How Can I Avoid Serious Injuries While Riding a Motorized Scooter?entry-title

A mother and her 11-year old daughter visiting from Arizona were seriously injured while riding a motorized scooter in Santa Barbara. The accident happened shortly after the San Diego City Council voted against an emergency law that would have prohibited these scooters on California boardwalks. This accident is one out of many recent motorized scooter accidents that have happened throughout the state. Many people are still unaware of the laws that are in place in order to legally ride these scooters.

How Can I Be Safe While Riding a Motorized Scooter?

If you do decide to ride a motorized scooter, you should be aware of the safety concerns involving them and what you can do to prevent a serious injury. You should:

Wear a helmet. Head injuries are the main injuries people sustain from motorized scooter accidents. Always wear a helmet in order to avoid a serious head injury if you were to fall or run into another vehicle or pedestrian.
Try to avoid riding a dockless scooter. Many of these scooter companies don’t have a central docking location where you can safely return your scooter after riding it during the day. This can prevent scooter riders from riding on the scooter too long and at late hours, which can result in more injuries.
Not ride the scooter on busy sidewalks/boardwalks. Many accidents involve the scooters hitting other pedestrians on busy sidewalks and boardwalks. In order to avoid this, don’t ride your scooter during busy hours, or ride the scooter in a designated bike lane where pedestrians are not walking.
Follow local road rules and hand signals. If you are turning onto a busy street or intersection while riding your motorized scooter, you should follow the same traffic rules that other cyclists have to follow. This means using the proper hand signals while turning and giving yourself enough room between vehicles.

If you have been injured from a motorized scooter accident, you could potentially seek compensation for your injuries. Contact our personal injury attorneys at Wells, Call, Clark Bennett & Clawson today for a free consultation.

How Can I Avoid a Serious Car Accident During My Family Road Trip?entry-title

Summer is the deadliest time of year to drive on the highway. The highest fatality rates of the year occur during July and August because of several factors. These factors include an increased amount of vacation travelers, inexperienced teenagers and drunk drivers on the roads. If you and your family are planning to hit the road for a trip this summer, there are a few things you should carefully plan for in order to ensure you safely return home.

What Safety Tips Should I Know Before My Family Road Trip?

  • Check your tires. Before leaving for your summer vacation, a crucial preparation tip is to ensure your tires are ready for the journey. In a recent report, AAA compared braking performance on cars traveling on wet roads going 60 miles an hour with new tires and worn tires. The car with worn tires took 87 feet longer to brake than the car with new tires. That could be the difference between stopping in time or hitting the car or a pedestrian ahead. Ensure that your tires are inflated to the correct pressure before you leave and give them the coin test to determine the tread depth of your tires.
  • Drive defensively during rain. Driving in the rain decreases your control and makes it much more difficult to safely stop. Avoid using cruise control while driving through heavy rain because you’ll be able to respond quicker when you are in control of your own speed. If your car hydroplanes, don’t immediately hit the brakes. Instead, slowly steer in the direction you want the car to go.
  • Stay alert through construction sites. Summer is also the best time for construction workers to work on road repairs. This can create detours and sudden lane changes, which can result in many more accidents. Be alert through these construction zones by reading the road signs carefully and merging early if you need to switch lanes. Be aware of the cars around you and watch out for any aggressive drivers who are frustrated with the detours and who might make sudden moves.
  • Prepare for breakdowns. Before you leave your house, make sure your car battery is completely full. Pack anything else you might need in case of a breakdown, such as jumper cables, a flashlight, first aid kit, etc.

If you were involved in a serious car accident during a family road trip, you could possibly seek compensation for any injuries that were sustained due to someone else’s negligence. Contact Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson today for your free consultation.

How Do I Prove Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident?entry-title

Slip and fall accidents can occur on someone else’s property, and these accidents can result in unfortunate injuries. When an injury is sustained on another person’s property, it can be confusing trying to determine if the property owner was liable or if it was your own fault. However, there are some key ways that you and your personal injury attorney can determine fault for your slip and fall accident.

How Can I Find Who Is Responsible for My Slip and Fall Injury?

Many people are injured every year from slipping and falling on wet floors, defective staircases or rough areas of ground. Property owners have a duty to maintain their property. To determine fault in a difficult slip and fall case, questions will be aimed at whether the property owner acted carefully so that slipping or tripping was less likely to occur, and whether the victim was careless or not in avoiding the hazard. One of the following must be true for a property owner to be liable for your injury:

  • The property owner caused the spill, worn pavement/surface or other dangerous surface or item to be underfoot
  • The owner or an employee of the property must have known about the hazard and did nothing about it
  • The owner or property employee should have known of the hazard because a “reasonable” person in charge of the property would have discovered and repaired or removed it

Phrases such as “should have known” and “reasonable” are hard to legally define and can make personal injury cases like these hard to solve. Determining the defendant’s “reasonableness” will depend on the specific circumstances of the hazard that caused the injury, and it will depend on the details of the property and the property owner’s employment duties.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should contact a Fairfield personal injury attorney today to fight for your right to compensation.

What Are the Different Types of Car Accidents?entry-title

Car accidents are one of the main causes of serious personal injuries, and they can result in a wide range of harmful consequences for anyone involved in the incident. When law enforcement is contacted after an accident, the police officer will document and categorize the accident. To know which type of car crash the incident should be categorized into, the police will determine what was struck (a car or another person) and the type of impact. If you have recently been involved in a car accident, you should know which type of accident you were involved in, as it will be useful information for your personal injury case.

What Are the Different Car Accident Categories?

  • Rear impact/rear end collision: This type of car crash involves a car hitting the car or truck in front of it. This commonly occurs when the car in front makes a sudden stop and the car behind is unable to brake in time. According to insurance policies, the fault of the accident will be on the car behind since they didn’t maintain a “safe braking distance.”
  • Side collision: This involves one or more vehicle’s sides being impacted by another vehicle. This is also called a broadside, or T-bone, collision, and it occurs when the front of a vehicle crashes into the side of another car.
  • Rollover: This is when a car or truck turns over on its side or roof. This type of accident often occurs when a vehicle is trying to turn too fast while driving at a high speed and loses control. There are certain vehicles that are more prone to rollovers, such as certain Ford, Jeep, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, and Isuzu troopers and SUVs.
  • Head-on collision: This is a very destructive type of car accident that results in many fatalities every year. Car impact damage is at its greatest when the front of that car hits another car because of the car’s forward momentum.
  • Other types: There are other types of car accidents that don’t fit in these categories, such as collisions with animals, fixed-objects, or with pedestrians and bicyclists. If the automobile is going at a high speed, these other types of crashes can result in serious injuries and fatalities as well.

If you have been involved in a car accident, you should contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson today for a free consultation.

How to Be Safe While Riding Public Transportationentry-title

Millions of people ride public transportation every day, and it’s the number one source of transportation for many people in cities and large towns. Here are some general safety tips to know the next time you’re a public transportation passenger.

 

If You’re Riding on a Bus:

Be mindful when you’re waiting at a bus stop: Don’t wait for your bus stop late at night, especially if you know you’ll be waiting for a while. Try to wait at bus stops with a lot of people that are also waiting.

Ensure school bus safety for your child: Since many school buses don’t have seatbelts, let your child know what they should or shouldn’t do every morning, so they can stay safe. Tell your child to stay seated at all times, keep all their belongings close to them or on them, and make sure they practice good pedestrian behavior when getting on and off the bus.

Look for emergency exits: Every public transportation vehicle has a specified emergency exit door or window; acknowledge if you are sitting near one of these exits and accept your responsibility.

 

If You’re Riding on a Train:

Be aware of your surroundings: Busy trains, especially during peak rush hour times, can be packed with people. Keep your belongings close to you and be cognizant of any suspicious behavior close to you.

Get off at the next stop: If you feel that someone is following you or harassing you, don’t hesitate to get off the next train stop. Don’t feel that you’re stuck until your scheduled exit; get out of a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable and makes you fear for your safety.

If you have been injured by another person while riding public transportation, you should seek compensation for your injuries. Contact the lawyers at our Bay Area injury law firm to get the settlement you deserve.

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