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One woman killed, another injured in California crash

When we think of fatal car accidents, we usually think of two vehicles colliding with one another. In the aftermath, authorities will try to determine who was at fault. But what happens if there's only one car involved? What happens when the passengers are the victims of the driver's negligence?

California brain injury case ends with $56.5 million award

Over six years ago, a contractor for a road work company left to do some work on the shoulder of Highway 101 in California. He came back a different person. His company requested a lane closure from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and was denied. In an attempt to protect its employees, the man's company placed a barrier backhoe in the way of oncoming traffic. Caltrans ordered them to move it. Caltrans then placed a work light in a position that created a blinding glare for drivers.

What to do when you have an emergency on the road

Many things can happen unexpectedly on California roadways. Emergencies can include anything from running out of gas to getting a flat tire. When an emergency occurs, motorists need to know what to do to stay safe and avoid causing traffic disruptions or accidents.

What are the long-term care options for a spinal-cord injury?

When your recovery from your spinal cord injury in Los Angeles is almost complete, and it becomes obvious that you need long-term care, you may be concerned that a nursing home or similar facility is your only option. However, according to the United Spinal Association, while this may be your best solution, there are others that you should consider before making the choice.

Securing Your Dog for Travel Could Be the Best Decision You Ever Make

In Los Angeles, in California and around the country, winter is gradually thawing its way into spring. With warming temperatures, taking a drive somewhere scenic for a walk or hike with your best friend is increasingly enticing. Now, your best friend may not be the best man at your wedding, or the sorority sister who helped you get through finals week junior year. If that is the case, your best friend might have significantly more fur than you and need a special restraining system when you two go for a drive. Dog safety harnesses can save the lives of you and your dog if you are involved in an accident. Dogs can be very distracting creatures as they don't particularly care if you are attempting to merge onto a highway or complete a right turn through a pedestrian crossing zone. Keeping your dog in a harness can keep the dog restrained from distracting you as well as being ejected or tossed around the vehicle if you are in a sudden collision with another vehicle or object.

What are factors that can help to prove fault in a car accident?

No matter the type of accident, it is imperative to determine who is responsible for the accident and who will be held liable. It may be obvious to those involved but this is irrelevant until evidence is provided that supports your arguments and your claims. To make a stronger argument these are the factors that can help in backing your claims:

Proving fault in car accident cases

Determining fault in car accident cases can be very difficult because of the complexities involved. Negotiations between the two drivers cannot proceed until there is a determination of fault. Although some accidents are straightforward and there is clear negligence, others can be more complicated. There are cases in which none or both of the drivers might be at fault. If it is unclear who was at fault, law enforcement authorities may investigate the scene. This is also important for insurance companies that need to determine who was at fault. A proper report of fault determination is essential for them, which is why they have several ways of determining who was responsible for the accident.

Are Car Dealerships The New Classroom For Roadway Safety?

The march towards automated, driverless vehicles continues forward at a swift pace. However, we're not living in a world of robot cars yet, so auto manufacturers are adding more and more safety features than previously thought possible. The result of this is car salesmen are becoming the teachers of these safety technologies. For many, this can lead to some issues as misinformation can spread like wildfire. In an MIT study of some of the car dealerships around the Boston area, a mere 6 of the 17 salespeople tested gave "thorough" explanations of how the new safety features operated in the vehicles they were selling. The lack of proper training may be to blame as a Ford representative told the group conducting the study that the company only trains retailers that do a high enough volume of business. Regardless of the cause, the results are worrisome as some of the salespeople gave information that could have endangered the driver or others on the road.

How a Brain Injury Diagnosed In Time Can Save Your Life

Sustaining a brain injury can be compared to one of the worst forms of torture that you can suffer while still alive. Whether you were a victim of a recent vehicle accident or occupational hazard at the workplace, a brain injury can adversely affect you in more ways than you can imagine. For instance, not only are you likely to lose your memories but you risk spending adequate time nursing and recuperating from such a catastrophic injury.

California Highway Patrol has more say in motorcycle safety

The safety of motorcyclists is often a hot button issue for riders. Motorcyclists are required to take extra training courses to ride, but motor vehicle drivers are often left unaware of the dangers present on two wheels. With Los Angeles' warm weather and a high volume of traffic, the area is a motorcyclist's paradise.

Proving liability in tour bus accidents

Tour buses hold a large number of passengers and the safety of these passengers are in the hands of the driver. Along with a large number of passengers comes a large potential for damage. Tour bus drivers are expected to show a high level of care, caution, and regard for safety and traffic rules. Tour buses are "common carriers". This refers to any organization or body whose function is to transport a large number of people in return for monetary compensation.

Long-lasting impact of car accidents

Being in a car accident can result in significant pain and suffering for those involved. All motor vehicle collisions are dangerous and might lead to injuries or in some cases death. There are some situations in which car accidents have a long-lasting impact on those who get injured, due to long-term treatments.

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