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Roseville Electric Power Outages

Roseville Electric Power Outages

I’m Ed Smith, a Roseville Car Accident Lawyer. With rainy weather and wet roads all around us, car accidents are more common. Sometimes a car will lose control and hit a power pole causing loss of power to thousands of Roseville residents.

Galt Flood Safety Tips

Galt Flood Safety Tips

I’m Ed Smith, a Galt Car Accident Lawyer. After being pounded by rain, three people in Galt had to be rescued from their car Monday, March 7, 2016.

Hydroplaning Vehicles

HYDROPLANING VEHICLES

I’m Ed Smith, a Natomas Personal Injury Lawyer. This is the time of year when we see an increase in hydroplaning vehicles. Have you ever hydroplaned in your vehicle before? If you have you know how scary it can be and with the rainy season here it makes for  slippery roadways and hazardous driving conditions. Hydroplaning can happen at speeds as little as 35 miles per hour it is when your car has lost contact with the roadway and is treading on the top layer of water. You can feel you are hydroplaning because the steering feels light in your hands. The most important thing to remember when this happens is not to panic. Easily take your foot off the accelerator this might transfer enough weight forward to regain traction again with the roadway. If your still not in control then gently squeeze your breaks to slow the car down but keep in mind to apply your breaks easily, you do not want to break too quickly. Breaking too quickly may be the most common cause of hydroplaning vehicles.

HOW IT HAPPENS

If you have, you know how scary it can be and with the rainy season here it makes for  slippery roadways and hazardous driving conditions. Hydroplaning can happen at speeds as little as 35 miles per hour. It happens when your car has lost contact with the roadway and is treading on the top layer of water. You can feel you are hydroplaning because the steering feels light in your hands. The most important thing to remember when this happens is not to panic. Easily take your foot off the accelerator. T his might transfer enough weight forward to regain traction again with the roadway. If your still  are not in control then gently squeeze your brakes to slow the car down but keep in mind to apply your brakes  easily.

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE

You can feel you are hydroplaning because the steering feels light in your hands. The most important thing to remember when this happens is not to panic. Easily take your foot off the accelerator this might transfer enough weight forward to regain traction again with the roadway. If your still not in control then gently squeeze your brakes  to slow the car down . Continue reading

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Pedestrian Accident in South Sacramento Fog

Both driver and pedestrian must follow rules of the road.  A driver is usually held to a higher degree of duty than a pedestrian. What happens when fog is a factor in an accident?

How can we protect ourselves, as pedestrians, from being hit and killed by a car? How can we protect ourselves, as motorists, from hitting or killing someone with our car? These are the questions we may be asking ourselves.

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CHP Rescues Elk Grove Family

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Personal injury lawyer. A remarkable rescue took place in El Dorado County over the weekend. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) saved a family from plunging off the side of a cliff on Sunday, November 29, 2015. The frightening incident took place in icy terrain near Junction Reservoir in El Dorado County. The location is just off Ice House Road, north of Highway 50.

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Yuba City Power Restoration After Rainy Day Collision

PG&E has restored power for over 1,600 customers after Monday’s outage. The cause of this outage was linked to a broken power line after a vehicle collided with a pole. The driver of the vehicle was said to be traveling at an unsafe speed for rainy conditions.

Rainy days- especially some of the first of the season- require a driver’s full attention when behind the wheel of a car.

One of the important factors in any personal injury claim is determine “liability,” or responsibility for the injury. Typically, personal injury claims will involve situations in which one person was negligent, and that negligence establishes that person’s liability for the injuries caused to other people in the incident. Often, that negligence is crystal clear. If one car is stopped waiting at a red light and is suddenly rear-ended by a second vehicle, the driver of that second vehicle will almost always be the person found “negligent” or “at fault” for causing the collision.

header3But this isn’t always the case. Imagine, for example, a driver preparing to enter a roadway from a parking lot — there appears to be an opening in traffic for him to safely enter, but as he drives forward he collides with another vehicle that was speeding down the road. In this situation, the driver entering the road should have taken more time to observe traffic to be certain it was safe to move forward, but the speeding driver should also have been operating his vehicle within the speed limit.

Or consider a pedestrian in rainy weather who is running toward a store entrance to get out of the rain. Unfortunately, the store’s employees forgot to put out rainmats at the entrance that day, so the pedestrian reaches the wet, slippery walkway and suddenly falls and is injured. The employees obviously forgot an important safety device, but the pedestrian herself probably shouldn’t have been running in conditions where the walkway could forseeably be especially slippery.rain

floodOur post topic of today – driving tips for flooded roads -may not be a primary interest of concern in Northern California in late July.  Of course we are still in the thick of our incredibly hot, dry summer, but interspersed with all the news reports regarding our drought conditions, another weather related topic has been getting a lot of press: the expected El Nino this fall/winter.  If you listen to some meteorological experts, we can expect a huge deluge of rain this year.  And in Sacramento and Elk Grove, that translates into flooded streets.

The flooded streets of Sacramento can be dangerous.  Many times, drivers believe they can forge on through a flooded street but it actually takes very little standing water to cause loss of control of your vehicle.  Being unable to control the vehicle means you could end up in the path of oncoming traffic or off the roadway.  If the flood water is moving, that adds another element of treachery – it takes as little as six inches of active flood water to actually push your vehicle.  With two feet of water on the roads, a vehicle can actually float.  Not only is losing control of your vehicle very dangerous, that amount of water can cause a lot of damage to the vehicle itself.

When the rain comes, check the local news for reports of flooding and any road closures.  The best advice is to stay off the roads, if possible, but if you must get somewhere, find an alternate route that has not been affected. Some streets are much more likely to be flooded than others.  East Sacramento neighborhoods, for example, are some of the first to flood, as are areas around Howe and Arden, and some side streets in the Elk Grove and West Sacramento areas.  There are several GPS apps available now that are updated frequently by other drivers, and if you encounter a flooded area such an app may help re-direct you towards a safer route.

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