Friday, December 27, 2013

The Most Shocking Car Accident of the Year 2013

We are all in the cusp of the year 2014. As such, it is just fitting to look back on the year 2013. As it is, said year has had a fair share of many historic events that changed the landscape of the world. On a negative note, the year also saw a string of unfortunate events that not only made national and international headlines, but also shocked a lot of us. For instance, celebrities, who are known for their individual talents and their widespread fame, captured the attention of fans from around the world because of their involvement in car accidents. Indeed, they, too, are not exempted from these occurrences.

Celebrities like American Idol star Kris Allen, R&B artist Christ Brown, fashion model Miranda Kerr, Nate Burleson of the NFL’s Detroit Tigers, and reality TV star Kylie Jenner were some of those who were involved in car crashes. Some of them escaped unscathed; some of them were injured and have recovered since.

However, as 2013 was about to go down to its last month, a shocking car accident resulted in the death of one of the most beloved Hollywood actors. “The Fast and the Furious” move franchise star Paul Walker, 40, died in a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita, California. His sudden demise was mourned by millions of his fans all over the globe, who know him as Brian O’Conner in the said movie franchise. It came as a shock for the franchise’s fan base, as the latest movie, Fast & Furious 7, was in the middle of its filming when he died.

Friday, December 13, 2013

What You Need to Know About Pursuing Damages after a Pedestrian Accident in Los Angeles

Experiencing a mishap while strolling down a sidewalk or crossing a street is one of the most devastating things that can happen to anyone. In cities with a lot of traffic and pedestrian activity, it is highly likely for those who walk on foot to be greatly at risk of getting injured or even killed by an unaware motorist.

If in case you or a loved one of yours got hit by an errant driver, then you must be aware that you are entitled to secure compensation from the negligent party. For you to have an enhanced chance of recovering damages, it would be in your best interest to retain the services of a Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer.

Pedestrian statistics, 2012

The latest statistical data obtained from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that at least 33,561 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the whole nation in 2012. This was a 3.3 percent increase from the previous year (32,479 in 2011).

The increased number of crashes and resulting injuries and fatalities can also be seen across various crash characteristics, particularly in the type of road user. Of the 33,561 fatalities, 4,743 of them were pedestrian. The figure for pedestrian deaths was a 6.4 percent increase from the previous year, wherein the FARS data indicated 4,457 fatalities in 2011.

Filing your pedestrian accident claim

If you or your loved one was a victim of a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, you must note that a great deal of work is involved in pursuing claims against the liable party responsible for the incident. For the most part, claiming for damages is a complicated process that would definitely need the expertise of a personal injury lawyer who is has enough experience in winning compensation on behalf of pedestrian accident victims.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Stressing the Obvious: Why You Should Never Drink and Drive?

Having alcohol in one’s system is very important. For one, alcoholic beverages are a great source of food energy. In fact, a gram of alcohol can provide up to 7.1 kcal and a milliliter of it provides 5.6 kcal. However, alcohol also has its negative effects. For one, it can cause one person to get intoxicated and dehydrated. Intoxication leaves someone in euphoria and a decrease of social inhibition. More than that, one can also suffer impairments of balance, muscle coordination, as well as one’s decision-making capability. That is why under California’s state laws and other laws implemented in the country that prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol. A lawyer for auto accident in Los Angeles believes that this will help minimize if not completely avoid accidents caused by impaired driving.

Some People Never Learn

Despite these laws strictly implemented by the government, impaired driving-caused mishaps continue to happen. Just recently, a driver crashed his/her car in a utility pole, knocking out power to a large area in the area; the driver is allegedly drunk. The suspect fled the scene after his/her car hit the pole. Authorities are still seeking information about the driver, and if he/she has suffered injuries because of the accident. What is clear though is the persistence of irresponsible drivers, operating vehicles. These people do not only put their lives in unnecessary danger but also of other innocent individuals that they are sharing the road with.

The Numbers Don’t Lie

According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,371 people were killed because of drunk driving-caused crashes in 2011 alone. 1,612 of these people who died were mere passengers on board the drunk drivers’ vehicle. 1,049 of those who were killed were innocent motorist that got involved in a crash with a drunk driver. 710 of those were bystanders, pedestrians, or bicyclists. Just a few percentage of those who died were the drunk drivers themselves. These, as pointed out by an attorney for auto accident in Los Angeles are indeed alarming.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

About Slip and Fall: Hiring a Lawyer if You Get Injured in Los Angeles

Slip and fall accidents are nothing new in Los Angeles, California, just as motor vehicle accidents are a common occurrence in the city, as well as in the whole state’s roadways. The city’s public places and business establishments are almost always filled with a lot of people, but if a hazard is left unattended in such areas, expect that someone would get injured or even get killed.

Premises accidents are truly devastating. Slip and fall mishaps, which falls under premises accidents, can be actually prevented had property owners made the initiative or effort to fix or correct any condition that poses a risk to people who are within the premises.

Slippery walking surface, poor lighting, unfixed steps on a staircase, and even a water spill left unclean can cause someone to slip or trip and then fall. According to a slip and fall accident attorney in Los Angeles, injuries related to these kinds of mishaps include sprains, concussions, fractures, and other serious, life-threatening ones like injuries to the spinal cord and even brain injury.

The lawyer for slip and fall in Los Angeles understands the immense consequences that injured victims and their families will have to go through because of these accidents. True enough, having the legal services of the said legal counsel will enable them to exercise their rights to seek damages from the liable parties involved. If you have been injured, or your loved one died, because of the accident, then you must immediately consult with an experienced Los Angeles slip and fall accident attorney who can help you all throughout the complex legal process.

When you do hire a lawyer for your slip and fall claim, you will be able to know if the other party was truly responsible for what happened to you. This is why having a legal counsel to represent you and your claim is imperative; without one, you may be unable to collect compensation for your injuries and other losses you incurred.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Final FARS Data from NHTSA Shows Dramatic Increase in Motor Vehicle Accident Deaths

For the first time since 2005, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has indicated an increase in motor vehicle accident deaths in the United States. The final FARS data, which the NHTSA released last November 14, showed that the country lost 33,561 people in 30,800 fatal crashes in 2012; a 3.3 percent increase from the previous year, which stood at 32,479 from 29,867 fatal crashes in 2011.

This slight increase came after the U.S. saw a significant decline in the number of motor vehicle crash deaths over the past six years. In fact, the crash deaths for 2011 were the lowest since 1949. Before the NHTSA released its final accident data for 2012, the traffic safety agency issued a projection earlier this year estimating that the number of deaths for that year will be 34,080.

The increase in the number of crashes and resulting deaths and injuries can be seen over various crash characteristics, particularly in the type of road user. In fact, the 2012 data saw an uptick in the number of large truck occupant, pedestrian and motorcycle deaths. All of them saw an 8.9 percent, 7.1 percent and 6.4 percent increase, respectively, from the previous year.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Settling Your Dog Bite Claim in Los Angeles, California
While dogs are gentle animals, they can still potentially injure their own masters or other people with their intense bite. Injured persons often suffer physical injuries such as lacerations, bruises, and puncture wounds. If left untreated, a victim may suffer serious complications, especially if the dog is infected with the deadly rabies virus.

Indeed, experiencing this type of avoidable injury is a horrifying experience. If you have been bitten by someone else’s dog in Los Angeles, expect that you won’t only be dealing with physical pain, but also emotional and financial hardships that might very well rub off on your family as well. But then, you must be aware that there are dog bite laws in California that you can always lean on to. Generally, if you have been bitten by someone else’s dog, then you may be entitled to compensation from the owner, as long as you can prove the owner’s negligence.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Curbing the Increasing Number of Hit-and-run Accidents

Curbing the Increasing Number of Hit-and-run Accidents
What are the odds of you getting ran over by a vehicle when you are walking down the street? You’d normally think that you are safe because California’s road network is well-engineered and are friendly to pedestrians. However, it will make you wonder how pedestrians get involved in accidents given that California’s roads are pedestrian-friendly.

Hit and run incidents

Every year, thousands of hit-and-run incidents have been recorded in the country. Every year, thousands of people get involved in accidents that have caused injuries, and even death to some. Hit and run incidents are some of the most common causes of injuries and deaths among American pedestrians. Just recently, a pedestrian was struck, and killed in Santa Ana, California. According to authorities, the 88 year old Joseph Rudolph has been run over by a vehicle driven by 33 year old Michael Truong Pham of Garden Grove. Investigators even went to as far as closing sections of some of the roads near where the accident happened to quickly investigate about the incident. They added that there have been nine recorded fatal accidents in 2013; two more than the recorded seven incidents in the area in 2012.

Preventing hit and run incidents

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents That Commuters Face in California

Traveling within the State of California can be done using either two options. While a lot of people prefer using motor vehicles such as automobiles, motorcycles, and bicycles to get from point A to point B, there are others who instead go out as pedestrians and get to a destination using public transportation. As it is, commuting is both a safer and faster way to move around California cities due to its reliability.

Most commuters often do not own cars or other motor vehicles, which is why they choose public transport as their means for travel. But then, even those who own motor vehicles sometimes take buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation, especially for various reasons. For one, they may opt not to use their own vehicles due to heavy traffic. As we all know, cities in California are notorious when it comes to heavy traffic congestion, as well as occurrences of accidents.

This is the reason why commuters, regardless if they own a car or not, find public transport a great option if they want to evade traffic jams, as well as unfortunate accidents. However, that is not always the case. Commuters, like many motorists in California, also face dangers that would most definitely result in accidents.

As it is, mishaps involving public transportation can be devastating given the number of people involved. Depending on the severity and impact of the accident, injuries may range from serious to fatal. Moreover, most of the accidents involve negligence, or the failure to exercise reasonable care towards others, particularly the passengers riding vehicles for public utility.

Meanwhile, here are some of the types of motor vehicle accidents that commuters face in California:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Daydreaming More Dangerous Than Using Mobile Phones While Driving – Study

Distracted driving is one of the many factors for the occurrence of motor vehicle crashes and their resulting injuries and deaths among drivers, passengers, and other road users in the United States. Aside from driving while being intoxicated, as well as driving recklessly and aggressively, being distracted while driving has always been linked to a lot of fatalities in vehicle crashes in the nation.

In fact, people who died in distraction-affected crashes increased in 2011 by 1.9 percent, from 3,267 in 2010 to 3,331 the next year. However, the number of injuries in the same crashes otherwise decreased by 7 percent, from an estimated 416,000 people in 2010 to approximately 387,000 people the next year.

The use of cell phones while driving, as well as fidgeting on the car stereo and picking up something off the car floor, are some of the common distractions that could lead to an accident on the road. Even daydreaming is considered a distraction while driving; in fact, a study revealed that doing so is even more dangerous than the common distracted driving-related activities.

A Yahoo! Autos article shed some light with regards to the dangers of daydreaming for drivers. According to the article, a study made by the researchers from the Erie Insurance Group found that 1 in 10 were due to using cell phones or doing other activities while driving.

Surprisingly, of the more than 65,000 fatal crashes from 2010 to 2011 analyzed in the study, it was found that about 62 percent of them were daydreaming; five times as many as talking or texting with someone using a cell phone. Said statistics were taken from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Car Manufacturers as Possible Defendants in a Car Accident Case

Car Manufacturers as Possible Defendants in a Car Accident Case
Motor vehicle accidents mostly take the bulk of personal injury claims being filed by injured parties in California. As it is with any personal injury claims, injuries and deaths caused by such unfortunate occurrences often stem from the legal theory of negligence. When a person gets injured in a road collision, he or she has the right to claim damages from the person believed to have caused the incident. For the injured party to obtain compensation for the damages incurred in the accident, he or she must have enough proof that the other party was negligent and responsible for what happened.

Indeed, the question of fault is always a certainty when it comes to these claims. Every injured party in most personal injury claims often blame the other driver involved; however, it is not all the time the latter may have contributed to the claiming party’s injuries. As it is, the liable parties do not always involve individuals, but rather entities.

This is why it is important for injured parties to seek a Los Angeles personal injury attorney. That way, the claim can determine who is really at fault for the accident and for the injured party’s damages. The lawyer can take a look at the circumstances of the accident, if it is really the negligence of the other driver that is to blame for the accident or something else.

That something else could be the car manufacturer of the vehicle used before the accident happened. As it is, vehicle or vehiclepart defects can often cause an accident that might not have occurred otherwise. Whether it is a manufacturer o design defect, these are just some of the important vehicle items that could go wrong and may contribute to an accident:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

“Distracted Walking” Seen as Factor in Pedestrian Accidents in the U.S.

Chatting or texting on your cell phone is considered a driving distraction by many traffic safety agencies, particularly the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As it is, doing so while driving a vehicle may increase your chances of getting involved in a road mishap, be it a collision with another vehicle or hitting an unsuspecting pedestrian.

While distracted driving remains to be a key concern in the never-ending issue of road safety in the United States, the level of distress is also similar with that of pedestrians. What this means is that not only are motorists operating vehicles on the road are prone to certain distractions; pedestrians, too, have been found to be getting distracted while walking.

Deriving the definition of distracted driving from, “distracted walking” is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of walking. Like its counterpart, it involves walking while texting, talking on the phone, listening to music with the use of headphones, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

According to the NHTSA, a total of 4,432 pedestrians died and approximately 69,000 more were injured in 2011. The number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes that year was a 3-percent increase from the previous year (4,302, 2010). One factor as to the increase in pedestrian accidents is the fact that even they are getting distracted due to the use of gadgets such as cell phones.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Vehicle Safety Checklist Before Driving Out This Summer

Vehicle Safety Checklist Before Driving Out This Summer

The summer months, particularly July and August, are said to be the most dangerous times to drive for American motorists. In fact, in the latest statistical data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at least 3,149 motor vehicle crash deaths occurred in July of 2011. At least 2,982, meanwhile, were killed in August of 2011.

The chances of a fatalcrash increase during these months because more motorists are out on the road driving more miles than any other time of the year. Given that these are summer months, motorists are making the most of this opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors where they go camping, swimming, fishing, and the like.

While vehicle accidents and subsequent injuries and deaths are usually caused by speeding, driving under the influence and distracted driving, there are other reasons why they happen, especially during the summer months. One of them is vehicle failure, which often happens if an important vehicle equipment does not perform well as it should be, leading to consequences that would ultimately lead to a crash.

If you are planning a trip to a summer destination with your family and/or friends, it is important that the vehicle you will be using is optimally capable of withstanding long-hour drives. As such, it would imperative on your part to have your vehicle checked with your licensed mechanic days before your scheduled trip.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Another Pit Bull Attacks

Pit bulls have a reputation of being violent and dangerous. The dogs of this breed got that image because of their tendency to be aggressive. Moreover, being used in dog fights is not helping better the image of pit bulls. What’s worse is that every year, thousands of people get attacked by dogs of this breed. Some receive minor to major injuries while some, unfortunately die. And so something really has to be done in order to tame these dogs and proven them from attacking people.

Deadly aftermath of the attacks

Dog attacks, no matter how small the dog is, are quite dangerous. More than the wounds that one might get, there is also a great chance for the victim to contract rabies because of the attack. Every year, people die because of injuries caused by dog attacks. That is why the government has taken bold steps in trying to prevent incidents of dogs biting and attacking people and made sure that its owners are held accountable for the behavior of their pets.

Recent attacks

While the government efforts are constant, almost every month, new pit bull attacks are recorded by authorities. Just recently in Upland, California, one man and his dog was viciously attacked by a pit bull. The attack was said to have happened in the 1700 block of Partridge Avenue, around night nighttime. Police reports said that a man was walking his Golden Retriever when the pit bull attacked them. While the man sustained minor injuries on his hand, his dog was also said to be hurt after the attack. Authorities reported that the pit bull was taken to animal control and its owner, is going to be charged for vicious dog violation

What should you do if you have been attacked by a pit bull

Protecting yourself is key. First things first, you should protect vital parts of your body like your face and head from the attacking dogs. Secondly, one should try to break away from the dog and do something to send them away. Then, it is best that you seek treatment from a medical practitioner. Finally, seeking the help of a Los Angeles injury lawyer would also be critical. From there, you can file the necessary complaints against the animal attack so you could ask for damages from the dog’s owner to help you recover from your injuries.

While this general conception about dogs is not necessarily accurate, one cannot deny the fact that these animals can really be dangerous. And so, the most important thing that you can do to stay away from them and always try to protect yourself at all times.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Teenage Driving Deaths Decrease in 2011; 65 Percent Fewer Than in 1975

Teenage Driving Deaths Decrease in 2011; 65 Percent Fewer Than in 1975

The teenagers are the ones who tend to drive less than any other age group, with the exception of the elderly. Conversely, however, the numbers of crashes and crash deaths in the United States are disproportionately high on teenagers. In fact, the fatality rate per mile driven of teenagers 16 to 19 years old is said to be almost 3 times higher than that of drivers ages 20 or above.

In addition, the risk of getting severely or fatally injured in a vehicle crash is much more likely to happen to teenagers aged 16 to 17. In fact, the fatality rate per mile driven for that specific age group is just about twice as high as for teens aged 18 to 19 years old. Indeed, teenagers, among all age groups, are more likely to get fatally injured in motor vehicle crashes.

This time around, though, the incidents of crash deaths among teenagers have been decreasing over the past few years. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at least 3,023 teenagers aged 13 to 19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. Comparing it with the previous years, said figure is 65 percent fewer than that of 1975 (8,748) and 3 percent fewer than in 2010 (3,121). Said figure also accounted for 10 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in the United States (32,367).

Out of 3,023 motor vehicle accident deaths among teenagers, 11 percent of them were passenger vehicle occupants, or those who rode cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans. About seven percent were pedestrians, while only 3 percent were motorcyclists.

Incidentally, motor vehicle crashes were the leading causes of death among teenage males and females in the United States aged 13 to 19 years old, according to the latest statistical data available from 2010. Homicide and suicide placed second and third respectively.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Recent Pit Bull Attack Puts Breed in Bad Light…Again

Dogs are still one of the pets that American animal lovers want to have in their homes. These cuddly, fluffy, and playful creatures are really a bundle of joy. However, not all dogs are created alike. Some are nice toy dogs that people can bring around like accessories, while others tend to be more of a companion because of their loyalty and drive for different activities. However, certain dog breeds do not enjoy the general public’s approval, making them unpopular breeds. Case in point: pit bulls.

What are pit bulls?

Pit bulls are pedigree dogs that were bred due to the cross-breeding between bulldogs and terriers. Pit bulls are popular guard dogs as they are big and brawny and are quite powerful. However, the said violent nature of the dog makes it also one of the scariest breed to own. While pit bulls are generally tame, the environment where the dog is exposed does affect their attitude.

Another pit bull, another animal attack incident

Not too long ago, a deputy wanted to contact a probationer. The woman however fled and went to one of the nearby houses. In the aim of the deputy to contact the probation, he went to the house where the probationer went then he was suddenly and viciously attacked by a pit bull. The deputy tried to pacify the dog by using his baton but the dog would not stop and became more violent. For the fear of being bitten, the deputy shot the dog.

Responsible pet ownership

As highlighted by personal injury lawyers, there is a law where pet owners are held responsible for the injuries that their pets may cause others. However, there are still dog owners who fail to adhere to these rules, having their pets end up attacking and hurting people. When this happens, a victim can file for a personal injury claim. According to a Los Angeles attorney, a person that is found guilty of negligence which caused the animal attack may be required to pay damages that cover the pain and suffering that victim experiences as a result of the attack. That is why as a pet owner, you should make sure that you don’t only give your pets food to eat, water to drink, or groom them when needed. You should put your pet and other’s safety on top of your priority by doing anything that you can to prevent your pet from attacking anybody. This way, you don’t only protect the people around you. Most importantly you protect your pet and save yourself from all the stress that an animal attack charge can cause you.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Fatal Oxnard Crash and the Top Causes of Aviation Accidents in the U.S.

Fatal Oxnard Crash and the Top Causes of Aviation Accidents in the U.S.
Flying gives you a great feeling. It pumps up your adrenaline and makes you feel free momentarily. It gives you a different perspective of the world as it gives you a birds-eye view of your surroundings. It gets you into places that you have never been, faster. However, aircrafts are rather harder to operate and could also be dangerous. That is why you have to undergo extensive training so that you will be allowed to operate an aircraft.

Bad fall

Not too long ago, two people were killed when a small aircraft crashed in Oxnard, California. Firefighters rushed to the scene to put out the fire engulfing the plane that was destroyed because of the impact. Authorities say the aircraft was headed to the Oxnard Airport. Officials are withholding information about the crash as they are still in the process of determining what caused it.

Top causes of plane crashes

Boeing, one of the biggest aircraft makers in the world, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, and website have recently conducted a study to determine the reasons why planes crash and they found out that:

Friday, July 5, 2013

4th of July and Canine Heroics: A List of Some of the Incredible Hero Dogs

4th of July and Canine Heroics: A List of Some of the Incredible Hero Dogs

Heroism is not only a concept that applies to humans. Even animals, in particular, canines, possess such trait. We all have heard stories of so-called “hero dogs” that have risked life and limb in order to save the lives of people and other animals, not just their owners, from dangerous situations. From military and service dogs to guide dogs, these exceptional canines have the incredible instincts that we, humans, need to learn throughout our lives.

In the spirit of patriotism, since today is the Fourth of July, it is important to honor the most heroic canines in recent memory. Here is a list of some of them.

·         Roselle. If not for this yellow Labrador, her owner might not have made it alive out of the crumbling Tower 1 of the World Trade Center on September 11. From the 78th floor, she led her owner, Michael Hingson, down a stairwell towards the ground floor where they were able to escape just moments before the whole building collapsed.

·         Trakr. Together with his handler, Officer James Symington, the German shepherd helped locate at “ground zero” of the World Trade Center what would be the last human survivor of the September 11 attack. Because of his bravery and unbelievable courage, he was cloned not once, but five times. He died in 2009 at age 14.

·         Belle. Who would have thought a dog would dial 911 to help save his owner? After her owner, Kevin Weaver, who had diabetes, collapsed because of seizures, she literally bit those numbers on the cell phone for help. Unbelievably, she was trained to detect her owner’s blood-sugar levels, as well as bite down on the number 9 of Weaver’s cell phone to contact 911.

·         Maya. Who says the pitbull breeds are dangerous? Even they can be hero dogs, too, just like any other dog breeds. Maya, the recipient of the 2008 Dog the Year, was one of them. She bravely protected her owner, Angela Marcelino, from a vicious attack by a male assailant.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Five Tips to Consider When Taking Your Dog to Work

The “Take Your Dog to Work Day” is an annual occasion that happens every Friday following Father’s Day. First celebrated in 1999, this was established “to celebrate the great companions dog make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs.” One way to promote human-canine relationship is by encouraging employers to support this yearly event.

Although this year’s event have already taken place last June 21, this does not mean employers all over the country cannot allow their workers to bring their dogs in the workplace. As many dog lovers would say, everyday is “Take Your Dog to Work Day.”

If few of your fellow dog lovers in the office have already planned a specific day where you can all bring your pets, here are some tips to consider in order for your own “Take Your Dog to Work Day” to be successful:

·         You don’t want to turn off some of your co-workers when your dog suddenly does a no. 1 or a no. 2, especially in an enclosed area like your office. Always remember to take care of your pet’s bathroom needs before you go to work and during certain periods of the day.

·        Just because you love your dog to death does not mean all of your co-workers will feel the same way. Be considerate of other co-workers who are trying to concentrate on their work. Let them come to you and admire your pet, not the other way around.

·     Before bringing your dog to your office, make sure to check with your other co-workers near your desk if they are allergic to canines. You wouldn’t want them to be experiencing asthma symptoms and rashes.

·      Make the necessary cleanup in your work area where your dog can comfortably stay. Any loose wires must be removed or organized. Any clutter above or under your desk must be deal with accordingly. If your pet is still a puppy, avoid having it chew on anything around your work area by bringing its favorite chew toy.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

About Establishing Fault and Damages You May Receive in a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents only account to just around 13 percent of all traffic crash deaths in the United States every year. However, such mishaps were found to be more dangerous than other motor vehicle crashes. This is mainly due to the fact that motorcycle riders and passengers are not protected from the severe impact of crashes, unlike motorists who are secured inside their cars during an accident.

Also, it is likely for motorcycle accident victims to suffer from serious injuries or get killed in certain crashes, especially that they share the road with bigger vehicles such as automobiles and trucks. Although they are part of the road, not all motorists are able to recognize the presence of moving two-wheeled vehicles.

If in case you get involved in a motorcycle crash as a rider and you suffered an injury, it is best that you seek medical attention immediately. After which, you must be able to obtain the legal representation of a top Los Angeles motorcycle attorney who can help you determine if the other party is at fault for the accident and how much compensation you are entitled to receive for the damages and injuries you sustained.

In California, determining fault in a motorcycle accident is based on the statute of pure comparative negligence. It is possible that the investigators in-charge of determining the cause of the accident may rule that the injured rider may also be at fault for the accident, albeit partially. Applying the said statute, if, for example, the injured rider was determined as 30 percent at fault for the accident,  he or she will only receive 30 percent of the total damages determined.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Reminders for Motorcyclists This Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is being celebrated this month. Obviously, a lot of federal and state traffic safety agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are raising safety awareness not only for motorcyclist but for other motorists as well through educational campaigns and other important initiatives.

This national traffic safety initiative aims to remind both motorcyclists and motorists to look out for each other, putting into account the value of sharing the road to further avoid accidents. As we all know, motorcycle mishaps make up a large part of motor traffic accidents and subsequent injuries and deaths, and this month’s awareness campaign is a great way to instill to the minds of people the importance of safety driving.

Statistics from the NHTSA indicated that some 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in the United States two years ago. Said figure was a two-percent increase from the previous year, and it also accounted for about 14 percent of all traffic highway deaths in the country. This is despite motorcycle registrations accounting to only about 3 percent of all vehicles in the U.S.

Preventing motorcycle accident injuries and deaths are one of the highlights of the NHTSA’s awareness drive for this month. In fact, the traffic safety agency has provided the following safety recommendations for motorcyclists:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Getting on the Other Side of the Road, Safely

A pedestrian faces a lot of dangers while walking on the road. Every year, thousands of pedestrians get injured due to these road accidents. Some injuries are very minor while others are life threatening. If you’re unlucky enough, you may not see another day. However a Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer says that you can do something to minimize the chances of, if not totally avoiding getting involved in accidents in most of these occasions. Question that pops to one’s mind is how? How can one dodge the dangers of walking on the side of the road?

Here are some of the best practices for pedestrians to avoid getting injured or die because of an accident.

-          Obey traffic rules and signs at all times. This is the root of all evil. Road rules and signs are there for a reason. Why would the government put up all of these expensive road signs, right? However, some ignorant or impatient people would go and risk their very lives just for fake convenience. These very people are the ones with the most chances of figuring in an accident. So the best way to keep yourself safe? Adhere to what these signs are saying.

-          Cross only on crosswalks. Pedestrian crosswalks are where people should really cross. However, some people think that crosswalks are too far for them to go to. They feel that it is a waste of energy and time to go and find the nearest crosswalk than just simply cross the road. Because of these, people get struck by cars that get them hurt. Make it a practice to cross only on crosswalks. You don’t only get exercise for taking some extra steps to get to the crosswalk, you also lessen your chances of getting run over by a vehicle.

-          Distracted walking. Who says that only drivers are not allowed to send text messages or call? Pedestrians should also be attentive at all times so they can see or hear possible hazards on the road. So make sure to keep that mobile phone or tablet in your pocket to avoid accidents.