Sweeney, Sweeney & Sweeney, APC
Request free consultation
Local951-331-3277
Personal injury attorneys serving Temecula and surrounding communities.

Your Local Personal Injury Lawyers

Temecula Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

What you should know about drunk drivers during the holidays

The holiday season is not always a joyful time of year. Because of drunk drivers, it can be deadly. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are hundreds of drunk driving accidents during the holidays every year. It is absolutely crucial to educate yourself and be careful during the holidays because of the severity of alcohol-related car crashes.

Despite the fact that the holiday season should be a time of giving and thinking about others, some people drive drunk and put you and your loved ones in danger. Here are a few facts you should know about drunk driving collisions during the holidays. 

When a car crash results in severe burns

As a California motorist, you know that accidents happen all too frequently on our crowded highways and freeways. Some of the most brutal ones involve vehicles that burst into flame on impact or immediately thereafter. Should you ever become a victim of one of these fiery crashes, your face an extremely high risk of receiving catastrophic burns

Given the enclosed space of your car and the number of things in it that can catch fire and/or become hot enough to burn, you could suffer all four types of burns as follows:

  1. Scald burns resulting from your body coming into contact with your vehicle’s hot liquids such as gasoline or even extremely hot coffee
  2. Thermal burns resulting from your body coming into contact with the flames themselves or one of your vehicle’s hot interior surfaces
  3. Electrical burns resulting from your body coming into contact with one of your vehicle’s electrical wires or a downed power line
  4. Chemical burns resulting from your body coming into contact with one of your vehicle’s caustic fluids such as oil, antifreeze, or transmission or steering fluid

Do you need uninsured motorist coverage?

Owning a car and having insurance go hand in hand for most drivers. After all, it is illegal to drive a car without insurance. However, in the state of California one out of seven drivers is either not insured or underinsured. There are many reasons why drivers may choose not to buy car insurance, with cost being one of the most significant, but this complicates the situation if an uninsured or underinsured driver causes a car accident

Do you need uninsured motorist coverage?

Owning a car and having insurance go hand in hand for most drivers. After all, it is illegal to drive a car without insurance. However, in the state of California drivers is either not insured or underinsured. There are many reasons why drivers may choose not to buy car insurance, with cost being one of the most significant, but this complicates the situation if an uninsured or underinsured driver causes a car accident.

Who pays after an accident?

Why you should act immediately if you are injured in an accident

If you are the victim in an accident with a negligent driver, one of the most crucial things to keep in mind is that time is of the essence. You need to act fast.

This may not be easy, especially if you have suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident. However, under California law, the clock starts ticking from the time you suffer your injury, so it is important to take action as soon as possible.

Sleeping and driving do not mix

It seems as if sleep-deprivation is an American way of life. Between managing career and family responsibilities, you probably do not get as much sleep as you should. It is important to understand that addressing sleep deprivation is not as simple as grabbing a cup of coffee or two before heading to work. The safety of you and other Californians may be at stake when people drive on too little sleep.

Recent studies on drowsy driving in America have unearthed statistics that you may find concerning. Out of thousands of adult drivers polled, 60 percent admitted that during the past month, they had driven drowsy at least once. Additionally, 37 percent said they had fallen asleep while driving before, and 4 percent said they had either been in a car accident or had a near miss due to driving drowsy.

Don't wait. Get the medical treatment you need after an accident.

If you were injured in a car accident that wasn't your fault, you are likely facing a variety of legal and medical challenges.

As you try to recover from your injury, the importance of getting proper medical treatment cannot be overstated. Following are the basic and most important reasons for you to get the specific medical care you need.

Understanding the Triple Threat of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a huge problem in today's world, and far too often, driver distraction leads to serious injuries on California roads. A combination of driver education, increased law enforcement and recognition of individual responsibilities is needed to combat this growing problem.

Put simply, there are three main types of distracted driving, and understanding how drivers become distracted is one step toward preventing crashes. Keep in mind, too, that the three types of distraction can occur simultaneously, posing an even higher risk of a collision.

Are You Following California's Car Seat Laws?

As a parent, your greatest responsibility is the welfare of your children. Because there is so much out of your control, it is your job to do what is in your power to keep your kids safe. One of the most important places to follow safety rules is on the road, especially when it comes to using car seats. Do not let inconvenience tempt you to be lax, because properly securing your children can save their lives or prevent injury in an accident. Know the laws and follow them.

This Thanksgiving, Southern California to See Highest Traffic Levels Since 2007

For people across the U.S., the holiday season means not only spending time with family and friends -- but also lots of traveling.

In fact, according to AAA SoCal, about 3.14 million people will be hitting the roads in Southern California to go home for Thanksgiving. That number represents a 3.4 percent increase from last year.