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b2ap3_thumbnail_wrong-way_20191101-181035_1.jpgWhen it comes to car crashes and collisions, wrong-way accidents are typically one of the least common. However, they are one of the most deadly. Often occurring on one-way streets, intersections, and at highway entrance or exit ramps, drivers traveling at normal speeds are typically taken by surprise to see another motorist headed directly towards them. Considering the fact that wrong-way drivers are often unaware of their mistake until it is too late, neither has adequate time to respond. This increases the likelihood of severe and potentially fatal car accident injuries . The underlying causes are often a combination of driver error and road design issues.

Wrong-Way Crash Claims Four Victims in San Francisco

A tragic wrong-way accident that happened on the freeway in San Francisco claimed the lives of four people recently. The accident happened at roughly on Highway 1 when a woman in a Volkswagen drove south in the northbound lanes. She struck a cab driver carrying two tourists from Chicago, killing herself, the other driver, and both passengers in the vehicle.

Unfortunately, this is the seventh such accident in the Bay Area thus far this year, with fatal wrong-way crashes averaging nearly once a month:

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CA accident lawyerWith the arrival of fall comes a time of year many of us dread: cold and flu season. October is when you need to get your vaccinations to protect yourself against the number of strains expected to make the rounds. However, this will not protect you from getting colds and other infections common at this time of year. For relief, many of us turn to over-the-counter and prescribed cold and cough medicines. While these can help alleviate your symptoms enough to make it through the workday, it is important to be aware of other impacts they could have. Even seemingly mild medications can impact your driving abilities, making impaired driving-related car accidents more likely to occur.

The Dangers of Driving While Taking Cold and Flu Medicines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued its recommendations for the 2019-2020 cold and flu season. Considering the havoc wreaked by last years bug and the potential dangers these viruses can pose, particularly to people with weakened immune systems, they recommend getting your flu shot by the end of October. They also advise upping handwashing, using sanitizer, and staying home from work or school if you are sick.

Unfortunately, few people have the luxury of taking time off at the first sign of a cold or the sniffles. To stay on top of these symptoms, many rely on prescription strength and over the counter medicines. However, these can cause drowsiness, dizziness, impaired judgment, and reduced reaction times, all of which could make you a danger behind the wheel. Medications to avoid taking when driving include:

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CA injury lawyerBetween day care, school, and recreational activities, children spend a good portion of their time with mom and dad in the car during the week. Keeping them happy and occupied while traveling busy roads or sitting in traffic is often a goal, but the bigger concern is keeping them safe from the threat of car accidents. In light of the spike in fatal motor vehicle crashes in San Jose over the course of 2019 and a recent tragedy involving an eight-year-old boy, we want you to be aware of the steps needed to protect them.

San Jose Car Accident Claims Young Victim

A recent car accident in San Jose left several people injured and claimed the life of a young boy. The crash happened at 4:00 p.m. on a Sunday evening on Senter Road. A man was driving his two children, aged eight and nine, in a 2018 Honda CRV when he rear-ended a 2019 Tesla in front of him. The force of the collision caused the Honda to veer out of control. It swerved into oncoming traffic and eventually hit a utility pool.

Police say the children and both drivers were taken to local hospitals, but the eight-year-old suffered the most severe injuries. Tragically, he passed away several days later, making him the 36th traffic fatality in San Jose this year. Investigators have still not released any additional details about the crash or what the causes might have been.

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CA crash lawyerSerious injuries can happen in even a minor car accident. In the aftermath, there is the rush of dealing with police, other drivers, and medical providers responsible for your treatment. At first, it may be hard to comprehend what actually occurred. In time, you could find that thoughts of the crash come up when you least expect them, such as at work or when you are trying to sleep. You may also find yourself relieving the sensation of impact or obsessing over the threat that another crash will occur. As experienced car accident attorneys in San Jose, we frequently see these types of trauma symptoms in clients we represent. It is important to be aware of the emotional impacts collisions can have on you and the types of compensation you may be entitled to as a result.

Car Accidents and Post Traumatic Stress

As car accidents are unexpected, violent events, it is natural to feel somewhat in shock afterwards. Particularly if you or your passengers suffer injuries as a result, it is understandable for it to take some time to recover emotionally. However, there are an unfortunate number of cases where the shock, sadness, and anxiety you feel over a crash only seems to intensify with time.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, post-traumatic stress is something that many car accident victims end up suffering from. It involves intrusive thoughts, emotional disturbances, and the feeling that you are reliving the accident over and over. Common symptoms include:

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CA injury lawyerHalloween is just around the corner. While little ones may be eager to attend trick or treating and harvest-themed events, it is important for adults to be aware of the risks. October 31st is one of the busiest nights of the year in terms of personal injuries. Slips and falls, burn injuries, and pedestrian accidents are all common. Take the time now to brush up on some simple safety tips.

How Parents Can Protect Children on Halloween

In the days and weeks before Halloween, parents are busy getting their children ready for parties, school events, and neighborhood activities. Amidst all the planning that goes into your child’s costume, be sure and make safety a top priority.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), children are more likely to be the victim of pedestrian accidents on Halloween than at any other time of the year. To protect them against injuries suffered in these and other types of accidents or mishaps, follow these safety tips:

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