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Santa Barbara Fair and Expo – Weekend Fun for the Family

I’m Ed Smith, a Santa Barbara personal injury lawyer. Local residents and tourists wait all year for the Santa Barbara Fair and Expo, which is running through April 30, 2017,  in the Earl Warren Showgrounds at 3400 Calle Real. This year’s theme is “Back to the 50s,” so this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Weekend Entertainment for the Family

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Oxnard Strawberry Festival

I’m Ed Smith, an Oxnard personal injury lawyer. As residents of Oxnard know, the annual California Strawberry Festival is scheduled to run May 20-21 and is held to benefit local charities. Residents as well as visitors from out of town always enjoy the festivities as well as the great food, entertainment and camaraderie, and it is expected to draw a large crowd. I hope that everyone has a great time and stays safe, both on the roads and at the event.

What You Can Expect This Year

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Thousand Oaks: What to Do When Your Car Breaks Down

I’m Ed Smith, a Thousand Oaks personal injury lawyer. Most people don’t think about their car breaking down while driving in the city or along the highway, but it happens at times. Following are some tips that may help you in this type of emergency.

Keep Calm

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Six People Die in Berkeley Balcony Collapse

I’m Ed Smith, a Berkeley personal injury lawyer. Last week, the licensing board for California contractors announced a settlement that includes revoking the license of a Pleasanton-based general contractor. The contractor in question was responsible for the construction of a balcony that collapsed at an apartment complex in Berkeley in 2015.

What Happened

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Incidence of Fatal Accidents in Anderson, California

I’m Ed Smith, an Anderson personal injury lawyer. Anderson, California, is a peaceful town in Shasta County where lumber and retail work are the main industries. Traffic in the area is less than its southern neighbors. Overall, accidents do not happen as frequently as the state average, and fatalities are much lower. I thought residents might be interested in some of the statistics.

Overall Fatal Accident Statistics

Overall statistics for Anderson fatal accidents compared to the California average (1975-2014) are:

Accident

Anderson, California

California Average

Fatal accidents

46

265

No. of vehicles involved

68

397

Fatalities involving impaired

28

102

Fatal occurrences

52

284

No. of people in accidents with fatality

118

705

Pedestrians involved

2

58

Fatal Accidents in 2014

There were two fatal accidents in Anderson in 2014, the last year statistics are available. One crash occurred in September 5 on Northbound I-5, a stretch of road that follows the Sacramento River and is called Cascade Wonderland Highway in this area. The single-vehicle accident happened at 10:15 p.m. Both people in the vehicle were killed in the crash. The accident involved an impaired driver.

The second accident occurred on March 24 at 8:45 p.m. on Palm Avenue, a rural, two-lane highway.  The accident involved two vehicles with one fatality. Of the two drivers, one was impaired.

Fatal Accidents in 2013

There were two fatal accidents in 2013. The first occurred on July 4 at 9:55 p.m. on Lassen Avenue, a rural, two-lane roadway. Two vehicles were involved in the crash, and one of the drivers was reported to be impaired. There was a single fatality in this accident. A pedestrian was involved in the accident, but according to reports, was injured.

The second crash in 2013 occurred at the intersection of CA 273 and Ox Yoke Road. This two-vehicle crash occurred at 6:45 p.m. on August 25. Of the four people involved in the accident, one died. Alcohol or drugs was not involved in the crash.

Percentage of Fatal Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatalities in 2015 rose by about 7.2 percent over the previous year. This resulted in 35,052 deaths. This level of percentage increase has not been recorded since 1966. While the numbers are lower than they were 10 years ago, safety features, such as seat belt restraints, air bags and an effort to target drunk driving, are higher now than they were at any time in history. One reason for the increased level of fatalities might be that an unprecedented number of Americans are taking to the road.

The increase is not limited to cars and trucks. The number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities also increased in 2015. This may be due to more people taking up cycling and walking as a form of regular exercise. Motorcyclists in 2015 were involved in fatal accidents 8 percent more often.

Comparison of 1975 to 2015 for Fatalities on the Road

In order to compare what the number of fatalities were in four categories over the period 1975 vs. 2015, take a look at the following:

Year

Passenger Vehicle Pedestrian Motorcyclists

Bicyclists

1975

30,601

7,516

3,106

1,003

2015

22,543

5,376

4,693

817

Causes of Fatal Accidents

Drinking and driving are one of the major causes of fatal accidents. Impaired drivers often weave in traffic and leave their lane, a common cause of head-on collisions particularly on rural roads. Distracted driving is another major cause of fatalities. Using a smart phone or texting takes the driver’s attention away from the road as does eating while driving.

Other common reasons for fatal accidents are:

  • Not yielding the right of way
  • Not adjusting to road or weather conditions
  • Improper turns

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Attorney Ed Smith

Anderson Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Anderson personal injury lawyer. If anyone in your family was killed by a negligent driver, call me to learn more about a wrongful death lawsuit. I can be reached locally at (530) 392-9400 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice.

I have helped California residents receive fair compensation for damages for more than 35 years and founded www.autoaccident.com.

I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This forum is limited to attorneys who have received verdicts and settlements for clients in excess of $1 Million.

My Verdicts and Settlements page will provide information about past cases I resolved for my clients.

Google Plus, Avvo and Yelp, provide my practice’s client reviews as well as reviews by my colleagues.

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Common Ways Hot Tub Electrocution Occurs

I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville Personal Injury Lawyer. Hot tubs are a popular tool that people use at home, at the neighborhood pool, or at the local gym to help release some of the lactic acid after a long workout or simply to relax and have some fun. When people are using a hot tub, it is important to understand common ways that electrocutions can occur so that they can be sufficiently avoided.

Extension Cords are a Common Culprit of Hot Tub Electrocution

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Chronic Pain: Rare Condition Ends Promising Career

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Chronic Pain Lawyer. While a significant amount of attention is paid to common medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and strokes, rare conditions can turn people’s lives upside down. Such was the case of a young lawyer who was given a diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which led to the loss of both of her legs.

It Started as a Scratch

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Treatment Options for Mesothelioma

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Mesothelioma Lawyer. Mesothelioma is a deadly lung disease with a variety of treatment options. Before selecting a treatment choice, it is important for people to understand the various implications of these treatments, especially when reviewing the statistics of mesothelioma.

Surgical Treatment Options

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