In a no-fault state (there are currently 12 in the US), every driver is required to carry insurance that covers his or her own expenses should an accident occur. California is a fault state. What does this mean?
In a fault state, the insurance of the driver who is responsible for the accident pays the expenses. Therefore, if you admit that you ran a red light and hit another car, your insurance will be paying for the other driver’s damages including medical bills, car repair, and even pain and suffering caused by the experience.
When Accident Blame Is Shared in a Fault State
In a fault state, since accidents are paid for by the offending party, what happens if both sides share some blame? The powers that be may decide either on an even split or on another percentage. For example, if the other driver ran a stop sign, but you panicked when you should have been able to get out of the way, they may assign a 70-30 or 80-20 split. In this case, you would recover most of your losses from the other person’s insurance, but your insurance would have to cover the rest.
Why You Need a Car Accident Attorney
In a fault state, proving blame can make a huge difference in the settlement amount with an insurance company. Having a personal injury attorney on your side can help you to maximize your settlement. In southern California, drivers can trust Petrov Law Firm to put our experience to work for you. Call us today at 619.344.0360 to get your case started.Read More
If you live and drive in California, you need to know the smartphone driving laws so that you remain safe and don’t end up with a fine. However, many people misunderstand the rules. Here are a few common misconceptions.
- All drivers can make hands-free calls in California – For most drivers, this is the case. However, if you are under 18, you can’t use your phone at all. The best idea is to keep it turned off or in “do not disturb” mode while you drive, so you are not tempted to break the law.
- You can pick up your phone at a red light – Maybe you got this idea because you see people do it all the time, but it is definitely illegal. You can’t pick up your phone for any reason while driving, and that includes while idling at a red light. Also, breaking this rule is particularly annoying since it causes people to miss the light change and affects traffic (besides being a safety issue).
- You can’t touch your phone at all while driving – Actually, this one is not true as well. If the action you wish to take requires one tap or swipe, you can do it. Just don’t pick the phone up or let it distract you so much that you get into an accident.
San Diego Car Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in an accident, especially if the driver was distracted, the San Diego car accident lawyers at Petrov Law Firm can help. Call today at 619-344-0360 to get your case started.Read More
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that in 2013 and there were 800 deaths, 44,000 injuries, and 72,000 accidents that resulted from driving while drowsy. However, the CDC believes that this is a gross underestimate, citing fatal accidents at 6,000 per year. If that’s true, there may be hundreds of thousands of accidents and injuries each year, all of which are easily avoidable by getting some rest before getting on the road or pulling over if you get tired.
Here are three factors that make driving tired so dangerous.
- Slower reaction times – Drivers need quick reactions to avoid dangers both in the road and from other drivers. A drowsy driver is less likely to have the ability to avoid an accident due to slowed reflexes.
- Inhibited thought processes – Driving involves tons of split-second decisions. Should you pull out in front of that car? Do you need to start breaking? Is it safe to change lanes? A tired driver is more likely to make the wrong choice.
- Limited attention span – A large percentage of accidents are due to distracted driving. A tired driver is less likely to be able to ignore a distraction and stay focused on the road.
Car Accident Injury Lawyers in San Diego
Sadly, drowsy driving still happens. This and other driving mistakes lead to many accidents and injuries. If you have been injured by a drowsy or distracted driver, Petrov Law Firm can help you get the settlement that you deserve. Call us today at 619-344-0360 to get your case started.Read More
Sadly, the majority of car accidents are due to driver error rather than actually just being accidents. How can you avoid making some of the most common mistakes that lead to crashes? Here are three things to watch out for.
- Speeding – Speeding is at the root of the highest number of car accidents, especially those that result in deaths. Speed limits are posted for a reason, and there’s nothing wrong with driving even slower if the weather is bad.
- Distracted drivers – From texting to eating and applying makeup to lighting up a cigarette, there are tons of things that can distract a driver. While all distractions may not be illegal, you should still avoid being distracted when behind the wheel.
- DUI – Don’t drink and drive. Also, remember that marijuana use may be legal in California, but you still can’t drive high. Even some prescription medications require caution when it comes to operating a motor vehicle. If you’re not sober, you’re not up to driving.
San Diego’s Car Accident Injury Attorneys
When a car accident occurs, California law requires that fault be determined. The more you can prove it was the other driver who was at fault, the larger the settlement from the insurance company can be. Not only can you receive compensation for medical expenses, but you may also be able to collect damages for lost wages and any emotional pain and suffering that the experience caused for you. Call 619.344.0360 today and let the experienced personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm help.Read More
Car accidents can be the cause of serious injuries and even death. That is why it is particularly important to drive safely when there are dangerous road conditions. Here are several situations that call for extra caution on the part of a conscientious driver.
- Bad weather – Rain, snow, or ice can make roads extremely dangerous. Be sure to leave extra room between you and the car in front of you in any of these hazardous conditions.
- Nighttime – Driving at night can be particularly dangerous. Be sure to switch to your low beams when there are cars coming in the other direction and watch out for cyclists and pedestrians who may have forgotten to wear something reflective.
- Road work – Be sure to obey the traffic signs in construction areas. They are for the safety of both drivers and workers. Road work particularly requires caution when it is being performed at night.
- Road hazards – From potholes to debris in the road, there are plenty of obstructions that can damage your car. If you can’t swerve, slow down as much as you can. For potholes, your tires will absorb the hit the best if you are going straight ahead. The side walls of your tires are not as sturdy.
Car Accident Injury Attorneys in San Diego
If you have been injured in a car accident in the San Diego Area, call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm. We can help you to receive the settlement you deserve, so call 619-344-0360 without delay.Read More
In order to avoid being injured in an accident, the best thing you can do is to drive yourself safely. While the law may not always require you to change how you drive to accommodate road conditions, there are certain circumstances that increase the risk of an accident. Here are five types of road conditions to watch out for.
- Rain – Everyone knows that snow or ice can make roadways slick, but many seem to ignore wet roads. Any moisture on the road requires slower speeds and more room between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
- Darkness – Night driving, in particular, can be dangerous. Be sure to have your lights on from dusk onward. Watch for obstacles on the road, and be courteous to other drivers by shutting your high beams for oncoming traffic.
- Potholes – A pothole can damage a tire and result in a sudden blowout. Try to avoid potholes if at all possible. If you can’t, take the pothole as straight on as you can and slow down a much as you safely can. If your tire pressure light comes on after hitting a pothole or if you feel a wobble in the wheel, pull over immediately to assess the damage.
- Construction Areas – Construction workers are often killed by drivers who fail to use additional caution in work areas. Driving safe in construction areas is a matter of life and death for yourself and the workers.
- Animal Crossings – If you are driving through an area where animals are known to cross, use extra caution. Animals often have trouble judging the speed of cars and may try to run across the road at the last moment.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident in California
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm can help you to receive due compensation from the insurance company should you find yourself injured in an accident. Even if you have been offered a settlement, don’t sign anything before you call 619-344-0360. We’re here to help!Read More
It sometimes seems that people have a hard enough time driving forward in San Diego. Reverse can make even the best of drivers look like someone who just got in the car for the first time. How can you avoid making some of the most common mistakes people make while driving in reverse? Here are four safety tips.
- Make sure your reverse lights work – While a stopping vehicle displays red lights on its back, a car in reverse displays white lights. However, if those lights are not working, other drivers or pedestrians are not expecting you to move backward. Since most vehicles do not have a warning light to indicate reverse lights are out, have someone help you check them periodically.
- Back up slowly – There may be an emergency situation that requires you to back quickly out of danger. Barring such a rare occurrence, you should take your time backing up. Hitting the gas too hard when going in reverse can result in an accident.
- Not checking around the car before backing up – Always look in every direction before backing up. Be sure to check for reverse lights from the cars across from you in a parking lot since the other driver may not be looking for your lights. Your mirrors have blind spots, so be certain not to gamble your safety on the view they provide.
- Don’t rely solely on technology – Reverse cameras are great, but they don’t show you everything. You still need to turn around and check your side view mirrors before hitting the gas when in reverse.
Car Accident Attorneys in San Diego
Hopefully, these tips will help you to drive safely when in reverse. Unfortunately, you can’t account for all of the other drivers out there and their driving practices. If you have been injured in an auto accident in California, Petrov Law Firm can help. Call 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation with one of your compassionate personal injury lawyers.Read More
If you have ever seen the countdown clock come up on a crosswalk sign and thought, “I would have had plenty of time to get across,” you may get to test that hypothesis in 2018. That’s right, starting on January 1st, it is no longer jaywalking to head out into the crosswalk after the countdown with the flashing hand has started. The catch is that you still have to make it to the other side before the countdown ends, so you can’t dally along the way.
How may this affect safety? Let’s take a closer look at what this means for both drivers and pedestrians in the state of California.
“On Your Mark, Get Set, Cross!”
The problem with instituting this new law is that many pedestrians already get hit by cars in California each year. It often occurs when a pedestrian enters the crosswalk suddenly and a driver isn’t expecting it. This new law may increase the odds of that happening. After all, if a pedestrian sees the countdown clock and knows he either must run across before it hits zero or wait until the next light, what is the likelihood he will look both ways if he’s in a hurry and only has seconds to traverse the street?
This places a heavier burden on drivers to keep an eye out for pedestrians who may try to slip across the road during those final countdown seconds. Even if an accident is 100% the pedestrian’s fault, a driver may still feel guilty for the rest of his life if a person is injured or even killed while he is at the wheel.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you have been injured in a car accident, especially as a pedestrian following the state guidelines, you may be entitled to compensation beyond just any medical bills you incur due to the accident. To see what other loses you can recoup, call Petrov Law Firm today at 619-344-0360.Read More
AAA’s Center for Driving Safety and Technology recently teamed up with University of Utah researchers to examine the dashboards of 30 modern vehicles so as to determine how frequently these dashboard displays took a driver’s vision of the road and how much of a driver’s cognitive function had to be allocated to operating the display. The shocking results revealed that this technology, designed to provide modern conveniences, may be a major distraction for drivers.
Distractions – A Primary Cause of Modern Car Accident Injuries
Music itself doesn’t seem to be a major distraction for drivers. In fact, many auto manufacturers have begun integrating radio controls into the steering wheel so that drivers never have to take their eyes off the road to hear their favorite tunes. Unfortunately, the rest of the functions of the dashboard display continue to grow and now include complicated menus for control of the thermostat, GPS navigation, and other interactive components.
Fighting to Stay Focused on the Road
Being able to pair your smartphone with your car is great until the first time it doesn’t work and you find yourself fiddling with the dashboard trying to fix it while driving. Text message support may keep people from picking up the smartphone while driving, but sometimes speaking a message and struggling with the voice commands can be just as much of a distraction. This is a case where instead of encouraging a person to wait until they arrive at their destination, new technology just finds a different way to distract the driver. The fact is that maintaining focus on the road and off of technology is the best way to avoid an accident.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you are the victim of an injury due to a distracted driver, you need to get the right medical treatment, and you deserve to be compensated for those costs and other losses that may occur as a result of the injury. Petrov Law Firm has experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers who can help you to recover your losses. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
While a lot of kids are out during the summer, the time drivers have to be the most aware is during the school year. This is because children can appear suddenly in school zones, near school buses, or traveling to and from school on foot or on a bicycle. Here are a few tips for safe driving during the school year.
Sharing the Road with School Buses
When a school bus is stopped, and its lights are flashing, never pass going in either direction. This is a warning indicator that children may be getting either on or off the bus. Watch for children making a last-second dash for the bus in the morning. Never pull up too close to the back of a stopped bus. If you can’t see the side view mirrors of the bus, then the driver probably doesn’t know you are there.
Kids Traveling to and from School
Whether on foot or on a bicycle, people normally act the same way they would while driving. Since kids have no driving experience and don’t understand the dangers, they are more like to step in front of a moving vehicle without paying attention. This means you need to keep an eye out for children and use extra caution even if they are on a sidewalk as you pass by.
Driving in a School Zone
School zones are posted and will have reduced speed limits for you to obey during certain times of the day. Always follow the traffic signs in a school area and look out for crossing guards who may be helping kids to cross the street during high traffic times. Be sure not to block crosswalks that kids are likely to use, and always stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, especially kids.
When an Accident Occurs
Sometimes even when everyone is as safe as possible, an accident can still happen. If you or a loved one have been injured, contact the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm by calling 619-344-0360.Read More