According to a news report by ABC30 News, a person died in a head-on collision in Selma last week. The crash occurred around 5:00 p.m. near Bethel and Manning. The California Highway Patrol states that a man crossed a 20-foot divider between the lanes and collided with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. The driver was killed in the crash. The driver of the other vehicle suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. It was unknown why the driver crossed into the opposite lane at the time of the report.
When you are injured in a car accident, you can suffer a variety of injuries. Some injuries are easy to notice, such as broken bones, lacerations, and burns. However, some injuries may not be as easily known immediately after a car accident, including concussions and whiplash. An accident victim can walk away from the crash feeling “fine” when he or she is really injured. It could just take several hours or days for the person to discover the injury. Once the shock of the accident wears off, the symptoms become more noticeable.
Merging into heavy traffic can be difficult, especially on interstates and highways where cars are traveling at high rates of speed. Even experienced drivers can make mistakes when merging. For inexperienced drivers, attempting to merge into heavy traffic at high speeds can result in a traffic accident. Incorrect merging maneuvers can cause other drivers to swerve into other lanes or slam on the breaks. On an interstate, the result could be a multi-car accident. It is extremely important that all drivers learn proper merging rules and follow those rules each time they change lanes or enter traffic from an off-ramp.
It is possible for victims of traffic accidents to go into shock immediately after the collision. Shock is a serious physical condition that can have life-threatening complications. According to the Mayo Clinic, a person’s organs do not receive sufficient oxygen or blood when you are in shock. Therefore, if medical treatment is not administered for shock, permanent damage can occur. In some cases, a person could die if they do not receive treatment.
When you are injured in an accident, you might be entitled to recover money for your expenses and damages by filing a personal injury claim. Your claim is filed against the party responsible for the accident. In a traffic accident, that party could be the other driver, a government agency, or a corporation. In a slip and fall accident, your claim would be against the property owner or tenant. If a defective product caused your injury, your claim could be against one or more parties, including the product’s designer and manufacturer.
Will you be adding a teen driver to your household this year? If so, you will want to take advantage of every resource you can to help your teen driver learn safe driving habits. According to the California DMV, drivers between the ages of 16 to 19 years have the highest average crash and traffic violation rates compared to any other age group. Therefore, it is very important to teach your teen drivers safe driving skills from the very first time they sit down behind the wheel of a vehicle.
When you are injured in a car accident, slip and fall, defective product accident, or any other personal injury accident, an element of your claim is to prove you were injured. You must prove you suffered an injury and the accident directly caused the injury. If you cannot prove these elements, you cannot recover money for your claim. Therefore, your medical records become a very important component of your personal injury claim.
Automobile accidents result from a variety of causes. The most common cause of a traffic accident is human error. Examples of human error that can contribute to the cause of a traffic accident include: Failing to yield the right of way; Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; Following too closely; Speeding and reckless driving; Fatigued or drowsy driving; Aggressive driving and road rage; and, Distracted driving.
Drivers in California began the New Year with a few new traffic laws. Two of these traffic laws went into effect on January 1 and two more become effective on July 1. The new laws are aimed at making California roads safer for everyone who uses our roads each day.
Marijuana is legal in California for recreational use, but how will that impact the number of traffic accidents in the state. According to one study, legalization of marijuana will increase traffic accidents. However, another study does not indicate that recreational marijuana will impact traffic crashes.