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August 2016 Archives

Lane Splitting - New Guidelines Puts CHP as Authority

Just signed into law, California becomes the first state to legalize lane splitting. What does this mean for motorists? For the most part, the AB 51 takes all of the gray areas out of what is essentially a very complex legal issue. Let's explore what has changed.

Dealing with medical malpractice

Patients visit healthcare facilities to get properly diagnosed and treated. Occasionally health care professionals might make errors that can cause further injury to the patient. Medical malpractice is the negligence of a healthcare provider leading to further injury. There are several laws in place that allow patients to take legal action against the healthcare provider for negligence.

Car accidents can be caused by distracted driving

An accident is unexpected and can happen at any given time, especially if the driver is distracted. Distracted driving includes driving while being drowsy. Lack of sleep and fatigue due to long drives can also cause carelessness and negligence that results in an accident. Merging without indicating turning signals, and being negligent on the road may also put other drivers at risk. Many accidents are also caused by visual distractions.

Fleeing the scene of a car accident

Getting into a car accident can trigger some basic human instincts. The first impulse humans usually get after doing something wrong is to flee the scene. However, fleeing the scene of a car accident might lead to severe consequences down the road. Leaving without identifying yourself or providing aid to others involved is known as a hit-and-run.

Motorcycle accidents and helmet laws

Motorcyclists are at risk of severe head and neck injuries because they are always exposed. This is why helmets are the most important piece of protective gear you can wear. They protect the head from possible skull fractures and brain injuries. Helmets save many lives by reducing the number of head injuries in motorcycle accidents. A large number of motorcyclists die each year because their head and neck region is unprotected. Many states have made laws that require motorcyclists to wear safety helmets.

Auto Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries: The Hard Facts

Your spinal cord is a vital structure that allows your brain to send signals throughout your body to control movement, breathing and senses of touch and feel. This essential bundle of nerves and fibers extends down your back, between your brain stem and your tail bone. It's protected by your spinal column, which is constructed predominantly of hard bone vertebrae and soft tissue membranes. Injury to this area can sever, crush, bruise, constrict or otherwise damage your spinal cord and its all -important nerves. Spinal cord injury can have significant consequences, including paralysis.