The Oakland Tribune reports that Oakland has the fewest DUI car crashes among California's biggest cities. The study reviewed 13 of the state's biggest cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento.
The number of Oakland pedestrian accidents and hit-and-run injuries placed them at #3. Oakland ranked #5 for bike accidents.
If you have been injured in a DUI accident, or any other injury throughout the Bay Area, an experienced California personal injury lawyer can help.
The study reports that the 131 people were injured or killed in Oakland accidents where alcohol was involved. Although this number is still too high, it is a significant improvement. The city's partnership with a number of nationwide and statewide sobriety programs is credited with the improvement.
The Oakland Police Department has just received a traffic safety grant to look at ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.
Many factors are at play in any type of accident. Roadway conditions, driver distraction, and simple awareness of the rules of the road all impact the number, type and severity of roadway collisions and accidents. A knowledgeable California personal injury attorney can investigate the facts surrounding any accident and evaluate your options.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any accident, contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping those injured by the negligence of others.
The Santa Cruz Patch reports that this past week the California Highway Patrol (CHP) began cracking down on distracted drivers. As part of a zero-tolerance enforcement campaign, the CHP will seek out and ticket those drivers who violate the state's hands-free cell-phone law. Reports indicate that in 2008, more than 30,000 California drivers had car accidents due to distraction. The leading cause of distraction - cell phone usage.
Other forms of distraction include eating, drinking, applying make-up, using a GPS, and adjusting the radio. As stated by a CHP officer, when California drivers are multi-tasking, they put both themselves at risk as well as increasing the risk of "injuring or killing their passengers, bicyclists, pedestrians or innocent victims traveling in another vehicle."
Put bluntly - no phone call or text message is worth a human life.
As a Sacramento car accident attorney, I agree. Whenever drivers takes their eyes off the road for just a moment, serious accidents and injuries can occur. Rather than take a chance, its always best to pull over or wait if you need to make a call or text. The risk of injury is far too great.
For more information, or if you have been in accident as the result of a distracted or otherwise careless, reckless or negligent driver, contact Attorney Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping the injured for more than 15 years.
Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a new law - AB 1942 - into effect that will allow carmakers and owners to install video recording devices on their windshields. The monitors will save video and audio information if there is unusual movement or a crash. It also will record how fast, the direction of travel, a history of where your car has been, steering and brake performance and seat belt usage.
The purpose of the law is to promote safe driving habits and reduce car accidents. Although the bill received much support from companies who hire drivers and want to ensure they are driving safely, critics fear the devices could be used to secretly record conversations. Other concerns include who will control the device and whether it can be remotely activated by third parties such as the note holder, the DMV, or insurance company.
Click here for the entire text of the bill.
As a California personal injury attorney, I am hopeful that this law will have its intended purpose - ensuring and improving California roadway safety.
For more information, or if you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping the injured for more than 15 years.
A Ridgecrest, California woman was sentenced to two years and $2000 for a DUI accident in Nevada causing substantial physical injury to a woman from Rocklin. Constance Marie Forrest was nearly three times the legal limit when she ran into Sandra LeCompte and her husband.
Forrest was arrested after the Nevada Highway Patrol saw her vehicle going the wrong-way on I-80. By the time the NHP caught up to her, she had already collided with LeCompte's vehicle and caused the vehicle to rollover. Sandra LeCompte suffered a fractured wrist and wore a cast for weeks.
Although recent statistics point to the incidence of DUIs decreasing, driver intoxication is the lead cause of car accidents in the United States. Further, nearly 40% of traffic fatalities can be attributed to drunk driving.
Often victims injured by negligent drunk drivers face medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and emotional distress. Although the injuries in this accident were not life threatening, both physical and emotional injuries from any accident may linger, creating future damages and costs.
For more information, or if you or a loved one has bee injured by a drunk driver, contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette. For more than 15 years we've been helping those injured by the wrongful conduct of others.