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Wrong way accident claims 2 lives; alcohol a factor

A wrong way accident in the greater Los Angeles area left two people, a mother and her daughter, dead. Additionally, another man is in the hospital recovering from injuries that authorities describes as major.

The person who caused this fatal auto accident also was admitted in to the hospital and will be formally charged for crimes related to drunk driving upon release from the hospital. Police arrested this driver at the scene of the accident.

Report suggests automatic safety features aren't perfect

Especially in a state like California that loves technology, cars that have systems built in which can help drivers do a lot of basic safety tasks, like brake or maintain a steady cruising speed, are all the rage. These vehicles are in theory supposed to help drivers avoid accidents and, as an added bonus, conserve energy by preventing fluctuations in speed and jerky starts and stops.

However, a recent report prepared by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which was covered and summarized by a major media outlet, has suggested that these driver assist systems might not be all they promise.

State hopes to improve the safety of the PCH

Few other roadways in the country receive as much attention and traffic as California's Pacific Coast Highway. Referred to as the PCH by locals, this highway offers some of the most beautiful views in the country.

Sadly, it also offers some of the most dangerous driving in the country. In 2017, the PCH saw over 600 accidents. By the end of February, one person had already died and at least 31 accidents were reported on the PCH just in Los Angeles County.

Distracted driving happens most often in the summer

While distracted driving happens throughout the year, a recent study suggests that it is more common for people to drive distracted during the summer months. Specifically, the study found that, relative to other months, the frequency of distracted driving increases by 10 percent during June, July and August.

In practical terms, on average, about 40 percent of drivers on California's roads in the summer are going to be distracted for at least 15 minutes for every hour they drive. For reference, 15 minutes is about half the length of a short television show or the evening news.

Let's talk about the PCH and the accidents that happen on it

If you have lived in California for any length of time, you have probably driven or ridden the Pacific Coast Highway. Parts of the highway offer you beautiful views and windy roads. You may even find a place to stop and admire the scenery.

Many people tend to exercise more caution where the edge of the PCH drops off a cliff, but reports indicate that most of the serious injuries and fatalities that occur on the iconic highway happen on the more urban parts of the roadway.

Motorcycles are cool, but you may have other reasons to ride

Let's face it -- riding a motorcycle is cool. Riding gives many people a freedom they don't get anywhere else, and whether they would admit it or not, others may be jealous of that. They may see you riding and wish it were they, especially when stuck in traffic.

Seeing a motorcycle rider brings up images of road trips to nowhere and a carefree existence for many people. Sure, you may feel that way on occasion, and you may even sit a little taller when you see someone in a passenger car look at you with envy, but there are other reasons you ride that you may wish you could share.

What do the seasons have to do with your vape battery?

Many California residents enjoy vaping. This alternative to smoking has grown in popularity in recent years as a healthier way to kick the habit. Whether you vape in order to stop smoking tobacco products or do it for fun, you have probably heard about the possibility of the battery exploding.

Some people have suffered serious, debilitating and permanent injuries from these explosions. You can take steps to protect yourself from this happening, however. Experts recommend that you not keep your vape battery in your pocket next to other metal things and that you only use good quality batteries. These steps may help, but that's not the end of the story.

Representation of clients in mediation

A previous post on this blog discussed how mediation can be a good way for victims of truck accidents to resolve their claims against a negligent truck driver, that driver's employer and the respective insurance companies involved.

Sometimes, mediation is court-ordered. In other cases, our attorneys can help our clients decide whether mediation is right for them.

Would mediation ever be a good option after a truck accident?

Following a serious California truck accident, and as our blog has discussed on previous occasions, the goal is for the victim to get the compensation he or she needs to pay past and future bills related to the accident and to move on with their life. Moreover, a victim will often deserve at least some compensation for their pain and suffering and other non-economic injuries.

In some cases, a judge may order the victim to mediate with the other side, and the other side's insurance company, in an effort to get the matter resolved. In this case, the victim will have to at least give mediation a good faith effort.

Wrong way driving: another consequence of alcohol use

Although the freeways around greater Los Angeles can be confusing, it would still take a lot of effort, for lack of a better word, for a person to actually start traveling the wrong direction on a limited access, multi-lane highway like the area's Interstates.

After all, there are a lot of warning devices and directional signs, as well as the tell-tale fact that one is driving straight in to oncoming traffic. Still, wrong way driving accidents happen both in Orange County and throughout the rest of the state.

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    TopVerdict.com | Top 50 US Verdicts | Personal Injury | California| 2016 Brian and Matt Easton were recently honored for their efforts in securing a $1,850,000 verdict for a client in 2016, which was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California by TopVerdict.com.
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  • 10 best 2015 client satisfaction | American institute of personal injury attorneys Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been chosen as one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California each year since 2015 based on client satisfaction, an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys - and Easton & Easton houses three of them.
    American board of trial advocate | Orange county chapter Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.
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