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Take a drive in the shoes -- or the seat -- of a trucker

Do you suffer a twinge of anxiety if you have a big rig alongside, behind or ahead of you as you navigate the busy California highways? That is quite natural, considering the size and weight difference between your vehicle and an 18-wheeler or a tanker truck. Collisions between passenger vehicles and commercial trucks invariably end in catastrophic injuries or death.

There is a love-hate relationship between truckers and passenger vehicle drivers. You have to love them for carting all your favorite merchandise to keep the shelves at your favorite stores stocked, but you might hate them for slowing down traffic and causing you to be late for appointments. However, seeing the problems from the view of truck drivers may help you to be more considerate — who knows, it might even save your life.

Important elements in a slip-and-fall case

No one is immune from taking a tumble now and then. Most often, you get back up with little more damage than a scrape or bruise. Occasionally, you may crack your elbow or twist your ankle. The incident may even become something you laugh about as time goes by.

However, slip-and-fall accidents also have the potential for causing critical injuries. A hard fall onto your back, head or stomach can result in life-changing or life-threatening injuries, such as brain trauma, spinal cord damage or internal bleeding. Even if the fall occurred in a public place or on someone else's property, you may be tempted to shrug it off as your own clumsiness or just bad luck. However, under certain conditions, the owner or manager of the property may carry some liability.

Has your crash caused long-term pain and suffering?

Car accidents in Orange County happen frequently, and although there can be a variety of factors that cause crashes, negligence of some sort is often to blame. If you have to cope with the consequences of a distracted or impaired driver's actions, you may have questions about the recovery you may seek.

Car accident victims may typically pursue recovery of medical expenses, lost income and other financial losses. However, pain and suffering could form a significant part of your damages, but how would you quantify it?

What damages are legally recoverable after car accident injuries?

Drivers in Orange County and the rest of California are always at risk of suffering injuries in collisions in intersections, T-bone crashes, rear-end accidents and crashes that involve red light or stop sign violations. If you have suffered injuries in an accident that resulted from the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to seek recovery of damages.

When you pursue financial relief through the civil justice system, you can claim recovery of both economic and non-economic damages. Furthermore, you may be eligible to recover future medical costs, and your loved ones might even be able to seek recovery.

Are you ready for a battle over a denied insurance claim?

Car accidents can be traumatic experiences, regardless of the level of injuries or damage that result. Having to deal with insurance companies could make it even more challenging. If you feel that the insurers have everything but your interests at heart, you will probably be right. After all, their goal is to get more money coming in than what they pay out, and denying claims is how they do it.

If you were in a crash in Orange County that followed negligent driving by another person, you are entitled to file an insurance claim with that driver's insurance provider. However, despite following the right steps, the insurer denied your claim -- what now?

Uninsured Motorist Insurance -- for when you least expect a crash

Did you know you could prevent the financial consequences of a crash with a driver who has no auto insurance, or not enough insurance, to cover your damages? Orange County drivers must take out a mandatory minimum level of auto insurance, and they may add additional coverage for uninsured and underinsured liability. Although California law requires all motorists to carry auto insurance, many drivers have only the minimum amount of insurance while others choose to drive without any liability protection.

If you are in an accident that resulted from the negligence of another party, his or her insurance might cover your damages even if that person has no money. Similarly, if you are at fault, your insurance may cover the costs of any injured victims.

How to unleash legal resources to seek recovery after a dog bite

There's ample evidence that owning dogs, or at least interacting with them, can be very beneficial in a variety of ways. There are even dogs that receive training to provide health-related support or encourage emotional healing following traumatic incidents.

Still, dogs are dogs; more specifically, they are animals, as in -- non-human. You have no way of knowing how a particular dog is going to react in a particular situation at any given time. When dogs are untrained, frightened or protecting their perceived territory, their natural inclination is to bite. 

Fatal California crashes increased at more than double the nation

When you get in your car to drive to work in the morning or take your kids to school, you're likely thinking of what lies ahead: errands to run, chores to do and places you need to stop throughout the day. The last thing you're probably mulling over is your chances of getting into a serious car accident that day. Unfortunately, that possibility is not as remote as it should be.

A recent report by the National Safety Council shows that the number of victims of fatal car wrecks in California is increasing at an alarming rate, despite a decline in highway deaths in at least 12 other states. Last year's estimates showed California's automobile accident fatalities rose at more than double the national rate. So, what is leading to this upsetting increase, and is there anything you can do to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the roads of Orange County?

Look out for these human hazards while driving in California

Are you suffering the consequences of a car accident that resulted from another person's negligence? Mounting medical bills, lost wages and other losses may be overwhelming. Considering the numbers of people who are injured or killed in car accidents in California every year, you could view automobiles as a risk to the health and safety of all.

Although vehicle and road safety has improved significantly over the last century, the same may not apply to many drivers. Reportedly, human error is one of the primary causes of road accidents. For this reason, your safety on the road may not depend only on your careful driving but rather on your ability to avoid other, less cautious drivers.

The most common types of soft-tissue injuries in car accidents

Each day, millions of people in the United States enter the roadways to get to workplaces, schools, stores and other destinations. Thus, it is not surprising that car accidents occur on a daily basis.

Some crashes in California are minor, whereas others may be more severe, leading to major property damage and severe injuries suffered by the individuals involved. In many cases, your injuries may result from the carelessness of a fellow driver on the road. One of the most frequently occurring types of injuries are soft tissue injuries.