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What is common in a staged auto accident?

Sometimes certain drivers hit the roads in California to try to get into an accident so they can fraudulently collect insurance money. These staged accidents happen all the time. You must be vigilant on the roads to learn how to spot one if someone tries this scam on you because they often make it look as if the accident is your fault.

The California Department of Insurance explains there are some visual clues you may have been in a staged accident. Check the vehicle registration. Often scammers have temporary registrations. Also, look over the vehicle for signs of prior damage. These people usually do this many times in the same vehicle.

Is driver health important?

There are many things that cause truck accidents on California roadways. However, one cause of accidents is often overlooked. People are usually quick to point to driver error or equipment malfunction, but sometimes the cause is more serious. A driver's health may be to blame. It is important not to ignore the seriousness of this issue.

Science Daily explains that if a truck driver has a health issue, it could increase the likelihood of being in an accident. Even preventable crashes have increased risks when a driver is not healthy. Severe health issues, such as diabetes or heart disease, can affect the driver's ability to control the truck or react to anything happening on the road and lead to an accident.

A motorcycle accident can ruin your health and your finances

For motorcycle enthusiasts, nothing compares to taking to the open roads of California. However, sharing the highways with other vehicles is hazardous, and riding a bike requires special skills and coordination. Whenever you ride your motorcycle, you will need constant awareness of your surroundings and protect yourself from trucks and cars.

Every model of automobile that enters the market has more advanced protective features. Bikers are on two wheels, not four, and they have little more than their helmets as protection. For that reason, almost all motorcycle accidents result in severe injuries or worse. If you had a bike accident, the lack of protection likely led to contact with the road's surface, causing head injuries, fractures and road rash.

Authorities searching for SUV involved in fatal hit-and-run

Even though many drivers in California pay considerable attention to the rules of the road so they can be safe while driving, there are times when accidents happen. In unfortunate circumstances, these accidents could result in passengers or other motorists suffering injuries. When people are involved in a car accident, it is in their best interest to remain at the scene of the accident until authorities arrive and have a chance to complete an investigation. 

However, in a recent hit-and-run accident out of Phoenix, Arizona, authorities are now looking for an SUV that is presumed to have been involved. The collision happened around 16th street and Broadway. The driver reportedly hit two pedestrians, a woman and her 3-year-old grandson, fatally injuring them before leaving the scene. Authorities disclosed that the woman died on impact while her grandson was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Despite the dedicated efforts of bystanders and first responders to save the victims, the injuries they suffered were too severe. According to reports, authorities are looking for an older model SUV. 

Introducing the concept of negligent entrustment

No one ever wants to be in a car accident in Van Nuys (in fact, most do all that they can to avoid it). Thus, when you hear people tell stories about how they have been in multiple accidents, you might wonder why they are still driving (or better yet, who still allows them to drive). Many of the clients that we here at the E&E Law Group have worked with in the past have been involved in accidents caused by drivers with similarly spotty accident histories. If such a driver strikes you, then you may justly question whether liability should also be extended to whomever let them drive in the first place. 

The legal philosophy of negligent entrustment does just that. This allows third parties to be held liable for allowing reckless or irresponsible drivers access to their cars. According to Section 724 of  California's Civil Jury Instructions, the following elements must be present in order to apply negligent entrustment to your case: 

  • The person that caused your accident was indeed negligent in operating their vehicle
  • The vehicle owner gave the driver permission to use it
  • The vehicle owner knew (or has sufficient evidence or cause to know) that the driver was irresponsible or incompetent 
  • Knowing this, the vehicle owner allowed the driver access to the vehicle anyway
  • The injuries and damages you suffered were indeed due to the driver's negligence

Increasing your visibility could reduce your risk

Whether you are an experienced motorcyclist or have just bought your first bike, you have probably had someone remind you to remember to pay attention and never rely on other motorists to see you. Because riding a motorcycle automatically makes you less visible, it is imperative that you are responsible and vigilant in paying attention to reduce your risk of injury or death. At E&E Law Group, we have helped many people in California who may have been involved in a motorcycle accident. 

Have you ever considered doing things to actually make your bike more noticeable? According to RideApart, there are some creative resources that you can use to increase your bike's visibility and be more effective at warning other motorists that you are on the road. Some of the things you can do include the following:

  • Invest in riding gear that is reflective and brightly colored.
  • Consider buying a bike that is a more noticeable color or incorporating some type of accessory to your bike that will make it more visible.
  • Turn your high beam lights on especially when riding in areas that are poorly lit.
  • Add reflective tape on areas of your bike that are easily seen. 

Checking safety equipment could reduce truck crashes

Truckers face a unique set of risks each day when they get on the road in California and drive for hundreds of miles at a time. Understanding how to mitigate these risks and work around common hazards is crucial to a truck drivers' abilities to keep themselves and other motorists safe. 

One of the most important things they can do is to monitor the condition of their truck and its safety components before leaving on any trip. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, some of the components they should check on include all of the rails and frames that surround their cargo. They should make sure that each is stable, well-secured and properly maintaining its load. They should also check on their lights and make sure that they are clean, free of debris and working effectively. Coupling devices should be assessed to make sure they are attached properly. The condition of tires, as well as the dependability of brakes should also be looked at to verify they are in proper working condition. 

Did a truck accident turn your family's world upside down?

Operating a vehicle on roadways in California can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially when sharing the road with semitrailers. These massive machines do a lot of damage when they are involved in accidents. Victims who survive such incidents often suffer injuries that turn their lives and the lives of their families upside-down.

If a truck accident destroyed your loved one's quality of life and left your family hurting emotionally and financially because of it, know that you may not have to bear the full burden of the situation alone. You may have the right to pursue compensation for your losses, which can help you as you strive to move forward.

Can you still be healthy and active as a truck driver?

You have recently secured a job as a truck driver in California and are excited about the many benefits you now have access to. Among them, you are looking forward to exploring new places, observing new scenery and gaining valuable skills that will help you in other areas of your life outside of work. However, you are concerned about your ability to stay healthy and active when your job requires you to sit in the driver's seat of a big truck for extended periods of time. Fortunately, there are things you can do to avoid becoming unhealthy and overweight despite the fact you are a truck driver. 

One of the most important things you can do is to create a list of health and wellness goals at the start of your employment. In fact, you may consider posting them somewhere in your truck where you will have a visual to remind you of what you want to maintain. According to Esurance, some of the things that you can do to stay healthy include the following:

  • Find creative ways to incorporate some exercise into your routine. Take a simple set of weights with you and a resistance band to use between legs of your travel. 
  • When you have the chance, pack your meals and focus on raw, healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, nuts and lunch meat. 
  • Do not develop unhealthy habits such as snacking, smoking or drinking excessive amounts of sugary beverages in an attempt to stay alert or entertained. 
  • Socialize when you are able to. Good conversations can keep your brain active and alert. 

California tanker crash closes freeway, kills two people

When people are driving around big rigs, they should use extra caution and maintain a longer distance between them and the truck than they normally would with another, smaller vehicle. In addition, it is critical that they understand that larger trucks take longer to stop and have significant blind spots that can greatly obstruct their visibility of smaller objects or hazards on the road in California. Of course, there are times when avoiding an accident is inevitable, but often people can prevent tragedy by simply driving responsibly and respectfully. 

A recent truck accident in Hawthorne, California is an example of what can happen when people drive recklessly around big trucks. The fiery crash resulted in both an SUV and a big rig being fully engulfed in flames for over an hour, and the freeway where the crash occurred was shut down for several hours as commuters found creative ways to stay entertained. Investigators were thoroughly examining what was left of the two vehicles and were still unsure of a cause for the accident. 

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