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What to Do If You Are Injured by a Distracted Driver

Distracted driving can easily lead to an accident. The number of fatalities and injuries caused by these types of accidents is climbing each year. More than 350,000 injuries occur annually from distracted driving accidents. April is distracted driving awareness month promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to bring national awareness to the issue and to get citizens involved to reduce distracted driving and the resulting accidents.

Distracted driving refers to using your phone while driving but it can also be caused by any event that takes your eyes away from the road, even if it is only for a second. If you, or someone you know, has been injured by distracted driving, follow these tips for what to do.

Notify Authorities

The first thing on your mind when getting injured by a distracted driver is to have any emergency needs taken care of. If injuries occurred, someone at the scene needs to dial 911. This will bring EMS care and police officers to the scene.
Injuries should always be treated right away. If you suspect or are concerned about a potential injury, do not decline care at the scene.

Share Information

Everyone involved at the scene should exchange information. This includes names, contact information, automobile information, and insurance details. If there are witnesses nearby, it’s a good idea to get their names and contact details as well.
This could come in handy later if there is a case involved but also for claims processing for injuries and damages.

Document the Scene

You would be surprised how often people forget important details from an accident or even twist the details based on their emotions.

If you are able to do so, try to document the scene right away. Write down what you remember of the accident and as detailed as possible. Take the time to take some photos of the scene as well. This means photos of the vehicles, the damages, injuries, debris, and any other visual aid that might be helpful later when the scene isn’t fresh in your mind.

Contact Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law

Finally, if you or a loved one were injured by a distracter driver, you should hire an experienced accident lawyer at Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law to help you understand your rights to compensation for your injuries.

At Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law, we fight aggressively and passionately to help ensure the best results for you and your family. Attorney Yasmine Djawadian has recovered over $45 million for injured clients and is available 24/7 to recover on your behalf, as well.  You won’t face any legal fees unless you win your case, so go ahead and call our firm today or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

texting and driving

April is distracted driving awareness month in the United States. Did you know that each year, approximately 3,000-5,000 fatalities result from distracted driving? And it’s not just the fatalities that significantly add up — distracted driving results in over 350,000 injuries each year.

Distracted driving awareness month is designed to help bring national awareness to the devastating effects caused by distracted drivers and to get citizens involved in making our roadways safer.

What is Distracted Driving?

The definition of distracted driving is any scenario that distracts the driver’s attention away from the act of driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identifies three different types of distraction that can occur while driving:
For example, texting while driving combines all three distractions outlined above. While texting is one of the most common distractions, there are many other ways to be distracted while driving.
This could be anything like eating, talking to someone in the car, assisting children in the back seat, using navigation, putting on makeup, or even just adjusting the radio.
Little things don’t feel like a distraction but can have awful consequences if you’re not cautious.

Not Worth the Risk

The truth of the matter is that a simple text might take your eyes off the road for as little as a few seconds – but a lot can happen in those few seconds. At 60 miles per hour, your car travels 88 feet per second. That means you would travel an entire football field in just over three seconds.  While in your mind you think that you just barely glanced down, you can travel a significant distance at any speed.
And that’s just texting. When you’re putting on your mascara or eating a taco while driving down the road, you are putting yourself and everyone around you at risk.

Getting Involved

There are many ways to take a stand and proactively work to discourage distracted driving. Here are some examples.

Pledge to Drive Safely

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages drivers to take a pledge to drive safely. The NHTSA pledge asks you to make the commitment to drive phone-free:
Anyone can participate in the pledge. Take a stand for driving safely.

Contact Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, you can count on an experienced personal injury lawyer at Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law to help you understand your rights to compensation for your injuries.
At Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law, we fight aggressively and passionately to help ensure the best results for you and your family. Attorney Yasmine Djawadian has recovered over $45 million for injured clients and is available 24/7 to recover on your behalf, as well.  You won’t face any legal fees unless you win your case, so go ahead and call our firm today or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

Nine Tips for Dealing with Other Driver’s Insurance

Three drivers exchanging insurance information after a car accident.

A car accident can be a scary experience. Once it is over, you will need to call your insurance company to get things in line. Many drivers are unprepared for the next step - the other person’s insurance company will contact you. It is important to be prepared for this call so that they do not trick you into reducing the value of your case or admitting fault.
If you have hired a lawyer, you can ask the insurance representative to contact your lawyer and you can likely avoid this often awkward phone call.  Talk to the experienced personal injury team at Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law to help you manage your case.
Read on to learn about nine tips that can help you deal with the other insurance company. It can be overwhelming, but it’s better to be prepared and know what to expect.

Never Admit Fault

Never admit fault or say that you are sorry. The insurance company’s adjuster is looking for words that indicate fault or an admission of negligence in order to reduce the value of your claim. Don’t say anything that would suggest you were the cause of the accident or that you have remorse for your actions.

Prepare to Write Down Everything Said

If possible, you should jot down every detail in writing during the call. If you cannot write during the call, get to pen and paper afterward and take down everything you remember. Having your record of what happened can keep you from getting tricked by an insurance company. Have proof of the actions you took and the words you said.

Do Not Allow Recording of Your Statement

You should never permit the insurance company to record your statement. There is a high chance that they will try to use your own words against you. The insurance contact should ask, but ensure that they do not record you by clearly asking them not to do so. Avoiding such a recording will help if you mess up your words or recollect details incorrectly.

Ask Who Is Speaking

Know who you are speaking to so you can work with that information later if an issue arises. There are a few things you should ask them and take down on the phone.
You might ask this individual for:
Once you have this information, you can better track your case and have a way to report them if something goes wrong.

Don’t Offer Personal Info

Insurance companies do not need to know all your personal information. There are only a few items that you should give them if they call.
You can share:
You should not give them your employment status or any personal information beyond that. If they push for more, kindly inform them that you do not need to provide these items. This action will prevent anything from being used against you.

Stick With Basic Details

When describing the car crash, stick to the basic details. Do not go into more depth than necessary, as more information may lead to your words being used against you.
You can tell them about:
If they push more, inform them that is all you can share and that the case is pending.

Don’t Discuss Injuries

If asked how you’re feeling, decline to comment. Don’t express that you’re feeling fine or that you’re better than before. Further, don’t comment about your injuries or share any details – especially before you’ve had a full diagnosis from a medical professional, as your diagnosis may be worse than initially perceived.

Don’t Accept Settlement Offer

The initial offer is rarely enough to cover your damages. If they offer you an amount right away, do not take it. By holding out, you can increase the chances that you will get all of your injuries and damages covered.  Car and medical repairs can be costly. Do not get scammed into taking less than you deserve by agreeing to an offer over the phone.

Stay Calm

Lastly, remember to stay calm. These callers are people just as much as you are. Avoiding losing your cool and keep everything cordial for this short call. Being aware of what to expect and using the tips above will help you stay calm and collected, which should help your outcome.

Count on Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law

Dealing with an insurance adjuster is challenging and you don’t want to make any mistakes that could jeopardize your claim. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer at Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law to help you determine the best legal strategy for your case. Then? When the adjuster calls, you can tell them to call your lawyer. We fight aggressively and passionately to help ensure the best results for you and your family. Attorney Yasmine Djawadian has recovered over $45 million for injured clients and is available 24/7 to recover on your behalf, as well.  You won’t face any legal fees unless you win your case, so go ahead and call our firm today or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.


Southern California, specifically San Diego weather rarely seems like winter with peak winter temperature lows averaging a balmy 50°F. Snow and sleet are so rare, we hardly worry about slippery road conditions caused by winter weather. Nonetheless, if you’re headed to the mountains for a ski trip or we get the occasional rain storm - we've compiled a list of winter driving guidelines for all California motorists.

Look Out For Slick Roads

Wet and slick roads can result from even mild winter weather. While ice is the most visible cause of slick roads, the moisture caused by both fresh and melting snow also contributes to their slickness. Braking becomes more difficult when the roadways are wet and slick. In fact, stopping a car on a wet or slick road might take up to ten times longer. As such, leave plenty of room to brake safely and always be aware of your options should an emergency arise.

Beware of Low Visibility

A small snowstorm, sleet storm, or sheet of freezing rain can restrict your visibility in the same way as torrential rains do. You have less time to react to traffic hazards when you can't see them clearly.

Even when it isn't snowing, winter can impair visibility. It's winter, which means it's colder outside your automobile than inside. The air inside the automobile warms up when the heating is turned on (or even when you breathe normally). A foggy windshield can be caused by a temperature difference between the inside and outside. It's even more difficult to see the road through a foggy windshield.

In addition, because winter days are shorter, nighttime begins much earlier. This means more night driving, which limits visibility even further.

Be Cautious of Human Error

While the winter weather is problematic, humans contribute to the risk in a variety of ways. Many folks are simply unprepared to drive in the cold. Worse, some folks who have never understood the fundamentals of winter driving presume they do. This assumption can lead to harmful driver error and automobile wrecks.

Some people, on the other hand, fear driving in snowy circumstances. As a result, some individuals overcorrect by driving excessively slowly. Though they may have excellent intentions, overly cautious techniques like these put others in danger.

Tips to Remember

Drive At The Right Speed

On slick roads, you can easily hydroplane or slide if you drive too fast. To avoid this, the federal government advises drivers to reduce their speed by 1/3 the posted speed limit on wet roads and by 1/2 or more in snowy conditions. By example, if the posted limit is 30 mph, drivers should restrict their speed to 20 mph on wet roads and 15 mph in the snow. Slowing down can assist you in navigating the dangers safely.

Take It Easy

When you need to accelerate on a slick or snowy road, do so carefully to avoid spinning your wheels.  Gently press down on the gas pedal to maintain constant traction with the road until you achieve your desired speed.

Use Your Brakes Correctly

It's not a good idea to slam on the brakes on a slick road, even with anti-lock braking technology. When you come to an abrupt stop on a slick surface, your automobile may spin out of control.

Instead of slamming on the brakes, gently pump them to assist you in properly stopping—constantly checking to confirm that your wheels have continuous traction as you slow down. Anti-lock braking generally works on wet and dry surfaces but may be less effective on snow and ice.  If your automobile has anti-lock brakes, instead of pumping your brakes, you may need to maintain firm pressure. Be sure to confer with your owner's manual for the safest way to brake.

Replace Windshield Wipers Annually

Functional windshield wipers are a critical to allow maximum visibility during snow or rain. Wipers are made of rubber, which is degradable and becomes less effective over time. You should check your wipers regularly and replace them if you notice any damage or excessive wear.

Count on YD Injury Law

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a crash this winter, contact an experienced car accident lawyer at YD Injury Law to determine the best legal strategy for your case. We fight aggressively and passionately to help ensure the best results for you and your family. Attorney Yasmine Djawadian has recovered over $45 million for injured clients and is available 24/7 to recover on your behalf, as well.  You won’t face any legal fees unless you win your case, so go ahead and call our firm today or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

What Do I Do if I am Involved in an Accident in Another State?

The holidays call for seasonal cheer and holiday travel. We want you to stay safe this holiday season and to be able to reach your loved ones in a timely manner. However, increased traffic and winter weather increase the risks of a car accident. Car accidents are stressful enough but can be even more daunting if it occurs in another state. If you find yourself injured in a car accident in another state, here are some things that you should keep in mind.

Things You Should Always Do:

No matter what state your auto accident occurs in, there are a few things that are going to remain the same. Be sure to do the following, just like you would if you were in your home state:

Things to Consider About the State You’re In:

The state in which the accident occurred determines the laws applicable to your case. Depending on what state you’re from, you may be familiar with tort regulations or no-fault regulations. Tort insurance is a system in which drivers seek compensation from the other party that caused the accident.

On the other hand, there are also no-fault states. No-fault insurance is a system where drivers are required to purchase liability insurance. This liability insurance is used to cover their own and their passengers’ bodily injuries and property damage. The state that your accident occurs in makes a big difference in your auto accident case. If you have questions, speak with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer for clarification.

Personal Injury Claims vs. Lawsuits

While insurance claims can be filed and negotiated from anywhere, personal injury lawsuits are filed in the state in which the accident occurred. This means that the statute of limitations of that state will apply to the time you have to file a case. It is crucial that you file a case within the state’s timeline or you risk losing your claim. Consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to be able to discuss and file a lawsuit in a timely manner.

 

We hope that your holiday plans go smoothly, but things happen. If you find yourself injured due to an automobile accident in a different state, contact an experienced Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law accident attorney for help. You can work with a lawyer in the state where the accident occurred or if you prefer, you may elect to hire a lawyer in your home state who will collaborate with a lawyer in the state where the accident happened, often at no additional cost to you. We prioritize you and your safety.

When you need the best San Diego Personal Injury Attorney contact the Law Offices of Yasmine Djawadian.
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