According to a news story by ABC30, the Fresno Police Department will be increasing their efforts to make roads safe for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Police analyzed bicycle and pedestrian accidents for the past three years to determine where these accidents occur. Between 2013 and 2015, the police report more than 50 pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. The increased enforcement efforts come at a time when the police expect more pedestrians and bicyclists on the roads because the weather is improving. Lt. David Ramsey of the Fresno Police Department advises drivers to leave earlier and be aware of their surroundings. In addition, he advises motorists to reduce speed and utilize hands-free devices whenever possible too.
Brain injuries are very common in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 2.5 million people will be treated in emergency rooms each year for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). In 2013, 56,000 people died from TBIs, and 282,000 people were hospitalized for brain injuries. While senior adults over the age of 75 years have the highest rate of TBI-related hospital visits and deaths, anyone can suffer a brain injury.
Bicyclists face a variety of threats when they are cycling. Everything from wet, slick roads to gravel, road debris, and negligent drivers can cause a bicycle accident in a split second. Riders must remain alert at all times. However, even the most alert rider cannot avoid some accidents, especially those involving a motorist. While we
The Long Beach Press Telegram reported on an interesting event that occurred on the 110 Freeway last week. According to the story, three big rigs navigated traffic along the freeway without the assistance of a driver. The Volvo big rigs could communicate with each other, which is one of the key factors that experts hope will increase the safety of commercial transportation in addition to reducing pollution and increasing energy efficiency. The project, a partnership between Volvo Group of North America and UC Berkeley Partners for Advanced Transportation, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Caltrans. The vehicles travel together so that they can respond to their surroundings and each other.
Did a reckless or negligent driver cause your car crash in the greater Central California Valley area? Are you trying to recover from a Fresno motorcycle crash? Did a distracted truck driver fail to yield the right of way causing a car accident? If so, there are several important things you need to know about a car accident claim before you begin dealing with an insurance adjuster. You have the right to choose your physicians. The insurance company for the other driver cannot make you go to a specific doctor for medical treatment. When you are injured in a Fresno car accident, you can choose your doctors, physical therapists, surgeons, hospital, and other medical professionals. You have the right to choose a Fresno car accident attorney. You also have the same right to choose a Fresno car accident attorney to represent you in your accident claim. The insurance adjuster may try to convince you that you can do better by representing yourself, but the adjuster does not have your best interest in mind. It is always in your best interest to consult with a Fresno car accident attorney to discuss your legal rights before discussing your claim with an insurance adjuster.
California is the only state that permits motorcyclists to split lanes. In all other states, lane splitting is illegal. Unfortunately, the state does not track data regarding lane-splitting motorcycle crashes. However, a proposed law will set guidelines for lane splitting that could make the maneuver safer, but without current data it may be hard to determine if the new law is effective in making lane splitting a safer practice. What is Lane Splitting? Lane splitting is also referred to as lane sharing. It refers to a motorcyclist sharing a lane with another vehicle. The rider maneuvers the motorcycle between vehicles that are stopped or moving slower than the rider. Most states consider the practice dangerous for riders and other vehicles on the road; therefore, the practice is illegal in all states except California.
Most people riding bicycles don’t think about being injured. Compared to the speed of cars and the dangers of motorcycles, bicycles seem relatively safe. Unfortunately, brain injuries in bicycle accidents are more common than you might think, especially if you fail to wear a helmet. In fact, the risk of brain damage or injury is the reason some states have enacted helmet laws for children. The Risk of Brain Injury Because of the lack of protection for the rider and the fact that many people do not wear helmets when riding a bicycle, head injuries are common in bicycle accidents. Riders may flip over the handlebars and strike their head against the pavement or other object in a collision. This can cause a concussion or TBI (traumatic brain injury). A concussion is a minor brain injury which typically heals in a short time; however, some concussions can result in long-term medical conditions. Even a slight concussion can develop into a more serious condition that can lead to memory loss, emotional instability, or the inability to control body functions.
An Oregon jury sent a strong message to businesses regarding slip and fall cases. The jury in Portland, Oregon awarded an 85 year old man one million dollars in punitive damages related to a slip and fall at a Safeway. Christopher Armstrong-Stevenson was also awarded $600,000 in actual damages. It is the million dollars in punitive damages that should have many business throughout the United States reviewing their policies regarding how accidents on their premises are treated. According to one juror, “No matter what the company, if someone gets hurt in your business, you have to investigate. We didn’t see anything set up after the fact to say, ‘Hey, we learned our lesson. Here’s what happened, and here’s how we changed to make things better.’” Attorneys for Armstrong-Stevenson said that the verdict sends a strong message to the supermarket chain that it must take customer safety more seriously.