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
One mistake that many accident victims make is telling a police offer that he or she is fine when asked if okay following a car accident. Unfortunately, concussions – a common effect of car accidents – can cause mental confusion. As a result, you may think you are okay when you have actually suffered a head injury. Since the officer doesn’t know you personally, he or she has no way to know if you are acting oddly.
This makes it important to see the doctor after a car accident. A medical professional should be in a better position to identify a concussion. For your information, here are a few things to look out for.
Symptoms of a Concussion
Concussion symptoms are many and varied. Some may appear immediately following the head injury while others may happen days or even weeks later. Here are some possible immediate symptoms of a concussion:
- Memory loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- A “deer in the headlights” look
- Slowed response to questions
- Slurred speech
Symptoms that may occur in the days following a concussion could reveal post-concussion syndrome. These signs include:
- Memory problems
- Personality changes
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Sensory sensitivities
- Vertigo or dizziness
Why Medical Care Is Important
Since some of these symptoms may not occur until later, it is important to have already established with your doctor that you been in an accident. Even if you have been given a clean bill of health, watch out for the above symptoms in the coming months.
Another important thing to keep in mind is not signing any kind of settlement until you have let enough time to pass to know if you are okay or not. If you accept payment from an insurance company and sign a settlement, and then new symptoms arise and lead to medical bills, it’s too late to go back and get reimbursed.Read More
California has updated its laws involving the use of wireless mobile devices while driving. The laws already prohibited the use of electronic devices to do things such as text or send an email while operating a motor vehicle. However, the updated laws take the device out of a driver’s hands completely.
Updated Sections of the Wireless Device Law
Updates to the law are as follows:
- Holding a mobile device while driving is now an offense.
- The device may be touched but must be mounted to the windshield (in a manner similar to a GPS).
- The driver can only use his hands to swipe or tap to turn on voice or hands-free operations.
- Voice commands and other hands-free device controls are still allowed.
- Penalties start at $20 and increase based on the number of offenses.
What does this mean for car accidents? If a person is in violation of these new laws and injures someone in an accident, this now adds to the driver’s accountability.
If You Have Been Injured by a Driver Using a Smartphone
If you have been injured by a driver who was illegally using a smartphone when the accident occurred, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Damages may include repair costs, medical care costs, and pain and suffering.
To learn more, call the Petrov Law Firm to schedule a consultation. Our personal injury attorneys are skilled at determining the right amount of compensation owed in this type of case. If you need someone in your corner to help you receive the proper amount in damages, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
Roundabouts are a unique way to deal with traffic patterns and California is making extensive use of this method with many new traffic circles currently under construction. Unfortunately, for drivers that are not used to seeing a roundabout, accidents can be common, especially while entering or existing the traffic circle. Here are a few tips for navigating this type of road safely.
Navigating a Roundabout Successfully
Here are 4 tips based on guidance from the California DMV:
- Always look for and follow signs as well any pavement markings that give direction on how to navigate the traffic circle.
- Be sure there is enough room for you to enter traffic safely before pulling into the roundabout in moving traffic.
- Whether you are entering the traffic circle, leaving it, or changing lanes while circling, always use the appropriate turn signal to let other drivers know what you intend to do. However, you can’t assume other drivers will make room for you simply because your signal is on.
- If you miss your exit, go around. Never stop abruptly or cut across traffic.
Even if you are comfortable driving on roundabouts, remember that other drivers may not be, so you should watch out for erratic driving such as cars breaking hard, changing lanes without signaling, or entering the traffic circle without yielding.
If You Are Injured in a Car Accident
If you do experience an accident while navigating a traffic circle or any other roads in California, contact Petrov Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced with traffic accident cases and can help you to know if you may be eligible to receive additional compensation from insurance companies or other drivers. Call 619-344-0360 to get started.Read More
Car accidents happen every day. It can be a frightening experience, even if it just turns out to be a minor fender bender. When involved in an accident, there are certain things that are important to either do or not do. Here are 3 things you need to avoid.
#1 Do Not Drive Away! This is the number one thing to remember under California law. If you leave the accident before making sure everyone is okay, huge fines and jail time can be the result. You have to stop the car immediately and make sure no one has been injured. If you do drive away, the punishment will depend on the circumstances, such as how badly a person was injured or if anyone was killed in the accident.
#2 Never Admit Fault Unfortunately, this means fighting the urge to apologize. Sometimes we say we are sorry something happened just because we feel bad for the person and not because we caused the problem in any way. However, lawyers and insurance companies will be quick to jump on an apology as an admission of guilt or being at fault for the accident. You can be compassionate toward another driver without saying you are sorry.
#3 Don’t Leave the Police and Insurance Out of It All too often, a driver will try to avoid calling the authorities or insurance companies if there appears to be little or no damage. The problem is that you may just not see the extent of the damage immediately. Plus, there may be physical injuries that reveal themselves later. Leaving the scene without talking to the police or reporting the accident to insurance companies will may it tough to receive any compensation after the fact.
Why Call Petrov Law Firm
Following the advice above will protect you from legal action and help you to get the compensation you deserve. Petrov Law Firm can help by providing highly-qualified personal injury attorneys who specialize in car accidents. Call 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation and discuss your case with a legal professional.Read More