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CA crash lawyerCollisions involving motor vehicles are typically the result of reckless behavior on the part of one of the drivers involved. Speeding, running red lights, distracted driving, and driving under the influence are all common factors. Injuries suffered in these crashes can be severe, leaving the victim to face a mountain of medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs. The at-fault driver can be held liable in a claim. Unfortunately, holding them accountable can prove challenging when they flee the scene.

Common Reasons Behind San Jose Hit and Run Car Accident

One person was killed in a fatal car accident that occurred recently. The crash happened near Santa Teresa Boulevard in the downtown area. A driver in a 2016 Volkswagen Passat was headed northbound San Ignacio Avenue when he attempted to make a turn. As he entered the intersection, he was struck by a Dodge Ram Laramie pick-up truck struck coming from the opposite direction.

Rather than stopping at the scene, as required by law, the pick-up truck driver abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. The driver of the Passat died as a result of his injuries. Police are continuing to investigate the crash and are searching for the at-fault driver. Unfortunately, these types of hit and run accidents are common in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area. Reasons why drivers attempt to flee the scene include:

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CA injury lawyerMost of us lead busy lives and we are used to multi-tasking. We check our phones for messages and read emails during dinner, when watching movies, or while engaging in other hobbies and activities. We scroll through social media posts on the job and perform complex tasks around our homes while attempting to talk with spouses, parents, or children at the same time. Unfortunately, the ability to do multiple things all at once is highly overrated. The end result is that we can end up being distracted most of the time. In addition to impacting your job performance and relationships with others, it can put you at risk for serious personal injuries.

The Impacts of Being Distracted

While the ability to juggle multiple tasks was once a highly desirable quality, researchers are now finding that it takes a toll on your mental processes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), doing several things at once means that each individual task is likely to suffer in some way.

Over the past decade, we have become more aware of how distractions impact driving abilities, in particular as it relates to cell phone usage. When it comes to driving distractions, the CDC has identified three main types:

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CA injury lawyerAfter a long and fun summer, many parents are looking forward to the start of a new school year and a more structured schedule. Whether you are sending children to kindergarten or have older ones attending middle or high school, it is important at this time of year to review some simple safety tips. Walking to or from school, riding bikes, or riding the bus increases your child’s risk of suffering potentially serious accidents and personal injuries. The following are tips that can help you keep them safe.

Safety Tips for School Children Who Ride the Bus

While parents often worry about putting their child on a school bus, it remains one of the safest forms of transportation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crashes and collisions are far more likely to occur when mom or dad is driving their youngsters to school. However, buses do pose some potential hazards, the biggest of which involves loading and unloading practices. To prevent injuries, encourage your child to follow these tips:

  • Wait in an orderly fashion at the bus stop.
  • Stand at least three giant steps back from the curb.
  • Wait for the bus driver to signal before attempting to board.
  • Stay seated during the trip.
  • On the way home, wait for the bus to stop completely before leaving your seat.
  • Use handrails when getting off and avoid pushing.
  • Wait for the crossing guard or for the driver to signal before attempting to cross the street.

For Children Who Ride Bikes to School

Riding a bike can be a fast, fun way for your child to get to school. However, be aware that the times they are traveling are some of the busiest in terms of work commuters. To protect them, take the following steps:

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CA injury lawyerAs summer winds down, Labor Day provides the opportunity for one last cookout or visit to the beach before everyone’s attitude focuses on the approaching fall season. Unfortunately, as with any holiday, alcohol often goes hand in hand with various festivities. To reduce the risk of drunk driving accidents and the serious, potentially life-threatening injuries that can result, local, state, and national officials were more aggressive in their efforts at getting these drivers off the road.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a new campaign designed to help reduce the number of drunk driving accidents. They have spent years appealing to drivers through public information outreach efforts and informing them of the dangerous impacts any amount of alcohol can have on driving abilities. In their ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, they take a different approach.

Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for drunk driving accidents. This year, the NHTSA joined efforts with other traffic safety officials and tens of thousands of law enforcement agencies throughout the country in an aggressive attempt to apprehend offenders before accidents occur. From mid-August through the beginning of September, the campaign focused attention on three distinct areas:

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CA accident lawyerWhile most young people are still focused on summer fun, high school and college football players have been busy working out and practicing. Teams typically begin meeting during the month of July in preparation for the fall season. Unfortunately, hotter temperatures and over-enthusiasm can end up leading to potentially serious personal injuries. The following highlights some of the most common causes and what you can do to make sure young athletes are protected.

Common Football Practice Injuries

Football is one of the most popular team sports. Unfortunately, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine reports that football players are among those most likely to suffer sports-related injuries. In addition to mishaps that occur during play, practice can be grueling physically. It does not help that these sessions take place during the hot late summer months. Common types of injuries young players often end up suffering include:

  • Heat-related injuries: Playing in the sun without proper breaks or access to water can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, two potentially life-threatening conditions.
  • Overuse injuries: After months away from the game, young football players need plenty of warm-up time to avoid overuse and strain. Lack of proper training or conditioning makes injuries more likely.
  • Traumatic injuries: Fostering a highly competitive atmosphere and encouraging overly harsh tackles and hits can cause serious and potentially disabling impairments.
  • Head injuries: Team coaches and administrators need to ensure players have the proper protective gear, particularly helmets to reduce the likelihood of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Taking an Active Role in Preventing Football Practice Injuries

Coaches, school administrators, and team doctors all have a duty to ensure the proper procedures are followed to ensure player safety. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), parents play a valuable role in holding them accountable. Steps you can take to protect your child include:

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