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Can You Sue for Pet Injuries After a Car Accident?

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Driving around with your pet is sometimes necessary – trips to the vet, the dog park, or just around town require your pet to come along for the ride. Unfortunately, this puts your beloved friend at risk should you get into an accident. If a car accident results in injury or death to your dog, cat, or any other domesticated animal, you may be able to sue the responsible party for damages. Contact an attorney for help with these complicated cases. What Damages Are Available for Pet Injuries after an Auto Accident? After a car accident that injures you pet, you have a right to bring a claim against the liable driver or other party like you would if you were the one with injuries. California courts allow plaintiffs to bring claims on behalf of their pets in certain situations – namely, accidents involving someone else’s negligence. If a drunk, distracted, or careless driver caused your crash and your pet’s harms, you may have a claim on the grounds of negligence. Bringing a claim might be the right move if you need to seek recovery for damages such as: Costs of your pet’s treatment. Veterinarian bills can escalate quickly, especially…

Connecting Driver Fatigue & Truck Accidents: What are the Limits?

Posted on May 24th, 2017

Truck accidents can easily be fatal for occupants of passenger vehicles. The enormous vehicle size and weight of commercial trucks can crush or completely obliterate smaller cars. In 2015, 296 people died in large truck accidents in California. One of major causes of truck accidents is truck driver fatigue. Long hours on the road, no passengers, an abnormal sleep schedule, and sleep apnea can all contribute to making truckers too drowsy to drive safely. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enacted hours of service (HOS) rules to help prevent this type of accident, but they still occur around the country. Why Do Truckers Drive Drowsy? Researchers believe that statistics on drowsy driving are largely underrepresented since it’s difficult to attribute sleep as the cause of fatal accidents. That being said, an FMCSA crash study used crash scene data, interviews with drivers and witnesses, and inspections of the drivers’ logbooks to gauge the number of fatigue-related accidents. The study found driver error caused 87% of the truck accidents, and driver fatigue caused 13% (18,000 truck accidents). Truck drivers are at a high risk of fatigue due to several different job-related factors. Drivers who must do long-haul drivers overnight may have…

Where are the Best Places to Bike Around San Bernardino?

Posted on March 1st, 2017

You have your gear and your bike ready to go. Sometimes, getting ready is the easy part. Finding fun, low traffic, and challenging bike paths is harder. We’ve compiled a list of seven of the best bike-enthusiast frequented trails, roads, and loops in San Bernardino.  Always remember to use safe biking practices while driving in and around vehicle traffic in order to avoid potential bicycle accidents. The top 7 best places to bike in San Bernardino county are:   #1. Santa Ana River Trail Bike part or all of this 50.3-mile trail through Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. The path of the Santa Ana River Trail is paved and routinely receives great online reviews for its accessibility, points of interest, and multiple access points. Depending on where you start, you may need to travel to the trail to bike it, but the trail makes for a great weekend activity with friends or on your own. #2. Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail The 18.1-mile trail winds through San Bernardino and offers riders paved and crushed stone surfaces. Some riders on the Pacific Electric IE Trail take the path on their commute into work, while others prefer to use it for recreation. Along the…

What is the Recovery Process for a Brain Injury & Medical Costs?

Posted on January 26th, 2017

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI’s for short, can occur in a variety of types of accidents. Common causes of TBI’s include car accidents, birth injuries, anesthesia errors, assaults, sports-related accidents, and slip, trip, and fall accidents. Every brain injury is different and affects victims in different ways. The prognosis, short- and long-term health effects, recovery process, and medical costs for treatment can all vary considerably depending on each unique case. Here is an overview of some things you might expect after a brain injury. Basic Recovery Process for a TBI There are four main types of brain injuries: Closed Head Injuries – Occurs when the brain hits the inside of the skull. Penetrating Injuries – Happens when something such as a bullet fractures the skull and damages the brain. Toxic Injuries – A result of the brain’s exposure to hazardous chemicals. The recovery process for a TBI will depend on the type and severity of the injury. All brain injuries require emergency medical care. Anoxic Injuries – Stem from lack of oxygen to the brain, such as during a birth injury. Treatment for a mild TBI, such as a concussion that did not result in loss of consciousness, typically involves…

Important Rules of the Road for Bicyclists in California

Posted on December 19th, 2016

Many Californians are choosing to eschew cars in favor of bicycles for many reasons. Some want to improve their personal health and wellbeing, while others want to cut commuting costs or simply enjoy riding outdoors. While bicycling is great for the environment and cost-effective, cyclists in California should know the laws surrounding bicycles. And doing this will help reduce the frequency of bicycle accidents with cars and other hazards on the road. Liability in Bicycle Accidents California law considers bicycles as vehicles, meaning that bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as any other motor vehicle. The same is true in all other states. If a bicycle and a car collide, the courts determine fault through concept of negligence. The fact that a bicycle doesn’t afford its operator the same level of protection as a car affords its driver does not necessarily weigh in as a factor. If a bicyclist is negligent and causes an accident, he or she cannot sue for injuries and damages. California follows a comparative negligence law, meaning that the courts may reduce the compensation they award to plaintiffs in a personal injury case if they find the plaintiff to be partially at fault…

Five Important Things to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Posted on November 21st, 2016

After any automobile crash you may feel scared, disorientated, and confused about what to do next. Motorcycle accidents can result in more severe injuries than other crashes, making them particularly traumatic. Your actions immediately following a motorcycle accident can affect your recovery, liability, and eligibility for legal compensation. Protect your rights as a motorist by knowing what you should and should not do after an accident. #1. Check for Injuries Directly after a crash, stay on the scene and move to a place of safety. Get out of traffic and remain somewhere off the roadway where you can safely gather information. If a vehicle is on fire or leaking gasoline, stand a safe distance away to call the police. Whether you’re the motorcyclist or passenger vehicle driver, check yourself and others for injuries. Few motorcyclists walk away without injury after a collision. Neck, back and head injuries are common in motorcycle accidents. If you suspect injuries to your neck, back, or spine, avoid movement until paramedics arrive on scene. Agitating a serious spinal cord injury can worsen physical damage. Other common motorcycle accident injuries include: Concussions and traumatic brain injuries Bone fractures, especially in the lower extremities Abrasions or “road…

What If I Am Partially at Fault for a Car Accident? Can I Still Seek Compensation?

Posted on November 21st, 2016

It’s not always easy to determine who was responsible for a car accident. Not every car crash is as cut and dry as a drunk or wrong-way driver. In many cases, the motor vehicle accident involves a variety of factors, from roadway conditions to manufacturer error. In accidents where more than one party is partially responsible, the California courts reward compensation based on comparative fault laws. California Comparative Fault Laws When it comes to car accidents, California abides by pure comparative fault, or comparative negligence, laws. Pure comparative fault enables the court to award damages to multiple victims in an auto accident, based on the relative liability of each party involved. The plaintiff and the defendant are each liable only for their percentage of fault. This means that even if you’re partially at fault for a car accident, you can still seek and potentially recover compensation. The “pure” part of California’s rule means that a party can still recover damages even if he or she was 99% responsible for the crash. In states with modified comparative negligence laws, there is a maximum percentage of fault (typically 50% or 51%) that once crossed means the party will receive zero in compensation.…

What to Do If You Suffer a Slip & Fall Accident at an LA Airport?

Posted on October 19th, 2016

Is the City Liable for an Airport Premises Liability Injury? Flying out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or LA/Ontario International Airport can mean a bustle of rushing passengers, busy staff members, and confusion. As one of the world’s largest hubs for air transportation, LAX sees almost 75 million passengers every year. And Ontario International Airport, which is the Inland Empire’s primary airport, saw a total of 4,209,311 passengers in 2015. With this many people coming in and out, slip and fall accidents are inevitable. From uneven curbs to spills left on the floor, airports in LA are rife with potential premises liability accidents. Knowing who is responsible for your airport slip and fall accident in LA will help you file a claim and receive compensation. Find Out Who is Responsible for Your Slip and Fall Accident In most premises liability accidents at airports, it’s not the airline that’s responsible. Instead, it’s the public authority that runs the airport. The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) owns and operates LAX. LAWA is an agency of the Los Angeles government. A slip and fall case at LAX would most likely identify LAWA as the defendant. Even if an employee caused the accident, the…

What are the Most Common Types of Motorcycle Injuries?

Posted on September 15th, 2016

When the weather’s right, nothing is better than taking to the road on your motorcycle. We know that riding can be inherently dangerous. Even if you wear all the right gear and take proper precautions, you can’t control the actions of others on the road. It’s important to know the most common types of motorcycle injuries – and what you can do to avoid them. Also, if you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you should contact an experienced San Bernardino motorcycle accident attorney to assist with your case. Here are the Motorcycle Injuries that We See Most Frequently: Injury #1. Road Rash We’re all familiar with this painful condition, which occurs when you skin makes contact with pavement. This is a common scenario – flipping over your handlebars and skidding across the road, leading to widespread road rash. Road rash is more than just painful. It can be dangerous. If not properly cleaned and debrided, wounds can become infected, leading to serious consequences like cellulitis, even sepsis. Other long-term conditions associated with road rash include scarring and surface nerve damage. Avoid It: Always don protective gear before hopping on your motorcycle. Thin material like cotton will simply tear way…

What are the World’s Most Dangerous Dog Breeds?

Posted on September 15th, 2016

We all love our pets. For most of us, they’re more than just animals. They’re members of our family. While having pets has several benefits, take care in the breed you choose. Some are more aggressive than others are, and may not a good match for a family. Famous “dog whisperer” Cesar Milan argues that there are no inherently bad dogs. Any canine can become a good companion with proper training. Still, some dogs are more predisposed to violence than others are. Know the world’s most dangerous dog breeds. If you are injured in a dog or animal attack, you should contact an experienced San Bernardino dog bite injury attorney to seek the compensation that you deserve. Here is a breakdown of the top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds: #10. Great Dane You may be surprised to find out that this breed, the inspiration for the lovable Scooby Doo, actually makes the aggressive list. At a maximum of 200 pounds, though, you should never trifle with these dogs. If improperly trained, they can injure children and adults alike. #9. Boxer Boxers are a type of hunting dog and were bred to attack enemies during WWI. They’re protective by nature, which…

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