January 6th, 2014The dangers of motor vehicle collisions are a very real risk for those traveling along the highways in California. In fact, the state’s Office of Traffic Safety says that in 2011 alone, a total of 2,791 motorists lost their lives as the result of crashes on California’s roadways. The | Alameda Car Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers state that in an effort to curb the problem of car accidents in the state, officials enacted several pieces of legislation with the New Year that are aimed at improving highway safety. Reports indicate the different law covers several different aspects of highway safety in order to diversify efforts. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, one of the most important laws to be adopted prohibits anyone under the age of 18-years-old from using a handheld electronic device to send or receive text messages, even if it is equipped with a hands-free device. Another important law that was adopted establishes a distance motor vehicles must maintain when passing a bicycle. The new legislation states a car should pass a vehicle within no less than three feet. Any failure to do so will result in a fine, even if no collision occurs. William Berg and his team of Alameda Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful the changes in the law are successful in preventing accidents and keeping those who travel in the state throughout the remainder of the year safe!
November 18th, 2013November 18, 2013 With cooler weather arriving in the northern California region, many parents are now scrambling to bundle children up before heading to the family’s car to travel. The | California Car Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers point out that most parents may fail to realize they may be putting their child’s life in jeopardy by buckling them into their car seat with jackets on. An article from Today News explained how a child’s bulky coat could cause the straps of a car seat to not properly restrain the child in the event of an accident. These findings are even more disturbing considering motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of accidental death in children and most child safety seats are already improperly installed in vehicles by parents and caregivers. To help avoid this danger, experts are telling parents to never buckle a child into a car safety or booster seat in more than what the child would wear indoors, such as a sweatshirt. Also, check to make sure all straps are tight enough on the child by checking to see if fabric from the straps of the device can be pinched together using the thumb and index finger. If the child needs to stay warm, drape their jacket or a blanket over them. Berg Injury Lawyers and their team of California Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful these tips are successful in preventing children from being injured or killed as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
November 11th, 2013November 11, 2013 Distracted driving is a major problem on the highways of the United States today, especially in California. In fact, the California Office of Traffic Safety reports that as many as 80 percent of collisions list a driver’s distraction as a contributing factor. The | California Car Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain that the state has taken strides to reduce the number of these collisions by enacting several laws against the behavior of distracted driving. Unfortunately though, a new study is showing that the results of these efforts may not be paying off. According to The Sacramento Bee, researchers studied the behaviors of drivers at several different intersections in the Sacramento area. The team concluded that distracted driving is a common behavior in the city that has seen little reduction in rates of occurrence over recent years. The study showed an average of around 80 distracted drivers at each intersection, with some of the most common distracting behaviors being listed as eating or drinking and listening to music too loudly. The numbers leave many citizens wondering what can be done to keep distracted drivers off the road. Berg Injury Lawyers and their team of California Personal Injury Lawyers explain that most experts contend raising public awareness of the dangers of distracted driving as the best way to curtail the behavior. This means being a good example by never driving while distracted and encouraging others to do the same.
September 23rd, 2013September 23, 2013 The | California Car Accident Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain that drivers of motor vehicles must follow certain rules and regulations to ensure both their safety and that of others around them. Failure to do so may result in claims of negligence being made against a driver in the event an accident occurs that results in death or injury. One such accident occurred on September 5 in a San Francisco, California, park and has since sparked heavy debate on the policies city employees must follow when driving metropolitan vehicles on public property. According to an article from the San Francisco Gate, the crash happened in Holly Park. Reports indicate the 35-year-old victim and her 11-month-old daughter were lying in the grass in the park when a 57-year-old city gardener veered off of a pedestrian path he was driving on and ran the woman over. She was killed as a result of injuries she sustained in the accident. Regulations state that city employees are prohibited from driving on pedestrian paths and grassy areas. Now, a hearing is scheduled to be held in order to determine how the regulations should be implemented. Berg’s team of California Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating a death caused by a motor vehicle collision can be and would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the victim.
August 12th, 2013August 12, 2013 Despite California taking a stand against distracted driving five years ago by legally banning texting and driving, a new study has shown instances of distracted driving are increasing. An article from | KPCC News explains that the Automobile Club of Southern California began surveying motorists on their behaviors behind the wheel of a vehicle in 2008. Researchers found that since the beginning of the study, the number of drivers reporting that they text using a cellphone while driving has increased 126 percent. The number is interesting considering the study began before the ban was enacted, yet the behavior increased after the ban took effect. These numbers leave many citizens wondering what is being done to solve the problem of California Car Accidents caused by distracted driving. Several organizations have partnered to produce a public service announcement explaining the risks of distracted driving and asking motorists to be aware of the dangers of cellphone use behind the wheel. Citizens can also hold motorists accountable for their actions by reporting incidences of texting and driving using the 1-800-TELL-CHP hotline. The caller must report the location and license tag of the vehicle in order for a warning letter to be sent to the distracted driver. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers distracted driving can pose and hope these efforts are successful in reducing the number of accidents caused by the behavior.
July 29th, 2013July 29, 2013 A 57-year-old woman was killed and two others were seriously injured as the result of a | San Leandro Car Accident that happened over the weekend. Reports indicate the crash occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 21, along Washington Boulevard in Alameda County, California. An article from the San Leandro Patch explained that an officer had reported a vehicle traveling at more than 100 mph in the southbound lanes of Washington. Before the vehicle could be stopped though, the driver had veered into the oncoming lanes of traffic and collided head-on with another vehicle. The female passenger of the vehicle that was struck died at the scene. Luckily though, officers were able to pull the drivers of both vehicles to safety before the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The men were then transported to a local hospital for further treatment. They were last listed in serious condition. The incident underscores the dangers that speeding can present. Experts say the behavior is involved in roughly one-third of all fatal accidents that occur in the United States today. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers recognize the risks speeding in a vehicle presents to not only the driver engaged in the behavior, but to all others who are sharing the road with them. That is why the firm asks that each motorist do their part to keep California’s highways and roads safe by always obeying the posted speed limit of the road you are traveling on.
May 6th, 2013May 6, 2013 A | California Auto Accident that occurred over the weekend and involved a limousine was responsible for claiming the lives of five women. Reports indicate that overcrowding and defective design of the vehicle may have been contributing factors in the tragedy. According to an article from USA Today, the incident occurred this past Saturday night, in the westbound lanes of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge spanning the San Francisco Bay. The women were riding in a 1999 Lincoln Town Car limousine as they traveled to a local hotel following a bridal shower. During the trip though, the rear of the vehicle burst into flames, trapping the nine occupants of the car in the inferno. Four of the women were able to escape the blaze; however, five of their companions, including the bride, died as a result of the fire. As experts search for clues to the cause of the incident, it has come to light that the vehicle may have been overcrowded at the time. State law allows such a vehicle to carry eight passenger or less. There were nine passengers in the limousine at the time the fire erupted. Also, the vehicle was only equipped with two rear doors, which is standard for a limousine of that age; however, new limousines come equipped with more doors for passengers. The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to send their condolences to the family and friends of the victims.
April 1st, 2013April 1, 2013 A | San Francisco Auto Accident was responsible for seriously injuring two pedestrians two weeks ago. The San Francisco Chronicle explained the collision occurred on Wednesday, March 20, at approximately 9:40 p.m., at the intersection of West Portal Avenue and Vicente Street. A spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, Officer Gordon Shyy, explained a couple was attempting to cross Vicente in a marked crosswalk when they were struck by a vehicle traveling through the intersection. The driver of the car stopped to render aid and rescue crews were able to transport the injured to a local hospital for treatment. Doctors determined the female victim had sustained life-threatening injuries and remained hospitalized, while her husband was treated and released a short time later. Both the driver of the vehicle and the pedestrians told authorities that they had the right-of-way at the time the collision occurred. Detectives say they are looking into the patterns in traffic signals at the lights and crosswalks at the accident scene as part of their investigation. They have determined drugs or alcohol do not appear to have played a role in the crash. The San Francisco Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers point out it is vital that both pedestrians and motorists be aware of their surroundings at all times in order to prevent an accident from occurring. That’s why the firm asks all citizens to look twice in both directions before attempting to cross a street or intersection.
March 18th, 2013March 18, 2013 Numbers from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association show the number of fatal teen motor vehicle collisions saw a 19 percent increase in the first six months of last year compared to the same time period the previous year. In an effort to reduce this growing number of deadly | California Car Accidents, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has announced it will be offering two more sessions of its “Start Smart” traffic safety class. An article from KSBY News explains the classes will be conducted on the evenings of March 6 and 20 at the CHP’s Santa Maria office located on North Carlotti Drive. The course is free of charge and lasts approximately two hours. Participants in the program will receive instruction on how to safely operate a vehicle, as well as learning tips on ways to prevent an accident from occurring. Testimonies from officers who have investigated fatal accidents involving teens and families who have lost loved ones to such collisions will also be heard. Anyone wishing to participate in the program has been encouraged to get in touch with the CHP at (805) 349-8728. The California Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers applaud the program being offered for its efforts in reducing the number of teenage accident fatalities. The firm is hopeful the campaign is successful in its mission!
January 21st, 2013January 21, 2013 Pedestrian accidents caused by motor vehicles are a serious concern today for many in San Francisco, California. In fact, some are so worried about being struck by a car or truck according to Mayor Ed Lee, they are afraid to walk along the city’s streets. These fears have prompted city officials to take action to combat the problem. | CBS-San Francisco says a total of 876 pedestrians were hit by motor vehicles within the city limits last year alone. Furthermore, these California Car Accidents resulted in the deaths of 18 of the individuals who were hurt. Lee explained that 50 percent of these incidents occurred on five percent of the city’s streets, including major corridors such as 19th Avenue, Market Street, Van Ness Avenue, and Geary Boulevard. In an effort to eliminate these types of accidents, Mayor Lee announced this past month that he would be implementing a Pedestrian Safety Task Force that will focus on reducing speed limits, enhancing crosswalks, installing yield signs, improving sight lines at the 50 most dangerous intersections in the city. The hope is that the program will decrease the number of San Francisco pedestrian accidents by 25 percent in the next three years and slash the number of incidents in half by 2021. The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers hope the campaign is successful in educating the public about the dangers of pedestrian accidents and reducing the number of these accidents across the city.