Vista Auto Accident Law Blog

A pedestrian is struck and killed in poorly-lit area near Vista

A 38-year-old male pedestrian was struck and killed just outside of Vista's city limits on May 10, 2017. The decedent and a friend were walking westbound near the shoulder of Santa Fe Avenue just south of Montgomery Drive when a passing motorist's car struck the man.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) investigators that responded to the scene reported that the area is particularly poorly illuminated, a circumstance that makes it difficult for motorists to see pedestrians.

Motorcycle accidents can cause major medical and financial issues

You probably already knew when you bought your first motorcycle that there was a degree of risk that came with getting on it. Chances are that you learned to safely operate your motorcycle before taking it on public roadways. You know how to drive it and how to stay safe. You may choose to wear leather and a helmet or add reflective strips to your clothing, jacket, helmet or motorcycle.

Even if you take every precaution when driving, it's easy for someone else to fail to see you and cause a serious accident. Every year, motorcyclists are hurt and killed by drivers of larger vehicles.

Risk factors for fatal bicycle accidents

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) most recent statistics from 2013, at least 900 bicyclists lost their lives and over 494,000 suffered bicycle-related injuries that year. Their data from 2010 suggests that the resulting loss of productivity and medical costs associated with that level of catastrophic injury equates to approximately $10 billion.

Of all populations, teens ages 15 through 19 and adults 40 and older are most apt to be involved in bicycle accidents. Children, teens and young adults, or those aged 5 through 24, have the highest potential of becoming involved in non-fatal bike accidents. In fact, this demographic makes up one-third of all bike accident victims seen by emergency room doctors in the United States.

A previously deported drunk driver severely injures Ysidro boy

A 6-year-old San Ysidro boy was hospitalized with severe head injuries on Tuesday, May 9, after his family's car was struck by an allegedly drunk driver. A border patrol officer with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division that was patrolling in the area came across the disabled car that had struck a guardrail and was turned around in traffic.

The young boy and his family were returning from a trip to Disneyland and had just stopped off at In-N-Out to get the boy a milkshake when they were struck. The boy was sitting in one of the rear passenger seats in the vehicle when the accident occurred.

Don't settle without legal counsel

Imagine driving to work Monday morning, well rested from a long three-day weekend and ready to have a productive week in the office. Your plan took an unexpected turn when another driver decided it was more important to send a text rather than pay attention to the road. Now you are facing high medical bills for your broken nose, dislocated shoulder and various other injuries. In addition, your doctor will not release you to return to work for another two weeks and your car is totaled. The other driver's insurance company called and offered you a settlement that will not even cover a quarter of your expenses.

After accidents, insurance companies tend to offer settlements to avoid the cost of going to court. Usually, these first offers are a mere fraction of what the victim needs to cover expenses and make up for lost wages. Once you accept this settlement, you typically give up your right to pursue additional damages at a later time. This is one of the main reasons that it is important to speak to a personal injury attorney before agreeing to the insurance company's terms. An experienced attorney can help you fight back against the insurance company for the compensation you deserve.

Offered a settlement after an accident? You need legal acumen

You weren't expecting to get into a serious car accident, but it happened. Now, you're grateful that you have such excellent motor vehicle insurance. Your insurance company may be acting friendly, but chances are that they want to limit their financial liability for the accident as much as possible. This is true both of your own insurance company and whatever company was insuring the driver who caused the accident.

It is common practice for insurance companies to offer very low first settlement offers. They are hoping you will take it and end their liability. However the settlement may be too low to cover your medical bills and other losses. An attorney can review any settlement offer and determine if it is reasonable given the extent and nature of your injuries. An attorney can also help you if the other driver was uninsured or carried the state minimum insurance.

A hit-and-run driver admits fault in accident that killed family

A 31-year-old Vista, California, man will be sentenced to a term of 124 months in state prison on May 5, 2017 after pleading guilty to both vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges on Monday, April 3, 2017. In accepting the plea deal offered by the San Diego County Prosecutor's Office, the man admitted that he was responsible for having caused the fatal car crash on Sept. 10, 2016.

That accident, which occurred along Interstate 15, claimed the lives of a 64-year-old grandmother and her 2-year-old granddaughter. The elder victim's adult daughter and 5-year-old daughter were both critically injured in the accident.

A motor home struck by a pickup in Paso Robles kills a mom

A 37-year-old San Jose woman died, and her 14-year-old son was severely injured, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The accident occurred when her motor home was struck by a pickup traveling near the intersection of Highways 41 and 46 near Paso Robles. The woman and the male teen were both ejected from the motor home when it came in contact with the truck.

The fatal crash, which occurred at the intersection commonly known as Cholame "Y," occurred around 2:50 p.m. The decedent's male companion and injured teen's father was at the wheel driving eastbound on Highway 46.

4 tips for riding a motorcycle in the summer

The summer is nearly here, and that means it's prime time for motorcyclists to head out on the roads. The hot weather makes longer rides comfortable, and sunny days with low winds and few rains keep your trips moving as planned.

Of course, there are some risks that face those who head out on a motorcycle. It's important to review some safety tips before you next get on your ride. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

The most common injuries associated with motorcycle crashes

Operating a motorcycle is among one of the most dangerous ways of getting around town. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) puts it, operating a motorcycle not only requires more driver coordination, but significantly more skill to operate one as well.

If a biker becomes involved in an accident, motorcyclists lack basic protection to keep them injury-free. While wearing a helmet, goggles, gloves and other types of protective clothing or footwear can go a long ways in protecting a motorcyclist from some injuries, it can't help prevent more critical injuries associated with more serious accidents.

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