Sacramento Accident Kills Bicyclist

Sacramento Truck Accident Kills Bicyclist


I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Bicycle Accident Lawyer. A bicycle ride turned deadly on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

What Happened?

At around 1:00 p.m. a man was riding his bike in Sacramento. Near the intersection of Van Ness Street and El Camino Avenue he was hit by a truck.

Related Articles: Carmichael Bicyclist Killed after being hit by a truck.

What Caused This Tragedy?

The cause of this accident is under investigation. It helps to know if an intersection is on a dangerous list. When serious accidents happen at dangerous intersections it may be defective highway design. Police investigations usually focus on driver/bicyclist error. A thorough investigation will pin point true causes. Occasionally, other issues may have contributed to injury or fatality. This is when an experienced Sacramento Bicycle Accident Lawyer can help.

What Dangerous Intersections Exist in Sacramento County?

Dangerous Intersections in unincorporated Sacramento County:

  • Hazel Avenue and Greenback Lane
  • Sonora Way and Madison Avenue
  • Winding Way and Crestview Drive
  • Watt Avenue and Winona Way
  • Melvin Drive and Walnut Avenue
  • Manzanita Avenue and Jameson Court

Read more: Dangerous intersections within the City of Sacramento.

What Happens When a Car or Truck Hits a Bicyclist?

Proving who is at fault in a motor vehicle vs. bike accident is much like proving fault in a auto vs. auto accident. Many similar rules apply. While riding your bike you are subject to same road rules as motorists, plus some bicycle specific laws.

If you don’t obey rules of the road you may be found at fault for the accident. Figuring out who is at fault in a crash is a question of fact. It’s a process of determining who did what, and when. Many times one side is determined totally at fault. Or, fault is split. To prove your case, it is best to hire an experienced Sacramento bicycle accident lawyer. Doing so right away helps protect your rights and preserve important evidence before it is lost, destroyed or fades away.


WATCH: Youtube Video, Car Uses Bicycle Lane/Bus Stop as Right Turn Lane, by pdxcommuter. This video shows how a motorist drives in a bike lane oblivious of a bicyclist in that lane.


Sacramento Bike Accident Lawyer

Hello. I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Bike Accident Lawyer. I’ve helped victims and families recover damages for severe and fatal injuries. If you’ve been seriously injured while riding your bike in Sacramento call me at (916) 921-6400. Or, toll free at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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Roseville Distracted Driving Accident

Roseville Distracted Driving Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer. For the most part, the streets of Roseville, California are safe – drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists obey the laws. Unfortunately, as more of us use mobile technology like smart phones, GPS devices, and even smart watches, we face an increase in distracted drivers who think they can use a mobile device and drive at the same time.

Federal Express Truck Hit By Alleged Distracted Driver

This mentality was once again proven false in mid-January, when a Federal Express truck and a car with a distracted driver behind the wheel collided. In that car crash a Ford Taurus veered while crossing the Sierra Street Bridge in Roseville. The car bounced off the side of the bridge and into oncoming traffic. The vehicle then collided with the Federal Express truck. The bridge had to be temporarily shut down.

Reportedly, both of the drivers were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The bridge, sometimes called Crooked Bridge by Roseville locals, reopened a few hours later, after the wreck was cleared.

Police believe that the Taurus swerved because the driver was distracted.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is, by definition, any activity that takes a driver’s mind and eyes off the road while the vehicle is in motion. This can include activities like changing the radio station, speaking to a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle, reaching for an object in the car, eating, or grooming, such as brushing hair or putting on makeup. However, there has been a national spike in distracted driving accidents, including fatal accidents, in the last few years, and researchers attribute this increase to wider use of mobile technology.

Statistics on Distracted Driving

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has gathered statistics on distracted driving problems in California. On average, 80 percent of auto accidents involve some type of driver inattention, and texting or talking on a cell phone is the leading cause of that inattention. Both of these activities are illegal in California, so motorists who use cell phones while the vehicle is in motion are breaking the law.

California’s OTS also notes that texting, even a short message like “OK” or “LOL,” takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, but it only takes two seconds for an accident to happen when the vehicle is moving at an average speed of 55 miles per hour.

Distracted driving puts pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and their passengers, at serious risk.

Roseville Distracted Driving Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville Auto Accident Lawyer. If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured in a Roseville, CA car accident caused by the negligence of another person, especially if that driver was texting or talking on a cell phone, I can help. Distracted driving is a serious problem, but you do not have to face these injuries alone. I’ve been helping injury victims secure the medical treatment and compensation they deserve since 1982. Call me to discuss the serious injuries you, or a family member has sustained. We can discuss what can be done about it. It is important to call right away after an accident to protect your rights and preserve evidence. I can be reached at at 916-921-6400, Toll Free at 800-404-5400 or contact me online for free, friendly advice.

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Rocklin Bucks for Bikes

Rocklin Bucks for Bikes

I’m Ed Smith, a Rocklin personal injury attorney. Rocklin is a fast growing part of the greater Sacramento metropolitan area. Rocklin was originally settled by Finnish immigrants. The town still features Finnish Temperance Hall and Finnish Picnic Grounds. With more people moving in all the time, there’s a younger, urban feel to the city. More people, more cars. This makes me a big fan of Rocklin Bucks for Bikes program.

Rocklin Bucks for Bikes

Bucks for Bikes offers financial help for people who want to purchase a commuter bicycle, as well as accessories for the bike like a helmet, lights, and bike rack. The program started taking applications for bike financing on February 3rd. Rocklin Bucks for Bikes will continue to accept applications through March 21st.

Bicycling to work or on errands not only reduces the number of cars on the road, but also improves air quality because there is less smog, and helps improve the physical health of the riders.

Drunk and Distracted Drivers

The trade-off for more cyclists on the road, however, is that drivers must be patient and alert. Inattentive drivers, either because they are intoxicated or distracted, are the leading cause of all kinds of car accidents, including accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians. Bike commuters are one of the most at-risk groups, because they frequently ride in the road as part of traffic, but they are not protected like driver’s are by a rumble cage, air bags, seat belts, or other safety equipment commonly found in cars. All a cyclist has for protection is their helmet.

However, this effort to make Rocklin a great place to live is very appreciated by lifelong residents and newcomers alike. It is important, though, for cyclists to know their rights in the event that they are the victims of a car accident. Serious personal injuries can occur after a vehicle hits a cyclist, including head or neck injuries which could have lasting consequences beyond medical bills.

Contact Rocklin Bike Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Rocklin Bicycle Accident Lawyer. I’ve helped numerous cyclists recover compensation for injuries sustained in automobile accidents involving bicyclists in Rocklin and Placer County since 1982.

If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bicycle in Rocklin due to the negligence of a driver, please call me at (916) 921-6400, or, toll free at (800) 404-5400 if you are calling outside of the 916 area. I am available to go over the details of your accident with you and I provide free, friendly advice.

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Fun Things To Do Around Auburn, CA

Fun Things To Do Around Auburn, CA

I’m Ed Smith, an Auburn, CA Auto Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer. If you’ve never visited Auburn you are missing out.  With all the places to visit, activities to do, and fun to experience, you’re gonna have a great time in Auburn, California.

WATCH: Youtube Video, Old Town Auburn, By Steven Reider.

Old Town Auburn

Before starting your quest of fun things to do in Auburn, California take a trip to Old Town Auburn.  This is the historical downtown area that is perfect for a visit of original gold rush town experience.  You can spend at least an hour or two here just checking out the area and maybe even doing a little shopping.  There are tours available if you are interested in a guided tour. A small museum is located in the courthouse for anyone interested in learning more about the history of Auburn.  The citizens of Auburn love their city and love to share its history with visitors.  Along with Old Town Auburn make a stop out at the Bernhard Museum Complex.  This place will let you make a trip back to the 1870s!  The docents even greet you in full dress from that time period. This is a very unique place and full of history fun.

If your taste is a little more refined you will not want to skip an outing to the Old Town Gallery of Fine Art.  This place is perfect for admiring the fine art this place has to offer.  This is by far one of the best galleries to visit. You can even take a little piece of it with you by purchasing any of the amazing pieces they have for sale.  They feature some great local art. If you love art you just might like wine tasting too.  That is perfect because Sierra Knolls Winery and Bear River Wine Tasting will take your evening to a new level of excitement and ambiance.

Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway

Excitement is always extreme at Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway.  This speedway offers a wide variety of entertainment. You can sit right up on top of the excitement as you enjoy the rush of wind you get from the speeding motorcycles that will whiz by you.  If you like racing you might also be interested in visiting the .  You can check out so many cars from days gone by.  These classic cars will give classic excitement for any car enthusiast.

For all of you outdoorsy people you will want to make a trip to Hidden Falls Regional Park.  This place offers an immense hiking experience.  Hidden Falls Regional Park is an illustrious place to visit when in town.  You are able to check out the creek and the waterfall on your hike as well as spend some time climbing around if you want to dig in and get your workout in.  Bring a picnic lunch to share with the family after the hike. The sites are breathtaking and if you want to make it really special, grab some horses and go for a horse ride.  This park offers a few waterfalls and bridges.  It is a great way to spend a day with the family.   If you want more outdoorsy fun you can visit the American River Recreation for some rafting and kayaking fun.  Set up a guided tour and set out for some extreme water adventures.

Auburn Area Golf Courses

There are 4 golf courses in and around the area that will make any golfer smile.  Make it a good week visiting each course.  Make sure that Dark Horse Golf Club, Black Oak Golf Club, Auburn Valley Golf Club, and the Ridge Golf Club are on your list of places to visit.

Comedy & Nightlife

If you want a night of laughs head over to the Blacktop Comedy club.  This place offers a barrel of laughs with all the improv and stand-up comedy.  They even offer a clean show for family entertainment.  Night life in Auburn will not be something you pass up.  The World Pub is a great bar to lay back, drink some beers, and listen to a live band.  This place lets you feel right at home even if you are not from there.   You can also enjoy a night out at Bob and Betty’s 160.  Stinky Mulligan’s Sports Bar & Grill is always a popular place to have fun and get a tummy full.  They have great food along with great drinks.

Auburn has many great restaurants and hotels for your visit.  This city is ready for you when you get ready to set out for a road trip or a vacation. But, watch out, once you have visited this great city you might find yourself wishing you didn’t have to leave.  After all, this city is known to be one of the overall best cities to live in Northern California. We sure hope you will come out and enjoy these fun things to do around Auburn, CA.

Auburn, CA Auto Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Auburn Personal Injury Lawyer who has handled personal injury cases exclusively since 1982. Call me anytime for free, friendly advice at 916-921-6400 or outside (916) area code at 800-404-5400.

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Natomas Pedestrian Involved Accident

Natomas Pedestrian Collision

I’m Ed Smith, a pedestrian injury lawyer in Natomas. Recently there was an accident involving a pedestrian on West El Camino Avenue, near Northgate Boulevard.

What Happened?

A  woman was in the roadway crossing the street when she was struck by an automobile. Authorities arrived and transported the injured pedestrian to the hospital with what was reported as non-life threatening injuries. It was not known if the pedestrian was in a crosswalk or lighted signal area when the incident happened. Although pedestrian involved accidents can occur even when using crosswalks and light signals most pedestrian accidents happen outside of these areas.

Investigating Natomas Pedestrian Collisions

A car versus pedestrian accident demands a very thorough investigation. I’ve handled  hundreds of pedestrian injury accidents for well over thirty years. If you or a loved one have been hit by a car, you are well aware of the physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial losses that happen with these types of accidents. Vehicle accidents involving pedestrians are deceptively complex cases. They can require expert testimony in order to effectively establish fault and to determine the true extent of injuries.

Succeeding with a pedestrian injury lawsuit will often demand that the pedestrian’s personal injury lawyer consider and be well-prepared to discuss with the court or jury what makes pedestrian accidents different than typical motor vehicle collisions.

The sooner a pedestrian accident lawyer is able to start a detailed investigation, the more evidence he is likely to discover. This is why it is so important for an injured pedestrian to obtain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident.

Consult with a Natomas Pedestrian Lawyer

If you are a pedestrian who has been recently injured, you need prompt legal representation from an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who is able to efficiently investigate the key factors of your crash and help you recover damages for your serious injuries.

I’m Ed Smith, a Natomas Personal Injury Lawyer since 1982. Call me anytime at 916-921-6400 in Sacramento or 800-404-5400 Elsewhere, for free, friendly advice.

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Fun Things to do in El Dorado Hills CA

Fun Things to Do in El Dorado Hills CA

I’m Ed Smith, an El Dorado Hills Car Accident Lawyer. Located just 22 miles east of Sacramento, California in El Dorado County lies the prestigious city of El Dorado Hills, California. Located right in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountain Rage and close to the San Francisco Bay area you will be able to view the gorgeous scenic view of Lake Tahoe basin when visiting this unique city.  El Dorado Hills is definitely the gateway to El Dorado County and due to its remarkable location it has something for everyone to enjoy.

WATCH: Youtube Video, Living in El Dorado Hills, CA by Ken Svanum and the Bishop Real Estate Group. This video will show you just how beautiful the area is.  Kendra Bishop does a great job narrating this informative video. 

Family Activies

El Dorado Hills has a spectacular Regal Cinemas El Dorado Hills 14 & IMAX if you are looking for a nice little date night or family outing to watch a new movie.  If you are looking for some exciting indoor entertainment be sure to stop by the Monster Mini Golf.  This monster themed and glow in the dark miniature golf course is a lot of fun.  You will enjoy the excitement that each of the 18 holes offer.  This place is for everyone, no matter your age.  The spooky yet cool theme has animated props to add to the creepy flare of the joint.  There is also an arcade at Monster Mini Golf that you can enjoy.  The city also offers a great place for kids at Kid’s Camp Party and Family Fun Center.  This place offers a great laser tag arena, a bounce house, and a super slide auditorium.  There is a guest lounge that is great for chatting with your spouse or friends while you wait on the kids to tire out. Bounce Town is always a kid favorite too.  This place offers so much fun to kids with its 10,000 square feet of indoor fun and activities.  They have it all.  There are giant inflatables, climbing structures, games, slides, and so much more.  Check out LaZer City when you can.  This is a fun way to spend the night.  They even offer a family fun night each week that you can take advantage of.

The Aerospace Museum of California is a pretty awesome place to visit.  You can actually climb inside of some airplanes and act like you are the pilot.  They also have virtual jets you will get to simulate real flights as the pilot.  There is over 37,000 square feet of indoor as well as outdoor exhibits that take you back in history and bring you up to date in the airplane flight world. There are both airplanes and helicopters that you can explore. Make sure to bring your camera because you will want to take a lot of pictures.  The Automobile Museum is just as special.  You will get to sightsee cars from the Model T all the way to modern vehicles, even NASCAR!

If you love animals you will want to drive over to the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.  This zoo offers a good bit of animal adventures as you stroll around looking at the bears, birds, the different types of wild felines, primates, wild canines, and lots of other small animals. There is always a lot to do when you visit a zoo and this zoo sanctuary is no different.

Dining and Drinks

El Dorado Saloon offers a great place to eat.  There is indoor and outdoor seating and you will find a very pleasant experience every time you go. It is a nice place to kick back and unwind from the stresses of the day.   The Purple Place Bar & Grill is also a great place to unwind.  The laid back atmosphere this place offers while sipping on a cocktail leaves you with the perfect place to hang out whenever you want. The food is always good and the service is top notch.

Parks & Recreation

If you love sports than you have come to the right city as El Dorado Hills offers everything you can think of.  The parks around the city offer ball fields, bike trails, and so much more.  The city is filled with fitness centers that you can enjoy all kinds of different things such as yoga classes, Pilates, cross fit, or just joint a fitness gym to get healthy.  There are self-defense classes you can take or maybe even sign up for some karate or jujitsu.  There are other things you can learn how to do such as swimming, horseback riding, and even dance.  You will not be left bored in El Dorado Hills.  Whatever your taste you will find something fun to do here in El Dorado Hills, California

El Dorado Hills, CA Auto Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, an El Dorado Hills Car Accident Lawyer with the most helpful and informative accident website available –  I have assisted El Dorado County residents with their personal injury claims since 1982.

If you, or a member of your family, has been seriously injured or lost their life in a car accident, trucking accident, or motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another person, call me right away at 916-921-6400 for free, friendly advice. Or toll free at (800) 404-5400. Please read more about me here: Yelp, Avvo, andGoogle Plus.

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Before the Impact Today in Elk Grove

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Car Accident Lawyer. The Elk Grove Police Department and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office will present Before the Impact prevention program today, Saturday February 6, 2016 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. The safe driver program may be attended  by showing up at  8400 Laguna Palms Way in Elk Grove.

This excellent and powerful program focuses on the tragic impact of making unsafe and poor driving decisions. This includes driving while intoxicated and distracted driving.  The program also discusses the dangers of getting into a car as a passenger with an unsafe driver. Many times, it is the passenger’s injuries that are greater than the driver who is distracted or impaired.

The program is a 90-minute presentation. It gives middle and high school students a close-up snapshot of what happens before and after a car crash. The presentation includes shocking photos, victim’s clothing, and actual vehicle of a terrible car crash that could have been avoided.  This is proving to be a powerful teaching tool for parents to present to their kids.

Before the Impact is also made available throughout the year to clubs and other organizations in Sacramento and Elk Grove.

WATCH: Youtube Video, Dear Mom and Dad, Distracted Driving Video, by MissHaily88

Before the Impact was created with a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Deadly car crashes are responsible for causing more fatalities than any other cause for those aged 34 and under.  Sadly, teens are at the highest risk for death from distracted driving or drunk and otherwise impaired driving accidents.

Distracted driving is doing anything that takes one’s attention away from the roadway. Distracted driving is talking or texting on your cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.  Other driving distractions include fussing with your children, grabbing for items in the car, eating, applying make up, tuning the radio, the list goes on ad infinitum.

To learn more about Before the Impact Today in Elk Grove call or email:  Misty Dailey, the Community Services Officer for Elk Grove at  Phone:  (916) 862-0597.  Or, call Elk Grove Police Officer Christopher Trim at (916) 627-3709.

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Car Accident Lawyer.  If you, or a member of your family, has been injured or killed by a distracted or impaired driver, please call me at (916) 694-0002 for free, friendly advice.  Or, you can call me toll free at (800) 404-5400.

WATCH: Youtube Video, Distracted Driving is like driving blind, by Ed Smith

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Sacramento Tree Crushes Car

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Tree Injury Lawyer. A gigantic tree came crashing down on a BMW parked in the driveway of a home at Merritt Way and Clunie Drive in Sacramento. The owner of the silver luxury sedan indicated that she had recently been in the car with a small child when she forgot something in the house and ran in to get it. She said she left her child strapped into a car seat for just a few moments to retrieve and item. She commented on how quickly a situation can turn deadly. It wasn’t too long after that when a huge tree came down on her car. She, and her child, were not in the car at the time.

WATCH: Youtube Video, Wind Topples Trees in Sacramento, By our friends at KCRA3 News. Although, this is not the incident involving the silver luxury sedan written about above, it is about a luxury sedan crushed in East Sacramento by huge cedar tree in February of 2014.

What Caused the Tree to Fall?

Apparently a strong breeze whipping through the Sacramento community contributed to bringing this monster of a tree down. Additionally, wet soil from recent rainfall may have also been a factor.

Trees Falling During Adverse Weather

Sacramento is fondly nicknamed The City of Trees.  Sacramento boasts a huge number of trees per capita. Most Sacramento citizens find our beautiful trees, spring blossoms and gorgeous fall leaves to be pleasing aesthetically.  From time to time, our beautiful trees can become dangerous or even deadly. Especially, during adverse weather conditions. Other reasons can contribute to a tree becoming dangerous and/or deadly. Neglect in the proper care and maintenance of a tree can cause problems. Allowing a tree to decay, rot and die without taking necessary action to protect others from harm is a classic example of negligence.   Injury, death and/or property damage may result from falling trees.

To determine who is at fault for a fallen tree or fallen limb, the location of the tree should be taken into consideration.

Sacramento Tree Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer, practicing since 1982.  If you need assistance in pursuing a claim due to injuries or death from a fallen tree limb or fallen tree, I would be happy to review your case, talk to you about your serious injuries and represent you in your claim.

I have handled numerous injury claims due to fallen trees and limbs. I understand the complexities relating to these types of cases.  Keep in mind that claims against a governmental agency, a city or state usually falls under claims that must be filed immediately.  If a claim is not filed within 6 months from the date of injury, a person may be forever barred from pursuing compensation for the resulting injuries to that person and/or their property.  Since timeliness is so crucial, it is wise to promptly contact a personal injury lawyer to assist you. For free, friendly advice, please call me now (916) 921-6400 or toll free at (800) 404-5400.

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Source: Sacramento Tree Crushes Car – KCRA3 News 2/2/2016 11pm broadcast 

Teenage Driving in Auburn, CA

Teenage Driving in Auburn, CA

I’m Ed Smith, an Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorney in Auburn, CA. A woman living on a residential street in Auburn, California posted a video of dangerous teenage driving on her street, and it went viral on Facebook overnight. The popularity of the post about potential automobile accidents in her neighborhood, primarily caused by teenagers from the nearby Placer High School, has raised serious questions about the school’s responsibility toward not only its students, but the surrounding community.

WATCH: Finley Street Crash Auburn CA. This is the video captured by Megan Muller. Posted on Youtube by The AJ.

Speeding Teenage Drivers

Resident Megan Muller lives on Finley Street in Auburn, CA. While the neighborhood is not notorious among local police officers or the California Highway Patrol for road dangers, Muller says that she’s grown more concerned recently about speeding teenage drivers on her street, particularly before and after school, and during the short lunch break.

Truck Full of Teenage Boys Hits Tree in Auburn

Muller began filming drivers outside her home to prove that speeding was a serious problem in her neighborhood. The video she uploaded on Tuesday, January 19th, began with an off-camera squealing of tires as a vehicle lost control on the wet streets. Then, a black pickup truck rumbles through the frame, with four teenage boys inside. The truck, off-camera again, hits a tree with an unmistakable crunch after skidding into oncoming traffic.

Pedestrians Could Have Been Hurt

While all of the students survived the crash – only one of the boys had to be taken to the hospital for a leg injury, while the other three left unscathed – Muller says that the accident could have been much worse, since a group of pedestrians had walked down that side of the street just ten minutes prior to the crash.

Ignoring the 25 MPH zone

Part of the problem is that drivers moving through the neighborhood have been ignoring a 25 mph speed limit sign which went up six months prior to Muller’s video posting. Another, larger problem, however, is the question of Placer High’s responsibility in creating an unsafe situation involving numerous teenage drivers. The school has an open campus, which allows students to leave for lunch, and students with access to vehicles tend to drive to the nearby Foresthill Exit to get fast food.

Speed Trap Nets Six Teenage Drivers Speeding

Two days after Muller’s video went viral on social media, Auburn police officers posted speed traps along the street for the school day. Sergeant Chris Forman caught six high school drivers speeding through the neighborhood, including one student who had a provisional license and should not have been driving other underage passengers. He said that the residential Auburn street had suffered three auto accidents in the past year alone, two of which occurred the evening he patrolled.

Statistics on Teenage Drivers

Placer High School Principal Pete Efstathiu said that the school notifies students through bulletins during the entire school year that they must drive safely. Unfortunately, teenagers are one of the most statistically dangerous groups of drivers – nationwide, in 2013 alone, 2,163 children between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed in auto accidents, and over 240,000 suffered serious injuries and had to be taken to the emergency room – and the open campus might contribute to the road safety problem that Muller documented. Placer High students are still under the Education Code when they leave campus, meaning their poor behavior can still be disciplined, but the Code says nothing about speeding while driving.

Teenage drivers are inexperienced, and often over-estimate their capacity to multitask while driving. The most common causes of auto accidents like the one Muller documented are called “critical errors,” like lack of scanning for road hazards, distracted driving, and, of course, speeding.

Auburn, CA Auto Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, an Auburn Auto Accident Attorney with the most informative accident website available –  I have been practicing personal injury law exclusively since 1982.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or lost their life in an auto accident, truck crash, or motorcycle crash due to the negligence of another, call me now at 916-921-6400 for free, friendly advice. Or toll free at (800) 404-5400. Please read more about me here: Yelp, Avvo, and Google Plus.

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Sacramento Burn Victim Phone Scam

Sacramento Burn Victims Phone Scam

I’m Ed Smith, a burn injury lawyer serving Sacramento. Elizabeth Sower received a bogus phone call asking her for a cash donation to help Sacramento burn victims. In the past, she gladly donated to help burn victims. This time, however, she noted something peculiar in the phone call.

Who Called to Solicit Burn Victim Donations?

Someone said they were calling from the Association for Firefighters and Paramedics. After soliciting a donation from Sower, she asked for the tax identification number of the organization. The caller said they did not know what the tax identification number was.  When Sower pressed the issue the caller hung up on her.

Can the Sacramento Firefighters Burn Institute Be of Assistance?

Sower called the Sacramento Firefighters Burn Institute and reported the incident to director Jim Doucette. He said he was surprised to hear that someone would be calling for donations. He said that his organization does not call for donations. He recommends not giving money over the telephone.

How Reputable Can the Association for Firefighters and Paramedics Really Be?

Read about what the Orange County Register has to say about the Association for Firefighters and Paramedics . We also learned that the organization allegedly paid out $100,000 for misleading practices in 2010.

Burn Injury Attorney In Sacramento

What is Blunt Cardiac Contusion?

Hello. I’m Edward A. Smith, a Sacramento Burn Injury Lawyer. A burn injury may be one of the most excruciating injuries a person may ever have to experience and endure. Recovering from an accident involving a fire may require extensive medical care and physical therapy. Recovery from a burn sometimes includes plastic surgery. Many times severe burns leave a victim with permanent damage to skin and surrounding tissue.

I’ve been assisting burn victims obtain medical care and compensation they deserve since 1982. If you require the help of a Sacramento lawyer because of a serious burn caused by a fire, please call me today for free, friendly advice at 916-921-6400. Elsewhere, please call toll free at 800-404-5400. I’m always here to answer your questions and advise on what legal rights you may have as a burn victim in California.

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Source: KCRA3 News 2/1/2016 11pm Broadcast