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Lawsuit filed after Sacramento pedestrian-bicycle collision

We often write about how seriously bicyclists can be injured when they are hit by vehicles. That’s because a person on a bike is no match for an automobile. Along those same lines, pedestrians who are hit by bicyclists can also be left seriously injured because of the speed at which bicycles travel.

An accident that occurred in Sacramento last spring is an example of this. A woman was on a sidewalk near Capitol and 15th and was struck from behind by a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk. Now the woman is filing a lawsuit against the city, charging that its rules are putting pedestrians at risk. 

A decade later, defective airbags finally getting attention

This week, we have been discussing automobile defects that can be deadly if automakers don’t act fast enough to issue recalls. We specifically discussed Congress’ response to General Motors’ deadly ignition switch defect, which led to the recall of millions of vehicles but only after at least 12 people lost their lives.

But GM isn’t the only auto manufacturer that has put the public in harm’s way, whether knowingly or not. In fact, vehicle recalls have been extremely common this year and more are expected. In fact, millions vehicles have been recalled recently due to defective airbags.

Congress’ response to GM’s deadly ignition switch defect (2 of 2)

Welcome back. In our last post we began discussing the Vehicle Safety Improvement Act, a bill that has been introduced by members of the House of Representatives in response to General Motors’ deadly ignition switch defect, which is believed to have caused at least 12 deaths.

As much as we would like to believe that automakers truly have the public’s best interests in mind, events like the ignition switch recall suggest otherwise. Sadly, in many situations it is more economical for auto companies to keep quiet on defective auto parts and pay off victims in product liability lawsuits than issuing a recall of millions of vehicles.

Congress would like to change that.

Congress’ response to GM’s deadly ignition switch defect (1 of 2)

In the months following General Motors’ recall of millions of automobiles because of a faulty ignition switch that was threatening the lives of drivers, officials have been taking steps to try to prevent something similar from happening again.

As we have discussed in past posts on our blog, certain models of Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn IONs were equipped with the faulty ignition switches, which could result in the car to suddenly stall and cause airbags not to deploy. It is believed that at least 12 people were killed as a result of the defect.

What steps can Sacramento pedestrians take to stay safe?

Earlier this week, we provided some bicycle safety tips from the California Department of Motor Vehicle. However, bicyclists aren’t the only ones who are extremely vulnerable in accidents with motor vehicles. Pedestrians, too, face a great danger when sharing the roads with vehicle.

In fact, more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States during the year 2010 alone. Another 70,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents. Additionally, older adults and children are most at risk for pedestrian accidents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

What steps can Sacramento bicyclists take to stay safe?

In our last post, we wrote about the tragic bicycle accident that recently occurred in Sacramento when a 55-year-old man was struck and killed by a vehicle on Freeport Boulevard near 35th Avenue.

According to reports, the bicyclist had been in the bike lane when he was struck. It’s unclear whether the driver of the vehicle had been following the state’s new law requiring motorists to give bicycle riders a 3-foot buffer area when passing.

Many people in Sacramento enjoy riding their bicycles as both a recreational activity and an alternative mode of transportation. For that reason, it’s important that all bicyclists know the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s tips for sharing the road safely.

Bicyclist killed in south Sacramento

Every parent’s worst nightmare came true for a Sacramento mother this month. Her only child was killed in a bicycle accident on Freeport Boulevard near 35th Avenue on Sept. 18. The accident victim was a grown adult -- age 55 -- but that didn’t make the loss any easier for his mother to accept.

“It’s just me now,” the mother told the Sacramento Bee in an interview following the accident.

At this point, police have released few details about the accident, but it has been reported that the 55-year-old and a friend were biking to a recycling center in south Sacramento early on a Thursday morning when he was struck and killed by a vehicle.

$73M punitive damage award upheld against Hyundai

In personal injury lawsuits involving car accidents, plaintiffs who can prove that they were injured because of the negligent actions of the defendant are entitled to damages. The damages include compensation for the losses that were suffered in the accidents, such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

But in some cases in which the defendants were more than negligent, the plaintiffs might also be entitled to punitive damages, which can greatly exceed the amount of actual losses sustained and are intended to punish the defendants for their bad actions. 

What to do after a car accident in California

In our last post, we discussed the many safety hazards that come along with fall driving. From the sun’s intense glare to more traffic on the roads to foggy mornings, fall can be a very dangerous time of year to drive.

If you are one of the many unlucky drivers who will end up in a motor vehicle accident this fall, it’s important to know how to act. The things you do in the moments following the accident can make a big difference in how you are compensated by your insurance company or the other driver’s. 

Safety tips for drivers to keep in mind this fall

The fall season is officially upon us in California and the rest of the United States, even though the warm temperatures might feel a lot like summer.

With the change in seasons comes a change in driving hazards, according to the auto insurance company Allstate. The company recently provided several potential hazards and safety tips for drivers to keep in mind as the temperatures drop and the days get shorter.

First, with school back in session, it’s important to be on the lookout for students and school buses. Always follow the posted speed limits, especially in school zones and around school buses, to help prevent an accident or a ticket.

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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