Construction Accidents in Los Angeles

  • Oct 24 2016

What are my rights if I am injured in a construction accident in California?

Construction seems to be occurring everywhere in and around Los Angeles.  The booming construction industry is good news for the economy and the public, but it can present hazards for construction workers.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 49 construction workers in the state of California were killed in 2014 while on the job.  Nationally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that close to 4,000 workers are killed annually,

Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis in California

  • Oct 20 2016

What costs are associated with a spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious injuries you could suffer in an accident.  The human spine is comprised of a vertebral column with 33 vertebrae, a host of ligaments, and the spinal cord.  If the spinal cord is damaged, accident victims may suffer some degree of paralysis, numbness, tingling, and more.  The costs of a spinal cord injury are tremendous and can prove simply unaffordable for many accident victims.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are classified as complete or incomplete. 

When Trucks Collide with Buses

  • Oct 20 2016

What steps are being taken to enhance bus safety regulations in California?

In 2014, a tractor trailer crossed over a median on Interstate 5 near Oakland and crashed into a charter bus that was carrying students on a trip to a Northern California college. Five of the students were killed along with three chaperones. Both drivers also died. In response to the crash, California lawmakers pushed legislation designed to improve the safety of large vehicles such as charter buses. The bill was signed into law by Gov.

A Primer on Automobile Accident Injuries

  • Oct 17 2016

What are some of the common injuries in automobile accidents?

Whether high speed crashes or low-impact collisions, automobile accidents often result in serious injuries. At times, certain injuries may not be immediately apparent either because shock or the body’s natural defenses initially mask the injury. After the body has a chance to relax, however, a variety of symptoms such as back and neck pain, dizziness, headache, muscle soreness can surface. On the other hand, vehicle collisions can lead to obvious injuries ranging from minor cuts and scrapes to broken bones or even traumatic,

Lane Splitting: Proceed with Caution

  • Oct 17 2016

Is lane splitting legal in California?

In August, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 51 into law, effectively making lane splitting legal, a practice in which motorcyclists drive between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane.

While the California Vehicle Code has previously required vehicles to be driven within one lane and not be moved into another lane without reasonable safety, it was unclear whether or not lane splitting was legal. It has generally been an accepted practice by bikers and law officers alike,

Los Angeles Angels Star Mike Trout Involved in Car Accident

  • Sep 30 2016

What are the most common causes of multiple vehicle accidents?

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout was recently involved in a multi-car accident while driving home from Angels Stadium after a game.  Trout was traveling on South 55 near Tustin, California at about nine p.m. when traffic in front of him slowed.  Trout swerved to avoid the cars ahead but collided with the rear left side of a Chevrolet Sonic.  The force of the crash sent the Sonic into the truck in front of it.  Trout miraculously emerged from the accident uninjured,

How Positive Train Control Can Prevent Train Accidents

  • Sep 29 2016

Is there technology that rail systems can utilize that will prevent train accidents?

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced combined federal grants of $25 million to fund projects in a number of states, including California, to implement positive train control (PTC), a technology that is designed to automatically slow down trains that exceed the speed limit. PTC is slated to be mandatory for railroads and has the potential to prevent derailments, collisions, and improper track switching.

Train Accidents at  a Glance

While trains are an efficient way to transport people and cargo and railways are safer than other means  of travel,

UC Riverside Student and Friend Killed Changing Tire on 405

  • Sep 29 2016

What should I do if my tire blows while driving?

Tragedy struck when a 22-year-old student and his friend were killed while attempting to change a flat tire. The student was traveling on the 405 near Yukon Avenue in the early morning hours when his tire blew.  He pulled onto the shoulder and called two friends to help him change his tire.  All three were working on the task when they were suddenly struck by a car.  Two of the victims were killed, while a third suffered serious injuries. 

Motorcycle Accident Kills One in San Diego

  • Sep 28 2016

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?

A motorcyclist recently died in an accident near the United States-Mexico border.  The accident occurred in the afternoon hours in San Diego on southbound Interstate 5.  California Highway Patrol reports that the motorcyclist lost control for unknown reasons and crashed.  No one else was injured in the accident.

Top Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

California is widely regarded as one of the best states for motorcyclists.  With its miles of open highway and temperate climate,

High Tech Cars No Match for Human Error

  • Sep 28 2016

Q: Are cars with auto-pilot and other safety features able to avoid accidents?

Automotive technology is advancing at warp speed. Airbags and back-up cameras are now common. Manufacturers are producing luxury vehicles that are not only electrically-powered, but that are pushing the boundaries in the new features department with offerings like pop-up, rear-facing backseats. And features once only dreamt of by driving fans—like autopilot—are now a new reality.

But even autopilot is not meant to relieve the driver of his or her ultimate responsibility to remain actively engaged and in control the car.

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