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Victorville is the fifth most populous city in the San Bernardino county, with more than 121,000 people. It has two major highways: Route 66 and Interstate 15. Victorville has several popular tourist attractions: Veteran’s Memorial, Spring Valley Lake and Rock Faces, which are non-prehistoric petroglyphs.

Car accidents in Victorville are on the rise. From 2013 to 2014, there were increases in all areas. In 2013, there were eight accidents and eight fatalities. Those numbers doubled in 2014, with 16 for each category. Most of the fatal accidents occurred in the Mountain View Acres area. Pedestrian accidents also increased from two to three.

San Bernardino County single-vehicle crash fatalities have increased from 125 to 160 from 2010 to 2014. From 2010-2012, there were 77 fatalities caused by speed each year. That number jumped to 92 in 2013, then decreased slightly to 89 in 2014. Light truck occupant fatalities dropped from 76 in 2010 to 47 in 2013, then rose to 62 in 2014. Passenger car occupant fatalities had the opposite trend, with numbers rising from 72 to 108 from 2010 to 2013 and then dropping to 87 in 2014.

While motorcycles can be fun to drive, they are also very dangerous. From cars to extreme weather conditions to debris to potholes, there are many elements on a roadway that pose a danger to motorcyclists.

In San Bernardino County in 2014, there were 50 fatalities to motorcyclists. This number has increased every year since 2010. In fact, from 2010 to 2014, the number of fatalities almost doubled, from 26 to 50. On the positive side, helmet use has been steady. Of the 50 fatalities, 45 were wearing a helmet.

Victorville is working hard to become bicycle-friendly, especially since many neighboring cities have already made huge strides in this area. The city has many bike trails in the area. In addition, Victorville has been adding many bike lanes over the past few years. In the next five years, it hopes to add 46 more miles of bike lanes. Of this, 42 miles will be striped lanes next to driving lanes. The remainder will consist of separate bike paths and routes to be shared with motor vehicles.

Despite the many improvements, bicycle accidents will no doubt continue to happen, although hopefully they will decrease. From 2013 to 2014, bicycle fatalities dropped from 10 to nine in San Bernardino County. This number is still higher than 2010-2012, when there were seven, five and seven fatalities, respectively.

Dog Bites

When it comes to dog bite law, California is a strict liability state. This means that the owner is liable for any damages caused by dog bites that occur in when the victim is in a public place and when the victim is legally in a private place, such as a home. However, if the victim was trespassing or otherwise unlawfully on private property when the dog bite occurred, then the dog owner is not liable. San Bernardino County has one breed-specific ordinance. Because they are deemed dangerous, all pit bulls must be sterilized.

Dog bites are fairly common – they tend to occur several times a year in Victorville – but thankfully, fatalities are rare. When they do occur, they tend happen to children and seniors, since they are less able to defend themselves. Dog bites tend to occur on the face, chest, stomach, arms and legs. Dog bites can cause severe scarring that sometimes requires surgery.

Premises Liability

premises-liability

According to California law, if a visitor is invited onto a person’s property and suffers an injury while on the property, the property owner may be at fault. This is the general premise of premises liability law. Certain incidents that qualify under this law include injuries suffered through dangerous conditions, inadequate maintenance, inadequate security and slip and fall accidents.

Dangerous conditions would include potholes that the visitor could step into. If there are holes on the property, the visitor must be warned verbally or via signage. If there was debris blocking entry to the property, that would qualify as a dangerous condition as well.

Inadequate maintenance refers a yard not being maintained and causing an accident. For example, overgrown bushes or fallen trees could cause an accident. If there are steps leading to the front door and one of the steps breaks and causes the visitor to fall, this would be a maintenance issue.

Inadequate security refers to insufficient lighting and other elements that can make a visitor prone to being a victim of criminal activity. This refers mainly to landlords and business owners, since they have the duty to ensure safety of their properties. If a place of business or apartment complex has had a lot of criminal activity recently and nothing is done to remedy the situation, then any victims of subsequent crimes on the property may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit.

Slip and fall accidents are fairly self-explanatory. If a visitor slips on ice, a puddle of water or other substance on the ground, and suffers injuries as a result, then the homeowner can be held liable.

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