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Common carrier accident can lead to injuries, compensation claims

Common carriers, such as bus companies, have a duty to ensure that drivers are proeprly trained to drive in a safe manner. In fact, the responsibilities that are placed upon common carriers by California laws are much greater than those that are placed on drivers who are operating personal vehicles. When you are injured in an accident while traveling on a common carrier, you will probably look into the possibility of seeking compensation.

One important factor that distinguishes a common carrier from an ordinary driver is that common carriers charge a fee for transporting people or goods from one location to another. Often, these common carriers are operated by a municipality.

Increase in pedestrians struck by LA motorists

The police in Los Angeles are reporting that the number of pedestrians being struck and experiencing severe injuries by motorists has increased more than a third throughout the past five years. It's their belief that distracted driving, as well as pedestrians not being as aware as they should be, are the main culprits to these rising statistics. The increase in pedestrians struck by LA motorists is a growing concern of the police, as well as the public. 

How are brain injuries diagnosed?

Suffering a brain injury, especially a traumatic brain injury, means that you will need to seek medical care to get a diagnosis so that you can move forward with a treatment program. When you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, you will probably find yourself in the emergency room. Your diagnosis will begin in that emergency department.

What is considered when making a brain injury diagnosis?

Traumatic brain injury: Why you need an attorney

Traumatic brain injuries don't just impact your physical health and ability to function. They also have a dramatic effect on what your day-to-day life looks like. Even once you are out of the hospital, you may need ongoing appointments, specialized medical equipment and additional time off work — or even a total career change.

Unfortunately, it's quite common for the other party in one of these accidents to be less than cooperative. Insurance companies in particular can be incredibly difficult to deal with and may even try to get you to believe that you were the person at fault. It's important to understand that these companies have dedicated legal teams on retainer specifically for these situations.

Expenses are considerable after a spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries lead to lifelong expenses that can be very costly. Generally, higher level injuries are associated with higher expenses than lower level injuries. Another factor that affects the lifelong expenses associated with the injury is the age of the victim. Younger spinal cord injury patients are likely to have higher expenses because of the number of years they are likely to live after the injury occurs. It is easy to understand the financial devastation that occurs after this type of injury when you consider some averages associated with spinal cord injuries.

The expenses that a person with a spinal cord injury will incur is usually highest during the first year. A high tetraplegia injury means an average of $1,064,716 in direct expenses, which includes living expenses and medical care, in the first year. A low tetraplegia injury means an average of $769,351. Paraplegia is associated with an average of $518,904 of direct expenses in the first year. Any level of injury that is associated with incomplete motor function is associated with $347,484 the first year.

The role of insurance companies in motor vehicle accidents

Motorists injured in accidents soon find themselves in the middle of a very stressful situation. The injuries from the crash and the damage to their vehicles have caused severe disruptions to their daily routine. Missing work is costly, and the medical care that they need can also be expensive. Knowing how to get compensation from those responsible for the accident can be very confusing.

Insurance companies often prey on accident victims in these situations. They know you need money, and they know that you are looking for a way to make ends meet. We wanted to take a few moments to answer some common questions that we often get about insurance companies so that you understand what their objectives are when dealing with accident cases.

Cops: We think you were on the phone while driving, but …

It's one thing to have a law on the books, and quite another to effectively enforce it.

That holds true in California and every other state, and the occasional disconnect that occurs when police officers strongly suspect that a law is being broken yet lack sufficient evidence to do anything about it can seem especially marked when it comes to driving and smartphones.

Dangerous driver case: maybe regulators should be punished, too

After perusing the details of a particularly harrowing tale regarding a dangerous commercial trucker, many readers might be reasonably thinking that the discipline handed out was less than meaningful and comprehensive.

When you look at what might be called the "rap sheet" of the trucker, who was most recently licensed in California, it is manifestly clear that he was a loose cannon on the road and an imminent threat to the lives of other drivers every time he got behind the wheel.

Sleep apnea findings concerning: Truck industry wake-up call?

Clearly, no one will doze off when hearing the conclusions of a group of university researchers examining sleep apnea in the commercial trucking industry.

Falling asleep is one thing when it pertains to, say, an office worker who can't quite keep his or her head up in the cubicle for a few moments on a given afternoon. It is something else altogether when the head bobbing up and down is attached to a driver of an 18-wheel rig that is tooling down a busy interstate in California or elsewhere at 70 miles per hour.

Seniors, falls and driving outcomes: a correlation?

If you're out motoring on a busy California roadway, would you rather be surrounded on all sides by teen drivers or motorists of a relatively advanced age?

That is, of course, a loaded question, and perhaps not a particularly fair one.

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