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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.

Do you know the most dangerous intersection in California?

If you have lived here in Costa Mesa for any length of time, you have probably driven through other parts of southern California. You probably already know that the traffic here can be treacherous to navigate, and you sometimes wonder how you made it home in one piece whether you take the highway or surface streets.

You certainly aren't alone in those sentiments. California has some of the most dangerous and heavily traveled roads in the country. Many of those roads intersect, and those intersections provide additional dangers. Fortunately, it's not the only thing the state is known for. Even so, many of the state's intersections see more than their fair share of serious and deadly crashes.

Chrysler recall raises questions about future automation

Those residents of Costa Mesa and other parts of Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area who pay attention to the news probably realize that cars are getting more and more automated. There are already some cars on the market or being tested that can, to a large extent, operate with minimal involvement from the driver.

However, with this increased use of technology, as convenient as it is, there also come additional safety risks. The technology can fail outright, which can cause an accident. In other cases, the technology may work, but may do so only in a confusing or unexpected manner. Again, the end result could be a serious accident.

Would settling your claim better serve your interests?

The first thing your mind registered was that the scenery suddenly looked different. Perhaps the next thing was the sound of crunching metal and the smells of antifreeze, gasoline and electrical components. By the time you realized you were just in an accident, it was over. An investigation into the crash indicates that the other driver caused it.

The insurance company may have already contacted you to offer you a settlement, but you aren't quite sure whether you should take it. More than likely, the offered settlement is less than the real value of your case. You may consider filing a personal injury claim but wonder if settling would better serve your interests. In order to preserve your right to file a claim in a California civil court, you might choose to file a lawsuit, but that doesn't mean you can't continue to negotiate a settlement. Before taking any of these actions, and before you talk to the insurance company, it's a good idea to consult with an attorney.

Hundreds of children hurt on bicycles each day

The greater Los Angeles area and Southern California in general is a great place for children to ride a bicycle, especially in the summer months when school is not in session.

However, a recent study, which was reported in local news outlets, highlighted the huge problem both California and the rest of the country have with bicycle safety, particularly with respect to minor children who tend to use their bicycles as their primary means of transportation.

Most victims of fatal truck accidents are in passenger cars

Anecdotally, it is easy to understand how after a serious accident involving a large truck, the occupants of a passenger vehicle get the worst of the accident's aftermath. The sheer difference in size between a car and a truck make it much more likely, just a matter of physics, that the car will be crushed or seriously damaged and the occupants hurt or killed.

Statistics compiled by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration and other sources back up this assumption. Of the almost 4,000 people who died in truck accidents in 2016, the last year statistics were available, about two-thirds of them were traveling in automobiles. An additional 16 percent of victims were traveling by motorcycle or bicycle or were pedestrians.

How pedestrians can keep themselves safe

Walking is one of the cheapest ways to get around and get into shape. All you need is a good pair of shoes and your own two feet. You can walk just about anywhere and get into places that vehicles can't. That may be simplifying taking to the road as a pedestrian since it takes more time and effort to reach your destination, and you will probably end up having to share the road with vehicles at some point in your travels.

Anytime you are in close proximity with vehicles, your life is at risk. Even on a sidewalk, you need to remain vigilant since drivers have been known to do some crazy things behind the wheel. Cars don't often jump the curb and drive on the sidewalk, but crazier things have happened. Moreover, if an accident occurs near you, flying debris, including the car itself, could come hurtling toward you and cause you injury.

Matt Easton talks legal tech in July issue of Southern California Rising Stars!

Matt recently shared his views on how the use of technology in the legal practice has evolved, and indeed become essential, in and out of the courtroom.  He provides valuable insight into the hardward, software, and apps he uses in his practice.  Learn how Matt is leveraging technology to help his clients by clicking the link to the full article at: Matt Easton On How Legal Tech Can Help Level The Playing Field 

Another drunk driving accident kills two highway workers

Seeing orange barrels and construction signs erected can make drivers feel frustrated. However, all motorists must drive responsibly in construction zones. Anything that impairs their ability to do so, such as the consumption of alcohol, could lead to a catastrophic fatal accident.

Another Orange County drunk driving accident occurred, this time in Santa Ana. The crash left two highway construction workers dead. According to reports, a drunk motorist ran in to a pickup truck that was parked in the road's bike lane. The two construction workers who died were reportedly in the bike lane erecting warning signs of construction that was taking place down the road. Police say that the man who hit the construction workers had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent, which is well over the 0.08 legal limit in California.

Avoid doing these things when dealing with car insurance claims

After an accident, all you want to do is get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. If you suffered injuries, this could mean days, weeks or months of recuperation and recovery, depending on how badly you were hurt. You may quickly understand that you'll be losing income and incurring a significant amount of medical bills even if you have a good health insurance plan.

This can understandably cause stress and even panic. In your haste to relieve your financial stress, you could make some costly mistakes with the insurance company, and that is exactly what the insurance company counts on you doing. Instead, if you take a deep breath and slow down, you may actually receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.

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