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Nearly 5,000 people died in pedestrian/car accidents in 2014

Everyone is a pedestrian. It is a facet of life that we don't often think about, but when you consider the incredible risk that pedestrians take on every time they walk on the sidewalk and cross the street, it becomes a crucial facet. Pedestrians have no safety equipment; they have no padding; they have no seat belts; they just have themselves. And when they are hit by a motor vehicle, they often suffer terrible or even fatal injuries.

There are also many people who are bicyclists. Again, this is an activity that we may take for granted, but being a bicyclist is dangerous as well. Much like pedestrians, they have almost no padding or protection to help them when a vehicle strikes them. And much like pedestrians, they can suffer terrible or fatal injuries when they are involved in a motor vehicle accident.

What happens when two cars collide - a science lesson

Imagine a crash dummy test in slow motion. You see the car accelerating toward the stone wall. Then, in a matter of seconds, you see everything "accordion." If the car was 12 feet long, within two seconds it may shorten to 9 feet in length. That's the power of gravity, of objects in motion.

Isaac Newton figured all this out long before the first car rolled off the assembly line. Without gravity, colliding cars would bounce off one another softly like beach balls. With gravity, mass and acceleration combine to pack an enormous wallop.

Force equals mass times acceleration

In an accident, brittle substances like glass and metal instantly transform. The windshield dissolves like an Alka-Seltzer. The solidity of the engine under the hood is so great that it does not accordion. Though these substances have considerable tensile strength, they are no match for the shockwave passing through the automobile, then impacting the occupants of the cab.

Is Under-Insured Motor Vehicle Coverage Necessary in Los Angeles?

Even if you are insured for collision and injury, are you truly covered? Let's look at the following scenario. As a law-abiding Californian, you carry collision and liability coverage and you are rear ended while driving your child to school. The back of your car sustains significant damage and both you and your child have significant lower back and neck pain. After calling 911 for transport for both you and your child, you exchange insurance information with the driver who hit your car. After the emergency room visit, you hire an attorney to represent you in your claim against the liable driver.

What Info Must I Exchange After A Car Accident?

Knowing what to do after an auto accident can help reduce your stress when someone hits you. When you find yourself in an accident, you need to know what information you need to give out, collect and later report to the DMV or your insurance provider. Fumbling around in a potentially scary and stressful situation will only make matters worse. Friends and family ask me all the time what information they are required by law to give the other party involved so I thought I should outline it for everyone else.

Odd crash leaves nine hurt as driver plows through parking lot

A couple of weeks ago, a man drove through the parking lot of the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre and struck many pedestrians and eventually crashed into a police car. The crash is still under investigation by the police. Nine people were injured in total, five of which needed to be hospitalized as a result of the crash. Four of those who were hospitalized suffered serious injuries.

The central question here is "why did this crash happen?" The police don't believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash. So what factors could have been involved? Was the driver intoxicated due to drug use? Was the driver distracted? Was he asleep? Did the vehicle have a mechanical malfunction?

3 vehicles involved in fatal highway crash in South Los Angeles

While the following story doesn't have many details, it does present an unfortunate fatal car accident that brings up some important topics on the subject. The wreck in question occurred in South Los Angeles around 2 a.m. early Sunday morning on the 105 freeway. Three vehicles were involved in the crash, which is still under investigation.

The crash was so bad that both directions of the freeway had to be closed until the scene was cleared. Video footage showed heavy damage to the vehicles involved. One person was killed in the crash. There are no details about the other people involved in the crash and if they were injured or not. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Most injuries are not catastrophic

Here's some rare good news about auto accidents: most injuries don't qualify as catastrophic.

You know what a catastrophic injury is - it's an irreversible life-changing event, like paralysis, limb amputation, traumatic brain injury, or severe burns.

Make you want to break down and cry

These kinds of injuries happen, and when they happen, they are dreadful. We have had many of these cases at our firm. Our job as attorneys is to remain dispassionate and professional.

But honestly, some injuries, and what they do to people's lives, and to their families, they just make you want to break down and cry.

After A Car Accident, Avoid These Social Media Blunders

In an era in which sharing our adventures and misadventures have become the norm, we may need to ask ourselves: do we need to publicly share our car accidents?

Everyday people post, tweet, snap and Instagram photos and videos of their accident from earlier that day. If a claim is brought, the insurance companies usually look online for public documentation of the accident, as well as anything available about the parties who filed the claim.

Hit-and-run Los Angeles driver leaves motorcyclist to die

A few days ago, Los Angeles rush hour traffic was at its early morning peak. A driver of a pick-up made a turn in the intersection of Vanowen Street and Tampa Avenue just before 7 o'clock Wednesday morning.

A motorcycle slammed into the side of the pick-up, police said, as the truck made the turn. The driver of the truck took off, leaving the motorcyclist in his 20s there on the street to die. 

On the distracted driving phenomenon, Pt. 2

Last week, we wrote a couple of posts about distracted driving. Today, we would like to continue that conversation by talking about the laws that are popping up all around the country and how distracted driving measures are being applied here in the state of California.

Distracted driving (in this context, we are talking about cellphone use while driving) is a serious and ongoing problem. Despite the best efforts of many states all across the country, there are still plenty of people out there who are choosing to look at their cellphone screen while they drive. Unfortunately, even the most stringent laws aren't going to eliminate the negligent behaviors of a sizable subset of drivers.

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