Heavy Rains Trigger Mud Slides and Spike in Vehicle Accidents

December 14, 2018 Auto Accidents

In the wake of rampant forest fires, mud and debris slides throughout the region wreaked havoc in California, and are

A fire engine races to the scene of an emergency.In the wake of rampant forest fires, mud and debris slides throughout the region wreaked havoc in California, and are tied to a number of serious traffic accidents.

In just one day, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported four times the number of accident calls it usually receives, at 365 between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Southern California was being lashed with torrential rains. The volume of water and heavy wind gusts, combined with rush hour, caused the spike.

Police noted that many Los Angel residents are not used to driving in periods of heavy rains or on wet roads, and the unfamiliarity may have contributed to the spike in crash rates.

Several CA highways were closed due to accidents, including the 101, 118 and 134.

Fire-devastated ground susceptible to mudslides

The heavy storm front occurred, of course, in the wake of the severe fires that have damaged southern California. Once a fire has occurred, the vegetation no longer holds the earth in place, and it becomes much more susceptible to mudslides if rain falls. There is also much debris left in the wake of the fires, and this can tumble if dislodged by wind, rain, or mud.

Mud and debris slides were happening throughout the Los Angeles region. Residents were endangered and a number of motorists were trapped in rising rain, blocked roadways, or slides. In Malibu, roadways were closed and orders to evacuate issued. In both Orange and Riverside counties, debris flows occurred. Schools were closed in multiple locations to ensure the safety of schoolchildren.

In San Bernardino County, mud covered several cars. As a result of the slide, CHP closed some sections of Highway 38.

Mud and debris slides can cause health and safety issues, especially if chemicals or dangerous items in the mud and debris get into the water and ground systems, rivers, or oceans. In several areas, beaches were closed.

Car accident lawyer for CA residents

If you or a loved one needs experienced legal representation from a car accident lawyer Los Angeles residents have come to trust, we invite you to reach out to Salamati Law Firm today. Please call  800-957-9898 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn about your rights to compensation.

Additional Resources:

  1. “365 accidents reported in 4-hour period during rain-soaked morning commute in SoCal.” ABC7. November 29, 2018. https://abc7.com/traffic/365-accidents-reported-in-4-hour-period-during-socal-storm/4794475/.
  2. “Rain triggers debris flows as storm rolls across fire-scarred regions of California.” Los Angeles Times. November 29, 2018. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rain-flood-warning-20181129-story.html.
  3. Rice, Doyle. “It’s Raining in Los Angeles, and People Are Freaking Out!” USAToday. November 29, 2018. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/11/29/los-angeles-rain-hysteria-erupts/2150958002/.
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Study: Suicide Risk Increased After Traumatic Brain Injury

December 7, 2018 Brain Injuries

A moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be among the most serious injuries a person can sustain. According

A moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be among the most serious injuries a person can sustain. According to the findings of a recent study, the potential long-term complications of a TBI may include an increased risk of suicide. There are many possible causes of brain injuries, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents, construction accidents, and sports accidents, just to name a few. Elder neglect is another possibility.

Latest research on concussions

Researchers from Canada and the U.S. did a meta-analysis review of studies on concussions and brain injuries. All 17 of the studies included in the analysis had been published after 1963. In total, the review analyzed data from over 700,000 patients who had a TBI diagnosis. The control group consisted of 6.2 million patients who did not have a brain injury diagnosis.

The researchers’ findings indicated that patients with a history of TBI had a two-fold increased risk of engaging in suicidal behavior, attempting suicide, or reporting suicidal thoughts. It’s possible that multiple concussions on the same patient may increase the risk further. However, the researchers’ findings on this matter were inconclusive.

This meta-analysis review is just one of the recent studies to examine the link between concussions and suicide. A study published in August 2018 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) also concluded that patients with a history of brain injuries had double the risk of suicide.

In that study, conducted by researchers from Denmark, the data from over 34,000 individuals were examined. The data revealed that, among people with no history of TBIs, the absolute suicide rate was 20 per 100,000 person-years. Among people with a history of brain injuries, the absolute suicide rate was 41 per 100,000 person-years.

Other serious complications of concussions and brain injuries

As alarming as this research may be, it’s only the tip of the iceberg regarding the potential complications of concussions and traumatic brain injuries. A moderate to severe TBI may result in convulsions or seizures, coma, and persistent headaches. Some survivors display unusual behavior and personality changes, including aggressive or combative behavior. It’s also possible to suffer from long-term cognitive problems, intellectual disabilities, and communication impairments.

If the brain injury also resulted in cranial nerve damage, the patient may suffer from the paralysis of the facial muscles, loss of vision or double vision, and dizziness. Hearing loss, loss or altered sense of taste, and swallowing problems are other possible complications of TBIs.

Find a Los Angeles brain injury lawyer today

For two decades, injured individuals in southern California have relied on the Salamati Law Firm to provide sound legal guidance and vigorous representation, both in and out of the courtroom. If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI in a slip and fall incident, car crash, or similar accident, you can benefit from a free case review with our traumatic brain injury lawyer in Los Angeles. Our results-oriented approach may enable you to recover compensation from a negligent party. Call 1-855-336-1703 today or email us at [email protected]

Additional resources on traumatic brain injuries:

  1. JAMA Neurology, Association of Concussion With the Risk of SuicideA Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/article-abstract/2712851
  2. JAMA, Association Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Risk of Suicide, https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2697009
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3 Tips for Driving in Heavy Rains

December 5, 2018 Auto Accidents

As all residents of southern California know, our region has been hit with heavy rains recently. Torrential downpours can be

blurry car windshield highwayAs all residents of southern California know, our region has been hit with heavy rains recently. Torrential downpours can be dangerous in the Los Angeles area for several reasons. First, the area is dry, and the rains can cause a high amount of water on the road and even flash flooding. River levels can rise and flood as well. Second, southern California has also experienced extreme damage from fires. Fires burn vegetation which ordinarily helps to keep soil and earth in place. Burned-over areas that are then hit with rain create an environment that can lead to mudslides. Indeed, roads have been closed throughout the Southern California region due to mudslides. Even if mudslides don’t occur, rain can bring debris from fires down to a road, causing hazards on the road.

In addition, of course, not all southern California drivers are experienced in driving in heavy rains. Rain and other inclement weather also causes some risks. Visibility can be limited. It is easier to skid, hydroplane, and lose control of your car. The risk of accidents rises – and that it itself can increase road danger to motorists not in the accident.

Safe driving tips for heavy rain conditions

Be sure to do the following to optimize your safety and that of your loved ones.

  1. Watch the weather report

Heavy rain and potential results from it, such as flash flooding, debris, and mudslides, are very dangerous. They can even be catastrophic. A flash flood or a mudslide can carry away your car and kill everyone in it, whether you are driving safely or not.

The solution is to watch weather reports very carefully. Advisories for heavy rains, flooding, mudslides, and more are carried by weather services, partly as a service to motorists. Weather reports and news will also be sources of information about road closings and detours. The more informed you are about conditions, they safer you will be.

If there are reports of extreme weather events and you don’t have to go out, it might be more prudent to stay home until conditions change. Commuters should also consider public transportation.

2. Use your lights and windshield wipers

Headlights and windshield wipers are basic safety equipment in case of heavy rains. Even if it’s in the middle of the day, you should switch on your headlights. It improves your ability to see the road and surrounding areas. It also increases your visibility to other motorists.

Use your windshield wipers to make sure you can see out your windshield, as well. This is obvious advice, but many of us in southern California don’t drive in rain often. Your wipers may need replacement to work at their best.

3. Drive slowly

Lots of water coming down in a short time increases the danger of skidding or hydroplaning. Drive slowly in the rain. Drive under the speed limit if necessary. You want to be able to stop safely, and the best way to do this is not to drive fast.

An Experienced Car Accident Attorney in Southern California

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident during the heavy rains, call Sean Salamati, an experienced car accident attorney Los Angeles trusts to fight for maximum compensation. Let him put his experience to work for you. All initial consultations are free of charge, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.

Additional Resources:

  1. Cain, Josh. “Heavy rain comes to Southern California, flood advisories and evacuations issued.” The Daily Breeze. November 29, 2018. https://www.dailybreeze.com/2018/11/29/heavy-rain-coming-to-southern-california/.
  2. Williams, Ashley. “Soaking rain, flash floods in California could pose a risk of mudslides near wildfire-scorched areas.” AccuWeather. November 30, 2018. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/how-heavy-rainfall-in-california-could-trigger-potentially-deadly-mudslides-following-woolsey-camp-fires/70006756.
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My Lyft Driver Crashed. Can I Sue?

November 29, 2018 Auto Accidents

Ride-sharing services like Lyft have simplified transportation questions for people in California and across the nation. However, when a Lyft

car accident sceneRide-sharing services like Lyft have simplified transportation questions for people in California and across the nation. However, when a Lyft driver is involved in a crash, the logistics of a personal injury suit can be less than simple. Here are some factors that can affect the process.

Ride-sharing liability in California

California follows a traditional negligence model when it comes to liability for auto accidents. Unlike in no-fault states, an at-fault party in CA can be held legally responsible for the monetary losses caused by his or her careless acts. However, another party, like a ride-sharing company, may be legally responsible for the at-fault driver’s actions in certain situations.

If a Lyft driver crashes and the accident is due to his or her negligence, state laws and Lyft policies hold that Lyft’s insurance will provide coverage but the amount available depends on what mode the driver was in.

Driver Status Minimum Insurance Liability Limits
Not logged into app or looking for or carrying a passenger Basic state minimum coverage – $15,000 per person/$30,000 per accident/$5,000 property damage
Logged into app and waiting for a passenger $50,000 per person/$100 per accident/$30,000 property damage
Picking up or transporting a ride-sharing customer $1 million commercial liability; $1 million uninsured/underinsured coverage

Who to sue after a Lyft accident in Southern California

Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors. Even though the company insurance policy may insure your ride while the driver has the app turned on, the general understanding, from a legal standpoint, is that an injured rider’s lawsuit would be filed against the individual driver rather than the ride-share company.

In some cases, there may be reason to sue Lyft directly. For example, the company may have negligently hired a driver who it should have realized, with necessary research, was not an eligible driver. However, the company will most likely allege that claims against it cannot be filed in court, but instead must be brought in an arbitration under Lyft’s terms of service.

Understandably, there are many variables in ride-share accident cases so it is important to speak with a Lyft and Uber accident lawyer in Los Angeles who can help guide your case.

Speak with a Lyft accident lawyer in LA

With as popular as Lyft, Uber, and other ride-sharing apps have become, it is easy to forget that it is still a relatively new business model. This means the legal questions are undergoing evolution as lawmakers and judges adapt traditional laws to new technology. If you are involved in a Lyft accident in Southern California, speak with a car accident attorney in Los Angeles about your claim.

The Salamati Law Firm understands the complex questions that arise in ride-sharing accidents. We are dedicated to helping victims of Lyft and Uber accidents in Southern California understand and protect their rights, and fight for full and fair compensation.

Call today to schedule a free case review. We never charge a fee unless we win money on your behalf.

Additional Lyft accident resources:

  1. Inc.com, Ride Sharing Is Convenient. But What Happens If There’s an Accident?, https://www.inc.com/john-white/ride-sharing-is-convenient-but-what-happens-if-there-is-an-accident.html
  2. Lyft, Terms of Service, https://www.lyft.com/terms
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How Do I Choose a Slip and Fall Lawyer in Los Angeles?

November 29, 2018 Slip Trip and Fall

It’s a safe bet that everyone is prone to a little clumsiness from time to time. But sometimes, people fall

fall down stairs

It’s a safe bet that everyone is prone to a little clumsiness from time to time. But sometimes, people fall and sustain serious injuries because of the negligence or recklessness of another person. If you were injured on someone else’s property, or on public property, you may have the basis for a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and advise you about the potential for a legal claim. Choosing the right slip and fall lawyer in Los Angeles is crucial, so it’s worth taking the time to do a little background research to ensure you pick the right personal injury attorney.

Extensive experience with personal injury lawsuits

It goes without saying that it’s best to choose a personal injury lawyer in downtown Los Angeles who has litigated these types of cases before. For slip and fall cases in particular, it’s helpful to choose a law firm that has litigated claims in both state and federal courts, as premises liability lawsuits may name governmental entities as defendants.

Law firm resources, legal team, and consultants

Personal injury lawsuits can be complicated. Slip and fall cases often require evaluation and input by outside professionals, such as accident reconstruction experts, investigators, and medical specialists. Look for a personal injury attorney that has established relationships with these types of outside consultants, and has the resources necessary to bring them on board for your case.

Commitment to ongoing communication and client education

Some lawyers have developed a reputation for being difficult to get ahold of on the phone. If you’re stressed about your case and your mounting medical bills, the last thing you need is a lawyer who never picks up the phone. Look for a law firm that is committed to keeping you apprised of the status of your case. Your slip and fall lawyer should also fully inform you of the legal issues involved. Client education is essential for good decision making.

An overview of slip and fall incidents in southern California

A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere. If it happens on someone else’s property, the property owner or manager may be held liable for your injuries, depending on the circumstances. Some common places for slip and fall injuries in the CA area include restaurants and bars, since liquids may be spilled on the floor frequently, creating a hazardous condition. Museums, malls, shopping centers, retail stores, sidewalks, parking lots, government buildings, and office buildings are other common locations of slip and fall accidents, as are apartment complexes and nursing homes.

The Salamati Law Firm in Los Angeles is a leading choice among slip and fall victims because of our personalized approach, attentive service, and long track record of successfully recovering compensation on behalf of our clients. Our slip and fall lawyers in Los Angeles provide reliable legal guidance so that you can make a smart decision in the wake of an accident. Our legal team may help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today to set up an initial consultation.

Additional resources about slip and fall accidents

  1. Medscape, Falls in the Elderly: Causes, Injuries, and Management, https://reference.medscape.com/features/slideshow/falls-in-the-elderly
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Important Facts about Falls, https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html
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Best Places to Run in Los Angeles

November 16, 2018 Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Despite Los Angeles’s image as the car capital of the nation, where people drive even if their destination is across

Fitness male running outdoors during sunset.Despite Los Angeles’s image as the car capital of the nation, where people drive even if their destination is across the street, southern California is home to millions of runners – and some of the best running destinations in the world.

Here are the 3 top places to run.

Mount Hollywood – Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles

Yes, we are going to reference La La Land! If you saw Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling dancing around Griffith Observatory, you know about Griffith Park. But did you know that Griffith Park contains 4,300 acres, making it #10 among city-owned parks in the U.S. in terms of size? It’s also home to the Los Angeles Zoo and the Greek Theater.

The running and jogging here are fantastic. Runners can choose from 53 miles of trails, fire roads, and bridle paths. Be sure to head up to the park’s highest point, Mount Hollywood, and gaze over all of L.A.

West Loop – Elysian Park, 835 Academy Road, Los Angeles

A smaller park with a shorter but very pleasant path can be found here. Elysian Park encompasses 600 acres, and offers views of downtown and the San Fernando Valley. West Loop, at just under 2 ½ miles, is an easy, shady path. If you run with a dog in the morning before work, it’s a good morning run for both of you.

Inspiration Point & Clouds Rest – Runyon Canyon, 2000 North Fuller

If you’re in L.A., why not go Hollywood? Runyon Canyon Park spans 130 acres a short two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard. This is also great if you run with a dog, and a terrific weekend destination, with a 90-acre dog park where you dog can run free (i.e., off-leash).

Runyon Canyon is also an excellent introduction to the canyons. If you start at the Fuller Avenue entrance, you’ll be going up from the canyon bottom toward the top, Clouds Rest to the east and then Inspiration Point. This is not an easy run – the canyons can be steep in stops – but it’s a good work and very scenic to boot. If the weather is clear, you’ll be able to see out to the ocean as far as Catalina Island.

Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Los Angeles

While Los Angeles offers some of the best running and jogging areas in the world, the proximity of runners and joggers with cars and other vehicles all too often causes pedestrian accidents. Whether you’re been hit by a vehicle or suffered a sprain due to road conditions, we can help.

If you or a loved one has been in a pedestrian accident in southern California, we can help. We are experienced pedestrian accident lawyers in Los Angeles. Call attorney Sean Salamati today for a free initial consultation on your case. We will fight for your rights and maximum compensation.

Additional Resources:

  1. Top 10 Best Running Trails in Los Angeles. Discover Los Angeles. https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/blog/where-run-los-angeles-las-top-10-running-paths
  2. The Guide to L.A.’s Griffith Park. Discover Los Angeles. https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/blog/guide-las-griffith-park
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NHTSA Issues Safety Reminder Amid Bus Stop Accidents

November 15, 2018 Auto Accidents

Halloween costumes and trick or treating schedules should be the top news in late October, but this year the news

Halloween costumes and trick or treating schedules should be the top news in late October, but this year the news has been consumed with instance after instance of drivers hitting kids at bus stops. There were at least five accidents in only three days, from Florida to Indiana, with the Indiana school bus stop accident killing 6-year-old twins and their 9-year-old sister, and injuring their 11-year-old brother. In response, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a reminder and tips to keep kids safe.

According to NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi R. King, these accidents could have been prevented if drivers had followed traffic safety laws. For example, she explains that it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus when the red lights are flashing and the stop sign arm is extended. It is also important to slow down near a school bus that has its yellow lights flashing to indicate it is slowing down, and to watch for children darting across the street when a school bus is near.

California school bus company found liable

Thankfully, none of the recent bus stop accidents have taken place in California, but last year a Southern California school bus company and its driver were each found partly to blame for a young girl’s severe injuries following a 2012 bus stop crash.

Isabella Sanchez, of Highland, was 6 in October 2012, when she was struck by a car while crossing the street to get on a school bus. Isabella suffered broken bones and a brain injury, and five years later, still could not talk or walk. Her ‘round-the-clock nursing care was estimated to cost $360,000 over her lifetime. However, in September 2017, a jury awarded her nearly $19 million for medical costs and an additional $16 million for past and future pain and suffering, for a total of $36.1 million.

Take action after a school bus accident in LA

School bus safety conversations often focus on seat belts rather than bus stop safety. However, a child is almost three times as likely to suffer a fatal injury getting on or off a bus in a bus crash. Sadly, most of these accidents are preventable if only bus drivers and other motorists follow traffic safety precautions.

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident in Los Angeles or bus stop injury, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with medical bills and other expenses. At the Salamati Law Firm, we are passionate about fighting for the rights of injury victims, and we understand the complex relationships that can arise when it comes to pursuing claims against parties like school districts and bus companies. Call today to speak with a Los Angeles bus accident lawyer and find out how we can help you.

Additional bus stop injury resources:

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops, https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/nhtsa-urges-motorists-drive-safely-near-school-zones-and-bus-stops
  2. ABC7, School bus company ruled at fault in case of Highland girl injured while crossing street, https://abc7.com/school-bus-company-ordered-to-pay-$36m-for-highland-case/2444277/
  3. Stanford Children’s Health, How Safe Is the School Bus?, https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=how-safe-is-the-school-bus-1-1133
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November 9, 2018 Personal Injury Lawsuits

Certain injuries, even if not life-threatening, can be relatively disturbing. Whether it is due to a natural protectiveness of the

Doctor analyzing human skull x-ray

Certain injuries, even if not life-threatening, can be relatively disturbing. Whether it is due to a natural protectiveness of the eyes, to the cosmetic effects of facial disfigurement, or another reason, many people are more disturbed by the thought of a facial injury than by the thought of another injury of similar severity elsewhere on the body. For those who have suffered a facial fracture, it is important to allow for sufficient healing time or the area could be re-injured. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence or intentional act, speak with an expert Los Angeles facial fracture attorney at Salamati Law today.

Assessing a facial fracture

Facial fractures are broken bones of the face or the mouth. Common facial fractures are:

  • Nasal (nose)
  • Orbital (eye)
  • Maxillary or mandibular (upper or lower jaw)
  • Zygomatic (cheekbone)
  • Frontal (forehead)

It is important to be examined if you have any of these injuries because there could also be head or neck injuries that have gone undetected. Antibiotics may also be necessary if there is a chance the fracture could lead to an infection.

Healing time for facial fractures

The length of time it takes for a facial fracture to heal depends on the type and severity of the injury. In general, however, patients are often instructed to wait 6-8 weeks before engaging in physical activities that could cause further facial injuries.

Facial bruising and swelling may be cleared up in only 2-3 weeks. Nerve damage affecting physical sensation may take weeks or months to heal, and in some cases it may only partial heal or there may even be no recovery at all. Early evaluation and treatment can help prevent complications.

Complications can delay facial fracture healing

In some cases, a fracture will need to be set in order to heal properly, also referred to as “reduction”. This is understandably a bit complicated and it can done without surgery (a closed reduction) or in more complicated cases, require surgery (an open reduction) and the use of plates, screws, or other devices to keep the repair in place.

In any case, but especially in cases with complex fractures, there can be complications. When titanium plates or screws are used to set the break, they are meant to be permanently implanted. However, the devices may become infected or unbearably uncomfortable and require a revision surgery to remove or replace. While titanium parts are in place, they could also prevent the patient from having a CT scan or MRI.

Recovering for facial fractures after an accident in Southern California

There are rare cases of facial fractures due to non-traumatic causes, but most facial fractures are due to accidents or violence. In addition to the distress caused by facial disfigurement, patients often need to worry about medical bills, lost wages, and other financial and emotional losses.

California law recognizes the right of those injured by someone else’s negligence to receive the financial compensation necessary to be made whole. If you have been injured in Los Angeles through no fault of your own, speak with the facial fracture lawyers at Salamati Law and get the justice you deserve.

Additional facial fracture resources:

  1. Cambridge University Hospitals, Facial fractures, https://www.cuh.nhs.uk/addenbrookes-hospital/services/oral-and-maxillofacial-surgery-and-orthodontics/facial-fractures
  2. Cleveland Clinic, Facial Fractures, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/facial-fractures
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3 Best Inland Empire Motorcycle Rides

November 7, 2018 Motorcycle Accidents

Residents of Southern California are fortunate for many reasons. A temperate climate, fantastic beaches and spectacularly scenic roads provide ample

Residents of Southern California are fortunate for many reasons. A temperate climate, fantastic beaches and spectacularly scenic roads provide ample opportunities for weekend getaways and long road trips. For avid bike owners, the Inland Empire is heaven. Whether you live in Riverside or San Bernardino County, the area is flush with amazing motorcycle rides that meander to the mountains, along the coastline and into the arid desert plains.

For those looking for a scenic weekend bike trip, here are three of the best Inland Empire motorcycle rides.

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear is a famous destination for skiing and snowboarding, but the area has much more to offer than just winter sports. Enjoy the fresh pine scent and beautiful mountain vistas on a journey to this nature-lovers’ hotspot. If you’re heading out from San Bernardino and prefer a longer but much more scenic route, we suggest taking highway 330 to the 18. You’ll go by Snow Valley Ski Resort and a couple of picture-worthy peaks en route. While the trip clocks in at 41 miles, allow yourself close to two hours to reach Big Bear lake. The switchback roads will slow you down, but the landscapes make this jaunt well-worth the effort. Stop into Chad’s Place for a bite to eat – a local favorite.

Idyllwild Forests

Idyllwild is tucked in the Jacinto Mountains and is renowned for its hiking, mountain biking and camping opportunities. If you’re eager to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, and gaze upon towering pines and giant cedars, this road trip is just for you. Take highway 10 East from Riverside until you reach the 234. Continue south on the winding road, taking care on those tight turns. The trip is just under 60 miles from San Bernardino (roughly an hour and 15 minutes on the bike) and makes for an easy half-day trip. Idyllwild still charms visitors with its cozy hometown atmosphere and has a nice selection of dining options. Check out Café Aroma, the Red Kettle or Jo’ans Restaurant & Bar. All good choices for a relaxing lunch.

Desert ride to Palm Springs

This desert resort city in Riverside County is praised for its spas, hot springs and championship golf. But veteran bikers know Palm Springs also makes for a fun desert road trip. Take the 10 East and make a loop around Palm Springs by taking highway 111. This picturesque route will pass by Palm Desert and Cathedral City, where you’ll find the Living Desert and Zoo, among other cool attractions.  A bit farther on and you’ll reach Indio, CA home to the Fantasy Springs Casino. This motorcycle ride should take you about 90 minutes one-way from Riverside.

Ride safe and call Sean Salamati for legal help

Attorney Sean Salamati is an advocate for motorcyclists in California and is also a seasoned litigator when it comes to protecting clients’ rights. From experience, we know that many motorcycle accidents are caused by other motorists who fail to see them. Be alert, wear your helmet and drive defensively. And if you need expert legal guidance, be sure to reach out to Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer Sean Salamati Law for a free consultation.

If you need assistance filing a claim or dealing with insurance adjustors after a crash, please call our L.A. personal injury law office today.

Additional Resources on Inland Empire Rides:

  1. Big Bear, Big Bear Lake https://www.bigbear.com/
  2. Idyllwild California, Idyllwild http://www.idyllwildcalifornia.com/
  3. OC Parks, Capistrano Beach Park http://www.ocparks.com/beaches/capistrano/
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Cannabis and Driving: What are the Risks?

November 1, 2018 Auto Accidents

The dangers of drinking and driving are well-established, but what about using cannabis products and getting behind the wheel? Can

Marijuana leaves, cannabis The dangers of drinking and driving are well-established, but what about using cannabis products and getting behind the wheel? Can smoking marijuana impair your judgement, perception and reaction times just as much as having a few too many cocktails?

A handful of studies suggest that cannabis and driving is a perilous combination, as drugged drivers have a much higher risk of getting into accidents.

Marijuana use impairs driving ability

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana can significantly impair spacial perception, motor coordination, concentration and reaction times. The organization cites two European studies which found that drivers with elevated concentrations of THC (the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol) in their blood were twice as likely to cause a fatal car accident compared to those who had not used cannabis or alcohol.

Recreational marijuana has been legal in California for nearly a year, and despite countless accidents caused by drugged drivers, there remains a surprising disconnect in our thought process when it comes to stoned driving.

In fact, a recent report issued by the Highway Loss Data Institute suggests a causal link between legal recreational cannabis and an increase in collision rates. In Nevada, Oregon, Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot has been legalized – auto accident claim frequencies are 6 percent higher.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrates that drugs and alcohol are involved in 11 percent of all fatal traffic accidents, and 25 percent of all drivers who are tested come up positive for THC in their bloodstreams. While the connection between marijuana and car accident risks needs additional research, experts do know that marijuana affects one’s ability to perceive time and distance – two critical components when you’re driving a vehicle.

How much does cannabis impair driving?

Some argue that marijuana improves concentration skills, and thus enhances driving ability, but research suggests this only holds true for a few minutes.  THC impacts visual function, decreases reaction times and often leads to distraction. Stoned drivers are more prone to weave in and out of their lanes and find it harder to read road signs or maintain a stable following distance. All of these factors increase accident risk, but when marijuana is combined with a few beers or cocktails – as it often is—the danger of causing an accident jumps even higher. Studies show that alcohol speeds the absorption of THC in the bloodstream, causing measurable psychomotor impairment.

While there is no question that cannabis can acutely impair driving-related skills, the level of impairment between individuals varies more than they do with alcohol because of tolerance and different absorption rates of THC.

Injured by a drugged driver in California?

There is no breathalyzer test for marijuana. California law enforcement officials are trained to identify physical signs of drug-impairment and determine whether a driver is not fit to safely operate a vehicle.

If you were involved in a car accident and believe the other driver was stoned, drugged or otherwise impaired, Salamati Law can help you seek appropriate legal remedies.

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Additional Resources on Cannabis Effects on Driving:

  1. IIHS, Effect of recreational marijuana sales on police reported crashes in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington https://www.iihs.org/frontend/iihs/documents/masterfiledocs.ashx?id=2173
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Does marijuana use affect driving? https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/does-marijuana-use-affect-driving
  3. ca, Driving under the influence of Cannabis https://medicalmarijuana.ca/resource-center/driving-cannabis/
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