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Leading Reasons For California Car Crashes

Posted on: March 27, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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In February, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) publicized its current list of the top five reasons traffic collisions happen in California. If you’re injured in the Pasadena or Los Angeles area in a traffic collision with a negligent driver, you have the right to be reimbursed for your medical treatment and related expenses, but “having the right” and having your expenses paid are not the same thing. To win the compensation you need after an injury, seek the advice and help of an experienced Pasadena auto accident attorney. The leading causes of traffic accidents in California are, according to the CHP:

  1. Distracted driving is the number one cause of California traffic mishaps and injuries. Texting, reading, grooming, and disciplining children are just several of the distractions that are everywhere for drivers in California.
  1. Speeding is the number two reason for accidents and injuries in our state. Almost every driver speeds at some time, but the faster you drive, the more dangerous you become.
  1. Aggressive driving is characterized by tailgating, cutting off others, changing lanes abruptly, and sometimes yelling or gesturing at other drivers. Aggressive driving is always dangerous, and in most circumstances, it’s against the law.
  1. Impaired driving is dangerous and against the law, and everyone knows it.
  1. Fatigue is a factor in many crashes, and it’s the leading cause of accidents involving trucks. Wide-awake alertness and concentration is required every second a driver is on the road.

You can enhance your own safety and the safety of others by taking just a few simple measures. Buckle up whenever you drive and be sure your passengers do too. Keep your wipers and brakes maintained and your tires properly inflated. If you are injured by a negligent driver in the Los Angeles or Pasadena area, despite your own best safety efforts, take your case at once to an experienced Pasadena auto accident attorney.

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ABOUT OLDER DRIVERS

Posted on: January 23, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Elderly drivers are in more danger than other drivers on California’s streets and highways. The reason? Many older drivers have slower reaction times, and their hearing and vision are slowly declining. Some elderly drivers also must use prescription medications that may cause drowsiness or confusion. Put simply, safe driving can be an especially challenging task for many elderly drivers. If you’re injured in a southern California car accident by an elderly driver, you may be able to file for damages with the help of an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer. A recent report by AAA offers these recommendations for older drivers:

  • Try to avoid driving at night, when visibility is lower but glare is more pronounced.
  • Avoid driving at rush-hour if at all possible.
  • Ensure that the mirrors, the seat, and the steering wheel are adjusted for maximum safety.
  • Ensure that you can easily monitor your vehicle’s blind spots.
  • Always use your seat belt.
  • Arrange annual eye examinations.
  • Review your prescriptions with your doctor, especially those medicines with side effects that might impair driving.
  • Take a refresher course in safe driving. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) offers these courses at reduced prices.

While older drivers are more at risk, as a group they’re also more careful. Older drivers cause fewer injuries and fatalities than any other age group. They are involved in fewer accidents and cited for fewer DUIs, and they wear their seat belts in greater numbers. If you are an older driver, and you are involved in a traffic accident in the Pasadena or Los Angeles area, protect your rights. Don’t admit any fault and don’t sign any insurance documents before speaking with a personal injury lawyer. It’s imperative after you’ve been injured; arrange to speak promptly with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer who can fight aggressively for the compensation you need and the justice you deserve.

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THE COST OF CAR CRASHES

Posted on: January 12, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Rollover Vehicle Accident at Busy Intersection With Emergency Personnel to Assist

California’s streets and highways are safer than they used to be, but accidents still happen, and every year, thousands are injured. We can be certain that 2015 will be no different. If you are injured in 2015 in the Pasadena or Los Angeles area in a collision with a negligent, distracted, or impaired driver, arrange to speak with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer. You have the legal right to be compensated for your injury, but you’ll have to fight for your compensation by filing a personal injury claim. After any traffic accident, get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the other driver(s), passengers, and witnesses. Don’t rely on the police for this information. Get the other driver’s plate number, driver’s license number, and insurance information. Take or have someone take photographs of your injuries and any vehicle damage.

In 2012, the medical cost alone of traffic accidents exceeded $18 billion for both immediate and long-term care, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average cost of the typical accident victim’s emergency and long-term treatment and hospitalization was over $57,000. Injuries immediately after a traffic accident may seem insignificant, but later, those injuries can become serious medical conditions. Spinal cord and brain injuries in particular, while sometimes easy to ignore initially, can become severe and life-changing.

If you are injured in a traffic accident in the Pasadena or Los Angeles area, seek medical attention first, but before signing any insurance forms or accepting any settlement, consult with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer. Personal injury attorneys know what the real, long-term costs of a personal injury can be. If you’ve been injured in a traffic accident in Los Angeles, Pasadena, or anywhere in the region, discuss your rights and options immediately with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.

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