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Senior Citizen Driving Checklist – Updated for 2019

Posted in Car Accident on July 8, 2019

Certain abilities naturally decline over time. The skills required to drive, for example, can deteriorate with age. A person’s vision, hearing, strength, reflexes and reaction times could diminish in old age, leading to a driver that may need certain accommodations to drive safely – or perhaps should no longer be on the road at all…. read more

Stress: Distracted Minds May Lead to Car Accidents

Posted in Car Accident on July 3, 2019

You may know about the dangers of distracted driving, but did you know a driver does not have to be visually or manually distracted to cause a related car accident? Cognitive distractions can be enough to impair the driver’s ability to make sound judgments and react to changing roadway situations. Driving while angry, sad, stressed,… read more

Steps To Take After a Hit-and-Run in California

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on June 13, 2019

In California, it is against the law to leave the scene of a car accident without fulfilling a driver’s duties of care. These duties include stopping at the scene, swapping information with the other driver, and calling the police to report the accident, if applicable. To breach these duties is to commit the crime of… read more

What Is The Average Settlement For Back Injury in California?

Posted in Motorcycle Accidents,Bicycle Accidents,Truck Accidents,Pedestrian Accidents,Car Accident,Personal Injury,Uncategorized on June 9, 2019

Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries are common in many different accidents, including car crashes, falls, and workplace incidents. A serious back injury can cause chronic pain and permanent disability. A back injury could prevent an individual from returning to his or her place of work. It can also cause intangible losses such as being… read more

How To Maximize Your Personal Injury Settlement in California

Posted in California Law,Truck Accidents,Pedestrian Accidents,Car Accident,Personal Injury on June 7, 2019

A personal injury settlement is a financial award you may be able to receive after another person or entity negligently or intentionally causes harm. A settlement is an agreement you and the defendant (and often the defendant’s insurer) come to, without needing to take the case to court. As a claimant, it is up to… read more

How Much to Expect From a Car Accident Settlement in California

Posted in California Law,Truck Accidents,Car Accident,Personal Injury on May 16, 2019

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury claims in California, with tens of thousands of drivers filing insurance claims and taking legal action for accidents every year. If you expect to file an insurance claim or lawsuit for a recent car accident, you should have some idea of what to… read more

What to Expect Physically After a Car Accident in El Cajon

Posted in Truck Accidents,Car Accident,Personal Injury on May 9, 2019

A car accident can be a stressful and traumatic experience, and many people who walk away from car accidents seemingly unscathed find themselves unable to get out of bed the next day. Even when a car accident does not cause acute, traumatic injuries, victims can still experience a wide range of possible medical complications in… read more

How to Settle a Car Accident Claim Without a Lawyer

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on May 8, 2019

It is possible, although difficult, to handle some legal matters on your own without hiring a personal injury attorney in El Cajon. The vast majority of car accident claims are relatively small, and these small accident claims rarely proceed to trial. It is generally in the best interest of everyone involved to settle the matter… read more

Who Pays Medical Bills After a Car Accident?

Posted in California Law,Car Accident on March 15, 2019

If you suffered injuries in a car accident, you will likely have to receive ongoing medical treatment until you recover. As a result, you will have to pay for thousands of dollars in medical expenses. These costs may include doctor’s visit fees, hospitalization costs, medications, surgeries, physical therapy, and mobility equipment, just to name a… read more

What Is It Called When a Lawyer Only Gets Paid If He Wins?

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on March 14, 2019

If you suffer from a personal injury in California, you may wonder what your legal options are, especially if you do not have the funds to pay expensive legal fees. In fact, many people refrain from pursuing legal action because they believe they cannot possibly afford an attorney out of pocket. However, many law firms… read more

What Are Punitive Damages?

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on March 12, 2019

When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you reach a settlement that awards you with funds as compensation for the losses you sustained. The most common types of damages are economic damages, which include expenses such as lost wages and medical expenses, and noneconomic damages, which cover pain and suffering and emotional anguish. However, you… read more

Who Does Personal Injury Protection Cover?

Posted in Car Accident,Personal Injury on February 19, 2019

Insurance coverage can be a complicated discussion. Certainly, you want to purchase all the state-mandatory coverages with the mandatory minimums. However, there are other coverages that may prove beneficial as well. Is Personal Injury Protection (PIP) mandatory in California? More importantly, who or what does it cover? What Is Personal Injury Protection? In no-fault states,… read more

Do You Have to Report Minor Accidents to the Police?

Posted in California Law,Car Accident on February 13, 2019

It is never a good time for a car accident, but it seems that those minor fender benders always happen when you are in a rush to get somewhere. What’s more, accident reports may mean you run the risk of a traffic ticket, charges, and a higher insurance premium. Do you really have to report… read more

San Diego EMS Trauma Report Summary

Posted in San Diego News,Motorcycle Accidents,Car Accident,News,Personal Injury on February 8, 2019

Each year, the San Diego Emergency Medical Services releases a trauma report summary, detailing instances of trauma in San Diego County. The most recent report, for the year 2016, provides us with a great look at the number of accidents, emergency room visits, and more that took place. The report can help us get a… read more

6 Safety Tips for Driving Safely This Season 

Posted in Car Accident on January 29, 2019

Driving safely should be a priority year-round, but winter and the holidays can be particularly dangerous times for California drivers. Vacations in new places, crowded roads, and the effects cold weather has on vehicles can all increase the odds of a crash. A car accident could lead to spending the rest of the season in… read more

California Car Accident Statistics 2018

Posted in Car Accident,News,Personal Injury on January 22, 2019

Car accidents take the lives of Californians every day. Distracted and negligent drivers strike other vehicles and pedestrians, contributing to the annual death toll. California’s large population makes it the state with the highest number of car accidents, injuries, and deaths each year. Focusing too heavily on car accident statistics can make drivers feel like… read more

Contributory Negligence vs. Comparative Negligence in El Cajon

Posted in California Law,Car Accident on December 20, 2018

During a vehicle accident claim with your car accident lawyer, one might hear the phrases contributory or comparative negligence. These are two legal concepts that can apply to car accident claims in which the person claiming damages may bear fault for the accident. These rules can decide how much compensation a plaintiff receives, and are… read more

What Are the Most Common Road Hazards for Drivers?

Posted in Car Accident,Personal Injury on December 13, 2018

All drivers will encounter at least one roadway hazard in their lifetimes. Unfortunately, not all will be able to avoid them or escape collisions. In 2017, over 3,500 Californians lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents. Road hazards can cause thousands of dollars in damages for victims and their families. Preventing accidents and injuries takes… read more

CHP Focuses on Reducing Teen Distracted Driving

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,News on November 15, 2018

Distracted driving is one of the deadliest driver mistakes. Failing to pay adequate attention to the road makes it almost impossible for a driver to react to changing roadway conditions or situations in time to prevent a collision. In 2016, distracted drivers contributed to the deaths of 3,450 people across the country. About 9% of… read more

Who’s at Fault in a Multiple-Car Accident?

Posted in Truck Accidents,Car Accident,Personal Injury on October 16, 2018

Although single-vehicle accidents make up a large percentage of crashes each year, may involve more than one car. In 2016, multiple-vehicle crashes took 1,560 lives in the state of California. Determining fault and liability for a multiple-car accident can be more difficult than in standard crashes due to the number of people involved. It can… read more

[Study] High-Collision Intersections in East County San Diego

Posted in Car Accident on October 5, 2018

Home to more than 700,000 residents, East County San Diego may seem like a quieter alternative to the bustling urban San Diego lifestyle. However, the region has its share of heavy traffic and serious accidents, especially in the busier areas. We wanted to determine streets with the highest amount of car crashes, so we worked… read more

How to Find Out If Someone Has Car Insurance

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on September 25, 2018

Just because it’s mandatory to carry car insurance in the state of California does not mean every driver will obey the law. In fact, hundreds of uninsured and underinsured drivers are on the roads right now. Driving without insurance isn’t just a crime – it’s unfair to the law-abiding citizens who end up dealing with… read more

California Learner’s Permit Rules Over 18

Posted in California Law,Car Accident on September 22, 2018

DISCLAIMER: If you are in need of more information in regards to obtaining a learner’s permit, please contact the DMV in your geographic area. The Law Offices of Howard Kitay offers legal representation to those who have been injured in the state of California, as we are only licensed to practice in this state. Information… read more

Driving Without a License in California

Posted in California Law,Car Accident,Personal Injury on September 19, 2018

You must have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit to legally operate a motor vehicle in the state of California. California Vehicle Code Section 12500 states that a person must hold a valid license to drive a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or motorized bicycle on a highway. Going against this code is a traffic violation… read more

What Is the Minimum Car Insurance Coverage in California?

Posted in Car Accident,Personal Injury on September 18, 2018

All states require drivers to carry certain minimum auto insurance levels to legally operate motor vehicles. Auto insurance will provide monetary coverage in the event of a car accident. The types and amounts of coverage depend on the policy type the holder has purchased. Drivers can carry as much extra insurance as they wish, but… read more

Leading Causes of Fatal Teen Car Accidents in 2017

Posted in Car Accident on August 4, 2018

The National Safety Council (NSC) recently reported that traffic fatalities decreased between 2016 and 2017 by a small margin of 227 fewer deaths. In addition to the 40,100 traffic-related fatalities in 2017, more than 4.57 million people required emergency medical attention for serious injuries and the net cost to American taxpayers totaled nearly $414 billion…. read more

2018 Top Causes of Distracted Driving

Posted in Car Accident,Personal Injury on August 3, 2018

There are more than 102 fatal car accidents every day in the United States, and about nine of these daily fatalities occur due to completely preventable distracted driving. Driving hinges strongly on muscle memory and millions of Americans drive every day out of necessity, causing some to fall into complacency and false sense of security… read more

Be Prepared! Steps to Ensure Survival in Case of a Car Accident   

Posted in Car Accident,Personal Injury on May 12, 2018

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and fatality in this country. They account for hundreds of thousands of ER visits each year, and can result in anything from broken bones to traumatic brain injury. Most car accidents are thankfully minor, but they can result in serious or even life-threatening injuries. While… read more

6 Common Reasons for Traffic Accidents in San Diego    

Posted in Car Accident,Personal Injury on May 10, 2018

San Diego is famous for its traffic congestion and sluggish commute times. Since there are so many people out on the roadways, it would make sense that the incidence of car accidents is higher. Thousands of people die in fatal accidents throughout the county each year, which makes it nerve-wracking to get behind the wheel…. read more

Learn How to Protect Yourself from Insurance Companies     

Posted in Car Accident on May 8, 2018

You pay your insurance premiums faithfully. You may have even been with the same insurer for years. When you get into a car accident, you have a reasonable expectation that they will pay your claim in full and within a reasonable time frame. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In reality, insurance companies want to… read more

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