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What Happens to Your Body When You Have a Spinal Cord Injury?

Posted on August 24th, 2016

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most dangerous types of damages the human body can withstand. The spinal cord is a delicate bundle of nerves and tissues the vertebrae protect. The spine sends messages from the brain to the body, enabling you to walk, talk, eat, move, and feel. When the spinal cord suffers an injury, it is usually due to bone, ligament or other body tissue tearing into the spinal tissue and can result in extremely serious physical and mental repercussions for the individual. These injuries impact nearly every aspect of daily life. Spinal Cord Injuries, Mobility, and Sensation Spinal cord injuries are often connected with paralysis due to the damage nerve cells suffer. The bundle of nerves within the spinal cord is responsible for controlling movement in the body. When a traumatic accident such as a car crash, slip and fall, or birth injury results in damage to the spinal cord, nerve cells can no longer carry messages back and forth between the brain and the body. This results in partial or complete loss of movement and feeling in the body. The level of paralysis a spinal cord injury victim experiences depends on the type of injury.…

Should I Call the Police for a Small or Minor Car Accident?

Posted on August 24th, 2016

Under certain circumstances, the law requires you to call the police from an accident scene and file a police report. In other cases, you may not have to notify the police – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Notifying the police even in a minor car accident can expedite the process, identify who was at fault, and help you in the future should you need to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you’re involved in a small car accident, know what to do and when to call the police. Car Accidents Law in California In California, the law mandates that all drivers involved in an accident must stop, no matter how minor the accident was. Drivers must stop even in a slight fender bender that doesn’t seem to have caused much damage. Whether the accident involved a stationary object, moving vehicle, pedestrian, or someone else’s property, you have the legal obligation to stop and exchange information with the other party. Driving away leads to a hit and run charge, which comes with worse penalties than a standard accident. Once your vehicle collides with something else, you must stop and you should notify the California Highway Patrol or local police. Dial…

Bike Accident Prevention – How to Safely Share the Road With Bicyclists

Posted on June 14th, 2016

Bicyclists are entitled to share the road and drive on California roadways alongside vehicles, and motorists have an extra responsibility to use caution when traveling around them. This is mainly due to the fact that bicyclists are more vulnerable to accidents and injuries. Bicyclists are responsible for following the rules of the road, but just in order to reduce the chances of potential bike accident incidents in San Bernardino and throughout California, all drivers should adhere to the following driving safety tips: Bike Safety Tip #1: Expect the Unexpected When traveling around bicycles, you never know the skill level of the rider or the quality of the bike. Anything can happen. As you pass bicyclists or ride behind them, leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the bike. California uses the “three feet rule” to determine a safe distance between vehicles and bicyclists. Make sure your vehicle is at least three feet away from the bicyclist when you pass. Look twice when you back out of a parking space or open doors after parallel parking. Bicyclists can ride in the roadway, but many ride as close to the shoulder or curb as possible. This position often hides them from…

Do Drivers Need Uninsured or Underinsured Auto Accident Insurance in California?

Posted on June 14th, 2016

Auto insurance is designed to cover the costs of property damage and medical expenses related to car accidents. When people who cause accidents do not have insurance or fail to carry enough insurance to cover accident costs, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage comes into play. What Is Uninsured/Underinsured Auto Insurance Coverage? When you sign up for your auto insurance policy, you can choose different forms of coverage. You can carry the minimum amount of liability insurance that California requires, which according to the California DMV is $15,000 for injury/death for one person, or you can add on other forms of coverage—including uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage is designed to pay for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages in the event that the driver at-fault does not carry any auto insurance. Underinsured motorist coverage picks up where an at-fault driver’s coverage stops. For instance, if the other driver only has the minimum liability insurance, you can file a claim with your own insurance provider to cover the remaining costs associated with your injury. Drivers can choose different ranges for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. Limits for benefits typically range from as little as $20,000 all the way up to…

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