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Which Is More Dangerous – Drowsy Driving or Drunk Driving?

Posted on September 12th, 2017

We know that we shouldn’t drink and drive. In fact, most of us have probably never gotten behind the wheel when we knew that we’ve had too much. It’s much easier to plan ahead, call an Uber, bring a designated driver, or make arrangements to spend the night. It’s much more likely, however, that you’ve driven drowsy. If you’ve gotten behind the wheel sleepy, you’re not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adults have done it and a third have even fallen asleep at the wheel. Though we’re all guilty of driving while feeling exhausted, it can actually be as dangerous as drunk driving. Falling asleep behind the wheel often leads to serious or fatal injury because the crashes occur at high speeds and without any evasive maneuvering. Similarities Between Drowsy Driving and Drunk Driving Being exhausted has many of the same effects as alcohol. You may experience: Impaired judgement Slower reaction time Reduced ability to determine distances Decreased awareness Unfortunately, it’s difficult to ascertain how many accidents in the United States are due to drowsy driving. There’s no objective way for an officer to determine if a driver was sleepy. While an alcohol-impaired driver may submit…

How Dangerous Is Drowsy Driving?

Posted on September 12th, 2017

We have all heard about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving. Drugs, alcohol, and cell phone use play a role in many serious and fatal crashes in our area. However, drowsy driving can prove to be dangerous, as well. Like drugs or alcohol, drowsiness decreases awareness, slows reaction time, impairs judgment, and increases the risk of crashing. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to determine what percentage of injury causing and fatal crashes involved drowsy driving. Unlike alcohol or drug-related crashes, there is no blood test for drowsiness behind the wheel. This makes it difficult for a police officer to objectively determine if sleepiness played a role in an accident. However, investigators might rely on certain cues to ascertain if a driver fell asleep behind the wheel. For example, if a crash involves only one vehicle, there are no skid marks, and the driver was seriously injured, it’s likely that the victim fell asleep while driving. Causes of Drowsiness There are several underlying possible causes of drowsiness or fatigue. These include: Lack of sleep or loss of normal sleep. Interrupted sleep or accumulation of sleep debt. Long trips leading to fatigue. Undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders. Fluctuating or flexible work schedules. Consumption…

Most Common Types of Car Accidents in San Diego

Posted on September 12th, 2017

Even the most common car accidents can be stressful. As one of the leading causes of injury in the United States, everyone will probably be involved in a car accident sometime in their lifetime. Thankfully, most car accidents only result in property damage and minor injury, though more serious accidents can and do happen every day. Some types of car accidents are more common than others – what are the most common types of car accidents in San Diego? Factors in San Diego Car Accidents It should come as no surprise that the leading contributing factor in car accidents throughout San Diego County is speeding. The second most common is improper turning, followed by failing to yield. Other factors contributing to accidents include failing to follow at a safe distance and drug and alcohol use. Car Accident Statistics in San Diego There were 76 fatal car accidents in 2014, involving 125 vehicles. Of these, only 14 crashes involved someone under the influence of alcohol. There were 150 people involved in fatal accidents, 38 of whom were pedestrians. The majority of all car accidents in San Diego take place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, though they are also common during afternoon…

Ex-Uber Driver Arrested for Rape in San Diego, Trial Begins

Posted on August 16th, 2017

Former Uber driver John David Sanchez, 53, of San Diego, is accused of serial rape; the youngest alleged victim is 13 years old. In addition to being a former driver for Uber, he also worked as a DJ and ran a video production/distribution company. There are a total of seven victims in this case. Sexual abuse is learned behavior, in addition to the seven known victims, it’s not unlikely that there are more victims over the course of Sanchez’ ‘career’ of molestation. If you have been molested or abused in any way by this former Uber driver, or if you believe that your child has been, please contact Estey & Bomberger, sex abuse lawyers, by using the form that follows, or by phone at 619.295.0035, ASAP. Our law office is located at 2869 India Street in San Diego. Initial consultations at no charge, and are confidential. If you choose to hire our team there is no fee or payment up front — we pay all costs on your behalf, including medical and psychological, and you only pay if we recover money on your behalf. Estey & Bomberger are trial attorneys with a 20+ year history of working with sexual abuse and…

What Happens If I Crash a Rental Car?

Posted on August 14th, 2017

Getting in a car accident in your personal vehicle is stressful enough. If the car you’re driving is a rental, however, you have a list of other factors to consider during damage recovery. Supplemental rental insurance, your personal car insurance, credit card coverage for accidents – there are myriad solutions that could help in your situation. Knowing what to do after crashing a rental car can greatly improve your claims experience. It can also lead to better decision-making during your next vehicle rental. Supplemental Rental Insurance Rental car companies will always offer supplemental insurance coverage for an additional fee. Accepting this coverage will automatically waive a portion or all the driver’s obligation to pay for damages in the event of an accident. Coverage from the rental company will vary depending on the language of the policy. Always read the policy carefully before getting behind the wheel of your rental car. You should know when the insurance policy will cover damages, caps on coverage, and how much your insurance may need to pay after a collision. Ask the rental car employee for these details before agreeing to pay the extra fee for supplemental insurance. Credit Card Insurance Policies Major credit card…

Penalties for Running a Red Light in California

Posted on August 14th, 2017

Red light running is one of the top causes of motor vehicle accidents in California. Ignoring traffic signals puts everyone on the roadway in danger. It is every driver’s responsibility to obey roadway rules, including coming to complete stops at red lights. If a driver runs a red light, he or she could face numerous penalties, from moving violations to criminal charges, in the event of an accident. Here’s what could happen to a driver who runs a red light in California. Moving Violation Penalties The most common penalty when police catch a driver running a red light is a moving violation. Drivers must come to full stops at or before the limit line – the painted line that indicates where vehicles should stop – when a traffic control device turns red. If there is no limit line, drivers should stop at the beginning of the intersection. Failure to stop, or “rolling through” a red light without coming to a full stop, is a moving violation. A moving violation for running red lights in California can come with hefty fines – some of the highest in the nation. The average fine for rolling through a stop sign is $250 in…

How to Handle a Hit and Run

Posted on August 14th, 2017

Hit-and-run accidents happen all too often in San Diego. From parking lot backups to sideswipes on busy streets, you never know when you’ll end up the victim of a careless hit-and-run driver. In these situations, you may feel at a loss as to who will cover your damages. Your vehicle may have sustained expensive harms, or you may have suffered serious personal injuries with no one around to face liability. Here are five steps to successfully handle a hit-and-run case involving bodily injury or property damage in California. Gather as Much Information as Possible When another car hits you or your vehicle and speeds off, you have no contact information to record. That does not mean you can’t use other important information to help your claims process run smoother. At the time of the incident, record as much information as possible. This includes your location or that of your parked vehicle, photographs of damages, medical bills, and eyewitness names and contact information. Ask around to see if anyone saw the hit-and-run vehicle and could describe what it looked like. If you happen to see the license plate, make, model, or type of car that hit you, write this down as…

How Safe Are Uber Rides?

Posted on August 14th, 2017

Since its debut in 2009, the rideshare app Uber has exploded in popularity. Uber and competitors like Lyft have been so successful that they’ve made a significant impact on the taxicab industry. With low prices, superb convenience, and high-quality transportation services, Uber is an excellent option for thousands of users. Yet what many people don’t know is that Uber doesn’t guarantee passenger safety. Data shows at least 282 alleged ridesharing sexual assaults and harassments, hundreds of car accidents, and 28 deaths involving Uber drivers. Get the facts on Uber’s safety before calling your next ride. Uber’s Safety Tips As news broke of more and more incidents involving Uber drivers and passengers, the company worked with law enforcement to develop a list to improve safety while using the Uber app for rideshare. The company urges users to stay safe by abiding by its checklist. Uber’s safety tips address vehicle accidents as well as assaults by drivers. The fact that Uber had to publish such a list is proof the company has had its fair share of legal problems over the years and is now trying to increase user safety. The safety tips list is as follows: 1. Plan your ride ahead…

Are Restaurants Solely Responsible if I Get Food Poisoning?

Posted on August 4th, 2017

Food poisoning is a tricky area of personal injury law. It can be difficult to know that food poisoning is the cause of your illness, as symptoms often resemble the flu and other common viruses. If you do know it’s food poisoning, it can be hard to prove which restaurant is responsible. Some illnesses may not show signs for days or weeks after consuming the tainted food. If you can trace your poisoning back to a certain restaurant, the establishment may not be the only party liable for your damages. Here’s who may be responsible for your recent bout of food poisoning in California. The Restaurant The most obvious defendant in restaurant food poisoning case is the establishment itself. Food establishments owe diners high standards of care in terms of sanitation and food safety. There are hundreds of federal and state laws restaurants most obey to keep their food safe for human consumption. These include minimum standards for sanitation, food temperatures, cooking conditions, and food quality. Breaching any of these standards, resulting in patron food poisoning, is an act of negligence that may warrant a personal injury claim against the restaurant. There are other situations in which the restaurant may be…

How Can I Protect My Child From College Hazing?

Posted on August 4th, 2017

On top of worrying about a child leaving home for the first time, living on his/her own, and doing well in school, parents must also think about the possibility of hazing. “Hazing” refers to a group or individual forcing new inductees into strenuous and often humiliating tasks as a way of initiation. The rituals of campus hazing can be dangerous and even deadly. Since 1970, at least one death has occurred on a college campus every year due to hazing. It is your duty as a parent to try to protect your child from hazing during entrance into a sorority, fraternity, or other college organization. Be Aware of the Risks of Hazing Despite hazing being illegal in 44 states, and campus officials starting anti-hazing initiatives, this practice still occurs on almost every college campus around the country. Studies show that about 95% of students who experience hazing don’t report it. As a parent, the first step in preventing hazing is being aware of it on your child’s campus. Talk to campus officials about your concerns and learn the school’s hazing rules, if any. Hazing can occur not only for sports teams and sororities/fraternities, but also for induction into honors societies, military…

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