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Car crashes and catastrophic burns

No one wants to think about the possibility of having a fiery California car wreck. Regardless, accidents happen and the potential for fire exists in every collision. In fact, 3,275 Americans died in 2016 when they suffered burns in a vehicle crash.

Your vehicle contains many things that can catch fire or become hot enough to severely burn you in the event of a crash. You can suffer four distinct types of burns as follows:

  1. You can come into contact with the flames themselves or with an extremely hot surface, resulting in a thermal burn.
  2. You can come into contact with your car’s gasoline or another hot liquid, resulting in a scald burn.
  3. You can come into contact with antifreeze, transmission fluid, oil, steering fluid or another of your car’s caustic fluids, resulting in a chemical burn.
  4. You can come into contact with one of your car’s electrical wires, resulting in an electrical burn.

3 tips for dealing with tourist traffic in San Diego

Driving around San Diego can be frustrating any time of the year, but summers are often the worst. With tourists flowing through the streets, it can be difficult to get around. There is an increased likelihood of being in a wreck when there is more congestion.

Recent data shows that traffic deaths spike during the summer months. While drivers from out of town are enjoying the perfect weather you get to experience year-round, here are some strategies for staying safe. 

How do truck accidents differ from car accidents?

One primary difference between an accident involving a truck compared to one involving a sedan is the severity of injuries. A recent trucking accident at the Sepulveda Pass injured at least three individuals and required several lanes of the 405 to close. The sheer size of semi trucks almost guarantees that a collision with another vehicle will lead to serious injuries.

There are also other differences between a commercial truck crash and one involving ordinary passenger vehicles. 

When to hire an attorney after a car accident

You are extremely lucky if you get through a car accident unscathed. Take one San Diego driver who was able to walk away from a severe crash that left the vehicle in several pieces. 

You may not always need to hire a lawyer following a traffic collision. Many people choose not to when it was simply a fender bender. However, others like having a lawyer by their side even in minor cases to simply review all legal options available. Here are the most common times when people consider bringing an attorney onboard: 

New 2018 driving laws in California

It is critical to remain up-to-date on new laws in your state. Pleading ignorance will not get you very far if law enforcement pulls you over. The State of California Department of Motor Vehicles published a list of these new laws, and it would be prudent to review all of them to ensure you remain in compliance.

The goal of all these laws is to reduce the number of negligence drivers should display on the road. These laws will help prevent motor vehicle accidents for many years to come. 

Distracted driving could impact your driving record

Many San Diego motorists may not be aware of recent changes in local traffic laws until they receive citations and fines for driving with their cellphones in hand. Distracted driving is worse than drunk driving. More people drive while distracted than they do while intoxicated. Studies show distracted motorists are more dangerous on the roads than drunk drivers, yet the penalties they receive are less harsh. 

Currently, any time law enforcement catches a motorist operating a motor vehicle with a cellphone in hand, the driver receives a citation and a small fine. Repeat offenses net higher fines. However, many motorists pay them and resume using their cellphones to surf social media, text and talk while navigating the roads. 

Why people should not drive while distracted

For many drivers in San Diego, driving with distractions is the norm. However, distractions are the primary reason why more fatal car accidents are occurring. Those who are in the habit of talking or texting on their phone, looking away from the road to talk to passengers, reaching for items and adjusting their vehicle’s infotainment system are endangering themselves and everyone on the roads. 

Distractions have many forms. Any activity that interferes with cognitive, visual and manual driving abilities increases the risk of causing motor vehicle collisions. 

When TBI occurs, legal steps now can protect the future

When a violent motor vehicle collision in California results in traumatic brain injury to a driver, passenger or pedestrian, there are often more questions than answers. There are also emotional turmoil and life challenges that do not slow down just because of the terrible event.

One new challenge that arises after a severe TBI is making sure the injured loved one is getting the care he or she needs in a timely manner. This includes not just the emergency care immediately after the accident but also the ongoing treatment after life-saving measures have occurred that can help reduce the severity of physical and mental impairments into the future.

Distracted drivers in San Diego and the risk of accidents

Today's drivers face more distractions than ever before. With a range of technology at every turn, many drivers are paying less attention to the road than they are to their devices, navigators, or text messages. 

In San Diego, distracted driving carries a big risk and can result in motor vehicle accidents that leave other drivers seriously injured. Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding distracted drivers and the potential for accidents.

What to do after an accident

You almost never get a chance to see it coming. When an accident happens, the initial shock of the crash might leave you struggling to understand what just took place. In the aftermath of the accident, you need to quickly diagnose the situation to determine the proper steps to take to potentially preserve any claims that you may have.

In this post, we discuss what motorists should do immediately after a collision. Every accident is different, so be sure that you do whatever is necessary in the event that you or your passengers have been seriously injured. Seeking medical care is the most important thing to do, if you or anyone in your vehicle requires treatment. You need to do this right away in order to connect the injuries to the accident.

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