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Irvine, California, Motor Vehicle Accidents Blog

Holiday car accident statistics and safety tips

Safety on the road is a major concern during holiday travel. With an increase in traffic, poor weather and drunk drivers, holiday driving can be deadly. According to estimates from AAA, over 27,000 may suffer car accident injuries during the end-of-year season.

Here are injury and fatality statistics and estimates for holiday auto crashes.

Common concerns about taking action after a shopping mall injury

Many people that suffer injuries on an individual's or entity's premises don't just suffer physically but financially as well. When people suffer from an injury that could have been prevented by standard safety procedures on the premises, they are likely to be entitled to compensation as a result. However, many injury victims are cautious about taking action for one reason or another.

If you have been injured in a shopping mall in the state of California, it is important to reflect on the event and question whether the premises manager or owner could have done something to prevent it. The medical bills and lost wages suffered could be compensated for, and you may gain additional compensation for the suffering you endured.

Motorcyclist dies in Irvine hospital after crash

On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in La Mirada, California, a man tragically died after a collision with a car. The incident occurred at the Valley View Avenue and Rosecrans Avenue intersection in the early afternoon.

The motorcyclist was involved in a collision with a car when the car pulled out of a fast food parking lot. The motorcyclist hit the side of the car and then subsequently lost control of the motorcycle. This meant that the motorcyclist then continued without control down the road, hitting a curb and then a pole.

Anesthesia errors can count as medical malpractice

When you go to the hospital for a minor or major surgery, it is almost certain that you will need to receive anesthesia in some form or another. You may receive local anesthesia, where a specific area of your body will be numbed so that you do not feel the pain. For more serious surgeries, you may need to undergo general anesthesia, where you are put to sleep.

While the majority of anesthesia procedures are conducted safely, occasionally errors are made. When mistakes are made in regard to the administering of the anesthesia, very serious consequences can occur. If anesthesia is given as an overdose, death can even occur. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of an anesthesia error, it is important to consider what mistake may have been made and whether you are able to make a medical malpractice claim.

Understanding the dangers of trucking no-zones

It is very common for drivers of vehicles to feel nervous when they have to drive alongside a truck, or when they need to overtake them. Much of this is because they have some knowledge of the fact that trucks have "no-zones". "No-zones" might have been a term that people vaguely remember from when they were learning to drive, but it is common for drivers to forget the details of the principle as years go by.

If you have been involved in a truck accident and you are concerned whether you will be found to blame, it is important that you understand the principle of "no-zones". In this way, you will be able to verify if you do believe that you were in a "no-zone" immediately before the accident occurred, and you will be able to defend yourself if you think that you were not.

Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries

Every day in the United States, people suffer from traumatic brain injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there are many reasons why people sustain these injuries, and motor vehicle accidents are the third leading cause.  

The symptoms can last for a few days or the rest of the person's life. It is vital to see a doctor right after a car accident to begin treatment. In the weeks and months that follow the collision, you should watch out for the following symptoms and bring them to your doctor's immediate attention:  

How is suffering quantified in a car accident settlement?

Car accident injuries are almost always accompanied by a great deal of pain and suffering. While it is relatively easy to quantify the damages done to a vehicle, or even to calculate the medical bills associated with an accident, it is nearly impossible to put a dollar amount on the amount a person suffered emotional and physical pain as a result of a car accident.

Insurance companies, therefore, have varying methods in regard to how they attempt to quantify the suffering that resulted from a car accident. Usually, the insurance company will base the compensation for suffering on the medical bills that were incurred. This is often known as the multiplier method.

What can I do if I'm robbed in a store?

When you are in a grocery store or shopping mall, the law expects that the owners of the premises keep all legal visitors as safe as possible. This means making sure that there are no hazards or dangers that might cause people to slip or injure themselves. It also means making sure that there is adequate security in place to prevent a robbery or an assault from happening on the premises.

If you had your bag or wallet stolen while in a store, you will likely want to turn to the store's security guards and CCTV equipment for help after the incident. Ideally, there should be enough security in place to prevent such incidences from taking place or to catch the perpetrators in the act. If there was not adequate security and you suffered damages or even injured yourself as a result, you may want to consider taking legal action against the store itself.

Industrial equipment defects can cost lives

As an employer in a factory or construction site, it is likely that you depend on industrial equipment in order for your company to generate profits. This equipment is usually very costly and performs critical tasks for production. Therefore, you would expect that this equipment will perform safely and without issue.

However, serious accidents in the workplace occur because of equipment that has malfunctioned. This can happen with almost any type of specialized equipment, from scaffolding and cranes to machines and trucks. If one of your employees becomes injured because of a defective piece of equipment, it is likely that you as the employer will have to react to a workers' compensation claim. However, you should make sure to consider taking action against the manufacturer for the damages caused.

3 safety tips for driving in traffic

Few things are as annoying as LA traffic; it seems like congestion is a never-ending problem in Southern California. Whether you are trying to get to work or return home after a long day, it is inevitable that you will encounter traffic jams on a regular basis. 

The average American spends forty-two hours in traffic. Not only is congestion frustrating, it can also be dangerous. Here are some guidelines for staying safe while you are dealing with LA traffic: