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For most Valley Center residents, news of a distracted driving accident does not produce an image of an older adult driver talking or texting on a cell phone. Yet seniors in California routinely use their phones when they are behind the wheel of an automobile, including in San Diego County. California has had a ban on handheld cell phone use while driving since 2008, but seniors, along with drivers of other ages, continue to talk and text on their phones despite the ban. Indeed, data from a distracted driving study in Southern California suggests that teenagers and young adults certainly are not the only age group responsible for distracted driving crashes resulting from improper cell phone use. What should you know about older adult drivers and the risks of distracted driving? 

UC San Diego School of Medicine Study Shows Seniors Engage in Distracted Driving Behaviors at High Rates

According to a study conducted by researchers at the UC San Diego, seniors use cell phones behind the wheel much more frequently than you might think. Indeed, researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine’s Training, Research, and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program found that almost 60% of seniors aged 65 and older use their cell phones for talking or texting while driving, putting themselves and others on the road at serious risk of injury in a distracted driving collision. 

Whether you are involved in a motor vehicle collision in Rancho Bernardo or elsewhere in Southern California, you may already know just how important seat belts are to preventing serious and fatal injuries. Yet many vehicle occupants still do not buckle up, especially when they are sitting in the back seat of a car or SUV. A recent article in Bankrate addresses the history of seat belts and motor vehicle safety and considers who far we have come by 2021. We want to discuss some of those considerations with you here and to urge you to seek advice from a Rancho Bernardo car accident attorney if you need help filing a claim for financial compensation. 

Long History of Motor Vehicles and Limited Seat Belt Use

According to the Bankrate article, seat belts have been around for much longer than you might think. To be sure, this safety device actually dates back to the 19th century—long before a majority of Americans owned any kind of vehicle—yet they have not been used as widely as many safety advocates would like. Indeed, by 1980, only about 10% of Americans reported that they wore seat belts when driving a car or occupying a passenger seat in a vehicle. Those numbers improved significantly in the late twentieth century and into the twenty-first century. By 2019, just over 90% of Americans report that they wear a seat belt whether driving or riding in an automobile.

Bicycle accidents can involve people of any age, but children can be particularly susceptible to serious and fatal injuries in bicycle accidents in Poway and throughout Southern California. A recent article in People Magazine told the story of a 12-year-old girl who sustained traumatic brain injuries in a bicycle accident in the Los Angeles area and later died from the injuries. She had been riding her bike downhill with a friend when the accident happened. Despite wearing a helmet, her brain injuries proved fatal. The tragic accident underscores the serious risk of injury that kids can face in bicycle accidents and emphasizes the need for parents and guardians to learn more about safety precautions. 

Learning More About Child Bicycle Accidents and Injuries

Child injuries in bicycle accidents are much too common. The following are some statistics from Stanford Children’s Health, Nationwide Children’s, and Safe Kids Worldwide:

Dog bite injuries can happen suddenly and unexpectedly, particularly when the dog belongs to a family member or a friend. In many cases, dog bite injuries can be quite serious, and many can even prove fatal. Regardless of whether you know the dog owner, it is important to learn more about seeking compensation to cover your medical bills related to the dog attack, along with lost wages due to your inability to work. 

As you are seeking information about dog bite compensation, you may be wondering if you are eligible to file a lawsuit after getting bitten by a dog in Escondido. The answer to that inquiry depends on a handful of other factors. The following are some questions that are designed to help you understand whether or not you may be eligible to file a dog bite lawsuit.

Were You Lawfully on the Property When the Dog Bite Occurred?

When we leave our homes to run an errand or to head into work, we do not anticipate suffering a serious injury in an accident. Yet accidents and personal injuries happen more often than you might think in San Marcos, and it can be difficult to seek the financial compensation you deserve if you have not taken necessary steps ahead of time to preserve your right to file a claim and to gather necessary evidence to support your case. Whether you are involved in a motor vehicle collision or a slip and fall, the following are general steps you should take after a personal injury in San Marcos in order to be eligible for financial compensation. 

Document the Scene of the Accident

Whether you were injured in a car accident or in a trip and fall in a hotel or restaurant, it is essential to document the scene of the accident. If you have your smartphone, take photos from many different distances and angles to provide a clear sense of the scene, making sure to include images of property damage and injuries.

When products are recalled over safety concerns, consumers should pay close attention to the recall notices, but they should not panic. In many situations, products are recalled for relatively minor issues that are not likely to cause injury. However, in some cases, products may be recalled due to serious safety issues that could lead to debilitating or fatal injuries. If you own a product that is recalled due to a safety defect, should you file a claim? The answer to that question depends upon a variety of factors, and you should discuss the specific facts of your case with an Encinitas product liability lawyer. 

In the meantime, we want to provide you with more information that can help you to determine if it makes sense to get in touch with an attorney about filing a product defect claim.

You Must Have Suffered an Injury

Nobody expects to get hurt in a car accident in Vista or elsewhere in Southern California, yet negligent motorists routinely cause serious crashes that result in significant and debilitating injuries. When someone is injured in a collision, they should be able to have the option of filing a third-party claim through the at-fault driver’s insurance or filing a first-party claim through their own insurance. As you may know, California is an at-fault state or a “tort” state when it comes to auto insurance, and motorists are required to carry liability coverage to compensate others who have been injured in collisions. 

What happens when an uninsured motorist causes a car crash in Vista or in another part of San Diego County? What options does an injured party have for seeking financial compensation?

Determine if You Have Uninsured Motorist Coverage

north-county-san-diego-map-179x300With its office central to all North County San Diego cities, Walton law firm has been representing car accident injury claims for North County residents for over 20 years. From Del Mar to Oceanside to Escondido to Poway, the firm’s San Marcos office (along the 78) is easily accessible from all North County cities.

Have you been involving in a motor vehicle accident in North County, San Diego? If so, we can help.

With its main office in central North County (San Marcos), Walton Law Firm has represented residents from every North County city in car accident injury claims. With over 20 years of experience, our North County car accident lawyers know the roads and freeways and understand how complicated the claims process can be for the uninitiated. In short, the insurance companies who handle the claims have one objective, get you to sign a release while paying as little money as possible.

If you were injured in an accident in Carlsbad or in another incident that resulted in a serious personal injury, you may be thinking about your options for seeking financial compensation. If you were harmed in a motor vehicle collision, you could be eligible to seek financial compensation by filing an auto insurance claim before you need to move onto thinking about a lawsuit. Or, if you were injured at work, you could be eligible to obtain medical benefits and money to cover lost wages by filing a workers’ compensation claim. For other types of accidents, the first step may be to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. 

Whether you have already gone through another claims or benefits process, or you are getting started quickly on your personal injury lawsuit, it is important to understand how comparative fault may affect the outcome of your lawsuit.

What is Comparative Fault? 

Dog bites in Oceanside can result in serious and deadly injuries, and wounds can be particularly severe when children are bitten. While nobody wants to think about a family dog biting a child and causing a severe or even fatal injury, many dog bite incidents involve family pets, and the animal attacks are unexpected. According to a recent study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, dog bite incidents affecting children have “surged” during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in hospital visits and serious injuries while families are grappling with other health concerns and risks. We want to say more about the study and recent dog bite incidents impacting younger kids in Oceanside and throughout Southern California. 

Sheltering at Home Has Meant More Time With Family Pets

Unfortunately, although sheltering at home can have some health benefits since children and adults are at less risk of being exposed to the coronavirus, in-home injury risks rise. When families have one or more dogs in the house, the more time a child spends at home, the higher the possibility of a dog bite case. And just as families engaging in social distancing practices are trying to remain at home while experiencing significant anxiety, family pets are also experiencing higher stress levels. All of that tension in a household can be risky. According to the new study, adults and children alike are experiencing higher levels of stress due to the COVID-19 emergency, and “canine companions can be particularly susceptible to these stresses.” 

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