April was designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving. This problem is not only a risk to the distracted driver and his or her passengers, but to everyone on the road. Motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers were responsible for 3,179 fatalities and 431,000 injuries in the United States during 2014. While you might not be able to control the actions of other drivers on the road, you can do something to take a stand against distracted driving according to our car wreck attorneys in Los Angeles.
Main Causes of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving occurs when a driver does anything that takes the driver’s attention away from driving. Most people associate cell phone use and texting as the leading distractions while driving. However, you should avoid other distractions, including:
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting your radio, MP3 player or CD player
- Watching a video
- Putting on makeup
- Grooming, including brushing teeth or shaving
- Eat and drinking
- Talking to passengers
No one is saying that you cannot eat, drink, or talk to others while you are driving. But you need to be aware that these activities can take your attention away from the road, even if it’s only for a brief moment.
Young drivers are most at risk for being involved in crashes caused by distracted driving. Many of those crashes were due to texting while driving. This is why it is important to speak to your teens about the dangers of distracted driving, especially texting while driving.
California Distracted Driving Laws
In California, there were 12 deadly crashes and 500 injuries attributed to distracted driving crashes in 2015. Effective January 1, 2017, California instituted a new law to crack down on distracted driving. Drivers are no longer allowed to use cell phones while driving unless they use a hands-free device or use voice-operated commands. Cell phones must be mounted to the dashboard or windshield if it used during driving. If you are caught violating this new law, you could be fined $20 for your first offense. A repeat offense will make you subject to a $50 fine.
When to Call Our Car Wreck Attorneys in Los Angeles
Despite all your efforts to avoid being a distracted driver, you might not be able to avoid being in a car wreck because of someone else being a distracted driver. If you are injured in a car wreck, your first step is to make sure that you and your passengers are safe and receive immediate medical attention.
The next step is to protect your rights by contacting the Los Angeles car wreck attorneys at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 323-REAR END (323-732-7363) for a free consultation.
Sandra Duran, 42, was recently killed after her vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. Sandra leaves behind an 18-year-old son who somehow survived the accident. The drunk driver responsible for the accident is Estuardo Alvarado, 45. He ran a red light and smashed directly into Sandra’s vehicle about an hour after she had attended church with her sister.
Representatives from the LAPD state Alvarado hit a parked car while attempting to pass slower moving vehicles while zooming down Sepulveda Boulevard. Alvarado stopped for a moment then fled the scene of the accident at a high rate of speed. He slammed directly into Duran’s vehicle, causing her to die at the crash site before medical professionals could arrive to provide treatment.
Alvarado fled this second accident scene at Sepulveda and Plummer only to be nabbed by LAPD moments later. He received treatment at a hospital and remained in police custody thereafter. Alvarado faces a bevy of charges including vehicular manslaughter, murder and driving while intoxicated. He pleaded not guilty to each charge during his arraignment.
Duran’s son and his girlfriend were also in the vehicle at the time of the accident. They were treated for minor injuries.
If You Are in an Auto Accident, Don’t Panic
For those walking away from a serious auto accident like this, it can seem like they are in a living nightmare. Their injuries can render them temporarily immobile, mired in pain, emotionally distraught, and unable to think clearly.
Others involved in less severe vehicle accidents may still experience pain and suffering, but they may be more alert and able to move on their own.
If you are ever in an accident and able to do any of the following after a vehicle accident, do so. Your immediate action may help you win more compensation when you file an injury claim.
- Try not to panic;
- Request the other driver/party’s proof of insurance and license for identification purposes;
- Record additional information such as license plate number, vehicle make and model, phone number and address;
- Document the scene of the accident with your smartphone by taking pictures of your injuries, the damaged vehicle(s) and the crash scene at large;
- Call the police to document the accident and contact emergency personnel; and
- The next step is to contact a Los Angeles auto accident attorneys who will fiercely advocate on your behalf.
Contact Experienced Los Angeles Auto Accident Attorneys
We understand the aftermath of an auto accident is a difficult time. Our legal team is here to help you navigate the legal maze and obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one suffer even the slightest injury or vehicle damage as a result of your accident, the Los Angeles vehicle accident lawyers at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys will provide legal assistance 24/7. Contact us today by calling 323-REAR END (323-732-7363) to schedule a free consultation.
If you’re riding a bicycle in Los Angeles, it’s important to understand the laws that govern bicycling in California. The California Vehicle Code outlines bicyclists’ rights and responsibilities, which in general, are similar to those of motor vehicle drivers. Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys, your local bicycle accident attorneys in Los Angeles, point out the following major points of the laws that govern bicycle riders:
- Bicyclists must keep right and ride with traffic – You should be on the right side of the road and go in the direction of traffic.
- Use bicycle lanes when available – If you’re traveling slower than the flow of traffic on a road that has a bicycle lane, you must use that lane.
- Make sure you can hear traffic sounds – Bicyclists can’t wear earplugs in both ears or wear a headset that covers both ears.
- Stay sober – It’s illegal to ride while you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Have lights and reflectors at night – Bicycles must have a front lamp, rear reflector, and reflectors on each pedal or on your shoes or ankles at night.
Bicycling Safety Tips
Bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries, including broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. The following tips from our bicycle accident attorneys in Los Angeles will also help keep parents and kids safe while you’re bicycling in the area:
Choose the right bicycle
It’s important to use a properly sized bicycle because it will be easier to control, and to check your child’s bike to make sure he or she hasn’t outgrown it. Our bicycle accident attorneys in Los Angeles recommend inspecting your bike – and your child’s bike – to make sure both are in good condition before a ride.
Wear a helmet
Wearing a helmet can protect your head during a crash and help you avoid a serious head injury. Only riders under 18 years of age are required to wear helmets in California, but bicycle accident attorneys in Los Angeles recommend wearing a helmet no matter what your age.
Our bicycle accident attorneys in Los Angeles see cases where accidents are caused because drivers may not always see you, and they don’t always obey the laws. Watch out for drivers who may suddenly pull out in front of you at stop signs and from driveways or parking spaces.
Make sure you’re wearing light or brightly colored clothing so you’ll be visible to other drivers. Avoid dark-colored clothing, especially in the evening or at night.
Getting Help From Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Los Angeles
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys at 323-REAR END (323-732-7363). Our bicycle accident attorneys in Los Angeles are available to help you 24/7, and we offer free consultations to discuss your case.
Motorcycle riders in California can usually ride year-round. But even more motorcyclists will hit the roads and highways as the weather continues to warm up. Before the summer riding season gets into full swing, it’s important that both new and experienced motorcyclists know California’s rules of the road.
Although most laws for driving a motorcycle are the same as when you’re driving any other motor vehicle, there’s at least one motorcycle-specific law everyone should know. The lane-splitting law is unique to California and officially went into effect on January 1, 2017. Before your next ride, remember these important rules of the road for motorcyclists from your Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer.
General Driving Laws
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) says that together with courtesy and common sense; right-of-way rules promote traffic safety. Statistics show that right-of-way violations are the cause of a high percentage of accidents with injuries in California. A Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer advises you to yield your right-of-way anytime it will prevent an accident.
The max speed limit on most California highways is 65 miles per hour, but you can drive 70 in posted areas. Any Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer will tell you to always obey posted limits, which vary based on road type and location. These limits are also based on ideal driving conditions, but California has a “Basic Speed Law.”
According to California’s basic speed law, you cannot ever drive faster than is safe for current road and weather conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit. If it’s raining, the road is rough, there’s a lot of congestion or any other reason that warrants a slower speed, you must slow down. This is especially relevant when you’re on a motorcycle that doesn’t handle road hazards as well as an automobile in the first place.
Lane Splitting Law
Lane splitting, also called lane sharing, is a motorcycle-specific traffic rule. California became the first state to formally legalize lane splitting with a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown in August 2016 that went into effect on January 1.
The law defined the practice of motorcyclists driving between two rows of either stopped or moving vehicles and authorized the California Highway Patrol to develop further guidelines, such as maximum speed limits during the procedure. These guidelines aren’t currently complete, so the safety standard is still “safe and prudent” riding.
That being said, motorcycle riders definitely can’t split lanes if it requires crossing two solid yellow lines, which always indicates no passing of any kind.
Hire a Top Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a person you know is injured in a motorcycle accident in SoCal, a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys can help 24/7. Give us a call at 323-REAR END (323-732-7363) for your free consultation today!
There are tons of egg-citing events and activities all around the Los Angeles area over Easter weekend, including several major Easter egg hunts for the kids and “Big Bunny’s Spring Fling” at the Los Angeles Zoo. Whether you’re attending large events or hosting a smaller get-together at home, Los Angeles personal injury lawyers advise you to remember personal safety.
Stay Safe in a Crowd
Los Angeles events typically include swarms of people. Huge events are fun, but large crowds also pose serious safety risks. This does not mean you should avoid all the exciting Easter egg hunts and other Easter weekend events, just follow common safety practices.
- Watch your children closely to prevent them from wandering into streets hunting for those elusive Easter eggs and always accompany younger children throughout the hunt.
- Children can easily get lost in large crowds, so establish a meeting place should you become separated.
- To avoid being trapped or trampled within a crowd, be conscious of overcrowding and formulate an escape plan for every situation.
Many people do not think they could be a victim of robbery or assault during fun events. However, it’s an unfortunate possibility, especially when you’re surrounded by a crowd of strangers. Your Los Angeles personal injury attorneys recommend you keep safe by sticking with a friend instead of wandering around alone. Also, carry your purse close to your body and do not wear anything too showy and/or expensive.
Safety at Home
You may decide to avoid the crowds altogether and host your own, smaller event at home. However, we know accidents can happen anywhere, so take steps to prevent common injuries at your Easter gathering.
Hiding Easter eggs:
- Place eggs far away from roads and driveways to keep kids safe from being hit by a car.
- Mark boundary lines for the hunt, so kids are confined to an area you know is safe.
- Fill in holes and remove dangerous obstacles in and around the hunt area.
- Consider treat-filled plastic eggs, instead of dyed, hard-boiled eggs that could spoil quickly and cause food poisoning.
Dyeing Easter eggs:
- Use non-toxic commercial egg-dyeing kits or food-grade dyes.
- Don’t color cracked eggs, which are easy targets for bacteria.
- Don’t eat eggs that have been left out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.
If you’re serving alcoholic beverages at your party, the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles personal injury lawyers also advise you to arrange alternative transportation for your intoxicated guests for their safety and everyone else on the road.
Hire Top Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys wish you and your family a safe, fun-filled Easter holiday. To ensure everyone’s well-being, our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers urge you to discuss Easter weekend safety with your entire family.
If you or a loved one are injured on Easter weekend or anytime, the Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Glen Lerner are here to help 24/7. Call 323-REAR END (323-732-7363) for a free consultation today.
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