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It’s been an especially dry year, and most of us have seen the “extreme drought” warnings on the news and Sig Alerts throughout the county. With very little rain, San Diego roads are sure enough caked with dirt, oils and an overabundance of various vehicle fluids, leading to dangerously slippery conditions even in the lightest of rain storms.

In an injury accident occurring early this month, rain has been suspected as the possible culprit according to reports at San Diego’s 10NEWS. Three individuals were headed southbound of I-805 in North Clairemont when their vehicle lost control and collided into the center median. Officials say that afternoon’s lightest sprinkling of rain is likely to blame.

“We’ve had a dry year, very little rain. You have a lot of oils and residue on the roads and rain like this is the perfect opportunity for that to lift and rise to the surface and now you’ve got very slick roadways,” said officials at the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Of the three people injured, two were children according to reports. All individuals were treated for injuries ranging from mild to moderate. Fortunately, only one vehicle was involved in this accident.

Fall season ahead, more rain to come: Be a cautious driver!

Now that summer is coming to a close, San Diegans can expect more rain in the coming fall and winter months. While many experienced drivers may quickly dismiss reading about winter driving tips, it never hurts to double check your knowledge about rainy roadways.

Don’t Use Cruise Control

Avoid using cruise control as it reduces your vehicle’s control over wet surfaces. You’ll also want to be sure all reaction time is maximized. If you have to adjust cruise control settings, you may become distracted if an emergency situation presents itself. Stay on the safe side and stick to manual driving methods.

Skidding

If you sense your vehicle is skidding or swerving in any way, try not to panic! Keep your cool and steer in the direction you want the car to go – but don’t overcorrect because you may further lose control over your vehicle. Also, don’t slam the brakes. You’ll likely hydroplane and lose balance and control.

3-Second Rule

We often reference the three second rule in our blog posts — and for good reason! The three second rule ensures you have enough time to react to oncoming emergencies. One of the most common types of collisions in rainy weather is rear-end car accidents, but these can be avoided when you give yourself enough time to stop. The three second rule allows you to do just that without colliding with the vehicle ahead. Simply locate a stationary object ahead of you. As the vehicle in front passes the stationary object, you should have at least three seconds of time before your vehicle passes the same stationary object. However, in rainy weather, it’s even more prudent to allow for 5 to 6 seconds of space between you and the vehicle ahead as conditions can be extremely slippery in wet weather.

When Rainy Weather Accidents Occur

Even the most prudent driver can unfortunately get into a car accident. If you have been in a recent car accident, and suspect the other driver may be at fault for your injuries, you may be entitled to legal rights including financial recovery. We don’t collect a penny until you win and our legal advice is FREE. Call us to see what your options are: 1-800-655-6585.

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

A San Diego man is being heralded as a community hero after he courageously pushed a fellow cyclist out of the path of a wrong-way driver. The cyclist’s story is valiant as much as it is tragic – but his family is dedicated to supporting him throughout his recovery.

According to reports, the father of two, second in line in his group, saw an oncoming vehicle headed toward his pack of 30 bicyclists. He reacted as quickly as he could to avoid the oncoming collision and pushed one of the cyclists out of harm’s way. He was tragically struck by the vehicle as a result and is now living with paralysis.

The accident occurred at Fiesta Island.

Unfortunately, many in the pack were also injured and medical help was quickly dispatched to the group. Fortunately, there were no deaths as a result of this accident.

“He’s always been a hero to me,” the man’s wife said. “He’s going to be a hero to his kids.”

“It’s like you’re sleeping and it’s a nightmare and you cannot get out of it,” his wife added. “It’s not a race it’s going to be a marathon for years and years to come.”

The man’s recovery will be a long one. He has suffered “two punctured lungs, several broken ribs and a left clavicle, dislocated left shoulder, loss of one kidney, laceration of the spleen and six broken vertebraes resulting in a spinal cord injury” according to NBC San Diego.

Can Bicycle Accidents Be Avoided?

The age-old question is whether or not an accident could be avoided. In theory, it’s easy to say that an accident can be avoided. In many cases, though, when using this frame of mind, many families and injured individuals are simply left with “could have” and “should have” scenarios. Worse, when an individual focuses on what could have been, depression can quickly set in – and that just adds fuel to the fire.

When it comes to accidents, some are simply unavoidable – but, that’s not to say you can’t take multiple steps toward prevention, especially for drivers. For example, while the man in this case certainly did not have to act as a Good Samaritan, he did, and there was little he could have personally done to avoid a collision with the oncoming, wrong-way vehicle. On the other hand, the vehicle in question could have easily avoided the accident by following street signs and engaging in cautious driving. So, when it comes to safe road travel, here’s what you can do to stay safe and out of harm’s way.

Bicyclists

  • First rule: Always wear your helmet!
  • Use designated riding paths when possible.
  • Wear reflective gear.
  • Know your hand signs for turning left and right.
  • Be in the know with California bicycle laws.
  • Just like drivers, use all of your senses to scan and focus on the road ahead. In case of an emergency, you can quickly react.

Drivers

  • Don’t depend on your GPS unit. Use common sense and look around you just in case a street is designated as a one-way street.
  • Drive slowly on unfamiliar streets.
  • Pull over to a safe and secure area if you need directions or unsure of your next direction.
  • It goes without saying: watch for pedestrians and bicyclists!

Wrong-Way Driving Injuries

If you have been injured in a wrong-way accident and suspect the other driver was at fault, you are entitled to legal benefits including compensation for your injuries. In cases like these, time is of essence. To speak to a personal injury attorney for FREE, please call 1-800-655-6585. We don’t collect a penny until we win your case.

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a teenage driver plead not guilty in the wrongful death car accident of a California Highway Patrol officer on Interstate 15.  This car accident creates a scary statistic for CHP officers who are on duty.

One CHP Officer became the fourth wrongful death of a CHP officer caused by a car accident in the last two months. Read the rest of this entry »

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

When we think of driving hazards, we usually conjure ideas about cell phone use, speeding and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. And while these dangers are a very real part of commuting, we don’t generally think of roadways themselves as a prominent risk. But in a recent article published at Bloomberg Businessweek, there may be more than meets the eye when it comes to risky roadways – especially when it comes to highway guardrails.

The idea of unsafe highway guardrails surfaced when a safety advocate noticed a large, hook-like protrusion of bent mental hanging into the roadway. Just days earlier, an accident had occurred at the scene, which, in part, had caused the mental to distort. But after the safety advocate surveyed the car, the man’s condition and the existing damage to the guardrail, it became clear: the tragic car accident three days earlier was a case of impalement. In other words, the guardrail itself – perhaps due to defective design – had skewered the vehicle, “slamming [the driver] into the back seat.”

Police, nevertheless, attributed the accident to reckless driving according to reports. The safety advocate had begged to differ: the guardrail was defective and could have been in fact responsible for the accident.

“[The safety advocate] says something is seriously wrong with hundreds of thousands of Trinity guardrail systems on roadsides across the U.S.,” the article noted. “Claiming federal whistle-blower status, he’s suing the company and its Dallas-based owner, Trinity Industries, on behalf of U.S. taxpayers.” According to the advocate, the basis of the suit alleges that Trinity had made “quiet design changes” that resulted in a less-quality product, in turn transforming guardrails from life-saving devices into potentially deadly road hazards.

According to reports, the company made an alleged change to the “energy-absorbing end terminal” of the guardrail which would ordinarily stop a vehicle from careening off the roadways. But after an investigation into the matter, the guardrail had shown design defects in the way it reacted to collisions. Instead of stopping an accident, the guardrail had shown potential of impaling a vehicle in the event of a collision. In other words, these small changes in the guardrail design can cause a lot of damage – to the vehicle and, worse, to the individual – in the event of a car accident.

The lawsuit is currently pending.

Is there any way to avoid guardrails?

Knowing that guardrails may present a risk in the event of collision, many drivers want to know how to stay safe in the course of potential danger. While there aren’t any explicit ways to avoid hitting a guardrail, you can practice proactive driving with the following considerations:

SHARE THE ROAD WITH BIG RIGS. In some cases, a big rig truck may not see you when driving and you may be forced into a guardrail in the event of a sudden lane change. Be sure to share the road appropriately and know how to pass a big rig: always pass on the left side so the truck driver can see you. Also, avoid sudden stops when a big rig is behind you; it takes a tractor-trailer a much longer time to stop.

KNOW HOW TO HANDLE EMERGENCY STOPS. If you must stop your vehicle in an emergency, avoid using the shoulder if at all possible. In some cases, when using the shoulder, you may underestimate the degree of distance and accidentally careen into it. Try to exit the roadway safely, if you can, and handle your emergency in a safer place such as a parking lot.

When Accidents Happen

If you have been involved in a car accident and believe the guardrail may have furthered damage or injury, you may be entitled to financial recourse. For a FREE consultation with a personal injury attorney specializing in both car accidents and defective design, give us a call today at 1-800-655-6585.

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

There’s no doubt that traffic, hot weather, hunger and exhaustion can lead to a short temper. But even if you’ve had a bad day, you shouldn’t take it out on the road.

The advice follows on the heels of a recent San Diego freeway car accident having allegedly occurred due to road rage. The moments before the crash were caught on tape, leading investigators to believe the aggressive behavior was actually an incident of road rage.

The May 12th accident appears to be serious as one vehicle is shown to have flipped over into the embankment. Authorities believe the accident could have been the result of a prior altercation.

Injuries were reported ranging from bumps and bruises to back pain according to officials. Investigators are looking into the details preceding the accident and should malicious intent be founded upon either individual involved in the crash, charges could range from attempted murder to assault with a deadly weapon, reports say.

DON’T LET ROAD RAGE GET THE BEST OF YOU: 3 EASY WAYS TO TAKE THE HIGH ROAD

When drivers get behind the wheel – while in a bad mood –  the good news is that the sense of anger is momentary and only a fleeting feeling. In this sense, road rage simply isn’t worth it. The injury, loss of work, property damage and potential of losing your life is not worth the feelings of anger that are just temporary. Keep your mindset in check when you get behind the wheel!

1. Get some rest. Go to bed just a little earlier to catch some much needed ZZZs. Countless studies have shown that sleep is not only great for the body but for the mind as well. When you sleep, you’re less stressed – and everyone on the road will thank you!

2. Listen to easy music. The thumping bass and heavy instrumentals are enough to get anyone moving out of their seat. But avoid listening to heart-pounding, adrenaline-rushing music. The intensity can lead to unfavorable, intensified reactions on the road. Stick to easy listening for a calm and relaxing ride home.

3. Leave home earlier. Nothing can set your mood into panic than being late for an important meeting. Or when traffic springs midafternoon! Do your best to get out of the house earlier than usual – especially for the procrastinator types. You’ll have plenty of time to spare while possibly even enjoying your car ride.

WHEN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN

Sometimes, accidents are inevitable even when you’re on your best behavior. If you’ve been involved in an accident and believe the other person was driving recklessly, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For a FREE consultation and to learn your about your legal rights, call us today at 1-800-655-6585.

 

 

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

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