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Are Boats Required to Have Insurance in California?

  California law does not require boaters to insure their boats. Despite California’s policy on boater’s insurance, it is wise to get coverage to minimize risks to your personal assets. Boating insurance is like car or home insurance; it covers

Fatal Car Accident in Wheatland, CA

This morning, a serious collision occurred on Highway 65 near Wheatland in Placer County. According to California Highway Patrol (CHP), the three car, head-on accident occurred after a woman driving southbound on Highway 65 crossed over the double yellow lines into incoming traffic. After the motorist crossed the double-yellow center line she struck an SUV head-on, which then spun out of control and was hit by a nearby pickup truck. The woman died at the scene, while the man in the SUV was airlifted to a nearby hospital with life threatening injuries. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck were not injured. Both Directions of Highway 65 were closed as a result of the accident, reopening about two hours later.

Although it has not yet been determined what caused the driver to veer of course, California Highway Patrol has determined common causes of collisions. Alcohol, for example, was involved in about 90 fatal collisions in 2013. Placer County specifically, had 105 injuries and 4 fatalities involving alcohol and motor vehicles in 2013. Fatal collisions are also often caused by collisions with trucks. In 2013, 256 such fatalities occurred.

In California, drivers owe others on the road, including pedestrians and other vehicles, a duty to drive reasonably. The failure to drive reasonably, such as by failing to look out for obstacles or control the speed of the vehicle, may result in negligent driving. Contact a California personal injury attorney if you have recently been involved in a collision for a consultation regarding your legal rights.

Tragic Orland Car Accident Kills 15 Year Old

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On Tuesday, June 7,  a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer crashed into stopped traffic in a construction zone on the I-5 in Orland, CA . The officer, distracted by his computer, failed to see the traffic slowing down ahead of him and rear-ended a Hyundai Elantra. The resulting crash tragically killed 15-year old Willows resident Weston Sites and injured two other teenagers, who were taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico. CHP officers on the scene stated that a separate investigation team would be handling the investigation.

Distracted Driving Statistics

Distracted driving poses a significant risk to drivers everywhere. Using devices such as computers or handheld electronic requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention, thus increasing the likelihood of accident while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) , in the US in 2014 alone, 3,179 deaths and 431,000 injuries resulted from motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. The National Occupant Protection Use Survey reports that approximately 660,000 drivers are using electronic devices at any given moment across America, and that this number has been consistent since 2010.

Legal Rights of Those Injured

Legally, drivers owe a heightened duty of care when compared to pedestrians due to the potential significant damage a vehicle can cause if misused. A driver’s breach of this duty of care subjects the driver to civil penalties such that the harm done to others may be mitigated. Those in Northern California suffering injury resulting from a distracted driving incident, or those whose loved ones have suffered such harm, would do well to seek the services of a Northern California personal injury attorney.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Weston Sites. We wish the injured teenagers the best in their efforts toward recovery.

I-5 Big Rig Crash Kills Driver: Hydroplaning A Cause?

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December 10, 2015- The California Highway Patrol (CHP) investigates a fatal big rig crash early Thursday morning in Sacramento. The crash occurred on Interstate 5 (I-5) at 6 am when a Fed Ex truck driver lost control, jumped the center divider and crossed into northbound traffic killing a pickup driver. The CHP does not know the reason for the crash but states hydroplaning on the wet roadway is a possible factor.

Driving in wet conditions can cause hydroplaning- when a layer of water builds between the tires of the car and the road surface, resulting in a loss of traction that prevents the car from responding to control inputs. Hydroplaning can occur even when the road is slightly damp. When the car hydroplanes, you should not immediately apply the brake. Braking without regaining traction causes the car to skid and lose control. If you are hydroplaning, ease off the accelerator, allow the car to decelerate enough to regain traction (once the wheels reconnect with the road surface), and then apply the brake smoothly.

How to recover from hydroplaning:

Driving safely during rain or snow is especially important for professional drivers. The weight and center of gravity of a big rig, truck and semi-truck play a part in controlling the vehicle while driving in extreme conditions. The center of gravity determines the safe speed for curves and turns.  The higher the center of gravity, the higher the chance the vehicle will tip during a curve. If a driver takes a curve too fast, they can lose control. For instance, tires can lose traction and cause skid. Under wet conditions, rigs are more likely to hydroplane decreasing their ability to steer or brake causing them to lose control.

Traction decreases on wet pavement whether or not hydroplaning occurs. All drivers should be careful and prevent their car from hydroplaning.

How to prevent hydroplaning:

If you have been harmed by the negligent actions of a professional driver, contact a dedicated personal injury attorney at Kershaw, Cook & Talley PC. Call us for a free case consultation at 888-997-5170.

Distracted Driving is Deadly Driving

Distracted Driver Kills Father, Son Left In Critical Condition 

Sacramento, CA- CBS Sacramento reported on a father who was killed and his son left in critical condition after a car hit them Sunday morning. Mustafa and his son Andrew were biking in their neighborhood when a distracted driver was texting and drifted into their bike lane. Unfortunately, Mustafa and Andrew were not wearing helmets yet rode their bikes in the bike lane. Just a week ago, the family immigrated to the United States from a village in Afghanistan in fear of ISIS retaliation. They came to the United States to start a new life, a safer life.

Distracted Driving Statistics 

Distracted driving is deadly driving. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in distraction-affected crashes, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and VTTI.

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Potential Legal Claims

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) states the driver stayed at the scene and the investigation is ongoing. No arrests were made. Texting while driving is against the law in Sacramento County and in the state of California. In this situation, the at-fault party is generally liable for injuries or losses occurring as a result of their distracted driving.

If you are involved in an accident resulting from the distracted driving of another driver, you are potentially entitled to compensation.  Our experienced distracted driving accident attorneys in Sacramento will seek maximum compensation for you or your loved one’s full recovery.

Dixon Teacher Killed In Fairfield Car Accident

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Dixon Teacher Killed in Fairfield Car Accident

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating a rollover crash that claimed the lives of three people in Fairfield, California on early Sunday morning just after midnight.

Katie Anderson, a Dixon teacher, was one of three individuals who died in the single car crash. According to CBS Sacramento, the accident occurred on westbound 80 on the North Texas Street off-ramp. Two people were pronounced dead on the scene and a third was pronounced dead at the hospital. A fourth person is in critical condition. These victims’ identities are not revealed.

Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims involved in the crash. We hope the individual suffering major injuries makes a full recovery.

Fairfield Collision Fatalities and Injuries Statistics

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 562 victims either killed or injured were involved in a collision during the 2012 year in Fairfield. In the 2012 report, approximately 39 fatal and injury collisions occurred at nighttime between the hours of 9PM and 3AM.

What Caused the Rollover Crash?

The cause of the crash is still unknown. California Highway Patrol is examining the cause of the crash. There are many factors that can account for a rollover crash. The news report mentioned the victims were in a truck. Trucks have a high center of gravity which potentially makes this type of vehicle more susceptible to rolling over. Additionally, speeding and driving under the influence can play a part in auto accidents. There is also the consideration of road conditions at the time of the accident. Was there road work? Was the area undergoing construction?   There are many unanswered questions. Finding causation may bring closure to the families of the parties killed by this tragic accident.

 

Man Killed by Hit and Run Driver in Arden-Arcade

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Man Killed by Hit and Run Driver in Arden-Arcade

Authorities are investigating a hit and run accident that killed 54 year old Stephen Vuletich of Sacramento.  According to a news report in the Sacramento Bee, at approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday June 3rd, 2015, Vuletich was crossing Marconi Avenue diagonally from the northeast corner of Calderwood Lane when he was struck by a red sedan.  The driver of the red sedan was traveling eastbound on Marconi east of Fulton Avenue and fled the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.  Vuletich was pronounced dead at the scene.

Our thoughts go out to the family of Mr. Vuletich.  We hope any witnesses to the collision or anyone in whom the driver confides about the collision does the right thing and comes forward with that information to law enforcement authorities.

Hit and Run Statistics

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 193 fatalities and injuries were reported in 2012 involving traffic collisions with pedestrians in the city of Sacramento.

What Caused This Collision?

The report does not state the cause of the collision.  What we know is that it appears Mr. Vuletich was crossing Marconi Avenue from the northeast corner of Calderwood Lane by the Bank of America and Citibank.  This is an area on Marconi where the roadway transitions from an eastbound left turn lane to a reversible lane.  There is a bus stop on the south side of Marconi and it does not seem as if there are any visual obstructions, such as trees, in the center of the road.

There are many questions that still need to be answered to determine fault in this collision.  To be sure, Mr. Vuletich was crossing outside of a crosswalk.  Was he wearing dark or light clothing?  Was the driver speeding?  On their phone or texting?  Distracted by the radio or a passenger?  What were the traffic conditions at that moment?  Was the driver’s view obstructed by other vehicles?  Were they tired or under the influence of alcohol or a drug?

Certainly the authorities will learn more about the cause of the collision as the investigation continues.  In any event, by fleeing the scene after the collision the driver is likely guilty of violating California Vehicle Code section 20001, commonly known as a Hit and Run, following injury or death.  This is a crime in which the District Attorney has the discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or felony based on their assessment of the crime.

Victim’s Family’s Legal Rights

If the driver of the sedan is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for the wrongful death of Mr. Vuletich.  This claim is generally brought by the surviving family members and the law sets forth the order of priority of who gets to file this type of claim.  In a wrongful death claim, the eligible surviving family members can recover money damages for the loss of love, companionship, comfort, affection, society, solace, and moral support from their lost loved one.  In addition, they can recover the value of household services that loved one would have provided in the future, as well as value of future financial support they would have received but for the death.  They can also obtain the costs of burial and funeral expenses.

Again, our sympathies are extended to the family of this tragedy.  They would be well advised to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney who will aggressively protect their legal rights and interests so they may focus on the grieving process.

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We provide free case consultations. If you, or a loved one, suffered an injury due to another’s negligence or wrongful conduct, call our firm. We will examine your individual situation and explain your legal rights. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing injured individuals, in both jury trials and settlement negotiations.

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