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California injury attorneyMost drivers think they know traffic laws well. Perhaps that is true for most of the basic laws pertaining to driving and rules of the road, but should you find yourself involved in a car accident it is important to understand that no two traffic accidents are exactly alike. This is not only true because of the sheer number of drivers on the road, but also in part to changes in laws, enforcement techniques, and even automobile technology.

Emergency Vehicles Have the Right of Way

According to California law, emergency vehicles using sirens and/or lights have the right of way. This includes fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and other emergency vehicles. You can avoid causing or being in an accident if you take the following actions when you see emergency lights or hear sirens while driving.

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California accident lawyerEveryone has an equal right to use the road, whether they are driving a car, truck, or SUV, operating a tractor-trailer truck, or riding a motorcycle. However, out of these groups of drivers, motorcyclists are often at the highest risk of injury, since they do not have the protection or safety features provided by larger vehicles.

When you drive, you should do everything you can to follow good safety practices. This will not only reduce your own risk of injury, but it will help everyone else who shares the road with you stay safe as well. Unfortunately, many drivers have difficulty seeing motorcycles, or they do not pay enough attention to them. By following these tips, you can help keep everyone safe on the road and avoid motorcycle accidents:

  1. Watch for lane splitting - In California, it is legal for motorcyclists to ride in between lanes of vehicles traveling in the same direction, although the California Highway Patrol recommends that motorcycles should not drive more than 10 miles per hour faster than surrounding vehicles, and they should only drive between lanes when vehicles are moving at 30 miles per hour or slower. Drivers should be aware of any motorcycles that are lane splitting when they change lanes.

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California accident attorneyNew technologies are constantly being made available that improve our lives and offer a great deal of convenience. As the use of these technologies increases, legal questions also often arise about what happens when someone is injured while using them. One of the primary examples of a technology that may revolutionize our lives while raising questions about legal liability is that of self-driving cars.

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to change the way we use the road, but while manufacturers have been touting these vehicles’ safety features, and ride-sharing companies like Uber have been working to implement these cars in their fleets, the potential for auto accidents and injuries still exists. This was demonstrated in August 2017, when a car that was part of Uber’s autonomous vehicle test program was involved in an accident in San Francisco.

Legal Issues Surrounding Self-Driving Cars

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San Jose car accident lawyerWhile cars and bicycles are supposed to share the road, every year thousands of bicyclists are injured by drivers who fail to follow all the safety rules. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident you need to understand what your rights are.

Who Is at Fault?

California law gives you the right to recover damages when you are injured because of someone else’s negligence. Deciding who is at fault for an accident, unfortunately, is not always straightforward.

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San Jose car accident lawyerOnce you purchase your auto insurance policy, you may hardly think about it again other than to pay the bill. If, however, you are involved in a car accident, it is important to understand how your insurance works and what the policy covers.

Auto Insurance Basics

California is a “fault” state which means that, unless you have certain types of coverage, your insurance will not pay for your own injuries or property damage. You will need to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company, presuming he or she was at fault for the accident.

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San Jose car accident lawyerOver the last several years, ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have become part of the global culture. There have been controversies in many areas, as one might expect, but most consumers—especially those in younger demographic groups appreciate having additional alternatives to traditional car services and taxi cabs. What happens, however, when an Uber ride ends in an accident and you are injured? Is the driver liable for your injuries or does the company bear some responsibility as well? This is the question that will need to be answered by the courts once again as a 24-year-old woman has sued San Francisco-based Uber over an accident which left her paralyzed from the chest down.

Ridesharing Confusion

The concept of “ridesharing” can be rather misleading. Ridesharing has long been a staple on college campuses where students looking for a convenient and inexpensive way home for the weekend could connect with a driver headed in the same direction. The term, however, as it has been adopted by car-for-hire companies like Uber is somewhat of a misnomer. Uber drivers are not really picking up additional rides en route to a similar destination; they are dispatched similar to a taxi or limousine service. As such, riders expect their drivers to be courteous, safe, and professional.

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pedal confusion, San Jose car accident lawyerIn late February, a driver crashed his vehicle into the front of a Walnut Creek restaurant. Investigators believe that the elderly driver accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake while trying to park in front of the building. Fortunately, no one sustained serious injuries, although authorities remain concerned, as the incident was the third car accident of this type to occur in the Contra Costa County town in recent months. If you have been injured in such an incident, a San Jose car accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Pedal Error Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedal error accidents usually have one of three causes:

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