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.
There are many weather conditions that can make driving more dangerous. In such situations, it is vital to alter your driving habits to be safe. You can’t account for how other drivers will deal with the weather, so this is definitely a situation that calls for defensive driving. Here are a few tips to help you arrive safely.
How to Drive Safely in Various Weather Conditions
What are some weather conditions that affect driving? Here are a few situations to be aware of:
- Snow – Snow decreases visibility, can make it tough to see where the road is and makes it more difficult to stop. To increase safety, try to avoid driving on roads that are covered with snow if at all possible. Be sure to clear off your car completely before leaving home. That includes the hood so that snow doesn’t fly up onto your windshield while driving. Clearing the roof of the car will help protect the drivers behind you.
- Ice – Icy road conditions are extremely dangerous and usually call for canceling your plans and staying home. If you have to drive during icy conditions, drive slow, leave plenty of extra room between you and other cars, and always assume other people won’t be able to brake properly.
- Fog – In foggy conditions, you need to slow down because you can’t see far enough ahead to know if the road is clear and safe. You also need to leave more room between you and the car in front of you. If the driver in front of you comes across an obstruction in the road and slams on the breaks, you need enough room to stop.
- Heavy Rain – Rainfall can make it so difficult to see that pulling off to the side of the road until the rain slows down may become a necessity. It can be inconvenient to wait out a storm while traveling, but it’s far less inconvenient than an accident.
If You Have Been in an Accident Where Weather Is a Factor
If you are in an accident in bad weather, an insurance company may decide it is no one’s fault and want to pay out the minimum that it can. If you were driving safely and the other driver was at fault for not adjusting to road conditions, you should be entitled to additional compensation. Petrov Law Firm can help you maximize compensation. Call us today at 619-344-0360 to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.Read More
Distracted driving is one of the primary causes of car accidents across the country. In 2015, 3,477 fatalities occurred in accidents involving a distracted driver. What can you do to remain undistracted while at the wheel of your car? Read on for some potentially lifesaving tips.
Always Keep Your Eyes on the Road
How fast can a distraction turn into an accident? Accidents due to distracted driving usually occur within 3 seconds of the distraction. That means it is vital always to keep your eyes on the road. What are some distractions that take a driver’s eyes away from the road for those crucial seconds?
- Checking a mobile device – Be determined not to be distracted by a mobile device while driving. If you are in a fatal accident, you will never get to reply to that text. Better to leave it until you arrive at your destination. You can pull over for emergency calls or texts.
- Adjusting radio stations – Many cars now have buttons on the wheel to help a driver change stations with minimal distraction. If you have a passenger with you, it’s better to allow him or her to be the DJ.
- Conversations in the car – It’s okay to talk to your friends while driving, but be careful not to become so engrossed in the conversation that you are turning to look at your passengers. Avoid emotionally charged conversation that can be even more distracting.
- Eating or drinking – Trying to open a wrapper on a fast food burger can pull your eyes off the road long enough for an accident. It’s better to take a few minutes in the parking lot to eat if you don’t have time to go inside a restaurant.
- Applying makeup – Apply makeup before leaving the house or in the parking lot after arriving at your destination.
- Smoking – If you can’t make it to your destination without lighting up, it’s better to pull over for a few minutes than to smoke and drive. Best of all would be to break the habit.
If You Have Been Injured by a Distracted Driver
In 2015, distracted drivers caused 391,000 injuries. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to far more compensation that what the insurance company will initially offer you. Before signing anything or accepting a settlement, consult a personal injury attorney at Petrov Law Firm to ensure you are getting what you deserve. Call 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation now.
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
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
On a foggy morning at the end of January, Highway 198 in central California saw a series of accidents involving more than 50 vehicles. An officer who was on duty reported that some accidents occurred minutes apart and others just seconds. What was the problem? Was it too dangerous to be out in the fog? Only because drivers were going too fast, according to the officer.
Unsafe Speeds Lead to Car Accidents
Several weeks back, we wrote a blog about the role speeding plays in road fatalities. Fortunately, there appear to be no fatalities in the recent series of accidents noted above. The fact is, however, that many of the accidents could have been avoided entirely if drivers had left extra time and driven slower in accord with the unsafe foggy conditions.
We want to encourage all of our clients and blog readers to check road conditions and drive accordingly. However, if you ever are injured in a car accident, especially if the other driver seems to have been speeding or violating other traffic laws, we’re here for you.
Personal Injury Attorneys in San Diego
The Petrov Law Firm has offices conveniently located in San Diego and Chula Vista. If you have been injured in a car accident, our personal injury attorneys can help you to receive the full compensation that you deserve. Please call 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation. Our knowledge of personal injury law and history in dealing with insurance companies can help you to receive the best possible financial outcome.Read More
Personal injury attorney blogs are always telling people what to do after they have been injured in an accident, but what should you do if you don’t notice any immediate injuries? First of all, remember that some of the body’s physiological responses to trauma can mask an injury, so here are a few things you can do to make sure you are covered in case an injury surfaces later on.
Seek Medical Care
Why go to the doctor or emergency room if you are not hurt? The doctor may be able to spot a sign of injury that you are not aware of, perhaps due to being in a state of shock. If you decide not to go to the doctor initially, see one immediately if you experience stiffness, pain, nausea, headaches, or dizziness.
Document Your Experiences and Expenses
Keep track of any physical or emotional experiences that occur in the days or weeks following the accident. Keep good records of any bills for repairs, medical visits, etc. Also, keep track of missed days from work.
Don’t Sign Anything
Either your insurance or the other driver’s insurance company may try to offer you money in exchange for signing away your right to get further reimbursement. Even if the offer seems fair, it may not cover all repairs and medical bills. Wait until you are sure there is no further injury that may arise weeks or months later. And always have an attorney look at a settlement before agreeing to it.
Getting Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer
The personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm are ready to help you receive all of the damages you are due, whether that means getting a better settlement from an insurance company or going with you to court. Get our experienced attorneys in your corner by calling 619-344-0360 today.Read More