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Irvine, California, Motor Vehicle Accidents Blog

How can homeowners make pools safer?

Pools are often considered an attractive nuisance. While people assume they'll lead to hours of enjoyment in the summer sun, the reality is that nothing causes more injuries or deaths than drowning accidents for kids who are 4 years old and younger. That's directly from the Orange County Fire Authority. In addition, 80 percent of these incidents happen in backyard pools.

So, with the risk being so very clear, what can people do to make pools safer? What steps should homeowners take, both to protect their own children and to protect others in the neighborhood?

Why should you should learn the symptoms of whiplash?

Whiplash is a very common injury in Irvine motor vehicle collisions. While some car accident injuries are apparent, whiplash is one injury that may not show up right away. It is not uncommon for car accident victims to feel fine or a little sore afterward, only to learn several days and weeks later they have whiplash. If you are ever in a car accident, regardless of how you feel immediately afterward, you should see a physician. 

Whiplash occurs when the head is flung rapidly back and forth, causing the muscles, spinal cord, neck and head to move beyond their normal range of motion. The severity of whiplash ranges from mild to severe. If left untreated, it can cause health complications that compromise your current standard of living. Review some common symptoms of whiplash to know if further medical attention is necessary. 

  • Dizziness - Feelings of vertigo, unsteadiness, lightheadedness and disequilibrium usually occur within 24 hours of an accident. 
  • Headaches - Pain that originates at the base of the neck and moves upward, causing a dull or sharp ache could indicate nerve damage and other trauma. 
  • Neck and pain soreness - You might feel sore and stiff after a car accident, especially in the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. While it is not unusual for motor vehicle collision victims to experience a little stiffness and soreness, lingering pain and discomfort that does not resolve within a few days could mean you have a whiplash injury. 

Man sues Uber after losing his legs in an accident

A man in California was involved in a traffic accident that cost him both of his legs, and he is now suing Uber, the ride-sharing company he had been using.

Per the lawsuit, the man had called an Uber driver, who showed up in a Jeep. That driver then took the man out to the Santa Ana I-5 freeway. Unfortunately, the vehicle then ran out of gas.

Summer dangers: Swimming pool liabilities

Spring is coming! If you live in a warmer part of the United States, it isn't too early to be thinking about digging out that pool that you always wanted.

However, you might want to pause your plans after you think about the potential dangers a swimming pool brings.

A jury awards $68 million to a dead Fresno heart patient's family

A Fresno County jury returned a verdict on March 20 in a medical malpractice case against an area heart surgeon. The jury had awarded the man's family $55.6 million in punitive damages the previous day. They awarded an additional $12.39 million in damages. The total in damages awarded has now reached $68 million.

According to the initial filing in the case, the 57-year-old doctor had been performing open heart surgery on the plaintiff in April 2012 when he, for some unknown reason, left the operating room. He left the man's chest open, and the patient bled out. The man later went into a permanent comatose state as a result. He later died. His surviving heirs will receive the settlement on the decedent's behalf.

What does a distracted driver look like?

It's good to know that you have full control over what happens in your vehicle. Conversely, it can be a bit unsettling to realize that you have no control over other drivers.

While there is no sure-fire way to pinpoint a distracted driver, there are signs to watch out for. If you have reason to believe a person is not paying attention to the road, you'll want to leave as much space as possible between your two vehicles.

What do I do if I encounter an aggressive driver?

Driving around the Irvine area, you are probably used to seeing motorists who are impatient and in a rush to get to their destinations. What you might not realize is that some of these individuals are aggressive motorists. Aggression in motorists is very common. It is also very dangerous. 

Many fatal car accidents occur because of misplaced aggression behind the steering wheel. Take some time to learn how to deal with aggressive motorists. 

2 are critically injured in multiple tractor-trailer crash

A rest area along Highway 46 in Shandon was the scene of a mutli-vehicle collision just before daylight on Monday, March 5. The 5:50 a.m. incident, which involved three tractor-trailers and a sports utility vehicle (SUV), resulted in two motorists being seriously injured.

A California Highway Patrol (CHP) report chronicles how one of the tractor-trailer drivers, a 63-year-old Laton resident, was traveling westbound along Highway 46 before the accident occurred. Soon thereafter, witnesses described having seen the man's Freightliner truck cross the center line, entering the eastbound lane. It's then that he sideswiped the Freightliner of a 25-year-old Santa Maria trucker.

Uh oh, it’s getting foggy out there

You wake up in the morning with the idea of hopping in your car, hitting the road and getting to work on time (for once). And then you realize that it's so foggy that you can't even see your hand in front of your face.

Of course, since you have places to be, you can't sit at home and wait for the fog to clear. Instead, you need to navigate the road all while doing whatever you can to remain safe.

Will you take these steps after a car accident?

Being part of a car accident is not something you dream of. Instead, it's something you attempt to avoid at all costs.

If you happen to find yourself in this situation, you can relieve some of your stress by knowing which steps to take.