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
In yesterday’s blog post, we discussed a recent Coaster train accident in Del Mar that tragically claimed the life of a pedestrian. Recently, another train accident made San Diego headlines, this time for colliding with a vehicle.
According to San Diego CW 6 (3/16/2015), the train accident occurred when a southbound Amtrak train struck a vehicle on the tracks between the cities of Oceanside and Carlsbad. The collision seriously injured the driver of the vehicle according to officials, requiring the individual to be airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.
The collision occurred near the tracks at Cassidy Street in Oceanside. Police urged the public to clear the area so investigators and medical personnel could access the scene of the accident.
Investigators are researching the cause of the accident and why the vehicle was unable to move before the train hit it.
MORE ON TRAIN SAFETY: DRIVING ON AND NEAR TRACKS
In our previous blog post, we urged pedestrians to avoid train tracks and to be train smart. As drivers, we need to use the same precautions. Trains can be dangerous for multiple reasons – and we need to be fully aware of their potential. After all, cars are no match for the powerful train.
TRAINS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY
Did you know that as a driver you need to give the train the right of way? It’s also common sense. Trains are huge machines that weigh tons of pounds – literally. It takes real time and effort to stop a train, but it takes just seconds to stop a car. Make sure you respect the power of a moving train and always give way to the train at intersections. Also, remember: trains can’t swerve out of the way to avoid hitting you. You, however, can swerve out of the way – so, be mindful of the differences between car and train.
DON’T IGNORE FLASHING LIGHTS
If you’re at a railroad crossing, those lights are indeed meaningful. If you see they are flashing, get out of the way as soon as possible. Pull onto the curb or shoulder if you have to in order to get out of the way. Remember, a train won’t have the time to stop to avoid hitting you.
BE MINDFUL OF A TRAIN’S SCHEDULE
If you think a train has passed and the coast is clear, think again. Trains can travel in both directions on the track. If you’ve ever played with a toy train set, you know you can change the direction of the train with one simple lever. In addition, you can change the path of the train by simply manipulating the direction of the tracks. Be mindful of the train’s schedule and remember: It’s always train time!
DON’T TRY TO BEAT A CLOSING GATE
Haven’t we all seen someone race through a closing train gate at one time or another? It’s simply a bad idea and the gates could trap you inside the tracks. It takes just a few moments for the train to pass. Be patient and just wait it out the old fashioned way: simply wait for your green light, then go.
THE FUTURE OF TRAIN TECHNOLOGY
We certainly live in the digital age, so it may come as no surprise to learn that trains are catching up when it comes to using technology in the name of safety. In a recent article at CNN (2/25/2015), officials say that train technology could possibly prevent future injuries and deaths in the event of a collision thanks to a new technology called “collision energy management technology” which minimizes the dispersion of energy upon collision. This is good news for those aboard the train, but for drivers, the risk remains the same. Currently, there are no additional technologies for drivers to avoid train accidents – and that’s why common sense and prudence is so very important!
ABOUT MICHAEL PINES
Michael Pines is a nationally-recognized safety advocate, specializing in personal injury law and representation. He is the founder of the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC, a car accident law firm located in San Diego, California. Schedule your FREE consultation with Mike right now by calling 1-800-655-6585.
A train accident has devastated the Del Mar community after a pedestrian was killed earlier this month. According to Fox 5 San Diego, the Coaster train was headed south when it struck the pedestrian just before 6 a.m. near 15th Street in Del Mar.
According to Fox 5 San Diego (3/12/2015), officials say the train operator sounded a horn to alert the pedestrian of its oncoming ascent, but the pedestrian was said to be unresponsive to the signal. Sadly, the train struck the pedestrian, causing fatal injury. The individual was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Service was stopped between the Santa Fe Depot and the Solana Beach Station for two hours while investigators responded to the accident.
The San Diego Sheriff’s office continues to investigate the accident.
YOUR SAFETY AROUND SAN DIEGO TRAINS
There’s something about a train that seems familiar, almost safe. After all, unlike a car, you can generally see a train coming from literally a mile away, so it seems like anyone could respond appropriately in the event of an emergency.
But don’t let the illusion of safety fool you. Trains can be just as dangerous if not worse than approaching vehicles.
Most people don’t think about train safety, but we ask that you indeed think twice. Here’s what you need to know about trains and your well-being.
USE A CROSSWALK AT ALL TIMES
In addition to traffic safety, we ask that all San Diegans use designated crosswalks at all times, even if it is more convenient to cross tracks. The tricky thing with sound is that it can be diffused by landscaping, tall trees and white noise such as traffic or water. Sadly, you may never hear the horn of a train as it makes that turn in the bend, unexpectedly coming straight toward you. Cross using a public crossing such as a crosswalk, crossbuck, gate or another designated roadway crossing. Plus, if you cross elsewhere, you can be fined and/or ticketed.
DON’T HANG OUT AT RAIL YARDS
If you live close to a rail yard, it may be tempting to walk over and see the action firsthand. But we urge you to avoid walking in or around any rail yard. It is also considered trespassing so just stay away.
IT TAKES A MILE TO STOP A TRAIN
Incredible – it takes nearly one mile to bring a train to a complete stop. If a train operator sees you ahead, he or she may attempt to stop the train but it is unlikely it will stop in time.
DON’T WALK ALONGSIDE A TRAIN TRACK, EITHER
For those who commute by foot to and from work, it may be tempting to walk along the tracks because it may be a more direct route or it is quieter than busy traffic streets. You should know, though, that trains overhang the tracks by at least three feet on either side. There may also be appendages like handrails that extend even further. Don’t use the tracks to commute by foot. Choose a safer route –a designated walking path is a better choice if you can find one.
MULTIPLE TRAINS CAN PASS
If you think it’s safe to cross because you just saw the train go by, think again. In many cases, two trains can be following within close distance or one another. In addition, there may be another train coming from the opposite direction. Train directions can be changed by operators and railway engineers depending on the destination and train schedule. Don’t risk it – simply use a designated crossing area.
ABOUT THE LAW OFFICES OF MICHAEL PINES, APC
Michael Pines is the founder of the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC in San Diego, California. Along with partner Aaron Solomon, the firm is a leader in representing those injured in accidents. Our offices have helped people just like you who need legal representation following an accident. Give us a call today and speak to a personal injury lawyer: 1-800-655-6585. Our consultation is FREE.
Are you following the three second rule when driving?
As San Diego personal injury lawyers, we believe the three second rule can prevent rear-end accidents. In addition to being distraction-free and sober, the three second rule gives you enough time to react in the event of an emergency.
The three second rule means following the vehicle ahead with at least three seconds of distance to ensure you can adequately react in sudden-stop traffic.
We are reminding San Diegans to stay safe and proactive in light of a recent pileup accident that occurred on Interstate 15 near Route 56 after several vehicles collided into one another. According to the San Diego Union Tribune (3/27/2015), four people were treated for injuries as a result of this multi-car car crash. One of these individuals was treated for major trauma, officials said.
Investigators believe up to six vehicles may have been involved in the accident. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), two vehicles were rolled over as a result of the collision. Multiple injuries were reported.
Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the accident. It is not known if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.
THE THREE SECOND RULE
There are multiple ways we can stay safe when we head out on the road. First, we all know that we absolutely must be distraction-free! That means no cell phones, makeup, food or technology when we’re behind the wheel. Second, it’s imperative that we drive responsibly – and that means being sober.
The three second rule is another great way to stay proactive on the road and prevent the next pileup accident. Here’s how it’s done.
LOCATE A STATIONARY OBJECT AHEAD
Pick a stationary object such as a bridge or light post ahead of you and the car ahead.
WAIT UNTIL THE VEHICLE AHEAD PASSES
As the vehicle ahead of you passes the stationary object, you begin your count.
COUNT TO THREE
By the time you pass the same stationary object, you should be at a count of three or more. If you have counted to at least three, you are in a safe following zone. If not, you should allow more distance between you and the vehicle ahead to allow for more reaction time should you need it in the event of an emergency.
WHEN TO MAKE FURTHER ADJUSTMENTS
In some cases, you’ll want to make further adjustment to the three second rule. In inclement weather such as rain, ice or snow, allow for more time – and therefore more distance – when following the vehicle ahead. Consider doubling your count to at least six to ensure you have adequate time to respond AND to make up for any additional slipping that may occur in the event of sudden stopping.
REAR-END CAR ACCIDENTS: WHEN TO CALL FOR LEGAL HELP
If you have been involved in a rear-end car accident, you may need to hire a lawyer. Hiring a lawyer is a good idea if you have been injured in any way. Call us 24/7 and speak to an attorney who can advise you of your full legal rights: 1-800-655-6585. Don’t sign or accept an offer on behalf of your insurance company until you speak to us first. Call now. The consultation is FREE.
Right now, it’s hard to imagine snowfall anywhere. With our gorgeous, beachy San Diego weather, snowfall just seems wrong. But, of course, there are plenty of places around our country that are dealing with crazy levels of snowfall just waiting for spring to melt it all away.
In Maine, people are dealing with the snowfall by having some fun – skiing to be exact. Many ski resorts are open and full of business as Americans cope with the chilly weather. But in one case, a twist of fate turned a fun ski day into a massive catastrophe. According to the San Diego Union Tribune (3/21/2015), a chairlift accident caused injury to four people due to a misfiring that caused the lift to malfunction.
Reports indicate that the chairlift stopped and then began sliding backward down the mountain. The negative pull of gravity on the chairlift riders caused panic to ensue. Skiiers and snowboarders jumped off the lift in an effort to move away from the misfiring lift.
Witnesses say the chairlift had “let loose” and gained speed as it careened down the mountain in the wrong direction.
The accident was the second of its kind at the resort. The lift has been in operation for 27, the San Diego UT reported.
EXTREME SPORTS CARRY AN INCREASED RISK OF INJURY
Extreme sports like skiing and snowboarding carry an inherent risk of injury. In San Diego, although we have plenty of skiing in our neighboring city of Big Bear, our extreme sports center more on water skiing, wakeboarding, skateboarding, hang-gliding and rock-climbing. But just like skiing and snowboarding, these sports can also lead to injury and even wrongful death.
Fortunately, you can do a lot to keep safe. For instance:
TAKE LESSONS BEFORE GOING OUT SOLO
You wouldn’t attempt to fly a plane just because you know how to drive, so be just as smart when it comes to extreme sports. You may be very athletic and keen at sports, but it doesn’t hurt to take a lesson or two before engaging in anything new. It’s just common sense and it can help you prevent injury as well.
KNOW HOW TO REACT IN AN EMERGENCY
A chairlift accident, such as this one occurring in Maine, is definitely an emergency. No one could have predicted the lift would have misfired. The truth is that we really never know when something will go wrong; we simply have to expect that it might and be prepared for when it happens. When it comes to extreme sports, you have to expect that something might go wrong. Maybe the parachute fails. Maybe the boat driver doesn’t see you in the water. Maybe the rock slips beneath your foot on a 15,000 foot mountain top. These are certainly scary scenarios but they can happen! Be prepared and know what to do in an emergency. Check out the best practices for your extreme sports and ask experts on what you can do to be prepared.
PLAY WITH A TEAMMATE OR FRIEND
Some sports are safer when accompanied by another person. Even skiing, for example, can be safer when you ski alongside a friend, especially in the event of an emergency such as a broken limb or a ski jump gone wrong. Consider bringing along a friend, especially if you engage in a San Diego extreme sports such as mountain climbing, hang-gliding or hiking. At the very least, let someone know when you head out for the day.
WHEN SPORTS INJURY ACCIDENTS OCCUR
Some sports injury cases require the expertise of a legal team skilled in personal injury. If you have been injured in a sports-related accident and you believe it is the fault of an organization or individual, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Give us a call today to speak to a sports attorney right away: 1-800-655-6585. We don’t collect unless we win your case. Call now.