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
The truth is that speeding it entirely preventable. When it results in car accidents, it becomes a senseless tragedy for everyone involved.
That’s why it is with heartbreak that we share this story that was recently reported by KTLA News 10 Los Angeles. According to the news source (3/10/2015), three individuals were killed following a high-speed car crash that resulted in a head-on collision on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) near La Jolla Canyon Road.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision was so violent that it split the vehicle in question in half. Officials originally believed there was a third vehicle involved in the crash; however, it was later discovered that the wreckage was comprised of two pieces of the same vehicle.
Witness reports told officials that the vehicle had been speeding down the highway when it lost control and began to spin into traffic headed in the opposite direction. As it entered oncoming traffic, the vehicle collided head-on into another vehicle resulting in the tragic death of three individuals.
The PCH was closed completely for two hours while police investigated the scene of the accident. Officials are still investigating the details of the crash.
YOUR SPEED, YOUR SAFETY
This accident is especially heartbreaking because it was completely preventable. Speeding is a choice and it is completely controllable. Of course, if alcohol or drugs enter the equation, speeding is an unfortunate and often common ancillary reaction to driving under the influence. Although it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in this particular crash, it goes without saying that you should always drive sober and NEVER get behind the wheel after you’ve had something to drink.
In the case of speed, it is up to you as a responsible driver to make the right choice. When it comes to your safety and the safety of those around you, here’s what you can do to take it easy on the road and make it to your destination unscathed.
SET YOUR CRUISE CONTROL
When traveling on San Diego freeways, why not set your cruise control to the posted speed limit? It’s a good idea not only when it comes to controlling your speed but also for the sake of an easier drive. Using cruise control can help you resist the urge to speed along to your destination so give it a try next time you’re driving any San Diego freeway.
LISTEN TO GOOD (CALMING) MUSIC
Save the hardcore music for another time. When you’re behind the wheel, consider a more calming vibe that can ease your mind. If you’re especially prone to speeding, music can be a lifesaver – literally!
It’s one of the worst feelings in the world: You leave your house too late only to be rushed on the road to get to your appointment in time. Don’t risk it! Create a new habit of leaving far earlier than you have to in order to get to where you need to be in time. They say habits take two weeks to establish. Try leaving twice as early as you normally would for the rest of the month and see what happens. You’ll be glad you did!
DO THE MATH
Speeding actually doesn’t get you to your destination THAT much faster. Really, it’s true. Think of it like this: If you travel at 65 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone for fifteen minutes, you actually save less than three minutes of time once you arrive at your destination. Three little minutes. And, you might end up with a traffic ticket that may cost you hundreds not to mention the time and energy to take care of the ticket – including traffic school. It’s not worth it, so slow down and take your time.
CONSIDER A SLOWER CAR
If it’s time to get a new car, why not get an energy efficient one that’s also a little calmer on the road? Many hybrid vehicles not only get excellent mileage but they aren’t particularly fast or zippy. Or, simply opt for an economy model. Do you due diligence and find a good car that works for you AND that isn’t a speed demon, either.
WHEN SPEEDING-RELATED CAR ACCIDENTS OCCUR
Unfortunately, speeding can all too often result in San Diego traffic accidents. If you have been injured in an accident and you suspect the other person was speeding, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Give us a call today and speak to a car accident lawyer for FREE: 1-800-655-6585. It doesn’t cost a penny to hire us and we only collect when we win your case. Call San Diego’s most trusted car accident firm today.
Imagine shopping at your favorite La Jolla store when – BAM! – a vehicle crashes through the building. It’s a frightening thought but for some La Jolla residents, it was exactly what happened earlier this month when an elderly driver careened through a local liquor store.
According to La Jolla Light (3/16/2015), the senior citizen struck a city trash can along route through the store causing it to shatter into multiple pieces. Reports say that debris went flying through the air, eventually striking a pedestrian.
Both the driver and the pedestrian were treated for injuries at a local hospital. Fortunately, officials say all individuals are expected to survive and there were no other known injuries.
Police believe the accident occurred as a result of the elderly driver’s confusion over the brake and accelerator. Officials believe the driver accidentally depressed the accelerator after exiting a nearby gas station, sending the vehicle into uncontrollable motion and directly into the liquor shop located near the station.
ELDERLY DRIVERS: WHAT’S ON THE LINE?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported in 2012 that there are nearly 23 million drivers aged 70 and older on our roadways. That’s about 11 percent of all drivers out there. Of course, it goes without saying that the many of these drivers are perfectly safe, capable drivers. And, the good news is that fatal car accidents are on the decline for older drivers since the 2000s.
But the truth is that some elderly drivers are more prone to accidents such as “angle crashes, overtaking or merging crashes, and especially intersection crashes” according to the IIHS.
It helps to stay proactive when it comes to aging and driving. If you’re an elderly driver, or if you know someone who is, consider using the following elderly driving safety tips:
GET A PHYSICAL EXAM… & SEEK TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES IF YOU MUST
It doesn’t hurt to get a yearly physical exam if you aren’t already. Check in with your doctor and get a second option about your driving and driving options. If your doctor feels it is best to seek alternative options, there are many modern options out there including carpooling, shuttles and even Uber! Fortunately, there are many options for getting around. Do your due diligence and find a transportation option that works for you.
STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
The IIHS reported that elderly drivers are often injured on account of their frailty. Stay in good shape not only for longevity but in the unfortunate event you get into an accident and need strength to recover. Talk to your doctor about a fitness routine that’s best suited for your current health and lifestyle.
GET YOUR EYES AND EARS CHECKED
The truth is that our body parts can fail us given time. Don’t feel bad about – do something about it. Losing your sight or hearing is nothing to be ashamed of. Think of the millions of senior Americans who have deteriorated eyes and ears as a result of ordinary aging. Don’t risk your safety or someone else’s safety when it comes to driving. Have your eyes and ears checked regularly and take action if you need corrective vision or hearing.
Check in with your doctor if you’re concerned over a medication that makes you feel drowsy, tired or simply “not you” if you plan to also drive. Don’t take risks. Plus, in some cases, if you drive under the influence of drugs – even the prescription variety – you may be arrested for suspicion of a DUI.
DRIVING TIMES & CONDITIONS
Try to drive after dawn and before dusk if at all possible. Poor visibility during afterhours can wreak havoc on aging eyes. Also, try to drive when the weather is cooperative. Fortunately, here in San Diego, we often enjoy sunny weather so, if you’re an elderly driver, know that you have plenty of time to get out and about!
ABOUT MICHAEL PINES
Michael Pines is the founder of the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC, a car accident law firm located in San Diego, California. For over 20 years, the firm has established itself as the area’s most trusted personal injury law group. For a FREE consultation with Mike, call now, 24/7: 1-800-655-6585. It won’t cost you a penny to hire us and we only collect when we win your case. Call now.
There’s no doubt that pedestrians have an inherently increased risk of personal injury when traveling by foot on our busy San Diego roadways. Unfortunately, these risks become even greater at dusk and dawn when visibility is limited for both the driver and the pedestrian. But if a pedestrian accident occurs and you’re behind the wheel, we simply can’t stress it enough: You must stay at the scene of the accident. If someone is injured, call 9-11 as soon as possible. Do not flee the scene. It’s not only California law but it’s also the responsible thing to do, especially if someone’s life is on the line.
As personal injury attorneys, we urge San Diegan drivers to take our advice, especially following a recent Lemon Grove incident that involved an alleged hit-and-run driver and a tragic pedestrian death.
According to Fox 5 San Diego (3/8/2015), the driver in question struck and tragically killed a pedestrian in Lemon Grove after the pedestrian was said to have been running along one of the city’s busy intersections. The driver was arrested following a return to the scene of the accident about an hour later.
He was taken into custody following the incident.
The accident occurred earlier this month, around 7:40 p.m. – a time of day that’s notorious for low visibility. Sadly, the pedestrian was pronounced dead the scene.
Drugs and alcohol were not believed to be a factor in this Lemon Grove pedestrian accident.
HIT AND RUN ACCIDENTS: DO THE RIGHT THING
We want to first urge San Diego pedestrians to be extra diligent when walking busy streets in our city. Here in San Diego, our pedestrian traffic is all the more abundant considering our great weather that allows for more foot traffic when compared to the snowy counterparts of the East Coast. Whether by bike or by foot, San Diego pedestrians are everywhere.
If you’re a San Diego pedestrian, we ask that you be street wise and wear reflective clothing when commuting by foot. If you use the roads for exercise, be all the more diligent, especially if there are no known crosswalks. Carry a flashlight and consider using San Diego roadways during ample sunshine when visibility is highest. Dusk and dawn are the worst times of day to be a pedestrian – consider an alternative solution, if possible.
Now, when it comes to hit-and-run accidents, as personal injury attorneys, we want to remind and urge all San Diegans to be diligent, responsible drivers. First and foremost, it’s always prudent to try to drive safely to avoid an accident altogether. Of course, that goes without saying! But sometimes, accidents do happen so it’s important to know what to do if one occurs.
If an accident occurs:
- PULL OVER TO A SAFE SPOT. Don’t leave your vehicle in the middle of the road, if possible. Let other traffic through. Not only that, but by moving your vehicles off the road, you could avoid additional traffic accidents that would occur as a result of rubbernecking. Of course, use common sense, too – if it’s impossible to move your cars, then wait for emergency response to arrive.
- STAY CALM. Your initial response to a car accident is to naturally become panicked, but try to breathe normally and remain calm. Some people may have a response to flee the scene from sheer panic, but not only is it illegal but you could be the only person to call 9-11 if emergency response is needed. It would be sheer irresponsibility to leave and put someone’s life on the line.
- CALL FOR HELP. If anyone is injured, call 9-11 right away.
- GATHER INFORMATION. The information you gather could start by the name, driver’s license and plate number of the other individual in the accident. You might also want to take pictures of the damage to your vehicle or, if you’re a pedestrian, your bicycle or your person. Jot down any details that may help you remember the way the accident occurred. Remember, whether you are a pedestrian or driver, be careful what you say. In such a state of panic, you may mistakenly take responsibility for an accident that may not have been your fault. Such admission of guilt could be used against you later, so use prudence when speaking or discussing the accident.
- NEVER FLEE! It’s illegal and it’s wrong – plain and simple. Do the right thing and stay at the scene of the accident.
Print our car accident checklist now and keep it in your glove box… although, we hope you never have to use it!
ABOUT MICHAEL PINES
Michael Pines is a nationally-recognized safety advocate based in San Diego, California. He is the founder of the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC, a personal injury law firm specializing in car accident injury and wrongful death. If you have been injured as a result of a car accident, call now for a FREE consultation with Mike: 1-800-655-6585. We never collect a penny unless we win your case!
Most of us come to work expecting a normal, uneventful day. Punch in, punch out. But if you work in construction, you already know that every day is anything but ordinary. With intense job demands and high risk for injury, each day can present a new challenge. Unfortunately, in some cases, with just one oversight, the day can go from good to bad in a mere split second.
If you’re one of many who work in construction, it’s imperative that you follow rules, protocol and all required safety measures. For construction managers, make sure you have followed up on all maintenance issues and safety measures as well. If you don’t already have an employee safety handbook, there’s never been a better time than now to create company-wide rules that ensure the safety of your staff.
Our advice follows on the heels of a recent national case that made San Diego headlines as a result of its harrowing details. According to the San Diego Union Tribune (3/24/2015), a construction accident in Raleigh, North Carolina has sparked an investigation to discover why several men fell to their tragic death after a scaffold broke free from a high-rise building. The tragic accident killed three construction workers.
The State Department of Labor is conducting its formal investigation to uncover reasons for the platform failure. As the San Diego Union noted, the state agency may impose fines should it find that any safety violations were found to be a cause of the accident. It is estimated that the review may take up to six months.
According to reports, the accident was said to have been caused as a result of the scaffold track which, for unknown reasons, snapped off, sending the platform barreling to the ground. Reports further indicate the accident may have occurred during “the process of dismantling the scaffold on the building’s exterior” according to San Diego UT reports.
CONSTRUCTION WORK: ON-THE-JOB INJURY AND WRONGFUL DEATH
Construction jobs tend to carry much more risk for injury than, say, an office job. Due to strenuous work and often long hours, even a small mistake can cause disastrous results when it comes to on-the-job injury.
If you’re a construction manager, consider:
- Ongoing safety trainings. It’s just good business practice: make sure you’re the expert at safety so you can train others and share your knowledge of good practices. Consider on-site trainings that are specific to your line of construction so that your safety training is tailored exactly for your business. If there are safety materials or handbooks, copy them and distribute them to your employees.
- Holding regular safety trainings. Be a visible manager and lead by example. Show your employees that safety indeed matters and hold regular safety meetings to ensure that safety is at the top of every employees mind.
- Conducting informal site visits. If you have multiple sites – big or small – be sure to conduct regular safety visits. It’s not a matter of “catching” your employees; it’s a matter of enforcing safety for their And don’t forget to compliment your employees and give credit where credit is due.
For construction workers, consider:
- Reading and implementing all safety materials given to you. There’s a reason that safety measures are being implemented. It isn’t to make your life harder – rather, it’s to save your life! Read all of the safety procedures outlined by your employer and follow them. While some procedures may take a little longer, we encourage you to follow safety protocol anyway as these rules are in place to reduce your risk of injury or wrongful death.
- Providing feedback. You’re the one with firsthand knowledge of your job. Could some aspect of the job be improved? Is there a safety idea that you believe could reduce the risk of injury for yourself and others? Don’t hesitate to give feedback to your managers when it comes to your safety!
WHEN WORKPLACE INJURY OR DEATH OCCURS
If you have been injured in a workplace accident or a loved one has tragically passed away due to a wrongful death at work, you may be entitled to file a legal claim against the responsible parties. For a completely confidential and FREE consultation, give San Diego’s most trusted attorneys a call today at 1-800-655-6585. We don’t collect any fees unless we win your case. Call now.