These minor routine changes may save your life

Car accidents are many times unavoidable, however you can increase your chances of not being in one by adding these precautions into your daily routine. They may be minor changes, but who knows, it may save your life one day.

  • Before you start the engine, make sure the warning lights are off, such as the gas line, engine coolant, and engine light. And then check and make sure the tires lines and air are good enough. These are the simple ways to check that your car has no problem for driving.
  • Avoid the “fast lane”. By using the center or right lane on multilane roads, you have more “escape routes” should a problem suddenly arise that requires you to quickly change lanes or pull onto the shoulder. Most highway accidents occur in the left lane. Furthermore, you are more conspicuous to highway patrol if you are in the “fast lane.”
  • Check blind spots before you change lanes. There’s always random side-streets and parking areas where people can just pull out without you noticing. Checking your blind spots before you move in the next lane always helps avoids side-swiping accidents.Keep your eyes scanning the area ahead. Don’t just eyeball the car in front of you but watch the traffic in front of that car as well. This increases your chance of seeing a problem while still having enough time to react to it, and decreases your chance of rear-ending the vehicle in front of you should they make a sudden stop.
  • Drive with your hands in the 9 and 3 o’clock position. Instead of the lazy, typical way people drive with one hand at 12 o’clock or both hands resting at the bottom of the steering wheel, this recommended position facilitates maximum vehicle control when you’re forced into quick maneuvering to avoid a potential car accident.
  • Use the signal lights before you change lanes. When you use the signal lights, you are also warning everyone that you want to change your lanes. They will slow down or stop the car until you pass the road.

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.

TRAFFIC : It’s been a deadly year for pedestrians in Santa Ana ; a pedestrian is hit every six days

Adriesue “Bitsy” Gomez put on a straw hat with a turquoise bow to walk the 99 Cents Only Store. The 72 year old woman wanted to buy a roll of Bounty paper towels and some gladiola bulbs to plant in the garden of his home in Santa Ana.

Spring had come, he told his daughters.

It was Sunday April 19, around three in the afternoon.

Way home, Gomez crossed Main Street between 15th and 16th Streets, where there is no crosswalk or traffic lights. She gave him a look at store receipt and something did not seem right, as discussed their daughters. His mother, a truck driver, Teamsters member and founder of the Women’s Coalition truck drivers, never too shy to speak.

So, according to his family, Gomez headed back to the store.

She stopped in the turning lane to the left to let the traffic pass, according to police and a video sequence. That’s when Gomez was hit by the driver of a gold-colored Nissan Maxima vehicle while making a left turn toward Main Street. The force of the impact threw Gomez back on a northbound lane. Two sandals rose into the air;Left landed several feet away.

When police arrived, they saw blood emerging from the mouth of Gomez and ran down his chest. Fearing he drowned, an officer laid it on its side and placed his head on the roll of paper towels. She died in the intensive care unit Western Medical Center two days later.

Tragically, the circumstances of the death of Gomez Bitsy are all too common. It has been a particularly deadly for walkers in the busiest streets of Orange County year.

Forty-eight people have been killed since January, according to data from the coroner’s office at the rate of 15 October.

That equates to almost a pedestrian died six days.

The county is on track to beat the total of pedestrian deaths last year, 55, following an irregular but upward trend that has spread over the past five years. Data from the coroner’s office in Orange County originating from 1992 show that the worst year on record was 1994, when 70 pedestrians were killed.

For a month, the newspaper The Register interviewed families, witnesses and authorities; reviewed police reports and other records; and analyzed a decade of traffic injury reports collected by the Injury Mapping System Transport UC Berkeley, along with nearly six years of data from the coroner’s office.

Common factors

The analysis suggests several common factors in the deaths of Gomez and others:

• The victims are usually elderly. Many walk at night when visibility is reduced.

• Over the past decade, nearly half – 47 percent – of pedestrians killed were hit crossing the road outside the crosswalk painted area.

• Drugs and alcohol played a role in less than 6 percent of deaths from 2004 to 2013. In only 4 percent of cases the driver received a ticket for speeding.

• Crosswalks make any difference, but less than expected. A quarter of pedestrians are hit and lose their lives while in a crosswalk designated.

• During the past five years, more pedestrians have been killed in Santa Ana that in any other city in Orange County, according to data from the coroner’s office, and most of its residents have died this year than in previous years going back to 2010 . Orange, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove and Westminster have also proved deadly cities.

And it’s not surprising. These are large and densely populated designed to accommodate vehicles with wide avenues built for fast moving traffic locations.

“The streets here are not designed for pedestrians,” said Gomez’s daughter, Rita Gomez, 52.

Statewide, the roads have been made safer for motorists, but not for pedestrians. Federal data show that deaths involving motor vehicles in California declined by 45 percent in the decade running from 2003 to 2013, while the rate of pedestrian fatalities has remained virtually at the same level.

California is the most deadly for pedestrians ninth state, according to the National Security Administration Highway Traffic with 701personas, or about two pedestrians per 100,000 people dead in 2013, the latest year with available data.

Tamara Redmon, program director of pedestrian safety with the Federal Highway Administration, said it’s hard to tell why pedestrian deaths appear to have changed. She points to the culture of state vehicles, lack of infrastructure for walking and biking and a growing interest in healthy activities such as walking.

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls: Here Are The Ram, Dodge, Chrysler Trucks And SUVs FCA Will Buy Back

As part of the record-setting $105 million settlement with U.S. regulators over recall lapses, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) NV says it will buy back hundreds of thousands of trucks and SUVs for steering and axle problems. Owners of affected vehicles have complained of monthslong waiting lists because of parts supply shortages.

FCA “has entered into a consent order with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which resolves the issues raised by NHTSA with respect to FCA U.S.’s execution of 23 recall campaigns,” the company said in a statement Sunday announcing the agreement.

The NHTSA gave the company a “reasonable allowance for depreciation” on the price they’re willing to pay. A certain number of the following vehicles are eligible for the buyback program:

* 2008 to 2012 model-year Ram pickup trucks that have either steering problems or axle problems, or both.
* 2008 to 2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 super duty pickup trucks, for steering problems;
* 2009 to 2011 Dodge Dakota trucks, for axle problems;
* 2009 Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs, for an axle problem.

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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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