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Wrongful death of motorcyclist could be due to inattentive driver

There are so many good and positive reasons that Costa Mesa residents decide to travel by motorcycle. One great reason is the feel of the open-road. Also, more practically, the gas mileage and effect of the environment is less and thus attractive to many travelers. Others use motorcycling as a time to bond with friends and family.

For all the positive aspects of motorcycling, there are also the downsides. For those who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, they know how dangerous motorcycles can be. Oftentimes, it isn't the motorcyclist or the bike that causes the motorcyclist's untimely death. The real danger is the other motor vehicles traveling alongside, and sometimes colliding, with motorcyclists.

Do you know what type of distracted driving caused your accident?

If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may assume that a cellphone was involved in some capacity. In reality, there are many different types of distraction, and they all pose a deadly threat to every other driver and passenger on California roads.

When distraction is a factor in a serious car accident, it can be useful to understand the different types of distraction and how they impact a person's ability to drive safely. If you are a victim of any type of distracted driving motor vehicle accident, you have the right to a full and fair recovery.

Head-on collision with semi-truck takes one life near Fresno

The sudden loss of a loved one can be absolutely devastating and a huge shock for friends and family. The first question many people ask is, why did this happen? California authorities are trying to answer that question after a motor-vehicle collided with a semi-truck, head-on. Some details have emerged as to what happened that day.

The truck accident occurred just before noon on California's Highway 59, near the intersection of Grant Street. It appears that a family was traveling in an SUV, all in total, 5 passengers were in the vehicle when one of the vehicles traveled over the center lane. This caused the semi-truck and the vehicle to collide. It isn't clear at this point which vehicle crossed-over the center line, or why.

Is CA driver negligent if bicyclist was hit in bike lane?

Bicyclists are all over California roads, and for good reason. Bicycling has great health benefits, is good for the environment and is over-all a great way to commute to work or to get around in your daily life. When you choose to be a bicyclist, you will inevitably come into contact with motor-vehicles on your daily routes. Some bicyclists end up coming much closer than they bargained for when they are involved in a bicycle accident.

Many California roads offer bike lanes or bike buffer zones that are in place to prevent bicycle accidents from happening. You can recognize a bicycle buffer zone by the buffered space around the bike lane that increases the space between bikes and cars or parked cars. These buffer zones are usually marked with painted strips and sometimes with images of bicycles on the pavement to denote the adjacent bike lane.

When consumers are injured by defective products

By consumer goods and products is a rather routine action for residents in California and elsewhere. In most cases, these products maintain a necessary role in our daily lives and even in society. Therefore, we rely on these consumer goods essentially each and every day. Even when a consumer uses a product as it was intended, unfortunately, products don't always function as they should. This could cause the product to simply not work at all; however, in some unfortunate cases, a defective product could fall in the hands of a consumer, resulting in serious or fatal injuries.

No one ever expects to be injured by a product, but this unfortunately occurs when defective and dangerous products enter into commerce. While manufacturers are required to warn consumers of certain risks or dangers associated with a product, sometime this duty is not always met.

Statistics of drunk driving accidents

Unfortunately, not all drivers are safe when they get behind the wheel. Even though motorists in California are aware of the rules of the road and what it takes to be a safe driver, various types of negligence and recklessness can occur. One serious type of reckless behavior is drunk driving. Such a situation does not only generate risks for the driver and his or her passengers but it also creates many serious dangers for other travelers on the roadways.

According to the bureau of transportation, a drunk driving accident occurs every two hours. Frequently, the consequences resulting from a drunk driving accident are arrests, property damage, injuries and deaths. According to recent statistics, roughly 4 million adults in the U.S. report that they have driven at least once under the influence of alcohol.

Officer injured when struck by drunk driver

Residents in Costa Mesa unfortunately encounter automobile accidents rather frequently. Whether it is a minor fender-bender during rush hour traffic or a severe crash caused by a negligent driver, it is important that motorists pass accident sites with much caution. In some cases, travelers might encounter vehicles pulled off to the side of the road because they have car trouble. Even though this is not an accident site, it is still critical to use caution. The failure to do so could result in a serious and unexpected collision.

This is what happened recently when a California Highway patrol officer was assisting a motorist whose vehicle was disabled on the side of the road. The disabled vehicle was on the side of the road on Orange Freeway going southbound. When the officer stopped to assist the motorist, another vehicle rear-ended his patrol car. Police said the officer suffered minor or moderate injuries.

What are the common causes of a motorcycle accident?

It is not rare for Costa Mesa residents to enjoy a motorcycle ride. Due to pleasant weather year-round, most motorcyclists will ride their bikes throughout the year. While it is common for motorists to share the road with bikers, some drivers fail to take precautions when traveling near a motorcyclist or encountering one on the roadway. Thus, a negligent or distracted driver could easily be the cause of a serious, or even fatal, motorcycle crash.

A motorcycle accident is considered a complex event that involves many working parts. In most cases, this tragic event involves the interaction of human errors, multiple vehicles and environmental factors. Although there is no typical type of motorcycle accident, recent statistics suggest that roughly 80 percent of motorcycle collisions result in injuries or death to the motorcyclists or their passengers.

Statistics and facts for bicycle accidents

Going for a bike ride is not just a way for residents in California to enjoy a beautiful day outside. It is also an eco-friendly way to get around and a means of transportation utilized by many residents. While it is an effective mode of transportation, it is also one the carries with it many risks. Bicyclists travel in areas where motorists frequent; therefore, cyclists and motorists need to constantly be aware of one another in order to avoid a collision.

According to statistics by the National Highway and Traffic Administration, bicycle accidents account for 2 percent of all traffic related deaths as well as 2 percent of all crash-related injuries in 2014. Based on this data, these fatal crashes were most likely to occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Additionally, these fatal collisions were most likely to occur in urban areas.

Protecting your rights following a bicycle crash

It is not uncommon for residents in California to enjoy a nice stroll outside or a bike ride. While many of these ventures take place near roadways, there are frequently sidewalks and bike lanes to add safety and protection for these travelers. Despite efforts to increase safety for cyclists, motorists, unfortunately, still collide with them. While it is clear that bicyclists are well aware of the risks associated with bike riding, only so much can be done to protect them from negligent or reckless drivers.

Due to their larger size and greater speed of travel, a collision with an automobile often leaves a biker with serious injuries that could be life threatening. The aftermath of a bicycle accident could be tragic, and an accident victim could suffer severe injuries and large medical expenses. At Easton & Easton, LLP, our experienced legal team is dedicated to protecting the rights of those injured in bike accidents.

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