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Halloween Safety Tips


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Look both ways when crossing streets! Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

Slow down and be cautious in residential neighborhoods. Children and adults love Halloween and may run around unexpectedly.

Take extra time and care to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleyways with caution and observance.

Always walk on sidewalks or designated areas for pedestrians. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk in routes with a clear path of destination and not stray from that path.

Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never run into the street and in front of cars, or cross between parked cars.

Catastrophic Injury Crash in Atwater, Merced County

Deadly Accident leads to Catastrophic Injury

At around 7:49 a.m. this morning, CHP officers received a call about a catastrophic injury collision, near the intersection of Fox and Bellevue Road in Atwater, Merced County. Two vehicles have been identified in the collision and one motorist is described to have suffered a catastrophic injury and required immediate hospitalization.

The motorist’s specific injuries were not released and no details regarding the accident have been reported. What has been confirmed however, is the Pacific Gas and Electric Company was called to investigate a damaged power pole at the scene of the accident. Further details on what led to this dangerous collision are being investigated.

Leading the Pack in Bicycle Accidents.

Did you know California leads the way in the most bicycle related accidents and deaths?

Through the hustle and bustle of busy Los Angeles traffic, having a bicycle can come in handy and in many cases, has become a lifestyle for many Angelenos. If you’re over the ages of 20, your chances of getting hit by a vehicle while riding a bike are very high.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Assn. between 2010 and 2012, there has been a steady increase in bicycle related deaths, by 16%. This has steadily progressed over the years and accounts for a bout 4% of California’s traffic related deaths. If you are a young male around 20 or older, your chances of a fatal accident have represented a steady 84%, since 2012.

If you’re a College student living in the Los Angeles area, you’re most likely on a budget, so you probably will be riding a bike. It’s important to head all traffic laws governing bike usage and to be wary of your surroundings. Often times other vehicles cannot see you in their blind spots, so wearing reflective gear, or making your presence known, is effective in avoiding a collision.

 Keep these in mind:

  • Follow all designated bike paths
  • Wear reflective clothing
  • Wear a helmet (ALWAYS)
  • Avoid lane-splitting like motorcycles
  • Scan your surroundings
  • Follow all traffic laws
  • Ensure safe distance from you and vehicles
  • Perform proper maintenance on your bike

As of September 16, 2014, California Law has passed the Three Feet for Safety Act, which requires all motorists to provide at least three feet of distance when trying to pass bicyclists. This is now California Law and will be enforced. If you’ve been injured in a bike accident, your injuries may include: broken bones, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, neck injuries and even death.

If you’re the victim of a bike accident due to the negligence of another party, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and recovery. Balali Law provides aggressive and swift legal representation for those suffering from injuries related to accidents of this nature. Balali Law can help you regain monetary compensation you deserve for your recovery.

If you’re experiencing any pain from a bicycle accident that left you with a catastrophic injury, then call a bicycle accident lawyer at the Law Office of Mark Balali Esq.at 310-431-9774, or contact us online and via social media.