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The holiday delivery season has started: Drivers beware!

The 2020 holiday season has rolled around fast, and a lot of folks have already started shopping. It's estimated that the vast majority of them will be using the internet to do it. Conservative estimates indicate that e-commerce sales may climb 25% over the totals for 2019.

That means you can anticipate a lot more delivery trucks on the road, from the likes of Amazon and others. You may encounter them on the highway, when traveling through your town or city and on your own neighborhood street.

What so bad about using a phone while driving?

Like many other states in this country, California bars drivers from using cellular phones while they're behind the wheel -- but distractions have always been around. It doesn't take much for drivers to let their attention wander from time to time. What makes cellular phones so dangerous that they warranted a whole law to prohibit drivers from using them?

It has a lot to do with smartphones. Unlike old mobile phones, smartphones are powerful little pocket computers that can be used for everything from phone calls to games -- and their touchscreen interface requires much more attention from the user than old mobile phones ever did.

What to expect at a deposition in your personal injury case

When someone else's mistake or negligence has left you seriously injured, you have every right to expect fair compensation for your losses.

You can also expect, however, that the insurance companies involved won't exactly hurry to pay up. You will very likely have to file a lawsuit to get what you're due -- and that may eventually mean going through a deposition.

California dog owners are responsible for their pets' actions

If you or your child has been attacked by a dog, you will know how traumatic and upsetting the experience can be. It is not only the physical pain and injuries sustained from the incident that can have a long-term effect: The psychological trauma of the incident can have a profound impact on a person's daily life.

It is possible to take action to gain back damages if you or a loved one was injured by a dog in California. However, before doing so, you should make sure that you have a clear understanding of how the law applies to your situation. The following is a brief overview of dog bite liability and negligence as it applies to incidents in California.

Can you sue over injuries in a 'haunted house'?

Halloween is almost here, and October is well known for an abundance of spooky attractions everywhere you go. Haunted houses, haunted hayrides and haunted mazes are just some of the most popular.

What happens, however, when things go too far and someone gets seriously injured? Is it just "bad luck" for the victim, or can you actually hold the owners of such places liable for the injuries?

Walking for your health? Remember these tips in the fall

As we head in to fall and winter, the days are growing rapidly shorter. If you walk (or jog) for your health, that can present some serious safety issues.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian fatalities -- already on the rise in recent years -- jumped another 5% in 2019 alone. So how do you maintain your exercise routine and avoid being a statistic when you're increasingly forced to walk in the low light of early morning or late evening?

Autumn sights and autumn hazards: Tips for motorcyclists

Autumn is definitely here and it won't be long before the leaves on the trees are showing their colors. If you enjoy riding your motorcycle, this is a grand time to get in a little sightseeing before winter hits -- but be careful. Motorcyclists face some unique hazards in the fall that aren't around the rest of the year.

Go ahead and plan your leaf-watching adventure, but do it safely. Remember these tips:

  1. Prepare for early nights: The sun is going down earlier, so you need to plan your route in a way that won't have you fighting the glare from an early sunset.
  2. Watch out for deer: It's mating and migration season. If you're in a rural area (which is best for leaf-watching), be particularly cautious -- especially in the hours closest to dusk or dawn.
  3. Use the right tires: Sports tires have softer rubber that grips the ground, but that grip disappears when the weather gets cold. Put touring tired on your bike for the fall and winter.
  4. Beware of wet leaves and hidden holes: All of those gorgeous leaves can end up hiding flaws in the road, including dangerous potholes. You also have to be wary of the fact that wet leaves can make your tires suddenly slip.
  5. Aim for extra visibility: Between the early nightfall and the fact that there are fewer motorcyclists about this time of the year, you need to amp up your visibility. Drivers in passenger cars and trucks won't be looking for you, so you need to draw their attention.

What are the most dangerous roads in California?

You're a safe driver, to be sure. You obey the speed limit, watch the traffic around you and you don't take chances with your safety or the safety of others.

But that doesn't mean you won't end up in a wreck someday. California has some very dangerous roads, and you may be driving on them more often than you realize.

Supporting someone emotionally after a spinal cord injury

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident that has resulted in a spinal cord injury, this will undoubtedly turn your life around for the foreseeable future. Spinal cord injuries, depending on the type and the severity, can severely affect a person's movement and control of their body. Naturally, this can cause a great deal of emotional distress.

In addition to the physical suffering caused by a spinal cord injury, a victim can suffer from mental health issues. They may start to feel depressed, anxious or suffer from symptoms that are linked with post-traumatic disorder (PTSD). If you want to help someone cope emotionally after suffering a spinal cord injury, the following are some tips.

The subtle signs of traumatic brain injury

Your spouse had an accident. Maybe they were rear-ended by another car on their way home, fell in a store and hit their head or got hurt on the job. They insist they're okay, despite the fact that they were briefly knocked unconscious -- but you aren't so certain.

How can you tell if your spouse is suffering from a hidden traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Here are some symptoms that you don't want to ignore:

  • They cannot clearly recall the details of their accident, and seem to be unable to remember what happened or a block of time just before or after it happened.
  • They seem disoriented or confused about anything, including their personal information.
  • They complain of an ongoing headache, dizziness, ringing in their ears or blurred vision and don't normally suffer from any of these problems.
  • They are slurring their speech, mixing up words or otherwise sounding a bit incoherent.
  • They develop nausea or vomiting that doesn't seem related to anything else.
  • They can't seem to retain new information or remember things they've been told.
  • They exhibit changes in their sleep patterns or emotional state that you can't explain.
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