Engineering Safety: Most crashes caused by driver behavior

“It’s hard to engineer human behavior,” says Diane Myers-Krug, of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

This study and many others confirm that driver and pedestrian error account for the majority of pedestrian accidents every year.  While it is great that vehicle manufacturers continue to develop technology meant to reduce these incidents, nothing will ever replace good driving behavior including not being distracted visually or cognitively while behind the wheel of a car.

For more information on pedestrian v. auto claims in California go to:

http://www.victimslawyer.com/pedestrian-accidents-california/

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Choosing Motorcycle Tires Can Mean The Difference Between The Perfect Ride and A Bike Crash: Here’s How to Do It!

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Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Whether you have a cruiser, a sport bike or an off road motorcycle, choosing the right tires is crucial to safe riding.  The wrong tire type of worn tires can cause a loss of control and a bike wreck.  This is a great resource with tables covering the different types of bikes and bike tires.


For more information on motorcycle accident claims in California go to:


http://www.victimslawyer.com/motorcycle-accidents/

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Sacramento jury awards paraplegic woman $31.9 million – The Sacramento Bee

A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury and was rendered paraplegic in a 2010 traffic collision near Isleton was awarded $31.9million Friday by a Sacramento Superior Court jury.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

While some may see this as another “runaway jury” situation, I think it is fantastic that juries are willing to follow the law and award large verdicts like this to seriously injured persons.  Traumatic brain injury claims and claims for personal injury related to spinal injuries causing paralysis are impact both the injured party and their family for a lifetime.  There are medical costs and expenses associated with providing sufficient home healthcare and other assistance that allows these victims and their families to try to regain some sense of normalcy after a catastrophic bodily injury  like this one. In addition, California law requires juries to award “general damages” for “physical pain, mental suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, physical impairment, inconvenience, anxiety and humiliation” caused from the physical injury (See California Civil Jury Instructions 3905a).  While no fixed standard exists for such an award, a jury must take account for every aspect of a person’s life that has been affected by the incident.

For more information on personal injury laws and claims in California go to:  http://www.victimslawyer.com

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ASK A COP: All You Need to Know About Cars and Pedestrians in the Crosswalk

Most pedestrian have worried for their safety at a crosswalk. For drivers–what’s the law?

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

This is a good discussion from a California Highway Patrol officer about the legal rights of drivers and pedestrians with respect to crosswalk right of ways.  The bottom line is that the driver must yield to a pedestrian lawfully in the crosswalk but, the person on foot also has an obligation not to cross the roadway until it is safe to do so.  In reality, the California Vehicle Code sections come down to common sense on the part of the motorist and the pedestrian.

Click here for more information on pedestrian accident and injury claims in California:

http://www.victimslawyer.com/pedestrian-accidents-california/

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Cycling safety solutions – infrastructure or attitudes? | Urban …

I was cycling through Preston the other day, riding to the left of a lane shared with cars as the “bicycle lane” was full of parked cars. A motorist in a four-wheel drive overtook me at some speed with less than a foot between us.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

As a bike accident attorney practicing in the urban area of Los Angeles, I have to say that it is always a bit of both.  While more bike lanes (especially segregated ones that have a barrier between vehicular traffic) and other measures certainly help to reduce bike crashes, it is only when motor vehicle operators decide that they will look out for cyclists and truly share the road that bike safety can be acheived.

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