Fullerton Area Vehicle Accident Blog

Voice activated systems can lead to being a distracted driver

In California, concerns about car accidents due to distracted drivers are now an everyday occurrence. With the prevalence of smartphones, people are constantly tempted to check their devices, even when they are behind the wheel and should be paying strict attention to what they are doing in that regard. However, other distractions go beyond texting, driving and checking emails.

A study from AAA says that "infotainment" systems in new vehicles can be a distraction as well. Drivers who are in an accident should be aware of this possibility. The study says that drivers who used the systems to issue voice commands and utilized touch screens for directional purposes were distracted for 40 seconds on average.

Law enforcement moves to reduce bike and pedestrian accidents

In Orange County and throughout California, the number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents that result in a fatality is becoming a worrisome trend. With the number of accidents involving vehicles hitting bicyclists and pedestrians, areas of the state are having law enforcement take steps to reduce their incidence. One tactic that resulted in close to 50 citations being written targeted violators. While this is a strategy to keep riders and pedestrians safe, it is unavoidable that a pedestrian or bicyclist versus auto accident will still come about.

In the crackdown, drivers were cited for violations, ranging from driving at an unsafe speed, having music that was too loud, driving through red lights and failure to yield to a pedestrian. The highest number of violations issued was for drivers using their cellphones while driving. The goal was to tamp down on the most common reasons for a crash between cars and bicyclists or pedestrians. Having a map of where the most crashes occurred was helpful in determining where the officers should be posted.

You must take the right steps after a car accident

Even though you do whatever it takes to avoid trouble on the road, there's no way of knowing what could happen. Another driver could cause an accident at any point, thus putting you in a compromising position.

One of the best things you can do is learn more about the steps to take if you are part of a car accident in the future. This way, if something bad does happen, you'll know exactly what you should and shouldn't do.

Driver arrested after fatal hit and run crash with bicyclist

Bicyclists throughout California are at constant risk of being in a crash with a car. When there is an accident between a motor vehicle and a bicycle, the rider's vulnerability is high, even if there are precautions taken, such as wearing a helmet and protective gear. There can be severe injuries, like broken bones, lacerations, head injuries and spinal cord injuries, even fatalities. These bike-car accidents are worse when the driver chooses to flee the scene, instead of stopping to provide aid and call 911.

For example, recently, a 41-year-old man riding his bicycle died after he was hit by a car that fled the scene. The bicyclist was thrown an estimated 50 feet after impact. Thankfully, the driver, a 25-year-old bartender, was eventually found. He was arrested for the hit-and-run accident. Area video surveillance was used to determine that the vehicle was a 1990s Mustang, which lead to the driver.

Research shows risk of a distracted driver in school zones

It is important to keep track of studies on dangerous road behaviors, so if there is a car accident, there is a point-of-reference as to how it might have happened. One of the most common reasons for these crashes in California is due to a distracted driver. Texting, driving and other activities that take a driver's eyes from the road can cause a car crash with injuries and fatalities.

Some of the most vulnerable people are students in school zones. A study from Zendrive examined drivers from 2,000 counties in the U.S. to check the safety numbers and determine which had the highest rate of safety and danger.

Pedestrian in crosswalk dies after being hit by a drunk driver

Encountering a drunk driver can happen without warning in Southern California and cause serious injuries, even death. These accidents are made worse when it is between a vehicle and a pedestrian. Since a pedestrian has no protection when he or she is hit, an accident caused by a drunk driver often has catastrophic results. Those who are hit by a drunk driver or lost a loved one hit by a drunk driver must be aware of their rights to be compensated in a legal filing.

A suspected drunk driver hit a woman as she was crossing the street on the way to work. The woman, 54, was an employee at Walt Disney Studios. The accident occurred at around 9:10 a.m. She was walking in the crosswalk at the time.

Distracted drivers are still a major issue in California

While it is known how dangerous distracted driving is in California and throughout the U.S., there is a sense of inevitability that people will continue to do it. For the most part, law enforcement does not stop drivers who are driving while distracted. When there is a car collision, one of the first things that is considered as a cause is distraction. Despite the apparent indifference to the practice by its practitioners and those who are supposed to put a stop to it, when there is a crash with injuries and fatalities, those who were affected should be aware of how to pursue a legal case for compensation.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that statistically, there are an estimated nine fatalities and more than 1,000 injuries because of distracted driving accidents in the U.S. every day. Cellphone use is perceived as a culprit. There is a belief that the numbers might be even worse because many drivers will not confess to having been using their phones before an accident.

Auto-pedestrian accident kills man in wheelchair

Everyone who is on the road in Orange County and throughout California should be vigilant and aware of his or her surroundings. Pedestrians might believe that because they are not in a motor vehicle, they are relatively safe from an auto accident. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents happen quite frequently and cause serious injuries and deaths. People who are not protected by a vehicle and are hit are susceptible to significant damage. These can cost massive amounts in medical expenses, lost wages and more if the person survives. If there is a fatality, the family left behind will be forced to deal with the financial and personal fallout. In these circumstances, people should be aware of their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A pedestrian does not necessarily have to be walking to be a victim. This was proven in a recent crash. At about 2:45 p.m., a two-vehicle accident between an SUV and an Acura forced the Acura onto the sidewalk. It then hit a 63-year-old man in wheelchair. A sheriff's department lieutenant said that the man in the wheelchair went flying. He was taken to the hospital and he died. The driver who hit him remained at the scene. Thus far, there have been no arrests and drugs or alcohol are not believed to have factored into the crash.

What is common law fault in car accident claims?

There are two ways that motor vehicle drivers could be at fault for a car accident. We have fault related to the breaking of a law -- like a driver who speeds, drinks and drives, or drives through a red light and causes an accident.

We also have common law fault, based on legal precedence and how other car crash cases were decided by courts in the past. This article will discuss some categories of common law fault following a California motor vehicle accident.

Car accident statistics significant rise from 2015

Drivers in Southern California should pay attention to the statistics of motor vehicle accidents to understand their cause and effect and to do whatever is possible to avoid them. Researchers check the numbers regularly to determine how these crashes happen. A recent report from the National Safety Council says that approximately 18,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents across the U.S. for the first half of 2017. There were an estimated 2.1 million who suffered serious injuries. This is a reduction of 1 percent from the same juncture in 2016, but it is 8 percent higher than the first half of the year in 2015.

According to the numbers, fatalities hit an apex in 2016 at a historic rate. Thus far, it cannot be determined if the reduction is a suggestion of the accidents continuing their decline. It is notable that there tend to be more accidents and fatalities from July to December. The NSC says that injuries and fatalities have cost around $191 billion in 2017.

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