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Virginia motorcycle deaths up 45 percent from last year

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on May 3, 2012

In the state of Virginia, fatal motorcycle collisions have increased 45 percent in 2012 in comparison to this time last year. So far this year, 17 motorcyclists have been killed in collisions throughout the state, according to statistics provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles, in comparison to the 12 motorcyclists killed by this point in 2011. Throughout the entire year of 2011, 90 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents in the state of Virginia, and more than 2,000 more were injured, according to data provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles in a release reminding motorists that May has been declared Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Approximately nine out of 10 of the fatal motorcycle collisions that occurred in 2011 were caused by motorcyclists losing control of their vehicles at high speeds, and nearly 50 percent of all collisions were single vehicle accidents involving the motorcycle by itself, and 28 percent of all deadly accidents were linked to alcohol use. The Department of Motor Vehicles hopes to combat the increased rate of motorcycle fatalities this year with a public safety awareness program emphasizing correct motorcycle operating procedures and thorough biker education programs.

As a Ventura personal injury lawyer, I hope these and other public safety awareness programs are successful in their missions to make the roads less dangerous for all motorists. If you or a loved one has been injured in any sort of traffic accident, please consider contacting a car accident attorney in Ventura.

Tax deadline increases fatal accident risk, study says

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 11, 2012

According to the results of a research study published in a recent medical journal, U.S. drivers face a higher risk of being involved in a fatal automotive collision on income tax day. Researchers compiled the Internal Revenue Service’s tax day data from 1980 through 2009, and cross referenced the deadline dates with fatal accident statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Approximately 19,500 Americans were killed in income tax day traffic accidents during the 30 year time span covered by the study, an average of 226 fatalities each day. On control days, defined by the researchers as days one week before and one week after each year’s income tax deadline day, 13,000 people died. According to the research study, an average of 13 additional people are killed in automotive accidents on income tax deadline days. The increased risk of becoming involved in a fatal traffic collision Americans experience on tax deadline day is comparable to the similar rise in automotive accident deaths posed by Super Bowl Sunday, according to researchers. The pressure imposed by the taxing deadline, possibly compounded by the increased use of drugs and alcohol, may impair the judgment and occupy the attention of many motorists on income tax filing day, the study’s authors speculate,  but they conclude that more research needs to be done on the topic to determine the specific causes of the increase in accident deaths.

As a San Diego car accident attorney, I hope motorists will take extra precautions on days when traffic might be more dangerous than usual. If you have been injured in an automotive collision, please consider contacting a San Diego personal injury attorney.

California Drivers Extremely Concerned With Distracted Driving

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 30, 2011

According to recent statistics reported by many news articles, the use of cell phones and other technologies is the main cause of the increase in deaths related to distracted driving accidents.

The authoritative reports from California transportation safety officials demonstrate that the most common distraction among young adults is unfortunately, texting while driving. The state of California has seen an alarming increase in fatal accidents caused by young adults texting while driving in the past year.

In California alone, official reports point to a staggering number of 600 fatal accidents a year related to cell phone usage while driving. Ten years ago, when the usage of cell phone wasn’t as popular, the number of deaths related to distracted driving incidents in the state were as low as 300.

Any car accident lawyer in Los Angeles is unfortunately quite familiar with fatal accidents related to distracted drivers. In most of these accidents, fatalities could have been prevented if drivers kept their eyes on the road and stayed away from the temptation of using their cell phones while driving.

Contact a proficient Los Angeles personal injury lawyer whenever you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by the recklessness of a distracted driver.

To Ensure Kids Are Strapped Properly Is a Priority for Local Authorities

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 28, 2011

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer and a parent I recognize that all parents will do anything in their power to protect their children.

Sometimes, not even all the care in the world can prevent a child from being involved in a severe or even fatal car accident. Authorities feel the same way and have been trying to educate parents so the number of preventable tragic accidents involving children will lower considerably.

According to several news sources, young children are often put in danger because safety car seats the parents purchase to keep their kids safe while traveling aren’t always installed properly. Studies report that over 70 percent of the time, children seats aren’t strapped in the safest way to the vehicle.

Police Officials say that most of the time, the issues regarding the placement of the seats involved with most of the children-related accidents are minor and simple to have been solved. Officers point out that in some cases the seats purchased by parents aren’t the right size for their children’s age or weight.

Personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles know that children’s safety comes first and that education and proper training should eradicate all risks to kids traveling along with their parents in a safety car seat.

Education Projects Must be Created to Include Cyclists, Pedestrians and Drivers

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 14, 2011

According to a letter from the commissioner from the Departments of Transportation, the issue related to the lack of regard from motorists and riders toward pedestrians and bicycle riders is a sad reality.

He states that improved sidewalks, well maintained and better marked crosswalks, improved intersections with sharper signals, accessible space to the mobility impaired etc, will make the difference in the fight against the staggering number of accidents related to vehicle versus pedestrians and bikers.

The report from the commissioner also revealed that last year in New Jersey alone, 13 bicyclists and 141 pedestrians have been struck and allegedly killed by cars or trucks on various New Jersey roads. An even sadder number if we consider the fact that five out of these 112 fatalities were under the age of 18.

Adopting local initiatives to eradicate this elevated number of accidents is a noble act but it must be focused on education.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I urge all drivers to learn about road safety and what you can do to make your community a safer place for bicyclists and pedestrians.

In the case you find yourself fighting in a bicycle versus accident, remember to have a professional personal injury lawyer assisting you with your case.

City Officials Promote Bicycle Safety

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on November 9, 2011

According to many news sources, Lafayette Parish has seen many of its residents being involved in bicycle crashes in the past 5 years, 344 to be exact. Residents have seen 18 of these crashes resulting in severe injuries and 7 fatal incidents. According to city officials, people are fed up. Awareness must be brought to the locals so this staggering number of casualties will be a thing of the past.

Local news articles have reported that the city is getting many measures done to bring awareness to the bicycle safety issue. Education is the number one priority at this stage. The public must be aware of the laws and aware of how to deal with cyclists when driving down the road.

Education for bicyclists is also a priority. Bikers should never ride against the traffic, according to an official. Headlamps and flashing red tail lamps are important when riding during nighttime and, as far as motorist’s education goes, drivers should be aware of their vehicle power: the car must be three feet away from the cyclists when passing them.

After education, biker friendly paths will be increased, according to local reports. The city hopes to prevent possible accidents in the future.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer I hope that Lafayette Parish may be successful in bringing awareness to its residents, drivers or riders alike. Bicycle safety is a major priority for my fellow personal injury lawyers and me.

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