It’s always tragic when suspected DUI accidents make news headlines in San Diego. Sadly, there are drivers who still erroneously believe they are above the law. Worse, many of these same individuals believe they can actual drive safely even though they are intoxicated. Of course, the truth is that NO ONE is above the law and NO ONE is capable of driving safely when they are driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Recently, NBC 7 San Diego (5/16/2015) reported on another tragic accident that was caused by a suspected drunken driver. The accident occurred on San Diego State Route 163 after the suspected DUI driver drove the wrong way. Sadly, the driver crashed head-on into another vehicle resulting in catastrophic injury and death.
Reports indicate the accident occurred just after 1:30 a.m. on Route 163 near the I-8 overpass in Mission Valley. The California Highway Patrol said that the driver in question was headed the wrong way on the SR-163 while flashing his hazard lights. Moments later, that same driver collided head-first into another vehicle, killing two of the five individuals inside the vehicle. Those who survived the accident were reported to have sustained serious injury.
According to reports, it appears that the driver in question survived the accident.
Several days following the incident, the California Highway Patrol confirmed the driver in question was indeed arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Witnesses of the crash described the scene of the accident as “utter chaos” according to San Diego NBC News 7.
Sadly, this is the second wrong-way crash in San Diego in just two weeks. Earlier this month, another driver suspected of drunk driving drove the wrong way on I-15 near Mira Mesa Boulevard and crashed head-on into a vehicle carrying a family of five, reports indicate. Two people in that crash tragically died.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU SPOT A WRONG WAY DRIVER
It’s one of the scariest thoughts: You’re driving on the freeway, late at night, and you spot headlights coming right at you. It’s anyone’s worst nightmare. When you know what to do though, the thought – or even the experience itself – will be scary but hopefully not as hopeless or daunting. Here’s what you can do if you spot a wrong-way driver.
PULL OVER TO THE RIGHT
Wrong way and often drunk drivers enter the freeway in the opposite direction and then they proceed to drive all the way to their right, thinking it’s the slow lane. In fact, in the correct direction, that same lane is the fast lane. If you spot a wrong way driver, pull over to the right hand side of the road as soon as possible and as soon as it’s safe for you to do so. When traveling during late hours of the night, you may want to drive in the middle or slow lanes as well. Avoid the fast lane.
CALL 9-11 ASAP
When you’re pulled over, call 9-11 right away and report the wrong way driver. Every second counts, so call as soon as you can!
IF YOU SEE A WRONG WAY DRIVER ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE FREEWAY, ALERT OTHER DRIVERS
You should alert people when you spot a wrong way driver on the opposite side of the freeway. Honk you horn, use your flashers and pull over to the right to call 9-11 as soon as possible.
WHEN TRAVELING ON A RURAL ROAD
The only option in many cases is to swerve into the shoulder as soon as you spot the wrong way driver. If there is no shoulder or an embankment, your only other option is to swerve out of the direction of the wrong way driver and into the next available lane. Sometimes, that lane may be the lane of opposing traffic. If you must swerve into an opposing lane and you see it is free to do so, get back to your own lane as soon as possible. Cases like these are extremely perilous and we hope that no San Diegan ever has to be put in a situation facing a wrong-way driver on any road much less a rural one where safety options are limited.
CONSIDER ALTERNATE DRIVING TIMES
Many times, wrong way drivers are also drunk drivers. Usually, drunk driving occurs in the late night to early morning hours. If possible, avoid roadway travel during those times and opt for driving the following morning.
WRONG WAY CAR ACCIDENTS
If you have been injured in a San Diego wrong way accident, or if a loved one of yours has passed away due to a wrong way collision, you may be entitled to financial compensation. It’s important to speak to a personal injury attorney right away to ensure all of your legal rights are preserved. Call us today at 1-800-655-6585 for a FREE CONSULTATION and speak with San Diego’s most trusted law firm group specializing in car accident representation.
One San Diego family has come together to raise awareness and to bring to justice the individual responsible for a local hit-and-run accident that has tragically left a motorcyclist – and a father of three – with life-threatening injuries.
According to San Diego NBC 7 (5/14/2015), the accident occurred when the motorcyclist was changing lanes. Reports indicate he was hit from behind by a vehicle following the lane change. The vehicle then proceeded on its course and ran over the man and his motorcycle, resulting in his catastrophic injury. The driver of the vehicle in question then fled the scene of the accident.
According to reports, the accident occurred on Route 94 near College Avenue in the Normal Heights area of San Diego around 6:30 p.m. earlier this month.
Police say they are looking for the suspected hit-and-run driver who was driving a black Dodge Charger in the mid-to-late 2000s.
As for the motorcyclist, he is being treated for his injuries and reports indicate he is stable and talking. The man is the family’s sole provider and the accident, according to reports, is taking a toll on the family.
His relatives are urging the public to please come forward with any information. The man’s father, although he didn’t say much to the media following the accident, reminded all San Diegans: If you drive a motorcycle, be careful.
MOTORCYCLE SAFETY IS THE #1 PRIORITY FOR ALL BIKERS
If you ride a motorcycle, you probably already know that riding is inherently dangerous. There are no seatbelts, airbags or structures in place to cushion or prevent your injury or death. Riding a motorcycle is indeed risky!
However, although the risk of injury is high, there are many things a motorcyclist can do to stay safe in the face of increased danger.
DRIVE IN IDEAL CONDITIONS
If possible, ride in the best roadway conditions: during the day, while it’s dry, and with minimal traffic. When any of these conditions are compromised – for instance, riding in traffic or during dusk hours when visibility is less than ideal – you run an increased risk of getting into an accident. Consider only riding in ideal conditions if at all possible. When you’re riding a motorcycle, even subtle changes in roadway conditions can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your safety.
KNOW CALIFORNIA MOTORCYCLE LAWS
There are many rules and regulations that apply solely to motorcyclists in California. Be sure you know the law. For more information about motorcycle safety and to download the California DMV Motorcycle Handbook, click here. If you’re seeking motorcycle licensure in California, be sure to read the DMV Motorcycle Checklist as well.
TAKE A MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TRAINING COURSE
The California DMV and the California Highway Patrol together offer the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP). The course is comprised of 5 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of actual riding time. Various safety scenarios are assumed and all new riders really should consider this course; if you’re a novice rider, but haven’t been on the bike for a while, consider this course as well. More information on CMSP can be found here.
WHEN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS OCCUR
Unfortunately, even the most proactive rider can be involved in a car accident. If you have been involved in a car accident and you suspect it was another person’s fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call our San Diego personal injury attorneys right now at 1-800-655-6585 and speak to a motorcycle accident specialist. The consultation is FREE and hiring us as your attorneys costs nothing – we only collect when we win your case. Call now.
All car accidents are unfortunate, but accidents caused by speeding are all the more traumatic considering they are entirely preventable. The truth is that speeding is a choice – bottom line. And when speeding occurs, the risk for car accident-related injury skyrockets on account of dangerous speeds and reduced response time. Plain and simple: Don’t speed!
As personal injury attorneys, our urgency follows on the heels of a recent Del Mar car accident that officials say was caused by a “high rate of speed” according to 760 KFMB News (4/16/2015).
Authorities say the speeding-related accident occurred when a 25-year-old driver lost control over her vehicle and careened off the roadway and down into an embankment. Tragically, the vehicle became engulfed in flames immediately following the crash and burst shortly thereafter.
The San Diego Police Department said the vehicle had traveled deep within the embankment, causing the wreckage to be unseen from the roadways. Officials said they used smoke trails to finally find the vehicle.
Sadly, the driver was killed as a result of the accident.
THE TRAGEDY OF SPEEDING
Speeding often results in San Diego car accidents. In fact, speeding is our second-most common cause of car accidents according to our “Top Causes of Car Accidents” page – one of Google’s top pages for causes of collisions. There’s no doubt that speeding is dangerous and extremely risky… So why do it?
Well, people choose to speed for a whole host of reasons ranging from poor time management skills to the thrill of the ride. No matter the reason to speed, it is still unsafe and reckless.
What do the statistics say?
Unfortunately, speeding-related car accidents seem to be on the rise according to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). Fatalities increased two percent from 2011 to 2012, contributing to nearly 30 percent of all traffic accidents.
The good news, though, is that since the recording of data, speeding-related fatalities have been on an overall decline. But there is more that can be done to make those numbers even smaller. Here’s how you can do your part to make our San Diego roadways even safer.
MAKE NOTE OF THE SPEED LIMIT
Sometimes it’s just as simple as being as aware of the speed limit as you can be. When you’re on city roads or residential or mixed use streets, be sure to check the signs and make changes if necessary. Often, you might notice a speed limit change immediately following stop sign. And, state highways most always have different limits than freeways.
MASTER TIME MANAGEMENT
If you drive a regular route like most people, be sure to accommodate for traffic especially when it comes to rush hour. A few minutes late into your evening commute could mean 30 minutes to an hour more getting home due to traffic. But please don’t try to make up for that loss by weaving in and out of traffic and speeding in open roadway areas. Instead, simply commit to leaving on time. If that’s simply impossible, consider taking side roads or an alternate route that can get you where you need to be on time – or at least simply quicker and more efficiently!
TRY TO REMAIN FOCUSED BEHIND THE WHEEL
In some cases, highway hypnosis can cause a driver to simply become unaware of their driving speed. But don’t let that happen to you! Driving requires your constant focus and that means checking the road – and your dashboard – frequently. Be sure you’re checking in with your vehicle, route and your mental state to ensure you’re prepared for whatever the road may bring ahead.
ABOUT MICHAEL PINES
Michael Pines is a personal injury attorney located in San Diego, California. He is the founder of the Law Offices of Michael Pines, a law firm specializing in car accident representation. As San Diego’s most trusted personal law firm group, we have built our reputation on superior client service and excellent case results. For a FREE consultation, call us today at 1-800-655-6585.
For many of us, jogging along our San Diego community streets is as routine as a trip to the grocery store – it doesn’t cross our minds that our roadways could pose danger when it comes to pedestrian safety. But the truth is that jogging on public roadways is not all that safe. And even though residential streets have generally lower speed limits, the risk of injury or death in the event of an accident can be just as high as main arterial streets.
If you’re a regular jogger, we urge you to be on high alert as you run your next mile. Wear reflective clothing. Carry a flashlight. Use private walking paths. Do what you can to be as safe as possible!
Our advice follows on the heels of a recent Del Mar pedestrian accident that resulted in a jogger’s wrongful death. Del Mar Times (5/2/2015) recently reported that although the jogger was initially treated for injuries following the collision, she tragically passed away as a result of catastrophic injury.
The accident occurred near Del Mar Trails Road and Mona Lisa Street in Del Mar. According to officials, the female jogger used a marked crosswalk when she was hit by a vehicle traveling through the intersection. The woman, 57, was transported to a local hospital for treatment but she tragically passed away on May 1 following blunt force injuries.
The driver of the vehicle was not injured according to reports.
No charges have yet been filed as officials continue to investigate the cause of the accident including any contributing factors that may have led to the accident such as speed, road conditions and driver error.
WHEN CROSSWALKS AREN’T ENOUGH
According to reports, the jogger in question was using a crosswalk, which makes this accident all the more unfortunate. It’s always a good idea to be proactive, but in many cases, sometimes it just isn’t enough. As pedestrians, we need to be on high alert. Here’s what you can do to increase your safety in addition to using designated crosswalks.
WEAR REFLECTIVE CLOTHING
Be bright! Consider wearing bright athletic gear when perusing public roadways as a pedestrian. Consider buying a reflective mesh vest that stands out, especially when illuminated by headlights or street lighting.
CARRY A FLASHLIGHT
Most people jog during the early morning or early to late evening hours – after all, it’s nice and cool during that time of day, so it makes perfect sense. However, although weather conditions may be ideal, outdoor lighting is not nearly as ideal due to poor visibility. Even if you think the sun is out and you’re completely visible, carry a flashlight nonetheless. You just never know when the extra source of light can come in handy when it comes to your visibility on the road.
FIND A WALKING PATH
Although it’s nice to just throw your sneakers on and head out the front door for a jog, you may want to consider driving to a walking path after all. Most neighborhoods and cities in San Diego offer walking paths that are protected from vehicle traffic so your risk of injury or death by way of vehicle collision is at a minimum. It may require a little extra work to get there, but the increased level of safety may be worth it. Also, consider bringing a friend along – it’s not only safer but it could be a fun new weekend routine for the both of you.
WHEN PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS OCCUR
Unfortunately, even the safest and most proactive individual can be hit by a vehicle. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, seek legal help and preserve your legal rights right away. To talk to an experienced San Diego accident attorney, give us a call today at 1-800-655-6585 and speak to a lawyer for FREE. Our consultation is completely confidential. As San Diego’s most trusted personal injury law group, we will treat your case with attention and the utmost in service and results. Call today: 1-800-655-6585.
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.
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AFTER AN ACCIDENT
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.
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.
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!
ABOUT MICHAEL PINES
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