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Tragic California 200 Crash Near Lucerne Valley Kills Eight

This past weekend, an off-road racecar became airborne and crashed into a large group of spectators watching the California 200 near Lucerne Valley. Six people died at the scene and two more later that evening. Several more were injured.

When accidents happen at sporting events questions arise regarding liability. Many spectators assume they are safe at sporting and special events – whether baseball games, concerts, or car races. However, this is not always the case. Further, when accidents do happen, the party ultimately responsible for any injury depends on a variety of factors.

One of the first issues to determine is who owns the property? Here, the property was owned by the Federal government and controlled by the Bureau of Land Management. In some circumstances, owners of land may be held liable for dangerous events that occur on their property.

Further, was a third party, host, or contractor involved? Here the event was promoted by Mohave Desert Racing (MDR). Did MDR do all that was necessary to warn of risks involved in the event and take necessary safety precautions?

Additionally, did the driver’s or spectators’ actions play a role? The contract for the event specified that the trucks are to limit their speed to no more than 15 mph when spectators are near by. Witnesses report that the truck was going faster than this speed when it left the raceway and that the spectators were crowding the field.

Although the specific facts and circumstances surrounding this tragic case are unknown, the event has raised many questions regarding the safety of off-road races.

As a California attorney concerned about injury prevention, I am hopeful more safety measures will be implemented to prevent further off-road accidents and injuries in the future.

Car Accidents Most Frequent On Two California Highways

A recent study compiled the most deadly highways and times to be on the road based on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics. At the top of the list, California Highways I-10 and I-15.

These two interstates rank fourth and fifth, respectively, for the highest number of fatal car accidents.

Other noteworthy statistics include:

• 50% of fatal crashes occurred on rural roads.

• 60% of fatal crashes were single car accidents

• Fatal car accidents are down by 15%, but fatal motorcycle accidents are up by 13%

SafeRoadMaps provides an interactive link so you can check on the safety of any roads in Stockton, throughout California and all of the U.S.

Although it may not be possible to avoid driving on California’s most dangerous roads, use common sense especially during peak travel times – such as avoiding driving while distracted and designating a driver if you’ve had a few drinks.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please contact Frederick J. Sette, a California attorney dedicated to helping those injured for more than 15 years.

Victims Of Concow Car Accident Delay Calling 9-1-1

Four people injured received treatment for injuries ranging from major to minor after being injured in a car accident in Concow, some 80 miles north of Sacramento. However, the road to obtaining medical attention involved a circuitous sequence of events.

After a single car accident occurred in Concow – including one person being thrown from the car – the four accident victims decided to find their own transportation to the hospital.

A passerby stopped to help, but got a flat tire on the way to the hospital. Cal-Fire and Paramedics were then sent out to bring the four individuals to the hospital, but the California Highway Patrol was not there. After much confusion and delay, the car accident victims were then sent to two different hospitals and were treated.

As stated by a Butte County spokesperson, the message here is “Please call 9-1-1.”

Familiarizing yourself regarding what to do after a car accident is crucial. First, ensure you are all right and anyone who needs medical assistance receives it at once. This means calling 9-1-1 and seeking medical attention immediately.

Accident victims have the best chance for a good outcome if they are treated within an hour. People in accidents in remote areas can often receive medical aid fastest from paramedics and airflight teams.
After securing any necessary medical attention, you can then turn to information gathering about the conditions surrounding the accident.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping the injured for more than 15 years.

Elderly Woman Killed In San Jose Pedestrian Accident

Bay Area news reports that an elderly woman was struck and killed in San Jose late Tuesday night while she was walking in the street. The woman was 75-years-old and was struck by a 19-year-old woman driving a Toyota Camry. The pedestrian accident is still under investigation.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as the result of any type of personal injury accident it is critical to contact an experienced Stockton accident lawyer promptly to preserve your rights and determine your next steps. Even though a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind, it is important to discuss your options with a dedicated personal injury attorney in order to protect your future.

Reports indicate that the cause of the accident wasn’t “immediately clear.” Here, as in any accident it is important to investigate all potential factors in order to determine exactly what happened. Many times, the real cause of serious injuries and wrongful death isn’t readily apparent. For example, an accident may be the result of driver error – including recklessness or careless such as driving too fast for the conditions, distracted driving or drunk driving. Other times, a defective auto part – such as tires, brakes or lighting – leads to an accident. In these situations a knowledgeable Stockton product liability lawyer can advise you of your rights. In some cases, negligent roadway design – such as improper lighting, inadequate signage or poor maintenance is the real cause of an accident.

Determining the causes of an accident is the first step to recovering appropriate compensation for you.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a car or pedestrian accident, contact the dedicated Stockton personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for immediate attention.

High Number Of Fatal Car Accidents On Popular California Highway Raises Safety Concerns

According to Los Angeles News, two fatal car accidentsoccurred this past weekend on the dangerous Angeles Crest Highway. As of today’s date, there have been 5 total fatalities on this road since it was recently reopened. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a California car collision, contact an experienced Stockton personal injury lawyer immediately to discuss your options and protect your future.

In one instance, a woman driving a blue Honda left the road near the Coldwater Campground. It is unknown whether there were any other occupants in the vehicle. She died as the result of personal injuries sustained in the accident.

This latest fatality raises questions of safety and roadway design. The stretch of road in question – a steep winding route through the San Gabriel Mountains – has just been reopened. The road was closed for repair from January 2010 to June as the result of damage caused by heavy rain that washed debris from the surrounding hillsides. In addition to these recent incidences, three other fatal accidents have occurred on this stretch of roadway.

Often – many factors contribute to car accidents and serious injuries. Driver error, including reckless or careless conduct, including drunk or distracted driving, are often contributing factors to car accidents. However, in some cases it is the design of a roadway itself that is the cause of an accident. A roadway may be considered negligently constructed where its design fails to provide motorists enough time to react or it is unreasonably dangerous. Examples of negligent design include:

• Lack of or improper notice of changing traffic patterns

• Insufficient signage or notice of road conditions – such as dangerous turns or construction zones

• Defective barriers

• Inadequate maintenance

Where accidents occur as the result of defective roadway design, governmental entities may be found responsible for injuries that occur. Here, due to the high number of accidents on the same stretch of road, whether negligent roadway design played a role in any of the accidents is called into question.

Other dangerous California roadways include:

• Interstate-15, running from San Diego to San Bernardino

• State Route 17 from Santa Cruz to San Jose

• Interstate -10 crossing from Santa Monica to San Bernardino to the Arizona border.

For more information or if you have been injured in a car accident that may be the result of negligent roadway design, contact the experienced Stockton personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette for immediate attention.

Visalia Man Killed In Single Car Accident

San Francisco news reports that a Visalia man was killed Saturday in a car accident just south of Devil Slide in San Mateo County. According to reports, all lanes of the highway were closed after the accident in order to allow police to begin an investigation. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and another three people were taken to San Francisco General Hospital. What lead to the deadly crash is still under investigation.

In fact, single vehicle accidents are one of the most misunderstood types of Stockton car accidents. While many people assume that if they are hurt in a one-car crash, they will be unable to recover compensation for their injuries. This is not the case. In fact, several factors may lead to a single car crash making it critical to consult with an experienced Stockton car accident attorney to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.

While in some cases a driver may be to blame in a one-car accident such as in a drunk driving accident, other times less obvious factors are at play and may cause or contribute to a single car crash with injuries.

Some common factors that lead to single vehicle accidents include, but are not limited to:

  1. Defective or faulty automobile parts. Common examples include defective tires, faulty brakes, or other auto defect.
  2. Poor roadway design. Where the design of the roadway causes or contributes to a car accident, the municipality or other body responsible for the design may be subject to a lawsuit for roadway negligence and responsible to pay compensation for your injuries. Roadway negligence includes poor signage, inadequate lighting, too steep turns or inclines. The way a road is constructed – especially in mountainous regions or dangerous passes – affects the frequency and severity of single car accidents.

  3. Inadequate roadway maintenance. In some cases, the condition of the roadway itself may lead to an accident, such as where shrubbery becomes overgrown, dangerous potholes are allowed to exist or other debris blocks safe passage.

      For more information about car accidents, please contact a top California car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.

Eating While Driving Leads To Antelope Rollover Crash

News reports that “eating while driving” has been blamed for causing a roll-over car crash near Sacramento. Sources indicate that a man was eating a taco while driving down a street in the town of Antelope. Witnesses state that the man took his eyes of the road to brush some crumbs of his lap when he crashed into two parked cars. The impact of the collision then caused his car to flip onto its roof. Officers also note that the man was driving a “whole lot faster” than the stated speed limit of 20 mph.

Car accidents can happen for a myriad of reasons. Regardless of the cause, if you are injured in an accident it is important to seek the advice of a top Stockton accident attorney right away. Many times, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries including medical expenses, back pay, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Here – “eating while driving” falls into the category of distracted driving – one of the most common factors behind California car accidents. Distracted driving includes more than just texting while driving, it includes any actions where a driver loses focus on the road and diverts a person’s attention away from the task at hand – safe driving. As stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

NHTSA comments that all distractions endanger safety, including that of the driver, passenger and bystander. Types of distractions include:

• Eating and drinking

• Texting

• Using a cell phone or smartphone

• Talking to passengers

• Grooming

• Reading, including maps

• Using a navigation system

• Watching a video

• Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Texting if often considered the most dangerous because it distracts a driver visually, manually and cognitively. Some additional driver distraction statistics provided by NHTSA include:

• 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.

• In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009.

• 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.

• 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.

• Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.

• Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.

• Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.

• Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use.

• Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%.

In an effort to end distracted driving, several organizations have attempted to raise awareness about the dangers posed – especially targeting teens who as a group are the most frequent to text and drive.

However, as this accident shows – eating and driving can also lead to significant injury accidents.

For more information, or if you have suffered personal injuries as the result of a car accident, contact a top Stockton personal injury attorney at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.

Distracted Driving Leading Cause In California Accidents

Nearly 200,000 California car accidents involving injuries occur each year, and the number continues to rise. The causes of car accidents vary, from driver error, to roadway negligence and automobile defects. However, driver distraction remains one of the leading causes of roadway accidents. While many accidents can’t be prevented, following safety tips can go a long way in avoiding injuries.

Recently, a California Highway Patrol was interviewed concerning the CHP’s approach to ticketing drivers in an effort to improve safety. As provided in the article, many Californians have the misconception that CHP officers ticket drivers in order to raise revenue. However, the reality is they are trying to save peoples lives and prevent serious personal injuries.

By ticketing those who violate California hands free laws, CHP officers hope to decrease the number of car accidents that occur. Statistics show that drivers are four times as likely to get into injury accidents as those who avoid cell phone usage. Further, the group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers is those under 20 years old. In fact, 16% of fatalities for California’s youngest drivers are the result of distracted driving.

Further, despite the push for hands-free cell phone usage, studies show that the risks of hands-free v. hand-held usage is minimal. The danger comes from the distraction having a conversation provides, not from the type of device you use.

The best policy is to avoid cell-phone usage whatsoever while you’re driving, and to pull over if you absolutely must make a call or text. In the meantime, the CHP will be out there doing their best to enforce California rules of the road.

For more information about California distracted driving or if you have been injured in any California car accident contact a top Stockton personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.

Who’s Responsible If I Get In An Accident With A Driverless Car?

This Tuesday marked a significant change in the automobile industry. California signed Senate Bill 1298 requiring the state adopt rules and regulations for the operations of driverless cars like the one’s Google has been testing.

Specifically the bill provides:

“Existing law requires the Department of the California Highway Patrol to adopt rules and regulations that are designed to promote the safe operation of specific vehicles, including, among other things, school buses and commercial motor vehicles … This bill would require the department to adopt safety standards and performance requirements to ensure the safe operation and testing of “autonomous vehicles,” as defined, on the public roads in this state. The bill would permit autonomous vehicles to be operated or tested on the public roads in this state pending the adoption of safety standards and performance requirements that would be adopted under this bill.”

This means that it will be legal for driverless cars to operate on California’s roadways. This raises several obvious questions such as: Are driverless cars safe? Will the number of California car accidents increase with driverless cars on the road? And, Who is responsible for an accident that occurs with a driverless vehicle??

While the answers to these questions and many others will be sorted out over the next several years, many of these questions have been addressed preliminarily.

For example, Google CEO Larry Page explained that the driverless cars use artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver. This makes them safer than those with drivers. And the statistics back him up. In the 300,000 miles driven since Google began testing its vehicles, there have only been two car accidents. One was a fender bender that was the result of human error and another was a rear-ending accident that occurred at a traffic light. He continues, “So far, we have heard of no incident in which a driverless car was responsible for a crash because of being a driverless car. ”

Contrast this with a much larger number of humans involved in car crashes cars during Google’s 300,000 miles.

Robots who have faster reaction times than humans and will not get into accidents as the result of distracted driving, driving while fatigued or driving under the influence.

The driverless cars will also help prevent deaths and personal injury accidents for teens just learning to drive – the technology will teach them to drive and learn the rules of the road.

As stated by a driverless proponent after riding in one of Google’s vehicles: “It’s just almost a life-changing experience. You sit down, you drive through the parking lot, and you’re like ‘Why am I driving,’ you know?”

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers predicts that self-driving cars will account for 75% of traffic by 2040.

For more information or if you have been involved in any type of motor vehicle, contact the top Stockton car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.

Who Is Responsible For Injuries In Los Altos Car Accident?

A recent lawsuit filed by the city of Los Altos against a homeowner underscores the various factors that may be involved in any one accident and the need to have an experienced Stockton personal injury lawyer evaluate all possible causes of an incident.

The recent California negligence case filed by the city of Los Altos against Mark Choo alleges that dangerous conditions on his property led to a serious injury accident. According to the lawsuit, two women were attempting to cross a road. Although a car traveling northbound stopped to allow the women to cross, a car behind them failed to slow down and rear-ended the vehicle, sending the car into the women. The women suffered serious and permanent personal injuries.

Numerous causes may be to blame in this accident, which remains under investigation. The city claims that the property owner is at fault for allowing a large tree on Choo’s property to become overgrown and obscure visibility. Choo claims that the tree does not obstruct the crosswalk and that he had been instructed by PG & E not to trim the branches. Further, allegation exists that the intersection itself was dangerous, and that the city was to blame.

Finally, questions are raised concerning the driver’s failure to stop.

In any car accident, numerous issues are raised when trying to determine who may be at fault for personal injuries and who should be held responsible for paying compensation to those harmed.

In any car accident, numerous issues are raised when trying to determine who may be at fault for personal injuries and who should be held responsible for paying compensation to those harmed.

For more information or if you have been injured in a car accident, contact a top Stockton car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.