Summer is the perfect time to take a ride on your Harley-Davidson. It’s the quintessential American bike and nowhere is it more beautiful to ride than right here in San Diego, California. The salty smell of the beach… The wind whipping across your body… The warm sun on your face…
It’s a beautiful, picturesque scene, isn’t it? But what if something went terribly wrong – your motorcycle begins to rattle. Something’s loose. And within moments, the saddle bags become detached and crash to the pavement below. The rest of the story could be tragedy.
Fortunately, no one has this story to tell. That’s because, although saddle bags can indeed become detached from the bike, Harley-Davidson has issued a recall for over 185,000 motorcycles to address this precise issue. According to USA Today (7/24/2015), the motorcycle manufacturer discovered the issue through multiple warranty claims stemming from saddle bag hardware.
It goes without saying that if a saddle bag was to become detached, the risk of motorcycle injury and even death soars. The good news is that no injury or accidents have yet been reported and we commend Harley-Davidson for taking swift action to address the issue.
Affected motorcycles include 2014 – 2015:
- Road King
- Street Glide
- Electra Glide Ultra Classic
- Ultra Limited
- Police Road King
- Police Electra Glide
- CVO Ultra Limited
- CVO Road King
- CVO Road Glide Ultra
Harley-Davidson said they will replace the mounting hardware free of charge. Simply schedule an appointment with any Harley-Davidson dealer in your area. As personal injury lawyers, we highly recommend that all Harley riders seek repairs for this recall as soon as possible.
If you need more information on the issue or if you’re unsure whether your bike is affected, click here to enter your VIN and check for appropriate recalls for your bike.
STAYING IN THE KNOW: RECALL ALERTS
The truth is that staying on top of recalls can be tough. Who has time to spend looking for recall information for all the things we use in our lives from vehicles, to motorcycles, to bikes, to home goods and even the foods we eat every day?
Fortunately, you can stay on top of recall information very easily by subscribing once to Recalls.gov. Here, you can choose which recalls are important to you and your family and you’ll get an email alert when there’s pertinent information that might affect you.
We encourage all San Diegans to register now so families can stay safe in the face of potential danger.
ABOUT MICHAEL PINES
Michael Pines is the founder 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 us for a FREE and confidential review of your case. We don’t collect until we win your case. Call now: 1-800-655-6585
When we drive San Diego freeways, we must always be prepared for traffic to come to a halt – even when we least expect it. The truth is that in Southern California, our roads are often abounding with unexpected changes and we must always drive with focus on the road ahead.
San Diego drivers, we urge you: When it comes to driving our freeways, be on the lookout for sudden stops and frequent changes in traffic patterns. When you head out on the road today, please be careful and alert to all that is around you.
Our plead comes on the heels of a recent Oceanside accident that resulted in one driver’s tragic death after his pickup truck became lodged underneath a big rig following a sudden stop in traffic. According to San Diego Fox 5 News (7/24/2015), the accident occurred on Interstate 5 near Harbor Drive around 11:20 p.m. earlier this month.
Sadly, the driver did not notice that traffic had come to halt, causing him to careen into the big rig ahead. The driver’s vehicle hit the big rig with enough force to cause it to become crumpled underneath the tractor trailer.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Investigators are unsure whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.
SAN DIEGO’S STOP AND GO TRAFFIC
Like many U.S. cities across the country, San Diego has normal congestion that’s expected during morning and evening commute hours. During these times of day, many drivers are especially alert to changing traffic patterns including sudden stops. We commend drivers that are responsible and focused, especially during critical times of day when traffic is known to be tough.
But what about the times of day when sudden traffic stops are least expected? That’s when alertness should be at the top of its game. There’s nothing more heart-beat-skipping than a sudden traffic stop when you least expect it.
Unfortunately, in this recent Oceanside car accident case, the driver was unaware that traffic had come to a stop. At 11:20 p.m., no one expects that freeway traffic would come to standstill. It is truly heartbreaking when accidents like these occur; so many individuals are left thinking, “what if?” Or, “if only.” The only way to prevent accidents like these is to enter the mindset that anything can happen behind the wheel. And even then, nothing can entirely prevent the occurrence of an accident.
We encourage all San Diego drivers to:
- EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. Even when you’re driving at off-hours of the day, you should know that accidents can happen at any time of day – even when you least expect it. Be aware of changing traffic patterns whenever you’re behind the wheel.
- SCAN AHEAD. It is good practice and it can help you avoid a traffic accident. Look a few miles ahead to anticipate any oncoming traffic emergencies. In some cases, wrong-way car accidents can be avoided when you scan ahead and pull over in the event you see someone headed in the wrong direction.
- KEEP VEHICLES MAINTAINED. In some cases, faulty brakes or even recalled tires can prevent a vehicle from properly stopping in time to avoid a crash. In cases like these, it’s imperative that legal counsel is sought.
WHEN SAN DIEGO ACCIDENTS OCCUR
San Diego accidents happen every day. That’s certainly a scary thought, but with the right precautions in place, you can do a lot to prevent your risk of getting into an accident. When accidents occur, though, many drivers seek the help of a personal injury attorney.
A good San Diego car accident lawyer can help you seek the maximum amount of financial compensation for your injuries. Remember, an insurance company will always seek to give the minimum amount it can possibly give to “get you off their backs.” Don’t settle. Use a car accident lawyer to ensure all of your legal rights are preserved. Give us a call today at 1-800-655-6585 for a FREE, confidential legal review of your case. Call now.
Late night travel is undeniably tiring. If you’re one of the many late night drivers out there, please be careful and drive only when you feel completely well-rested. When you sense you’re just too tired, don’t hesitate to take a break and get some rest. The time lost is well worth it if it means your life may be saved.
According to San Diego Fox 5 News (7/17/2015), a recent case reminds us of just how important it is to drive when you’re capable. The news source reported that a vehicle traveling on Route 52 near Scripps Ranch sadly drifted off the freeway for unknown reasons, crashing into a tree around 1:45 a.m. earlier this month. The impact caused a nearby utility pole to crash onto the roadway, sending live wires onto the road.
The driver was tragically killed as a result of this very sad car accident case. No other injuries or damages were reported.
Officials continue to investigate the cause of the crash.
LATE NIGHT DRIVING: A LOOK AT THE STATISTICS
San Diego, if you’re like so many other drivers in our city, you’ve most likely traveled on local roads, highways and freeways at night or in the early morning hours. In many cases, you simply have no choice. Whether you’re coming home from a party, a night out or just commuting back home after a late night of work, when you head out into the night, it’s critically important to be as focused and as cautious as you possibly can be. We plead with San Diego: Late night drivers, please think twice about getting on the road if you feel fatigued, run down or tired. And if you’ve had something to drink, the caution is even greater: Don’t drink and drive!
Consider the following when it comes to late night driving:
- HALF OF ALL CAR ACCIDENTS OCCURRING AT NIGHT RESULT IN FATALITY. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), nearly 49 percent of all nighttime crashes result in tragic fatalities. In other words, nearly half of all car accidents occurring at night result in tragic death. That’s a chilling statistic that reminds all of us to be extra cautious when we must travel late at night. And, if at all possible, to avoid it altogether.
- FORTY PERCENT OF ALL NIGHT CRASHES INVOLVE ALCOHOL. Alcohol-related car accidents are completely senseless. Accidents caused by drinking and driving are also entirely preventable. There’s just no excuse. Statistics sadly tell us that despite conventional wisdom and the millions of dollars attributed to state and federal sober driving campaigns, people still get behind the wheel while inebriated. In fact, nearly 60 percent of all fatal crashes occurring at night involve alcohol.
- HUMAN EYES ARE NO MATCH AGAINST THE ABYSS OF NIGHTTIME DRIVING. Vision is greatly impacted at night, no matter how great you may think your eyes are. Unlike other species with sophisticated night vision, humans are pretty sub-par when it comes to seeing objects at night. We simply aren’t equipped to see things with stellar accuracy at night. Whether it’s a misjudged sharp turn or an object in the roadway, our eyes can simply fail us when darkness falls. According to the FHWA, about 15 percent of nighttime accidents occur as a result of poor driver vision.
- CRASH RATES INCREASE AT NIGHT. When considering vehicle miles traveled, the crash rate at night is 1.6 times greater than driving during the day. Furthermore, the risk of accident-related fatality is three to four times greater at night. The FHWA notes that although fatigue can play a huge part in why accidents occur at night, the organization attributes most accidents occur as a result of impacted vision.
A FINAL WORD OF CAUTION
If you’re a late night driver, we want you to be as safe as possible. We urge you to consider alternate times of travel, if at all possible. If you simply cannot travel during daylight, we urge you to be extra careful on our roadways at night. Senseless car accidents happen all the time. We want you to be the exception. Please, be careful and cautious when heading out at night – your life depends on it.
ABOUT MICHAEL PINES
Michael Pines is the founder of http://SeriousAccidents.com, a personal injury law firm specializing in car accident injury. For a FREE consultation with Mike, call 1-800-655-6585. There is no cost to speak to us; we only collect when we win your case. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call now.
We can’t stress this enough: Scan the road ahead whenever you get behind the wheel and drive. Whether it’s a residential street, highway or freeway, it’s important to look at least a half mile to a mile ahead to assess any potential oncoming threat.
Unfortunately, there seems to be an uptick in wrong way accidents in San Diego recently. A quick scan of newspaper headlines and it’s enough to make anyone worried when heading out on the road. But with a focused attitude and the ability to react quickly, you can greatly reduce your risk of car accident injury or death due to wrong-way drivers.
In many cases, wrong way accidents are extremely difficult to avoid. We want to urge all of San Diego to be safe today and every day you get behind the wheel. Be prepared – you never know when an emergency may occur. Tragically, in a recent case, two people were unfortunately killed in a head-on crash on San Diego’s Route 76.
According to San Diego Fox 5 News (7/17/2015), the wrong way accident occurred on Route 76 – one of the more treacherous highways in San Diego – near Pauma Valley Country Club. The crash involved a commercial box truck, according to reports, and a passenger vehicle around 10:30 a.m. earlier this month.
Sadly, two individuals died at the scene of the accident and two others were treated for serious injury following the wrong way crash.
WRONG WAY CRASHES IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY
We’ve written this message many times before: Drivers, please be careful out there, especially on Routes 76 and 78. Please scan the road ahead and be extra vigilant when perusing these roads. These local highways have been notorious for accidents in recent years. And Route 76 has been especially notorious for wrong-way accidents. One look at the highway’s signage (complete with accident warning signs) and it’s enough to know that these roads take the utmost of our attention and focus when it comes to driving them safely.
What can you do to reduce your risk of car accidents when traveling these routes?
Consider the following:
- DRIVE DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS. While an accident can happen at any time of the day, statistics tell us that most traffic fatalities occur during the late evening to early morning hours. If at all possible, try to drive these routes when it is daylight.
- USE AN ALTERNATIVE ROAD. Unfortunately, with narrow lanes and potentially dangerous embankments, Route 76 (and on some parts of Route 78) can be very dangerous in the event of a wrong way car accident because there is nowhere to go in the event you do spot an emergency. Oftentimes, if a wrong way driver is spotted, drivers are left to very few choices, all of which are dangerous: drive off the road into an embankment or swerve into the oncoming traffic lane. These choices are, of course, less than ideal. To avoid having to even make a choice in the first place, try using an alternative road where there is less traffic and a shoulder where you can readily pull into in the event of an oncoming emergency.
- CHECK TRAFFIC CONDITIONS BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT. In many cases, apps like Google Maps or other mapping services will alert you to any potential hazards on the road including traffic, roadway dangers, accidents or other possible emergencies. Know before you go… and possibly reduce your risk of accident along the way.
WRONG WAY ACCIDENTS: SEEK LEGAL HELP
If you have been injured in a San Diego wrong way accident, seek legal help right away. A car accident lawyer will help you seek the financial compensation you deserve. Don’t settle with the insurance companies. Call us before you sign anything! We will represent you with no out-of-pocket costs. Call today: 1-800-655-6585.
No, it’s not a tongue twister… it’s the truth! Now that it’s summer in San Diego, it’s never been more important to equip your child with swimming smarts.
According to a new report by the Red Cross as told by CBS News (7/5/2015), most teens and children lack the necessary swimming safety skills to navigate the pool or ocean safely. In fact, these safety skills would be paramount to saving your child’s life in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, the Red Cross reports that too many teens and children may not pass the safety test – and that means that danger could be on the horizon for any pool owner or beach-goer.
According to the report, kids must be able to fully execute “basic swimming safety skills” to include jumping or stepping into the pool, becoming fully submerged, returning to the surface and be able to float, paddle and turn. Furthermore, children must be able to find the pool’s exit and then safely get out of the pool with ease.
If you’re like many parents out there, you may wonder if your child could pass the test. If you’re in a pool, and they do pass the test, could they pass the test in the ocean? With added variables, that job could become pretty tough.
The best route to a safer summer and swim-smart child is to get lessons. Your swimming instructor will teach your child basic swimming safety skills in addition to water confidence. It might be the best thing you do all summer to ensure the safety of your child.
WATER SAFETY IN SAN DIEGO
In San Diego, we are surrounded by beautiful waterscapes everywhere we look. From endless beaches to the beauty of our backyard pools, we have water all around us. So, it’s never been more important to be water smart – starting right now if you haven’t given it thought before!
Here are just a few ways you can be water smart this summer season.
BRING YOUR POOL UP TO CODE
Older pools should be brought up to code, especially as it pertains to locks and gates. Did you know that California code requires alarms leading to the pool to be alarmed? You may think these types of controls are excessive – after all, you probably watch your children carefully when they’re home – but do think of the worst case scenario. What if you accidentally left your door unlocked only to find your little one unattended outdoors? You just never know; so, please make sure you have your home up to code if you do have a backyard pool.
BEGINNING SWIMMERS SHOULD WEAR LIFE VESTS
Give your child the confidence she needs to be a good swimmer by starting her off on the right foot: a life vest! The extra buoyancy can be just enough to give your child the boost she needs when navigating pool waters. Plus, you’ll rest easy knowing that she won’t be able to sink if she loses strength while swimming in the deep end. Life vests are a must for any child when headed to the beach.
CONSIDER A POOL GATE OR COVER
For extra safety, why not consider a pool fence or cover? It could be a good idea while you have infants or toddlers. Plus, nowadays, they even make popup gates that are completely removable when you don’t need them anymore.
POOL PARTY RESPONSIBLY
If you are planning on hosting a pool party, be sure you have adequate supervision for all swimmers. Better yet, consider hiring a private lifeguard if you plan on hosting a large backyard pool party. That way, everyone can have fun while being safe, too.
ABOUT MICHAEL PINES
Michael Pines is a personal injury attorney located in San Diego, California. He is the founder of http://SeriousAccidents.com, an accident injury law firm. Mike is nationally-recognized as a leader in injury prevention and has been featured in newspapers and magazines across the nation on his contributions to improving children’s safety.