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Do Higher Speed Limits Result in More Fatal Crashes?

Posted in Car Accident on October 8, 2019

Speeding is one of the most common causes of serious and fatal accidents. Speeding can increase the seriousness of a motor vehicle collision and related injuries. With these facts in mind, it is easy to conclude higher speed limits would result in more fatal crashes. Find out if research supports this conclusion, and whether California… read more

What to Do if Your Car Is Recalled

Posted in Car Accident on October 3, 2019

A vehicle recall means something is wrong with the car that could put consumers in danger. Issues often come to the vehicle manufacturer’s attention when consumers begin to report incidents and accidents involving defective vehicle parts, such as airbags that fail to deploy or bad brakes. Once the manufacturer hears of the problem, it must… read more

What Are the 5 Most Common Types of Back Surgery After a Car Accident?

Posted in Car Accident on September 19, 2019

Back, neck and spinal cord injuries are common outcomes of car accidents in California. Even a seemingly minor car accident could cause an injury such as whiplash or a herniated spinal disk. The spinal cord is a sensitive bundle of nerves and vertebrae that affect every other part of the body. An injury to the… read more

3 Signs of Drowsy Driving You May Not Recognize

Posted in Car Accident on September 17, 2019

Drowsy driving is one of the predominant causes of deadly car accidents in California. Stressed, overworked and overtired drivers may be unable to safely control their vehicles. The National Sleep Foundation says drowsy driving is equivalent to drunk driving in terms of driver impairment. Driving after 18 hours awake is the same as driving with… read more

Are Roundabouts Safer Than Intersections?

Posted in Car Accident on September 12, 2019

Most drivers either love or hate roundabouts. Either way, the roundabout is becoming a more commonplace intersection design around the country due to proven safety advantages. National road safety organizations, such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), support roundabouts as a safer alternative to conventional intersections. Roundabouts are circular intersections rather than typical cross intersections…. read more

Catastrophic Dangers of Improper High Beam Use

Posted in Car Accident on September 10, 2019

During driving tests and written exams when getting a driver’s license, drivers learn when it is appropriate to use high-beam headlights. Turning them on at the wrong time is not only rude; it could also be extremely dangerous. Improper high beam use could blind, stun or confuse another driver, resulting in a tragic car accident… read more

Safety Tips for Merging Onto the Freeway

Posted in Car Accident on September 5, 2019

Unsafe merges and lane changes are common causes of catastrophic car accidents in California. Thousands of people get into accidents – many of which are fatal – while trying to merge. Merging onto the freeway is especially dangerous. The speeds of merging vehicles often do not match the speeds of vehicles already on the freeway…. read more

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

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