Negligent Maintenance Issues in Truck Crash Litigation

We have all been behind a truck on the highway with a big sticker plastered on the back asking “How is my driving?” While it is comforting to know that the trucking company is concerned regarding the safe operation of its vehicle, even the most alert and cautious truck driver on the road may be in imminent danger of a crash if the equipment is improperly maintained. Lack of proper maintenance is a prevalent cause of serious truck crashes in California and across the nation. Federal Safety Maintenance Regulations for Truckers The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) can be of significant help in proving negligence [...]

By | 2018-05-26T11:07:10+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Truck Accidents|0 Comments

Is a Parking Lot Accident Treated the Same as a Roadway Accident?

Parking lots can be challenging places to drive. Some are vast, like those surrounding shopping centers and stadiums, where simply finding your way in and out can be difficult. Some are lofty structures that hold multiple levels of cars, while others are crowded and cramped little areas where backing out of a space without hitting another car can be a task. The one characteristic that parking lots in California do have in common is that they are often full of confused or inattentive drivers. Drivers in parking lots are often looking for a parking space in the next lane or trying to find the way out [...]

By | 2018-05-26T11:08:17+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Brain Injuries from Accidents are Not Always Obvious

Brain injuries from accidents are not always obvious and the symptoms are often subtle and often missed. Trauma to the skull can cause many different types of closed head injuries, such as contusion, concussion, coup-contrecoup, diffuse axonal, subdural hematoma, traumatic brain injury, and more. Unfortunately, many brain injuries happen entirely inside the head, leaving no outside sign. Just like a broken rib or arm sprain, no immediate outward indication is visible and therefore brain injuries from accidents are not always obvious. Brain Injuries from Accidents are Not Always Obvious So, just how common are brain injuries in auto collisions? This is a difficult question to answer [...]

By | 2018-05-26T11:08:50+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Brain Injury|0 Comments

Will Requiring Speed Limiting Devices on Trucks Make the Roads Safer?

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a rule, on August 26, 2016, requiring all commercial vehicles with a weight limit of 26,000 pounds or greater, operating on U.S. roads and highways, be equipped with speed limiting devices. The intention is to reduce the risk of high speed accidents, avoiding thousands of fatalities, while improving fuel economy. The devices would limit the maximum speeds that the big rigs were capable of, reducing the frequency of high speed crashes while creating better fuel efficiency. The new rule would affect all trucks, buses and multi-purpose vehicles with [...]

By | 2018-05-26T11:09:30+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Truck Accidents|0 Comments

What is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

Every year, approximately 235,000 people suffer a traumatic brain injury or TBI, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine. Additionally, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates about 1.1 million to 1.5 million individuals suffer a traumatic brain injury, and are evaluated in emergency rooms, where about 75 percent are categorized as “mild.” Mild traumatic brain injuries are not life threatening, so the patient is discharged and released. But, exactly what is a mild traumatic brain injury? The National Center for Biotechnology Information defines mild TBI as, “result of the application of either external physical force or rapid [...]

By | 2018-05-26T11:10:03+00:00 January 21st, 2017|Brain Injury|0 Comments

New California DMV Laws in Effect for 2017

The State of California Department of Motor Vehicles welcomed the new year with many new laws, most of which took effect on January 1, 2017. Most of the new laws are intended to improve the safety of the roadways, while a couple will increase certain fees and one will please the vintage car owners. Following is a comprehensive view of the new laws. Those that take effect later than January 1, 2017 are noted: New Laws Regarding Safety Use of Electronic Wireless Devices (AB 1785): It is prohibited to drive a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or wireless communications device, unless [...]

By | 2017-01-19T15:38:09+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Whiplash: The Garden-Variety Injury

Whiplash ranks as the most frequent injury in auto accident insurance claims, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute. Based on National Analysis Sampling System (NASS) data, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated 805,581 whiplash injuries occurred in the United States alone from the years 1988 and 1996. Furthermore, of these incidents, about 272,464, resulted from rear end collisions. That’s a lot of people with whiplash! Whiplash, a sudden forward and backward movement of the neck, is a common injury many suffer from at least once in a lifetime. It usually occurs in a rear-end auto collision, but it can also [...]

By | 2018-05-26T11:11:13+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Why Do So Many Pedestrians Get Hit By Cars?

In just the year 2013 alone, nearly three years ago, there were 4.735 pedestrians struck and killed in traffic accidents in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The CDC also reports that this figure averages out to one pedestrian-car crash death every 2 hours. In addition, the CDC also states in excess of 150,000 pedestrians were treated in hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal injuries. Moreover, pedestrians are 1 1/2 more times likely than vehicle occupants to be killed in an auto collision during each trip. Why Do so Many Pedestrians Get Hit by [...]

By | 2018-05-26T12:05:14+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Pedestrian Accidents|0 Comments

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Rain and Wet Conditions?

It’s no secret we’re right in the middle of California’s rainy season, which begins in late October and continues right through March. During this time of year, the National Flood Insurance Program warns home and business owners about the potential for flooding. But, it’s also the time of year when car accidents spike due to inclement weather conditions. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not snow and ice conditions which contribute to auto collisions, it’s rain. California Rainy Season: Auto Accident Prevention Tips: Is Your Vehicle Road Ready for Rain and Wet Road Conditions? An analysis of federal data reveals that rain actually causes more roadway fatalities [...]

By | 2018-05-26T12:05:48+00:00 January 8th, 2017|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Do Pedestrians Really Have the Right of Way in California?

California pedestrian fatalities account for an unbelievable 22 percent of all traffic incidents according to California’s Department of Motor Vehicles. That’s an enormous percentage when considering the total number of daily auto collisions which occur throughout the state. But why is this percentage nearly a full quarter of all vehicle-related fatalities? Most likely it’s because California’s laws about pedestrians’ and vehicles’ rights of way are somewhat confusing. Do Pedestrians Really have the Right of Way in California? Generally, pedestrians do have the right of way within both marked and unmarked crosswalks — in an intersection. In fact, California Vehicle Code §21950 states, “The driver of a [...]

By | 2018-05-26T12:06:17+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Pedestrian Accidents|0 Comments

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