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Los Angeles Pedestrian Accidents: Who Will Enforce Your Rights?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

It's a nightmarish scenario: you're walking or running when you are hit by two tons of moving metal. Whether you saw the vehicle coming or not, you didn't stand a chance against it. You now have physical injuries that may keep you from work for a few days, months or even years. The emotional trauma can be even worse, leaving long-lasting scars on the inside.  

Unfortunately, accidents involving pedestrians are all too common. A February 2015 LA Times story reported that California led the nation for pedestrian accidents for the second year in a row.

There are many reasons for pedestrian accidents; many involve inattentive drivers or drivers operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Others accidents are just that: accidents, and in some cases, you may feel partially responsible. But, whatever the cause, these types of accidents invariably involve medical evaluations and treatment for injuries. 

Whether your injuries were relatively minor or more severe, a consultation with a personal injury attorney is a critical next step. You have rights under the law, and by engaging an experienced law firm, you will have a team of experts working to enforce those rights. Pedestrian accidents are almost always complex, and no two cases are exactly alike.

Rather than accepting a driver's or an insurance company's initial offer of settlement, you owe it to yourself to ensure the offer is fair and appropriate based on the circumstances.  

If you or a loved one was involved in any type of pedestrian accident, contact us for a free consultation. You won't pay a penny in legal fees unless we win your case and get you the compensation you deserve.  

Teens Much More at Risk of Distracted Driving Accidents Than Presumed

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Teen motorists are at a much higher risk of distracted driving than earlier studies have pointed out. The federal administration believes that as many as 14% of all teen driver accidents are linked to distracted driving. However, new studies have found that distraction is a much bigger factor in teen accidents than earlier believed.

The study analyzed 1,700 videos of teenage drivers, and found that the teens were often very distracted while driving. They also found that the distractions did not always involve the use of cell phones and other electronic devices.

Some of the findings of the study:

15% of the teen driver accidents involved teenagers interacting with their passengers

12% of accidents involved cell phone use at the wheel

10% of accidents involved teenagers who were looking at something inside the vehicle

9% of accidents involved external distractions

8% of accidents involved singing or dancing to music

6% of accidents each involved grooming and reaching for an object

Those statistics are very disturbing, because teenagers already have the highest accident rate of any category in the United States. In 2013 alone, approximately 963,000 drivers between the age of 16 and 19 were involved in accidents. These accidents resulted in 2865 fatalities, and more than 380,000 injuries.

Parents play a very important role in reducing the risk of distracted driving involving teenage motorists. Speak your teenage child about the dangers of using a cell phone while driving, and make sure that your teenager follows all laws related to passenger restrictions.

Distracted Motorists Admit to Engaging in Array of Dangerous Behaviors

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Many studies have indicated that an overwhelming majority of American motorists are very aware of the risks of texting while driving. However, while Americans seem to be attuned to the risks that are involved when they use electronic communication devices while driving, they are not as careful with other forms of distractions while driving.

In fact, a recent study finds that many Americans are engaging in very dangerous practices, including grooming, combing their hair, brushing or flossing their teeth, playing the guitar, taking selfies, and applying makeup while driving. About 3% percent of the respondents in a recent survey admitted to going to the bathroom while driving. Clearly, the concept of distractions is one that is unclear to many American motorists.

Distraction is any activity that can take your attention away from the task of driving. You don’t necessarily have to be texting while driving or talking on your cell phone for you to be distracted. Anytime you perform an activity that takes your eyes away from the road, your hands off the steering and your mind from the task of driving, you are at a higher risk of a distracted driving accident.

There are many types of distractions at the wheel, and this is one of the reasons why it’s hard to determine whether a motorist was inattentive at the wheel at the time of an accident. If you were involved in a distracted driving accident, for instance, it may be challenging for you to prove that the other motorist was inattentive, or had his concentration elsewhere at the time of the accident. If the other driver was texting while driving, you may be able to access records of the cell phone company to prove that he was texting.

However, in the case of other distracting behaviors, proving negligence may become challenging. You may have to rely on eyewitness accounts or the motorist’s own testimony that he was engaged in other distracting behaviors at the time of the accident.

Middle-Aged Motorists Much Worse at Texting While Driving

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Middle-aged drivers have problems with multitasking, and therefore, may find it more difficult to text while driving. That increases their risk of an accident if they are using a cell phone at the wheel.

Texting while driving is a dangerous practice that motorists must avoid at all costs. Distracted driving contributes to thousands of accidents every year, and kills an average of 3,000 people every year. Those numbers are steadily increasing, and distracted driving has rightly been described as the “new drunk driving.”

Younger drivers are much more likely to text while driving. Younger and teen drivers are more likely to be addicted to their smartphones, and may be much more likely to use these phones while driving, compared to older drivers. However, younger drivers in the study were found to be much less likely to make the kind of driving errors that contribute to accidents, compared to older drivers.

The researchers tested a number of drivers between the age of 18 and 59, and divided them into 4 categories. They found that in the 18-to-24 group, approximately 25% of the motorists made a lane excursion, or moved out of their lane and into oncoming traffic. However, among the 45- to- 59 age group, as many as hundred percent of the drivers made these dangerous lane excursions.

San José car accident lawyers warn that this doesn't mean that teen drivers can safely text while driving. It only means that texting may be much more dangerous for older drivers, who must avoid texting at the wheel.

The good news is that texting while driving, is much less popular among older drivers. The risk of texting while driving actually decreases with an increase in the person's age, and senior drivers above the age of 65 are least likely to text at the wheel.

Cell Phone with Video Capability Could Actually Reduce Distracted Driving Risks

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

When a person is talking on his cell phone, but has a passenger in his car whose eyes are focused on the road, he could probably be safer and less likely to be involved in an accident, than if he is using a cell phone while driving alone.

A new study that was conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada worked at identifying ways of helping reduce or mitigate accident risks when a person is using a cell phone at the wheel. The point of the study was not to condone the use of cell phones behind the wheel. However, as cell phone use continues unabated, and people continue to ignore the dangers of distracted driving, it is important to look for other ways of helping reduce accident risks.

In the study, the researchers tested their driving behavior in 4 conditions, using a driving simulator. In the first case, there was a single motorist alone in the car while in the second case, the driver was accompanied by a passenger while he had a conversation. In the third case, the driver had a conversation on a cell phone using an audio-only connection. In the fourth case, the driver had a cell phone conversation using a one-way video connection that allowed the person with whom he was having a conversation to see the driver’s perspective of the road, just like he was a passenger in the car.

The researchers found that the safest driving occurred when the motorist was driving all alone, with no cell phones to distract him. However, when he compared the other types of situations, the researchers found that talking to a passenger in the car while driving was less safe than driving all alone with no passengers. However, it was safer than using an audio-only cell phone while driving. The video phone call worked almost as well as having a passenger sitting right next to the driver in the car.



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