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Almost every person who works a 9-5 job or similar craves the thrill of a Saturday night. Whether you’re going out with friends to a restaurant or night club or hanging out at home with your pet and spouse, Saturday night is usually one of enjoyment, rest, and relaxation. For most people at least.

On Saturday June 8, 2015, one group of motorists did not get to enjoy their Saturday nights as much as they would have liked to. A major car crash on Arnold Drive, located just southwest of Sonoma, California, resulted in two people going to the hospital and one going to jail at the Sonoma County Jail. The California Highway Patrol responded to the incident and reported on what happened.

Just before 8:30 p.m. on that Saturday night, Eladio R. Castro Naal, a 22-year-old resident of Petaluma, drove a 2000 Dodge Neon along Arnold Drive heading north. The vehicle was said to be weaving erratically back and forth, and witnesses suspected that the driver was drunk. As the Dodge came close to the intersection at Orange, close to where Brocco’s Old Barn is located, it continued to swerve.

Eventually, the driver lost control of the vehicle and drove right into a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, which was headed south. The driver, 39-year-old Nathan Robertson of Novato, and his passenger, 31-year-old Elizabeth Robertson, both suffered major injuries and needed medical attention. Nathan was take out to Queen of the Valley, located in Napa, for treatment while Elizabeth was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial. Her injuries were slightly more minor than Nathan’s. Luckily for both of them, they were wearing their seatbelts, which stopped the crash from becoming far more serious.

Castro Naal also had several injuries that needed to be treated. After taking her to Santa Rosa Memorial for treatment, the police then transported the driver to Sonoma County Jail. They charged the driver on two counts: one DUI causing injury with a blood alcohol level over .08 (no word on how far over the limit the driver was) and another for violation of probation.

If more people had seen Castro Naal driving erratically, they might have had time to report the driver and stop any accident from occurring. The problem is that not everyone knows what signs to look for in a drunk driver. Moreover, they often reason that there could be other excuses for any erratic driving behavior. Maybe the driver dropped a pair of sunglasses or is reaching to change the radio station.

Regardless, if you see someone exhibiting the following bad driving behaviors, you should reach out and contact the authorities. These behaviors include:

• Making unusually wide turns.
• Driving down the center of the road or land rather than staying in the actual lane
• Swerving and almost hitting another object or vehicle
• Intense weaving and swerving across the road
• Driving on the side ramp or very close to the grassy median
• Turning or stopping abruptly or illegally
• Driving at a speed that is at least 10 miles per hour under the posted speed limit
• Intensely following another vehicle
• Driving without any headlights on
• Responding slowly or not at all to changes in traffic signals
• Strange and unnecessary breaking

If you see someone exhibiting one or more of these behaviors at a time, that driver may be drunk. Record the person’s driver’s license and call 911 immediately. You may be saving a life and stopping an accident from occurring.

Have you ever driven past an accident on the side of a highway and thought, “What in the world happened?” Sometimes it’s not easy to actually tell what happened at the scene of an accident, especially when you only have a few seconds to assess the scene before you drive right by.

Now you may not have to wonder about these accidents any longer. The Auto Insurance Center, an information and news site dedicated to keeping up with the latest in car insurance news, began researching the answer to that very question. The center combed through records in the United States from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Accident Reporting System, which has been keeping records on every serious and fatal car crash in the United States from 2009 to 2013.

The data itself showcased the number of pedestrian, driver, and passenger deaths that resulted from those accidents. When the center finished compiling their information, that made a color-coded map to show which fatal accident was the most common in each state. The map included nine colors:

1. Failure to keep in proper lane
2. Failure to yield the right of way
3. Reckless or careless driving
4. Overcorrecting
5. Not adjusting to road surface (rain, snow, ice)
6. Driving on the wrong side of the road
7. Not adjusting to road obstruction
8. Operating without required equipment
9. Improper turn

The data showed that of all these types of accidents, failure to stay in one lane caused the largest number of deaths. The second most common cause of accident fatalities was failing to yield the right-of-way. In California, the most dangerous and common type of accident was found to be improper turn.

The center also looked at other statistics to glean as much information about driving behavior in all states across the country. Their findings saw that Arkansas has some of the most reckless drivers in the country, while Hoosiers in Indiana are the worst when it comes to road rage. Delaware drivers were known for their erratic lane changing, and Wyoming drivers are more likely to have accidents involving the failure to keeping in the proper lane. Surprisingly, South Dakota drivers had the most police pursuits.

To get this information, the center added up the number of all types of fatal crashes associated with each behavior and then divided that number by the population total. The final result was a per capita metric, which provided a good comparison to further rank the states.

The Auto Insurance Center also looked at drunk driving accidents to see which states were more sober than others. According to their research, drunk driving accidents were more likely to occur in rural areas that did not have access to public transportation. North Dakota had the most drunk drivers, with Montana and Wyoming taking second and third place respectively.

The best states that had the fewest number of drunk driving rashes included Washington, D.C., New York, and Massachusetts, which ranked first, second, and third place respectively. This fits in with the previous hypothesis because all three locations have high urban populations. It’s much easier to call a cab in downtown New York City or Boston than it is in a rural town in Wyoming.

The only state that didn’t fit this hypothesis was Utah. The center believes that because of its strict liquor laws and high Mormon population, drunk driving is easier to avoid.

Knowing which accidents are more prevalent in certain states can be a great starting place for police officers and lawmakers looking to make the roads safer. If they know where to start, they’ll have a better chance of making their states safer for all drivers.

This past May, we celebrated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in California, but this is really a topic that is applicable all year round. In 2013, about 14 percent of all vehicle fatalities were motorcyclists, which made them 16 times more likely to die while out on the road. Although motorcyclists only account for about three percent of drivers, it’s important to respect motorcyclists and share the road with them.

Of course, motorcyclists also have an obligation to drive safely and wear protective gear. After all, there are quite a lot of them in California. According to the latest numbers, there are about 830,000 motorcyclists registered in California, the most of any state in the country. In 2013, number showed that there were 485 motorcyclists killed in accidents on Californian roads and 13,143 were injured. To keep motorcyclists safe while on the road, there needs to be a joint effort between vehicle drivers and motorcyclists that promotes safe driving for everyone.

It is important that drivers remember to always share the road with motorcyclists. These cyclists have the exact say rights to the road as any other car and truck. As motorcycles are smaller and less noticeable than cars at times, it is very easy for them to move into another car’s blind spot. If a driver doesn’t see the cyclist, there’s a good chance the driver will hit the cyclist if the driver tries to make a turn or change lanes.

While drivers need to be more aware of their blind spots, motorcyclists need to be aware of them as well. When passing for example, motorcyclists should not linger along the sides of the car as this is a common area for blind spots. Quickly passing another car will better a cyclist’s chances for being seen by the driver.

Drivers should also be aware of how closely they’re following a motorcyclist. In the case that a motorcyclist needs to stop suddenly, a car could rear-end the motorcyclist and seriously injure him or her. When following a cyclist, cars should remain at least a car length and a half behind to allow for more room to stop.

All motorcyclists need to be wearing protective head gear when riding their bikes. A helmet can save a cyclist’s life if he or she is thrown from the bike and lands on the head. Helmets save thousands of lives each year, and they can affect auto accident lawsuits. If a motorcyclist is injured in an accident and was not wearing a helmet, the cyclist may not receive a large award for injuries. The courts may rule that the motorcyclist shared some responsibility for the injury by not wearing a helmet. To lessen the chances of injuries, all bikers should be wearing a DOT-compliant helmet.

Excessive speed can also play a large factor in motorcycle injuries. Bikers and cars that speed are at a greater risk for causing an accident, and as bikers have less protection, they will be more likely to be injured.

California police officers are also stepping up the “Click It or Ticket” campaign to encourage all drivers to wear seatbelts. Seatbelts are to cars as helmets are to motorcyclists. Both protect drivers and passengers from serious injuries. Just be wearing one, you can potentially save your own life or even someone else’s.

Road safety is a big responsibility for all drivers, whether they’re in a car or on a bike. Both types of drivers need to respect one another and share the road. If everyone is cautious and drives defensively, we may see a lower rate of motorcycle accidents and fatalities in the coming years.

The latest story from a San Diego-area health center has patients all over California worried about their privacy when they visit hospitals and clinics. The state medical board investigators turned over detailed court documents on October 23, 2014, revealing their findings regarding a volunteer doctor who they suspect has snapped over 1,300 sexually explicit photos of female patients with his camera phone.

It’s a bad day for privacy, that’s for sure.

California-Doctor-Took-Nude-Patient-PhotosThe doctor, endocrinologist Jeffrey J. Abrams, is now suspended from that clinic, but at the time of this writing, he still holds his state medical license and hasn’t been arrested.

Abrams first came under suspicion back in July when a woman accused him of misconduct, and since she first took a stand, more than 10 women have come forward. Some patients even claim Abrams was taking pictures more than 20 years ago.

The woman originally sought treatment for stomach pains she was experiencing. When she came to see Abrams, she says he told her to take of her clothes and then lie down on the examining table. He then put his finger into her vagina twice, which alarmed her immediately. The woman quickly got off the table and tried to cover the rest of her body, but Abrams, the documents say, made her put her arms by her side and proceeded to take five pictures.

The allegation led to a search warrant, the documents say, during which investigators found the 1,300 photos on Abrams phone.

All of the women went to the same clinic, which is owned and operated by Volunteers in Medicine, for treatment in El Cajon. The clinic has been cooperating with the investigators and its chief executive, Maureen Hartin, sent Abrams on an “immediate leave of absence.”

What’s really scary is that Abrams has been practicing medicine for over 40 years. He also taught at the University of San Diego. Many more women may still come forward with their stories, but there’s no telling how many potential victims might still be out there.

The worst part is that these stories tend to deter people from seeking medical attention, especially poorer, more vulnerable women, when they really need it. They build mistrust in the medical community, which stops people from getting the treatment they deserve.

That’s not to say of course, that you should do everything your doctor tells you. They may have gone through more school than anyone would care to do and their intentions are more than likely honorable, but at the end of the day, they’re still human. Always use your common sense when receiving a doctor’s opinion, and if his or her advice truly does sound strange, seek a second opinion.

If you’re receiving medical screenings or treatment from a doctor of the opposite sex (or even the same sex) and you feel in any way uncomfortable, it’s okay to ask for another doctor. If one is not available, you can always ask to have a nurse standing by so at least you’re not alone in the room.

Every doctor who has graduated from school and has a license to practice medicine lives by the Hippocratic oath – do no harm. Unfortunately, not everyone follows that rule. Let this story be a warning to you and always remember, you have a voice.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444

All drivers convicted of a DUI in California must enroll in DUI school. Enrollment must be complete within 21 days of the sentencing. The provider of DUI program instruction must be licensed by the state and provide services in person only. There are several classes available online but California does not recognize them. However, there are over 250 in person providers in the state and most are readily available. All require an order from the court or a license suspension from the DMV.

DUI charges can often be reduced to a wet reckless charge. A wet reckless charge is a reckless driving offense with a calculable amount of alcohol in the blood of the driver. It must be a very small amount and the reckless behavior cannot be of any serious type. If you’re DUI has been reduced to a wet reckless charge you must enroll in a DUI school, wet reckless program for a total of 12 hours.

The next most serious charge that requires DUI school is the first time offender program. A first time DUI offender with a blood alcohol level of under .20 percent will be required to enroll in at least 30 hours of an appropriate DUI program involving both drugs and alcohol issues. Thirty hours is approximately a 3 month course. If the judge decides the sentence should be stricter than average, the program can be extended to 6 or even 9 months. If a first time DUI offender has a blood alcohol percentage of above .20 percent, a 9 month or 60 hour course must be completed to satisfy the court.

Offenders with multiple DUI offenses must complete either an 18 or 30 month course program, depending on the county they reside in, to satisfy the court and be eligible to get their license back. Most often a multiple offender will be sentenced to an 18 month program. The exception would be if it is the third or higher offense or the blood alcohol level was exceedingly high.

There is a fee for DUI class and it must come from the offender’s cache. There are no programs that are free or government funded. The fees can vary from one provider to another and can vary from county to county. It is a good idea to call around to several programs and compare the fees before enrolling. While there is no completely funded DUI program, there are options to waive part of the fee. If financial hardship is the case, DUI school cannot be foregone but the cost can be diminished.

If you have received a DUI and been ordered to complete a DUI course, the best thing to do is just get it over with. It isn’t pleasant, it isn’t fun and it can cost more than you can comfortably spend but without it you will be without a driver’s license and possibly spend time in jail. You can make it as easy as possible by comparing prices and open dates with a variety of programs.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444

Unfortunately, nothing is perfect in the medical field including medical providers, medications, medical devices and medical treatments.  While medical providers and manufacturers of medical devices strive to provide the best services and products to patients, there will be complications and negligence in the medical field.

Brain-Shunt-ComplicationsBrain shunts are commonly used to treat hydrocephalus.  When the brain shunt fails or develops complications, it can be terrifying for the patient and his or her family.  Our medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience helping clients determine if the brain shunt complications were due to a preventable and unavoidable malfunction or failure of the brain shunt.

Common Signs that a Brain Shunt is Malfunctioning

There are many reasons why a brain shunt will malfunction or fail causing serious brain shunt complications.  The symptoms of a brain stunt malfunction are similar regardless of the reason why the brain shunt failed.  Those symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Increase in head circumference
  • Fever
  • Chronic headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Convulsions and/or seizures
  • Vision problems
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Irritability
  • Changes in personality
  • Fatigue
  • Problems in gait or balance
  • Decrease in school performance

If you notice any of the symptoms of a malfunctioning or failed brain shunt, you should seek medical attention immediately to avoid brain shunt complications.  Complications with the brain shunt include obstructions, mechanical failure, infections and the need to replace or lengthen the shunt. Doctors may need to remove a blockage or remove the brain shunt to insert a new shunt in its place.

If left untreated, complications can occur from underdraining and overdraining caused by a malfunctioning or failed brain shunt. A shunt that causes overdraining can lead to complications including collapsed ventricles, torn blood vessels, subdural hematomas and severe headaches.  Underdraining can also lead to complications including the symptoms of hydrocephalus reoccurring.

Brain Shunts and Medical Malpractice

Unfortunately, a patient may suffer from medical malpractice associated with brain shunts in many ways.  From a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose to the actual surgery to insert the brain shunt, a patient may suffer serious complications if a doctor is negligent.  Furthermore, the brain shunt itself could malfunction due to a defect causing the patient to suffer serious complications.

Regardless of the reason while a patient suffers brain shunt complications, if there was negligence on the part of one of these parties, the patient may be entitled to receive compensation or his or her injuries including lost wages, pain & suffering and medical costs.  To increase your chances of recovering a full and just settlement for your injuries, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney who has experience in brain shunt cases.

Our medical malpractice attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to represent you in a brain shunt medical malpractice case.  Contact our office to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights to receive compensation for your damages.  We will be happy to answer all of your questions and explain your legal options.

If you or a loved one have been injured by medical malpractice, you will need a lawyer with experience. Call Moseley Collins at (916) 444-4444 for a free consultation.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444

Picture this: you are driving through your town late on a Saturday night. Suddenly, something comes out into the road. It’s a person. You try to swerve, but it’s too late. You know you have made contact.

Auto-Accidents-With-Pedestrians-InvolvedThat is almost exactly what happened on January 17, 2015. A 73-year-old woman was walking in her town of Gatesville, Texas. When she tried to cross the street, a silver car driven by a 17-year-old boy hit her. When the police, EMS and fire department arrived, they pronounced her dead at the scene.

Whether you are driving on the highway or through a school zone, you always need to be on the lookout for pedestrians. Though it is unlikely that someone would want to try and cross a busy highway, you never know who might get out of their car on the side of the road. Hitting a pedestrian will land you in boiling hot water and can lead to both civil and criminal lawsuits. Therefore, you need to be very careful when driving anywhere you suspect pedestrians may be more common.

Two types of lawsuits

As stated, you could face both civil and criminal charges if you hit a pedestrian. More than likely, you will probably face civil charges, but depending on the situation, you may or may not be charged with a criminal offense.

In civil court cases, the pedestrian will sue you for damages relating to the injuries caused by your negligence. You might have to pay for medical expenses, lost wages and possibly pain and suffering, but you won’t lose your license or any other driving privileges.

Criminal court cases can become much more serious because now the state itself is coming after you. If you broke a law, such as driving drunk or committing a hit-and-run, you will be tied in a criminal court. You could end up paying an enormous fine, receiving probation, being sent to prison and losing your driver’s license. Your previous driving and criminal records will help the judge decide your punishment.

What to do and what not to do

If an unfortunate pedestrian accident does occur, you need to step up and take responsibility. Whatever happens, do not leave the scene until you are told that it is okay by a police officer. If you leave any earlier, you may be charged with a hit-and-run, which will only get you into more trouble.

First go to the pedestrian and check for any injuries. If you can tend to some of the injuries, such as light bleeding or bruising, feel free to do so, provided the pedestrian wants you to help. Be as helpful as possible, and if needed, call 911 and the police.

In some rare cases, the pedestrian may not be hurt or have very minor injuries, and as a result, would rather walk off than wait for police or exchange information. If this happens, report the incident to the police anyway. A pedestrian could later file a hit-and-run complaint against you, so be sure to cover your bases.

Exchange information with everyone around you, from the pedestrian to the witnesses. You may need to call on a witness in court, so make sure you have names, phone numbers and possibly email addresses.

The best way to avoid pedestrian accidents is to drive slowly, especially in residential areas, and be mindful of your surroundings. Do your best to plan for the worst.

If you have a loved one who has been injured in an auto accident in Sacramento County, you will need a lawyer with experience. Call Moseley Collins at (916) 444-4444 for a free consultation.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444

To most parents, there is nothing more terrifying than letting a teenager get his or her license and start driving. Parents tend to imagine every possible worst-case scenario – the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, a drunk driver hits the teen’s vehicle – and really, they have cause to worry.

Auto Accidents Are Top Cause of Teen Deaths in USA new report states that auto accidents are actually the number one killer of teenagers in the United States, beating out both homicide and suicide. The study, which was funded by the General Motors Foundation, says that both drivers and passengers are at risk.

The report was mostly based off a national survey that looked at 1,000 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19. According to the report’s findings, 2,439 teenagers died in 2012 due to auto accidents on U.S. roads. Of those teenagers, about 56 percent of them were driving at the time, and 44 percent of them were passengers at the time. The study also found that more than half of those killed did not put on a seat belt.

Before you go and take away your child’s driver’s license, remember that this study is totaling the amount of teenagers dead in auto accidents overall. This includes accidents where adults were driving or accidents involving drunk drivers. The study did not research any correlation between texting and calling to the accidents either, but it should be noted that about 40 percent of teenagers in a poll said they had ridden with another teenager who was using the phone while driving.

In fact, adults too are guilty of using their phones while driving. Of those teens polled, half of them said that they had driven with an adult who was using his or her cell phone.

Interestingly, only about 10 percent of teenage passengers said they had driven with a teenager under the age of alcohol or drugs.

While you cannot protect your child from all auto accidents, you can do your best to ensure that they are not driving while texting or doing other unsafe practices while behind the wheel. Need some pointers on how to talk to your children about driving safety? Here’s how:

  • Make sure they know distracted driving is never okay: Firmly establish the rule for driving, which should include never using a cell phone for texting and only calling in emergencies. You should have some sort of punishment in line should your child break the rule. Be very clear and stand your ground.
  • Teach them about the consequences: Show your child just how expensive even speeding tickets can be and remind them that if pulled over, he or she will be paying for the ticket. Make sure they know how much violations for distracted driving can cost.
  • Set a good example: Your teen is watching, even when you think they are playing with their phones in the passenger seat. If you pull out your phone and start texting while driving, you are setting a bad example. How can you not expect your teen to do the same?

The best defense we have against auto accidents is teaching our children how to drive safely. Make sure your child is enrolled in an accredited driving course, and spend plenty of time practicing with them. When they drive with you, hand them your phone, and when you need directions, ask your teen to punch in the address. Show your teen that safe driving is the best driving.

If you have a loved one who has been injured in an auto accident in Sacramento County, you will need a lawyer with experience. Call Moseley Collins at (916) 444-4444 for a free consultation.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444

Whenever you see the yellow diamond-shaped sign with two black figures crossing a road, you know you’ve entered a school zone. Typically the speed limit drops, and drivers need to be extra cautious to avoid hitting any parents and children when school is in session.

Are Sacramento School Zones Safe?Whether or not school zones in Sacramento are safe depends almost exclusively on the drivers and the attention to the road. Most research concludes that each year roughly 100 children are killed on their way to or from school, and another 25,000 are injured in accidents around school zones.

Of course, children should be taught how to stop, look and listen when crossing the street, and many school districts employ crossing guards to get children safely across the street. However, neither of those factors excuse a negligent, distracted driver who is speeding through a school zone.

In a recent study that looked at the effectiveness of school zones, researchers looked at over 2,000 accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians and concluded that the most serious collisions happened in mid-block areas, places where no crosswalk or intersection was located. School zones also have higher rates of fatal collisions, but these rates dip as you get farther and farther away from the school zone.

So what can you do to make school zones safer? Follow these tips and school zones will be safer for everyone.

As a driver

If you’re going through a school zone on your way to work or dropping off your own children, there are a few things you should be aware of.

  • California law asks drivers to give the right-of-way to pedestrians when they’re crossing at a legal crosswalk.
  • Speeding through a school zone is highly dangerous and can get you in a lot of trouble.

As you’re approaching a school zone, do your best to remove all distractions from your view and be sure to be extra cautious. Not all children know where to cross the street, and there are some that might try to cut across at another point. If you’re not aware of them, you might hit them.

Take extra precaution and drive a little slower than the speed limit just to be on the safe side. If you were to hit a child while speeding, drive while texting or fail to let the pedestrian have the right-of-way, you might be sued for negligence and be held responsible for damages, which could include hospitals bills and even wrongful death.

As a parent

While there’s no excuse for speeding through a school zone, parents are obligated to teach their children how to safely cross the street.

What to explain:

  • Why it’s so important to cross the street at crosswalks or intersections
  • How to stop, look and listen
  • The importance of looking both ways

It might be harder to make children comprehend how serious auto accidents can be, but regardless, parents should be talking to their children about road safety.

If your child has been hit, he or she is entitled to damages and pain and suffering just as any adult would be. In this case, the child will be appointed a representative, usually the parent, to act on his or her behalf when negotiating a settlement. Most of the time, damages awarded to a child go into a trust, intended for educational purposes, but some funds can also go to pay for medical bills.

You as a parent can also sue for any medical bills, lost wages or potentially pain and suffering, depending on the nature of the accident. Know your rights and next time, drive a little slower through a school zone.

If your child has been hit by a car in Sacramento County, you will need a lawyer with experience. Call Moseley Collins at (916) 444-4444 for a free consultation.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444

How cool would it be to never have to drive your car again? Some people are lucky enough to experience this now. They have chauffeurs or private drivers to handle the task, but what about the regular, average Joes out there? What if you never had to worrying about making your morning commute because your car would simply drive you itself?

Self-driving vehicles are quickly becoming the new frontier of technology, capturing the minds of those in Silicon Valley, but the actual implementation of driverless cars might need to wait a generation or two. In a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 48 percent of Americans said that they would ride in driverless cars. More than half of urban and suburban citizens said they were at least interested in this technology, and a whopping 59 percent of college graduates in the U.S. said they would be willing to give it a try.

Before you know it, seeing a driverless car on the road could become part of your normal routine. You might even own one! Here is what you need to know about the driverless car phenomenon.

Who’s working on it?

There are several companies who are working intensely on this technology and say that driverless cars could hit the markets even within the next few years. Keep an eye on:

  • Google: This technology powerhouse launched its first prototype of the driverless car in 2014 and says it may be used publically within another two or three years.
  • Mobileye: This company has mainly focused on crash avoidance systems in the past, but now their focus is shifting to creating the driverless car itself. By 2018, Mobileye hopes to have its cars on the road.
  • Dailmer (Mercedes-Benz): Dailmer has already showcased quite the achievement: the self-driving semi truck. The company further promises to have a self-driving car out by 2020.

With these thoughts in mind, the steering wheel could become entirely obsolete in just a few short years.

The good and the bad

Other than the obvious advantages, like being able to nap on your way to work, having a driverless could drastically cut down on the number of car accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top three causes of death in relation to driving accidents are distracted driving, speeding a drunk driving (in that order exactly). Driverless cars could possible eliminate each one of these threats and making the roads safer for everyone.

At the moment, however, only five states (including California) allow driverless cars on the road. They are illegal everywhere else. Though the driverless semi truck has been created, it cannot legally drive across the country to make deliveries.

There is also the problem of hackers. As these cars will be able to connect to the Internet, they will be open to hackers as well. The hackers could be going after driver information as well as driving habits, as these will be recorded, and could potentially highjack a car as it is driving you somewhere.

When all is said and done, who will be held responsible for accidents? Will the manufacturers take responsibility for any malfunctions and crashes related to their hardware, or will it be up to the driver to remain alert? How will we decide?

More than likely, new laws will be coming into effect to govern how we handle these types of responsibilities and assign fault to one another. We can only guess what the future will bring.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444