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
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
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
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