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Drivers Don’t Always Share the Road With Cyclists

Drivers Don’t Always Share the Road With Cyclists

Bicycle Accident
It is undeniable that sharing the road between automobiles and bicycles can be a problematic task, particularly because of the nature of the vehicles. Bicycles are very different vehicles than cars and trucks. Since they aren’t motorized and require manual work to operate, they aren’t capable of moving as quickly. Furthermore, they are small and more difficult to see.  Motor vehicle users don’t always ensure they are properly sharing the road with their cycling counterparts. To help prevent hitting bicycles while driving a vehicle, drivers should be sure to be: Indicate when passing a cyclist of your intent to pass.Check your blind spots carefully when changing lanes, opening your door, when preparing to turn, or when traversing an intersection.Travel at a safe following distance from any bicycle. Be especially careful…
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Common Truck Driver Distractions

Common Truck Driver Distractions

Truck Accident
While driving the road, truck drivers have to pay attention to their driving for long distances and long periods of time. This means they are subjected to a myriad of potential distractions during their long trips that can pose a risk for other drivers, should the distractions take the truck driver’s attention off the road.  In the age of technology, distracted driving is a major issue for drivers, especially professional drivers who spend most of their time on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving was linked to 3,450 deaths in a recent year, making up 9.2% of all motor vehicle-related fatalities.  The distractions of technology compound the risks of distracted truck drivers on the modern road. This can be a dangerous scenario for…
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Tour Bus Crashes

Tour Bus Crashes

Bus Accident
A good majority of tourists make use of tour buses to reach their destinations within the State of California. Unfortunately, in spite of the advantages of tour buses, they also cause major traffic accidents in and around Beverly Hills. Due to their large size and unwieldy nature, tour buses can be difficult to drive, especially in heavily populated areas. This can lead to accidents involving other cars or pedestrians that occur more frequently because of all the tour bus traffic in California.  There are particular reasons why bus accidents occur in California, and these include: The driver fails to follow traffic rules - California is one of the states with the most traffic rules, but despite this, many drivers fail to adhere to the implemented laws. When a tour bus…
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You Can Sustain a Brain Injury with a Bicycle Helmet

You Can Sustain a Brain Injury with a Bicycle Helmet

Bicycle Accident
When you think of traumatic brain injuries in sports, you might generally think of football players and the risks they face in the heavy contact sport. You might not realize that the sport with the most frequent traumatic brain injuries for its participants is actually cycling, with more traumatic brain injuries coming from this sport than any other. Perhaps it is the large volume of people that participate in the sport of cycling that leads to these figures, but the fact remains that cycling exposes you to a higher risk for traumatic brain injuries, even if you are wearing a helmet. That is not to say that helmets do not provide protection against traumatic brain injuries for cyclists. Studies show that wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of…
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How A Fracture Can Disrupt Your Life

How A Fracture Can Disrupt Your Life

Personal Injury
Fractures are a common injury that might not have long-term symptoms, and with the proper treatment, the majority of breaks heal quickly and easily. A broken bone usually takes four to eight weeks to heal, depending on the health and age of the patient, as well as the location and severity of the break. However, there are some fractures that can have a long-term impact on your body, as well as your life. Usually, the length of time that the break takes to heal is dependent on the type of fracture experienced and the amount of damage that has been done to the bone, as well as the surrounding ligaments and muscles. Here are five long-term effects of bone fractures: Nerve damageDecreased strength & increased discomfortJoint problemsAnxiety & depressionInability to…
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When Is It Time To Call A Car Accident Attorney?

When Is It Time To Call A Car Accident Attorney?

Auto Accident
When you are injured in a car accident, your first priority should be your safety and getting the medical care you need for your injuries.  The second task you must undertake as a victim is gathering as much evidence about the crash scene and its cause as possible, including giving the police your side of the story to go in the report. After all of this, it is time to contact a car accident attorney in order to ensure you protect your rights to a legal claim arising from the accident. Whether you sustain an injury immediately after the accident occurs or whether you only start to feel an injury days later following the accident, the discovery of an injury means it is time to contact an attorney who handles…
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Fatal Truck Crashes

Fatal Truck Crashes

Truck Accident
Truck driving is one of the most dominant jobs in the State of California, but it is also a dangerous and risky occupation. Trucks carry heavy amounts of weight when transporting cargo, their size makes them unstable while on the road, and truck drivers have a limited amount of vision while driving across California’s populated highways. It is no surprise that California has averaged more than 250 truck accident deaths per year, and in 2020, large truck accidents accounted for 10% of all vehicle fatalities in our state. In California, the I-5 and I-10 highways alone average over a thousand truck accidents per year. Due to their large size, trucks involved in traffic accidents carry a higher risk of causing serious injury or death when they crash. Those on the…
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Do All Spinal Injuries from Crashes Cause Paralysis?

Do All Spinal Injuries from Crashes Cause Paralysis?

Auto Accident
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the tight bundle of cells and nerves that sends and receives signals from the brain to and from the rest of the body. The spinal cord extends from the lower part of the brain down through the lower back. Spinal cord injuries can be caused by direct injury to the spinal cord itself or from damage to the tissue and bones (vertebrae) that surround the spinal cord. This damage can result in temporary or permanent changes in sensation, movement, strength, and body functions below the site of injury. The expected loss of motor function and degree of paralysis one can expect from a spinal cord injury hinges on where along the spinal cord the injury occurred and the severity of the injury.  Not…
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Will You Be Hospitalized After a Car Crash?

Will You Be Hospitalized After a Car Crash?

Auto Accident
If you go to the emergency room for injuries from a car crash, will the doctors keep you in the hospital? This will depend on the nature of your injuries, as patients with catastrophic injuries will often need constant medical care in the days following the accident. Other patients might go home with a treatment plan they need to follow. Some reasons that a patient might have to stay in the hospital include: They are unconscious or in a comaThey need emergency surgery or surgery in the coming daysInfection monitoring and prevention with burns or similar injuriesInternal organ damageTo monitor and control brain or spinal swellingTo monitor and control internal hemorrhaging A patient might be admitted to the general hospital or the intensive care unit (ICU). Hospitalization can be costly,…
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Distracted Driving is a Public Safety Issue

Distracted Driving is a Public Safety Issue

Auto Accident
According to Go Safely California, nearly 60% of California drivers surveyed in 2019 said they had been hit or nearly hit by a driver who was talking or texting on the phone. Nationally, 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017, the most recent year statistics are available. Distracted driving is a very serious and dangerous problem that is not limited to talking or texting on a cell phone. There are all manner of behaviors drivers engage in that end up distracting them from focusing on driving and often causing accidents. Some of these other distractions besides talking on the phone and texting include the following: ·                   Eating and/or drinking ·                   Having exciting conversations with other passengers ·                   Reading books and other…
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