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Northern California tour bus accident kills 1, injures dozens

One person was killed and 30 others were injured, some critically, in a tour bus accident in northern California on Sunday.

The tour bus was reportedly on its way from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington, when it coasted off of the freeway and overturned around 7:30 a.m. about 100 miles south of the Oregon border.

It was also reported that the same bus had already been involved in another accident about 50 miles earlier on the same trip. During that accident, the bus reportedly ran into a Denny's restaurant, but no one was injured.

Holding distracted drivers accountable for the damage they cause

Welcome back. In our last post, we discussed how, despite strict laws against it in many states, the percentage of drivers who admit to emailing, surfing the Internet and checking social media is increasing while the percentage of drivers who admit to texting is staying roughly the same.

Only the percentage of drivers who say they talk on a hand-held cellphone while driving has decreased over the past six years, according to surveys conducted by State Farm insurance. 

Distracted driving remains a problem despite laws against it

Ever since cellphones became a staple in American culture we have seen an increase in car accidents caused by distracted driving. In response many laws have been enacted throughout the country in effort to convince people to put down their devices and drive.

Unfortunately, though, this has proven to be an extremely difficult task, especially as Americans are becoming more attached to their devices than ever. As a recent survey shows, drivers are less likely to talk on their hand-held devices today than they were several years ago, but they are more likely to engage in other behaviors that are just as dangerous such as emailing and surfing the Internet.

Parking lot accidents 101: What steps to take

Even though a parking lot may seem safer than the street, this isn’t necessarily true as 20 percent of all car accidents occur in parking lots, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports. With Black Friday and the holiday shopping season quickly approaching, we wanted to take time this week to discuss the topic of parking lot accidents.

Our first post discussed tips for avoiding parking lot accidents, our second post discussed liability in parking lot accidents and today’s post will outline the steps a person should take after being involved in a parking lot accident. 

Parking lot accidents 101: Who is at fault?

Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, is next week. While Black Friday can be exhilarating, it can also be stressful, especially when car accidents occur in shopping center parking lots.

Following a parking lot accident, it can be difficult to determine which driver was liable because not all drivers are aware of the right-of-way rules.

There’s an old wives’ tale out there that both drivers are equally at fault when accidents occur in parking lots, but that usually isn’t true. Typically, liability can vary greatly and depends on how the accident occurred. 

Parking lot accidents 101: How to avoid them

Black Friday is right around the corner, which means that many Sacramento residents will soon be heading to local shopping centers to kick off their holiday shopping. However, the excitement of one of the busiest shopping days of the year can come to a screeching halt when drivers are involved in parking lot accidents.

Even though people usually travel at slow speeds in parking lots, accidents are very common and can do a lot of damage. In fact, even what appears to be a minor fender-bender can result in thousands of dollars in damages and serious injuries to the drivers and passengers involved. 

New crash test dummies take obesity into account

We know a lot about car accidents thanks to ongoing statistics that are collected nationwide. It’s safe to say that the main reason behind all the number crunching is safety. Automakers and government agencies want to know the who, what, where, when and why of car crashes. This information often leads to changes which then lead to safer roadways. It seems to be working, if you consider that car accident deaths are at historic lows in our country.

One method of testing vehicle safety is the well-known use of crash test dummies. According to the CEO of Humanetics, which leads in dummy production worldwide, the most current dummies have more than 130 channels of information. A recent news article revealed that the company is working on an obese dummy “to accommodate the increasing number of overweight drivers.” 

Truckers go to dangerous measures to combat fatigue

Any driver who is drowsy behind the wheel can pose a threat to other motorists. A fatigued driver can have impaired reflexes and decision-making capabilities, and they may doze off and crash into other people or vehicles.

Now put a drowsy driver behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle and that threat is multiplied considerably. A fatigued commercial vehicle driver can be one of the most dangerous people on the road, considering the damage that can be done if that driver causes an accident. 

Who pays for vehicle damages after a car accident?

Being involved in a car accident is one of the most stressful things a person can go through, and it’s something that happens all day every day in the state of California. Not only you have to worry about any injuries you may have sustained, you also have to worry about the damage to your vehicle.

The good news is that if your accident was caused by a negligent or careless driver you should not have to pay for the damage that was done to your car. Most people know that under California law, the other driver’s insurance provider is supposed to cover their vehicle repairs. However, few are aware of how difficult it can be to get insurance companies to pay up.

Some accidents are result of negligent road design

Car accidents occur for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes they happen because of a distracted driver or an impaired driver. Other times they happen because of the weather conditions or an animal running out into the road.

In most car accident cases, there is at least one driver who is responsible for the crash, but that’s not always the case. Some accidents are actually the result of negligent road design. 

Accolades & Memberships

Attorney Chris Kreeger is accomplished and well respected in the California legal community. Below is a short list of some of his accolades and memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Sacramento Consumer Attorneys (President 2003; » Board of Directors 1997)
  • Sacramento County Judge Pro Tempore
  • El Dorado County Judge Pro Tempore.
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