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These bad driving habits lead to many traffic accidents

Sometimes getting from point A to point B can risk your safety and even your life. Countless people have been involved in multiple car accidents of varying damages throughout their lives. It is no surprise that bad driving habits are often the cause of such accidents.

Unfortunately, these bad habits may persist throughout the generations of drivers. As we age, we may experience driving issues we didn't have before and new drivers will always lack experience on the road. However, it's helpful to understand the underlying causes of common traffic collisions to try and prevent yourself from doing them.

Hit by someone driving a rental car? Here's what to do

California is a popular tourist destination, bringing in people from all over the country and even the world. With an excess of tourists comes an excess of individuals driving around rental cars. Rental cars have a high collision rate, and it is helpful to know what do if you get into an accident with someone driving one.

According to a recent study, drivers of rental cars tend to be more inattentive, display poor driving skills and are more aggressive when operating a motor vehicle compared to drivers of nonrental cars.

What happens if I'm involved in an Uber accident?

Chances are, even if you have not taken a ride with Uber, you have at least heard of the rideshare company. The insurance and claim process involves essential rights and concerns no matter your role in the accident. Although Uber drivers submit a background check and the company tries to eliminate bad driving behavior, Uber accidents still happen.

When involved in a normal accident, you typically know who the at-fault party is that is responsible for property damages, medical bills and other liabilities. Whether you are the driver or passenger of the Uber, it is important to stay calm when an accident occurs. If necessary, calling 911 will be the first order of business. Make sure to check if any bodily injuries were suffered and if the police and emergency services are needed.

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. 

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