Friday, February 27, 2009

Why Drivers Get Involved in Hit-and-Run Accidents

Drivers should be responsible enough to stop and help the person they hit. But, there are some who would prefer to leave them lying on the street and possibly hurt without leaving identification as this could get them into much trouble and pay compensation to the victim.

Traffic laws indicate that in an accident, both drivers must stop and exchange information so that they can settle the accident at a timely manner. In case of hit-and-runs, the driver must stop and give his identification to the victim and assist him if he needs it.

The compensation that drivers must give would cover medical bills, property repairs and other expenses that the victim has spent because of the accident. Because of this, suspects would rather that they hide and elude authorities in efforts to escape from their responsibilities.

For this not to happen, we must be careful in crossing or walking along the streets and be aware of vehicles driving nearby. As drivers, we must be alert and be able to make quick decisions that could save another person’s life. Traffic lights must also be regarded as these indicate who has the right of way.

We must also keep in mind that hit-and-run would be a heavier charge as there is an attempt to escape the responsibility. So, if you get involved in an accident, you must do what is right. Consult a personal injury lawyer who can help in litigations such as this. Lawyers can also advice their clients of the proper legal actions they can take.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fatal Crash Due to Ignored Protocol

All cars must yield to emergency vehicles such as police cars and fire trucks when their sirens are on and responding to urgent situations.

This protocol was missed by Agustin Nava Miramontes hence; his brown Dodge Ram pick-up collided with the Mira Loma Station 17 fire truck.

The truck was responding to a vehicle crash a block away from Etiwanda and Bellegrave avenues. The impact resulted to the death of Miramontes and injuries to the three firefighters aboard the truck.

This fatal vehicle collision could have been prevented if certain protocols have been followed.

First, traffic must stop and give way to emergency vehicles at intersections. In this case, Miramontes continued driving through the intersection.

Second, the fire department has its policy for fire trucks to activate the lights and sirens and for engines to make a full stop at an intersection and wait to proceed once traffic is clear. Reports, however, failed to reveal if the fire engine stopped at the intersection.

Laws and regulations were implemented not without reason. This fatal crash was a clear example of negligence. Negligence has always been the leading cause of road related accidents.

In this case, death and injuries could have been prevented if protocols were only followed.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Motorcycle Accident Innuendo

Riding a motorcycle can be fun and exciting. It is also practical and economical to use. However, with the increase in number of people using motorcycles, cases of motorcycle accident also increases.

Case in point is the incident last August 2008 involving a motorist, a car and a man named Tindall.

While driving, Tindall saw a motorist skidded of the road. He went out of his car and helped the man. As he stood by the road, a car lost control, skidded off the road and slammed at him.

Now, Tindal’s widow and daughter have filed a claim for damages against Contra Costa County. They alleged that the proximate cause of the death was the due to the dangerous conditions of the road.

Motorcycle riding is dangerous by itself. When coupled with other factors such as poor road conditions, it becomes fatal. It poses danger not only to the rider but also to others, just like what happened to Tindall.

Let the incident be a reminder to all of us. Drive carefully. While helping someone in danger is encouraged, we must do so safely and cautiously all the time and at all cost.