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Beloved Former Los Angeles Laker Suspected of DUI

Former Laker, Derek Fisher, was arrested on Sunday June 4th on suspicion of a DUI accident after flipping an SUV on highway 101. While no other parties seem to be involved in the accident, the car was flipped over onto its roof when CHP had arrived. Thankfully, neither Fisher nor Govan, Fisher's girlfriend and star of the show, "Basketball wives," were injured in the accident. California Highway patrol claims that Fisher was under the influence at the time of the accident. Interesting to note is that the totaled vehicle was registered to Matt Barnes, Ex-husband to Govan and former teammate of Derek Fisher. Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher were in an altercation when Govan and Barnes were separated and still married.

The Cost of Repairing Car Safety Tech After An Accident

As safety technologies and gadgets become more ubiquitous in modern vehicles, does the cost increase for the consumer? Ideally, the more these varying technologies are implemented, the cheaper they should become as competition, further development and market saturation will make them cheaper and more widely available. However, there is a caveat for the time being. In the case of the serious collisions, these tools can be damaged in irreplaceable ways. Let's examine a high speed rear-end collision and determine what the owners are left to handle.

Amgen Tour of California Highlights National Bike Month

If you were looking to take a firsthand glimpse into the sport of competitive cycling for the first time, or an avid enthusiast of the global sport, you sure better have seen the final stage in the Amgen Tour of California. Depending on where you live in the Golden State, you may have had a portion of the Men's tour or Women's tour near your hometown. The Men's tour began in Sacramento, traveled through Pismo Beach, wound its way up to Big Bear and reached the finishing line in Southern California's Pasadena. The Women's Tour launched from South Lake Tahoe, set course for Elk Grove then finished in Sacramento.

What cases fall under personal injury?

If you have an accident or get injured in California, you may have a case under personal injury law. Personal injury, according to the American Bar Association, is any injury caused to you or damage caused to your property due to someone else’s negligence. In some cases, negligence does not have to be proven to win a personal injury case. It really depends on the situation.

Product liability falls under this area of law. If a manufacturer creates a product that causes harm, they can be held liable for it. This is a case when negligence does not always have to be proven. The manufacturer may not have intended to harm you but created a product that was dangerous.

What are the different forms of distracted driving?

For years, it seemed as though the greatest threat that you faced on Los Angeles roads was from drunk drivers. With the advent of cell phone technology, an entirely new class of dangerous motorist was introduced: the distracted driver. Yet while cell phones have seemingly been portrayed as the only form of driver distraction, there are plenty of other things that people on the road can do to take their attention away where it should be and consequently put you and others at risk.

The Auto Alliance (working in conjunction with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) recognizes three forms of driving distractions:

  •          Visual  
  •          Manual
  •          Cognitive

Waymo Self-Driving Cars Public Trial Is Live In Phoenix

Phoenix is the new testing ground for Waymo's public debut and for now, the service will be free. Waymo, the autonomous driving service developed initially through Google, is looking to determine consumer needs and continue to perfect their autonomous vehicle technology. While Waymo may be slow to deploy its first public fleet behind its other competitors, the participants in the "early rider" program will be able to summon a self-driving minivan using their smart phone. Eventually, Waymo looks to monetize their autonomous fleet of vehicles. Participants of the early rider program have been selected based on their varying transportation needs and backgrounds.

What should I know about concussions?

In the event you believe you’ve sustained a concussion, getting the proper medical treatment in Los Angeles is crucial to preventing further complications from occurring. The first step is to be able to properly identify the common signs and symptoms of a concussion, as well as being aware of what you can do to mitigate ill-effects.

As illustrated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a range of symptoms associated with this type of injury. For instance, in some cases your mood may be affected by a serious head injury. This can cause an increase in emotionality, as well as irritability or a feeling of sadness. Cognitive effects may also occur, including trouble thinking clearly or concentrating, not being able to retain information and the feeling that your thoughts are progressing slower than usual.

How can I prevent driver fatigue?

Whether you operate a motorcycle, semi truck or small vehicle, it is very important to be vigilant on the road at all times. Traffic wrecks have a multitude of causes, including intoxicated drivers, people who speed, icy roads and traffic congestion. However, some of these crashes in Los Angeles and all over the nation are a result of driver fatigue. Sadly, driver fatigue is especially widespread in the trucking industry, leaving many victims with lifelong injuries. In some cases, people even pass away because of fatigued drivers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that drivers can take a number of steps to reduce the likelihood of being fatigued while driving. For example, you should be aware of any signs that you are dangerously tired, such as increased yawning, and watch out for any medicines that may make you drowsy. Moreover, you should be aware of how risky it can be to rely on coffee or another alertness tactic to avoid falling asleep at the wheel. You can also avoid driver fatigue by ensuring that you get the right amount of sleep each night and even by eating healthy.

Summer Roadtrip? Check Out These Driving & Travel Tips

If you or your family plans on taking a road trip this summer, you may want to check our list to see if you are prepared for the roads ahead. While the list below is certainly not a complete list of everything you will need, it fits the barebones requirement of just about any extended excursion.

1. First Aid Kit. It your responsibility to make sure your first aid kit reflects the environment you will be travelling through. Emergency blankets, bandages, anti-infection ointments, gauze pads, even instant ready hot or cold packs might be useful. Additionally, having the equipment and not knowing how to use it properly renders it useless. Inspect your first aid kits and keep them up to date and ready for use. Some people combine their emergency kits with their first aid kits to include food rations, water and iodine tablets to purify ground water, flashlights and road flares, and additional cold weather clothing.

Driver errors and the logic of self-driving cars

On the streets and highways around Los Angeles, the traffic congestion can lead to a variety of driver reactions, ranging from anxiety to boredom to anger. Some of these attitudes may be behind the factors that research indicates are the main cause of motor vehicle crashes. Regardless of the trigger, though, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that drivers made mistakes that led to 94 percent of the thousands of traffic accidents reviewed during the study.

Estimates show about 41 percent of the crashes caused by human error have recognition errors as a primary factor. Distractions inside and outside the vehicle, failure to adequately survey the situation around the vehicle and driver inattention are included in this category. Decision errors make up 33 percent of the accidents, including speeding, poor judgment, anticipating other drivers’ actions incorrectly and performing illegal maneuvers. Overcompensating, losing control of the vehicle and other performance mistakes lead to roughly 11 percent of the incidents, while 7 percent involved non-performance errors—primarily falling asleep behind the wheel. Another 8 percent are classified as “other.”

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