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Auto Burglary Prevention
Government Truck Crash

Hi, I’m Ed Smith, a Vallejo truck accident attorney. In Vallejo, on the afternoon of Monday, November 7, 2016, a government truck from the Greater Vallejo Recreation District collided with a fire hydrant. The collision took place just prior to 1 p.m. on the 2500 block of Tuolumne Street between the intersections of Parkview Terrace and Platt Court in Vallejo.

Incident and Injury Details

California Highway Patrol Involved Accident

California Highway Patrol Involved Accident

California Highway Patrol Involved Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a Woodland auto accident lawyer. On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was in route to an accident on County Road 97 (near Highway 16) around 6:00 p.m. The officer hit a teenager driving a red pickup truck near Pioneer Avenue and Gibson Road in Woodland.

Stockton Police Crash Kills Elderly Motorist

Stockton Police Car Crash Kills Elderly Motorist

Stockton Police Crash Kills Elderly Motorist

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Wrongful Death Attorney. We are hearing some sad news out of Stockton this morning. It appears that police officers heading to a call have been involved in a terrible crash that killed a motorist in another car, according to police.

Stockton Fire Truck Accident

Stockton Fire Truck Accident

Stockton Fire Truck Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton truck accident lawyer. Recently, Stockton Fire Truck 3 was involved in a collision while in route to a traffic accident. Truck 3 was struck during a code 3 rescue and while in the middle of a U-turn to access the scene of the traffic accident. A car failed to yield the right-of-way and tried to pass the fire truck which resulted in the collision. There were two injuries to Stockton Fire Department personnel. The driver of the car also suffered minor injuries from the crash. Thankfully, in this instance, all injuries sustained by the parties involved were described as minor.

Stockton Road Safety

Stockton Road Safety

Stockton Road Safety

Hi, I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. Ever wonder who is responsible for Stockton road safety? This article discusses the responsibilities of the Stockton Public Works Department in keeping our streets safe.

Falling Trees and Limbs: Car Damage

Falling Trees and Limbs
Falling Trees and Limbs: Car Damage


I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento tree accident lawyer.  When Pacific storms bring wild winds and heavy rain a common result is falling trees and limbs. In this article we will be discussing what happens when a tree or limb causes damage to an automobile.

Worker Hit by Car Interstate 80 Sacramento

Worker Hit by Car Interstate 80 Sacramento

I’m Edward Smith, a car crash lawyer in Sacramento. A car crashed into a concrete barrier and hit a construction worker on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. The crash happened along Interstate 80 in Sacramento. According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) the crash occurred at around 4:30 a.m. in the Across the Top construction zone near El Camino Avenue. We have embedded a Youtube video of the accident below.

Across the Top Construction Zone near El Camino Avenue

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West Sacramento to pay victims of rapist cop

A year after being convicted of rape of at least six women, former West Sacramento police officer Sergio Alvarez’s victims (at least four of them) are set to receive a total of $2.8 million.  The money will originate from self-insurance pools that cover West Sacramento and other public entities in California.

POLICE OFFICER’S VICTIMS

Beware of Shoulder Edge Drop Off
Beware of Shoulder Edge Drop Off

I would like to warn you of the dangers of our highway shoulders. These highway shoulders are more commonly referred to as “pavement edge drop off” by the Federal Highway Administration. Information contained in California State design and maintenance standards reveal that the paved edge/shoulder of any given roadway should be built and maintained in a flat (flush) manner with its adjacent unpaved shoulder. A dangerous shoulder edge drop generally results from improper road maintenance. These roadway shoulders become unsafe and dangerous when a motorist leaves the roadway and then tries to re-enter over a shoulder edge drop off. What usually occurs is that the motorist needs to increase steering in order to come back up onto the pavement edge drop off to re-enter the road he pulled off of. When the motorist is successful at mounting the pavement edge drop off, the motorist instantly finds himself back on the road with an increase in steering motion. Couple this with the high speed that is necessary to merge back onto a highway and you have a recipe for disaster in that the motorist is unable to react to the movement caused by increased steering input and the car veers off the roadway opposite the pavement edge drop off and gets seriously injured.

This is sometimes easier to watch than to explain. Here is a YouTube link to the Federal Highway Administration video regarding unsafe shoulder edge drop off. www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUm4A-s_a5M. Please watch the video for yourself and be aware of this type of dangerous roadway defect case in case it happens to you or someone you love.

Deteriorating Highway Shoulders
Deteriorating highway shoulders can cause auto accidents with personal injuries and wrongful deaths on our roadways. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) says about 11,000 people get hurt and some 160 people actually die per year in motor vehicle accidents associated with dangerous pavement edges around highway shoulders of the roadway. The figures have resulted in a cost of approximately $1.2 billion.

The highway shoulder may be in a defective state if there is a dangerous drop-off zone between the roadway edge paving and the shoulder. These drop-offs are really unsafe when uneven height differences are present between road and shoulder surfaces. What sometimes happens here is vehicle stability is jeopardized and causes the driver to lose handling of the car.

Common causes of highway shoulders becoming dangerously defective may be roadway erosion and/or roadway wear and tear. This seems to be the most common cause of uneven pavement edge drop-offs. However, resurfacing performed on a roadway without including a “proper” transition in to the shoulder has also been noted as a possible factor in pavement edge defects.

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