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When distracted driving veers your way

One of the baseline recommendations for safe driving is to keep your eyes on the road. Unfortunately, not every driver heeds this warning. Perhaps you have been the victim of a car accident in which the driver was texting or otherwise not paying attention. You might even be the family member of a person who died because of an injury that resulted from an accident caused by distracted driving. It is sad to think that the damage and heartache caused by many of these accidents was preventable.

Personal injury lawsuits for these incidents are on the rise due to the sharp increase in inattentive drivers. Nowadays, nearly everyone has a smartphone, and the temptation to use them while driving can be strong. Of course, distracted diving isn't just texting, as there are a myriad of other ways to be preoccupied. New legislation can go some of the way to prevent these types of accidents, but if the worst happens and you or a loved one becomes a victim, it is important to remember that you have rights.

Has a traumatic brain injury impacted your life?

Your brain serves as one of the most important parts of your body. It controls your abilities to carry out the majority of your functions and essentially live your life. When an issue arises with your brain, you could suffer considerably negative impacts, and your life could change significantly. Unfortunately, a sudden event could easily result in your suffering brain damage.

Because each brain injury that occurs can have different effects and cause different damage, any brain injury you suffer would have unique factors. Additionally, the ways in which you could handle the resulting outcomes could depend on the specific circumstances of your predicament. Because this type of event can cause substantial challenges, you may also have reason to consider seeking compensation for those damages.

Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic and ... Road Rules?

Now that school is back in session in California, your morning commute probably just got a whole lot busier. Whether you're a parent hoping to keep your little ones safe as you drop them off at school or you're just trying to make it to work on time, the roads are suddenly much more congested.

Between the stops and starts of school buses picking up riders, hurried carpool drivers trying to drop off passengers and an increased number of pedestrians as parents walk little ones to school, it's one traffic hazard after another. While you cannot possibly predict every set of dangerous circumstances, there are some guidelines you can follow to keep yourself, your passengers and pedestrians as safe as possible.

Taken a fall from the climbing wall? You may have a lawsuit

Climbing walls are a popular attraction in gyms, play areas and recreational sports locations. Climbing walls are generally safe, though sometimes a user can end up with an injury related to using one. If you become injured, you may be wondering when it is appropriate to sue for personal injury, and what your options are in Orange County for this type of personal injury lawsuit.

After your injury, you may be asking yourself exactly who is responsible. You may be thinking, should the facility be responsible, is there an equipment defect, or is it my own fault? These are important distinctions for any pending personal injury lawsuit.

Avoid becoming a statistic of parking lot attacks

Parking lots can be dangerous places in which pedestrians need to take particular care. Incidents of assault, rape, kidnapping and more occur in parking lots nationwide, including in California. Regardless of age or gender, predators threaten all, and it is up to you to be vigilant and avoid being a target. Some circumstances make pedestrians more vulnerable, but if you are prepared and take precautions, you can significantly increase your odds of avoiding danger.

Although your safety is the responsibility of the property owner, parking lot security is an often neglected area of property management. Learning from past incidents that are on record can help serve to protect you. Being on the lookout for danger, and not feeling obliged to be friendly toward strangers might just save your life. Too many victims have fallen prey to friendly strangers who turn out to be wolves in sheep's clothing.

Following an injury incident, how can I protect myself legally?

The moments after you have suffered a motor vehicle accident or a slip-and-fall accident in California can naturally be stressful and confusing. In addition to being in pain due to a resulting injury, you may be worried about the final cost of addressing such an injury.

Sometimes a slip-and-fall incident or car accident occurs as a result of the negligence of another party, such as a business property owner or another driver respectively. In these situations, taking the right steps at the accident scene is paramount to protecting your best interests in the event you choose to seek justice through the civil court system down the road.

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.