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Monterey pedestrian accident lawyerIn recent years, the number of traffic fatalities that occur throughout the United States has risen at a somewhat alarming rate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 37,461 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2016. Of those fatalities, 5,987 were pedestrians who died in traffic collisions. The NHTSA reported that pedestrian fatalities increased by about 9% in 2016 and are at the highest they have been since 1990. 

At some point during the day, everyone is a pedestrian, so everyone is at risk. Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries, which is why it is important to be as safe as possible both when driving and when you are a pedestrian.

When You Are a Pedestrian

  • Be predictable. Drivers will be expecting you to follow the rules of the road. Make sure you cross the street at designated crosswalks, obey traffic signals, and yield to drivers.
  • Do not be distracted. When you are looking down at your phone or have headphones on, you are not fully aware of the world around you. You should be alert at all times and remain attentive to what is going on around you.
  • Use the sidewalk. If a sidewalk is available, you should always use it rather than walking in the street. If there is no sidewalk available, you should walk toward oncoming traffic and stay as far away from the road as possible.
  • Do not assume. Making assumptions is never good for anyone. You should never assume that a driver sees you. Always wear bright or reflective clothing, especially if you are walking at night.

When You Are a Driver

  • Keep your eyes open. Always look for pedestrians everywhere you are driving. If you are driving at night or in inclement weather, use extra caution and stay alert for pedestrians.
  • Yield to pedestrians. You have the upper hand when it comes to pedestrians - you are protected by a vehicle, and they are not. Always yield to pedestrians, even if they are not crossing the street at a crosswalk.
  • Follow the rules. It is important to always follow the rules of the road, which will help protect the safety of yourself and others. Obey posted speed limits, especially in residential areas or school zones, and never drive when you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?

All motor vehicle accidents can be dangerous, but collisions involving a pedestrian can be especially perilous. Human bodies are likely to be seriously injured when struck by a large, heavy vehicle. If you have been in a traffic accident, you probably suffered injuries, especially if you were a pedestrian. A skilled Monterey, CA pedestrian accident lawyer can help you determine the extent of your injuries and your options for pursuing compensation from a negligent driver. Contact Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. at 408-298-7200 to schedule your free consultation today.

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Monterey car accident lawyerThe state of California offers visitors and locals many things to do and see. For those who love road trips, there are many scenic routes along the coast of the Pacific Ocean and through the Sierra Nevada mountains. Though these highways make for many Instagram-worthy moments, they can also be dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 7.2 million car accidents reported to police in 2016 throughout the United States, with more than two million of those accidents resulting in some sort of bodily injury. 

Car accidents can be devastating, and serious injuries can happen as a result of the negligence of others. Evidence will be your best friend when it comes to proving fault in a California car accident. Here are four types of evidence that you should collect:

1. Photographs

Some of your most important pieces of evidence are going to be photographs that show the extent of damage that the accident caused. If you have visible injuries, you should take photos of them as soon as possible and document your healing progress. You should also take photos of any damage that may have occurred to your vehicle, the other person’s vehicle, any road conditions that could have contributed to the accident, and the scene as a whole.

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Monterey motorcycle accident lawyerOn Friday, September 21st, a Californian motorcyclist was fatally injured in Firebaugh, California. The accident occurred late in the evening when the victim’s motorcycle drifted out of control and launched the rider into a dry drainage canal. The tragic accident reminded all Californians of the inherent dangers of motorcycling. In 2016 alone, 4,976 motorcyclists were killed throughout the United States. If you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is critically important to pursue the legal representation your family deserves. 

The Increased Risks Motorcyclists Face 

Due to the small stature of motorcycles and the general lack of structural protection, motorcyclists face much greater risks of injury in a motor vehicle collision. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2015, motorcyclists were 29% more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a collision than car drivers. Despite the fact that motorcyclists are massively outnumbered by cars, motorcycle fatalities made up an incredible 13% of all motor vehicle fatalities throughout 2016. 

Motorcyclists often put themselves in danger by driving recklessly or neglecting to wear protective equipment. The use of a helmet can lower the risk of severe brain trauma by around 70%. Next time you ride your motorcycle, be sure to ride with a helmet, which can make the difference between life and death in a motorcycle accident. 

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Monterey daycare injury lawyerKids will be kids, or so they say. By nature, children get dirty, make mistakes, and get hurt. It is our job as parents to protect them from severe injury. Unfortunately, we cannot be with them every moment of the day. During the times when we cannot give them our full attention - like when we are at work - daycare and babysitting services are available. Once you complete your research and choose a facility or provider that suits your needs, you expect them to treat your children as they would their own. 

We hire childcare workers to protect our children from danger and injury, but unfortunately, injuries do sometimes occur. When this happens, you may be able to recover compensation through a premises liability lawsuit.

A Moment of Negligence

Even a small lapse in judgment can be fatal for a child. In 2011, a three-year-old in San Diego was allowed to use the restroom by himself, where he swallowed a sharp push-pin and choked. Paramedics were unable to revive him. One moment is all it takes for severe or catastrophic injury. Daycare workers should be vigilant at all times. Studies show that lack of supervision is the number one cause of daycare injuries.

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Monterey Nursing Home Abuse AttorneysWe do everything we can to protect our loved ones. As we age, our bodies begin naturally deteriorating to the point where we need additional help.

Due to the severity of health concerns, schedule conflicts and a variety of other reasons, many families are unable to offer full-time care for our aging relatives. In these situations, nursing home facilities provide an attractive solution.

When choosing an establishment, we have high expectations that they will treat our family as though they were their own. Unfortunately, in too many cases, these standards are not met, and our loved ones are left neglected and injured.

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