San Diego Personal Injury Attorney Blog

Bicycle Safety Tips for Motorists as Children Head Back to School

The summer is officially over and students are pedaling their way to school every morning eager to learn. This means motorists should adopt more cautious habits. Here is a list of bicycle safety tips for motorists to help keep your children safe from bicycle accidents. Cycling to School Safety: Motorists Do’s Bicycle safety is not only for cyclists. Everybody on the road has a responsibility to keep each other safe. Remember that cyclists, especially children, are much slower than cars and require extra time and space from you as a motorist to get around. Do remember that cyclists are equal to motorists. The law is the same in every state; cyclists must obey the same laws as drivers of any other vehicle. Treat them equal to somebody in a car. Do double check before making a turn. If you plan to make a right turn, a rider beside you may…
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What to Know About San Diego’s New Dockless Scooter and Bike Regulations

Electric scooters, also called dockless scooters, have spread across California rapidly over the past two years. Chances are, you have seen people on scooters zipping about on streets across the city. However, the popularity of these scooters has clearly caused problems in San Diego and other cities. Like in other cities, scooter accidents are occurring in San Diego. City council members recently passed new regulations for dockless scooters and bikes to reduce the problems for scooter and bike users, pedestrians, cyclists, business owners and motorists. The new regulations went into effect on July 1. Here is what you need to know. Certain Areas Have Special Speed Limits Council members are concerned about accidents occurring in areas with heavy foot traffic. For this reason, the new regulations have special speed limits for certain geo-fenced areas. These areas include Mission Beach, Balboa Park, Petco Park and Downtown. Some pedestrian-only areas (no ride…
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New NHTSA Data Highlights the Importance of Buckling Up

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released traffic fatality data for 2017. The new data shows that car crash fatalities declined by nearly two percent between 2016 and 2017. After two consecutive years of increased fatalities, this is great news. However, NHTSA also notes that seat belt use remained virtually unchanged from 2016 to 2017, actually declining slightly over the year. Out of occupants who were fatally injured in 2017 vehicle crashes, nearly half were unrestrained. According to NHTSA, buckling up could reduce your risk of an injury by 50 to 65 percent depending on vehicle type. Why Should I Wear a Seat Belt? All passenger vehicles in the U.S. are required to have three-point seat belts. A three-point seat belt consists of a lap belt and a belt that lays diagonally across a person’s chest and shoulder. In the event of an impact, seat belts keep passengers…
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