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San Jose car accident lawyerWhen it comes to shaping car accident and injury statistics on the highways, taking a proactive approach through the use of driver’s education is proven way to reduce the number of incidents and fatalities. This is especially the case in terms of youth-related accidents and injuries. Young drivers present a hazard for numerous reasons; not only are they inexperienced, they are more distracted today than ever before.

The Dangers Associated With Young Drivers

Distracted driving and driving under the influence are very real threats on the roadways, particularly where young drivers are concerned. Interacting with other young passengers, the pressure to drink or do drugs at parties or at friends’ houses and then drive, plus distractions from various devices all make it very easy for young drivers to lose focus or make poor decisions behind the wheel. This, in turn, puts everyone on the roads in danger, emphasizing the need for everyone, no matter what age or walk of life, to play a role in prevention.


San Jose personal injury attorneyThe spring and summer months are upon us in beautiful California. The days get longer and of course warmer. With the change in weather comes the inevitable urge for motorcyclists to get out and ride. As always, motorists need to be cautious of each other and make a conscientious effort to watch for motorcycles. It may be easier for you to see a traditional four-wheeled vehicle and predict their driving habits because you may be more familiar with them. Yet, motorcycles are present and have traffic capabilities that other vehicles do not, such as lane splitting. While these actions are perfectly legal and have many benefits, there are driving habits that may make lane splitting hazardous for our motorcyclists.

What Is Lane Splitting?

Lane splitting is the name given to the act of a motorcyclist maneuvering their motorcycle between two lanes of traffic driving in the same direction. Its purpose is to overtake or pass slower moving or stopped traffic. It is also known as “lane sharing”, “white lining”, “filtering” or “stripe riding”. These names are indicative of the motorcycle actually driving on or near the painted white line that separates two lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.


As 2012 comes to an end, you may already have made your resolutions for 2013. Such promises are notoriously difficult to keep, but there's one resolution you can make right now that only has to carry through for the next day or so to be successful. If you're preparing for a night out on the town, resolve to keep yourself and your friends safe by making smart, responsible choices while celebrating.

The California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will be keeping a close eye on motorists tonight and are ready to arrest anyone suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In Santa Cruz, highway patrol officers report that they've already made more arrests this year than last -- in part because more officers have been trained to detect the influence of illegal and prescription drugs. Police officials are encouraging New Year's Eve revelers to designate a sober driver long before the partying begins.

But because no amount of extra police officers can eliminate the risk of an accident caused by careless driving, it's important to take extra precautions. Always wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of serious injury or death in the event you're hit by another driver, for example. It's also a good idea to watch your speed. In a collision, the faster two cars are going, the higher the risk of injury.


Just a generation ago, it wasn't all that common for car drivers and passengers to automatically reach for their seat belts when they stepped inside a vehicle. Statistics have shown time and time again that seat belts save lives and prevent many serious injuries, but wearing them just wasn't second nature for many people. That has changed, however, due to public messaging and laws in many states that result in fines for people who don't wear their seat belts or make sure that children are buckled up.

The California Highway Patrol is hopeful similar efforts will reduce the rate of motorcycle accidents in the state. One of its stations is teaming up with a private business to spread awareness of motorcycles on California's roads and press drivers to keep a watchful eye out for them. The idea is that if drivers can learn to instinctively look for motorcycles before changing lanes or turning at intersections, fewer motorcycle riders and passengers will be injured or lose their lives.

Swiss Dairy's headquarters are in Riverside, California, an area that has seen more than its share of motorcycle accidents. Riders flock to the area to enjoy the open highways and incredible views, but with so much car and commercial traffic, the number of motorcycle accidents is high. The company joined ranks with CHP recently, signing onto its "Look Twice, Save A Life" campaign by offering to display the campaign slogan on its fleet of 220 trucks.


As we've previously discussed in this blog, a criminal case that stems from a traffic accident very often affects the outcome of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Even if criminal charges aren't filed, when police assign blame to a driver in a car accident and that driver is found guilty, the accident's victims or their families may have a better shot at winning an award in a civil case.

So what happens when police turn out to be wrong? We may find out soon whether anything will come of a revised conclusion by police regarding a fatal accident on Highway 1 this past spring. The head-on collision killed a 20-year-old San Jose woman and critically injured the other driver, a 44-year-old woman from San Gregorio.

California Highway Patrol troopers who investigated the crash at first believed that the critically injured driver caused the collision when her northbound vehicle veered into oncoming southbound traffic. But the woman's father disputed the facts of the report. He insisted his daughter was actually heading south, and to prove it he gave investigators an ATM receipt from a bank where she'd stopped on her way home. The evidence suggested that she was traveling south, and witness reports supported his theory.


Most of us have found ourselves standing or parked on the side of a busy road at some point, whether it was due to a stalled vehicle or because we were pulled over by law enforcement for speeding or another traffic violation. You may have even stopped to get some shut-eye to avoid driving while you were too tired.

Whatever the reason, if you pull over to the side of a highway or other road with heavy traffic, you should keep in mind that you're still in proximity to speeding cars and risk being involved in a serious car accident. Even vehicles whose drivers can see you may hit a slippery spot in the road and veer into you or your vehicle. Some motorists may even be distracted enough by your presence that they forget to watch for cars in front of them, which could lead to a multi-vehicle crash -- easily involving you.

A San Jose, California, man was killed in a car accident last weekend on northbound Interstate 680 in Milpitas while he was parked on the shoulder of the freeway. According to a California Highway Patrol officer, the 29-year-old man pulled over his BMW, stopped and "passed out" behind the wheel. Someone had reported the car on the side of the road at 3:13 a.m. By the time police arrived about 10 minutes later, another car had crashed into the BMW. Both drivers, who were wearing seat belts, were rushed to a hospital, where the BMW driver was pronounced dead. The other driver, a 40-year-old woman, suffered moderate injuries and was expected to survive.


Because of the high number of car accidents caused by distracted driving, April is observed as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to focus attention on the problem. Statistics show that in California, as well as nationwide, motorists who have their attention diverted from the road by such things as receiving and sending texts or making cell phone calls often end up in serious accidents.

California has adopted laws outlawing talking on handheld cell phones or texting while behind the wheel. The California Highway Patrol has announced that it will observe the month by enforcing a renewed crackdown on these practices by motorists, along with the cooperation of approximately 200 local law enforcement departments.

They believe that the legal ban on driving while texting or calling has been a factor in the 22 percent decline in traffic fatalities in the two years since its enactment. Distractions, a spokesman for the CHP asserts, turn a normally good driver into the equivalent of a "zombie" behind the wheel, unable to react in time to highway dangers and changing traffic conditions.


The California Highway Patrol is wrapping up its investigation of a crash that killed a 19-year-old Gavilan College basketball player in November, and charges could be filed soon against the drivers involved.

The early November fatal accident happened around 1:30 a.m. as five young men were heading south on U.S. Highway 101 after a night out at a San Francisco club. The driver said he spotted a tire in the road and swerved to avoid it, causing his black Cadillac sedan to collide with the center median. The car came to a stop in the fast lane and was soon hit by a sports car driven by a 43-year-old San Francisco man.

One of the passengers was severely injured and died two weeks later. The driver and other passengers suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of the Nissan 300zx that slammed into the Cadillac. Both drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, but a toxicology report later showed the driver of the Cadillac was not drunk or on drugs.


When someone dies in a car accident, the person's family suffers unimaginable grief. This grief sometimes leads to a lawsuit against the person who caused the accident, particularly if it's believed he or she acted negligently or recklessly.

But sometimes there are other reasons to seek legal action. For example, the family of a teenage girl who died in a horrific crash filed a lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol for its treatment of photos taken after the accident. The family settled the suit this week for $2.37 million, cancelling out a trial that was scheduled for March.

The teenage girl was driving her father's Porsche on Halloween night of 2006, speeding along an Orange County highway at more than 100 mph when she lost control of the car and slammed into a toll booth. California Highway Patrol troopers took photos of the fatal crash scene for the purpose of documentation, but the extremely graphic images, some of which showed the girl's body, were then sent to other officers and the dispatchers, who posted them on the Internet. The pictures went viral and were discovered by the girl's family, serving as a gruesome and very public reminder of the way she died.


Motorcycles are much smaller than many of the other vehicles that share the road. And when a motorcycle accident occurs, the damage to the bike and the injury to the rider can be great.

A California Highway Patrol officer was injured earlier this week when he got into an accident while on his motorcycle. The CHP officer had originally stopped to help with a car accident. The initial car accident did not appear to be serious; however it took some time to clear the debris from the road.

Once the crash was cleared, the driver of one of the vehicles was able to get off the road. The other car was about to drive off the same off-ramp to exit. The CHP officer rode his motorcycle ahead to help the second car also exit the freeway. Unfortunately, the driver of the second car did not see the officer approaching and turned quickly to the right, directly in the path of the motorcycle.


An accident can happen in the blink of an eye. Even if a motorist is paying attention on the road, another driver's negligence can be the cause of a crash. This is especially true for motorcyclists. A motorcycle accident can happen for a number of different reasons, one being a lack of awareness by other drivers.

California Highway Patrol was called the scene of a motorcycle crash that occurred south of Fresno. A motorcyclist had been riding on the highway and was coming up to an intersection. The driver of a pickup truck apparently did not see the motorcycle and pulled out into the intersection.

The collision occurred in the early hours of the morning. When the pickup pulled out in front of the motorcyclist, he had little time to react. According to the report, the motorcyclist attempted to swerve out of the way but was unable to avoid hitting the truck.


California boasts a beautiful coast with scenery that people come to see from all over the nation. The beautiful weather gives many, such as motorcycle enthusiasts, reasons to spend time outside. For motorcyclists, the road can provide a time of relaxation as well as serve as a means to travel from place to place.

But being on the road with other, larger vehicles can sometimes result in motorcycle accidents. In some instances, the other vehicles are not paying attention and are not aware of motorcycles in the lane next to them. But if a crash occurs, those on a motorcycle can suffer serious injuries. One California woman suffered severe head trauma after the motorcycle she was riding on was struck by a passing vehicle.

The accident occurred this past weekend when the woman, along with a man, was traveling down the road on a motorcycle. Two people were traveling in a car that hit the motorcycle. Details of the crash were not provided in the article, but the woman on the motorcycle sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to a nearby medical center. The man who was driving the motorcycle suffered a minor injury; the two people in the car were not hurt.


In a period of three weeks, 15 serious accidents occurred on a stretch of road in Brentwood, California. One of the accidents took the life of a Clayton man when he stopped to help another driver whose car had gone off the road due to the resurfacing work. While the man was offering aid, another car began to drift off the road in a similar manner, striking the man and killing him.

After the fatal accident, the man's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county and California Highway Patrol. His wife and daughter claimed that both parties had been negligent in taking appropriate steps to prevent accidents from occurring while the resurfacing work was going on. Just recently a jury returned a verdict, ordering the county to pay several million dollars to the man's family.

This accident was not the first fatal crash that occurred over the same period of time. Days before the man was killed, a woman had been driving and lost control of her vehicle. She was killed after her car crashed into a tree.


Imagine being with three friends, driving down the road early in the morning. Even though the sun is still coming up, the four of you are enjoying the ride. As you come to an intersection, you glance around while still a ways a way to determine whether there is a stop sign. Not seeing one, you continue to drive.

As you reach the intersection, a semi truck flies out on the road in front of you, failing to stop at the stop sign. You have no time to react, only a few moments to realize what is about to happen. Before you know it, you are the victim of a serious car accident.

In these types of situations, the injuries that result can be severe. A semi truck is a large vehicle, and even traveling at slow speeds can cause a lot of damage.


Being struck by another vehicle while riding on a motorcycle can be a scary experience. Motorcycles are typically smaller than other vehicles that they share the road with; even the slightest nudge can push a motorcycle off course. A motorcycle accident can leave a rider seriously injured.

But what can a motorcyclist do if he or she is hit by a car and the driver had been negligent? One California woman is likely going to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver who ran into her. In this particular situation, the negligent driver was a California Highway Patrol officer.

According to the report, the woman had been riding her motorcycle in the evening last week. She was traveling down the highway and was hit by the CHP officer's vehicle as he was trying to pull someone over. Apparently he was not aware that a motorcycle was in the lane to his right and sideswiped her.


When the weather is nice, as it often is in California during the summer months, there are more motorcyclists on the road enjoying a ride. Generally when there are more vehicles out on the road, the chances of a motorcycle accident occurring can increase.

When a motorcycle crash happens, it impacts not only the individuals involved but others as well. This is especially true when an accident is fatal. The family of the victim is affected for the rest of their lives, having lost a loved one unexpectedly. This past weekend, a motorcycle crash took the life of a Sacramento man.

California Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident. However it is known that the man had been on his motorcycle in the evening. A car was driving down the road in the opposite direction and made a left turn, crossing the other lane of traffic. The car's driver did not see the motorcycle coming and turned right into his path. The collision caused the man to be ejected from his motorcycle. Responders found the man in the street; he did not survive.


Tragedy struck a California family yesterday when their SUV flipped over on the highway and a little girl was killed. California Highway Patrol is still trying to piece together the events that led up to the car accident and what happened after the car turned over.

Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience. In this particular crash, the survivors of the crash - the father, mother, and three children - all suffered a number of injuries. However even more devastating was the loss of their fourth child.

From what CHP knows at this point, the father had been chasing a pickup truck that was carrying a motorcycle he claimed had been stolen from him. Police are still unsure whether the chase was intentional or whether the father had happened to see the pickup truck going by and decided to try to catch it.


It was early Thursday morning, just a little after midnight. More than 80 people were enjoying food, karaoke and company at a Los Angeles establishment. There were probably a lot of entertaining sights. But one sight that those people were not likely expecting to see was a car crashing through the front of the club.

The car accident, according to one witness, sounded like a gunshot. But when the debris settled, witnesses found a car had smashed through the front of the establishment. Surprisingly, none of the people inside the building were hurt and the driver of the car also appeared to escape injury.

So how did the car end up crashing into the building? The driver of the vehicle had been asked to leave the club earlier that evening. Because the investigation is still ongoing, there is no information as to whether the driver intentionally drove through the wall or whether it was an accident.


For a parent, there are likely few things more devastating than the loss of a child. One family is currently dealing with the death of their son, a 10-year old. He had been in a car accident along with his twin brother and his older brother. Both brothers were injured in the crash.

California Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident. The young boy's 16-year-old brother had been driving the vehicle. Under California law, the older brother should not have been driving with passengers in the vehicle unless he had been with a guardian, driving them to school, or had no other option. CHP is still not certain whether any exceptions existed.

The crash occurred in the early afternoon. The car transporting the boys had been about to turn into a state inmate camp where their father works. The car had to cross oncoming traffic but when the vehicle turned, it was hit by a pickup truck. The truck hit the side of the car where the little boy was sitting.


When on the road, drivers should be aware of the vehicles around them. Especially when it comes to motorcycles, being attentive can help prevent a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, there are instances where an inattentive driver causes a crash, resulting in serious injury to the motorcyclist who happened to be in the lane next to them.

An inattentive driver may have been what caused the crash that took the life of a local police chief. The police chief and his wife had been on a motorcycle ride last Friday evening. A vehicle traveling in the lane next to them suddenly veered into their lane and collided with them.

The car had been speeding down the road and the impact was so great that the police chief died at the scene of the accident. His wife was injured but appears to be recovering and is doing well, given the circumstances. But she and the rest of her family, along with the community, are mourning the loss of a man known for his kindness and willingness to help others.

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