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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.

Tips for riding a motorcycle in low visibility conditions

With all of the wildfires raging in California, some motorcyclists might opt not to get out and ride for now. The ones who do should ensure that they are prepared for the safety hazards that come along with riding. In some cases, there is a foggy cover that they'll have to contend with.

Driving in foggy conditions means that the other drivers might not be able to see you on your motorcycle. Still, they should be watching closely for motorcyclists because this is an important part of driving. You can take steps to increase your visibility, but the onus is still on every driver to remain alert and drive safely.

It's Pedestrian Safety Month in California

September is Pedestrian Safety Month in California, and law enforcement agencies are working hard to educate both the walking and driving public on what they can do to make the world a little bit safer for everyone.

Throughout the nation, pedestrian deaths have been steadily rising for the last decade, and countless others have suffered serious injuries in accidents with motor vehicles. In California, almost 25% of roadway deaths involve pedestrians. The most recent report from the Governors Highway Association indicates that 2019 was the worst year for pedestrian deaths in the last three decades.

Love someone who rides a bike? Learn the Dutch reach

If you know anybody who regularly rides a bicycle or a motorcycle, all you have to do is ask them about "dooring." You'll immediately learn that it's a serious problem.

"Dooring" is the term used to refer to situations where a passenger or driver in a car that's parked alongside the road opens their door into traffic and right into the path of an oncoming biker. Both bicyclists and motorcyclists are familiar with the phenomenon, and many narrowly escape serious injuries every year from such incidents.

Driving safely in construction zones

There's a lot of construction on the roads at this time of year, and many road crews are rushing to try to wrap up their projects before the fall weather hits. That can make for a frustrating -- and dangerous -- commute for many drivers.

Statistics indicate that there are nearly 100,000 crashes every year in construction zones. While most of these aren't fatal, many cause serious property damage and injuries. About 70% of these accidents happen during the day, when the roads are busiest.

Who can file a wrongful death claim in California?

The death of a loved one is always traumatic -- but when that death was caused by someone else's negligence, it's even worse.

While a wrongful death claim won't restore your loved one to you, it is a way for you to get some measure of justice on their behalf. It may also be the best way for you to secure your family's future.

How can I gain damages after being injured as a pedestrian?

Most car accident claims occur between two or more drivers who were involved in a collision. However, some involve pedestrians who were involved in an incident with a car. Being injured as a pedestrian can be a traumatic experience. You may have believed that you were going to die or you may have gone through intense pain during an extended hospital stay.

Some incidents involving pedestrians can lead to life-altering injuries, from brain injuries to chronic pain. Regardless of whether you were seriously injured or only suffered a few cuts and bruises, you have the right to file for damages. The following is an overview of what you need to know if you intend to make a claim for damages as a pedestrian.

The danger of an improperly secured truck load

Have you ever been on the road behind a truck with a visible load that doesn't seem to be all that secure? Maybe it was a commercial vehicle that was piled to the brim with safety straps that barely seemed adequate for the job. Maybe it was a regular pickup truck and the owner seemed determined to make one trip hauling their load suffice for what should have been two.

Either way, you probably got away from that vehicle as fast as you could -- and that was wise. Even though California law requires drivers to obey weight limits on loads and have them properly secured, that doesn't always happen.

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