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A Pre-Dawn Motorcycle-Versus-Truck Crash Leaves One California Motorcyclist Dead

Motorcyclists and their passengers are among the most vulnerable people on the road. Many times, motorcycle accidents result in the death of a motorcyclist or motorcycle passenger and, too many times, they are the result of a car, truck, or SUV driver who failed to maintain a proper lookout and made negligent errors due to their failure to notice the motorcycle. If you've been hurt by someone else's negligence while you were aboard a motorcycle, you should be proactive and get in touch with an experienced San Mateo motorcycle accident lawyer right away. A fatal motorcycle accident from nearby San...
Motorcycle AccidentsandTruck Accident

Traumatic Brain Injury: A Serious Threat to Youth

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results when a physical injury, such as a blow, jolt, bump or even a penetrating object, causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. TBI is the leading cause of disability and death for children and adolescents in America. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 1.7 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries each year, more than 600,000 of these incidents involve children either being seen in emergency rooms or admitted to hospitals. For young people, TBIs can be caused by many things. High impact sports, such...
Personal Injury

What a Recent Fatal Accident, and One Driver’s Criminal Charges, Can Teach About Negligence Lawsuits in California

There can be lots of different reasons why the driver who hit you in a vehicle crash did so. Sometimes, it's just flawed driving; other times, it's something more. Maybe they were speeding, maybe they were texting while driving, or maybe they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If the driver who hit you was cited or charged criminally in connection with the accident that harmed you, then that citation or conviction may be very important to your civil case. Check with a knowledgeable San Mateo vehicle accident lawyer about your legal options if you were hit by...
Auto AccidentsandCar Accident

Study Finds Decrease in Fatal Work Injuries in California

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released a study finding that fatal work injuries in California decreased from 2009 to 2010. For the hundreds of Californians who suffer work-related injuries each year, however, several legal claims are possible to help them obtain compensation for their injuries, lost wages and rehabilitation. Work Injury Statistics The BLS recently released the preliminary results of its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2010. After comparing the total number of fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2010 with the sum from 2009, the BLS found that the number of deaths...
Personal Injury

Getting the Most from Your California Auto Accident Lawsuit, Even if Your Were Partly to Blame for the Crash

First and foremost, we all hope that, when we get into a vehicle, we won't be in a collision. Failing that, we all hope that, if we are in a crash, the evidence will show that we were free of any blame for the accident. Real-life accidents, though, are often filled with many actions by various drivers that impact who is at fault for the crash and who isn't, making the issue of liability one colored in shades of gray. If you were hurt in one of those not-black-and-white crashes, you need the help of a skilled San Mateo auto...
Auto AccidentsandCar AccidentandVehicle Accident

Study Discovers Many Teens are Waiting to Get Their License

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]For many teenagers in San Mateo County, getting their driver’s license and being able to drive independently is something they look forward to for years. Although driving can be an exciting time in a teenager’s life, teenagers are at a high risk for being in or causing an accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than drivers 20 years or older. Inexperience and Risk Teenage drivers are inexperienced drivers and are less likely to understand hazardous...
Vehicle Accident

State of California Claims Improved Traffic Safety: Is It True?

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The California Office of Traffic Safety reported the good news that overall traffic fatalities in the state were down by 10.3 percent in 2009, the lowest level since statistics were first kept in 1975. Traffic safety seemed to increase overall, with alcohol-impaired fatalities down by 7.6 percent from 2008. Seat belt usage was up even among teen drivers, and motorcycle fatalities declined for the first time since 1998. The euphoria over the appearance of increased traffic safety, however, must be tempered by the reality that traffic accidents still constitute the fifth-leading cause of death in the nation’s largest state....
Motorcycle Accidents

Sleep AIDS can Affect Driving Ability the Next Day

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Often, when people take sleep aids, they assume that the effects of the medication will have worn off by the time they wake up. Unfortunately, research has shown that is not always the case. Consequently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is stepping up its efforts to ensure people are well-informed about the effects of taking sleep aids. The agency is especially worried about people who take a sleep medication at night and then drive the following morning. In many cases, the effects of the medication have yet to wear off, resulting in people driving while drowsy. Drowsy driving...
Vehicle Accident

San Francisco Bicycle Accidents: The Causes and the Consequences

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Bay Area is well known for its avid cyclists, but is also infamous for the degree of danger that its bicyclists face. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), California is the second-most-dangerous state for bicycle riders, with 109 fatalities in the state during 2008. The NHTSA’s data reveals that nearly 70 percent of all pedal cyclist deaths occur in urban areas. Also, 64 percent of the fatal cycling accidents happen in traffic intersections. San Francisco riders face especially serious threats, as cars, taxis, trucks, SUVs, buses, fellow cyclists and the Muni are frequently the cause...
Bicycle Accidents

San Francisco First in Pedestrian Accidents: 800 Hit Each Year

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s common knowledge that the Bay Area is a particularly dangerous place to drive or cycle. In fact, it has more motor vehicle accident injuries per-mile-driven than any other sizeable city in California, as stated by the Office of Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, the danger does not stop there: San Francisco may be the most dangerous place in the U.S. for pedestrians. On a typical day, two pedestrians are hit by motorists in San Francisco. When a pedestrian is hit by a car they may be lucky to only receive a few bumps or bruises, but most are not that...
Pedestrian Accident