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
Personal injury attorney blogs are always telling people what to do after they have been injured in an accident, but what should you do if you don’t notice any immediate injuries? First of all, remember that some of the body’s physiological responses to trauma can mask an injury, so here are a few things you can do to make sure you are covered in case an injury surfaces later on.
Seek Medical Care
Why go to the doctor or emergency room if you are not hurt? The doctor may be able to spot a sign of injury that you are not aware of, perhaps due to being in a state of shock. If you decide not to go to the doctor initially, see one immediately if you experience stiffness, pain, nausea, headaches, or dizziness.
Document Your Experiences and Expenses
Keep track of any physical or emotional experiences that occur in the days or weeks following the accident. Keep good records of any bills for repairs, medical visits, etc. Also, keep track of missed days from work.
Don’t Sign Anything
Either your insurance or the other driver’s insurance company may try to offer you money in exchange for signing away your right to get further reimbursement. Even if the offer seems fair, it may not cover all repairs and medical bills. Wait until you are sure there is no further injury that may arise weeks or months later. And always have an attorney look at a settlement before agreeing to it.
Getting Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer
The personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm are ready to help you receive all of the damages you are due, whether that means getting a better settlement from an insurance company or going with you to court. Get our experienced attorneys in your corner by calling 619-344-0360 today.Read More
Unsafe driving practices lead to thousands of deaths and injuries on California roads each year. The National Institute of Health has provided many statistics on car accidents, including the fact that speeding is the most common cause of road fatalities in the US. Other telling facts include male fatalities outnumbering female fatalities 2 to 1 over the past 40 years and teens being another high-risk category.
California Traffic Schools
California provides two options for taking traffic school:
- In a classroom
This defensive driving course teaches drivers to use safe behaviors and is an important tool in educating drivers. It is also beneficial for those who have received a traffic ticket since getting the proper training may result in fewer points on a person’s license and potentially less expensive car insurance premiums.
When a driver understands California traffic laws and knows the dangers of breaking those laws, many become safer motor vehicle operators.
If You Have Been Injured by a Speeding Driver
If you have been injured in a car accident with a speeding driver, you may be owed compensation for medical bills, missed work, or other damages. A speeding driver may also be accountable for a wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one in such a tragic way, you want a compassionate personal injury attorney to help navigate the legal side of things. The personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm can help you seek damages for your injuries or for your loss if your dear loved one was taken by a negligent driver. Call 619-344-0360 to learn more.Read More