Even before any stunts are performed, a motorcycle is inherently dangerous compared to driving a vehicle. Add in any attempted tricks, and the risk for an accident or injury is even higher. We urge bikers in San Diego to take it easy on our roadways and avoid performing any stunts. It’s just not safe and we value your life more than anything – the momentary “oohs” and “ahhs” that a trick may inspire are just not worth it. Please – ride safely out there.
Our plead follows on the heels of a recent report at San Diego Fox 5 News (6/30/2015) that described a very tragic motorcycle accident involving a young man and his attempt to “pop a wheelie” on the neighborhood streets of Logan Heights. Authorities say the man lost control over his motorcycle after attempting the stunt and crashed into a vehicle.
Reports further indicate the man was speeding through the intersection moments before the accident occurred. It appears the motorcyclist inadvertently steered into oncoming traffic. The driver of the vehicle told officials that he “didn’t see the motorcycle because its headlight was shining into the air,” according to news reports.
The young rider was treated for critical injuries and he continues the fight for his life.
SAFE RIDING IN SAN DIEGO: REDUCE YOUR RISK OF MOTORCYCLE INJURY
Riding a motorcycle takes special skill. You must be defensive, alert and focused on the road ahead. If you’re carrying another passenger, the responsibility becomes all the greater. Riding a motorcycle is undoubtedly a lifelong skill that only becomes more refined after time. Even bikers who have ridden for years and years will tell you – you never stop learning!
If you’re like the many San Diego bikers out there, one thing is for sure: you must always be ready to learn and perfect your skill when it comes to riding a motorcycle. A few wise words…
DON’T ATTEMPT STUNTS ON PUBLIC ROADWAYS
If you have the urge to practice a stunt, find a protected motorsport area designed specifically for motorcyclists where you can attempt a trick. Do not attempt stunts on public roadways. Even still, as personal injury attorneys, we can’t help but to urge to you reconsider stunts at all costs. They are usually very unsafe and most often result in catastrophic injury, brain injury, paralysis or even wrongful death. Because we always tend to err on the side of caution, we plead with bikers out there to simply steer clear of any motorcycle stunts or tricks.
WEAR APPROPRIATE GEAR
It’s just good, old-fashioned common sense: wear protective gear when you ride. That means you should wear a helmet, leather, protective (or padded) pants or jeans, and leather boots. You should never attempt to ride a motorcycle without a helmet! It is the law in the state of California.
FOLLOW ALL TRAFFIC LAWS
Whether it’s speed or lane-splitting, we urge all motorcyclists in San Diego to follow all traffic laws. When you think that all traffic laws are in created and enforced to protect you and other drivers, it makes sense to follow them. We especially encourage bikers to make sure they are riding at the posted speed limit. Speeding on a motorcycle may be exhilarating but it is so very dangerous and potentially fatal if even the slightest wrong move is made. Please don’t risk it.
WHEN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS OCCUR
In some cases, motorcycle accidents occur as a result of another careless driver’s fault. If you have been injured in a San Diego motorcycle accident and you suspect the other driver was at fault, call us now for a FREE legal consultation: 1-800-655-6585. There is no charge to speak to us or to hire us as your legal counsel. We only collect when we win your case. Call now.
We’ve been writing a lot about Google’s self-driving car over the years because, quite simply, it’s fascinating… and promising. What if there were no more car accidents – EVER? That’s exactly what a lot of tech executives are hoping with the release of Google’s self-driving car which is hoping to make its debut in 2020.
That’s just five years away!
But like humans, robots may prove to have their own set of problems, too, especially after the Washington Post (6/26/2015) reported that Google’s self-driving car had a near-collision with a Delphi driverless car during testing in its Palo Alto location.
According to reports, the collision is under dispute as Google has denied the report and Delphi said the near-collision was taken out of context. As personal injury attorneys, we can’t help but wonder what must have happened to make headlines swirl after the so-called near-miss occurred.
Either way, the good news is that, indeed, the vehicles did not collide. Realistically, there may be a ton of “near misses” on our roadways, robot or not. The point is, when the collision is averted, accidents and injury can be avoided. And that’s good news all around for everyone.
If driverless vehicles can avoid accidents, then we’re all for it. Until then, let’s make good choices on the road for the safety of every driver out there – including ourselves.
HUMAN-POWERED VEHICLES: BE SAFE TODAY
Until driverless vehicles make the mainstream, it’s up to us to be safe drivers today – as good, old-fashioned human beings. Of course, being a good driver is more than meets the eye. It takes years of experience to become a good driver. We never stop learning behind the wheel!
Here are just a few dos and don’ts you can apply every day to be good driver and make the roads a safer place – no robot needed.
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
To us, as personal injury attorneys, it’s just common sense: Don’t drink and drive. It’s reckless, dangerous and all too often leads to needless injury and death. Please don’t do it. Be responsible.
DO DESIGNATE A DRIVER
Whether it’s a cab, a friend or a party van, make sure you have your DD planned well in advance. It’s good for you and the rest of San Diego.
DON’T ENGAGE IN DISTRACTED DRIVING
Phone calls, texting, eating, makeup… these are no match against busy roadways. Put everything down and just drive. Look ahead and be ready for anything to happen.
DO RAISE YOUR LINE OF SIGHT
In a previous blog post, we mentioned the importance of raising your “line of sight” – that is, the distance you’re able to look ahead to spot an emergency. Instead of looking at the vehicle in front of you, scan the roadways ahead at least several hundred feet ahead. If you do spot an emergency, you’ll be able to react in time.
Why risk it? The posted speed limits aren’t there to annoy you or make you late – they’re there to keep you and the rest of San Diego safe. Keep to the posted limits. It’s also the law!
DO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN PROPERLY RESTRAINED
Little ones must be well-protected in the event of a car accident. Keep your child in a car seat or booster (depending on their weight) at all times.
ABOUT MICHAEL PINES
Michael Pines is the founder and principal of the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC, a car accident injury law firm located in San Diego, California. If you have been injured in a car accident, call San Diego’s most trusted law firm and learn about your options at NO CHARGE. We never collect a dime until we win your case. For a FREE consultation with Mike, call 1-800-655-6585.
With Fourth of July upon us, we want to put a friendly reminder out there to all the patriots of our country to party responsibly! We want everyone to have a great time, but remember – it’s just as important to be safe.
DRINKING & DRIVING
Here is the bottom line: Please don’t drink and drive this Fourth of July. Unfortunately, we often handle injury cases arising out of San Diego DUI-related car accidents. Too many people are needlessly injured or even killed as a result of car accidents that arise out of drinking and driving.
Did you know that the Fourth of July is name to some of the most startling DUI statistics? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the most alcohol-related roadway fatalities occur on the Fourth of July weekend. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that 40 percent of all highway deaths in between the years 2007 and 2011 were caused by DUI-related crashed over the Fourth of July weekend alone.
It’s startling, indeed.
Fourth of July is also the busiest weekend of the year when it comes to alcohol sales… no other weekend including New Years’ Eve, St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas add up to as much alcohol that is sold during America’s Independence Day.
No doubt, there will be drinking.
And that’s why it’s never been more important than NOW – please don’t drink and drive this holiday weekend. Designate a driver well ahead of time or simply enjoy your party at home and even consider allowing friends to stay the night. You may potentially save your life – or even the lives of others.
Fireworks are not permitted in San Diego County. In other words… they’re illegal. So just don’t do it!
In counties where fireworks are legal, use precaution with fireworks and follow the directions as noted. Do not bundle fireworks together and light them in unison. Also, do not allow children to play with, light or be near fireworks whether they are lit or not.
With California’s especially dry weather, it’s never been more important to be safe when handling fireworks and being extremely careful they do not come into contact with any grasses or nearby brush.
Just like driving a vehicle, it’s never been more important to drive a boat soberly and safely. While there are no “open container” laws for boating as there are for driving a vehicle, it is still illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol is a misdemeanor and, if an accident does occur and an injury is eminent, it is a felony in the state of California and it can carry a prison sentence and a $5,000 fine.
Use common sense and be water smart: Just don’t drink and drive… no matter what!
For more information on boating safety, click here to read Boating and Alcohol : A Deadly Mix, a California Department of Boating publication.
WHEN INJURY OCCURS
If you have been injured in a Fourth of July accident and you believe it was the fault of another person, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call now for a FREE consultation: 1-800-655-6585 and speak to San Diego’s most trusted law firm group – the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC. Call now.
With age comes experience, but when it comes to driving, sometimes age can be the pitfall to an otherwise safe driver. While not all elderly drivers are at risk for unsafe driving, some may simply be unable to keep up with the demands of the road.
In one recent case reported by San Diego CW 6 (6/24/2015), an elderly driver was tragically killed when her stopped vehicle caused a 4-driver pileup on Interstate 5 in Del Mar. Authorities do not know why her car stalled but are currently investigating the details of this very sad car accident case.
Sadly, the elderly woman died at the scene of the accident.
The elderly woman’s vehicle was said to have stopped for unknown reasons in the fast lane around 5 a.m. when another driver, unable to stop in time, collided into the woman’s stalled car. Two more vehicles were also unable to stop in time to avoid the crash. The accident occurred earlier this month, causing miles of backed-up traffic during the morning commute, reports indicate.
Fortunately, the other drivers survived the accident although reports indicated at least one man was treated for minor injuries at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.
All northbound lanes were closed as a result of the crash, causing morning traffic to come to a standstill.
An officer reporting on the case urged San Diego to raise the line of sight to increase your chances of spotting an emergency well ahead of time.
REACTING TO AN EMERGENCY ON THE FREEWAY
We second the officer’s recommendations. It’s always a good idea to raise your line of sight when traveling on the freeway.
But just what is the line of sight, exactly?
Raising your line of sight means looking beyond the vehicle in front of you and onto the roadway several hundred feet ahead, if possible. If an emergency is alerted, you will have more time to react and get out of the way.
If you do spot an emergency, the best thing to do it exit the freeway completely, if you can. If you cannot safely exit the freeway, pull over to the shoulder. Call 9-11 as soon as possible and try to safely alter other drivers, if possible, to the emergency ahead.
If, for whatever reason, you must abandon your vehicle, get out and go to a safer place such as the shoulder. Make sure other drivers are alerted to your stalled vehicle. Flashers, cones, hazard lights and waving are good ways to bring attention to the emergency situation. Then, call 9-11 as soon as possible.
It’s a good idea to prepare for any emergency well ahead of time. That means buying your flashers, cones and other safety devices now before it is too late. Cases like these are tragic and sometimes avoidable when prevention is kept top-of-mind.
Another good idea: if you do get into an accident, whether the vehicle in question was stalled or not, record details as soon as they occur. Jot down the location, time, and place of your accident. Take photos if you are not sure you will remember the details. In fact, the moments immediately following an accident are stressful and often foggy when recalled at a later date. Do what you can to remember what happened – better yet, download our FREE car accident checklist now and stash it in your glove compartment.
We hope, though, that you’ll never have to use it.
ABOUT THE LAW OFFICES OF MICHAEL PINES, APC
The Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC is a car accident injury law firm located in San Diego, California. Michael Pines, founder, is a nationally-recognized safety advocate and personal injury lawyer specializing in car accident injury. Mike is known for his work in accident prevention and helping injured people get the legal representation they need for justice in the eyes of the law. Call Mike today for a FREE consultation: 1-800-655-6585.
Earlier this year in January, a very tragic San Diego DUI case made headlines after a 26-year-old man and a carful of his friends were tragically involved in a high-speed accident, killing three of the men inside. According to the La Jolla Patch (5/21/2015), a bartender who served the men alcohol the night the accident occurred has come forward to share the events that happened that night.
The bartender testified that the men were “visibly wasted” and she had offered the driver a car service which was adamantly declined, she alleged.
Later that same evening, despite alleged hours of drinking, the men left the bar and piled into an SUV. The driver in question approached a transition ramp near the 52 and the 805 freeways in San Diego, speeding along the way. One of the surviving passengers testified that the driver in question began to laugh when he sped up his vehicle; the men inside asked him to slow down just before the accident occurred. Just moments later, the driver lost control of his vehicle, causing the SUV to flip over five times, killing three people at the scene of the accident.
The driver in question survived. Officials say his blood alcohol content (BAC) was between .13 and .19 at the time of the crash. In addition, the driver was also alleged to have smoked marijuana the night the accident occurred.
Prior to that fateful night at the bar, the driver in question and his companions were said to have been drinking at home and later drinking at a second bar where they were kicked out for being too rowdy, reports indicate.
DUI accidents are a senseless tragedy and our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of all involved in this very sad car accident case.
DRINKING & DRIVING… & YOU
Too many young drivers believe they’re indestructible. Unfortunately, in many cases, drinking and driving falls into that same category of invincibility. The naiveté of youth suggests that young people can do anything – even when it comes to drinking and driving. Sadly, many young people think they can drink and drive because they “can handle their alcohol.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Let’s take a look at what the statistics say. When it comes to drunken driving, data suggests that there has been little improvement in the percentage of alcohol-related traffic accidents from 2001 to 2010 according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, although there has been a slight decrease of alcohol-related highway accidents from 2008 to 2010. Hopefully, these numbers will continue to decline.
Despite the promising data, too many alcohol-related accidents occur on a daily basis. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, three people are killed every 2 hours on account of drunken driving. That figure is just too startling for anyone to ignore.
It’s time to make a serious change.
We urge all San Diegans to be responsible, diligent and proactive drivers this summer – and for the rest of their lives! It’s never been more important to drive safely and soberly. Please, make good decisions as a driver and do the right thing. Everyone’s life depends on it.
DUI CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
If you have been injured in an accident and you suspect the other person was driving while intoxicated, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For a FREE legal analysis of your case, call us today at 1-800-655-6585 and speak to a car accident lawyer now. It costs nothing to hire us and we are San Diego’s most trusted law firm group. Now more than ever, you need a legal team of experts to help you get the financial compensation you deserve. Call today, 1-800-655-6585.