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Don't take a pedestrian crash lying down

You move along a crosswalk downtown once you see the crosswalk signal start flashing. However, all of a sudden, a car moves quickly toward you. You try to avoid it, but it strikes you anyhow, leaving you with serious injuries.

Pedestrian crashes that are the cause of injuries can easily take place in California due to a motorist's negligence. Fortunately, it is within your rights to pursue compensation for any injuries you suffer in such accidents.

It may be tough to prepare for an encounter with a drunk driver

As you travel along California highways, you may wish to have constant awareness of your surroundings so you can react to a variety of potentially hazardous scenarios. Such an alert demeanor could prove vital to preventing a situation that may otherwise leave you with serious injuries or worse.

Unfortunately, being prepared for every scenario can be difficult at times, and in most cases, accidents happen with little to no warning. For instance, reacting to a vehicle that veers across the center line could prove nearly impossible, and when impairment is a contributing factor, such a dangerous maneuver is all too common.

The next steps when walking turns from healthy to hazardous

While using the sidewalk as a primary means of travel may come with a variety of potential benefits, it isn't always an option, especially in areas with colder climates. However, with warmer weather year-round in California, you might be able to take advantage of your ability to walk from place to place every day.

Although walking may come with its own set of positives, there is an inherent downside, as you have much less in the way of protective barriers to shield you from a collision. However, if you take the time to better understand the risks you might encounter as a pedestrian, you could become better prepared to stay safe.

Rain, and Risk, In Southern California

Rain has come to Southern California, and with it an greatly increased risk of being involved in a car crash. Already significant congestion is piling up the freeways, with numerous fender benders and at least one major semi truck accident on the 15. 


While residents of the Mid-West and East Coast may laugh at our comparatively minor weather events, the rarity of rain here in Southern California actually brings with it some compounding factors for drivers. All roads contain an amount of oil from the cars that travel them, oil that with frequent rain never builds up to the point of becoming an issue. With our dry climate, the first major rain event in a while can bring up quite a bit of oil from the road surface, making it even more slick than just water.

Another issue is one commonly remarked upon by California drivers: in heavy rain, you often see freeway drivers going 80 mph (dangerous) or 40 mph (also dangerous), often right next to each other. This disparity of speed can have fatal consequences.

An unleashed dog could put a damper on your workout

You may be one of many people in Southern California who enjoys jogging or running as a form of exercise. Perhaps you train for marathons, 10K runs or just do it as a way to keep in shape. In any case, you look out for vehicles and other people as you do so.

One other potential danger you need to look out for is dogs that are not on leashes. Even though honest mistakes can happen when someone fails to properly secure a gate or a door, knowing that does not make the bite you suffered any less painful or potentially serious. That said, California's leash laws apply to every dog owner. No matter how well behaved an individual believes his or her animal to be, there are no guarantees that it will not attack under the right conditions.

Understand your rights after a slip-and-fall accident

If you fell and suffered injuries while you were in public, it can feel frustrating and overwhelming. The incident that left you injured may not be your fault, but rather, it may be the result of factors beyond your control. A slip-and-fall incident and other types of falls can be embarrassing and painful, but legal options could be available to you.

One of the most beneficial things you can do as a victim is to take immediate action to protect your interests after a fall. Even if you are unsure of what exactly caused your accident or who may be to blame, it is always prudent to know your options. Slip-and-fall accident victims sometimes have the right to seek compensation through a premises liability claim. 

How long will it take to get compensation after a car crash?

If you had the unfortunate experience of being involved in a car accident here in California, you may have some questions about what to do next. This event has likely left you suffering in a number of ways. When it comes to your financial losses, in particular, you may feel a bit on edge about how long it may take for you to achieve compensation.

Here is the deal with car accident cases, insurance providers want to be quick to settle for practically nothing. They count on your need for cash now to get you to take less than what you are really entitled to. While a quick settlement is always wanted, it is not always the best.

Another driver's bad habits could place your health at risk

Bad habits can be difficult to break, but in many cases, another person's inclinations may pose little threat to your safety. However, when these habits pertain to the decisions a person makes while operating a motor vehicle, the potential risks you face could increase substantially.

As you might rely on your vehicle to reach a variety of destinations, leaving the car in the garage might not be an option. By gaining awareness of potentially dangerous driving habits to watch for while out on California roads, you could become better prepared to react to a variety of scenarios.

Using your uninsured motorist coverage

When you bought your auto insurance policy, your agent should have offered to add uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. California law requires insurance agents to offer this added coverage, but you are not required to purchase it. However, it may have seemed like a good idea at the time, so you agreed, and you were right to do so since California has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers in the country at 15 percent.

Maybe money got tight for you at some point, and you considered cutting the UIM option from your policy, but you wisely changed your mind. Unfortunately, the driver who plowed into you made a different choice and was driving with no insurance coverage at all. Now you must put this policy to good use.

Drowsy driving is more dangerous than many believe

Getting enough sleep can have a number of benefits. You may have more energy, have mood improvements and have better health overall. Another important benefit of getting enough rest means that you have a greater ability to remain focused on any tasks you may need to complete.

Having focus is particularly important when behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, not everyone considers drowsy driving as risky as it really is. As a result, they may get behind the wheel after having a restless night and not think about the danger they present to themselves and other travelers on the roadways.

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