory (except in KY, NJ, and PA where a person can opt-out in writing). If you cause an accident, your liability coverage will still pay for the other driver’s car, so the no-fault coverage really just applies to injuries.
What Kind of State Is California?
Only 12 states have no-fault insurance, and California is not one of them. The good news is that if you are in an accident and the other person is at fault, your insurance premiums should not increase (in no-fault states, both drivers are affected). The downside is that the at-fault driver’s insurance may contest their driver being at fault, which could delay a payout.
Getting Help in an At-Fault Insurance Case
Whether the at-fault driver’s insurance is dragging their feet paying damages or offering way less than you should be receiving, Petrov Law Firm can help. Out personal injury attorneys specialize in car accident cases, so you can be confident of getting compensated for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the like. Just call 619-344-0360 to schedule your consultation.Read More
Injuries suffered in a car accident can range from minor to major and from short-term to chronic. We’re going to take a look at three types of injuries that are commonly caused by car accidents.
#1 Whiplash and Other Spine Injuries
Whiplash can occur in an accident that takes place going as slow as 5 mph. Even if there is no damage to the vehicle, the spine may have suffered from misalignments. In more serious accidents, neck and back injuries can lead to paralysis or even loss of life. If any part of your spine is in pain in the days following a car accident, you should see a doctor for an examination, even if you were initially given a clean bill of health.
#2 Concussions and Other Head Injuries
Most people do not realize that you don’t have to hit your head to sustain a concussion. If the head is flung around fast enough, the brain can strike the inside of the skull. This is equally traumatic. Even if there are no visible bumps or bruises, you should see a doctor if you hit your head or were seriously jostled in the accident.
#3 Cuts and Lacerations
Whether you are cut by breaking glass or something in the vehicle that broke or became a projectile, you should see a doctor to find out if you need stitches. In some cases, a deep cut can hit a ligament, tendon, or nerve and do significant long-term damage that may require corrective surgery.
If You Have Suffered These or Other Injuries in an Accident
If you are experiencing losses due to an injury suffered in a car accident, you may be able to gain compensation. Before signing anything presented by an insurance company, seek legal counsel. The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm will be happy to help you understand your rights. Call 619-344-0360 to get started.
First of all, California state law makes each individual driver financially responsible for liability in case of an accident. That means that each driver either needs to have car insurance or needs to care for this responsibility in another manner. For example, you don’t have to have liability insurance if you leave $35,000 cash on deposit with the DMV. Most people don’t have that kind of money lying around, so insurance is how we maintain financial responsibility.
However, there are times when a person may be in a car accident while driving without liability insurance. What happens if that person is you? What happens if that person is the driver who crashes into your car?
If You Are in an Accident with No Insurance
Remember that the other person probably does have insurance and get his or her info. That insurance company still needs to cover you. The fact that you don’t have insurance doesn’t waive the other person’s liability insurance from having to pay for your medical bills and possibly other damages.
If the Other Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance
You probably noticed a fee in your monthly premiums for an uninsured or underinsured driver. In other words, your insurance should have you covered, even if the other driver has no insurance or an insufficient amount of insurance to cover your medical bills. Check your policy to make sure you have this coverage.
Protect Yourself from Insurance Issues After an Accident
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can help you to get what you deserve from whichever insurance company you deserve it from. That’s where Petrov Law Firm steps in and gives you peace of mind. We have experience in getting insurance companies to pay what they really owe you following an accident, rather than the stingy first offer that most make (if they offer to pay anything at all). Just call 619-344-0360 to get your case started today.Read More