Elderly Pedestrian Safety in Stockton

Elderly Pedestrian Safety in Stockton

Elderly Pedestrian Safety in Stockton

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. Walking is a great way of fostering a healthy lifestyle. For the elderly, this may be their primary means of transportation in getting around town. While the benefits of walking are endless in older adults, there are safety concerns that should be taken into consideration as they walk down the road in Stockton.

Why Walking is Beneficial

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NTL member Bert Louthian urges his state to improve road safety

Bert LouthianNational Trial Lawyers member Bert Louthian says his state must improve the safety of its roads after being ranked at the bottom of a recent study from WalletHub in which South Carolina fared poorly. The study ranked states based on a number of safety-related issues, including climate disasters, on-the-job injuries and road safety. Overall, South Carolina placed 41st, but it ranked 49th in road safety and dead last in the rate of traffic deaths per miles traveled.

Injury attorney Bert Louthian said that in his years of experience representing victims of negligent driving, he’s come to believe that there are solutions available to improve road safety.

“There are two significant ways to make our motorists safer,” Louthian said. “The first requires institutional change, while the second requires personal responsibility. Primarily, this entails enacting better laws and improving driver behavior.”

Louthian said that distracted driving has become a major problem on our roads over the last decade. The emergence of the smartphone, along with other mobile devices, has contributed significantly to the increase of distraction behind the wheel, he said.

Louthian is not alone in his concern over distracted driving. In a recent survey conducted by AAA, 88 percent of drivers said that distraction is an increasing problem. Half of those surveyed said they had witnessed other drivers texting or emailing, and more than one-third admitted to doing it themselves.

Self-regulating our behaviors can lead to fewer crashes and save lives, Louthian said.

“Human error contributes to more than 90 percent of crashes,” Louthian said. “I see it frequently in my practice. It’s frustrating, because so many of the injuries people suffer on our roads are entirely preventable.”

While encouraging drivers to take safer measures behind the wheel, the influence of South Carolina’s traffic laws on driver behavior should not be overlooked, Louthian said.

South Carolina’s traffic safety laws are not as strict as those in other states. For example, the state does not have a complete ban on mobile device usage by drivers. Motorcyclists are not required to wear helmets after the age of 21.

Improving state laws and giving police the tools for enforcement could dramatically impact driver safety, Louthian said. To illustrate this point, he referenced the effectiveness of Operation Southern Shield, a week-long period in July during which law enforcement in South Carolina and four other states ramp up efforts to ticket speeders,  distracted drivers and drivers not wearing a seat belt.

In 2017, Operation Southern Shield led to around 15,000 traffic stops, which reduced highway fatality deaths by around 35 percent, according to law enforcement officials. Louthian said this highlights the need for both traffic officers and drivers to take speed limits seriously.

Growing the ranks of state troopers to patrol roads could also help reduce the number of crashes year-round, he said.

Speeding contributes to more than 25 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2017, there were more than 45,000 speed-related collisions on South Carolina’s roads. Nearly 38 percent of road deaths stemmed from speed-related crashes, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Other measures could also be taken by South Carolina, including investing in the state’s infrastructure and shoring up conditions of rural roads. The state’s rural roads are some of the deadliest in the U.S.

The Department of Transportation has estimated that fixing South Carolina’s roads would require an annual investment of $943 million, which could be used to repave and widen deteriorating roads, in addition to adding safety features such as rumble strips and guard rails.

Louthian said that while allocating nearly a billion dollars annually in infrastructure might not be realistic, lawmakers should strive to dramatically increase the amount of money invested in fixing crumbling roads.

“There are several options we have at our disposal,” Louthian said. “We should consider all of them and make some big investments to fix this problem. Nearly 1,000 people die on our state’s roads every year, and I believe that we can do better by our motorists.”

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Importance of Seat Belt Use

Importance of Seat Belt Use

Importance of Seat Belt Use

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton auto accident attorney. Seat belt safety is extremely important on the road. Although some people may believe seat belts do not help or make matters worse in an accident, national statistics prove otherwise. The combination of air bags and seat belts as well as other advanced safety equipment together increase the chances of surviving a traumatic auto accident by 60 percent.

Seat Belt Use Statistics

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Dog Bite Claims in California

Dog Bite Claims in California

Dog Bite Claims in California

I’m Ed Smith, a Merced dog bite lawyer. To most people, pets are considered to be a loving member of the family. While pets such as dogs can be loyal and lovable, they may sometimes bite others unexpectedly. With 4.5 million cases of dog bites and 800,000 medical visits each year in the country, the potential liability dog owners may face can be worrisome, particularly with specific breeds.

Which Dog Breeds are More Likely to Bite?

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Two Dead After Tahoe Area Plane Crash

Two Dead After Tahoe Area Plane Crash

Two Dead After Tahoe Area Plane Crash

I’m Ed Smith, a South Lake Tahoe personal injury lawyer. Officials reported that a plane crash occurred near Lake Tahoe on the morning of Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Initial reports indicated that it was not clear how many passengers had been aboard the small plane. However, a few hours after the crash it was reported that three male passengers had been found on board. According to reports, two of the passengers of the plane lost their lives due to serious injuries sustained in the crash and the third was left with severe trauma. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office has not yet reported the identities of the men involved in the accident.

My deep condolences and support are sent out to the family and friends of the two men who tragically lost their lives due to this terrible accident.

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Top 40 Under 40 President Stephen Burg obtains $146K verdict for rear-end collision victim

National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 President Stephen Burg secured a verdict plus interest and costs of $146,000 for the victim of a rear end collision in Colorado. Burg says his client, David Jimenez-Santana was driving his pickup truck and was rear-ended by the defendant, Robert Baker in December 2014 in Grand Junction. Although there was no visible physical damage to the plaintiff’s truck, the plaintiff was injured. The plaintiff had a prior worker’s compensation back injury to the same area injured. Burg reports Jimenez-Santana sustained a disc injury at L4-5, and had to undergo a discectomy at the L4-5. Burg says the verdict plus interest and costs was $146,532.67 and 18 times greater than the $7,500 defense offer. The verdict was handed down on June 8, 2018. Burg tried the case along with David Crough of Burg Simpson before Judge Kenneth Plotz. Burg is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

Case Name: David Jimenez-Santana v. Robert Baker

Case number: 17 CV 30484

Case Type: Jury Verdict

Verdict for: Plaintiff

Verdict Date: 06/08/2018

Amount: $83,788.76

Best offer from defense:$7,500

Area of Law: Personal Injury

Court: Grand Junction, Colorado


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NTL Top 40 Under 40 President Stephen Burg obtains $1.6M verdict for motorcycle accident victim

Stephen BurgNational Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 President Stephen Burg secured a $1.6 million verdict for a Colorado motorcyclist injured in a 2014 collision. According to Burg, the plaintiff was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Highlands Ranch Parkway in Highlands Ranch, Colorado on August 16, 2014. At the same time and place the defendant was driving west on Highlands Ranch Parkway. The defendant turned left directly in front of the plaintiff’s motorcycle. The front of the plaintiff’s motorcycle collided with the passenger side of the defendant’s vehicle. Burg says his client suffered a broken nose, separated shoulder, non-displaced fracture of the tibia, non-displaced fracture of the patella, as well as $10,000 in lost wages. Plaintiff had a left shoulder scope surgery and left knee scope surgery. Burg handled the case along with attorney David Crough of Burg Simpson before Judge David Stevens. Burg says the defense’s best pre-trial offer was  $265,000. The verdict plus interest and costs was $1,668,365.80, and was handed down on May 24, 2018.

Case Name: Moon v. Gooden

Case number: 16 CV 30907

Case Type: Jury Verdict

Verdict for: Plaintiff

Verdict Date: 5/24/2018

Amount: $1,300,000.00

Best offer from defense:$265,000

Area of Law: Personal Injury

Court: Douglas County, Colorado


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