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Bay Bridge S-Curve Involved In 47 Car And Truck Accidents Since Installed

According to KTVU, 47 car and truck accidents have occurred on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge since the curve was installed, including the fatal truck accident last November. In that crash, Tahir Fakhar was driving on the S-Curve when the truck went on two wheels and then over the side. TheEast Bay News reports that Fakhar’s family filed a wrongful death suit against the State of California and Caltrans earlier this week.

The Bay Bridge links Oakland to San Francisco, with close to 300,000 vehicle crossings each day.

Fakhar’s case raises several questions sure to be discussed in the coming months concerning the design and safety of the Bay Bridge’s S Curve. Since November, the California Highway Patrol and CalTrans have been working together to slow down drivers and have also shut down lanes of traffic. Hopefully these measures will lead to greater safety when crossing the bridge.

Other issues raised by this matter include whether driver error – such as speeding as the result of a tight delivery schedule or exhaustion due to long driving hours with little rest – were contributing factors. Further, in some instances trucking companies push drivers beyond what is safe in order to meet deadlines. Whether trucking company demands were a factor will also likely be explored.

For more information or if you have been injured in a car or truck accident, please contact the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette, a California personal injury attorney dedicated to the safety of California drivers.

Visalia Trucker Sustains Major Injuries In Accident

According to the Visalia Times-Delta, a Visalia big rig driver was seriously injured when he rear-ended a pick-up truck near Terra Bella. Both cars overturned.

Fortunately the pick-up truck driver sustained only minor injuries.

Truck accidents often result in serious, even deadly injuries. Because of the sheer force behind a truck, minor shifts in direction or speed may result in a loss of control of an 18-wheeler. It is often difficult for a big rig to maneuver in response to other drivers’ abrupt changes in direction or unexpected conditions on the road.

In Tuesday’s accident, the driver of the pick-up truck had slowed to make a left-hand turn when the big rig ran into her.

In order to keep our roads safe, a few tips for truckers/car drivers include:

• Maintain safe driving distances between cars and trucks

• Pass trucks with car. Remember that trucks have large blind spots so make sure you can see the truck in your rear view mirror before pulling back into the lane.

• Do not text and drive. Too often distracted driving is the cause of California car accidents.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, please contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, a California personal injury concerned about highway safety and accident prevention.

Stockton Highway Patrol Increase Enforcement To Reduce Car Accidents

According to ABC News – Stockton, CHP officers are out in force this Thanksgiving weekend in order to reduce car and truck accidents. As part of their plan to improve safety, officers are writing speeding tickets, clearing accidents quickly when they do occur, and helping out stranded drivers.

The increased patrol started on Wednesday and will continue through Sunday night. At least one Stockton car accident has occurred this holiday weekend.

If you are in a car accident this holiday weekend, or at anytime, a few simple tips can help ease the stress of the situation and get you back on track to your destination.

First – assess the situation – if you or anyone involved is injured, seek medical attention immediately. Some injuries – such as traumatic brain injuries – may not show up for a few days or weeks so its crucial to contact a physician if you suspect you’ve been hurt.

Next – exchange information. Try to gather as much information as possible concerning the other driver such as their name, telephone number and driver’s license number. Also, make notes about the circumstances surrounding the accident, including weather conditions, time of day, and any other factors that may have been a factor in the accident. Remember though, don’t provide any details that could impact your chances of recovery such as “It was my fault” or “I wasn’t paying attention.”

Finally, it is a good idea to contact a California auto accident attorney. If anyone is injured or if there’s damage to your car or property, it’s best to have the help of an experienced car accident attorney guide you through the insurance process or help you file a legal claim. For more information,contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping those injured for more than 15 years.

Merced County Accidents Result In Three Deaths

The Merced Sun-Star reports that two separate car accidents have resulted in the deaths of three people over the last few days.

In one automobile accident, two 19-year-old women were killed after their car struck a power pole on Lake Road. The car had drifted onto the shoulder, and after the driver corrected, she lost control and the car began to spin clockwise. Two other passengers in the car suffered minor injuries.

In a second car accident, a 57-year-old man was killed after being injured in a truck accident.

If you have been injured in a car accident and suffered serious injuries or if a loved one has died in a car crash, it is important to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer to protect your rights and explore options for compensation. In many situations, the extent of your coverage will be determined based on the insurance contract you have. If you are the party being charged with negligence, your insurance company is required to defend claims made against your policy. If you are the one injured or wronged, your insurance company should cover your claims and then may bring a “subrogation claim” against the responsible party.

However, several different factors impact the scenario such as whether the parties have insurance at-all, if you have an uninsured motorist policy, and the determination of fault.

If you’ve been in an accident, it’s important to hire a lawyer familiar with insurance laws to help you proceed with your claim. For more information, please contact the experiencedCalifornia accident attorneys at The Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.

California Bill Requires Rental Car Companies To Remove Recalled Cars From Road

The California state Assembly has voted in favor of the nation’s first rental car recall bill which requires rental car companies to remove recalled vehicles from the road.

The bill would close a loophole that allows rental car companies to continue using recalled vehicles, unlike auto dealers who are not allowed to sell or lease cars that have been recalled. Assemblyman Bill Morning, D-Monterey, stated “Consumers need to know that when they rent these cars, that these cars are safe.”

If you have been injured in a car accident where a faulty car part may be to blame, it is essential to contact an experienced Stockton personal injury lawyer at once to protect your rights and begin an investigation. In any car accident, several factors may contribute to the harm, leading to multiple claims. Not only is driver error an issue, but if a defective auto part is at fault, the manufacturer or distributor may be found liable in a product liability or negligence lawsuit.

The bill was written after the death of two California women who died when the steering failed on a Chrysler PT Cruiser they had rented from Enterprise Rental Car in central California. The car caught fire after colliding with a truck. Although the rental car company had received notice of a PT Cruiser recall, it continued to lease the vehicles.

Last year, a jury awarded the girls parents $15 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. Sponsors of the bill hope to prevent further tragic accidents.

For more information, or if you have been injured in any motor vehicle accident, please contact the experiencedStockton car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.

Confidential Settlement Reached In San Diego Sudden Acceleration Case

Earlier this week, Toyota Motor Corporation and the survivors of the late CHP Officer Mark Saylor reach a confidential settlement in the California wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the tragic crash that claimed the life of Saylor, his wife, daughter and brother-in-law. The accident drew national attention to the issue of sudden acceleration and prompted Toyota to recall millions of vehicles due to defective parts.

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed around the country as a result of the problems experienced with Toyota vehicles. In addition to personal injury and wrongful death claims, many lawsuits allege consumer issues based on the vehicles depreciated value.

In many cases involving car accidents that occur as the result of defective parts, more than one party may be at fault. In the accelerator defect cases, injured parties have asserted claims against both the manufacturer and various dealerships.

Although a settlement was reached with Toyota, the company has not publicly admitted fault. Further, the lawsuit will continue against Bob Baker Lexus, the dealership that installed an ill-fitting mat that may have contributed to the injury.

Despite the settlement of this case, thousands of lawsuits are pending in courthouses throughout the country. Further, questions still remain for Toyota such as when were they first aware of the potential for sudden acceleration and whether they acted quickly enough to warn of the unreasonably dangerous condition created by the defect.

As a California personal injury attorney concerned about safety, I believe that negligent car manufacturers and distributors must be held accountable for their actions in placing cars with dangerous and defective parts on California roadways. Hopefully, paying substantial verdicts and settlements will serve as a deterrent to future companies who place profits over safety.

For more information, or if you have been in an auto accident either as the result of a defective car part or otherwise, please contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping the injured throughout California.

Deadly Off-Road Race Raises Questions Of Liability

Nearly a year after the deadly off-road accident in California’s Mojave Desert, questions concerning fault and just what went wrong that fatal evening remain. Brett Sloppy – a driver of a truck that ran into the crowd of spectators killing eight – believes that the incident was an accident.

According to KCBS, Sloppy notes that the steering wheel of his truck was “ripped out of his hands” after it jumped a stretch of the track known as the “rockpile.” He attributes this to an accident. Eight people died and dozens of others were injured after the truck slammed into the crowd and landed on its roof.

Questions have been raised concerning numerous different factors such as were the spectators allowed to get too close to the race? Did spectators disregard warnings? Did the U.S. Bureau of Land Management take the necessary precautions? Did race promoters follow proper protocol?

Here, several avenues of fault may exist. First, an internal investigation has shown that the Bureau of Land Management did not adequately monitor the race and failed to follow all the necessary procedures. Further, only one ranger was on patrol. Spectators crowded the course.

As Sloppy notes, “That was… the worst sight in my life and I never want to see that again.” Whenever any tragedy occurs, it is important to uncover the reasons behind an accident and do what is possible to prevent a similar incident from recurring.

Hopefully with all the attention garnered from this event, safety measures will be put in place to avoid future accidents.

Sloppy notes, “I didn’t want to hide, I wanted to get out and say my apologies.”

If you or a loved one has been harmed in a serious accident, please contact the dedicated Stockton personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette, to protect your rights and your future.

Central Coast News Reports That 5 People Have Been Killed In Monterey County This Holiday Weekend

Salinas News reports that the holiday weekend has been a deadly one on the Central Coast. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) three separate crashes have resulted in the deaths of five people in Monterey County. Four other people suffered major injures as the result of the two car accidents and one motorcycle accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered a wrongful death as the result of any type of personal injury accident, it is important to contact an experienced central coast accident lawyer to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Both of the car accidents involved head-on collisions. In the first accident, the driver of a Yukon collided head-on with a driver in the southbound lane, killing the driver instantly. Drugs and alcohol were not suspected to be involved. In the second accident, two Toyota Pickups collided while the driver of one was trying to pass slower moving vehicles. Both drivers died at the scene, while a total of three passengers in the two trucks were taken to area hospital with serious injuries.

The motorcycle accident occurred after the motorcyclist attempted to pass cars by driving on the shoulder and lost control of his cycle, sliding into the ditch, killed himself and his passenger.

All three of these incidents are under investigation. It is unknown what factors contributed to the crashes. Often, even where an accident seems straightforward, many other factors may contribute to both causing an accident and its severity. Here, it is unknown whether issues such as roadway design, faulty auto or motorcycle parts or driver error on any of the parties may be partly or fully to blame for the tragic outcomes. How this fault is determined will affect compensation available.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident, please contact the dedicatedcentral coast personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for a free consultation.

Golden Gate Auto Accident Causes Minor Injuries And Major Delays

An automobile accident caused the Golden Gate Bridge to shut down for an hour on Sunday. The car collision involved four cars. Although the specific reasons for the crash are unknown, a California highway Patrol officer stated that he suspected that one of the vehicles crossed over the line into oncoming traffic. Whether alcohol played a factor is unknown.

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important to contact an experienced automobile accident lawyer to determine your next steps and help you obtain compensation for your injuries.

Many factors affect this determination. Here, this crash is one of several over the last few years that draw attention to a controversial issue – the lack of a median barrier across the Golden Gate Bridge. Whether Sunday’s accident could have been prevented had a barrier existed will likely be examined. Overarching issues such as roadway design often play as much of a role in causing an accident as driver error.

A knowledgeable attorney will investigate all the issues surrounding an accident and inform you regarding how these factors may affect you.

For more information, or if you have been injured in an accident, please contact the experienced Stockton personal injury lawyers at the Sette Law Firm for a free consultation.

Car Accident Injures Nine-Year-Old Stockton Girl In Crosswalk

Stockton news reports that a nine-year-old girl was killed in a pedestrian accident as she was crossing street. The Stockton girl suffered head trauma and burn injuries after being struck by a van. She was taken to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento for treatment.

If you have suffered serious personal injuries as the result of any California accident, including car accidents or pedestrian accidents, it is important to speak to an experienced Stockton injury attorney to answer your personal injury questions and determine your next steps.

Reports indicate that the girl was crossing the street and in the crosswalk with other people when she was struck by a Chevrolet Astro van headed west. A CHP Officer noted “The driver was driving toward the sun, and this shows that sometimes your blind spot doesn’t have to be on the sides or behind you; it can be in front of you.”

Although it is unknown whether the young girl in the crosswalk was walking or riding her motorized scooter at the time of the accident, the bike caught fire when hit by the van. The fire subsequently burned her arms, legs and chest. The girl was in stable condition when she was flown to the Sacramento trauma center.

Police are investigating whether the woman who was driving the van was speeding or ran a red light. Alcohol doesn’t appear to be a factor.

Whenever an injury occurs, contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer is important to advise you of your rights and help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Because so many factors may play a role in determining fault in an accident, it is important to have someone on your side, investigating just what happened and ensuring your needs are protected.

Often, recovery of damages – including items such as medical expenses – involves working with an insurance company. Whether an insurance company will pay your claim depends on the specific language of an insurance contract. Further, some insurance companies may ignore or delay processing claims filed by people without attorneys. Where you are the party charged with causing an accident, the insurance company must provide you a defense. However, if the claims are not covered under the insurance policy, the insurance company will not be required to pay you damages.

With so much at stake, if you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident such as a car accident, its important to contact an experienced Stockton injury lawyers to provide you crucial advice and help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For more information, contact the dedicated Stockton injury attorneys at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.