Whether you walk to the office or are just out for some exercise, walking is a great way to get around San Diego and much of southern California. However, there are also dangers due to distracted drivers who may not notice you, especially at night. Here are a few tips for pedestrian safety.
- Don’t walk under the influence. Drinking and walking can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving (at least for you). Call an Uber or a cab if you’ve had too many rather than trying to walk it off.
- Don’t use your phone while walking. If you need directions, use the voice feature rather than staring at the screen. You need to pay attention to your surroundings when walking to avoid potential dangers.
- Always use the crosswalk. Not only is J-walking illegal, but it is also dangerous because drivers won’t be expecting you to step out into the road.
- Wear bright colors during the day and something reflective at night. While you never want to assume that a driver sees you, you still want to do everything you can to increase visibility.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Even if you have the light, it is always a good idea to look before you cross. Too many distracted drivers run red lights and do other things you wouldn’t expect, so you can’t presume on having the right of way.
Personal Injury Attorneys for California Pedestrians
Have you suffered an injury as a pedestrian? Petrov Law Firm has the experienced and compassionate personal injury attorneys to help you maximize a settlement in California. Give us a call today at 619- 344-0360 to get started on your case.Read More
Whether you drive for a living, commute to work every day, or just drive when you need to, driving while drowsy is a problem that you have to pay attention to. Each year, there are more than 1 million car accidents in the US that are related to falling asleep while driving.
Even if you don’t fall asleep at the wheel, being tired while driving can still have major consequences. Consider the following three concerns that driving while drowsy causes according to the CDC:
- Reaction time is decreased – When something unexpected happens, your reaction time can make the difference between a near miss and an accident.
- Inhibited decision-making ability – Can you make that yellow light before it turns red? Is that driver moving slowly enough for you to pull out in front of him? While drowsy, you may make a wrong choice.
- Reduced attention – Distracted driving is enough of a problem without drowsiness making it tougher to focus.
As you can see, being tired behind the wheel can be a real danger to you and others. Therefore, if you are feeling sleepy, please pull over and take a nap rather than trying to push through. It is better to be an hour or two late than never to arrive at all.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident in California?
Unfortunately, despite repeated warnings, car accidents occur every day where one of the drivers was at fault due to something like being too tired to be at the wheel. If you have been hurt by a drowsy or otherwise incapacitated driver, call Petrov Law Firm today at 619-344-0360. We help accident victims in southern California to attain the best possible settlement.Read More
You may seem to have two goals that are at odds. You want to set aside a nice nest egg for your future heirs to enjoy. However, you also want to build up funds so that you are comfortable after retirement, even if you live to a very old age. How can you make your estate planning and retirement planning work together? The secret may be to make your trust the beneficiary of your retirement fund.
Mistakes Heirs Make with a Retirement Fund
It may seem to make sense just to leave your retirement fund directly to a beneficiary. After all, the funds won’t go through probate. However, there are some mistakes that a grieving heir may make which could seriously affect a retirement fund. For example:
- Taking the funds too soon – Your beneficiary may not realize there are large penalties for taking the retirement money too soon.
- Taking the funds all at once – Taking the fund in such a lump sum could result in half of what you saved going to Uncle Sam instead of your beneficiary.
Leaving the funds to a trust means that you can appoint a successor trustee to help dispense the funds at the right times. This allows you to leave the fund to your loved ones but not the responsibility of knowing when best to withdraw the money.
Wise Planning for Your Family’s Future
If you have assets, including a retirement account, to leave to your heirs, contact Petrov Law Firm today by calling 619-344-0360. We can help you to settle your affairs today so that your family can enjoy a comfortable future.Read More
California probate court is where decisions are made regarding the estates of both those who die with no will and those who have a will. What do you need to know about California probate court so you can do your estate planning accordingly?
If I Don’t Have a Will, Does Probate Court Appoint an Executor?
Not exactly. There is someone who will be appointed to handle your affairs, but an executor is someone whom you appoint in a last will and testament to take care of these matters for you.
What Happens to Taxes or Debts That I Owe?
Probate court ensures that all of these debts are paid from your estate. Thus, whatever is left over and goes to your heirs will be theirs without the worries that a bill collector will come knocking at the door later on. Since there is only a brief window for collectors to receive anything, this may encourage some of the debts to be forgiven.
Is Probate Public Record?
Yes. If you rely on probate to care for your estate, anyone will be able to go and look up who your beneficiaries are and what they received. This can make them targets of scams.
How Long Will My Estate Be Tied Up?
It depends. Funds can be stuck in court for months or even years depending on whether it is very clear who should receive your assets. This can be a huge financial drain on the estate as well.
Where Can I Get Estate Planning Help to Avoid Probate?
If you want your assets to avoid probate in California, Petrov Law Firm in San Diego can help. Our experienced attorneys can help you to set up the right type of trust fund so that your beneficiaries can receive assets much faster. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation.Read More
You may wonder if having a pre-existing condition will affect your personal injury suit. The answer is likely to be yes, but not necessarily in the way you may expect. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind if you are filing a personal injury suit but have a pre-existing health condition.
- Always disclose your condition – This may seem counter-intuitive. However, you will have a much better chance of seeking compensation if you disclose the pre-existing condition than if you don’t and it is discovered. You never want it to look like you intentionally hid something.
- Your pre-existing condition is documented – This is a good thing. If you have back problems and you see a chiropractor, you likely have x-rays and an entire history of your condition and how it has affected you. If you are in a car accident that makes the injury worse, you can now compare the new x-rays to the old ones, and your chiropractor can testify to the effects the injury had on your pre-existing condition. Thus, you turn what seemed like a negative into a positive for your case.
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in the San Diego Area
If you are starting a personal injury suit, whether you have a pre-existing condition or not, you should get the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Petrov Law Firm, based in San Diego, has the compassionate attorneys you want on your side to help you maximize your compensation. Call us today at 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation.Read More
Not all causes of personal injury are actionable, but there may be times when you can seek compensation for your losses. Here are 5 of the more common reasons for personal injury suits in California.
- Slip and fall accidents – In order for you to be able to make a claim, you have to prove that the injury was the fault of the property owner. This means that the owner was negligent in caring for the circumstances that led to your slip and fall.
- Motor vehicle accidents – California is a fault state, so the amount of compensation will depend on whether or not you share some blame for the accident.
- Defective products – If you are injured while using a product properly, you may be able to receive compensation for damages, especially if the manufacturer should have known about the defect.
- Workplace injuries – Whether you perform manual labor or work in an office, accidents can happen. Unsafe work conditions can lead to a personal injury suit.
- Assault – Any time another human injures you on purpose, the results can be jail time for the assailant as well as compensation for the injury caused to you.
San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys You Can Rely On
If you have been injured in any of the ways mentioned above or in any other way where another person or business was responsible, contact Petrov Law Firm at 619-344-0360. Our personal injury attorneys are here to help you receive the compensation you deserve.Read More
We hope that your children get to enjoy your loving care for many years to come. But what if an unforeseen accident should occur in your life? You can use your estate planning to protect your minor children. There is no substitute for you, but there are ways to look after your kids, even if you pass away unexpectedly. Here are a few important tips:
- Appoint a legal guardian – The children need to have somewhere to go if left without parents. A good family friend whom the children like and that is up to the responsibility is important.
- Set up a trust fund – A trust fund can allow you to provide financially for your children. While the bulk of the funds may not become available until the children come of age, you can allow dispensations for certain events such as if your child graduates early and needs money for college before he or she turns 18.
Don’t Leave Your Child’s Future to Chance
Sure, it will be better if your estate planning doesn’t take effect for many years because you live to see your children grow up, get married, and have kids of their own. But you can’t leave things to chance. Planning ahead will protect your child in case you are tragically taken from their life by an accident or illness.
The compassionate estate planning attorneys at Petrov Law Firm will be happy to help walk you through the process of setting up an estate plan in California. To learn more, call our offices today at 619-344-0360.Read More
When it comes to estate planning, there are some common mistakes that people make. Here are some of the big ones, and why you don’t want to make the same errors.
- Leaving it for later – An accident can happen to anyone. Don’t leave your legacy up to chance simply because you don’t like thinking about your own mortality.
- Never doing it – Some people have the mistaken impression that estate planning is only for people who have millions of dollars. Regardless of the size of your estate, you should be planning ahead for the future. Estate planning is about more than just money.
- Not planning for medical emergencies – Sure, you have plans for when you die, but what about if you live? Whether you are in a coma or are just temporarily incapacitated, you want a plan in place so that someone can look after your material possessions until you regain the ability to do so or you leave them to your beneficiaries. It is this in-between gap that many people fail to plan for.
Planning for Your Future the Smart Way
If you want to plan ahead for your future in southern California, then enlist the help of the qualified estate planning attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. We can help you to avoid the pitfalls of estate planning so that things go as you plan, even if you are not there to see the plan through yourself. To get started, call 619-344-360 and schedule a consultation today.Read More
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, the first thing on your mind is probably receiving the proper medical attention. That is the right priority. Is there anything else you should think about while you are waiting for medical services to arrive? Here are a couple of reminders.
- If you can, take pictures of the conditions that led to the injury. Was the floor wet? Was the wet floor sign placed in a way that obscured its view from the direction you were walking? Was there some old carpet that had become bunched up? Was there some broken walkway in need of repairs?
- Report the injury and how it occurred to the owner of the location (or a manager on duty). Also, you should report how the injury occurred to the medical professional who treats your injuries so that there is a record of how it happened. Finally, be sure to report the facts to a California personal injury attorney so you can attempt to get compensation for your medical bills and any other losses you may suffer as a result of the injury.
The Personal Injury Attorneys You Can Trust in San Diego
Petrov Law Firm is your source for representation in personal injury cases in southern California. We have the experienced attorneys you need when you are recovering from an injury, are burdened with medical bills, and may have missed work due to the injury. Call 619-344-0360 today in order to schedule a consultation.Read More
Distracted drivers cause accidents that can lead to serious injury or even fatalities. How can you protect yourself and your passengers? While you can’t control other drivers, you can do your best to ensure that you are not distracted while operating your vehicle. Here are some common distractions to avoid.
- Phone – Whether a person is using a phone legally or illegally, it is still a distraction. The best thing to do is let a passenger hold your phone during the drive. If you are alone, any calls or texts can wait. If you are expecting an important call, be prepared to pull over.
- Dashboard dining – Eating at the wheel can be a big distraction, especially if it is something like a big messy burger, which is what most people stop for when on the road. Try to eat before you leave for a drive and plan time to stop and get out during long trips. It will be good to stretch your legs anyway, and it’s safer than eating and driving.
- Media – From books, magazines, and newspapers to music and video content, we are inundated with media on a daily basis. Music isn’t a bad form of media for a drive as long as you are not distracted playing with the radio dials. Reading and watching videos should wait until you arrive at your destination.
Car Accident Injury Attorneys in San Diego
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you need the help of our California personal injury attorneys. Call Petrov Law Firm today at 619-344-0360 to learn how we can help to ensure that you receive a fair settlement.Read More