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Do you know the difference between a trial and an appeal?

Anyone could suffer serious injuries as a result of a car accident, slip-and-fall incident, dog bite or other event. Though you may have hoped to never find yourself in an injury-causing situation, you may recently have realized that you cannot avoid such scenarios altogether after suffering serious injuries yourself. If another person caused your injuries, you may also realize that you find considering legal action to be a good idea.

Numerous steps and processes go into a personal injury claim. You may file your claim and settle before going to court, or your case may end up going to trial or possibly as far as going to appeal, if necessary. If you do not have much legal knowledge, you may wonder what differences exist between a trial and an appeal.

A brief moment of distraction can cause a lifetime of suffering

The ability to multitask can be beneficial in numerous areas of life. Whether at home or work, you might be completely capable of handling multiple tasks at once, even in the presence of distractions. However, there are some areas that require full concentration, and a divide in attention during actions such as driving can be extremely dangerous.

Car accidents often occur in the blink of an eye and have the potential to end in catastrophe. Perhaps while out driving, a car failed to adhere to a traffic sign and struck you, causing you to suffer severe injuries in the process. Chances are, you might have been the victim of distracted driving.

Unleash the legal hounds after your dog bite injury

The family dog is as ubiquitous in the United States as apple pie and Little League baseball, if not more so. There are around 90 million pet dogs in this country, and whether you love them or hate them, they're here to stay.

While the typical pet dog is beloved by children and fawned over by owners, the fact remains that a dog is an animal, and it comes equipped with a mouth full of teeth and a powerful set of jaws. A good dog truly can be man's best friend, but just about any dog can lose its patience, or simply snap. When that happens, the results of a dog bite can be very unpleasant.

When personal products become personal problems, who's to blame?

When you buy any type of consumer product, you expect that it is safe to use. When these products cause harm to you and your family, you may be frustrated and overwhelmed by what to do next. Someone is responsible for what happened to you – the question is who. 

Product liability claims are an option for California consumers who suffer injury and other types of damage as the result of a dangerous product. If you believe that you may have a case, you will find it beneficial to work with a lawyer who can help you decide if you have a claim and take the appropriate steps to secure rightful compensation.

Exhaustion can kill: The dangers of drowsy driving

In addition to both distraction and impairment due to drugs or alcohol, drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. Being tired while behind the wheel may not seem like a dangerous behavior, but it is actually quite risky, and it can significantly increase your chances of being involved in an accident.

It is impossible to accurately say how many crashes drowsy driving causes every year, but studies have shown that exhaustion and fatigue significantly decrease a driver’s performance and ability to make safe decisions. Drowsy driving puts everyone on California roads at risk of fatal or serious injury.

Injured in an accident? Was the other driver at fault?

Car accidents take place under countless circumstances every day. No matter how your accident occurred, the result is often the same, with many collisions ending in serious injury or worse. You may be the type of person who strictly adheres to the rules of the road in hopes that you can avoid a similar circumstance. Unfortunately, even the safest drivers are at risk of suffering at the hands of a negligent driver.

You may be seeking to prove fault in your accident and obtain restitution for financial losses if you believe your accident was the result of another driver's reckless actions; however, you may be unsure how to achieve this goal. Understanding the process can go a long way in helping you obtain a favorable outcome during such a difficult period.

Did your shopping trip end with a trip to the ER?

If you visit a restaurant or shopping mall in California, the responsibility for your safety lies with various people. For instance, if you own a home, and you have a party, the law obligates you to make sure your house, lawn and surrounding areas (steps, sidewalks, porches, etc.) remain free from debris or other hazards that could cause injuries to your guests. The law also requires business owners to do the same for you.

Every year, people throughout the United States suffer injuries while shopping. Many survive such incidents, but not usually without complications. From sprains and broken bones, to serious neck and back injuries, these types of mishaps often result in partial or full permanent disabilities.

Are Californians the worst drivers? No, but there is room for improvement.

If you were to poll every driver, you would quickly discover that many would claim that their state is home to the absolutely worst drivers in the country. However, the truth is that most of these drivers would be wrong. After all, some states are just worse than others...right?

Well, every year tries to answer this very question with its annual Worst Drivers By State report. And, according to the most recent rankings, California has the 16th worst drivers in the United States - meaning there is a lot of room for improvement.

Proposed law would require drivers under 21 to have provisional licenses

In California, drivers under the age of 18 are currently issued "provisional" licenses - meaning during the first 12 months they cannot drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and they cannot have passengers under the age of 20, unless they have a parent, a certified driving instructor or a licensed driver over the age of 25 in the car.

While these restrictions were put in place to help reduce auto accidents among inexperienced drivers, some California lawmakers think the restrictions don't go far enough. In fact, a recently introduced California bill seeks to extend these driving restrictions to anyone under the age of 21.

Are California bars responsible if they over serve customers?

Even though it is illegal under California law for anyone to get behind the wheel if they have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more, many drivers continue to do it - often with disastrous results. In fact, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were 882 alcohol-related driving fatalities on California roadways in 2014 alone, the most recent year reported.

Given the obvious dangers of drunk driving, one may wonder if bars and taverns have any legal responsibility when it comes to intoxicated drivers - particularly when bars continue to serve already drunk customers. Well, the answer to this question can be quite complex in California, depending on whether you are talking about criminal liability or civil liability.