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CA injury lawyerDrowsy driving is a major safety issue on the road and it is a particular concern for truck drivers. Long hours and lack of sleep impair vision, reflexes, and judgment while putting you in danger of falling asleep behind the wheel. Unfortunately, police allege that this is exactly what happened in a recent fatal truck accident in San Jose, which blocked traffic for hours and claimed the life of a passenger in the vehicle.

San Jose Truck Accident Kills One, Injures Another

A recent truck accident on Highway 101 in San Jose left one person dead and another with serious injuries. The collision occurred at 3:45 a.m. as the truck was heading northbound near the area of area of McKee Road. Originating in Los Angeles, the unidentified driver had apparently been on the road all night, while an unnamed male passenger slept in the backseat of the truck.

The driver is reported to have temporarily dozed off, causing the box truck he was operating to drift off the right shoulder of the highway and towards an embankment. The truck overturned, causing fuel to spill all over the road. The passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, suffered fatal head injuries while the driver was rushed to a local hospital with injuries that were reported as severe. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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CA injury lawyerSan Jose encourages bicycles as a cost-effective, environmentally friendly form of transportation, which can help keep traffic congestion under control. While the city is showing its support by budgeting funds for on and off-street bike networks and pathways, there is still the need for public awareness in the community regarding the rights of bicyclists. A recent fatal mass transit accident  involving a commuter bus highlights this need while serving as a warning regarding the potential dangers all cyclists face in interactions with other road users.

Failure to Yield Results in Bicyclist Fatality

A Morgan Hill bicyclist was fatally injured in late October 2018 by a commuter bus carrying passengers on Bunker Hill Lane, near the Great American amusement park. It was reported that the cyclist was struck and killed when the bus driver made a turn but failed to yield the right of way, which by law he was legally obligated to do.

Owned by El Paseo Limousine, the bus runs a free commuter line, shuttling employees for various businesses through the Altamont Corridor. The accident occurred during the evening rush hour, just before 5:30 p.m. Officials say the driver remained at the scene and was cooperative with the officers in the investigation. Other than not following the yield requirement, he is not suspected of violating any other traffic laws or being under the influence.

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CA injury lawyerAs fires continue to rage throughout California, our thoughts are with the victims and the thousands of people who have been forced to relocate as a result. As fire officials throughout the state work to get the blaze under control, there is another common fire hazard we want to warn you about. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, families in our area will spend the day gathering with loved ones, hosting elaborate feasts. The emphasis on cooking means an increase in kitchen fires, which can end up resulting in serious burn injuries. The following highlights how common this problem is and the steps you need to take to protect yourself and your guests.

Kitchen Fires a Hazard Over Thanksgiving

While people throughout our area hear frequent warnings about forest fires and the devastation they bring, there is another common threat this time of year which often goes unnoticed. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous days of the year for residential fires, impacting close to 2,000 families each year and resulting in $19 million in damages. The most common culprit in what can be a potentially life-threatening situation includes fires that begin in the kitchen.

Cooking a turkey and all the accompanying side dishes often takes up a large portion of the day. In addition to your stove and oven, there may be numerous other electrical or gas appliances operating at the same time. It is important to carefully oversee all of these preparations. Avoid having too many people in your kitchen and keep children in another room, out of harm’s way. Even a relatively minor accident involving flames, a hot pan, or kitchen grease can end up doing permanent damage.

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San Jose car accident attorneys, drugged driving, fatal car accidents, DUID, medicinal drug useFor years, drunk driving was a major focus of law enforcement and public safety officials in the effort to prevent potentially fatal car accidents and injuries. While still a common concern on roads in Northern California and throughout the country, attention has broadened as drugged driving becomes an increasing factor in these types of accidents.

The use of any drug, including marijuana and prescription or over-the-counter medicines, can impair your driving abilities just as much as having several drinks, but preventing drugged driving presents unique challenges.

Challenges in Dealing With Drugged Driving

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California accident attorney, California injury lawyerThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a drug safety communication in May regarding type 2 diabetes medication canagliflozin, also known as Invokana, Invokamet, and Invokamet XR. After the results of two large clinical trials, the FDA found that canagliflozin increases the risk of leg and foot amputations – an already significant issue for diabetes sufferers. The FDA found the increased risk so great as to warrant a Boxed Warning, which is the highest warning label for drugs.

Heightened Amputation Risk

Canagliflozin is a medication used in combination with diet and exercise to lower an individual’s blood sugar. It is a sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitor, which lowers blood sugar by causing the kidneys to take sugar from the body and dispose of it through the urine.

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