Buckle the kids up, it’s the law

California Law| ​Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4′ 9″ in height must be secured by a safety belt in the back seat. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 through 12 years old, killing over 1,000 children each year.

Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and your passengers in a crash.  It is extremely important to make sure all children riding in your car be properly secured before every trip. Thousands of children are injured or killed every year because their child passenger safety seats are not installed properly. Remember, most collisions occur within a mile of the home – so buckle your child in a safety seat for every trip, no matter how short.  – California Highway Patrol

Effective January 1, 2017 – Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall.  The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat…

If you’re not confident of how to properly secure your child in a safety seat, contact your local CHP Area Office, and ask to speak with a child passenger safety technician. Click on this link to locate a local Area Office anywhere in California.

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Using Cell Phones While Driving is as Bad as Drunk Driving

According to Distraction.gov, in 2012 alone over 3,300 people were killed from crashes related to distracted driving. 421,000 people were estimated to have been injured from distracted driving related crashes in the same year.  Fatalities happen every single day across America and the cause is distracted driving. This data does show that drivers are safer then they are not distracted:

  • In crashes that were fatal to drivers under the age of 20, 10 percent of the drivers were revealed to have been distracted at the time of impact.
  • Drivers between age 20 and 29 made up the highest portion of distracted drivers that caused fatal crashes, at 27 percent.
  • Texting or using a mobile device while driving is estimated to divert your attention for five seconds at a time. If you are traveling at 55 mph, five seconds is enough time to drive the length of an entire football field.
  • In a given day, an estimated 660,000 drivers will be using their cell phones or a similar electronic device while driving.

Consider the following study by psychologists at the University of Utah.  A virtual-reality car was driven 3 times:

  1. Subject was talking on a cell phone, holding the phone in their hands
  2. Subject used a headset
  3. Subject had a few drinks, enough to put them over the .08% limit.

So how did they do?

The researchers found that when the subjects talked on the phone—either holding it in their hands, or using a headset—they showed the same signs of impairment, and to similar degrees, as when they drove drunk. Here is the actual summary:

We used a high-fidelity driving simulator to compare the performance of cell-phone drivers with drivers who were legally intoxicated from ethanol. When drivers were conversing on either a hand-held or hands-free cell-phone, their reactions were sluggish and they attempted to compensate by driving slower and increasing the following distance from the vehicle immediately in front of them. By contrast, when drivers were legally intoxicated they exhibited a more aggressive driving style, following closer to the vehicle immediately in front of them and applying more force while braking. When controlling for driving difficulty and time on task, cell-phone drivers exhibited greater impairment than intoxicated drivers.

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9 Facts About Driving Under the Influence

Did you know that Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and roughly 1/3 of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance. Via dosomething.org here are some facts about driving under the influence:

  1. Impairment is not reliant upon the type of alcohol consumed, rather the number of drinks over a certain period of time. Despite myths and misconceptions, coffee, a cold shower, or exercise will not make a person more sober; only time will.
  2. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.
  3. Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Offer to be your parents’ designated driver to ensure that everybody gets home safe.
  4. For drivers under 21, the U.S. has a No Tolerance policy that does not allow any alcohol to be in the blood system while behind the wheel. The consequences could include expensive fines, loss of license or jail.
  5. Someone is injured in a drunk driving incident every 120 seconds.
  6. Between 50 to 75% of the people who have had their licenses revoked due to driving under the influence drive illegally without their license.
  7. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and roughly 1/3 of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance.
  8. Since the early 1980s, alcohol-related traffic deaths per population have been cut in half with the greatest proportional declines among persons 16-20 years old.
  9. Kids and teens who get involved with alcohol at a young age are 7 times more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lives.

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Car accident? Don’t panic! Increase your chances of winning a claim with these tips

Auto accidents are one of the most common reasons for the death and injuries of Americans. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been 2,791 fatalities caused by traffic accidents in 2011. This means a 71-fatality increase from 2010. While this may be a relatively low increase, a car accident lawyer points out that this is the first time that there is an increase in vehicle crash fatalities recorded since 2007.

More than the loss of lives, automotive crashes have caused millions of dollars of damage to property. This is why a California auto accident lawyer wants to remind everyone that anybody can file a personal injury claim after falling victim for such mishaps. However, to successfully win your claims you have to present enough and strong pieces of evidence to back up your claim when you file for one. But how do you prepare for the filing of your complaint?

To increase your chances of winning your claim, your first actions after the accident happened will be critical. So how can you ensure your victory should you file a claim?

  • Call the police immediately.
  • Get immediate treatment for your injuries.
  • Give accurate and complete information about the accident to the authorities. 
  • Get the names and contact details of the other party.
  • Talk to your insurance agent.

Have you been in an auto accident? Call us today at Sariol Legal Center for a free, no-obligation quote to see what compensation you can obtain.

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Porsche Announce Who Was At Fault In The Death Of Paul Walker

For nearly 15 years, the Fast & Furious movie franchise has produced a consistent string of blockbuster hits due to their action packed storylines, breathtaking scenes and stellar castings.

However, in November 2013, the movie series and its fans lost a lead actor, Paul Walker, after he was involved in a high-speed crash in his limited-edition 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.

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Meadow Walker, the deceased actor’s daughter, filed a lawsuit claiming that Paul Walker died in “a dangerous car that doesn’t belong on the street.” The car she is talking about is the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. She is suing for negligence and wrongful death, alleging that Porsche had failed to install necessary safety features and that the seat belt was defective. “Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today. [The seat belt] snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minute and 20 seconds later.” She also talked about the vehicles complete lack of stability control, which is standard for almost all high end cars.

The car manufacturer are now seeking to dismiss the lawsuit, as they are claiming the vehicle in question had been “abused and altered”, as well as “misused and improperly maintained”.

Altogether, within their seven page filing, they are claiming that passenger Paul Walker, and driver, Roger Rodas, were fully aware of the risks upon entering the car, and their deaths are essentially down to their “own comparative fault”.

The crash occurred when the friends left together at 3:30am after an event for Walker’s own charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Their car then collided with a lamppost in a 45mph zone on a Californian street, with security cameras later discovering that the car must have been travelling around 90-100mph.

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Porsche claimed;

“PCNA alleges that Mr Walker knowingly and voluntarily assumed all risk, perils and danger in respect to the use of the subject 2005 Carrera GT, that the perils, risk and danger were open and obvious and known to him, and that he chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself to such perils, dangers and risks, thus assuming all the risks involved in using the vehicle. Mr Walker’s voluntary assumption of the risk should bar the plaintiff’s recovery or, in the alternative, should reduce the plaintiff’s right to recovery from PCNA in an amount equivalent to Mr Walker’s fault.”

This is a contrast to Meadow Walker’s suit, in which she accused the Volkswagen-owned car maker of knowing that the car had “history of instability and control issues”.

Walker’s death led to a temporary halt in production of “Furious 7,” an action movie in the “Fast & Furious” franchise about illegal streetcar racing.

The film was released this year after Walker’s brothers helped finish his scenes.

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There is a spider in the car!!! Here is what you should do.

If you stay updated on the news this week, you most likely heard about an Indiana mother and a spider in the car. As this mother was backing out of her driveway with her 9-year-old son in the back seat she spotted a spider on her shoulder. She panicked and jumped out of the moving car.  As the vehicle continued in reverse, the boy climbed into the front seat to try to stop it, but he hit the gas instead of the brakes. The vehicle rammed into a school bus. The son had minor injuries.

We may think this is light hearted news, however, it is a serious issue and can escalate quite rapidly. Many people are scared to death if an insect crawls on them and a sudden reaction can create a huge distraction from the road. Here are some tips on what to do if you find yourself in this circumstance:

DO NOT PANIC

This is extremely important. Remember, you are bigger than this insect and it is probably more scared of you than you of it. Do not panic, remain calm and assess the situation.

 STOP MOVING

If you are in a moving vehicle, carefully do your best to pull over to the shoulder slowly while keeping your eyes on the road.

GET RID OF THE INSECT AND DO THE HAPPY DANCE

Now that you are safely to the side of the road, make sure there is no oncoming traffic and remove the insect or jump up and down (however you handle these situations on dry land outside of a vehicle).

Once you have composed yourself, take a breath, laugh about it and think you have a great story to tell at your next party.

A man was stuck and killed as he stood near his disabled vehicle on the Santa Ana Freeway in Santa Ana early Saturday.

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What should you do when your vehicle is disabled on the freeway?

If you absolutely have to exit your car or truck, get out on the right side, away from traffic. This means climbing over the center console and exiting through the passenger-side door in most circumstances.

Stay inside your car or truck—with your seatbelt on—until help arrives. In certain circumstances. The safest spot for you on the side of the freeway is in your vehicle. This provides a shell of protection not offered when standing freely alongside the road. Continue reading. 

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Tapping into a different part of the brain, this robotic arm gives hope to paralyzed users

(Image: Caltech, Keck USC, Rancho Los Amigos Team – Washington Post)

Testing a robotic arm using your brain, may seem so far out in the future, but its not, its here and it works well. This robotic arm moves fluidily by communicating with a neuroprosthetic implant in the brain – the part of the brain that creates movement.

“When Sorto, paralyzed from the neck down for a decade by a gunshot wound, signed on to have neuroprosthetics implanted in his brain, he was very clear on what his first goal would be: After years of having to ask someone to hold straws to his lips, he wanted to be able to drink on his own. His medical team now reports that he’s accomplished that and more.” – Washington Post

Sorto is now able to do many things, from playing video games to grasping objects. Though this technology is in its early stages, it gives so much hope to paralyzed users to be functional once again.

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This couples positive spin to a tragedy is very inspiring

Justice and Jeremy Stamper are planning their second wedding, since Justice can’t remember their first.

Just weeks after the duo were married, Justice was in a severe car accident that resulted in some memory loss, PEOPLE reports. Even though Justice has looked at photos and watched videos of the event, nothing has come back to her.

‘She Deserves Everything and More’

While on her way to her aunt’s house, Justice was making a left turn when a car rear-ended her at 50 m.p.h, pushing her and her car about 50 feet to the right side of the road.  As she began the slow process of her recovery, it took her about a month and a half to admit to Jeremy that she couldn’t remember their wedding day or the months leading up to it. Read the full article at people.com

Man who was on his phone when he hit, killed cyclist speaks out

“I made a mistake that day I could never take back.”

Just a glance at your phone may change lives forever. This is the story of Chris Weber, a man sentenced for the death of Andrea Boeve, mother of two, who was out for a bike ride and never came home.

At night, Chris Weber relives the crash he caused but didn’t see.

A year ago, driving his pickup in rural Rock County, he decided to call his bank to make a loan payment. He looked down at his cellphone. Then he heard a thud.

He had hit Andrea Boeve, 33, who was biking alongside Hwy. 270, her two daughters in a carrier behind her. He ran to her, performing CPR, but Boeve died at the side of the road.

“My heart dropped,” Weber told reporters at a news conference. “I knew it was my fault.”

This powerful video shows the consequences of glancing at your phone while driving.

Be safe. Be aware. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Andrea’s family.

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