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Pedestrian injuries are on the rise due to distractions

When people think about car crashes, they first ask about drivers and passengers in the car. However, more pedestrians are sustaining severe injuries from accidents due to distracted walking. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association's report, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed during motor vehicle accidents in 2017.

The study contributed to the high number of pedestrian fatalities to the growth of smartphone use. Some states, such as Utah and New Jersey, are experimenting with new fines for texting while walking in dangerous situations. Other states, like New York, are lowering speed limits to help drivers spot distracted walkers.

Summer driving could be more dangerous for California motorists

During the summer, there are more drivers on the road in California than at other times of year. School is not in session, tourists are in town and there are more families traveling for vacation. You know that more drivers on the road means a higher number of car accidents.

There are many factors that contribute to a higher number of car accidents during the summer months. If you are a California driver, you would be wise to understand how to drive safely during this busy time, as well as what you can do to protect your interests in the event of a car accident.

Hurt in a boat accident in San Francisco? You have options.

San Francisco is a beautiful city situated on the bay, and consequently, there are many activities to do near and on the water. Both locals and tourists enjoy boat activities, but unfortunately, boat accidents do occasionally happen. These types of accidents can have detrimental consequences.

If you suffered injuries in a California boat accident, you may find it beneficial to learn about your rights regarding a potential personal injury claim. Often, boating accidents are the result of the negligent or reckless actions of a vessel operator, and victims could have grounds to pursue financial compensation through the civil claims process. These accidents are complex, and you would be wise to seek help as you walk through this process.

If you lost a loved one in an accident, what are your options?

Losing a loved one is a traumatic event for any family, especially if the death was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person. The wrongful death of a family member can lead to unexpected financial loss and emotional duress that can impact your family for years to come.

If you are grieving the death of someone in your family after an accident, you may not know you could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. In certain situations, it is appropriate to move forward with a wrongful death claim in order to recoup your financial losses and hold liable parties accountable. During this difficult time, it can be beneficial for you to fully explore this legal option.

Damage caused by a defective product can be significant

If you were hurt or your loved one suffered harm because of a consumer product that was defective or dangerous, you may not know what to do next. Consumers have the right to expect the things they purchase for consumption or personal use to be safe and tested for potential dangers.

When innocent consumers suffer harm because of something they purchased, it can lead to serious injuries. From physical injuries to emotional trauma, the damage can be significant, costly and affect your California family for years to come. Injured consumers and their families have the right to hold the appropriate parties accountable through a products liability claim.

Lithium Ion Battery Fires Can Start Spontaneously

Lithium ion battery fires are real and very dangerous. They can start spontaneously because of a product defect, an internal short or they can be started with physical damage to the cell. We spent the last 5 years litigating a lithium ion battery fire that killed two people and in the process learned a great deal about this product and its dangers. They are prodigious. Most of the LI batteries are made in China, Korea or other countries and the quality of the product is variable. Any flaw in the electrolyte can short out the battery and will start a fire. It can start when you are nowhere around or it can start when you are sleeping. 

Driving while high: A safety issue threatening California drivers

California readers know it is dangerous to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Like alcohol, certain drugs can cause both cognitive and physical impairments, leading to an increased chance of a car accident. Even certain prescription drugs can be dangerous to consume before driving.

Regardless of the type of drug or the reason for taking it, every driver is responsible for knowing when he or she cannot safely drive. If you were hurt in an accident that happened because of a drugged driver, you have rights. Like drunk drivers, it is possible to hold drugged drivers accountable for any damages caused by their decisions.

Dealing with the impact of a traumatic brain injury

If you suffered a brain injury in a California car accident, you know firsthand how these types of injuries can be different from person to person. Because everyone is different, the way that your injury will affect you depends on individual factors such as your health at the time of the injury and what part of your head suffered the impact. 

It is impossible to predict the way that your brain injury will manifest. The symptoms of your injury may seem minor at first, but they can change and grow worse over time. Victims of all types of traumatic brain injuries need continued medical care, and you could have a rightful claim to financial compensation for your immediate needs and those you may experience in the future.

Time change could lead to increase in drowsy driving

California readers know the time change that occurs in the spring every year means one less hour of sleep for drivers. Less sleep means that a person could get behind the wheel of a car while too tired to be safe. According to AAA, the time change could mean more drowsy drivers on the road, and drowsy driving always leads to an increased chance of an accident.

Drowsiness is a major concern for motor vehicle accident safety. It is one of the most underreported causes for car accidents, mostly because people find it embarrassing to admit they were too tired at the time of an accident. Victims of drowsy driving are victims of the negligent and reckless actions of another person, and they have grounds to seek financial compensation for their injuries and losses.

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