SACRAMENTO AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYER Sacramento auto accident lawyer talks about distracted driving and how even users of hands-free and bluetooth devices are not safe. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014, alone, over 3,000 people have died as a result of motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. In the same year 431,000 […]
According to Centers for Decease Control and Prevention, Department of Transportation, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in just one calendar year 9,967 people were killed in alcohol related driving crashes. That is thirty-one percent of all traffic related deaths, which is almost one third of all traffic related deaths, in the United States are alcohol related. To put another way, 28 people in the United States die every day in alcohol related car crash.
Similarly, driving under the influence of marijuana has been steadily increasing. Some studies have shown that up to 13% of nighttime and weekend drivers have marijuana in their system.
One of the biggest fears that cyclists have is experiencing a collision with a motor vehicle. Though bicycle accidents are least common relative to motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents, occasionally a cyclist and a motorist collide.
The first step you should take if you experience a cycle accident is take pictures of the exact scene. You should leave the bike and other property in the same state it was after the accident and take pictures. This is very important because they will be used as evidence to protect your legal rights. The second step you should take is contact the police and/or wait for the police to respond to the accident of the scene. If an accident report is written, ensure that the information recorded is accurate and then obtain a copy of the police report.
Cycling is an environmentally-friendly and healthy mode of transportation. The high number of fair weather days makes it a very popular leisure sport and common way of getting around. Unfortunately, being on a bicycle can be very dangerous when sharing the road with motor vehicles. Bicycles don’t have as much structural integrity and the rider is very exposed. This makes a collision with a car potentially very damaging and dangerous. If you have been struck by a vehicle while riding your bicycle, speak with our accident lawyers in Sacramento who can guide you to the best course of action.
Bicycles are generally considered another vehicle on the road, though cars have a 7:1 size ratio to bicycles. Nevertheless, bicyclists are expected to follow all applicable laws as a car would. This means coming to a complete stop and taking turns in an intersection. Cyclists who do not follow the rules of the road and end up in a collision are susceptible to being liable for the crash, even if they are much more injured or incur more damage.
This winter has certainly been a wet and wild one for Northern California so far this season. The Sacramento Valley in particular has seen some extraordinary winter weather and the third week of January brought with it incredibly strong winds that have left the Sacramento area rebuilding on this Thursday, January 19, 2017. High winds were reported across the Valley, with the strongest gust coming in at an intense 63mph, which was reported at the Sacramento International Airport. 50mph gusts were reported across the region, and reports from SMUD indicate that almost 50,000 people in the immediate Sacramento region suffered power outages last night and early this morning as a result of downed power lines.
Power wasn’t the only thing people lost last night, many individual’s homes, vehicles, and other personal property were damaged in the high winds, and one vehicle was actually struck by a falling tree on the corner of 19th and X streets in Sacramento. In El Dorado Hills, multiple reports came in of trees being uprooted and falling onto houses and cars as a result of intense wind. Downed trees were also responsible for road closures across Northern California, and Highway 160 was closed from Highway 12 up to the Antioch bridge as a result of downed trees blocking the roadway.