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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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California accident lawyer, California injury attorneyIn August 2016, a plumber from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was killed after being electrocuted by an electric oven and stove range. This prompted an investigation into the cause of the 52-year-old’s death, which led to the discovery that this make of Blomberg and Summit electric ranges were not properly grounded. These electric ranges can become energized, leading to shocks and electrocution. Now, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Arçelik A.S. of Turkey, and Beko US are recalling 6,300 of these ranges, offering a free repair. The black or stainless steel freestanding, glass top, electric ranges affected have the model names:

  • Blomberg BERU 24200 SS;
  • Blomberg BERU 24100 SS; and
  • Summit CLRE24.

These ranges were sold by stores and Amazon.com across the U.S. between October 2012 and March 2017.

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