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
The effects of a slip and fall accident can range from mild embarrassment to tragic death. It’s far better to avoid the injuries associated with falls, and doing so requires knowing what poses the greatest risk. Here are two things to look out for on a regular basis to avoid injury.
Caution: Wet Floor
Any surface that is wet immediately becomes more dangerous to walk on. Even if a caution sign is up, you need to adjust your pace to ensure you don’t fall. Seeing the sign isn’t enough to keep you from injury. Walk around wet areas and spills if possible. Be careful on concrete or pavement that is wet as well.
Bumps in the Road
Uneven walking surfaces can also lead to a quick trip. Damaged carpet that is beginning to bunch can make an indoor walking surface dangerous. Uneven sidewalks that have cracked and settled in odd patterns also poses a threat. Be careful to keep the walkways at your home or business well-maintained, both inside and out.
If You Have Suffered a Slip and Fall Injury
Slipping accounts for about 12% of falls each year and over a million visits to the ER. If you’ve had a slip and fall accident, you are far from alone. You shouldn’t be alone when it comes to getting a settlement either. That’s why the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm offer free, no-obligation consultations to slip and fall victims. Call 619-344-0360 to speak with someone now.Read More
Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. Regardless of the type of vehicle you drive, there’s just no competing with a giant 18-wheeler when an accident occurs. While most truck drivers are safe, consider the following 3 ways that commercial trucks can pose a threat to other drivers and their passengers.
- Undertrained Drivers – Again, most truck drivers have a CDL and are trained to drive trucks in general. However, certain types of trucks like big rigs require additional training. An undertrained driver can pose a serious threat to others.
- Rollovers – If a truck rolls over and lands on another vehicle, it’s not going to go well for a car or even an SUV. Don’t drive alongside trucks for very long, especially if there is a turn or a hard stop coming up as these are situations that can lead to a rollover.
- Hazardous Materials Spill – If you’ve even been parked on the highway for hours while a hazardous chemical spill is cleaned up ahead, the only good thing to say is that at least you weren’t close enough to be exposed.
If You Have Been Injured in an Accident with a Commercial Truck
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to additional compensation beyond any settlement the insurance or shipping company may offer you. Before signing anything, you should be sure to speak with a personal injury attorney. The lawyers at Petrov Law Firm can help you to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To get started on a case, call 619-344-0360.Read More
If your children are more active in the community during the summertime, it is important to teach them about the dangers of wandering onto someone else’s property without permission. The best way to deal with injuries is to avoid them in the first place. However, if your child has been injured on another person’s property, here are a few things you need to know.
Laws Dealing with Negligence that Apply to Children
Some California laws have changed regarding liability when it comes to trespassers. In the past, California laws about trespassers who suffer injuries didn’t apply to children, especially if the court deemed that the situation that the child was drawn toward as something particularly attractive to children (a friendly looking pet, a pool with no fence, etc.).
Those laws were done away with many years ago. However, landowners are still expected to foresee potential dangers, even one’s that may affect a person with no business being on their property. The courts apply this even more so when a child is involved. As a result, injuries on private property are handled on a case by case basis.
Getting Help in a Personal Injury Case
That means it more important than ever to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side when dealing with such situations. The compassionate attorneys at Petrov Law Firm hate to hear about any child suffering from an injury, and we are happy to help families seek the compensation they deserve. To learn more, please call 619-344-0360.Read More
Whether a person can no longer work due to injuries or the situation is that of a wrongful death case, one of the primary considerations in determining damages would be the potential future earnings lost. However, proving lost wages requires the right documentation. Here are some things you should know.
Documents that Prove Lost Earnings
The right documents can make determining an amount of lost wages a much easier process. For example, some paperwork that could prove a person’s earnings include:
- Income Taxes
- Pay Stubs
- Direct Deposit Transactions
- Business Receipts
These documents help to put an exact figure on what a person earned in the past and could expect to earn in the future.
Factors that May Affect Loss of Earnings Settlements
The biggest no-no, in this case, would be getting paid off the books. If someone took payments in cash and never reported them or paid taxes on them, a judge may eliminate the value of lost earnings as part of the case. Other issues may arise if a person was self-employed. He may have made $100,000 a year in revenue, but if $30,000 in business expenses meant he only paid taxes on $70,000 a year, that smaller figure would be used to determine earnings.
Setting the Right Figure in Loss of Wages Settlements
Whether you are facing a personal injury case of a wrongful death case that is costing your family future income, the compassionate lawyers at Petrov Law Firm can help you to provide the right documentation to establish wages and maximize the amount you are entitled to. Money can’t replace your loss, but it can help ensure that financial issues don’t compound your grief. Call 619-344-0360 to discuss your situation with one of our experienced attorneys.Read More
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
All drivers are held to the standard of what a normal and prudent person would do in any circumstance. Drivers are responsible for driving carefully, especially when a pedestrian is present. This responsibility is known as a duty of reasonable care in the realm of personal injury law. The law holds that a normally vigilant person is extra cautious and maintains full control of their car when they know a pedestrian is present or might be nearby.
A normal, prudent driver would take steps to avoid hitting a pedestrian in any situation if possible. Usually the driver is held liable in a pedestrian-auto accident due to the expected responsibility of due care. However, if the pedestrian behaves in such a way that makes it impossible for the driver to avoid colliding with them, the pedestrian will be found to be at fault.
For example, if a driver is going the speed limit in a commercial zone and a pedestrian jumps out from behind a parked car or other obstruction when the driver is only a few feet away, the driver will not be held responsible. Due to the pedestrian’s unpredictable presence and erratic behavior, the driver cannot be held responsible for the accident.
If a pedestrian behaves in a manner that forces someone driving in a normal, cautious way to take evasive maneuvers to avoid injury to the pedestrian, the pedestrian will be held liable to any damages incurred by said evasive maneuvers.
As a driver, it is prudent to remain cautious and aware when driving, especially around pedestrians. So long as all possible steps are taken to avoid injury to the pedestrian, the driver will not be found at fault. If a driver happens to sustain injuries when trying to avoid hitting a pedestrian, the driver can make personal injury claims against the reckless pedestrian. A personal injury lawyer should be contacted immediately to provide claims guidance and help secure the fairest compensation for the injured party.Read More
One of the best conveniences of life in the states is being able to live close to your work, granted you have to work every day. Living close means you don’t have to deal with a long commute that is almost always flooded with traffic in both directions. If this is the case, you have likely considered downsizing your personal automobile to a handy and earth friendly bicycle.
The many advantages of biking to work far outweigh the obvious risks associated with this physical activity. The most minimal advantages include saving on fuel, car maintenance, and health care costs. The more lasting and significant rewards comes in the form of improved physical and mental health that result from daily exercise.
Before investing fully in this economical and beneficial routine, you should also consider the basic risks associate with biking to work and how you can protect yourself in case of accidents on the road. The biggest risk for a bicyclist on the roadways is collision with a moving vehicle. Needless to say, the resulting injuries can be debilitating or even terminal.
Fortunately, you can reduce the risk of getting involved in such an accident by practicing defensive bicycling. Map out the shortest, most convenient route and one that will avoid sharing lanes with other vehicles. Once on the road, be aware of all traffic and don’t assume drivers can see you or will yield to you. It is safest to bike defensively, obey traffic signals, and say in protected zones such as bike lanes.
The most immediate and reliable form of protection you can get for yourself is personal protective equipment such as a trusty helmet, appropriate biking clothing, and a well-maintained bicycle with the necessary reflective and lighting materials.
Lastly, if you do find yourself in an accident with another vehicle, treat it as you would if you were in your personal car: obtain the driver’s insurance and contact information; make note or take pictures of damages to yourself, your bicycle, and their vehicle; call for emergency services should you require it and make a police report for proper documentation. If you have been hurt, you are still eligible to file for personal injury claims from the other party. Know you can protect yourself beyond the physical equipment necessary for biking to work.Read More
Making the decision to pursue a personal injury case can feel stressful. Is it the right thing to do? How much will it cost? What happens if I lose? Luckily, one conversation with a personal injury attorney will answer all of those questions.
The lawyer will set some basic expectations. For example, the lawyer doesn’t get any money unless you get money. In short, the lawyer takes a percentage. And so, the lawyer isn’t likely to take on a case that is a losing battle. Finally, personal injury cases are generally not about right and wrong; they are about injury and losses. If you lost money because of the injury (like lost wages) then you should be paid back.
If you slipped and fell at a grocery store, you aren’t really suing the grocery store; you are submitting an insurance claim through your attorney. The grocery store (or airport or cafe…) has an insurance policy to protect them from paying out on an accident. The insurance company pays for your injuries — not the business owner. So there is no need to feel guilty if you need to submit for reimbursement because of your losses.
Slip and fall cases take time — sometimes over a year. During that year, you will have to visit the lawyer a few times to answer some questions about the fall. Your lawyer can help you find a doctor to treat your injuries and you won’t have to pay for the treatments. Don’t go it alone if you’ve had a fall; ask a lawyer for help.Read More