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Irvine, California, Motor Vehicle Accidents Blog

The herbal supplement kratom can cause illness, death

It's easy to believe that herbal supplements are good for you, but this isn't always the case. There are times when these can cause more harm than good, and that appears to be the case with kratom.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), kratom carries serious risks, including those associated with addiction and death.

4 tips for driving in Southern California holiday traffic

Southern California is already notorious for heavy traffic, and it gets even worse during the holiday season. Getting stuck in a traffic jam can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you are going somewhere important, such as work or a holiday party. Traffic can also be dangerous and result in an accident.

So, how can you stay safe while you are driving on the 405 or 55 this holiday season? Read below for the best tips on navigating busy roads during the holidays.

Young man speaks up about dangerous roadway

We've all heard the saying, "See something, say something..." Well, that is just what a young man did in Sacramento County.

Setting an example for everyone, the ninth grade student from Liberty Ranch High School decided to do something about an unsafe section of road that was a potential disaster for pedestrians. A section of Marengo Road contained an "S" curve with a very limited, if any, view while maneuvering around it. Not only did drivers frequent the road, but pedestrian students used it for walking or bicycling.

What are the many elements of a negligence case?

If you have reason to believe that another person acted in a negligent manner, thus leading to your injuries, there are certain elements you need to prove.

Before reaching a final verdict, the jury in your case will take into consideration the facts, testimony from all parties involved and evidence.

The many types of product defect claims

As a consumer, you don't buy a product with the idea that it could cause an injury or illness. Instead, you make the purchase with hope and assumption that the product is safe to use in the intended manner.

Unfortunately, this is not always the way things work out. There are times when a consumer is injured or becomes ill after using a product.

Don’t let adrenaline fool you after a car crash

You never know how you will feel during and after a car crash until you are actually in this position. Here's something you need to know: Your body will be full of adrenaline, which makes it difficult for you to understand how you truly feel.

With so much adrenaline surging through your body, you'll feel less pain. Some of the other things you may notice include:

  • Faster rate of breathing
  • Sudden boost of energy
  • Tunnel vision
  • Dilated blood vessels

Things truckers should know about distracted driving

No matter who you are, there is never a good time to become distracted when you're behind the wheel of a vehicle. Doing so increases the likelihood of causing an accident.

Truck drivers are trained to keep their eyes on the road at all times; however, this doesn't always happen. With so many potential distractions, truckers often let their minds wander while they're traveling down the road.

Things to consider after a car accident

One of the most traumatic events you may ever have to deal with in California is a car accident. Whether or not you are a victim or an immediate family member to someone who is, the consequences are often challenging to endure for everyone affected. 

If you are a crash victim, you may be struggling to come to terms with the events that lead to your injuries. You may also feel overwhelmed by how helpless you are and how much you have to rely on others while you recover. If you are the spouse or parent of an individual injured in car accident, you may find yourself frustrated and stressed about how to help them overcome their experiences and injuries. Here are some things you should keep in mind when dealing with the aftermath. 

Torrance woman's family claims 'death by bureaucracy' in lawsuit

A Torrance woman's family has filed a lawsuit against two hospitals for her wrongful death. They accuse both LA HealthCare and California Health Net of having engaged in unnecessary bureaucratic wrangling over who was going to foot the bill for her out-of-network liver transplant. Her family alleges that four months worth of stalling ultimately resulted in the 53-year-old woman dying of liver cirrhosis in November of 2015.

The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles back in May. It chronicles how the decedent pleaded with the two defendants to make a swift decision about her care soon after she first found out she was being placed on the transplant list in the months before her death.

The insurance claims process: Things to think about

When it comes to the insurance claims process, there are many things you need to think about. Getting on the right track upfront will go a long way in saving you time in the long run.

If you are involved in a car accident, you should do your best to report the incident to your insurance company within 24 hours. Additionally, if you were not at fault in the accident, you may find yourself contacting the insurance company of the at-fault party.