Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in California

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), California had the highest number of pedestrian deaths in 2015. Nationwide, there were 5,376 pedestrians died in traffic-related accidents, a 9.5 percent increase from the number of pedestrian fatalities in 2014. In California, 742 people died in pedestrian accidents during 2015. Pedestrian deaths represented almost a quarter of all traffic fatalities that year. While many of these deaths occur in cities and urban areas, pedestrians in rural areas must also be aware of the dangers posed to pedestrians by motorists. Even when crossing at an intersection or crosswalk, pedestrians can be in danger. The fact is that anywhere you are walking you are in danger of an accident if there is any traffic near to where you are walking. Understanding the common causes of pedestrian accidents can help you take steps to avoid being injured by a careless or negligent driver.

Do You Understand the Difference Between Large Trucks and Cars?

If you do not understand the difference, it could be deadly. Commercial vehicles are essential for transporting goods across the country. Trucks are one of the most efficient and cost-effective means of sending large loads from state to state. However, this requires that we share the roads with these very large vehicles.  Sadly, sharing the road with a commercial vehicle can be dangerous. According to the NHTSA, the majority of fatalities and injuries in large truck accidents occur to occupants of other vehicles. During 2015, fatalities in large truck accidents increased by four percent from 2014. Of the 4,067 fatalities in truck accidents, 74 percent of those deaths were occupants of other vehicles. Injuries increased in 2014 by 11 percent with 73 percent of the 116,000 injuries being sustained by occupants of other vehicles. Because we must share the interstates and streets with commercial trucks, it is important to understand the differences to avoid a truck accident. If you are injured in a large truck or commercial truck accident, you need an experienced attorney to fight for your rights. Call 1-800-954-4444 now for a free appointment with a Fresno truck accident lawyer.

How Much is My Slip and Fall Accident Worth?

When you fall in a retail store, parking lot, sidewalk, medical facility, or government office, you might be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. Property owners, including owners of commercial, private, and public property, have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect people who are on their property from injuries. When a property owner fails in the duty of care, the owner can be held liable for any damages caused by an accident on the property. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries. These injuries can result in substantial financial costs in addition to the pain and suffering you experience because of the injuries.  Our Fresno slip and fall attorney can help you file a claim to recover compensation for your losses and damages.

Life-Altering Injuries Caused by Other Drivers

Many people refer to these types of injuries as “catastrophic” injuries. Life-altering or catastrophic injuries can require multiple surgeries followed by months or even years of medical treatments, physical therapy, and special adaptive medical equipment. The negative consequences of a personal injury can last for the rest of your life. If a negligent or reckless driver caused the crash that resulted in your injuries, that driver should be held liable for your damages. You should not be required to bear the cost of expensive medical treatments, necessary medical equipment, and other expenses. Call Torem & Associates by telephone at 1-800-954-4444 to find out how you can recover money for your Fresno catastrophic injury claim.

Construction May Cause Traffic Headaches for Fresno Busy Street

According to ABC30 News, no “through traffic” will be allowed now that the construction on McKinley shifts directions. The workers will now be installing underground water lines from Fresno to Blackstone. Although limited access will be permitted for businesses in the area, commuters will need to take a detour around the construction zone. Motorists will be directed to go north to Clinton Avenue when trying to reach Fresno from Blackstone. In addition to businesses being hurt by the detour, students and others trying to get to Fresno City College may see a change in traffic conditions. The college is encouraging students to park in a lot located behind Ratcliff Stadium. The school will provide a shuttle for students who park in this lot. Motorists and others must also deal with crews installing water lines Palm between H Street and McKinley, which could add to the traffic congestion in the area.

Good News for Fresno City College Students Trying to Get to School

Getting to classes can be difficult for some Fresno City College students, especially at the beginning of each semester. In addition to the issues with parking, student now must deal with construction zones and detours. A new program may help ease the parking issues while providing students with a convenient and efficient way to get to school each day. ABC30 News reported about a new one-year pilot program between the City of Fresno and the college to make getting to the college campus a bit easier and less costly for the student. Beginning this school year, Fresno City College students who ride the FAX Bus to school and back will no longer be required to pay for the trips. Fresno has partnered with the college to allow the college to pay a lower fare for students. Students must purchase a student body card to be able to ride the buses for free throughout the city. However, the cost of a student body card is $5 — much less than paying daily fares for city bus transportation. The program is expected to have several positive consequences for students, the city, and school.

Back to School Time — Safety Tips for Parents and Children

ABC30 News is reporting that school begins for thousands of children again in Visalia and throughout the Central California Valley area. Two new schools will open for the 2017-2018 school year to accommodate the increase in students in the area. A K-6 charter school, Global Learning Charter School, is not located on the old Fairview campus. Riverway Elementary is the other new school opening to students this year. Back to School Safety Checklist Back to school is exciting for some student and a reminder of lazy days without homework for others. For parents, it should be a time to review back to school safety tips with their children to reduce the risk of an accident.

Why Do I Need to Prove Fault in a Fresno Traffic Accident?

Some states are considered no-fault instance states.  Each driver must carry PIP or no-fault insurance that pays medical bills and some lost wages in the event of a traffic accident, regardless of which driver was at fault. For example, if you were injured in a car accident with another driver, your PIP insurance would pay your medical bills even if the other driver caused the crash. You would only file a claim against the other driver in limited circumstances. California is a “fault” insurance state. Every driver is required to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. If the driver causes a crash, the victims can file claims against the driver’s insurance coverage. However, the victim must prove “fault” to recover compensation.

Tuolumne Bridge Opens to Traffic in Fresno

ABC30 News reports that more than a year and a half after construction began, the Tuolumne Bridge is now open for traffic. The overpass extends from Broadway to F Street in Downtown Fresno and will allow for an additional route to West Fresno and Chinatown. The new structure also allows for a future High-Speed Rail. Easier access to the downtown area is expected with the new two-way street.

Commercial Truck Accidents in Fresno Can Be Extremely Dangerous

Large trucks cause thousands of serious accidents each year in the United States. The NHTSA reports that 116,000 people were injured in large truck accidents during 2015 and 4,067 people were killed that year in truck accidents, an increase of four percent in both categories. Tragically, the occupants of other vehicles sustained the majority of the injuries and deaths.  Even though more attention has been given to the dangers of crashes with commercial vehicles, the number of trucks involved in accidents did not decrease during 2015. While thousands of trucks travel our roads each day without incident, it only takes a second for an accident to occur. A commercial vehicle accident can turn your life upside down in a matter of seconds. Permanent disabilities can result in life-altering changes for you and your family. If you are injured in a large truck accident, don’t wait to seek legal advice. The steps you take after a truck accident can impact your ability to settle your case for full compensation. Call 1-800-954-4444 for a free legal consultation.