Car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury in the state of California. We’re going to take a closer look at three of the most common causes of car accidents so that you have the best chance of protecting yourself and your loved ones.
- Alcohol – Drunk driving is not only related to accidents involving injuries, but it is particularly associated with auto accident fatalities. The smart move is to call a taxi, Uber, or just let a friend be a designated driver, especially around the holidays when the frequency of drunk driving accidents spikes.
- Speeding – Nearly all auto accidents go back to speeding. Whether the driver is distracted, drunk, or running a stop sign, the collision still usually has to do with speed. Always drive the speed limit, and give other drivers who are willing to break the law a wider berth when they try to pass.
- Hazardous weather conditions – From low visibility due to fog to rain and slippery wet roads, there are all sorts of weather conditions that make it more dangerous to be on the road. If you have to be out in the bad weather, be sure to use proper defensive driving techniques, and leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
If You Have Been Injured in an Auto Accident in California
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an auto accident in the state of California, the personal injurie attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to receive a proper settlement rather than the ridiculous first offer that most insurance companies make. To learn more, call our San Diego office today at 619-344-0360.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
AAA’s Center for Driving Safety and Technology recently teamed up with University of Utah researchers to examine the dashboards of 30 modern vehicles so as to determine how frequently these dashboard displays took a driver’s vision of the road and how much of a driver’s cognitive function had to be allocated to operating the display. The shocking results revealed that this technology, designed to provide modern conveniences, may be a major distraction for drivers.
Distractions – A Primary Cause of Modern Car Accident Injuries
Music itself doesn’t seem to be a major distraction for drivers. In fact, many auto manufacturers have begun integrating radio controls into the steering wheel so that drivers never have to take their eyes off the road to hear their favorite tunes. Unfortunately, the rest of the functions of the dashboard display continue to grow and now include complicated menus for control of the thermostat, GPS navigation, and other interactive components.
Fighting to Stay Focused on the Road
Being able to pair your smartphone with your car is great until the first time it doesn’t work and you find yourself fiddling with the dashboard trying to fix it while driving. Text message support may keep people from picking up the smartphone while driving, but sometimes speaking a message and struggling with the voice commands can be just as much of a distraction. This is a case where instead of encouraging a person to wait until they arrive at their destination, new technology just finds a different way to distract the driver. The fact is that maintaining focus on the road and off of technology is the best way to avoid an accident.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you are the victim of an injury due to a distracted driver, you need to get the right medical treatment, and you deserve to be compensated for those costs and other losses that may occur as a result of the injury. Petrov Law Firm has experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers who can help you to recover your losses. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
While a lot of kids are out during the summer, the time drivers have to be the most aware is during the school year. This is because children can appear suddenly in school zones, near school buses, or traveling to and from school on foot or on a bicycle. Here are a few tips for safe driving during the school year.
Sharing the Road with School Buses
When a school bus is stopped, and its lights are flashing, never pass going in either direction. This is a warning indicator that children may be getting either on or off the bus. Watch for children making a last-second dash for the bus in the morning. Never pull up too close to the back of a stopped bus. If you can’t see the side view mirrors of the bus, then the driver probably doesn’t know you are there.
Kids Traveling to and from School
Whether on foot or on a bicycle, people normally act the same way they would while driving. Since kids have no driving experience and don’t understand the dangers, they are more like to step in front of a moving vehicle without paying attention. This means you need to keep an eye out for children and use extra caution even if they are on a sidewalk as you pass by.
Driving in a School Zone
School zones are posted and will have reduced speed limits for you to obey during certain times of the day. Always follow the traffic signs in a school area and look out for crossing guards who may be helping kids to cross the street during high traffic times. Be sure not to block crosswalks that kids are likely to use, and always stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, especially kids.
When an Accident Occurs
Sometimes even when everyone is as safe as possible, an accident can still happen. If you or a loved one have been injured, contact the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm by calling 619-344-0360.Read More
If you’ve ever been in a car accident and received a settlement, the rising car insurance premiums may not be a surprise to you. However, if you have been accident-free for years, you may be wondering what you’re paying all that money for. Here are 3 reasons that car insurance rates continue to rise.
- Medical Costs Are Up – In an at-fault state like California, car insurance companies are expected to pay medical bills when their driver is at fault in an accident. That means they get stuck with the bill for their own driver and the one whom he or she hit. Since medical costs continue to rise, car insurance companies have to continue increasing their rates to keep up and make a profit.
- Car Repair Costs Have Skyrocketed – According to a 2016 report, California has the highest average repair cost when it comes to a check engine light ($435), so you can imagine what it must cost to do body work on a vehicle that has been in an accident.
- Increased Accidents and Injuries – According to the California Highway Patrol, injuries started back on the upswing in 2014 following a downward trend for several years. The more injuries that occur in accidents, the more the insurance companies are paying out.
Getting Help with Your Injury Claim
Of course, just because insurance companies are charging more doesn’t mean they want to pay out a penny more than they can get away with. That’s why you want an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner if you are ever injured in a car accident. Petrov Law Firm can help you to maximize your insurance settlement in the state of California. Call us today at 619-344-0360 to get started.Read More
Driving is dangerous enough when driving back and forth to places you’ve been dozens of times. Add the uncertainty of not knowing the roads well, and you have a recipe for disaster. You may be tempted to solve the problem by just following a friend, but a recent study revealed that this may be a dangerous way to get where you are going.
Why Following Another Car Is Dangerous
The study revealed what would be expected – the following driver is afraid of losing the lead driver and takes risks to keep up. For example, if the lead driver goes through a yellow light, the following driver may go through a red light to maintain direct sight of the other car. Other issues can include sudden lane changes, tailgating to not allow other cars in between, and driving too fast because the lead driver is doing so.
The Safer Way to Get Where You Need to Go
The better way to go is to look up directions ahead of time or to use a GPS to find your own way. This is especially true if you have another person in the car who can act as a navigator and keep an eye on the GPS in case it doesn’t warn you about upcoming turns in time.
Even Safe Drivers Can Be Injured in Accidents
Unfortunately, you can still be injured in an accident, even while doing everything you can to drive safely. Where can you turn for help if you have suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident? The personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm are here to help. Just call 619-344-0360 for help in getting a settlement that covers your expenses and other due compensation.Read More
The state of California has heavy penalties in place for DUI offenders. These laws are in place to discourage drivers from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. A drunk driver can destroy lives in an instant. Despite these penalties, many injuries are still sustained each year due to driving while intoxicated. Here is a list of some of the penalties in place in the state of California.
The minimum penalty for a first-time offender (assuming no one is hurt or killed) includes:
- $1,800 in fines and assessments
- 2 days in jail or 3 months with a restricted license (only driving back and forth to work or treatment is allowed)
- 3 to 9 months of mandatory treatment (depending on BAC) which costs about $500
- Loss of license for 30 days (the restricted license begins after this period)
These penalties quickly escalate for second and third-time offenders. However, if someone is hurt or dies as a result of the DUI, penalties may include a felony that will result in prison time. Depending on whether the person was a previous offender, the minimum sentence will be somewhere between one and five years.
If You or a Loved One Has Become the Victim of a Drunk Driver
If you have been hurt or have tragically lost a loved one due to someone driving under the influence, you deserve to be compensated for all of your losses. This can include lost future wages, medical costs, pain and suffering, and more. The compassionate lawyers at Petrov Law Firm can help you to handle these sensitive matters when you may not mentally be in a position to seek a reasonable settlement yourself. Let us help you start to put the pieces back together. In many wrongful death cases, we only get paid if we win for you. Just call 619-344-0360 for help in the state of California.Read More
Did you know that cyclists in the state of California not only have all the same rights as drivers on the road but also all of the same restrictions? For example, if you didn’t know that it is possible to get a DUI while riding your bike, you may want to think twice before taking your two-wheeled transport to the bar or club.
What Is the Penalty for Biking Under the Influence?
While getting a DUI in your car in California can cost you a fortune (you can pay thousands of dollars in fines), a bike DUI only costs a maximum of $250. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious offense. Riding a bike while intoxicated (or under the influence of drugs) can result in arrest. After all, it is still considered public intoxication, so there are more than just traffic laws to consider when you are on a bike after a few drinks.
Can a Biking DUI Affect Your Personal Injury Case?
What if you are injured while riding a bike and it turns out you were intoxicated? This could completely negate your ability to recover losses (except medical bills) due to the injuries you sustain. What if the driver who hits you says you rode right out in front of him, and there are no other witnesses? It would be easy to make the case that the accident was entirely your fault due to being intoxicated while riding. So please be careful about getting on your bike if you know you will be having a few drinks.
If you have been injured while riding your bike, especially if another driver was at fault, contact Petrov Law Firm today to speak with a personal injury attorney. You can reach our experienced lawyers by calling 619-344-0360.Read More
A scooter can be a great way to beat the traffic and enjoy your commute in San Diego. Regardless of the reason you are on the road with a Vespa, moped, or scooter, we want you to be safe. Here are 3 tips to help you avoid injury with enjoying your motorized bike.
- Wear the Proper Safety Gear – You may not be able to go as fast on a moped as a motorcycle, but you should still always wear your helmet and other protective gear. This can increase the odd of surviving an accident.
- Drive Defensively – You have to assume other drivers can’t see you, especially those in higher vehicles like SUVs, vans, or trucks. Even if the vehicle is directly behind you, if they are following too close, they may struggle to slow down as fast as you, so avoid braking too quickly.
- Always Signal When Turning – Again, slow down well ahead of turns to avoid braking hard if someone is behind you. Always use your signal lights. If the type of scooter you are on doesn’t have signal lights and you can’t add them aftermarket, be sure to use the proper hand signals.
If You Have Been Injured in a Scooter Accident
The personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm recognize that being in an accident can be a highly traumatic event, especially if you have been injured. We want to help you to receive due compensation for medical bills, missed work, and pain and suffering caused by any injuries. Before signing anything from an insurance company or accepting a settlement, be sure to call us at 619-344-0360.Read More
When dealing with an aggressive or reckless driver, you may feel either concerned for your safety or angry and ready to respond in kind. Road rage has been in the news frequently in recent months, with some cases ending in tragedy. What we will do today is discuss 3 ways to deal with road rage and keep yourself safe.
- Do not make eye contact – You have to treat a driver with road rage like a wild animal. Eye contact may be considered a challenge. Instead, do what you can to keep an eye on the driver through mirrors, and allow aggressive drivers to pass and speed away.
- Do not tailgate – If a reckless driver gets ahead of you and then is forced to slow down by traffic, your first instinct may be to drive close as a protest to how you were treated. Reckless drivers are selfish and don’t care about your well-being. He or she may hit the brakes to cause you to rear-end the vehicle or may become angry and resort to further reckless behavior.
- Stay calm – If you were to begin yelling, shaking your fist, or worse, a person who is already experiencing road rage may completely fly off the handle and do something shocking. It is best just to allow an angry, selfish, violent person to have the right of way. You’re not doing it for them. You are doing it for yourself, your passengers, and other drivers who may pay the price later. Feel free to have someone in the car alert the authorities to your location and a description of the reckless driver’s vehicle.
If You Are Injured by a Reckless Driver
Reckless driving can result in accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. If your family has been struck with tragedy as the result of a reckless driver, contact the Petrov Law Firm. Our compassionate attorneys will help guide you through the process of seeing restitution. Call 619-344-0360 to get started today.Read More