Summer makes people want to be outside having fun in the sun. That means more trips to the beach, local pools, or maybe even to a lake. However, there are a number of dangers that lurk in association with water recreation. Here are a few ways to keep you and your family safe.
Avoiding Common Water Injuries
Here are a few things you can do to stay safe and keep your fun activities from quickly becoming dangerous:
- Avoid water that isn’t properly treated – If you get some kind of parasite from pool water that hasn’t been cared for properly, the owner will likely be held responsible for medical expenses. However, if you are at some random lake or pond, it’s tough to know if the water is safe, and you will be swimming at your own risk.
- Use caution around power watercraft – Someone on a jet ski should be looking out for swimmers, but it is better to use caution and stay out of the line of watercraft than to get hurt, even if it’s not your fault.
- Watch out for shallow water – Diving into water that is too shallow can lead to serious injury and even death. Pools should be properly marked as to depth and whether diving is safe, but always check the water depth yourself first just to be certain.
If You or a Loved One Has Suffered a Water-Related Injury
There are many times that water injuries could have been avoided with proper caution. A failure to properly treat a pool can lead to serious medical conditions. An incorrectly marked pool can result in paralysis from diving into the shallow end. A boat may strike a swimmer due to the careless operation or because a person wasn’t properly licensed or trained.
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to seek due compensation if an injury has resulted in medical bills, missed work, or mental suffering. To learn more, call 619-344-0360.Read More
The fact is that the great majority of personal injury cases result in settlements, and that’s not a bad thing. However, there are times to settle and times to go to court. Plus, there are times when rejecting an initial settlement may lead to a better offer without the need for a court battle. Here are a few things you should know about settling personal injury cases out of court.
Situations Where You Shouldn’t Accept a Settlement
Here are a few times to avoid accepting a settlement or a when settlement may not be possible:
- The insurance company or lawyer won’t give you time to consult with your own attorney.
- The settlement amount seems too low.
- The statute of limitations requires a suit.
Getting the Settlement You Deserve
By acting within the appropriate amount of time and consulting with a personal injury attorney, you can help to ensure that you receive an adequate settlement. In the meantime, it is important to avoid signing anything or accepting compensation that would disqualify you from seeking further damages. You also need to contact the right attorney to receive compassionate assistance backed up by experience and expertise in personal injury cases.
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm have the knowledge and experience to help you recognise a fair settlement offer. While it is always up to you to determine if you will accept an offer or not, our lawyers can help you to make an educated decision. To learn more and to schedule a consultation, call us today at 619-344-0360.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
What is lane-splitting? Perhaps you’ve noticed in heavy traffic that is slow moving or stopped, motorcycles will sometimes drive on the dashed line between lanes to pass vehicles. You’ve probably seen it happen often enough that you may have already thought this was a legal maneuver. Recently, California law has acknowledged this practice for the first time, authorizing the California Highway Patrol to develop safety guidelines regarding lane-splitting. The bill does everything but plainly say the practice is legal.
What Does This Mean for Drivers?
It’s already important to look out for motorcyclists. One study performed in California revealed that nearly 6,000 motorcycle accidents occurred in a 15-month period. Interesting, about 17% of those accidents were related to lane-splitting. Now that the practice has been all but legalized, vehicle drivers need to be more conscious of this maneuver than ever.
Regardless of how you feel about the safety of the practice, its acceptance by California legislation could lead to larger settlements for motorcyclists injured while lane-splitting legally.
If You Have Been Injured While Lane-Splitting
If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured while lane-splitting legally, you may be deserving of compensation from the offending driver or from an insurance company. Whether your bike is damaged, you have mounting medical bills, or you need compensation for the pain and suffering you sustained due to the accident, Petrov Law Firm can help you to receive your due compensation. Call 619-344-0360 to get your claim started 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
If you have a teen approaching legal driving age, you may have some reservations. Not only can the road be a dangerous place, but teens in particular are statistically involved in more serious accidents. It’s a part of why the summer is considered the 100 deadliest days to drive.
At the same time, you realize that this is an important step in your child growing toward adulthood and being able to handle responsibilities. Thus, the focus should be on preparing your child to be a good driver. Here are a few tips to help you.
Giving Your Child the Best Training
While you want to discuss safe driving tactics before ever getting in the car, there is no substitute for practice. Be sure to train your child to drive in various conditions. For example, you don’t want your child to drive in the rain for the first time without any supervision. Go someplace safe where you can show your teen that it takes longer to stop in the rain.
Other conditions to practice in include driving after dark, driving on a foggy morning, and driving on a road that is not paved. Be sure to teach good habits for driving in parking lots, on city streets, and other places where pedestrians and cyclists may be around. This is not only for your child’s safety but also for the safety of others.
Getting Help After an Automobile Accident
You should also train your child what to do should an accident occur. Even adults can have a difficult time dealing with such a trauma, so teens need advanced training. We hope your son or daughter is never in an accident, but if it occurs, we want you to know that the Petrov Law Firm is here to help your loved one receive all of the deserved compensation. We’re only a phone call away from providing the help you need. Just dial 619-344-0360.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
Statistics from recent years show a shocking number of deaths due to automobile accidents throughout California and in the San Diego area. Add this to a 2016 statistic, that Americans drove over 50 billion miles more in the first half of 2016 than 2015, and you have the recipe for continued increases in some already shocking figures.
California Fatal Crashes in 2015
In 2015 alone, 3,176 people died in car accidents in California. This was the second most total deaths in any state in the US. Also, California led US states in the number of car occupants who died in crashes. 37% of fatalities, over 1,100 people, died in a car. Also, 23% of deaths were pedestrians, and 14% were riding motorcycles.
San Diego Fatality Statistics
Going back just a couple of years to 2013, we can narrow the statistics to specific counties. San Diego had the 3rd most fatalities, after LA and Orange County, with 10,400. And this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the number of injuries and the amount of damage done by vehicle accidents.
Help for Those Who Have Been in a Car Accident in San Diego
If you have been in a car accident in the San Diego area, or anywhere in southern California, contact the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. Also, our compassionate wrongful death attorneys can handle your case if you have lost a loved one tragically in a car accident. Please call 619-344-0360 to get started today.Read More
The state of California has cracked down on nursing home violations over the past couple of years. In fact, the maximum fine that a nursing home could be penalized with for violating state regulations was a mere $150 back in 2014. Now that figure has skyrocketed to $15,000. This is truly a testament to the seriousness with which the state views nursing home violations.
Why the Sudden Increase in Fines?
There are approximately 7,500 facilities in the state that care for the elderly. A number of shocking reports have come out of these facilities in recent years, resulting in more attention from state legislators. In fact, most of the violations that result in fines deal with personal injury or even wrongful death. What can you do if an elderly loved one has been injured in a nursing home or you have evidence that a wrongful death has occurred?
Get Help and Be Heard
The worst thing to do is to accept nursing home neglect or abuse as a normal part of the operation of one of these places. Don’t let embarrassment hold you back from filing a report. Be sure to report neglect or abuse and get help from an attorney in doing so. You may be eligible for compensation in the case of personal injury or wrongful death, especially if the facility has violated state laws in the process.
The experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at the Petrov Law Firm want to help you get justice for your elderly relatives. Call 619-344-0360 today to get started with your case.Read More
If you’ve been in an auto accident and need to seek damages from the other driver, you need to first find out if you have a valid claim.
There are multiple considerations that can affect the validity of your claim. That’s when it’s a good idea to seek assistance from an experienced personal injury attorney who can help determine if your claim is valid.
It’s also important to notify your insurance company, police, and if necessary, the department of motor vehicles following any accident that resulted in injury.
Depending on the state you live in, rules can differ regarding specific time frames to report an accident. If you neglect to report to the DMV within a designated time frame, you may limit your chances of a claim.
The term no-fault means that insurance companies pay the costs related to an accident a policy holder without the need to prove the other party was at fault. No-fault stops accident victims from filing claims against the other party unless expenses are beyond the determined amount of money.
Every personal injury case is different, but they all center on two basic issues. Liability and damages. To have a valid claim, you need prove that you suffered an injury. You need to show that the other person was responsible.
You need to prove that effects of the injury can be measured by money or damages. To show liability, you need to prove that the other driver was legally obligated to use care while driving. You also need to prove that they violated that responsibility. Your auto accident must be directly related to the injuries you received.
It’s important that you have a personal injury attorney to determine the circumstances of your claim and make a valid decision about it. If your attorney believes that your claim is valid, they will work with to develop a strong case that supports indisputable evidence for your claim.Read More