Three behaviors avoid accident

When involved in an auto accident in Aurora Grande, few people know exactly what they should do. Collisions are often chaotic, confusing messes, and the right action might not be clear to you right away. However, your behavior directly following an accident can have a significant impact on any personal injury claim you make afterward.

To get through those first few difficult moments following an accident, there are a few behaviors you should try to avoid:

1) Do not leave the scene. Even if the accident appears to be minor and nobody seems injured, leaving the scene of an accident is usually a crime. After a collision, you should immediately exchange insurance information with the other driver and report the incident to the police.

2) Do not forget to call 911. Often, if nobody is injured, drivers will agree to just let the insurance companies handle any damages resulting from the accident. This can be a bad idea because many drivers are either uninsured or underinsured. Filing a report with the police provides you the added assurance just in case the other driver is not being completely honest.

3) Do not let your emotions get the better of you. It can be difficult to hold back your emotions after a traumatic experience like a car accident, but flying off the handle or apologizing profusely can hurt you in the long term. The best course of action is simply to ask if the other driver is okay and keep the conversation about the accident to a minimum.

Of course, if you have been involved in an accident, you should speak with a lawyer to determine your liability and find out if you might be able to receive compensation. To learn more, contact Steven P. Roberts, Personal Injury Attorney.


Rear end collisions left turns liability

You likely know the general rules regarding rear-end collisions and left-hand turns when driving. Typically, in rear-end collisions, the driver in the rear is at fault. For left-turn collisions, fault usually rests with the driver who was turning left. While these generalities hold true in most California cases, some recent studies have shown that these issues are not as cut-and-dried as originally thought.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta have discovered a peculiar quirk in human perception that may contribute to rear-end collisions. It turns out that humans are only capable of detecting that a vehicle ahead of them is traveling slower if the difference in speed between the vehicles is greater than eight miles per hour. So, if a vehicle ahead of you is only traveling slightly slower than you are, you have a higher likelihood of running into it.

In another interesting revelation, traffic engineers are beginning to view the common layout of intersections as the major contributing factor in left-turn collisions. More than 40 percent of all auto accidents and one-fifth of all fatal collisions occur at intersections. To better protect drivers, traffic engineers are now looking into revising the standard intersection design in favor of something much safer.

While these studies may eventually result in safer roadways, unfortunately the old rules remain in effect. Unless the other driver was in some way negligent or in violation of Paso Robles traffic laws, such as having a burned-out taillight or running a red light into an intersection, liability still rests with the person turning left or the driver in the rear.

If you’ve been in an accident and have questions about liability, speak with Steven P. Roberts, Personal Injury Attorney today.


Car vs truck liability

In a collision involving cars or other light vehicles and professionally driven semi-trucks, you might expect liability to vary depending on the specifics of each individual case. However, recent studies by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute have shown that, in more than 81 percent of accidents between cars and trucks, the car drivers are found to be at fault. There are some interesting reasons why this turns out to be the case:

1) Truck drivers are professionals. Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road, and qualifications for receiving a trucker’s license can be rather rigorous. Thus, it makes sense that truck drivers tend to be found at fault less often than other drivers. If you do something for 10 hours a day, every day, you tend to get good at it. Compare this to the average half-hour a day commuter, and you can probably understand why car drivers are usually the ones to blame for most car and truck accidents.

2) Car drivers often fail to maintain a safe distance from trucks. Many drivers tend to maintain the same distance between their cars and other vehicles on the road, regardless of the situation. The problem is that large trucks require much more than the standard two car lengths to actually see the vehicle behind them. This means many drivers inadvertently tailgate trucks without even knowing it.

As a rule, you are not far enough behind a truck until you can clearly see its mirrors. After all, if you cannot see the mirrors, the driver obviously cannot see you.

If you have been involved in a collision with a truck in San Luis Obispo County, it’s especially important to seek legal representation to determine who is at fault. Steven P. Roberts works with individuals throughout the region and can help you after a trucking accident.