Car Accidents | Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie Blog
Unfortunately, most of us will probably be involved in a car accident at some point. Though you may not be able to guess exactly how you'll react to a crash, knowing what to expect can make this unpleasant experience less overwhelming.
In the mobile world we live in today, it’s impossible not to hear about the dangers of using a cell phone or texting while driving. What you might not know is the level of danger involved when walking and texting and the staggering increase of related personal injury accidents.
Pedestrian accidents are often caused due to a decreased level of attentiveness happening while walking and using cell phones. Pedestrians actually do not always have the right-of-way and they have a duty and obligation to pay attention and watch where they are walking.
The attention focused on distracted driving has raised public awareness about the dangers of attempting to multi-task while operating a motor vehicle. While traditional distractions like chatting with passengers, adjusting the radio, reading a newspaper, and grooming continue to be a problem, most government safety campaigns have focused on the dangers posed by electronic devices like cell phones. Certainly, these types of distractions justify the attention garnered by government regulators and media sources, but parents face a serious distraction that receives much less attention – their kids sitting in the backseat.
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While many people are aware of the epidemic involving drunk and distracted drivers, fewer motorists are aware of a cause of serious auto accidents that poses a comparable danger. Sleep-deprived motorists cause approximately 100,000 vehicle collisions reported to police annually according to the National Sleep Foundation. The organization’s website also estimates that these sleep-deprived crashes cause injury to 71,000 people and 1,550 fatalities each year.
The attention focused on distracted driving has raised public awareness considerably regarding the dangers of attempting to multi-task while operating a motor vehicle. While traditional distractions like chatting with passengers, adjusting the radio, reading a newspaper, and grooming continue to be a problem, most government safety campaigns have focused on the dangers posed by electronic devices like cellphones. Certainly, these types of distractions justify the attention garnered by government regulators and media sources, but there are three prevalent forms of distraction that many motorist never even consider a problem:
A fatal Southern California crash during a street race has claimed the lives of three people with the tragic news of the death of actor Paul Walker while street racing still fresh in the memory of many Orange County residents. According to a media report, two drivers were racing when one of the motorists lost control of his vehicle and swerved into a UPS big rig truck. The UPS truck crashed into a center divider and flipped over before colliding with two other approaching vehicles. An explosion was triggered by the crash between the vehicles according to a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Three people died at the scene, and four more suffered injury. While street racing constitutes a negligent driving practice that could give rise to liability to those injured or killed and their families, this incident raises a number of confounding issues.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 9th, a drunk driver caused the multiple-vehicle accident on California Highway 125 near La Mesa that killed 73-year-old Celia Torres and 16-year-old David Gonzalez. While traveling in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, 39-year-old Justin Foulds failed to decelerate for slowing traffic and rear-ended a Nissan Pathfinder, the impact sending it into a Lincoln, causing that vehicle to crash into a Ford truck. The Silverado and the Pathfinder became engulfed in flames. Foulds was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, explains a California personal injury lawyer.
With all the car recalls that are going on, you may wonder what you can do if your vehicle has a safety defect. If there is something wrong with your vehicle and you believe that it is a safety concern, you can do the following:
At approximately 9:00 a.m. yesterday, a woman was pinned under the wreckage of a multiple-vehicle accident at the intersection of Beach and Garden Grove Boulevards. The crash was triggered when a Honda Odyssey collided with a Jeep entering the intersection on a green light, sending the Jeep into a SUV traveling in the same direction. The impact ejected a female passenger from the Jeep and dislodged the vehicle’s roof, sending it into a Chevy Impala, as well as caused the SUV to rollover. When the vehicles came to a halt, the female passenger was trapped under the Jeep.
More than 289,000 people a year sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after being involved in a car crash. When the brain is injured, there may be no symptom, but this does not mean that there is no brain injury. We’ve all heard stories of people who get out of the car, help save other victims and then collapse into a coma. This is because brain injury symptoms may not develop until the brain swells hours or even days the accident. For this reason, all California car crash victims should be seen by a medical professional and they should know the symptoms of traumatic brain injury.
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