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Redondo Beach California Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

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.

Driver rules for pedestrian safety

The state government takes pedestrian safety seriously, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has put out a list of rules that drivers must follow when operating their vehicles around pedestrians. These rules can help ensure safe travel for all, regardless of their mode of transportation.

Below are a few of the most important rules:

When avoiding a crash, motorcyclists need to know where to look

It's often hard to avoid an accident. Things happen so quickly. But it is possible for some motorcyclists, and one of the key things they need to know is where they should look.

In short, you must look where you want the bike to go.

What funeral expenses should you expect?

After a fatal car accident, you have a lot more to think about than the cost of a funeral. You lost a loved one. It's a traumatic time for your family and it's something you all need to work through together.

However, you cannot ignore the cost, either. This is a serious financial expense and you have to plan for it in one fashion or another. When it's an unexpected death, you can find yourself suddenly facing debt that you have no way to pay off.

5 tips pedestrians should use near the road

The unfortunate reality is that pedestrians and cars do not mix well, despite the fact that we all try to use the same roads to navigate Redondo Beach. In California, accidents happen every year. Some are fatal. Some lead to serious injuries. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable, and any accidents can have devastating ramifications.

So, what can you do to stay safe? Here are a few useful tips:

  • Do not drink: In around 34 percent of deadly pedestrian crashes, those pedestrians had been drinking alcohol. Stay sober and stay safe.
  • Wear clothes that make it easy for drivers to see you: Do not go for a walk in a dark sweatshirt at night. Pick bright colors, such as lime yellow or orange. Consider buying a jacket with reflective stripes if you need to go out after dark.
  • Look at drivers if you ever need to walk in front of a car: Do not go in front of the vehicle until they make eye contact with you so that you can be sure they know you're there.
  • Leave the distractions at home: Do not walk near traffic while talking on the phone, sending text messages, listening to music or doing anything else that pulls your mind and eyes away from the road.
  • Use crosswalks whenever you can: Follow the basic rules of the road. If you're out at night, look for crosswalks that are well-lit, even if it means walking a little farther to get to an intersection.

Your diet may help you recover from a head injury

You're riding your motorcycle down a residential street when someone backs out of a driveway without looking, right into your path. You clip the back end of the car and fly off your bike. Though you are wearing a helmet, you hit your head pretty hard on the pavement and wind up with a head injury.

The road to recovery can be very long. If you're interested in speeding the process up as much as you can, consider what you eat. A few diet tips that can help you heal and recover include the following:

  • Pick healthy snacks that give your body the energy and fuel it needs without extra sugar or artificial ingredients. Examples include trail mix, apples, nuts, eggs, cheese and granola bars.
  • Do not overeat. Instead, choose small meals with greater frequency than you're used to. You may want to eat as often as once every three hours.
  • Consider the specific impact of your head injury. For instance, some people with brain injuries do not feel hungry after the accident, even when their bodies need food. If this happens to you, set an alarm on your phone so that you eat often enough.
  • Pick a routine. Just eating whenever you feel like it often makes you eat more than you realize and doesn't give your body the set habits that work best. Find specific times to eat these healthy, protein-rich meals.

How should you handle a hit-and-run?

A car runs a red light in front of you, and your motorcycle strikes the rear corner of the car. Both of you come to a halt with a screech of tires and metal on pavement. Then, before you can pick yourself up, the other driver guns it and disappears around the corner.

Now what? How do you handle something like this?

Driver flees, leaving woman to die in crashed Mercedes

A man and a passenger fled the scene of a car accident, leaving a second passenger trapped in the crashed car. She passed away from her injuries.

The accident happened on Route 94, as the 1999 Mercedes headed east. The 27-year-old man who was driving apparently lost control of the car. It left the freeway, drove through the dirt shoulder, and slammed into a guardrail. That impact cause it to go airborne, and it flipped and rolled through the median.

Common causes of fatal car accidents

The most tragic car accidents result in fatalities. Thousands of lives are lost every year on the roads of California and across the country. Law enforcement agencies do all they can to curb impaired driving, distracted driving and speeding, all of which are the main causes of these crashes. There are more than just these three causes of fatal car crashes, though, and we will take a look at them.

Reckless driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car crashes in California. It not only involves speeding or impaired driving but also tailgating, changes lanes without looking, swerving, impatient maneuvers and much more.

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