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Cruising through recovery with compensation for cycling injuries

When car meets bicycle on the road, the latter usually doesn't hold up very well. Even wearing protective gear and having their own lane in many areas, cyclists continue to be at risk when travelling near motor vehicles. Despite the risks, bicycles are a preferred means of transportation for many individuals, possibly even you.

If you live in an area that is well known for heavily congested traffic, you could be able to reach your destinations faster using your bike and save money in the process by avoiding high fuel costs. If this is your chosen mode of travel, knowing the risks involved and how to handle a bicycle accident might be advisable.

Staying Safe While Motorcycling On California's Roads

There are roads that run through California that almost seem to have been built just for riding motorcycles. Whether it's cruising the Pacific Coast Highway next to the ocean or tearing through miles of open desert road, there is an environment for everyone. There is an additional benefit to riding in California: according to a 2015 study, motorcycle deaths have declined in California, while continuing to increase in the rest of the country. This doesn't mean that riders in California are immune from hazards, however. Here are some of the most common issues that motorcyclists need to look out for, and other factors that affect the safety of those who ride in our state.

Distracted drivers

Coping with the anguish of a death that might have been prevented

Every day, in California and across the nation, nearly 50 people die as a result of drunk driving accidents. If you are one of the many parents who kissed their son or daughter goodbye in the morning only to learn, later that evening, there was a terrible accident, you understand the unfathomable worry and stress of such situations. If, after discovering there was a crash involving your child, you also learned that he or she succumbed to injuries at the scene, life as you knew it undoubtedly changed forever.

You've probably replayed that moment in your mind a thousand times since then, each time feeling as though the earth drops out from under your feet. Questions of why, where, when and how likely flood your thoughts as you try in vain to make sense of an incomprehensible situation. For many parents like yourself, the grief and sorrow grows even stronger when they hear their children's deaths were the result of drunk drivers.

What happens if you refuse a chemical test in California?

Chemical tests are one of the most common ways that California law enforcement determines if a suspected drunk driver has a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. A breath test is the most common method of determining BAC, but urine and blood tests are sometimes used. Submitting to a chemical test can be scary, but refusal can also result in serious penalties.

Tourist involved in Los Angeles car accident -- what now?

Millions of people in Los Angeles use automobiles as their primary transportation means. Car accidents are prevalent, and if you are a visitor to the City of Angels, you may want to be prepared for the steps to take if you are in a crash. Similar to other cities, if you are involved in a collision that caused injuries or death, you should stop, exchange information and provide assistance. You must report any crash to the Los Angeles Police Department or California Highway Patrol within 24 hours.

Is A Tree-Related Death Grounds For A Lawsuit?

It's a sad reality that people die every year because of trees falling on them. This can happen while driving, staying at a campsite or while staying at other facilities. So, can you sue in these instances? Many immediately assume that you can't, assuming that the event was unavoidable, and therefore nobody's fault. This isn't always the case.

Act of God

There are many tragedies that happen that can't be blamed on anyone. They may be the result of flooding, tsunamis, tornadoes or lightning, for example. Sometimes bad things happen simply because bad things happen. The deaths weren't the result of faulty equipment, poorly maintained facilities or medical malpractice. They were unavoidable and, therefore, it would be unfair and unreasonable to blame any person for such events or hold them responsible for the damages.

Four steps to take after a car accident

Getting into an accident is a scary event. Although the exact steps to take after the accident will depend on the details of the crash, the following steps are applicable in most situations:

  • Safety. First, seek safety. If the accident occurred on a highway or rural road and you can move you vehicle safely to the side of the road, do so. After you have ensured the safety of yourself and your passengers, check on anyone else involved in the accident.

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