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CA accident lawyerNumerous factors can contribute to car accidents and there may be multiple drivers involved. The actions of one motorist can end up causing a chain reaction, eventually involving numerous other cars and potentially serious injuries. In these situations, it requires a thorough investigation to determine all those who may be responsible so that you can get the compensation you are entitled to in a claim.

San Jose Multi-Vehicle Crash Proves Fatal

On October 28, 2018, CBS SF Bay Area reported on a multi-vehicle accident which occurred in San Jose. It happened on Interstate Highway 280 at roughly 4:00 a.m., a time when traffic is not typically heavy. Involving a total of four different vehicles, it killed one of the drivers while leaving several others with potentially serious injuries.

Preliminary investigations by the California Highway Patrol show the multi-vehicle crash occurred in the following sequence:

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CA injury lawyerFor pedestrians, being struck by a motor vehicle can result in serious and potentially life-threatening personal injuries. In many cases, it is the reckless actions of drivers who are to blame in these collisions. For victims, getting compensation in a claim can help offset the medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages they suffer. In the event injuries prove fatal, holding the at-fault driver accountable can help give grieving family members a sense of justice.

When these types of tragic events involve hit and run accidents, this can end up proving challenging. Witnesses to the accident are often invaluable in providing information that can lead to apprehending these suspects. In the case of a recent fatal hit and run accident in San Jose, witnesses went one step further, preventing a potential hit and run driver from fleeing the scene.

Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident in San Jose

Over the recent Thanksgiving weekend, a fatal pedestrian accident happened on the Capitol Expressway in San Jose. The collision occurred on Saturday, November 24, 2018, when an identified female was hit by a 2018 Ford truck traveling in the eastbound lanes. Investigators report that after striking the victim, the 39-year-old San Jose driver attempted to leave the scene.

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CA injury lawyerThe reckless driving behaviors of motorists, such as distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence, are a leading cause of car accidents and injuries in San Jose and throughout the country. However, there are often other, contributing factors involved, which can put drivers at risk. In San Jose, crumbling roads are not only an eyesore and hard on your vehicle, but they can also increase your risks of a crash.

San Jose Named Among 10 Worst Cities for Road Conditions

While city managers seek funding for making infrastructure improvements, residents are left to drive on roads that are often potholed, covered in gravel, and in general need for repair. Unfortunately, the situation is direr than you may think. According to a November 2018 CheatSheet report, San Jose has been named among the 10 worst cities in the nation in terms of having bad roads.

The report lists San Jose as third in the country, falling behind Los Angeles and San Francisco, in terms of having the largest percentage of crumbling roads and highways in America. Traffic and road surveys indicate that roughly six out of every 10 roadways in the area are in dire need of maintenance and repair. This has the following impacts on drivers:

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CA injury lawyerThere are numerous dangerous behaviors which most drivers try to avoid. Speeding, disregarding traffic signs and signals, and driving distracted or under the influence are all actions which are known to increase car accident risks. However, many people are unaware of the dangers involved with driving while excessively tired and fatigued. A national campaign aims at raising awareness of the problem and the potential risks.

National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Many of us maintain busy schedules, with work, school, family, or social obligations which keep us from getting a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, few are aware of how this can impact driving ability. As part of a yearly campaign, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) aims at shedding light on this serious problem. Held annually the first full week in November, Drowsy Driving Awareness Week coordinates efforts between law enforcement and public safety officials, to make highways and roads safer across the U.S.

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San Jose criminal defense attorneys, hit and run accident, car accident injuries, severe criminal penalties, hit and run chargesMotor vehicle accidents can happen when you least expect them. They may be due to reckless driving behaviors on the part of others, such as making sudden stops or failing to yield, or due to your own errors in judgement, such as driving distracted or under the influence. Whatever the cause and circumstances surrounding a crash, it is important to stop immediately at the scene to protect yourself against criminal charges. Hit and run is a serious matter in San Jose and throughout California. In addition to being liable for injuries others suffer as the result of your actions, you could end up facing severe criminal penalties. 

San Jose Driver Charged With Hit and Run after Multi-Vehicle Accident

A recent accident involving a pick up truck along Vine Street in downtown San Jose set off a chain reaction, resulting in serious injuries for several drivers and passengers, along with causing extensive damage to six other vehicles. ABC7 reported on the accident, which occurred just after midnight on June 28, 2018.

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San Jose personal injury attorneys, broken bones,  slips and falls, car accident injuries,  permanent disabilitiesBroken bones are a common type of personal injury, and can occur as the result of slips and falls or due to car accidents involving other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. While painful, the regularity with which they occur often causes victims to underestimate their serious nature. Without proper medical treatment and ongoing follow up care, complications can arise that result in permanent disabilities.

Treatment for Broken Bones 

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), despite their rigid nature skeletal bones are generally somewhat flexible, and it can take significant force or impact for them to break completely in half. Even when they do, the edges may not line up together, or the brake may run vertically, rather than horizontally. With more severe impacts, the bone may actually splinter or shatter into multiple pieces, thus making it even more difficult to repair. Depending on the type of injury suffered, treatment for broken bones may include the following:

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San Jose car accident attorneys, California public safety campaign, distracted driving dangers, driver negligence, car accident injuriesThe month of April is designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness month. Through the efforts of law enforcement and traffic safety officials, the goal is to make the general public more aware of how important it is to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your attention to the task of driving to prevent car accidents and injuries.

In addition to automobile drivers and their passengers, distracted driving jeopardizes motorcyclists, bicyclists, public transit riders, and pedestrians as well. At Jachimowicz Law Group, we urge you to be aware of the potential dangers and to practice the following safety tips.

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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San Jose car accident attorneys, car accident, San Jose car accident attorneys, car accident injuries, traffic safety, car accident scenesCar accidents are dangerous events with the strong likelihood for serious and potentially life threatening personal injuries. Even in the event of a minor crash or collision, your actions in the immediate aftermath could put you at risk. It is important to follow the proper precautions at the accident scene, whether it occurs on a neighborhood street, parking lot, or on a major highway. The following highlights the potential dangers and offers tips on how to protect yourself.

Man Killed Emerging from Vehicle after San Jose Car Accident

In early March of 2018, a driver was killed in the aftermath of a car accident in San Jose. The incident highlights the potential risks these situations pose, and why it is important to protect yourself. The Mercury News reported that a local man suffered fatal injuries from being struck by a hit and run driver after emerging from his vehicle following a car accident on Interstate 280.

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San Jose car accident attorneys, car accident injuries, self-driving car accidents, self-driving technology, autonomous vehiclesThere is no denying that self-driving cars are the wave of the future, and California drivers continue to see more of these vehicles on the roads. The justification is that autonomous vehicles remove or reduce the potential for driving errors, which are the most common cause of car accidents and injuries. There are concerns, however, about limitations in these new technologies and over reliance on them on the part of drivers. Recent incidents in our area and in other parts of the state highlight the need for drivers to remain alert, even when operating a vehicle with self-driving features.

Safety Concerns Over Self-Driving Technology

A January 2018 Newsweek report about a self-driving car accident in Culver City highlights the concerns many have about autonomous vehicles. The accident involved a Tesla in autopilot mode, which crashed into a fire truck parked in an emergency vehicle lane. While the truck was clearly visible with lights flashing, the self-driving Tesla failed to recognize the obstacle and the driver failed to intervene. Miraculously, no one was injured, despite the fact that the car was totaled.

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emergency vehicle accidents,  San Jose car accident attorney, car accident injuries, distracted driving,  emergency respondersMost drivers have had the experience of being on the road and suddenly hearing sirens or seeing red flashing lights. We pull over in time to see a fire truck, police cars, or other emergency vehicles go racing by. Emergency responders provide a valuable service and are generally the first on the scene when threatening and tragic events happen. However, getting caught in front or alongside of these vehicles on the road can put drivers in a potentially dangerous situation, making car accidents and injuries more likely to occur.

Emergency Vehicle Accidents

A December 2017 car accident that occurred in the Millbrae area, 30 minutes to the north of San Jose, highlights the potential dangers drivers face when dealing with emergency responders. ABC 7 News reports three suspects were arrested after a high speed car chase ended in a crash at the Green Hills Country Club. What started as a carjacking incident ended in pursuit on I-380, with vehicle speeds over 100 miles per hour. Fortunately no other motorists were involved in the collision. 

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car accident claim, San Jose car accident attorneys, car accident injuriesWhile car accidents are common, most of us have limited experience in what to do after a collision occurs. Unfortunately, the immediate hours and days after are often crucial in collecting evidence, which will play an important role in your car accident claim.

At our law firm, we have a team of professionals who will thoroughly investigate your case; however, there are important pieces of information you can gather on your own. Likewise, there is evidence which insurers often attempt to use against you. Being aware of this can help protect your rights to compensation.

Evidence in Support of Your Car Accident Claim

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San Jose car accident attorney, car accident injuries, drunk driving, teen drivers, San Jose policeDriving under the influence of alcohol or any intoxicating substance significantly increases your risk for car accidents and injuries. This is particularly true for teen drivers, who are more likely to be involved in serious and potentially fatal collisions than any other age group.

To help raise awareness of the very real dangers, San Jose Police have been aggressively working on outreach efforts that focus on the consequences of drunk driving and the actual impacts that can happen when a collision occurs.

Teens and Drunk Driving

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San Jose car accident attorneys, reckless driving, self-driving cars, distracted driving accidents, car accident injuriesWhile car accidents and injuries are sometimes the result of dangerous roads, adverse weather conditions, and auto manufacturer defects, the most common cause is human error. Despite the efforts of law enforcement and extensive traffic safety public awareness campaigns, reckless driving behaviors such as distracted driving and driving under the influence continue to claim thousands of lives each year. Could self-driving, autonomous vehicles be the solution to the problem?

Self-Driving Vehicles

In a December 5, 2017 Forbes article on self-driving vehicles, the writer poses the theory that self-driving vehicles may be the most effective way of reducing the overall number of car accidents due to distracted driving and other reckless driving behaviors. Written half tongue in cheek, the article asserts the claim that by making driving an autonomous activity, drivers would be freer to focus their attention on other matters, such as their cellphones and other mobile devices.

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San Jose car accident attorneys, car accident injuries, car accident report, car accident sceneEven drivers who are experienced and practice defensive driving skills can find themselves involved in a crash or collision with other motorists. When car accidents and injuries do occur, what you do in the immediate aftermath can have a significant impact on your ability to get compensation for the damages you have suffered.

The following outlines what you need to do in the event of a car accident in California, as well as what not to do to protect your rights in a claim.

Legal Requirements of Drivers in California

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San Jose car accident attorneys, car accident claim, property damages, car accident injuries, car accident damageCar crashes are jarring, sudden, and unexpected events. The mere fact of being involved in a car accident, regardless of how severe, is enough to cause anyone to be disoriented or confused. Unfortunately, what you do and say in the minutes, hours, and days after your collision can make a major difference in getting the compensation needed to recover from your injuries.

What to Do After a Car Accident in California

Even a minor car accident can result in major injuries and property damages, and there are steps you need to take to protect yourself. The California Department of Insurance (DOI) urges motorists to do the following:

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San Jose personal injury attorneys, spinal cord injury, pedestrian accidents, paraplegia, car accident injuriesWhen accidental injuries occur, those involving the spinal cord are among the most severe. Spinal cord injuries can be life-threatening, and recovery often means dealing with catastrophic impairments. If you or someone you care about has suffered this type of life changing injury, understanding the impacts and the effect they can have, both now and in the years to come, is essential for your recovery. 

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries 

Spinal cord injuries can occur as the result of car, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents as well as due to slips or falls. The Mayo Clinic advises that damage to any portion of the spinal column or nerves can result in permanent changes in sensation, strength, and ability in the areas of the body below where the injury occurred.

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aggressive drivers,  San Jose car accident attorneys, car accidents, car accident injuries, aggressive drivingWe have all encountered angry, aggressive drivers, honking their horn and tailgating others in the midst of traffic. In some situations, that may even be us. Aggressive driving is a common problem on roads through San Jose and across the U.S., and it is also a leading contributing factor in car accidents and injuries.

To protect yourself, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers, as well as steps you can take to keep cool yourself when behind the wheel.

Car Accidents Due to Aggressive Driving

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San Jose car accident attorneys, speeding, cause of car accidents, car accident injuries, speeding accidentsMost of us live busy lives, doing our best to juggle competing responsibilities in our home, work, and social lives. As a result, it is not uncommon to find ourselves rushing or nervously racing the clock as we head from one activity to another. Unfortunately, the busier we are, the more likely we are to take risks which endanger our safety, and speeding through traffic is one of those risks. One of the leading causes of car accidents in San Jose, speeding not only increases your odds of being involved in an accident, but also increases your chances of suffering serious and potentially life threatening injuries.

Speed Related Car Accidents and Injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises that speeding is a factor in more than one third of all car accidents and injuries in the United States, resulting in roughly 10,000 traffic fatalities each year. As a type of aggressive driving behavior, speeding may involve driving over the speed limit or going excessively fast in adverse weather conditions, in school zones, or in areas of road construction.

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San Jose accident attorneys, distracted driving, car accidents, car accident injuries, visual distractionsDespite efforts at raising awareness through public safety campaigns, distracted driving continues to be a problem in San Jose and throughout the U.S. The lure of sending texts, emails, checking social media, and taking pictures is strong.

While these activities are known to be a leading factor in car accidents and injuries, being distracted by your phone can increase your risk of injuries as a pedestrian as well.

Distracted Driving

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California accident attorney, California injury lawyerThe term defensive driving is used to stress the importance of awareness on the roadways, and the practice is encouraged via defensive driving courses, which are offered regularly from county to county and state to state. Being observant of our driving environment and remaining cautious of the drivers around us are key practices in preventing car accident and injury. While we do not have the power to prevent every collision that comes our way, we can make the choice to drive on the defense and train ourselves to catch potentially dangerous situations on the road before they have the chance to result in serious accident and injury.

What to Look for as a Defensive Driver

As you make the effort to drive defensively, there are a number of scenarios to watch for as you operate your vehicle. You should continually take into account the weather and the conditions of the roads you are traveling, as well as changes in traffic patterns or any emerging construction work zone areas. One of the most significant, ongoing problems to be vigilant of is distracted driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are 1,161 injuries and at least 8 deaths each day due to distracted drivers. Any of the following observations are immediate red flags that you are encountering a driver who is not paying attention to the road:

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