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Redondo Beach California Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Here's how drivers can protect pedestrians

Drivers absolutely need to understand the risks that pedestrians face, and they need to take proper steps to protect them when they drive. A simple accident can lead to life-changing injuries for the pedestrian, or it can be deadly. A few simple steps may prevent it. They are:

1. Understand that pedestrians always have the right of way in the crosswalk. Some are marked. Some are not. Always respect them, regardless.

Children and school bus safety

If you ask school officials about the safety of the bus system, they'll probably tell you all about the safety features on modern buses, the advantage that they get from their sheer size and weight during an accident and the rigorous hiring process for new drivers. That's all good, but what about before the children get on the bus or after they get off? How safe are they at these critical points?

It's important for parents to talk to children to tell them how to stay safe near the bus and near the road. For instance, if they see their friends waiting for them on the bus, they'll feel excited, but they should never sprint across the road to get to the bus faster. They need to take their time, look both ways and only cross when it is safe. Better yet, they should wait to get picked up at a place where they won't have to cross the street at all.

Motorcycle officer airlifted after crash in California

A motorcycle officer with the California Highway Patrol got into an accident that left his bike smashed and lying on the interstate. His injuries were so bad that, even though an ambulance showed up at the crash site, the emergency crews had to call in a helicopter. They landed it right on the highway and airlifted the officer from the scene.

The good news is that his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, and he should recover in time.

Motorcyclist killed after colliding with turning SUV

Turning vehicles are one of the biggest hazards that motorcyclists face on California's roads. Any time that two vehicles share the same lane -- at intersections, for instance, or when one vehicle is simply turning left across the other lane -- there's a serious risk of a crash. That's more serious for a motorcycle rider with his or her limited protection.

That danger was made very clear by a recent fatal motorcycle crash in California. It happened in La Jolla, though the motorcycle rider was later identified as a man from San Diego.

Man arrested after shooting and deadly car accident

A California man is in police custody after he was involved in a shooting, a car chase and a deadly accident recently. The man was on parole, but he was being pursued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. United States Marshals were also involved. It's not clear why he was considered to be at large.

They found out that the man was at a Motel 6 in east Bakersfield and attempted to arrest him around 4:00 p.m. on March 5. They were unsuccessful. The officers exchanged fire with the man, and he then fled from them. It appears there were multiple people in the man's car, but that hasn't been confirmed.

Complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries

A spinal cord injury can be devastating, changing your life forever. If you ride a motorcycle, you must know that you face serious risks. Since you have less protection than someone in a car, the odds of a serious injury are higher. One simple mistake by another driver could leave you with a spinal cord injury that never heals.

One key thing to know about these injuries is that they can be either incomplete or complete. Both can be detrimental to your future. Both can necessitate long-term medical care and the need for assistance. Both can be very expensive. But there are important differences.

Unmarked crosswalks are still crosswalks

Many auto-pedestrian accidents happen when people attempt to cross the street at a crosswalk and they are not given the right of way by drivers in the street. These accidents are very dangerous because pedestrians have no protection and, since they assume that they have the right of way, they may not even realize that a collision is about to occur.

In some cases, these accidents happen at marked crosswalks, where it is very clear that the pedestrian is in the right place and should never have gotten hit. If the driver says that the person stepped unexpectedly into the road, the presence of the crosswalk can help the pedestrian's case.

When can you seek loss of consortium compensation after a crash?

Losing someone in a fatal car crash has a broad range of consequences for your life. There are the obvious emotional implications of that loss, as well as the financial consequences of a death in the family.

You and the rest of the family will need to adjust to living without the income generated by the deceased. You will also have to cover the expenses related to the accident, including medical expenses, the cost of repairing or replacing the vehicle, burial expenses and more.

The importance of looking for liability in motorcycle accidents

Riding a motorcycle through the beautiful state of California should be no riskier than driving a car. Unfortunately, motorcycle enthusiasts can tell you that it certainly feels riskier to ride a bike. Motorcycle accidents happen every day across the nation, resulting in a multitude of injuries from mild to catastrophic. Sometimes, the fault may lie with the bike operator, but when the blame lies elsewhere, what can victims do to recover compensation?

As injury attorneys based in Redondo Beach, we want to tell you that uncovering fault is crucial in acquiring the compensation necessary to speed your recovery and manage your finances. In some motorcycle accident cases, it may be relatively easy to identify the at-fault party. For example, if a drunk driver collides with you, the evidence can show that this motorist was at fault. However, not all motorcycle accidents are so cut-and-dried.

Police see increase in accidents with cyclists, pedestrians

Police in California have noticed a recent uptick in some of the most dangerous car accidents: Those involving pedestrians and cyclists.

For instance, over a single weekend, they noted that there were six such accidents. Three of those are not yet solved because the drivers ran from the scene. At least one person was killed in one of the accidents.


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