Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney for My Car Accident Case?

Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney for My Car Accident Case?

Each year thousands of people are involved in car accidents throughout the state of California. While some of these are minor, many are serious accidents that result in personal injury and severe monetary loss from medical bills, lost income, and other damages. While anyone has the right to file a personal injury claim on their own, it is advisable for people to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in car accidents. A seasoned attorney understands all the procedural rules, laws, and other nuances that surround a car accident case, and has experience going up against big auto insurance companies. By working with a qualified attorney, you can rest assured knowing you have a partner to go to bat for you in court who has your best interests…
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Top 5 Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Top 5 Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents happen when a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, and serious injuries, or in some cases death, occurs. Tragically, pedestrian accidents are a common occurrence throughout the state of California, with thousands of people suffering from injuries and emotional trauma each year. There are several factors that can lead to a pedestrian accident with the most common being: Electronics Usage: When drivers or pedestrians are texting, listening to music, or talking on the phone, their inattentiveness can lead to accidents. These kind of distractions are one of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents. Impaired Driving: Drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol are unable to respond to sudden changes as quickly as sober drivers. For this reason, impaired driving can lead to serious accidents and in many…
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Wrongful Death 101: Most Frequent Causes of Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death 101: Most Frequent Causes of Wrongful Death

We understand the pain and anguish that accompanies the death of a loved one. That loss is made all the more painful when another person is at fault. If you have lost a family member as a result of another’s actions, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit. In personal injury law, wrongful death is when a person dies due to the negligent or dangerous behavior of another. The spouse or relatives of that person are entitled to compensation for their loss. If you want to reach a just settlement for your loss, you’ll need the help of an experienced California personal injury attorney. Wrongful death claims can cover a wide variety of situations. If you have lost a family member to one of the following reasons,…
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What are the Different Types of Medical Malpractice?

What are the Different Types of Medical Malpractice?

Have you been injured or suffered damages because of negligent medical care? A common problem that patients across California face each year is medical malpractice. While hospitals and healthcare facilities should spell help for those in need, medical professionals can make errors which can impact a patients’ health for the rest of their lives. Medical malpractice can occur in several ways including, but not limited to: Surgical and anesthesia errors: During surgery there are several errors that can occur including damage to organs, incorrect incisions, and even wrong site surgery. If a patient is given too little or too much anesthesia, it can cause long-term side effects and disability. Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis: Treatment for any condition is only effective when it is designed to relieve specific symptoms. If…
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Dog Bites 101: Teaching Your Children Safety around Dogs

Dog Bites 101: Teaching Your Children Safety around Dogs

Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the U.S., with nearly half of all Americans having at least one in their homes. Dogs are a familiar site throughout neighborhoods and parks, and while many of these furry creatures are sociable and friendly, there are some dogs with aggressive tendencies. The problem is it is often hard to make the distinction between these two types of dogs, especially for children. To prevent dog bites, and ensure the well-being of your children, it is important to teach your children how to be safe around dogs, whether the dog belongs to the neighbor or is your own family pet. The most important dog safety tips you can teach your children include: Always ask before approaching a dog: Children, and adults, should…
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Infotainment Systems and Distracted Driving: A Leading Cause of Auto Accidents

To the north of the Inland Empire is the heart of today’s technological advances, Silicon Valley. It is there where many of today’s modern tech luxuries have been born, the most prominent being smartphones and their vast array of apps. Many teenagers and young adults can’t imagine life without the products that these tech companies have produced. Even for older consumers, life before Siri and Facebook seems like a distant memory. However, the increased proliferation of smartphones and other mobile technology has had a dangerous side effect, which is an increase in distracted driving. More and more vehicles today are being equipped with infotainment systems that are merging popular smartphone features with cars. Since 2014, all GM cars have had the option to include 4G LTE, a feature that can connect up to…
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The Catastrophic Bus Accident Was Only the Beginning

Reckless driving ends in disaster A three-day bus tour ended in tragedy. E-World Travel and Tours had organized a trip that would leave Manhattan, stop at Niagara Falls and then head down south through Pennsylvania and Washington DC. The bus broke down in upstate New York. When the replacement bus showed up, the driver, Jinli Zhao, told the tour guide that he was already “very tired” and said that continuing to drive would push him well beyond the daily hour limit. Despite this, the tour had a very tight schedule and Allan Ge, the tour guide, said that there was “nothing he could do.” They took off right away. Mr. Zhao drove so recklessly that he scared many of the passengers. He regularly sped up, slammed on his brakes and cut…
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Big Rigs Are Big Rigs; Pay Attention Out There

You’re motoring along a San Bernardino County road when you notice that the truck ahead of you looks as long as a city block. It’s not your imagination. It is as long as a city block. But it is in the slow lane. Whew. But wait - is it wobbling into your lane with no directional flashing? Or that it your imagination? Your worry is understood. In 2015, large trucks were involved in more than 400,000 accidents, resulting in more than 4,000 deaths and 116,000 injuries, according to AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety - a nonprofit research organization. That is a four percent increase from the previous year. But according to a study by Leveraging Large Truck Technology and Engineering Safety Gains, in conjunction with AAA, adding advanced safety technology has the potential to…
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Fall Down Accidents and Car Crash Risk

Do adults involved in fall down accidents face increased car accident risks? For older adults, experiencing a fall can be a traumatic and costly experience- leading to a life turned upside-down due to physical limitations and emotional repercussions. But if recent research is any indication, a slip, trip or fall resulting in even the most minor of injuries can leave accident victims facing drastically increased risk of being involved in a car accident, putting themselves and others in danger. While no accident victim should feel that their injuries limit their freedom, it’s critical for them to remain aware of the repercussions of their injuries when stepping behind-the-wheel. A failure to do so may not only put others on the road at risk, but can also lead to lengthy legal repercussions if…
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Bicycle Safety Whether on Streets or Paths

You ride your bicycle for the health of it. Or to do your part for the environment. Maybe you ride just for fun. The weather in Southern California is great for cyclists. With new bike lanes being added as part of many urban infrastructure updates, and the wide varieties of rural options for rolling along, it’s easy to feel like a kid again. But bicycling isn’t just kid stuff. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, a coalition of state roadway safety officers, 88 percent of bicyclists killed in motor-vehicle crashes in 2015 were adults. The average age of victims was 45, and the majority of fatal bike crashes – 72 percent – took place on the roadway rather than at intersections. Most common factors in fatal bicycle accidents The most…
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San Clemente May Soon See More Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars are still a novel sight in many California towns, but they are positioned to become prevalent on American roads. The Verge reports that a House subcommittee is marking up a package of legislation related to autonomous vehicles. This seemingly standard procedure is part of a larger national discussion on vehicle safety. Yet, with nearly ninety-four percent of accidents being caused by driver error, it is difficult to say that self-driving cars are the more dangerous option. When a victim is injured in a car accident - whether due to driver error or malfunction of an autonomous vehicle - he or she has legal rights which must be protected. An experienced San Clemente car accident attorney can help injury victims secure the legal compensation to which they are entitled. Why Fears of Self-Driving…
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San Clemente Injuries, Deaths a Risk in Electrified Pools

A dip in the pool is one of the best ways to cool down in the blaze of a Southern California summer. However, there is the potential for death or serious personal injury if the pool into which you dive or wade is electrified. As our San Clemente personal injury lawyers well know, this in turn could spur an injury lawsuit, potentially predicated on the legal theories of premises liability or product liability. It will depend on whether the pool or its components were inherently dangerous as designed or manufactured, or whether it came down to a property owner maintenance issue. Girl Dies in Pool Electrocution Calls to improve pool safety have grown in the wake of a 17-year-old lifeguard death in North Carolina. The high school senior reportedly jumped in the…
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Avoiding Car Accidents While on Road Trip Vacation

We prepare for a lot of things when we embark on a vacation destination, though a car accident isn't usually one of them. Maybe it should be. San Clemente, also known as the Spanish Village by the Sea, is a West Coast tourist destination year-round. But travel in Southern California is rarely a breeze, at least when it comes to the roads. AAA estimates holiday travel has climbed steadily in recent years, with 2017 Memorial Day travel numbers at an estimated 39.3 million - the highest since 2005. More cars on the road, of course, means more car accidents. Four people died recently in a California highway crash two hours east of San Clemente, near Joshua Tree National Park, when they collided with a big rig head-on. The accident resulted in an explosion that rocked the…
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Orange County Dog Bites Exceed National Average

In a country where approximately 44 percent of all households have at least one dog for a pet (per the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), there are bound to be encounters that result in bites. A recent study indicates Orange County has an out-sized number of dog bite injuries.  The Orange County Register recently reported there are more than four bites a day, on average, in Orange County. Per year, that amounts to 1,500 dog bite injuries. That is probably a low-ball estimate too, considering it only covers reports made to Mission Viejo Animal Services, which covers five cities, as well as the Orange County Animal Control, which covers just 14 of the county's 34 cities. The number of bites is alarming, and it also underscores…
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Accident Risk Higher Among Young Millennial Drivers

A traffic accident in California recently took the lives of three people in their 20's and led to the hospitalization of a fourth young person, according to KTLA 5. The young adults were in the car on the way to celebrate the birthday of one of the passengers when the roll-over accident happened. The car was traveling in a westbound direction when the driver lost control and the vehicle went off the road. Authorities say excessive speed was a contributing cause of the accident. Unfortunately, this scenario is far too common. Speed is a factor in many car accidents involving young millennials. Research has shown that drivers within the ages of 19 to 24 are actually the most likely of all drivers to speed and engage in other high-risk behaviors behind…
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Preventing Common Motorcycle Accidents in Pomona, CA

Motorcycle accidents result in $12 billion in costs and losses each year throughout the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Motorcycle riders face a serious risk of being hurt or killed in a crash. It is important for motorcyclists to understand the risks they face on the road. Drivers of passenger cars and trucks also need to know how their actions can impact the safety of motorcycle riders, so drivers can exercise caution and try to protect motorcyclists from collisions. One of the best ways to reduce motorcycle accidents is to understand how and when this type of accident occurs.  One big thing to be aware of is that there are more motorcycle crashes on rural roads than there were 20 years ago. CDC reports that close to half of all…
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If an Autopilot System Causes a Car Crash in Pomona, Who is to Blame?

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently ended an investigation into a fatal car accident. This investigation was unlike any other, because its purpose was to determine what happened in a deadly motor vehicle accident involving the autopilot system of a Tesla car. NHTSA concluded its investigation with a warning that even when a car is operating with an autopilot system, drivers still must pay careful attention to the road around them. The case raises interesting questions, especially in light of NHTSA's admonition to drivers that they cannot just rely solely on an autopilot system when they are in a self-driving car. This is a question on which the law will evolve on over the next several years as self-driving cars become more common. Because of the complexity associated with…
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Who is Responsible for Accidents Caused By Faulty GPS Maps?

Today, many drivers rely on GPS devices or on apps on their phone that provide directions. These maps provide turn-by-turn directions and motorists can follow the computer-assisted guidance to get to their destinations.  Unfortunately, sometimes these maps lead people into dangerous places. When they do, questions arise regarding who is to blame if something goes wrong and injury occurs. With the rise of self-driving cars, which will depend upon mapping apps to tell them where to go, there will be even more issues in the future related to liability when something goes wrong with a map. In any of these cases, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to provide appropriate legal guidance regarding who is at fault. Most map devices and GPS devices have clear disclaimers that…
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Prevent Holiday Accidents in Your San Bernadino County Home During the Holidays

Your home should be filled with holiday cheer, but the fun can come to an end quickly if someone is hurt or even killed. The holidays are a joyous time, yet a dangerous one, as there are risks of robberies and injuries due to crowd control issues in malls. The holidays also mean increased risks of auto accidents with so many travelers on the road. While you may want to hole up in your house, enjoy your family and be safe this holiday season, sadly you cannot be sure that there aren't lurking dangers inside of your home's walls. You need to know how holiday accidents happen, so you can do everything possible to try to prevent a problem. There are some very real and potentially fatal risks in most homes around the…
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Why Stores Need Adequate Security During the Holiday Shopping Season

Those who own or rent properties are responsible for making sure those facilities are safe, especially when owners or renters are doing commercial business out of the building. For example, retail store owners need to ensure their premises is safe for customers inside and outside of their store. This is important year round, but it can be especially essential during Black Friday and during other big holiday shopping days like Christmas Eve. Stores are expected to take all reasonable steps necessary to provide security for the safety of guest who come to shop. This means stores should inspect their premises on a routine basis in order to identify possible hazards, which the store should then correct if possible or should warn visitors about if no correction is feasible. Identifying hazards includes…
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Choosing a Halloween Costume That Reduces the Risk of Pedestrian Accidents

Nine in 10 parents say their kids will participate in Halloween activities, according to Safe Kids. For 73 percent of children, this means going trick-or-treating.  While trick-or-treating should be fun, it can also be risky for children because there is a rise in the number of kids who get hit by cars on Halloween night. The costume a child wears can have some impact on the risk of Halloween pedestrian accidents, so parents should make certain they make rules on costume safety and should consider trying to steer their kids to the safest options. Of course, no matter what kids wear, irresponsible drivers can still cause accidents. Motorists are often to blame for Halloween accidents and should be held accountable if they harm pedestrians. Pedestrian accidents can happen if drivers don't see kids…
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Preventing San Gabriel Valley Truck Accidents with Speed Limiters

The speed at which commercial trucks drive makes a big impact on the severity of truck accidents. Because high-speed collisions are so much riskier than crashes at slower speeds, Department of Transportation (DOT) is arguing for speed limiters to be required on commercial trucks. Speed limiters would also save on fuel, but the expense of using these limiters is estimated to be around $1.5 billion due to drivers being on the road longer, according to The Hill. The Hill indicates the DOT wants to impose a 60 mile per hour speed limit for trucks, which is lower than the current limit in many areas. DOT, in connection with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is also proposing the mandated installation of automatic speed limiters. DOT rules indicate the speed limiter devices they wish…
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5 Ways Human Bodies Weren’t Designed to Survive Car Crashes

Meet Graham. He is "the only person to survive our roads." Graham was created by a group of specialists: a road safety engineer, a trauma surgeon and a 3D artist; in conjunction with Australian government road safety agencies. Their goal was to imagine how a human body would have to evolve to be able to withstand the force of a car accident and to show us just how susceptible we are to injury as drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. There are a few big differences between Graham and ourselves. Here are five ways Graham's body has evolved to survive a vehicle collision: 1. Brain A thin layer of cerebrospinal fluid is the only thing separating our brain from our skull. In a serious car accident, our brain can collide with the skull that is supposed to…
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Two Fatal Pedestrian Accidents Underscore the Need for Road Safety

Recently, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported on two male pedestrians who died in local accidents. California, along with three other states, accounts for 42 percent of nationwide pedestrian deaths, according to Governors Highway Safety Association. These fatalities are an important reminder that both drivers and pedestrians need to ensure they are being careful on the roadways at all times. Fatal Pedestrian Accidents a Tragic Reminder to Put Safety First According to the report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the first incident happened at 9:00 PM on a Thursday evening and occurred on Azusa Avenue, just to the south of Fairgrove Ave. The pedestrian killed in this incident was 62 years old. West Covina police said he was moving across several lanes of traffic when he was struck by a southbound sedan…
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California Motorcycle Accident Fatalities Can Happen to Anyone

Law enforcement officers know the rules of the road and the importance of road safety, perhaps better than anyone. Unfortunately, one California law enforcement officer was killed recently in a motorcycle accident. The officer was off-duty at the time of the incident, which was reported on by the LA Times. He was just 25-years-old when he was killed. The deputy was riding his motorcycle in the afternoon along with a second motorcycle when the incident happened. They were riding east of the 15 freeway when a 57-year-old woman exited a shopping center shortly before 4:30 PM. She was in a white Ford sedan, which came into the path of the two motorcycle riders. The off-duty officer's motorcycle hit the Ford sedan and then crashed into a Volkswagen Beetle traveling in a west…
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How Do Upland, CA Rear-End Accidents Happen?

A 62-year-old California motorist was killed recently when his 1998 Toyota Corolla was rear-ended by a pickup truck driven by a 43-year-old motorist. Press Enterprise reports the 62-year-old motorist who was rear-ended died at the scene of the accident. It is not uncommon for people to die or to sustain serious injuries because of rear-end accidents. Victims or their families should be compensated if they can prove the other driver caused the rear-end collision. For victims, understanding why a crash happened can make all the difference in terms of being compensated.  However, all motorists should know the top causes of rear-end crashes so they can avoid engaging in high risk behavior. How Rear-End Collisions Happen Rear-end accidents usually happen when one car doesn't respect the space of another car. Drivers shouldn't follow right behind…
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Proposal Would Require Ignition Interlock Device for Convicted Drunk Drivers

Drunk driving has long been a scourge throughout the Inland Empire. As an attorney for victims, Brian Brandt has seen first-hand the devastating consequences of driving while intoxicated. He has represented families who have grieved the loss of loved ones. He's fought for people who have been seriously injured in accidents caused by drivers who made the reckless choice to drink and then get behind the wheel. These are senseless tragedies. That's why Brian believes strongly in taking aggressive measures to stop drunk drivers. A proposed ignition interlock device law is one such measure that's gaining traction among lawmakers. Since 2010, four pilot counties in the state have required anyone convicted of drunk driving to install the device. In April 2016, a state Senate committee approved a bill that would expand…
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Impact of Increased Efforts to Identify High-Risk Truck Drivers Nationwide on Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley

Introduction The following article analyzes the potential impact of increased efforts to identify dangerous commercial truck drivers nationwide on motorists in the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley regions of Southern California. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently changed its definition of what constitutes a "high risk" truck driver. The change was made in an effort to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by drivers with commercial driver licenses (CDL). Additional federal mandates have been enacted to reduce accidents involving commercial trucks, including requiring all commercial vehicles to be equipped with electronic logging devices (ELD) that track a driver's Hours of Service (HOS) starting in December 2017. However, an organization representing more than 160,000 independent, commercial truck drivers has filed a lawsuit against the requirement to…
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Pedestrian Accidents Are Out of Control in Los Angeles County

Other Southern California counties are also among the nation's most dangerous According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Los Angeles County is by far the most dangerous place in the country for pedestrians. A new analysis published by the Auto Insurance Center showed that Los Angeles County had more pedestrian fatalities than any other in 2014 - and by a huge margin. LA County's 281 deaths nearly tripled the number of fatalities in second-place Maricopa County, the home of Phoenix, Arizona. San Diego and San Bernardino also ranked in the top six. Given that Los Angeles is well-known for its heavy traffic and is the second-largest city in America, it is perhaps unsurprising that the city has such a high rate of pedestrian accidents. Hit-and-run drivers, an epidemic in…
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Are Federal Regulators Doing Enough to Prevent Los Angeles Truck Accidents?

In the first nine months of 2015, there was a 9.3 percent increase in traffic deaths compared with the prior year. According to Consumer Affairs, estimates suggest 26,000 people were killed in collisions over this nine month period, compared with 23,796 deaths in car accidents over the first nine months of 2014. Nationwide, the increase in fatalities ranged anywhere from two percent more deaths in 2015 to 20 percent more deaths in 2015 compared with in 2015. Federal safety regulators indicate driver behavior is the reason why more crashes are happening. Some safety experts also indicate federal agencies should be doing more, including implementing a nationwide Vision Zero policy aimed at reducing traffic fatalities to zero. One such safety organization is called AnnaLeaha and Mary for Truck Safety. It was founded after…
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Unmanned Aircraft System Crashes

Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that an 11-month-old baby, while being pushed in a stroller by her mother on the sidewalks of Pasadena, was allegedly injured when a drone crashed into her. The baby suffered a large contusion on her forehead and a cut on the side of her head. The owner of the drone claims he lost control of the unmanned aircraft. Drone hobbyists are everywhere. Last year there were a series of well-publicized incidents where drones landed on the White House lawn. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for making rules and regulations for the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), multirotors, or drones. FAA Rules and Regulations Regarding UAS Operating a drone or an UAS for hobby or recreation purposes is…
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Getting Medical Bills Paid After a Rear-End Crash in Los Angeles

In the state of California, $4.48 billion in motor vehicle crash costs were incurred over the course of a year, including $38 million in actual medical costs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate occupants of motor vehicles experienced the largest financial losses. Motor vehicle occupants alone suffered $966 million in losses due to car crashes. Many of these losses happened in rear-end collisions. After a rear-end accident happens, it is very important victims understand what their rights are. Too many collision victims don't know how they'll pay for all of the medical bills associated with crash injuries- especially if they don't have health insurance or if their deductibles and co-pays are too high.  The good news is, if another driver caused the collision to occur, you should be able to get all costs covered for all…
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Los Angeles T-Bone Accidents Cause Brain Injury Risks

T-bone or side impact crashes are disproportionately deadly. The Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine reports one study of collisions revealed side-impact accidents accounted for 19 percent of accidents but 32 percent of fatalities. Not only are T-bone accidents more likely to be fatal, but recent research also suggests these crash types are more likely than other car crashes to cause traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is one of the most serious injuries a person can face, as a brain injury can affect all areas of life. T-Bone Accidents and Increased Brain Injury Risks Research into side impact crashes and TBIs was conducted at University of Rochester and the study outcome was published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. A sample of crashes was evaluated based on information obtained from NHTSA data. The crashes involved 5,483 vehicles…
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Causes of Wrong-Way Crashes in Los Angeles

In 2011, 27 people were killed in California in wrong-way crashes. In 2012, almost double the number of fatalities occurred and 53 motorists were left dead after drivers traveled in the wrong direction. KCRA also reports another 44 fatalities in wrong-way wrecks in California in 2013. Wrong-way crashes are usually head-on collisions because a driver who is going in the opposite direction of traffic is likely to directly strike a car that is driving with traffic. Wrong-way crashes are also much more likely to be fatal than other collisions. National Transportation Safety Board conducted a review of data available on wrong-way crashes and found these types of accidents had a fatality rate anywhere from 12 to 27 times greater than the death rate in crashes which were not head-on accidents caused by people going…
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Uber or Lyft Accidents Raise Complicated Insurance Questions

Transportation network companies (TNC) like Uber or Lyft are peer-to-peer ridesharing services that connect drivers with passengers through a smartphone app. Distinguishable from taxicab operators, Uber and Lyft drivers use their own vehicles to transport their passengers. Thus Uber and Lyft drivers use their own personal automobile insurance and obtain supplemental coverage from the TNC. Whether you are a passenger or driver, the person who causes an automobile crash is responsible for your injuries. However, automobile insurance companies may disclaim coverage based on the type of insurance the driver carried at the time of accident, leaving the injured party without redress. Law in California Up until recently neither the driver's automobile insurance company nor the Uber or Lyft automobile insurance company would cover accidents. This time period, referred to by lawmakers…
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Pedestrian Accident Risks for Los Angeles Kids Double on Halloween Night

Halloween is a popular holiday celebrated by thousands of children in the Los Angeles area. According to Safe Kids.org, 89 percent of parents responding to recent surveys indicated their children participate in some manner in Halloween festivities. Of the kids who participate in the holiday, 73 percent go trick-or-treating door-to-door. When these kids are out having fun, however, they face a very serious danger of getting hit by a motor vehicle. Pedestrian accident risks are doubled on Halloween night. Parents need to speak with their kids about the added risk of getting struck by a vehicle. Parents, kids, and drivers should all follow best practices for safety to help children enjoy the holiday without losing their lives. Pedestrian Accident Risks - and Crash Prevention- On Halloween Night  According to Indiana University, twice as…
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Have You Been Involved in an Accident While Using Uber or Lyft?

Transportation network companies, or TNCs, are here to stay. Peer-to-peer ridesharing services connect passengers who need a ride with drivers with automobiles through a smartphone app. Anyone who has ever had to hail a taxicab or order a car service for a ride to the airport is familiar with TNCs. Gone is the taxicab dispatcher. You do not have to call anyone and no money or tip is exchanged during the ride. The software handles the communication between the driver and passenger and the payment for the service. Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar operate as TNCs in Southern California. These services are widely popular with the public at large. If you use TNCs or are in a non-TNC vehicle you should expect to be in or know someone who…
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Can a Police Officer Be Sued Civilly for Negligence?

The short answer to the question posed above is yes, police officers in California can be sued civilly for negligence. However, your window to sue them is limited. Below is an example of a recent lawsuit against the City of Bakersfield under a negligence theory. A doctor, after working a 12-hour shift at a hospital, suffered a medical emergency while driving home. His car jumped the curb, exited the roadway, and came to a stop. A witness called 911 and reported a suspected intoxicated driver. The police arrived at the scene of the accident and interviewed the witness caller first. The police next attempted to interview the doctor but found he was incoherent. The police asked the doctor for the key to his car, and the doctor instead tried to…
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How to Report Your Car Accident in Los Angeles

Reporting an accident is very important in order to comply with the law and ensure you are protected if you suffer injury or property damage. It is important you know how to report your car accident in Los Angeles so you will be able to act appropriately in an emergency situation. How to Report Your Car Accident in Los Angeles The California Bar Association provides advice and information to those who are involved in a motor vehicle accident. The law requires the California Highway Patrol (CHP) be notified in the event an accident causes injury or death. When someone is hurt or anyone has been killed in the collision, you can contact the police by calling 911 at the accident scene. If the injuries are not serious enough to necessitate an ambulance or an immediate…
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Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices

A hospital in Pasadena released a statement this week that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic resistant "superbug" that has been linked to a medical scope that has infected dozens of people around the country. Huntington Memorial Hospital states that it notified health officials after several patients who had endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogrophy procedures ("ERCP") using Olympus Corp. duodenoscopes were found to have the resistant pseudomonas bacteria. A duodenoscope is a reusable medical device used to diagnose and treat gallstones, blockages, and digestive-tract cancers. Reprocessed and Reusable Medical Devices Defined Reusable medical devices are devices that health care providers can reprocess and reuse on multiple patients. Examples of reusable medical devices include stethoscopes or surgical forceps. Reusable medical devices are categorized according to the risk of infection. These devices are designed…
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Are Parents Liable If Their Kid Is A Bully?

As children get ready to return to school, it is important to remember that as a parent you have a role to play in preventing bullying. Bullying is "unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance." The data is troubling. One in three California middle school and high school students reported having been harassed or bullied at least once in the previous year, according to the 2011-2013 California Healthy Kids Survey administered by the California Department of Education. Race or national origin, followed by their sexuality or perceived sexuality, were the reasons identified by the harassed or bullied students to explain why they were targeted for bullying in all grades. California Anti-Bullying Laws and Policies State lawmakers have taken action to prevent bullying and protect children.…
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Understanding Limousines and Party Bus Accidents

Limousines and party buses are vehicles, driven by professional chauffeurs, often hired during special events, most commonly weddings, proms, bachelor parties, sweet sixteen parties and quinceañeras or by business professionals and visitors to Southern California. Passenger carrier companies and drivers must abide by strict safety standards. Failure to do so will result in liability if an accident or injuries to passengers occur. Special Equipment and Safety Announcement Requirements In the fall of 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a new safety requirement for limousines. Taking effect July 1, 2015, all new limousines are required to have more exits in the passenger compartment, with an extra door and push out window. It also requires limousine operators to brief passengers on safety features at the start of the trip. Existing limousines…
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Falling Tree Liability

Recently eight children were hospitalized after a tree located in Brookside Park fell over and landed on them as they waited for the parents or caregivers to pick them up from the Kidspace Children's Museum. The park is owned by the city of Pasadena and is located next to the Rose Bowl. So when a tree falls, public or private, who is liable for the damages? In this example, it is the city of Pasadena, the landowner. California Law Under common law, landowners do not owe a duty to those outside their properties to correct natural conditions on the property - even though those conditions might present a hazard to outsiders. The common law, however, has been replaced by statutes that specifically place the responsibility and liability for any damages resulting from…
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Swimming Safety in the Summer

There is no greater feeling than diving into a pool on a hot summer afternoon. Swimming is one of the best ways to beat the heat. People often head to city pools, neighborhood pools, beaches, water parks and lakes during the summer. People float, wade, swim or dive; they attend pool parties or engage in watersports for exercise or recreation. However, this euphoric feeling can quickly turn to dread if someone is hurt or drowns while swimming or playing in the water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that ten people die daily from unintentional drowning. Males, children under four, and African Americans are most at risk to die from an unintentional drowning. According to the government agency, more than half of people who are in near-drowning accidents…
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Study Finds Cell Phone Use While Driving on the Rise in California

When you're behind the wheel of a car or truck, you need to focus on one thing: driving. If you choose to send a text, check Facebook or email or even talk on the phone, you are increasing your chances of causing a car accident and harming yourself or some other innocent person sharing the road. Los Angeles car accident attorney Brian Brandt sees the devastation caused by texting while driving on a daily basis. He advocates for strong educational and safety initiatives. While the dangers of distracted driving - particularly using cell phones behind the wheel - are well known and well documented, many Californians continue to take risks that can have deadly consequences. According to a recent study conducted on behalf of the California Office of Traffic Safety, at least…
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