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Most Dangerous Intersections in California [NEW STUDY]

Posted on November 3rd, 2016

*As part of our commitment to consumer safety, Estey & Bomberger presents the first in our data driven study series: Safety through Numbers.  Each month, with the help of data visualization firm 1point21 interactive, we will take a look at a whole host of consumer safety issues to find out where danger lurks for Californians.  Our first study examines dangerous intersections through out the state.  What are the most dangerous intersections in California? Where are they located? Together with data visualization company 1point21 Interactive, we analyzed over 435,000 collision records to find out which intersections in California are the most dangerous. In our effort, we examined every motor vehicle crash recorded by the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) in 2015.  Taking total crashes, injuries and fatalities into account, we identified and ranked all intersections with 10 or more accidents.  Based on this 2015 crash data, here are the most dangerous intersections in California: Rankings *Intersections with higher scores are more dangerous than those with lower scores. For more information on the scoring system, see our methodology below. Interactive Map Zoom in on any area of the map. Larger circles represent a more dangerous intersection. Hover over any circle to see…

4 Most Common Cycling Accidents

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Bicycling is a common pastime in San Diego, where citizens enjoy almost year-round ideal weather and plenty of beautiful landscapes for biking. Cyclists often take to rural and urban roads around Southern California for daily commutes, a bit of exercise, or for fun. Sadly, 21,287 cycling rides ended in road-accident injuries in the U.S. in 2014. Learning the four most common types of cycling accidents can help you avoid becoming a statistic in 2017. Right-Cross Accidents Right-cross accidents describe a situation in which a vehicle pulls out of a side street or driveway to a cyclist’s right, striking the cyclist. In these accidents, the bicycle may run into the side of the vehicle or the vehicle may pull out and strike the cyclist from the side. Right-cross collisions are often the fault of the driver, who was inattentive or failed to adhere to roadway signs and rules. Bicyclists have the right of way in these scenarios, just as a motor vehicle would. Drivers should always check twice for cyclists before pulling out. Bicyclists can help prevent these accidents by maximizing their visibility to drivers. Wear bright clothing and attach lights or reflective material to your bicycle. Use a flashing light at…

How to Drive in Bad Weather

Posted on December 21st, 2016

The rest of the United States might consider San Diego drivers somewhat spoiled when it comes to the weather. San Diego has one of the most consistently pleasant climates in the country. Annual high temperatures typically hover around 70 degrees, and annual lows are usually around 57 degrees. On average, San Diego only sees about 10 inches of precipitation each year, usually peaking in February and very little in the summer months. Despite the overwhelmingly nice weather of the San Diego area, bad weather sometimes happens, and San Diego drivers who travel out of state to other climate zones need to know how to handle inclement weather, especially on the road. Driving in rain, fog, ice, hail, or snow can be extremely dangerous. Keep the following advice in mind when driving in unpleasant weather. Snow and Ice Snow and ice are two of the worst weather-related hazards a driver can encounter on the road, and every driver in any type of vehicle should exercise a heightened degree of caution while traveling under these conditions. Snow impacts visibility and heavy snowstorms can make it nearly impossible to see very far ahead. As such, drive at a reasonable speed for your surroundings…

Link Between TBI and Mental Illness

Posted on November 2nd, 2016

Victims of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and their families have to deal with a wide range of devastating adverse health effects. From memory loss to cognitive difficulties, TBI patients can suffer the effects of their injuries for years. Some never fully return to their prior mental state. While doctors have acquired plenty of information about the link between TBI and cognitive/behavioral problems, a relatively new discovery is the connection between TBI and mental illness. The Aftermath of a TBI After sustaining a head injury, the brain’s blood vessels may stretch and damage the cranial nerves, resulting in concussion. During a TBI, a victim may or may not lose consciousness. If a victim remains conscious, he or she may experience dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, confusion, or memory loss. Loss of consciousness points to a more severe TBI with more dramatic symptoms. A severe TBI can put the victim in a coma or result in permanent cognitive dysfunction and disability. New studies show that brain damage repercussions may also contribute to the development of mental illness. Inflammation and disrupted neurotransmitters in the brain may be the cause of the correlation between TBIs and mental illnesses. Most head traumas cause the brain to…

USA Holiday Bus Crash on Interstate 10 in Desert Hot Springs

Posted on October 28th, 2016

Were you or a loved one injured in the USA Holiday bus accident on Interstate 10? If so, you’ll likely need some help on the legal side. Estey & Bomberger, a personal injury law firm in southern California, has been helping families of victims and survivors of serious bus accidents – those with catastrophic injuries, since 1998. Our attorneys are persistent, aggressive, and relentless in pursuing the best result for your family. If you’re a USA Holiday bus accident victim, you (likely) have not been through a lawsuit before. We, on the other hand, have done this often, for many clients, again and again. Though USA Holiday is a very small bus company, it likely has a large insurance company, and you’ll need guidance as you move through the process. We can prevent you from feeling re-victimized by the bus company and the insurance company, organizations that typically have larger financial resources, and certainly a more bureaucratic system. What we’ve found is that clients can get the best of both worlds: reduced stress AND more financial compensation. Healing is easier with less stress, and our ability to help a family walk through the process reduces stress during a particularly difficult…

Steel Trench Plates in the Road are Still a Bad Match for Cyclists

Posted on October 27th, 2016

Beyond crashes with cars, single bike crashes — and the resulting accidents and injuries — are very common. Often a cyclist will hit a bump created by raised asphalt, hit a speed bump head-on (as did Richard Branson in his recent bike accident), or hit an improperly-ramped steel plate at an awkward or unexpected angle. Any one of these incidents can cause a cyclist to lose control of the bike and suffer a serious brain injury. Estey & Bomberger has represented many cyclists involved in accidents over the last twenty years, and some of our lawyers have witnessed trench-plate-related crashes personally, narrowly missing a few encounters with steel plates themselves. Working with a Supportive, Devoted Team No one wants to go through the legal process after a bicycle crash or any other accident. As a victim of a serious bicycle accident, you require two types of support to go through this process. The first is family and friends. The second is legal, and systemic as well. A strong, proactive law firm is a must to get what you deserve if rules were broken. Estey & Bomberger has a laser-like focus on each of the few cases it accepts each year.…

Who Pays for a Passenger’s Medical Bill in the Event of a Car Accident?

Posted on October 21st, 2016

It may seem like a passenger’s role in a personal injury case would be more complex than the driver’s, but in truth, it’s the opposite. A passenger not only has all the same rights to compensation as a driver, but he or she has an easier case – since he or she doesn’t have to worry about proving liability. One of the drivers will be liable for the crash, not the passenger. Only in a case where the at-fault driver can prove that the passenger caused the accident, such as in a case where the passenger grabbed the steering wheel, would the court hold the passenger liable. Passenger Rights After a Car Accident After an accident, victims typically have to visit an emergency room immediately. This incurs the costs of a hospital stay, X-rays, tests, treatments, and medical equipment right away. A settlement may eventually reimburse you for these costs, but who pays the immediate bills? On an ongoing basis, you have to pay your own medical bills as a passenger. It may not seem fair, but California law states that even if the defendant is clearly at fault, he or she doesn’t have to pay your ongoing medical costs…

Who Pays Out for a Car Accident Claim? the Driver or the Driver’s Insurance Company?

Posted on October 18th, 2016

Winning a settlement for your car accident claim can be such a relief that you don’t stop to ask who will pay for your damages. You might not care – as long as someone pays your settlement. Knowing who will pay out for your car accident claim in California, however, is important in deciding whether pursuing a claim is worth it. If the defendant will pay, for example, he or she may declare bankruptcy and you’ll never see your reward. An insurance company, on the other hand, will have the funds to pay out. If you’re considering pursuing a settlement for your car accident, first identify where the money will come from if you win. Who Has Insurance? Who will pay out your claim often depends on whether or not the defendant has car insurance. Although California requires drivers to carry minimum car insurance coverage of at least $15,000 per person, $30,000 per accident, and $5,000 for property damage, hundreds of people illegally drive around without insurance. If you happen to be in an accident with someone who doesn’t have insurance, you may turn to your own company for compensation. You also may need to speak to your own insurance…

Suing for Damages vs. Settling With Insurance After a Car Accident – Which is Best?

Posted on October 10th, 2016

After a car accident, you may not know the legal processes available to you. If it’s your first car accident, you probably aren’t savvy to San Diego’s rules for filing a claim. Hiring a car accident attorney is the best way to explore your unique options, but having some knowledge about each possibility on your own will help you make an educated decision. Here’s what you need to know about suing a defendant for damages vs. settling your accident with insurance. When to Settle With Insurance Neither suing for damages nor settling with insurance is consistently the “best” option. Car accident cases are complex and deserve careful consideration of the facts. Your best option after one car accident may not be the right choice after another accident. Understanding which is right for your specific case requires knowing when each action is appropriate. A large number of car accident claims settle without involving the courts and using only the insurance company. Settling with insurance and avoiding the time and cost of a lawsuit is your best option when you have a simple car accident case with no personal injuries and minor property damage. In a simple case, your insurance company or…

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