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Your headlights aren’t good enough

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, well known for crash testing cars to see how well they protect people in an accident, tested the performance of 82 headlights on 31 different cars. The reports were dismal. Only one car tested was rated “Good.” And that was just with LED headlights. The Prius equipped with headlights passed the test with a Good rating, when it was equipped with LED lights and high beam assist. The other 30 cars failed, and the Prius also failed when equipped with Halogen lights. LED lights do better on the tests than Halogen lights in general. The IIHS thinks that headlights shoot illuminate at least 330 feet straight ahead. Motorists going at least 60 mph might not have enough light to see hazards in time to stop.   Read more here  

Properly restraining your children in the car is important

San Diego Child Death Car Accident Lawyer Discusses Proper Car Seat Installation According to a new report in the Journal of Pediatrics, up to “43 Percent Of Kids Killed In Car Crashes Aren’t Properly Restrained.” Some estimate as many as 95% of families install their newborn’s car seats improperly. 75% of families face their childrens’ car seats the wrong way, and many older kids aren’t using booster seats as recommended. The report from The Journal of Pediatrics presented several factors that may increase the likelihood of the death of a child in a motor vehicle accident in the US based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The report looked at 18,116 kids under 15 involved in fatal crashes from 2010 to 2014. Of those 18,116 kids, nearly 16% of them died in that crash. 43% of those kids who died in the accident were improperly restrained, or even worse, … Read More

Getting a fair offer from the insurance adjuster on your own

San Diego personal injury and car accident lawyer discusses obtaining a fair offer from the insurance adjuster I probably don’t even have to tell you that getting a reasonable offer from the insurance companies on your own is tough. The insurance companies aren’t in the business of paying out as much as they can. On the contrary, they’re out to pay as little as they can. If they can get you to accept $1,000 when you might win $10,000 or more from a jury, that’s a huge win for them. They have endless amounts of data from many trials and settlements. They have a good idea what you would win in a jury trial (although there are always surprises). They also know that if they can get you to accept a lower amount in settlement, they’ll have great numbers to tell their supervisors and managers. So if you’re in a … Read More

How do pre-existing injuries affect your San Diego personal injury case

Will prior injuries or preexisting injuries destroy or affect my injury claim? Not necessarily. Having a preexisting injury isn’t going to destroy your case. When someone causes your injuries, due to their own negligence, they are responsible for the damage they cause. So long as the most recent accident caused your injuries, and you can show this, you are entitled to full and fair compensation. Now, your prior injuries and preexisting conditions are important to your case. You need to disclose all of your injuries to your attorney, whether they happened right before the most recent accident or 20 years ago. Preexisting conditions need to be disclosed so that an analysis can be done. We need to determine if your present symptoms are caused by the most recent accident. Maybe it is a mix of existing symptoms that are made worse by the most recent accident. Also, preexisting conditions can … Read More

Seatbelt usage will reduce injury in car accidents

Seat belts are extremely effective in reducing injuries and the severity of those injuries passengers suffer in car accidents. Despite this, many people choose not to buckle up. There are many reasons that show why this is a terrible idea. First, the stats. Seat beat usage reduces injury by up to 50%. Airbags are not a replacent for a properly secured seat belt, but an airbag + seatbelt is the best protection 2.3 million people are treated in emergency rooms each year due to car accidents Younger passengers are less likely to wear a seatbelt Men are less likely to wear one than women People in rural areas are less likely to wear a seatbelt than those from urban areas. So, the evidence shows, it’s a good idea to wear your seat belt. How wearing a seatbelt can destroy your car accident case But that’s not all. There is a … Read More

Is your car recalled, or in need of repairs?

San Diego Car Accident Attorney Discusses Used Vehicles Under Recall According to research conducted by Carfax, there were 2 million cars advertised in 2012 … that were under a product recall and in need of repairs. And those were just from the cars sold online that Carfax was able to catalog. The real number is actually much higher. So how does Carfax even know which cars have not been repaired? Because car manufacturers and dealers track the Vehicle Identification Number of each car that is repaired. So is selling a car that is under recall but not repaired, a good thing or a bad thing for you? Both. It’s bad because vehicles with potential defects large enough to warrant a recall are not repaired, and you may end up driving yourself, family and friends in that car. On the other hand, if you are aware of the recall, you can … Read More

Turning left over double solid yellow lines in California

San Diego Car Accident lawyer discusses what happens when you turn left over double yellow lines In California, what happens when the road has double yellow lines? Can you turn across them? Yes, if there are two solid yellow lines, you can still turn left across them, as long as a few rules are followed. This is important because if you are in a car accident and your car or the other car crossed these double yellow lines, these rules can help determine who caused the accident. Solid double yellow lines indicates the center of the road with two way traffic. If there are solid double yellow lines dividing road, it means simply that you cannot pass a car in front of you by crossing these lines (and driving to the left of the lines). On some roads there may be two yellow lines, but one will be solid while … Read More

Will hiring a personal injury lawyer increase the value of your case?

When does hiring a personal injury lawyer increase the value of the case? Studies by the Insurance Research Council (an insurance organization) consistently show, injured victims who hire attorneys to represent them in their car accident cases recover 40% to 350% more than those who don’t. Why? Because insurance companies hire adjusters to pay you as little as they can get away with. So if you don’t hire an attorney, they will often refuse to pay you reasonable value for your injuries. Without a reasonable threat of a lawsuit, they will offer unreasonably low amounts, hoping you get frustrated and settle. Unfortunately this happens enough for them to keep with this strategy. When hiring a personal injury lawyer doesn’t help There are times when perhaps hiring a lawyer will not help. When the accident, injuries and medical costs are relatively minor, you might not gain a financial advantage by hiring … Read More

Swimming With Sharks: Dealing with Insurance Companies, Adjusters and Defense Attorneys

I battle insurance companies, adjusters, and defense attorneys on a daily basis. I battle them to fight for justice for my clients, injured victims in accidents caused by someone else. After spending years battling insurance companies and their hired defenders, I learned that they have a playbook that is remarkably similar across all insurance companies, and the many different adjusters and attorneys. The playbook can be boiled down to 3 words: Delay. Deny. Defend. In order to maximize profits, insurance companies will gladly take your insurance premiums every single month. But when it comes time to file a claim they will Delay processing of your claim. Delay payment of your claim. Deny your claim. Defend against your lawsuit. Most adjusters and defense attorneys are not bad people. Some are, but most are not. But they have a directive they must carry out. So it leads them to do some very … Read More

The insurance company adjuster is calling you, and they want to “talk.” Do you answer?

The insurance company adjuster is calling you, and they want to “talk.” Do you answer? No. Ok, you can answer the call. But there is no need to tell the insurance company anything. The insurance company is calling you for one thing. To figure out how they are going to minimize any payments to you. That goes for the other driver’s insurance company, as well as your own insurance company. Yes, your own insurance company knows there is often a chance they will have to pay you for your injuries as well. If you carry Uninsured Motorist Coverage, your company may be on the hook to compensate you for your medical bills and pain and suffering. So when your own adjuster calls you, go ahead and answer. But be very careful what you say. Eventually you may be required to give a statement under the terms of your policy. But … Read More