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Are You Prepared For a Car Accident?

Here in San Diego County car accidents are inevitable. The question is – are you prepared for one? It’s extremely important to be prepared if you are involved in any type of car accidents.

What if you are injured and need medical attention? Do you know the steps to take to contact the police to the accident scene?

Gathering information is also critical. Chances are you won’t be in the right frame of mind – or physically unable – to collect information concerning other parties involved in the car accident. You – and your personal injury lawyer – will need the facts concerning how the accident happened and when.

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In light of a new study about the rise in deadly truck accidents comes news of a fatal San Diego hit and run pedestrian accident involving a box truck.

Police say 23-year-old Benjamin Ramirez of Escondido was walking  along Bear Valley Parkway on his way home from work Monday, when he was struck and killed by the truck. The “U-Haul” style box truck allegedly slowed, but did not stop for Ramirez.

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Deadly Truck Accidents on the Rise

San Diego truck accident attorney Steven Elia has been closely following a new report by the NHTSA that shows deadly truck accidents are on the rise.

According to the agency, fatal accidents involving large trucks across the nation increased 3.7 percent in 2012. This marks the third consecutive year of an increase in truck accident fatalities.

Accidents involving trucks can be especially dangerous.

“When a truck hits a smaller car, the result can be catastrophic.”

Death or permanent injuries can happen. Severe property damage takes place. Furthermore, officials say “truck accidents are more more likely than car-on-car accidents to kill at least one person involved“.

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As a CRPS attorney in San Diego, I keep on top of news and research that may benefit my clients with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome as well as any cases related to CRPS. The following information about a possible new pain contributor in CRPS patients caught my attention this week. A study on mice conducted by John Hopkins University and the University of Maryland has found that a chemical released by the brain known to produce a feeling of happiness and  a sense of well-being can actually be a contributor to Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome.  Serotonin was found to provoke hyperactivity of TRPV1, the protein required to activate pain-sensing nerve cells.

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So you’re out with friends… you’ve had a drink or two. You KNOW you’re not drunk, but admit that you’re slightly “buzzed.” It’s still okay to get behind the wheel, right? Wrong!

According to a new car accident study, even drivers with a slight buzz are more likely to be at fault for accidents than the the sober drivers they hit. After examining more than 570-thousand accidents between 1994 and 2011, the authors of the study found that there is no safe level of alcohol in the bloodstream when it comes to driving.

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Did you know that in more than 90% of San Diego car accidents are the result of human error? Sure, there is no such thing as a “perfect” driver – but let’s face it, every one of us could improve at least one aspect of their driving. Observation, anticipation, less distraction, or just learning the rules of the road – all can reduce the risk of becoming yet another roadway statistics in 2014.

As one of the areas most experienced car accident lawyers, I know that roughly 10 million people are involved in car accidents each year. According to the CDC, auto accidents are also the leading cause of death for teenagers. There is simply no denying that car accidents are responsible for needless injury, death, and grief every single year.

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Car accidents in San Diego are nothing new. They happen on our roadways almost everyday… and we hear about them on the television daily. What many of us don’t realize is that the automobiles involved in these accidents – especially injury accidents – involve cars of all sizes: from Suburbans and Escalades to small Hondas.

Is there really such a difference between which type of vehicle will keep you safe in an accident? Not really!

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Four people were injured Monday night after a suspected drunk driver caused a three-car crash in Mission Valley. Among the injured, was a pregnant woman.

The chain-reaction collision happened in the 2400 block of Hotel Circle South just after 10pm.

According to San Diego police officers, the 43-year-old alleged drunk driver was driving a truck when it drifted across the roadway, striking a Nissan Versa head-on. A volvo then sideswiped the truck.

A 46-year-old man driving the Versa suffered a laceration to his hand and two passengers were also injured. A 50-year-old man who suffered fractures to his spine, leg and arm, and a 41-year-old pregnant woman who suffered broken ribs and fractured spine.

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Unfortunately, most of us know someone who has answered a text while driving. Cell phones are with us everywhere we go, and they are a major contributor to distracted driving accidents.

But are these types of accidents always reported? No, according to the National Safety Council.

According to a recent investigation of state and federal data, deaths that result from cell phone related accidents are seriously underreported. In a study financed in part by the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, the advocacy group reviewed approximately 180 fatal car accidents spanning the years of 2009, 2010, and 2011, in which there was strong evidence of cellphone usage by the driver. The results found that only 8% of the 2009 crashes were coded as involving cell phones. Even in cases where drivers openly admitted to using a phone during an accident in which someone was killed, roughly half of the cases cited other causes instead.

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