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Fullerton Area Vehicle Accident Blog

Pedestrian accidents involving children

Pedestrian accidents are often tragic incidents that result in serious injuries or even death for the unfortunate individuals who are struck by motor vehicles. In California pedestrian accidents are relatively common and one portion of the population is especially prone to suffering harm in these often preventable collisions: children.

Due to the small statutes and generally erratic conduct children are often the victims of crashes people humans and cars. It can be hard for drivers to see them when they are in the road as they may not be tall enough to be seen out of a vehicle's windshield or windows, and children are capable of impulsively running into roads if they are chasing others or intend to retrieve objects that have stopped in the paths of vehicles.

California motorcycle officer seriously hurt in highway accident

A secondary accident on a busy California highway resulted in a California Highway Patrol (CHP) motorcycle officer suffering serious bodily injuries and being taken to a hospital. Although the officer is expected to survive, an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The accident occurred after 6:00 in the evening. The motorcycle officer had arrived at the scene of a separate accident to investigate what had occurred. During the investigation the officer was struck by another vehicle that encountered the initial accident site. At this time, it is unclear how many vehicles were involved in the secondary crash or exactly how the officer was hit.

Recovering from a car accident can be expensive

As Fullerton residents reflect upon the events that shaped 2017 they may be reminded of positive experiences. They may have been fortunate to welcome new children into their families or to take on new homes or jobs that fulfill their desires for achievement. They may also, however, remember the difficult times that pushed their patience and stretched their capacities to cope with challenges.

If they suffered car accidents during the last year, they may still be coping with the aftermaths of their misfortunes. For example, if their accidents were with uninsured motorists they may be struggling with their insurance companies to get the payouts that they need and deserve. If they suffered serious injuries in their ordeals they may still be unable to work and recovering from the ailments they had to endure due to other drivers' negligence.

What do I do if I am hit by an uninsured motorist?

Individuals who own vehicles in Fullerton are required to carry insurance for their vehicles. That insurance is necessary if they are involved in roadway accidents and need to provide financial help to the victims of the accidents they caused. It is also necessary to help the insurance holder when uninsured motorists hit them and leave them with expenses that must be paid.

Uninsured motorist insurance kicks in when a person is hurt by an uninsured driver. When an accident of this nature occurs a victim may contact their insurance company to file a claim for under their uninsured motorist policy. They may also do this when the driver who harms them does not carry sufficient insurance (making them an underinsured motorist) or when the victim is involved in a hit and run vehicle accident.

Factors that may contribute to a pedestrian-automobile collision

Accidents between pedestrians and vehicles are an all too common occurrence in Southern California. These sometimes fatal incidents often happen when vehicle drivers allow themselves to be distracted from the important task of safely and responsibly operating their motor vehicles. Whether through in vehicle distractions or through a lack of regard for traffic laws, drivers create dangerous problems for the men, women and children who must walk on and near Fullerton roads.

Distracted driving has become a big problem since smart phones have found their way in the hands of practically every person who is capable of driving. Drivers sometimes spend more time focused on their handheld devices than they do no the roads quickly passing before them; when drivers look away from the streets they are on they can easily miss a pedestrian crossing the road in front of them.

How does alcohol impair a person's ability to drive?

As the holidays approach more and more Southern California residents may be making plans to attend parties. Whether those get-togethers are with neighbors and friends, family members or co-workers, there is one element that may be in common in all forms of celebrating: alcohol.

Beer, wine and other spirits are regularly and often responsibly consumed during the winter months as individuals celebrate togetherness and love. When individuals are aware of their drinking habits and take the time to find safe and sober ways home, drunk driving accidents can be avoided. Unfortunately, though, too many people choose to drive after having too much to drink and become dangers to themselves and others on the roads.

The importance of right of way in motorcycle accidents

Though many people use personal vehicles to drive to and from work, take their kids to school and to get to the places they want and need to go, fewer utilize motorcycles as their chosen modes of transportation. The weather in Fullerton accommodates motorcycle riding practically all year but still a relatively small portion of the population chooses motorcycles as their means of movement.

The relative scarcity of motorcycles on local roads is one of the reasons that motorcycle accidents with larger vehicles often occur. Drivers of cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles are not always sure of how to react when a motorcycle approaches them while on the road. One of the biggest mistakes that drivers of larger vehicles make is failing to respect motorcycle drivers' rights of way.

After a car wreck, you might have internal bleeding

Imagine driving to your favorite Fullerton supermarket. You have a long shopping list of snacks, drinks and other items you need for the Sunday family barbecue. The weather forecast is for near perfect weather and you are looking forward to some quality time with your family and friends. Unfortunately, your plans do not work out after another driver slams into the front of your car. After the wreck, you feel fine and assess your injuries as only superficial. Your car, on the other hand, is toast. By the end of the day, you begin to experience headaches and abdominal pain and you notice a large purple bruise forming on your torso.

Some injuries happen internally, such as internal bleeding. In some cases, it can take hours or days before you start to feel the symptoms of these injuries. Unfortunately, these can also be the most serious. Even a minor injury that causes internal bleeding can result in death if the victim does not receive medical treatment in time.

Former Marine dies in hit and run crash with 2 vehicles

When there is a car accident in Southern California, drivers are expected to stop and render aid if it is necessary. At the very least, they should stop and make certain that everyone is safe and contact law enforcement for an accident report. This requirement is heightened when there is an accident with a pedestrian. Because they are not shielded with the protections that those in a car have, pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries and death. When it is a hit and run, it becomes a criminal issue. Those who have been injured or had a loved one killed because of a fatal pedestrian accident should understand the importance of considering a legal filing.

A Marine veteran was killed in a hit and run accident when he was hit by two different vehicles. The accident occurred at around 1 a.m. as the man, 25, was crossing the street close to a gas station. He was hit and then dragged by the first vehicle and then hit by another vehicle. Both cars fled. The man who died was the father of a young daughter. He was in California on business. One of the vehicles that was involved is believed to have been a vintage Chevrolet Camaro. Law enforcement has yet to find the driver of that vehicle. The other driver, however, was found. The 46-year-old man was driving a 2014 Acura SUV. He is reportedly a doctor. He was arrested.

Auto-pedestrian accident kills 1, injures 2

Throughout California, the vulnerability of pedestrians is well-known. Since it is difficult to get around in the state, particularly in Southern California, without a car, there are always many drivers on the road. Some will behave in a risky way, not adhere to the law, and place pedestrians at risk. Because pedestrian accidents can do so much damage, those who have been injured in an auto-pedestrian accident or lost a loved one in such a crash must know that a legal filing is often essential to recover adequate compensation for all that was lost.

A crash involving a Ford Mustang and several pedestrians left an 11-year-old girl dead and several injured. The accident happened at around 7 p.m. as a vehicle that reportedly was speeding went out of control. It went over the center line of the roadway and crashed into another two vehicles that were next to a taco stand. The crash resulted in the girl and two others being hit. She died at the hospital. The two others injured, both female adults, were said to be in critical condition. Law enforcement believes all those injured are related. The driver of the Mustang, a 21-year-old male, was questioned and given a field sobriety test. The results were unknown.

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