The Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell, III wishes all of you warm Seasons Greetings and safe travel throughout the holidays. The interstates, highways and roads of Southern California are quite crowded this time of year, and the nature of our “start and stop” traffic is not familiar to many visitors in the area. This, combined with holiday related celebrations and drivers who may cause an accident while driving under the influence, leads to a significant increase in accidents that result in injuries throughout Orange County, the Inland Empire, and the highways that connect them. It is a season to be extra mindful when driving to make certain that you are not distracted by cell phone use for texting or emailing. I have served many accident victims throughout my 40+ year career, and I share these thoughts from extensive experience. It’s not about reducing your travel or your holiday activities. Enjoy time
The Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell, III wishes everyone a safe and happy 2016! After more than 40 years of experience serving Southern California for accident and injury cases, I have a few recommendations for the coming year: Contact your auto insurance agent and ensure that your Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist or UM/UIM coverage is increased to the maximum level permitted under your policy. UM/UIM is some of the least expensive insurance a person can buy, and yet is some of the most practical and useful insurance one can carry. UM/UIM protects you when your car is damaged or you are injured by a person who either has no insurance or carries the state minimum amount of car insurance. The simple value of cars today, and the expense of repairs makes this a sound strategy. UM/UIM coverage also provides money to cover the cost of your own injuries including medical expenses
The notoriously congested 91 freeway between Orange County and Riverside County will be closed on both its eastbound and westbound lanes from February 19 through February 22. The closure of the 91 freeway in Riverside County is scheduled for a massive makeover to allow for the building of a bridge over Maple Street in Riverside. The freeway will be closed during off-peak hours, so that hopefully it will be open around the dominant commuter times. Regardless, the construction is expected to significantly delay traffic in and around the 91 freeway in Riverside County. The 91 freeway is notorious for having some of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the entire state of California. The 91 freeway is the main gateway between Orange and Riverside Counties. Accordingly, many daily commuters must travel through this vein in order to commute to work everyday. Along with the bottleneck congestions, this freeway has frequent accidents
This past week, the city of Laguna Beach in Orange County announced they would take part in Vision Zero. Vision Zero is a national campaign with the goal to help communities eliminate all traffic, bicycle, and pedestrian fatalities to zero. This campaign was founded in the progressive country of Sweden, which is also a country with high pedestrian and cycling traffic. Unfortunately, the growing trend in Orange County cities including Laguna Beach, has been an upward report in the number of bicycle and pedestrian traffic accidents. In the past year, there were 17 bicyclists that were fatally killed in the county. On average, Orange County has had 12 bicycle traffic deaths per year. The number of pedestrian traffic accidents has also seen an increase, although the population increases of cities in Orange County cannot be discounted in the increase number of accidents as well. In order to try to prevent accidents, and as
For the past decade or so, Riverside has been one of the fastest growing counties in California and that population growth has likewise increased the number of commuters, and car accidents that have occurred within the county. The major highway that traverses Riverside County is the 91 freeway and it is the main freeway artery that many commuters must travel through daily on their way to work. All of this congestion has led to a major increase in the number of car accidents that occur. Unfortunately, due to additional construction to the 91 freeway, they are planning on closing stretches of the 91 freeway in Corona at night. These night freeway closures will create additional traffic, and congest alternate freeways. This increased congestion will likely cause an increase in automobile accidents for commuters that take alternative routes. The first thing people think of when they are involved in an automobile
Have you been injured in an accident? Contact Orange County attorney Rivers J. Morrell at (949)305-1400 for a free consultation.