Vista Auto Accident Law Blog

Common serious injuries in freeway accidents

When traveling in a motor vehicle, the faster you're going, the greater the risk for severe injuries. It should come as little surprise that freeway accidents often involve serious injuries. Vehicles traveling at top speeds have a hard time stopping quickly and add a lot of momentum to a crash. While vehicles are tested for safety after high speed crashes, injuries and fatalities can and do happen as a result of serious freeway accidents.

A motorist drives the wrong way along Interstate 5, 2 die

An early morning accident on Friday, July 7, 2017, claimed the lives of two Oceanside residents. An officer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was originally summoned to a location nearby the fatal accident scene after another driver had reported seeing a motorist driving down Interstate 5 (I-5) in the wrong direction.

As the officer continued to drive toward the scene of that incident, he heard a loud boom. Upon arriving at the scene, where the one driver was last seen driving down the interstate in the wrong direction, he found a mangled mess of two cars. Inside each, there were the bodies of each of the drivers, both clinging to life inside.

Tips to handle a low insurance settlement

We all know that insurance companies make their money by selling people insurance while denying as many claims as possible. Their other tactic is to pay the lowest amount a claimant is willing to accept. Dealing with a claim denial or a ridiculously low settlement offer can add insult to injury after a car accident. This is especially true when the other driver carries all of the fault for the collision.

After an accident with a reckless driver in the Vista area, it is perfectly natural for you to want everything back to the way it was before that person decided it was more important to send a text than keep his eyes on the road. That is why it is infuriating when an at-fault driver's insurer offers an amount that is not near enough to cover the damages.

A 61-year-old Bonsall man is killed in drunk driving crash

A Bonsall man was struck and killed by a drunk driver as he entered the intersection between Route 76 and East Vista Way early in the morning on Sunday, June 25, 2017. California Highway Patrol (CHP) first began receiving reports of the accident around 3:42 a.m. that day.

According to witnesses who saw the fatal crash occur, a 61-year-old man had been driving his 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee along Route 76 immediately before the crash. At the same time, a 33-year-old Vista man, was seen driving down East Vista Way in his 2012 Chevy Silverado moving toward its intersection with Route 76.

Vista bicyclists face serious risks on the road

People in motor vehicles are supposed to share the road with smaller vehicles. That means motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles. Unfortunately for those who like to commute by bike, many people in larger vehicles fail to adequately check for bikes when merging, turning or backing up.

While you may take every precaution, from wearing a helmet and signaling your turns to wearing special clothes and using headlight or reflectors, other drivers can still make mistakes that can leave you critically injured or worse. When that happens, you could face massive medical bills and weeks of lost wages.

Jackknife accidents: How truckers can avoid them

A truck jackknifing is perhaps one of the most feared type of accidents tractor-trailer operator face. They most commonly occur when a truck hits a slick spot. It can cause the trucker's load he or she is carrying to swing in an opposite direction from the truck's cab. At its worse, this violent action can cause a truck to flip. In instances like this, there are few options truckers have for avoiding a potentially hazardous end result.

Jackknife accidents most often occur when a trucker brakes in one of three different ways. Once such instance occurs when the trucker deploys the truck's steering axle brakes. When they do, it guides the tractor-trailer in a straight direction as opposed to in the angle that the wheel is turned. In another instance, the operator locks the truck's drive axles causing the jackknife in the process.

School buses are reported to be the safest way to transport kids

Whether being transported to classes during the school year for a field trip during the summer, hundreds of thousands of children are carried on buses each day across this country. Given the sheer number of kids who ride on them on a daily basis, you'd probably assume that a significant number of bus riders lose their lives each year. This couldn't be further from the case.

Of all school-age children that ride on buses annually, only between four and six of them lose their lives. This number accounts for a mere 1 percent of all traffic-related fatalities.

What happens when a driver with bad insurance injures you?

You probably do everything you can to stay safe on the road. You follow the law. You wear your seat belt. You watch out for other drivers, as well as motorcycles and bicycles. No matter how careful you are, however, you can't control the poor decisions and bad driving of others.

It only takes a second for another driver to cause a major accident that leaves you injured. After sustaining serious injuries in a traffic accident, you probably aren't worried about finances. You're grateful to be alive and wondering how long it will take you to heal. Sadly, car accidents can have quite an impact on your financial stability.

A 22-year-old Oceanside man is arrested for fatal hit-and-run

A 22-year-old Oceanside man was arrested on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, on suspicion of having caused a fatal hit-and-run accident back on April 16. The fatal crash, which occurred near 1400 Mission Avenue, claimed the life of a 63-year-old woman, one day before her birthday.

The young man is alleged to have been driving his 1998 Honda Civic in the westbound direction along Oceanside's Mission Avenue at a high rate of speed when the collision occurred. According to witness statements, the man could have been traveling as fast as 70 to 80 mph when he struck the woman that evening. The woman died upon impact.

Young Colton boy injured after being struck in front yard

A 10-year-old boy was severely injured when a car came barreling into the front yard of his Colton home at around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The accident, which happened along La Cadena Drive's 1100 block, resulted in the boy suffering what firefighters have described as multiple broken bones.

According to witnesses at the scene, the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the boy had been traveling southbound along the La Cadena when he appeared to have lost control of his car. While crash scene investigators initially determined that speed was a factor in causing the collision, they haven't ruled out other factors as having played a role as well. Witnesses reported that the driver didn't appear to make any effort to stop his car.

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