Saturday, March 17, 2012

Grand Avenue Exit Curb Not Avoidable If Not Labeled At Night

Did you crash on Grand Avenue 210 Eastbound, at night?? If so, do not believe your insurance company that you are at fault because you were the driver. The road was not designed properly to allow a driver at night to stop because, the object of impact was a curb, and.....

no objects shorter than 1080 mm (3.5 ft.) would be lit by the headlights at 425 ft. Therefore, there is not adequate stopping sight distance at night for any objects shorter than 1080 mm (3.5 ft.).” Which in this case is the curb.

“The driver cannot see a 0.5 ft. object until he/she is 275 ft. away, with a required stopping sight distance of 425 ft. The travel time of 3.7 sec. to the object is less than the required maneuvertime of 4.5 sec. to avoid the object.” pg 27. Thus, if travel time is less than maneuvertime, an impact will occur.

Therefore, at 55mph at night, the minimum Stopping Sight Distance in this situation is 425ft, yet the object would remain unseen until it was 275ft away, thus causing an impact.  

Did you see a sign, at 425 ft, telling you a curb was approaching? Hurry! You only have 6 months to file a claim with "The California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB),"
which they will deny you, but then you can go to the regular court and battle.   

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