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Have you made your New Years’ resolutions yet? Did it include a resolution to never drink and drive?

We ask that you resolve to never get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Make it your New Years’ resolution today. It is dangerous to you and hundreds if not thousands of people that you drive alongside the road when engaged DUI driving.

The advice is a reminder in light of a recent suspected San Diego DUI car accident that has injured four people. The accident occurred earlier this week and drinking and driving is thought to have been the cause.

According to Fox 5 San Diego, four people, three of which have been suffering from life-threatening injuries, were being treated at a local hospital after an SUV crashed head-on into another vehicle while traveling the wrong-way on northbound on I-5 near Route 163. Alcohol is considered to be a factor in this accident.

Reports indicate the accident caused a massive collision in which one person was trapped within the pileup. Emergency officials were fortunately able to free the individual but serious injuries have resulted from the collision.

The accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday earlier this week. The driver in question was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving the California Highway Patrol has reported.

NEW YEAR, NEW RESOLVE TO NEVER DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE

In 2015, we ask that all drivers make the resolve to never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Sadly, too many DUI-related accidents occur in San Diego on a near-daily basis. It begins with one person – you – to make the right choices and drive responsibly.

Did you know that three people are killed every two hours as a result of alcohol-related car accidents? According to the Bureau of Transportation and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, drinking and driving has also resulted in thousands of deaths each year including multiple injuries, arrests and property damage. An estimated 112 million drinking and driving episodes are yielded each year. Nearly 81 percent of these drivers are considered to be men.

These staggering statistics are a grave reminder that we must be vigilant drivers at all times because the truth is that we could be driving alongside a drunken driver at any given moment.

Over the years, we have doled out advice on how to prevent your own drinking and driving. Although we still strongly advise that individuals who are prone to drinking and driving seek help and always choose a designated driver, we want to make sure that everyone can stay safe on the roadways including sober drivers. If you’re a sober driver and suspect someone is driving under the influence, here’s what you can do:

IF YOU SEE A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER, CALL 9-11

Swerving, erratic driving, too-slow driving, stop-and-go behavior… these signs point to potential drunk driving. Don’t hesitate to pull over your vehicle and make a safe call to report the drunken driver to authorities. You never know whose life you could save by making the call.

TAKE KEYS AWAY

If you’re a party host or just hanging with a group of people at a bar or club, and you suspect that a person is in no condition to drive, take away the individual’s keys. It’s a safe alternative to the catastrophe that could occur if the person chooses to drink and drive. Get car keys by asking to put a jacket away in their car and simply don’t return the keys. Take a cab ride home.

WHEN HOSTING A PARTY, SERVE PROTEIN AND WATER, TOO

Always have multiple food items rich in protein when serving alcohol. Although food will not negate the effects of alcohol, it will affect the absorption rate of alcohol within the system. For detailed information on how alcohol, food and body type and weight combine, click here to read “Absorption Rate Factors” published by the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being at University of Notre Dame.

IF A SAN DIEGO DUI-RELATED INJURY OCCURS

If you or someone you know was injured as a result of a suspected San Diego DUI accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Talk to a car accident attorney today and gain a FREE legal perspective into your case. We don’t collect until we win your case. Call us today, 24/7: 1-800-655-6585 for a FREE consultation.

 

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.

Being a tourist is no easy feat. First, you must learn to read a city’s map in basically no time at all. Then, you must learn to navigate the city traffic and learn the personalities of its drivers. While some cities are relaxed and easy going, others are faced paced and quick to react.

Unfortunately, when bad circumstances and unfamiliarity meet, the outcome can be catastrophic. That’s why it’s extremely important to heed caution when visiting a new city and walking or driving its streets. The advice follows on the heels of a recent La Jolla pedestrian accident that has tragically left a tourist with a catastrophic head injury, clinging to life, according to San Diego 6.

The traffic accident occurred in University City near the intersection of La Jolla Village and Lebon Drive around 11:00 p.m. just shy of the New Years’ Eve. Details of this case, as published, remain unclear. It is uncertain whether the pedestrian in question had been using a crosswalk.

Regarding the driver, police officials do not believe alcohol was a factor in this case.

TOURISM: PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC

Late-night pedestrian traffic can be one of the most dangerous times to navigate the streets, especially if you’re new to a city. Although details remain unclear in this case, it’s always important to use a crosswalk, especially at night, but even protected crosswalks can prove to be dangerous in the face of limited visibility.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable populations on the road. Of course, without any protection against the impact of a vehicle, pedestrians are indeed left to their own devices when it comes to safety. The CDC also notes that 76,000 people were injured as pedestrians last year; another 4,743 individuals were killed as pedestrians in traffic accidents. It goes without saying that pedestrians safety should always be top-of-mind when navigating roadways by foot.

As a tourist, be proactive and:

  • Try to avoid late night foot traffic, if possible. Consider taking public transportation instead.
  • Always use crosswalks for added protection when crossing the street.
  • Wear reflective clothing when traveling at night and consider packing a flashlight and bringing it with you on walks for increased visibility.

INCREASING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY FOR LOCAL SAN DIEGO RESIDENTS

Of course, pedestrian accidents can happen even if you’ve lived in a city for years, especially when it comes to children.

To increase pedestrian safety, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has put together community resources to increase neighborhood safety. In addition, the NHTSA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have put together the Safe Routes to School Program (SRSP) to increase walking safety. Schools, neighborhood groups, community service liaisons and safety advocates are encouraged to put the program into action to increase foot traffic safety, especially near schools where pedestrians are always frequently in circulation. For more information about the SRSP program, click here.

WHEN PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS OCCUR

Pedestrians who have been injured in a car accident can seek legal representation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Contact a personal injury attorney specializing in pedestrian injuries to understand your legal rights. The call is completely FREE and we don’t collect until we win your case. Call now, 24/7: 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 woman is facing life-threatening injuries after a tragic Lemon Grove accident has left her in critical condition, reports indicate. The female pedestrian, 32, was struck by a vehicle near Skyline and Alton Drive in the Lemon Grove area according to officials.

The San Diego pedestrian accident occurred around dusk, 6:10 p.m., as she was crossing the street. Reports indicate she may not have been using a crosswalk. She was tragically struck by an oncoming vehicle resulting in serious, catastrophic injury according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

Paramedics responded to the scene and transported her to a local hospital where she was treated for catastrophic injuries. As for the driver, there are no expected citations and no one in the vehicle was hurt as a result of the accident.

USING CROSSWALKS, BEING PROACTIVE

It goes without saying that pedestrian accidents such as these are tragic and misfortunate events. Although the details of the case remain unclear, reports have indicated that the woman may have been crossing the street without the aid of a crosswalk.

A crosswalk is important for several reasons. First, a crosswalk reduces your risk of injury because it is a protected crossing for people who wish to cross the street. In other words, a crosswalk is meant for foot traffic and drivers are more aware of pedestrians when entering crosswalk areas. In addition, lit crosswalks such as those that use traffic lights to signal movement are even safer and should be used whenever possible. Even then, unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can occur. The reality is that not all drivers can see as well as we expect them to see and accidents do happen.

Nevertheless, it is important to remain vigilant in the face of potential danger.

For San Diego pedestrians, it’s increasingly important to use crosswalks every single time you cross the street. In some residential areas, it may be next to impossible to cross the street with the use of a crosswalk. In those cases, you must look right, left, then right again before crossing the street. In addition, never lose focus on your task even though it may seem mundane to cross a residential street. This advice is doubly important for those who are crossing with children. Always be aware of your surroundings and use a crosswalk whenever it is possible when traveling by foot with kids.

Finally, when it comes to dusk hours, nothing can be quite as dangerous as reduced visibility whether you are a driver or a pedestrian. On the case of driving, when you can’t see, you can’t react. If you’re a driver, use your headlights at the first moment of sunset. Although it goes without saying, be sure to eliminate all distraction and simply put everything down and focus on the road. So, pedestrians: be sure that if you’re traveling by foot in the later hours of the day, you wear bright or reflective clothing. In addition, consider holding a flashlight for casual strolls around the neighborhood.

WHEN SAN DIEGO PEDESTRIAN INJURIES OCCUR

In some cases, even a proactive pedestrian can be injured in an accident. If you have been injured by an oncoming vehicle and you believe it was the other person’s fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The details of pedestrian accidents can be complex; speak to a personal injury attorney to understand your rights. The call is completely FREE: 1-800-655-6585. We don’t charge for the legal advice nor do we collect any money upfront to represent your case. Give us a call 24/7. We may be able to help.

 

 

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 an accident occurs, it’s up to you to stop and respond. Don’t risk the alternative possibilities: a hit-and-run charge, a citation or, in one San Diego case, a tragic fatality. San Diego 6 News has reported that a driver was been killed as a result of having fled from the scene of a traffic accident in San Marcos.

The news report is certainly tragic as much as it is staggering: a senseless death has occurred needlessly in light of an otherwise injury-free traffic accident.

According to authorities, the individual in question allegedly tried to run away from the accident by hopping over a median lane and into oncoming traffic. In an effort to evade the scene on foot, the individual was tragically hit by several oncoming cars resulting in his fatality.

The death occurred on Route 78 near Nordahl Road in San Marcos at roughly 4:30 a.m.

CALIFORNIA LAW: TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

It’s important to know that California law requires drivers to stop after having been involved in an accident. Please don’t risk putting your life at risk and evading the scene of an accident. We want each and every San Diego driver to remain safe and alive! Even if you feel you may be “caught” for something such as no insurance, driving on a suspended license or even drinking and driving, it is best to just stop for the accident and follow the law – your life could depend on it!

ALWAYS PULL OVER IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT

Even if you believe there is little or no property damage or personal injury, it is important to stop if an accident has occurred. California law requires that all drivers stop for an accident in the event of injury or property damage, or both.

EXCHANGE INFORMATION

In most cases, you may be required by law to exchange information following a San Diego car accident. You may want to write down the name, phone number, driver’s license number and insurance company information for the other person in the event you will need it later.

RECORD IMPORTANT DETAILS ABOUT THE ACCIDENT

If you have experienced injury or property damage, it may be a good idea to write down important information about the accident as details may soon become fuzzy following the stress that soon follows a traffic accident. Also, take pictures of your vehicle or other aspects of the accident that you feel would be important at a later date.

USE A CAR ACCIDENT CHECKLIST

Most people don’t know what to do in the event of a car accident. Download our FREE car accident checklist now and keep it in your glove box. Our car accident checklist contains all the essential questions that need answering prior to leaving the scene of the accident. Be prepared.

WHEN SAN DIEGO INJURY ACCIDENTS OCCUR

If you have been injured in a car accident and suspect the other person was at fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Legal cases become even more complex where the driver has evaded the scene of the accident or if the accident is suspected to be a “hit-and-run.” Call our car accident attorney specialists now for FREE legal evaluation of you case. The consultation is completely FREE and we collect nothing until we win: 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.

In a tragic and sudden twist of events, a Carlsbad man has suffered a brain injury following a softball accident that resulted when an aluminum bat was flung 90 feet into the air by another batter’s swing, crossing fences and eventually striking the man in head on the bat’s decent from mid-air. He fell to the ground after the accident occurred and struck the asphalt head-first resulting in serious brain injury according to reports.

The San Diego man, a seasoned softball player, had traveled to Las Vegas for a softball tournament when the accident occurred. He was treated at a local hospital for head injuries. Reports at the San Diego Union Tribune indicate the man was unable to speaking following the accident and it had appeared the area of the injury could not be fixed with an operation.

As for the man’s outcome, his condition and ability to recover remains unclear. Doctors are unsure whether he will regain his speech in a day, year or perhaps he tragically never will.

San Diego residents have banded together to raise money to help the man recover in light of the tragic accident. More than $33,000 has been donated so far to aid the man in his recovery in just one day of raising money for his cause.

SPORTS ACCIDENTS IN SAN DIEGO & BEYOND

The truth is that although accidents like these are often rare, sport accidents and injuries are not. Unfortunately, in this case, this accident was in part a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When it comes to San Diego sporting injuries, here are the most common sports that cause fun to go awry.

BOATING ACCIDENTS AND INJURY

San Diego, the quintessential beach town, is known for its lovely shores and high level of beach-related sporting activities. Boating, including wakeboarding and water skiing, are each popular in our city but each activity presents an increased risk when it comes to injury. Boaters need to be sure the proper training has been acquired prior to driving a boat. All too often, boating accidents occur every summer due to a lack of knowledge behind the wheel. Wakeboard and water skiers should also be aware of boating laws and regulations. Individuals should always avoid horseplay and risk-taking when it comes to the operation of a boat, especially as riders are being towed. Never risk the health and safety of a fellow rider.

Find more information about boating safety and regulations here.

CHILDREN’S SPORTS ACCIDENTS AND INJURY

There are hundreds of schools throughout San Diego County. Throughout these schools, district-wide and intramural sports are common, and fortunately, for the most part, children are usually kept safe and accidents are minimized. However, in some cases, children’s injury can occur as a result of participating in sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball and football.

As in the case concerning the individual injured in a softball game, children are often left vulnerable to such injuries as well. Parents should always ensure their child is at the right physical, mental and physiological condition to participate in sports. Consult with a doctor to ensure your child is ready to engage in sporting activities. And if you ever feel you should step in as a parent when it comes to your child’s safety, don’t be afraid to speak up.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS ACCIDENTS

Adults, unfortunately, become injured in accidents as well. With less flexible bodies and age to boot, adults who engage in sports can unfortunately become injured. In some cases, it may not be the fault of the individual. Sometimes, products are faulty, equipment fails or perhaps the sporting club has exposed its members in some type of inadvertent harm. It’s important to always check your surroundings including the sporting equipment you’re using in addition to the facilities where you practice.

WHEN SPORT-RELATED INJURY OCCURS

If you have been injured in a sport-related accident, you may be entitled to financial recourse including remediation for your lost wages, medical bills or pain and suffering. If you suspect you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, give us a call to discuss your case and to learn your legal rights. The call is completely FREE and there are no out-of-pocket costs to hire us. Call us now 24/7 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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