Personal Injury Attorneys & Car Accident Lawyers San Diego's Most Trusted Personal Injury Law Firm since 1992

We urge all San Diego drivers to stay in and/or near their vehicles if an accident occurs. Don’t attempt to get out and walk along any highway, freeway or state route. If you need help, please call 9-11.

Although the details remain unclear, our advice follows on the heels of a recent fatality on San Diego Route 78 that resulted when a man walked along the route by foot. According to Fox 5 San Diego (3/12/2015), the man was killed when several cars accidentally hit him. Other drivers reported seeing the man walking in and out of traffic lanes, causing multiple vehicles to swerve to avoid hitting him.

The accident occurred around 1 a.m. and the details are currently being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

It is currently unclear whether the man needed help following an accident or vehicle repair; however, it remains clear that Route 78 is NOT a reasonable area for walking, even if you do need help. The best thing to do in all cases is call 9-11 for help. Although Route 78 is not a freeway, it certainly is not appropriate for any pedestrian foot traffic, even if an accident has occurred on the route.


If you have been involved in a San Diego car accident, it is important that you try to stay calm – as much as possible considering the circumstance – and that you remain in a reasonable state of mind.

Here are some tips when it comes to your safety after an accident has occurred.

Get off the road

For minor car accidents, try to safely maneuver your vehicle off the roadway onto the shoulder or, if possible, off the main road. Communicate with the other driver either by motioning your direction or rolling down your window, if possible. Whatever you do, don’t evade the scene of the accident. It is illegal!

Call 9-11 if you or someone is injured

If you or someone else is injured as a result of a car accident, call 9-11 immediately. Don’t worry about calling the insurance company first before you call for help if you need it. After having taken into account any injuries, you should then call your insurance company.

Exchange information

You may want to exchange basic information following an accident. Name, driver’s license number and plate numbers are good starting points. If there are any witnesses, get their information, too.

Be careful what you say

Car accidents can leave the mind foggy and stressed. Don’t admit fault or say you’re sorry for the accident as it can be used against you later. Plus, you may not even know if you’re indeed the person at fault!

Jot down accident details

You may want to sketch the intersection or the scene of the accident as it may come in handy later when trying to recollect the details of the accident.

Take pictures

Snap a few shots of the accident scene and/or damage done to your vehicle. It may be helpful to have the pictures if you need to talk to the insurance company later on.

For a complete list of tips and recommendations, download our FREE car accident checklist right now and stash it away in your glove compartment. You never know if you’ll need it, but we hope you don’t ever need to use it!


Michael Pines is the founder of the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC – a car accident lawyer group located in San Diego, California. Mike has been a safety advocate for decades and has represented people just like you who may have been injured as a result of a car accident. Call us now for a FREE consultation: 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.

Fox 5 San Diego (3/16/2015) reported that an 18-year-old man was killed following a rollover crash that occurred on I-5 in Encinitas. The teen driver lost control of his 1992 Nissan truck after applying hard brakes, causing the vehicle to careen off the roadway and into a dirt embankment where it rolled over several times.

The vehicle struck a light pole that toppled over and landed onto another service truck traveling on the freeway. The accident occurred near Leucadia Boulevard in the early morning hours, around 3:10 a.m. according to reports.

Although medics arrived at the scene of the accident, the young man was tragically unable to overcome his catastrophic injury and he later died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

The service truck driver was treated for injuries.

Officials are currently investigating the accident. It is unclear whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.


Teen drivers are, needless to say, new drivers. With age and inexperience, the risk of car accidents is very high.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 2,650 teenagers ages 16-19 in the U.S. were killed in an accident in 2011. Nearly 292,000 more teens were treated for injuries that occurred as a result of vehicle crashes.

Teens between the ages of 16 to 19 are also riskiest age group when it comes to motor vehicle accidents, according to the CDC.


Fortunately, teen accidents are preventable. Teenage drivers can take action to ensure their safety is the number one priority. So, what can be done to prevent teen car accidents?


Texting and driving and any other use of the cell phone while behind the wheel are both highly dangerous. When coupled with inexperience, the results can be even more disastrous. Use an anti-texting app that uses motion to disable incoming messages. Or, simply lock your phone in your trunk when you’re driving to ensure the distraction is completely eliminated.


Whatever you do, please don’t drink and drive. According to 2012 CDC data, 23 percent of drivers aged 15 to 20 involved in fatal car crashes were drinking. If you’re a teen driver reading this right now, we urge you to please consider your life. Your life is significantly at risk when you drink and drive. And, you put others’ lives at risk, too. Be responsible. Don’t drink if you’re under 21. If you’re in a tricky situation and you need help, have a taxi cab on speed dial. Or, work out an agreement with your parents where you can safely call for a ride if you have had something to drink. If you’re a parent, considering making a contract with your child that allows them to call you with minor consequence in the event they need a ride home.


Seatbelts clearly save lives. Please make sure you use your seatbelt every time you get behind the wheel. It’s just common sense.


Night driving is inherently more dangerous. Limited visibility, sleepiness and even exhaustion can all mount into a risky situation on the road. Limit driving to daytime hours, if possible. Some license requirements may also restrict allowed driving times. For instance, drivers may not drive between the hours of 11PM – 5AM (unless exempt) until their 18TH birthday, according to the DMV. More information on teen driving restrictions can be found here.


Sometimes, no matter how careful you may be, car accidents happen. If you’re an injured teen driver and you suspect the other person is at fault following an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Teens under the age of 18 should have parents call us at 1-800-655-6585 for a FREE consultation. No matter what your age, we will represent your case without any out-of-pocket costs. We only collect when we win your case. Call us today and hire San Diego’s most trusted car accident law firm. Call now.



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.

Remember the eight-track? How about the cassette? In a few years, we might even be asking whether you remember the CD.

Technology is ever changing, and vehicle technology is no exception. The truth is that no technology will ever stand the test of time – it is a forever disruptive industry with an endless flow of innovation.

That innovation is precisely what’s to love about car technology well beyond the bells and whistles. Features like anti-lock brakes and airbags – not to mention seat belts – have actually stood the test of time and continue to be essential components of newer vehicles manufactured today. But when looking toward the future of in-cabin technology, things are ever changing.

A recent article at the New York Times (2/22/2015) points out that vehicle technologies have gone from sizzle to flop in just a matter of years. So when thinking about your next car purchase, look beyond the bells and whistles and focus on the technology where it matters more: safety!

Here’s the list of the most outdated car technologies according to the New York Times.


It wasn’t too long ago that we saw GPS systems installed in dashes and suctioned to windshields. These days, though, GPS systems have been replaced by smartphones equipped with mapping technology. Google Maps can be found on nearly any smartphone including Androids and iPhones so an in-dash system just seems clunky at this point. Plus, with outdated mapping systems, it’s always a safer bet to just go with the navigation system on your phone (which is updated frequently). Always use your phone wisely, though. Set your destination ahead of time and place your phone in the cup holder where you don’t have to fiddle with it when driving.


Apps are all the craze, aren’t they? There’s truly an app for anything. Auto makers have also jumped on that bandwagon with their own app versions ranging from Toyota’s Entune to Ford’s Mustang customizer app to Honda’s HondaLink app – and the list goes on. But consumers haven’t necessarily joined the craze when it comes to these types of apps. Instead, drivers have stuck with tried and true names like Pandora, Apple and Google when it comes to car-specific apps. The apps made by auto manufacturers seem to be on their way out.


The MP3 player… it was so quintessentially 90s! Now, the MP3 player is a thing of the past with smartphones disrupting the music player industry as well. Now, most people turn to Pandora or iHeartRadio apps for their music choices. Plus, smartphones host music, too, so there’s really no reason to invest in an MP3 player or worry if your vehicle is equipped with one. Simply connect your smartphone with the auxiliary plug and you should be good to go. Of course, be mindful of your data plan – that’s the only catch right now. To stream music, you have to have a data plan that supports your music listening habit. Some drivers have opted for satellite radio instead to make up for pricey data plans.


According to the New York Times, the reason that CD players are included in vehicles these days is simply because they’re cheap and their like an old shoe – there’s something comfortable about them. There’s really nothing on the market right now that replaces the in-dash CD player in mass production. Although Apple Play appears to be a frontrunner, the CD player still reigns supreme. It is the most common in-dash entertainment system to date. But, like all things, its days are numbered.


If you’re out buying a new vehicle, just remember: the bells and whistles will constantly be changing. Instead of focusing on the entertainment your car provides, switch gears and consider the safety features that reduce your risk of injury in the event of a car accident (or that aim to prevent car accidents altogether).

Look for:

  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Backup camera
  • Backup assist
  • Parking assist
  • Auto-braking technology
  • Lane departure technology
  • Electronic stability control
  • Forward collision control

About Michael Pines

Michael Pines, personal injury attorney, is an advocate for consumer safety. He is the founder of the Law Offices of Michael Pines located in San Diego, California. The firm handles cases around the nation and we can help you, too, no matter where you are located. As San Diego’s most trusted personal injury law firm, we are the preferred choice for car accident representation. Give us a call today at 1-800-655-6585 for a FREE consultation. Call now.


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.

No matter which make or model you drive, when a vehicle recall is issued, you are also affected.

As personal injury attorneys, we hope that everyone makes the right decision to repair a recall as quickly as possible. But the truth is that not everyone does. Some owners let recalls go on for years before doing something – if anything – about it. Worse, some vehicle recalls are left unfixed and end in tragic accidents or wrongful death.

In a recent article at Bangor Daily News (3/15/2015), drivers are reminded that everyone is affected by vehicle recalls. If you don’t fix it, you put other people at risk. Unfortunately, that’s the cold, hard truth. And incredibly, nearly a quarter of all vehicles on the road have outstanding recalls that are in dire need of repair.

The good news is that vehicle recalls can be easily fixed – really. And perhaps you’re not aware of any recalls for your vehicle – that, too, can be easily fixed. Here’s what you can do to stay in the know and keep yourself safe as well as the thousands of drivers that use San Diego roadways every day.


It may sound like a hassle to spend a precious Saturday fixing a recall. All the wait, all the hassle. But honestly, it really doesn’t have to be painful AND it is actually free to repair recalls. It can take less than an hour with the right preplanning.


A little preplanning can go a long way when it comes to fixing a recall. First, give your dealership a call and make an appointment for a service checkup. The dealership will check for any outstanding recalls in addition to your existing recall concern. Then, they’ll repair your vehicle free of charge. You can even use a loaner car to run errands or simply go home while the work is being done.


If you’re buying a used car, it may be difficult to find the service history of the vehicle or whether it had ever been checked for recalls. You can always bring your vehicle into a dealership to research its recall history (we recommend making an appointment –see above). You can also use any of the vehicle history research tools online to check for its repair history.


It takes one minute. What do you have to lose? Register your vehicle for recall alerts at and find out which recall repairs your vehicle may still need. Customize your alerts to as few as just one per month; you won’t be hassled by multiple emails. For your safety and the safety of others, please register.


In some cases, recalls can cause car accidents. Take for example the recent GM ignition recall and the Takata airbag recall. According to multiple reports, these recalls have led to injury car accidents and even some wrongful deaths. It is imperative that we take what we know about recalls and make them a priority to fix – before it’s too late.

Give us a call today if you suspect a vehicle recall is the cause of your injury accident. As San Diego’s experts in car accident injury, we can help you file a legal claim against the responsible party. You may be entitled to financial compensation including recourse for lost wages, pain and suffering and future loss. Speak to a car accident lawyer today. It doesn’t cost a penny to hire us as your attorneys and we only collect when we win your case. Call now: 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.

Nothing can be more disheartening than a children’s injury. As parents, we work so hard to keep our children out of harm’s way. When an accident does happen, it is tragic as much as it is stressful to the fabric of a family unit. Sadly, although we put many safeguards in place, sometimes accidents still occur.

It’s imperative that we take a look at our homes through the lens of a child. What could go wrong? What can happen if the worst-case scenario happened? These questions and more should be at the top of every parent’s mind. We encourage San Diego parents to go through their home and make changes to prevent the next tragic household accident.

The advice follows on the heels of a recent accident that occurred when a local San Diego child suffered brain damage after a television fell on top of him.

According to San Diego NBC 7 (3/11/15), the boy was treated at Rady Children’s Hospital for catastrophic injury and, fortunately, the boy survived. He celebrated his 7TH birthday this year with a fundraiser that raised proceeds for the Ronald McDonald House.

The family raised just under $7,000 for the organization.


With innovation comes risk. Thousands of new household products introduced each year and many of these pose serious threat when it comes to children’s injury. In addition to TVs and other large appliances and furniture, things like laundry pods and shelves can also pose a great deal of risk, even leading to wrongful death when left in the hands of a child.

Here’s what you can do to stay proactive when it comes to preventing children’s injury.

Detergent Pods

We recently wrote a blog about laundry pods and their risk to children. Detergent pods are pre-sealed packets of surfactants most commonly used for laundry and dishwashing. They are often colorful and can look like a toy in the eyes of a child. Of course, pods are anything but a toy – they can lead to serious brain injury, respiratory failure and even wrongful death when ingested. Laundry pods should always be stored on high shelves and away from children. Consider using a locked container to store pods – Tide is in the process of creating safer packaging that self-locks upon closure. Consider using a similar storage system.



Blinds are dangerous to children because they can become entangled around their neck, leading to strangulation. Many newer blinds are manufactured with updated standards that come with shorter drawstrings and an anti-lock system. However, in many cases, those new standards aren’t enough to prevent strangulation entirely. Consider using a retro-fitting device that wraps drawstrings up toward the top casing of the blinds. There are many other devices that can increase the safety of blinds around children (check your local children’s store for other options).


Televisions can weigh up to 150 pounds depending on age, make and model. Needless to say, when TVs fall, they can trap or kill a child instantaneously. Tragically, TVs can also cause severe injury such as traumatic brain injury, crushed organs, brain damage, broken limbs or other catastrophic injury. Always secure your TVs with brackets. Unsure of how to install a bracket? Contact any TV appliance store and have a representative come out to your home for an installation. It’s worth every penny.


Bookshelves or other decorative shelves are equally dangerous. They are heavy and they tend to tip over easily when they are bumped or otherwise mishandled. Shelves absolutely must be secured to the wall – especially, for example, if you have a children’s bookshelf in a playroom or loft. Use brackets to secure the shelf to a load-bearing wall.

Car Accidents

One of the top causes of children’s injury is car accidents. Unfortunately, not all car accidents are preventable. Be sure your child is safely secured in the appropriate child seat or booster. If you have an older child but s/he has a small or lightweight frame, go for a youth seat. Children up to 100 pounds can be safely secured in some type of car seat or booster. More information on car seat safety and California car seat laws can be found here.

When Children’s Accidents Occur

If your child has been injured in a car accident or household accident, call an attorney who can help. As San Diego’s most trusted law firm, we can help you file a legal claim and seek compensation for your child’s injury. Call us today 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.

Call for a free Consultation
Fill out the form below and we'll respond within 1 Hour during business hours.

Full Name (required)
Email (required)
Telephone Number
Date of Accident
Location of Accident
Description of Accident
Description of Injuries
Security Code