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A closer look at how fault is determined in a car accident

For occupants of vehicles involved in a car accident, the process of how everything unfolded often seems quite clear. Often, many people feel that they were justified and the other vehicles involved were the ones to blame. While some accidents are clear, cut and dry, others require extensive reconstruction to determine who was indeed at fault. While the process varies from accident to accident, fault in most California car accidents is determined largely the same way. 

According to Esurance, people should never make the mistake of admitting that they are the party to blame at the scene of an accident. If people are confident that their actions resulted in the accident, they should still wait until authorities and their insurance company make that discovery by themselves. Sometimes, an objective point of view reveals different facts that you may have not been aware were even contributors in your accident. 

Children often suffer psychological trauma after a car accident

A car accident can be traumatic for anyone in California, but children may be even more susceptible to trauma from a crash than their parents. According to Psych Central, there are some specific behaviors different age groups may develop in response to this trauma.

  • 5 years and under: regression to earlier behaviors such as thumb-sucking or bed wetting, clinginess, anxiety over separation or other fears
  • 6- to 11-year-olds: nightmares or other sleep issues, difficulties at school, disruptive behaviors, withdrawal, loss of focus, anxiety-related physical complaints such as headaches or stomach aches
  • 12- to 17-year-olds: nightmares or other sleep issues, risk-taking or other unusual behaviors, problems at school, issues with peers, anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts

Integrated Family Community Services notes that children may not even be aware that they are having problems after the crash. So, it falls to the parents to identify symptoms, connect them to the accident and find ways to help. Experts recommend that once physical issues from the accident have been addressed, the first thing a parent should do is get back to a routine, particularly if the child is younger. Anything children say may reveal difficulties dealing with the aftermath, so parents should listen closely for clues.

A car crash can be a real pain, but you can seek compensation

You're driving along on your way to the grocery store. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a car strikes you from behind and injures you. Suddenly, buying eggs and milk drops on your priority list, and getting medical treatment becomes your main priority.

Sometimes, these types of motor vehicle accidents happen due to the carelessness of another motorist in California. In this type of situation, you typically have the right to seek compensation. Here is a glimpse at the types of damages you might want to look into seeking if injured in a car crash resulting from another driver's negligence.

Tesla seeks to eliminate deadly trucker errors with electric semi

The deadly nature of large truck crashes in California has safety experts, lawmakers and innovators constantly looking for ways to make the roadways safer from the hazards inherent in these vehicles. According to Ars Technica, Tesla may be able to eliminate many of the most common threats to safety with its electric semitruck. 

1Computer software automatically logs the truck's hours. Truckers and trucking companies have notoriously taken advantage of the adjustability of paper logs to bypass the federal hours-of-service regulations, leaving drivers vulnerable to extreme fatigue. The logging software meets the new electronic logging device requirements that went into effect last December.

Avoidance tactics better than laying a motorcycle down

One of the biggest threats to motorcyclists in California comes when vehicles turn left in front of them. In this situation, many riders believe the best maneuver is laying the motorcycle down. According to RideApart.com, this obstacle avoidance tactic is often used by those who do not fully understand how effective their braking systems will perform in this situation.

Riders who are unsure of how to use their brakes to the best advantage in emergency circumstances may benefit from practicing on a deserted stretch of concrete, such as a large, empty parking lot. Beginning at a low rate of speed, motorcyclists should apply their brakes up to the locking point until they feel confident in bringing the motorcycle to the quickest stop possible. With this level of control, riders should be able to tell exactly how much time and space it will take to keep from hitting the offending driver's vehicle.

What can you do to drive safely around pedestrians?

There are all kinds of statistics about pedestrian accidents that result in severe injuries or death. Often, the focus is on how pedestrians can be more vigilant to stay safer while walking near moving vehicles. However, can you be more aware of pedestrians and help protect them by being a better driver? Fortunately, there are things you can do when you are behind the wheel to be more responsible when you are in areas of California that have a higher volume of pedestrians. 

According to AAA Exchange, crosswalks are an area where you should be paying extra attention. When you are coming up on a crosswalk, scan your eyes quickly to look for pedestrians. Even if you do not see anyone immediately, reduce your speed in case you need to stop suddenly. If you are behind another vehicle in the crosswalk, never drive around them in case there are people crossing the street. Likewise, if you are the first person in a line of cars, make sure there is enough room between your car and the crosswalk so other drivers can see the people in the crosswalk. 

What are the hours of service regulations?

When you work as a truck driver, you are subject to additional road laws and requirements than someone who is just driving on California roadways in a personal vehicle. There are many reasons for this, but above all else, it is for your safety and the safety of everyone else sharing the road with you. One of the most important rules you must abide are the hours of service regulations, as explained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Hours of service regulations define when you must take breaks and how long you can be behind the wheel. They help to stop drowsy driving, which is incredibly dangerous. While these regulations are for both passenger and property-carrying drivers, here is a look at the regulations specifically for property-carrying drivers.

California woman dies after motorcycle plunges off highway

The incredible scenic views of California create an optimal adventure experience for motorcycling enthusiasts. Even for folks who use their bike as a way to get to work or school, the thrill of riding in the open air is incomparable to any other feeling. However, the excitement of riding is also tied to inherent risks that must be carefully respected and navigated to avoid serious injury or death. Even for the most experienced riders, sudden hazards can create dangerous circumstances if there is little time to react. 

This is exactly what happened in a recent biking accident on Ortega Highway after an experienced motorcyclist plunged to her death when her bike went off of the road. Investigators said the woman had driven that exact stretch of road multiple times in the past, and her social media accounts provided evidence that she frequented the scenic route. Authorities determined that she was approaching a curve with a lot of speed and was unable to effectively negotiate a turn when her bike went off of the roadway. The woman was well-known in the biking community as a figure who promoted women in the motorcycle industry. When news of her death spread, many offered their sympathies and shared stories of the impact she had made on their lives. 

The importance of your camera in the aftermath of a car accident

Finding yourself involved in a car accident caused by a negligent driver can understandably be devastating. Not only can an accident lead to serious injuries, but it can also result in damage to your car -- likely your main mode of transportation.

Although a sudden motor vehicle collision in California can leave you feeling bewildered and overwhelmed, it may prove invaluable to your future best interests to take photographs of the scene if possible. Although this may not be high on your list of priorities at the time of the collision, the photos you take could prove useful down the road in the event you decide to seek compensation following the car wreck.

Factors that are considered to determine if you were at fault

You are dealing with the emotionally traumatic and financially challenging aftermath of having been involved in a car accident. Your recollection of events includes some details, but there are discrepancies in the stories of you and the other driver involved. How will investigators really know who was at fault? What are your responsibilities going to be? At E & E Law Group, we have helped many people in California to work through the sometimes-complicated process following a motor vehicle accident. 

Investigators have been trained to recognize certain clues and pieces of evidence that aid in rebuilding exactly what happened in the crash you were in. Their extensive efforts to reconstruct the scene allow them to reach conclusions about whether or not you or the other driver is at fault. According to State of California Department of Motor Vehicles, there are many factors that authorities assess in their investigative efforts. Thorough analysis will allow them to make an educated assumption in who was at fault and whether or not you are responsible for the accident. Some of the things they look at include the following:

  • Point of impact
  • Injuries
  • Legal speed limit and how fast you were traveling
  • Visibility
  • Vehicle damage
  • Sobriety
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