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Whiplash
May 4th, 2009
Lets delve into the accident injury know as whiplash. Whiplash is a nonmedical term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck. It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion. The most frequent cause of whiplash is a car accident. The speed of the cars involved in the accident or the amount of physical damage to the car may not relate to the intensity of neck injury; speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can produce enough energy to cause whiplash in occupants, whether or not they wear seat belts.

These signs and symptoms may occur immediately or minutes to hours after the initial injury; the sooner after the injury that symptoms develop the greater the chance of serious damage.

Neck pain
Neck swelling
Tenderness along the back of your neck
Muscle spasms (in the side or back of your neck)
Difficulty moving your neck around
Headache
Pain shooting from your neck into either shoulder or arm
The best time to call your doctor is immediately after the injury. If the patient cannot determine whether an emergency department visit is needed for the symptoms, then contact the doctor and ask for advice. If the doctor is unavailable at the time of the injury, then call 911 for transport to the emergency department. The risks associated with a possible neck injury are far too great to attempt to diagnose and self-treat. See a doctor and have the patient’s neck braced to keep the head from moving during transport.

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Children Hit By Cars Rising
April 7th, 2009
People have been cautious of children at play for quite some time now. It is the definitive car commercial displaying a car with the safety features to brake sharply or avoid a child dashing across the street. However, a more serious problem over the past couple years has been backing over children who are in blind spots.

Nearly 100 Children were killed and 2,000 injured in 2007 when they were backed over, mostly on residential driveways the National Highway Traffic Safety Council reported.

The report found that 221 people were killed and 14,000 were injured by backing vehicles. Ninety-nine of the deaths and 2,000 injuries were children under 14 years old.

Legislation sponsored by former New York Senator Hilary Clinton will require vehicles to offer additional mirrors, sensor devises and cameras to help reduce blind spots with the intention of reducing the number of these tragic accidents.

Wilshire Law Firm suggests seeking legal council for any back over accident becasue it is almost always the drivers fault for more information call Bobby Saadian (800) 649-998

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Picking a Car for Your Teen
March 31st, 2009

Wilshire Law Firm has seen too many accidents lately involving teenage drivers. It is not always their fault with age comes experience; everything that you do you need time to learn. Top that off with varying degrees of maturity and you have a recipe for disaster. Wilshire Law Firm wants you to keep three important things into mind when trying to purchase a car for your teen.

Size Real Does Means Safety

In an earlier post it was stated that crash tests are done against comparable cars meaning you are not as safe in a small car as you would be in a larger car, even though they have the same crash test rating. That is why you want a car that will not automatically lose in a crash against most other cars.
Also you want a large car but you can get too big as well. SUV’s are not good ideas for teens. These cars are harder to drive and maneuver and if you are buying an older car it has a high probability of flipping when making sudden turns, like reacting in a accident.

Speed Kills

a four-cylinder Honda Civic will still get them anywhere they want to go. The rule of them is zero to 60 in 8 to 11 seconds. Most teenagers will not like this rule but it will keep them safe.

Crashworthiness and Crash Avoidance

While it is common to seek out a used car for a teen driver, keep in mind that a vehicle more than three or four years old is pretty unlikely to have the latest safety equipment. Always keep in mind safety when purchasing a car. Spending a little more on a car with the right features may be worth it in the long run.

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Safest Small Cars on the Road
March 24th, 2009

Due to the rise of gas prices and the overall concern with emissions in Los Angeles many people have started to turn to the compact car to save money and to be a little greener. Wilshire Law Firm has compiled a short list of cars that will keep you safe. When taking about the safety of the passengers small cars are at an inherent disadvantage. When a car receives a five star crash test rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety it is tested against comparable cars. This means that they test with a comparable sized car striking the car. If a larger car or SUV runs into a compact car a much different result will most likely occur. If you decide that fuel efficiency is for you here are some of the top ranked small cars on the road today.

Small cars that rank high on the top 25 safety car list include the Volkswagen golf and Honda Civic which received the top honors. Another safe car in this category includes the Volkswagen Jetta.

If you have been in an accident please contact Bobby Saadian of Wilshire Law Firm

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Safest Cars on the Road Part 1
March 19th, 2009
When going to by a car safety should be an important factor when deciding what to buy because it sure matters to insurance companies. Insurance companies focus on keeping people safe, reducing accidents, and ultimately the amount of money they have to pay out for coverage. So, safe cars are the pick of the litter so to speak for insurance companies. They are so favored, in fact, that insurance companies frequently offer discounts to individuals who buy safe cars resulting in hundreds of dollars in savings each year on premiums. Safe does not mean the car is unattractive or without all the extras you want, so get it out of your head that safe does not equal cool. For the next couple of days I will go over the safest cars in each of the five major categories of cars upscale, compact, mid sized, pickups, and SUV/Minivans.

Upscale cars are known for luxury, but safety is usably a huge concern in these cars and a great amount time and effort is put into making these cars safe. If you are interested in and can afford an upscale car and are also concerned about safety, then you should consider the Audi A4 or perhaps the BMW 330i. The Lexus ES300 also ranked high in the crash tests and overall safety in the upscale sedan category.
These cars will help you become significantly safer on the road. All though it does not ensure safety they are still a much safe way to travel.

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How to Stay Safe After an Accident
March 17th, 2009
When in an accident you may not know what to do immediately after the accident. It is important to be extremely careful and not to panic. The best way to remain calm in these situations is to be knowledge of the proper procedures and to be prepared with all the necessary items.

It is a good idea to have some type of warning mechanism stored in the trunk of your car to alert other drivers to your presence. Emergency flares, cones, or warning triangles are great to have ready in case of an accident. Also make sure you always have a pen and you and your family’s medical information in the car at all times.

What you should do immediately after a motor vehicle accident:

1. Try to stay clam.
2. Check for injuries your health and well being is the most important thing. If you have any concerns about your health call an ambulance. It is always better safe then sorry.
3. If the car is only has minor damage try to pull out of traffic.
4. Make sure your hazards lights are on and if you do have any warning mechanisms, such as flares place them behind your vehicle
5. Make sure to that the police are called along with your insurance agency.
6. Never sign any document unless the police ask you to sign a report.
7. Make notes about damage to all vehicles involved and get drivers license and insurance information from all parties involved
8. Never take fault for the accident or accuse others involved.
9. If you have a camera handy or a camera phone it may be wise to take pictures of the accident if it is safe to do so.
10. If at all possible leave the scene of the accident after the police and other parties
11. Finally, if you believe that other parties were at fault. Contact a personal injury lawyer to make sure you are treated fairly and get the settlement you deserve.

Safety should always be your primary concern if your car is seriously damage do not try to move it and if you are on the highway call the police and do not leave your car until they arrive, unless absolutely necessary.

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What to do After an Accident
March 9th, 2009
When in a car accident the whole situation may seem a bit overwhelming. The shock of being in the accident coupled with the uncertainties that the circumstances cause can be a lot to handle. During this ordeal you probably have a thousand questions running through your mind. Wilshire Law Firm has organized a list of things to keep in mind after an accident. This can help you sort out your thoughts and help you to keep calm during this taxing situation.

• Make sure you tell your doctor and your lawyer about all the injuries and symptoms you may have and always be truthful. No symptom is too small and could actually be an indicator of something far more serious.

• Make sure you do not accept a check or sign a release from an insurance company for the damage to your property unless you are 100% sure what it covers. Insurance companies will sometimes try to get you to release all claims including personal injury when settling your property damage dispute. If you are not certain about the situation please contact an attorney.

• Hiding past accidents or chronic injuries from your lawyer is never a good idea. Insurance companies will have access to information from a central database, so it is important that your lawyer knows everything the insurance company will already know.

• It is a great idea to keep a record of how you feel each day. A dairy of sorts is an excellent way of chronicling exactly how you are feeling and what actions you have taken to aid in your recovery. This diary should contain doctor’s notes, therapy session, medications, and when you are pain limitations. Unless in a catastrophic accident the injured party usually is not completely unable to perform daily tasks. The accident usually affects the duration, quality, or ease of the task, which is way it is important to journal these situations.

• Do not try to tough out the pain. See a doctor or go to the emergency room after an accident. It is important to get treated first and worry about everything else later.

• It is important not to lie about your injuries or the tasks you can no longer perform. Insurance companies have a tendency to try to video tape you to prove you are not as limited as you claim. If you are honest about your injuries simply go about your business and these tapes will only aid in getting you the best settlement possible.

These few tips should not only help you have peace of mind after accident, but help you get the best settlement possible.

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The Safer the Better
March 6th, 2009
Accidents are a frequent occurrence and most times are out of the control of at least one party who is maintaining a safe speed and abiding by all traffic laws. However, even the most cautious of drivers can find themselves in an accident, which is why it is important to take into account the safety rating of cars when deciding to purchase. Be wary of some of the information though because it may be a bit misleading.

Traditionally, crash test ratings have always been the standard for safety measurements. If you will be able to walk away from a serious injury remains an important test of safety. Yet, the results from the Insurance Institute for Highway safety test may be a little misleading. When they give out their ratings tests are done with comparable sized cars. This means compacted cars may not be a safe as you might think.

While the ability to walk away from an accident is always important, the ability to avoid one altogether is another important aspect to keep in mind. Electronic stability control or traction control can prevent slides and fishtailing, This will help you car from rolling over which is one of the most dangerous types of accidents. Your ideal vehicle is one that helps you avoid an accident and protects you well if there is a crash.

There is a ton of information about the safety of cars on the road. The internet has aided in this information boom a great place to start out is IIHS website to get all the latest crash test rating.
An added bonus of picking a car that has a high safety rating and great safety features like electronic stability control is that it can save you a lot of money on car insurance which can either go in your pocket or to make sure you have the best coverage possible.