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Car Crashes Caused by Distracted Driving

31 Oct
Happy Halloween, to all of our friends!  As the holiday season approaches, we at GoLaw.com hope you have a fun and stay safe. Thank you to AAAAccidentDataCenter.com and GoPersonalInjury.com for this month’s Driving Safety Article: Friends or phones: Distracted driving leads to 6 out of 10 teen crashes
Friends or phones: Distracted driving leads to 6 out of 10 teen crashes
New idea for keeping teens safe: lock them up until they’re 25.
OK, maybe that’s not reasonable. But in a new report published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, analysis of nearly 1,700 videos finds that 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes with teen drivers are caused by a distraction—either friends or phones. The foundation calls it “the most comprehensive research ever” into distracted teen driving. Teens in the U.S. have the highest crash rate of any group, and the AAA report shows that distraction is a much bigger problem than previously realized. Forbes writes,
For the study, researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in 1,691 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied. Previous estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that distraction is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes, the group said.
This is a jump from 1 in 10 to 6 in 10, indicating a huge public safety issue. While most countries have a minimum driving age of 18, the U.S. minimum age remains at 16 (or 15 with learner’s permit). While many states have enacted laws about how many teens can be in a car at once, this research indicates that more states may want to follow suit—or pursue stronger laws—in the future. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that, on average, graduated licensing reduces teen crashes 10-30 percent, and they even have a calculator where you can determine how graduated teen driving laws could lower rates of teen fatalities in your state.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S., and the AAA report is telling us that most of them may be preventable through tougher restrictions on teen driving. Will legislators listen?
YouTube Video by AAA: Distracted Teens Crash Causation
New research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety into distraction and teen crashes. (Courtesy AAA)
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A new study exposes a disturbing trend among teen drivers. AAA reports distraction was a factor in nearly six of 10 moderate or severe accidents involving teenagers. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. Wyatt Andrews reports from Washington with the sobering statistics.
The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.
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Motorcyclist Drug Under A Truck And Survives

1 Jun
Thanks to http://GoMotorcycleCrash.com for a dramatic and heroic True Story of a group of Good Samaritans who helped rescue a Southern California Motorcyclist that was trapped under a moving Truck on the 1st day of this Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  As reported by #ABC7Eyewitness and CBS Los Angeles: a Motorcyclist was hit by a car while changing lanes on the eastbound 91 freeway, just west of the 71 in Corona, CA. Another driver, who thought he saw a bumper being drug beneath the vehicle, flagged down the truck driver so they could rescue the motorcyclist. Fortunately, the driver of the motorcycle received only minor injuries because he was wearing protective clothing and a quality helmet. 
A motorcyclist was rescued after being trapped under a pickup truck in Corona, CA, May 1, 2015. 
BYRON HOLEMAN/CBS LOS ANGELES
VIDEO: #DrugUnderATruck 

CBS Los Angeles tracked down the man who shot the video.
“I walk up to the guy, I put one knee down, I can see he’s kind of groggy, everybody gets out, we’re trying to figure out how to help him out, do we lift the car up, do we get jacks?” said Byron Holeman, one of many who came to aid the cyclist.
According to witnesses and Corona Fire Department Spokesman John DeYoe, the motorcyclist was trapped and drug under the red Ford F-150 truck at freeway speeds. Another witness and rescuer included a local firefighter, Andrew Hubbard, who got a jack and was able to help lift the truck off him with the help of some Good Samaritans. Incredibly, the man was pulled free and hospitalized with only minor abrasions, DeYoe said.

Holeman said once paramedics were called, he started recording the rescue scene, which he then posted to Facebook. As of Memorial Day May 25th, the viral Facebook video had been viewed more than 7,226,000 times.

**Warning, the following video may be disturbing for some to watch.**

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So I’m commuting home today in the famous 91 freeway traffic. I see a pick up truck east bound just past Green River dragging what I thought might be a bumper. I take a closer look and realize it is a human body underneath the truck.  #Abc7eyewitness
Posted by Byron Holeman on Friday, May 1, 2015

Amazingly, the man escaped the ordeal in Riverside County with only minor injuries, largely thanks to his protective gear.
Screenshots from a video showing the rescue of a motorcyclist by a group of concerned citizens. Credit: Byron Holeman.
An ambulance arrived on the scene a short time later. The man, who was in full protective gear, suffered only minor injuries, but was taken to a local trauma center as a precaution. This story underscores the importance of staying alert while driving, and being extra careful to watch out for Motorcyclists. Thanks to the Good Samaritans and the Motorcyclist’s protective equipment for the positive conclusion to this serious event.
The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.
Sources: abc7, cbs los angeles, localnews7, facebook, patch, youtube

MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY MONTH

30 Apr

As the weather is getting warmer, many people will be taking to the open road on their motorcycles.  Since the Month of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, your friends at GoLaw.com and MyMotorcycleCrash.com have put together a few Tips about how to stay safe out there on the road.

Whether you drive a Honda or a Harley, a street bike or a road bike (or a street legal dirt bike), it is always important to remain alert and drive defensively.  The Motorcycle Driving Safety page on the NHTSA website reminds motorists “to safely ‘share the road’ with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists… (and) to always ride smart and sober.

Motorcycle Fatality Statistics

A June 2014 study on Motorcycle Traffic Safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that:

  • “In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes—an increase of 7% from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011. There were 93,000 motorcyclists injured during 2012, a 15% increase from 81,000 in 2011.“
  • “In 2012, motorcyclists accounted for 15% of all traffic fatalities, 18% of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities, and 4% of all occupants injured. Of the 4,957 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, 93% (4,625) were riders and 7% (332) were passengers.”
  • “Motorcycles made up 3% of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2012 and accounted for only 0.7 percent of all vehicle miles traveled. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2012, motorcyclists were more than 26 times likely than passenger car occupants to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 5 times more likely to be injured.”
  • “Per registered vehicle, the fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2012 was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants. The injury rate for motorcyclists was about the same as the injury rate for passenger car occupants.”

Helmet Use and Effectiveness 

NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,699 motorcyclists in 2012. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 781 lives could have been saved.

According to a May 6, 2014 article by the LA TIMES, the NHTSA found: “There were 10 times as many unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities in states without universal helmet laws, compared to states with universal helmet laws, in 2012.”  Kendell Poole, GHSA chairman, added: “By far, helmets are the single most effective way to prevent serious injury and death in the event of a motorcycle crash.”

That’s good news since motorcycle deaths had been steadily rising for ten years between 1998-2008, according to a January 11, 2013 UT San Diego article. “California’s annual motorcycle death toll peaked at 560 in 2008”, perhaps because of the downturn in the economy, then began rising again in 2011.  “An official with the California Office of Traffic Safety reported that most fatal motorcycle accidents happen on the weekends when people often take to the open road for pleasure, rather than during weekday commutes.”

The Los Angeles Times article quotes “Dr. James Hedlund, a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official who authored the study: “More universal helmet laws, reduced alcohol impairment, better motorcycle rider training and licensing, and more driver awareness of motorcycles could all help to cut motorcycle rider deaths.”  According to Hedlund: “There is a mathematical correlation between helmet laws and rider deaths: ‘When helmet use goes down, rider fatalities go up,’ he said.”

“Driver education would also help”, Dr. James Hedlund said. “A high percentage of fatal motorcycle accidents occurred ‘when a car [driver], typically, doesn’t see the motorcyclist and turns left in front of the motorcycle’.”

The California Highway Patrol “also strongly encourages all motorcycle riders to sign up for the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, which is administered by the CHP as California’s official motorcycle safety and training program. The Program offers courses for new and experienced riders. Find out more about the California Motorcyclist Safety Program.”

California residents who find themselves injured in a motorcycle crash or who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident may wish to research their options for filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. A civil action may provide an accident victim the opportunity to pursue monetary damages in court that may help cover medical bills, lost income, funeral costs and other related expenses.

The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

WRONGFUL DEATH LAW IN CALIFORNIA

31 Mar

You may have heard the term “Wrongful Death”, but how much do you know about the State of California’s Laws regarding the negligent death of an Adult?  According to LegInfo.Ca.Gov, The Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60 – 377.62 states that a Wrongful Death is defined as: A cause of action for the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another”.  Basically, “Wrongful Death” allows a deceased accident victim’s family to seek damages and compensation under California Law.

The AccidentDataCenter.com’s article What Every Family Needs To Know About A Wrongful Death Case states: ”When someone is killed because of the carelessness or misconduct of another person, the surviving members of the victim’s family may bring a “wrongful death” lawsuit.  Wrongful death lawsuits can also be filed against Corporations and Governmental Agencies for their negligence… (and) may arise out of a number of situations, for example: Automobile Accident, Defective Product, or Medical Malpractice.”

WrongfulDeathCaseLaw.com’s Ultimate Guide Article asks: “COMPENSATION CANNOT BRING MY LOVED ONE BACK. WHY SHOULD I SEEK IT?”

While no amount of compensation can restore a lost life, and no award of damages can replace the love you received from a family member who died, Monetary Compensation — an award of money — is the method by which our civil justice system dispenses justice. If you are entitled to compensation, there are several reasons why you should seek it.

  • Replacing Financial Support of the lost loved one
  • Deterring future misconduct and negligent acts
  • Promoting product safety
  • Personal satisfaction / Closure

Compensation in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit may help to cure the Financial Loss of losing a loved one.  Medical and Funeral Expenses, Lost Prospect of Inheritance, and Loss of Support and Services are all weighed by the court to provide a “Fair and Just” compensation to the surviving family.  In some states, Punitive Damages may also be awarded in cases of serious or malicious wrongdoing to punish the defendant and deter others from repeating similar bad behavior.

The Statute of Limitations is the time limit for bringing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit and varies from state to state.  One state’s statute of limitations might only be one year, while another’s might be as long as three years, so it’s very important to Contact an Accident Injury Attorney in your state early to determine your legal rights.

The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of Northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

How Hitches Affect Rear End Collisions

28 Feb

It’s time for another one of our Driving Safety Tips from your friends at Golaw.com

Did you know that your vehicle’s Trailer Hitch has the ability to Increase the Risks of Injury to you and your occupants? The impact of a Rear End Vehicle Collision can cause painful injuries including soft tissue damage, and can be much worse on occupants if a trailer hitch is installed since it is attached directly to the frame.  Most modern vehicles are designed to protect their passengers from the impact energy of a Car Crash with “crumple zone” safety features.  However, when the hitch is inserted into the receiver so the “g forces” (Forces of Gravity increase the injuries) are transferred directly to the frame of the vehicle and the occupants bodies, there is the possibility for greater trauma since the impact could not be absorbed in the crush zones. For this same reason, it is typical to see the Property Damage be less severe with a lower cost to repair than it would have been had no hitch and ball been installed in the receiver.

As reported in the National Safety Commission Alert: “the most frequent vehicle accident (in the United States) is the rear end collision and “a vehicle equipped with a receiver hitch (tow bar) increases the risk of Whiplash by 22% if it is hit in the rear”.  According to the article: “A receiver hitch completely changes the crash dynamics.”

Continuing: “It has been shown that the occupants of the “target” vehicle will move forward at 2.5 times (or more) then that of the “bullet” vehicle. So a small 5 mph impact will send the occupants of the target vehicle flying forward at 12 – 13 mph – certainly enough force to hurt people. This change in acceleration or “Delta V” is what influences whiplash.”

Interesting Rear End Vehicle Collision facts:

  • Approximately 75% of all rear end collisions are less than 10 mph, and Low speed Rear End Collisions (less than 10 mph) accentuate the Whiplash more than High speed ones.
  • 94% of all rear end collisions occur on straight roads while 56% of all rear end crashes are straight on.
  • Only 14.2% of the people that hit you in the rear will miss your receiver hitch entirely.
  • 48% of the people that hit you in the rear – are not slowing down.
  • 80% of all rear end collisions are caused by driver inattention.
  • Women are twice as likely to end up with a Whiplash injury as Men.

The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015

31 Dec
We wish you and your family a Happy Holidays and a Safe and Blessed 2015!  See you online next year at GoLaw.com and our Social Channels…
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Car Crash Video Compilation

18 Nov

Wow! Big Impacts in this #CarCrash #Video!! If you’ve been in an accident, click http://GoLaw.com/

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If you or a member of your family or friends are involved in a car crash, truck accident, motor vehicle collision, or other injury producing event caused by the negligence of others, call the Law offices of Mark A Doughty at 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.