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What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident

Slip and fall accident injury cases can be complicated and require a lot of information to help determine who is at fault and whether a case will be valuable to the injured party. On the rare occasions that we slip and fall and injure ourselves, it can be difficult to think of what to do immediately after the fall.

If you find yourself a victim of a slip and fall accident, it is important to take the following immediate steps to ensure you have the necessary information to help establish your case.

Steps Immediately After a Slip & Fall

After a fall, it might take you some time to regain your bearings. Once you recoup from the shock, identify if you have been hurt. Take whatever time is necessary to check yourself for injuries or pain. If you are unable to get off the floor or if any movement feels excruciatingly painful, seek help of a bystander and do not attempt to get up or start walking away from the accident unless you would be in more danger if you were to stay in place. If you need more serious medical attention, you or a bystander should call for help or dial 911.

Once you are ok to do so, you look around carefully to figure out what led to the accident. You should document everything about the episode, such what caused the slip and fall.  Be sure to collect as many details as possible. Before the conditions change – such as an employee moping a spill—take pictures of the location. Also look to see if there is a security camera in the area that might show what happened in the incident. In addition, identify potential witnesses and get their contact information in writing.

Once you have inspected the scene and documented what happened, report the incident to the property owners. Limit your communication with them and do not accept blame or assert that it is their fault.  Both personal and commercial property owners have the responsibility to maintain a safe environment. But if you are injured due to the property owner’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Seek the advice of an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer to help determine who is at fault and help assess the potential value of your slip and fall case.

Call a Lawyer

The lawyers at YD Injury Law can help you or a loved one navigate the intricacies of a slip and fall accident claim. In addition to helping with determining fault, they can evaluate your case to determine the best possible strategy to maximize compensation for your injuries.

Contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer at YD Injury law. Our legal team will investigate the circumstances and determine the best strategy for your slip and fall case. We fight aggressively and passionately to help ensure the best results for you and your family. Attorney Yasmine Djawadian has recovered over $45 million for injured clients and is available 24/7 to recover on your behalf, as well.  You won’t face any legal fees unless you win your case, so go ahead and call our firm today or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

What Do I Do if I am Involved in an Accident in Another State?

The holidays call for seasonal cheer and holiday travel. We want you to stay safe this holiday season and to be able to reach your loved ones in a timely manner. However, increased traffic and winter weather increase the risks of a car accident. Car accidents are stressful enough but can be even more daunting if it occurs in another state. If you find yourself injured in a car accident in another state, here are some things that you should keep in mind.

Things You Should Always Do:

No matter what state your auto accident occurs in, there are a few things that are going to remain the same. Be sure to do the following, just like you would if you were in your home state:

Things to Consider About the State You’re In:

The state in which the accident occurred determines the laws applicable to your case. Depending on what state you’re from, you may be familiar with tort regulations or no-fault regulations. Tort insurance is a system in which drivers seek compensation from the other party that caused the accident.

On the other hand, there are also no-fault states. No-fault insurance is a system where drivers are required to purchase liability insurance. This liability insurance is used to cover their own and their passengers’ bodily injuries and property damage. The state that your accident occurs in makes a big difference in your auto accident case. If you have questions, speak with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer for clarification.

Personal Injury Claims vs. Lawsuits

While insurance claims can be filed and negotiated from anywhere, personal injury lawsuits are filed in the state in which the accident occurred. This means that the statute of limitations of that state will apply to the time you have to file a case. It is crucial that you file a case within the state’s timeline or you risk losing your claim. Consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to be able to discuss and file a lawsuit in a timely manner.

 

We hope that your holiday plans go smoothly, but things happen. If you find yourself injured due to an automobile accident in a different state, contact an experienced YD Injury Law accident attorney for help. You can work with a lawyer in the state where the accident occurred or if you prefer, you may elect to hire a lawyer in your home state who will collaborate with a lawyer in the state where the accident happened, often at no additional cost to you. We prioritize you and your safety.

How To Drive Safely During the California Winter

In Southern California, winter driving conditions usually mean rain. The state gets 90% of its annual precipitation from October through April, and half of California’s rainfall occurs from December through February. According to Mercury Insurance, nearly half (46%) of all weather-related car accidents are the result of rainfall. As such, we wanted to share some tips for driving in the rain.

Tip #1 – Slow Down

Vehicles are harder to handle in the rain, and speed can interfere with your tires’ traction. Slow down when the roads are wet and exercise extra caution. Far too many accidents occur because drivers fail to account for weather conditions.

Tip #2 – Beware the First Rain of the Season

When rain follows hot, dry spells, engine oil and grease are released and turn the road into an “automotive Slip ‘N Slide.” You should always be careful when driving in the rain but take additional care during the first rain of the season or any storm that occurs when it has not rained for a while.

Tip #3 – Avoid Standing Water

Puddles may not seem dangerous, but they can be deeper than they look and cover potholes and other hazards on the road. Additionally, driving through a puddle can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle’s brakes and cause a splash, obscuring other drivers’ visibility. Standing water on the roadway can also cause you to hydroplane and lose control, so avoid driving through it whenever possible.
Sometimes, other vehicles displace standing water on the road and leave tracks. Driving in the tracks of the car in front of you is one strategy to avoid standing water, but make sure you’re not following too closely.

Tip #4 – Increase Your Following Distance

Tailgating is always dangerous, but it is an especially bad idea when there’s water on the road. Give the vehicles ahead of you plenty of space and start braking as soon as you see taillights or notice traffic is slowing down. Rainstorms can mean wet brakes, slick roads, and reduced visibility, so you want to give yourself extra time to stop and avoid slamming on the brakes and causing a skid, spin, or hydroplane.

Tip #5 – Know How to Handle a Hydroplane

If your car begins to hydroplane, take your foot off the gas, hold the wheel straight until your vehicle gains traction, and brake gently if needed. Do not brake hard or turn your steering wheel abruptly, as this could cause a skid or spin. In the event of a skid, keep both hands on the wheel and your foot off the gas, steering into the direction of the skid until you regain control.

Tip #6 – Stay Focused

You need all the control you can get when driving in the rain. This means you should have both hands on the steering wheel at all times – and that you should not use cruise control, which can cause you to accelerate when hydroplaning and interfere with your attentiveness.
Put your phone and all other distractions away when driving, especially in the rain. Cell phone use is illegal in many states, and texting and driving can quickly cause a fatal mistake.

Tip #7 – Maximize Visibility

If you cannot see well, you cannot drive safely. Keep your windshield wipers in good condition and get them checked before California’s rainy season. Turn on your wipers when the roads are wet and use your front and rear defrosters to defog your windows and maximize visibility. If it starts raining so heavily you cannot see clearly, pull over to a safe spot and wait for the storm to pass.

Tip # 8 – Prepare for the Worst

Even if you keep safety in mind during California’s rainy winters, other drivers may not. Keep a list of numbers you may want to call.

Resolve to Improve Your Bicycle Safety in 2021

bike accident

As the new year begins, many people are looking for ways to get outside and exercise. One of the most popular ways to improve cardiovascular health is cycling.
Cycling is growing in popularity in the U.S., especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Individuals and families alike have found cycling to be a great way to get exercise while also socially distancing.
However, with an increase of cyclists on the road, many of them relatively new to the hobby, there is also an increased risk of cycling accidents. Unfortunately, accidents involving bicycles tend to be quite serious. Due to their limited protection, cyclists often suffer significant injuries. Whether you’re a cyclist or a motorist, this year, resolve to commit to improved road safety.
Keep reading for three ways to avoid bicycle accidents

Be Aware & Alert

bike accidentIf you are a cyclist, you must remain aware and alert to what is going on around you. Because you are significantly smaller than a car or even a motorcycle, you are much less visible to motorists. And if a motorist does not see you, an accident is more likely to happen. Before heading out on the road, make sure your bike is in good working order and has lights or reflective gear attached to it, especially when riding at night. It is also recommended that you wear brightly colored, reflective gear in addition to your helmet and other safety gear.
As a motorist, it is your responsibility to be on the lookout for cyclists. This is especially important in areas where there is no dedicated cycling lane. Because cyclists have the same right to the road as you do, they may be in the main lanes of traffic, especially in areas where there are no dedicated bicycle lanes. Always look around you before making turns, changing lanes, or entering intersections.

Follow the California Vehicle Code

Both motorists and cyclists must adhere to the California Vehicle Code, and cyclists have the same rights and are subject to all applicable provisions within that code. For example, just as motorists are prohibited from driving under the influence, so are bicyclists. Similarly, cyclists must follow all road signs, obey speed limits, and signal appropriately, just as if they were operating a car or other vehicle.
Are you a new cyclist or a motorist unfamiliar with bicycling hand signals and what they mean? You can review this useful hand signal handout from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Share the Road with Others

One of the most important things to remember as a motorist is that you are expected to share the road with cyclists. This means yielding to cyclists when appropriate, just as you would to other motorists. You should also give them adequate room. Do not follow them too closely and, when passing, follow the same protocol you would when passing a car. Wait to pass a cyclist until you can safely move into an adjacent lane.
As a cyclist, do not assume you have the right of way. While pedestrians enjoy the right of way, cyclists are treated as motorists and are generally expected to share the same roadways. If there is a dedicated bicycle lane, you should use it.
It is also important to be aware of local restrictions regarding where you can ride your bike. For example, many cyclists are surprised to find that sidewalk riding is restricted in many areas. However, in areas where sidewalk-riding is allowed, make sure you share the pathway with pedestrians and always give them the right of way. Install a bell on your bike and call out to pedestrians before you pass them so they know to expect you. For example, you can ring your bell and then call out, “passing on your left!” These measures can help you avoid pedestrian-cyclist accidents.

What to Do When Accidents Happen

Despite our best efforts, accidents still happen. When they do, you want to make sure you seek immediate medical attention. If the accident resulted from someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and any loss of property. To get support after a bicycle accident, reach out to a trusted lawyer familiar with bicycle injury cases, like Attorney Yasmine Djawadian at YD Injury Law. As a law firm, we are committed to giving our clients the compassionate, strong legal representation they need.

Rain and Out-of-State Travel Increases California Car Accidents

The winter months can make driving in Southern California particularly difficult. With rainy weather and out-of-state holiday travel, the roads can easily become slick, crowded, and hazardous. At YD Injury Law, we wanted to remind you to take extra care behind the wheel this holiday season and give you insights into why accidents increase in the winter.

Slippery Roadways

More than half of California’s annual precipitation arrives in the 3-month period from December to February, and 90% of the state’s annual rainfall occurs between October 1 and April 30. According to USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism: “Drivers are 80% more likely to have an accident in the rain than during normal, clear conditions,” and wet weather leads to a 140% increase in the number of accidents on the road.
The most dangerous time to drive in wet conditions on California roadways is immediately after the first rain when the rain mixes with grease from cars and makes the asphalt slick. Additionally, many drivers fail to slow down to account for wet and rainy weather conditions, which causes more accidents outside of rush hour.

Holiday Travel

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reveals that “the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year,” and about 91% of long-distance holiday travel occurs by car. These numbers indicate a more crowded roadway and a higher risk of car accidents for everyone on the road. In 2019, more than 104 million Americans took road trips and traffic congestion peaked on December 26th and 27th.
Fortunately, the “uptick in car crashes resulting in serious injury and death” that occurs during the holiday season can be prevented. The National Safety Council recommends practicing defensive driving, buckling up, and designating a sober driver for holiday parties, as well as getting plenty of sleep before road trips and driving attentively without distractions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has “Tips for Driving Safely This Holiday Season,” that drivers of all ages can utilize at any time of year.

Factors Beyond Your Control

Even if you drive safely and follow all the tips and tricks on this page, weather and negligent drivers are 2 factors of winter driving you cannot control. If you are harmed because someone fails to adjust to weather conditions, drive sober, or pay attention to their surroundings, you may be entitled to compensation.
Attorney Yasmine Djawadian, founder of YD Injury Law, can help you understand your rights and legal options after a winter crash or holiday car accident.
When you need the best San Diego Personal Injury Attorney contact the Law Offices of Yasmine Djawadian.
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