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How Children Can Get Run Over

How Children Can Get Run Over

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Personal Injury Lawyer. While there are many different characteristics of auto accidents, those that involve pedestrian injuries tend to be some of the most severe. This is because catastrophic personal injuries can happen when someone is hit by a car. However, children who are struck by cars often sustain traumatic injuries. Some of the common reasons why children are prone to pedestrian accidents include:

Height: Children are shorter than their adult counterparts. This means that it can be a challenge to see a child over the hood or out of the rearview mirror of a motor vehicle, particularly a taller vehicle such as a truck.

Elk Grove Accident Lawyer discusses aging drivers
Elk Grove Auto Accident Lawyer discusses aging drivers

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Accident Lawyer. A common question that I get asked is, “how old is too old too drive?” Sadly, there are no hard and fast rules or magic numbers that apply. My firsthand experience with an aging driver was with my aging uncle.

He had had several tickets the prior year and I decided to ride with him a bit.  After a few mind boggling rides with him, I soon realized it was no longer safe for him to drive. Not only because of his age and failing eye sight, but also because he seemed very unsure of his surroundings.

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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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Elk Grove Staged Car Accident

Hello. I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Accident Lawyer. If you have ever been involved in a car accident, or even been a passenger in one, you know how frightening the situation can be. What if you discovered the accident had actually been “staged or set up?” Imagine for a moment that you are being placed at fault in one of these types of accidents.

Criminal Conspiracies 

Were You Involved in an Elk Grove Car Accident?

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of premature death in Elk Grove, California. With access to numerous interstates and busy roadways, Elk Grove is a bustling suburban center located in Sacramento County. Each day, hundreds of thousands of vehicles traverse Elk Grove’s roads. Every driver is required to pass a driving test and written exam, both of which require a fairly in-depth understanding of California traffic laws. However, many drivers intentionally or carelessly fail to heed these rules of the road, causing countless accidents each day. While some of these auto accidents result in only minor property damage, many are absolutely catastrophic, totaling cars, injuring passengers, and often times resulting in wrongful death.

California personal injury law requires drivers whose negligent driving causes accidents to reimburse victims for their losses. The law also requires that each driver carry insurance to cover property damage and bodily injury. Car insurance provides a means for at-fault drivers to pay for damages in a personal injury lawsuit.

Traumatic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disease where the median nerve, which passes from the forearm onto the palm of the person’s hand is crushed or squeezed following repetitive injury or acute traumatic injury to the wrist. The median nerve must pass through the carpal tunnel which is made of ligaments supporting the wrist and hand and some of the bones of the wrist.  The median nerve affects the sensation and movement of the thumb, the palm of the hand and the second through fourth finger, although the ulnar aspect of the fourth finger is often spared.

Whenever the area becomes irritated or injured and swelling occurs in the wrist, the median nerve will become compressed, causing paresthesias, numbness and weakness of the affected hand so that the patient will often drop things and be clumsier in the involved hand.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common nerve entrapment syndromes of the body.

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The City of Elk Grove has utilized signal synchronization along many streets within its limits.  The purpose of signal synchronization is to make traffic patterns more efficient.  It is frustrating as a driver to speed up, slow down and stop, then repeat the process over and over as you hit red light after red light on arterial streets.  The goal of synchronizing traffic signals is that drivers traveling the speed limit will have the signal turn green as they approach, eliminating, or at least reducing, the frustrating pattern of stop and go.

Signal synchronization can mean that side street and left turn lane lights are red for longer periods of time, and even when there is no cross traffic.  This occurs because the synchronized signals are functioning as a group, and the major arterial streets get priority passage.  The time “wasted” waiting for a side street or left turn lane to turn green should be easily recovered within the smooth passage on the main streets.  It is also important to note that the synchronization if in effect during heavy traffic times only, such as 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, although some areas are scheduled to be synced during the day on weekends as well.  Late at night, when the system is not in operation, a side street light should not take as long to turn green.

Sometimes it may seem like a traffic signal is delayed more then usual, making a wait for a green light longer.  This may be due to the signal getting back into the synchronization pattern after having been disrupted for some reason.

Different  Elk Grove Accident Types

There are many types of Auto Accidents in Elk Grove .  Why and how an accident happened is important. There are also  many different factors involved in motor vehicle collisions. These may include lack of clearance or separation from cars when making a turn, driver losing control of their vehicle as a result of drugs, alcohol, falling asleep or other medical condition; drivers turning into the path of oncoming cars, age and inexperience of the driver; roadway hazards, inattention of the driver because of texting, excessive speed, and mechanical failure.

The cause of  any given accident needs to be carefully investigated by an experienced personal injury attorney in order to determine the cause of the crash, and the basis, if any, of liability. Here are some examples of recent motor vehicle accidents in Elk Grove.:

What is Average Daily Traffic Volume?  Average daily traffic volume is the number of vehicles that pass a particular point during a specified day and/or time period.

How is it calculated? There are different methods used for counting traffic volumes.

1) Machine/Automatic Counting (imbedded in the roadway or laying a top the roadway)

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