Riding a motorcycle is a great way to get around Californian cities, especially when there is a lot of traffic. Here are a few tips to help you get where you are going as safely as possible.
- Beware of drivers – Many drivers are not good at sharing the road with motorcycles. There are also a lot of distracted drivers. It’s not fair for the burden to be on you, but the fact is that when a car and a motorcycle get into an accident, it doesn’t matter who is right or wrong. The consequences will be far worse for the cyclist.
- Wear the proper protective equipment – In a minor accident, the right helmet and clothing can protect you from serious harm or even save your life.
- Be modest – If you are a new rider, don’t go beyond your limitations. Always follow traffic laws and don’t try to do anything you are not 100% sure you are able to handle.
- Stay visible – Whether it is keeping the lights on your vehicle in good order or wearing something reflective on your clothes/helmet, anything you can do to increase your visibility could be lifesaving.
- Never ride if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescription medications that could affect your ability to ride safely).
Getting Help After a Motorcycle Accident in California
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Knowing what causes the most pedestrian accidents can help you to stay safer while walking. While not all of these factors are preventable on your part, some provide insights into precautions pedestrians should take.
- Low visibility conditions – Most pedestrian accidents happen at night, when the weather is bad, or during times of the day when visibility is reduced (dawn and dusk). Use extra caution when crossing roads in these conditions, even if you are using the crosswalk. Hi-vis or reflective clothing can also help drivers to see you.
- Poor city infrastructure – If there are few crosswalks and no pedestrian lights in the area, this makes crossing the roadway even more dangerous. This can happen both on the street and in parking lots that don’t have proper crossing locations.
- Electric and hybrid cars – Many vehicles are quieter than they used to be. You can’t walk out into the street while looking down at your phone and trust your ears to tell you a vehicle is coming. Some electric and hybrid vehicles produce little more than a whirring sound while coasting.
Regardless of the cause of the accident, the driver’s insurance should be helping with medical bills and other losses incurred.
Help for Injured Pedestrians in Southern California
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What are some of the common ways that cyclists are injured in motor vehicle accidents? Let’s consider some of the most dangerous scenarios so you can potentially avoid serious harm.
- When drivers are making a left-hand turn – When a driver turns left, they cross through oncoming traffic. Drivers are often focused on other motor vehicles. Therefore, they may fail to notice a bicycle. This is especially true if you are riding on the sidewalk instead of on the road. Remember that the sidewalk is for pedestrians, and watch out for drivers making left-hand turns in front of you when you cross an intersection.
- When drivers are making a right-hand turn – If a car passes you on the left as you approach an intersection, always be wary of them making a sudden right turn, even if they are not using their signal light. It is also essential to be cautious if you are going straight at a stoplight after waiting for it to turn green. If the car sitting next to you was also waiting and wants to make a right turn, let them go first in case they don’t see you.
- When a car door suddenly opens – This usually happens when you are riding past a row of vehicles that are parked. The driver is probably looking for oncoming cars before they swing the door open but may miss a bicycle. Try to give parked cars a little extra space.
If You Have Been Injured in a Cycling Accident in San Diego
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Whether you are taking a summer road trip or you just have a long commute back and forth to work each day, spending a lot of time behind the wheel is never fun. However, if you are tired while driving, it can become downright dangerous. Here are a few tips to ensure you don’t fall into the dangers of being a drowsy driver.
- Avoid getting behind the wheel during your usual bedtime hours – If you consistently sleep the same hours every night (as we should), then your body is trained to sleep at that time. Driving during your sleep hours is dangerous.
- Take a break if you start to feel tired – If you do start to feel tired while driving, find a place to pull over rather than trying to make it.
- Carpool – If you have someone else in the car with you, switch drivers when one of you becomes sleepy.
- Be careful with medications – Especially if you are starting a new prescription and don’t know how it will affect you yet, it is important to be cautious when driving. However, any prescription that comes with a warning about drowsiness can make it dangerous (or perhaps even illegal, depending on the medication and its effect on you) to drive.
When Another Driver Is to Blame for Your Injuries
If you have been in an accident, whether the other driver was drowsy or at fault for some other reason, you deserve compensation for medical bills and other related expenses. Contact Petrov Law Firm today to get the help you need when dealing with an insurance company. Call 619.344.0360 to get your case started.Read More
It is summertime, and that means many will be out riding ATVs. It is a fun hobby, and parents with adventurous children may decide to get their kids into riding at an early age. However, ATVs are not a toy, and so it is essential to understand how to keep your child safe, even when they are having fun on one of these vehicles. Here are some tips before their first ride.
- Make sure your child has the proper gear – That includes compliant headwear and clothing that covers the majority of the skin (including gloves).
- Check local laws before riding an ATV on a paved road. Remember that the purpose of ATVs is for off-road use, so drivers won’t be looking for an ATV on the road.
- Adults should never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and that is even more true for kids.
- Don’t put two people on an ATV designed for one.
- Make sure the ATV is the right model for your child’s age.
- If your child is under 16, you should be there to supervise.
- Teach your child to use a safe speed.
- Start out with an ATV riding course before letting your child ride on their own.
If You Experience an ATV Injury in Southern California
Petrov Law Firm has experienced personal injury attorneys to help if you have been injured in an ATV accident. Depending on whose fault the accident was, you may be eligible to recuperate your medical expenses and receive compensation for other losses. Call our San Diego law office today at 619.344.0360 to get your case started.Read More
If you have been struck and injured by a car while riding your bike, you may be eligible for compensation from the driver’s insurance. Since California is a tort state, the amount of compensation you are due is related to who was at fault. With that in mind, don’t fall for these myths regarding bicycle accidents.
- Myth: Bicycle accidents are usually the cyclist’s fault – This is not necessarily true. Each accident has its own facts, and many car accidents involving bicycles are related to driver distraction rather than an indiscretion on the part of the cyclist.
- Myth: If you are partially to blame, you get nothing – In California, fault can be apportioned to each driver or cyclist in the accident. A percentage is assigned to determine who should be held accountable. So even if you bear some of the fault for the accident, you should still receive compensation for a percentage of your losses.
- Myth: Bicycles belong on the sidewalk – Not only is this not true, but it is also dangerous to ride on the sidewalk. You would be at fault if you were to injure a pedestrian. When there is no bicycle lane, you should be riding on the street and following normal traffic laws.
San Diego’s Bicycle Accident Attorneys
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You don’t want to be the one at fault if you are ever in a car accident in California. This is a tort state, meaning that the at-fault driver is on the hook for the damages. Here are some common practices that could cause a judge to view you as the party at blame for the accident.
- Speeding – This is the underlying cause of most accidents, especially ones that are fatal or do a lot of damage. Be sure to obey speed limit laws, and don’t be afraid to drive slower if road conditions are not good.
- Distracted driving – From smartphone use to putting on makeup to dashboard dining, there is no limit to the things that could distract you behind the wheel. A good rule of thumb is that when you are the driver, all you should be doing is driving.
- Tailgating – Be sure to leave a car length between you and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour you are driving. Remember that big trucks and motorcycles can’t stop as fast as cars.
- Road rage – No matter what another driver does that upsets you, don’t get aggressive. Not only can this lead to an accident, but it could also cause the other driver to become more aggressive with you.
When You Experience an Injury Due to a Dangerous Driver
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Do you love to ride your bicycle in the beautiful southern California weather? It is essential to know how to share the road with drivers in order to protect yourself. Here are some tips for safe cycling based on existing state laws in California.
- Stay to the right – Unless you are making a left-hand turn, are traveling at the same speed as traffic, or are passing another cyclist, you should stay as far to the right side of the road as possible.
- Use the bike lane – You should always signal, by hand or with lights if you have them, when leaving the bike lane.
- Wear your helmet – It’s the law if you are under 18, but it is a necessary safety precaution for everyone.
- Stop for pedestrians – This is especially true when it comes to crosswalks. Remember that bicycles basically have to follow the same traffic laws as anyone driving a car.
- Use sufficient lighting – This is especially true at night. Know the state requirements, but don’t be afraid to go above and beyond. The more visible you are to drivers, the better.
Getting Help if You Have Been Injured in a Cycling Accident
If you have been injured by a driver in southern California, the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help. We are experienced at helping cyclists to receive the settlement they deserve from an insurance company following an accident that leads to injury. Call us today at 619.344.0360 to get your case started right away.Read More
Every year, motorcyclists lose their lives on California roads, and many more are injured. To protect yourself, please follow these vital safety recommendations.
- Never get on your bike under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Focus on visibility – Many motorcycle accidents involve vehicle drivers who claim to have not seen the cyclist. Use your lights, wear something reflective, and use extreme caution when lane splitting.
- Know your limits – Even the most experienced motorcyclist can be involved in an accident. The odds increase exponentially when a rider is doing something beyond their ability level. Follow the laws of the road (especially the speed limit), and never attempt to perform tricks at high speeds or in traffic.
- Wear the right gear – If you are involved in an accident, a helmet can save your life. Make sure you are wearing long sleeves and pants. Use fabrics that can protect you from the road if you are knocked from the bike at high speeds.
- Don’t trust drivers – Always assume that they are too distracted to see you. The fact of the matter is that when a motorcycle gets into an accident with a car or another vehicle – regardless of who was at fault – the person on the motorcycle is going to be on the losing end of the crash.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident Injury
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When a pedestrian is knocked down by a moving vehicle, the results can be quite serious. What are some of the contributing factors to this type of accident? Here are five of the most common reasons that a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle.
- Reduced visibility – Dawn, dusk, night, rain, or any other conditions that reduce visibility can make it more difficult for a driver to see a pedestrian.
- Driving distracted – Between phones and the many other distractions that are available to drivers, you are probably not surprised to see this on the list.
- Poor infrastructure – A lack of crosswalks, pedestrian lights, and other safety features may lead to more accidents and injuries. In general, poorly laid out roadways can lead to more danger for walkers.
- Drug and alcohol abuse – Drivers who are under the influence are far more likely to strike a pedestrian with their vehicle. A DUI is a common occurrence when a pedestrian accident occurs.
- Quieter vehicles – Hybrid and electric vehicles make far less noise. As a result, a pedestrian who is not constantly aware of their surroundings may step in front of a car without noticing it.
If You Have Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident in California
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