When you have been involved in a car accident in California, investigators will spend considerable time surveying the scene of the accident to determine whether or not you were at fault. If you were the driver who was responsible for causing the accident, you may be subject to a variety of consequences that may take time to correct. At Hildebrand, McLeod & Nelson, we have helped many people who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Encountering road construction is a common occurrence for most California motorists, but you, like many others, may find that navigating your way through the state's growing number of work zones can prove difficult and anxiety-inducing. Avoiding work zones entirely is not realistic, however, but learning what causes many of today's work zone accidents and injuries may help you mitigate your accident risk to some extent.
A California police officer standing in a secluded place with a radar gun to catch speeders is not an uncommon sight. Many motorists will attest to being pulled over by a police official and ticketed because the radar gun claimed that they were driving over the speed limit. However, you might believe your speedometer said otherwise and contest your ticket in court. How likely is a court to accept that argument? Unfortunately, not very likely.
You are driving on a California road when you spot a railroad crossing up ahead. If the gate is not dropped down, you might think you have no problem driving over the tracks. However, depending on the vehicle you drive, the law could require you to exercise greater caution while approaching a railroad crossing even if no train is approaching.
It is virtually impossible to drive down a California freeway and not come in contact with commercial trucks, but for many motorists, sharing the road with these large, tremendously heavy vehicles can be a stressful, anxiety-inducing experience. While the size and weight of semi-trucks makes them inherently threatening to motorists driving smaller passenger vehicles, the threats they pose become far more pronounced when truck drivers engage in substance abuse before getting behind the wheel.
Motorcycles have as much right to the California road as any car, truck or van. However, the fact is due to their smaller size, motorcycles are also harder to see for many motorists than an ordinary automobile. A motorcycle rider's best bet to preventing a road accident is to make their bike as noticeable as possible to other drivers.
Driving is a stressful situation for many people. It can bring about extreme emotions that you may not experience outside of the car. For some people, it may cause a condition known as road rage. WebMD defines road rage as intentional and severe reactions to other drivers. You may have heard reports about drivers in California who suffer from road rage and how these incidents can lead to accidents and even deaths.
You are driving through a California parking lot when all of a sudden you are struck by another vehicle. In the immediate aftermath, you are not certain what to do. If you got into an accident while driving on the road, you would call the police to file a report. But a parking lot is a different story. There, you are on private property, not a public street. So should you call the police if you get into a parking lot accident? Actually, it is very wise to do so.
The roads are designed to provide safe and convenient passage for motorists. Due to many factors, accidents and fatalities in the Oakland area are often unavoidable, especially for motorcyclists. They may be smaller than cars and trucks and require less space to maneuver. However, two of the biggest dangers to riders are car and truck drivers. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2015, motorcyclists had a 57.85 fatality rate in motor vehicle collisions which is almost five times higher than the death rate for passenger cars.
Car accidents are becoming more common on the roads of Oakland. Though there are many factors to consider about motor vehicle collisions, excessive speeds play a major role in the majority of them. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32 percent of car accident fatalities that occurred in 2014 were because of excessive speeds.