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Hours of service regulations and truck accidents

The trucking industry is an important component in our daily lives, as it is how goods are transported within California and among other states. While it is vital to intrastate and interstate commerce, having numerous large trucks on the roadways creates a wide range of risks. Not only are these vehicles massive, they are driver by drivers tasked to travel long distances. This can pose dangers, as truck driver may become fatigued while driving.

To address this concern, federal trucking regulations have been passed. Specifically, regulations concerning overworked and fatigued truck drivers were implemented as a means to reduce and prevent truck accidents caused by this situation. The regulations regarding hours of service addresses not only the number of hours a truck driver can drive in a given period, but also outlines how often and how long break periods need to be.

Proving liability after being harmed by a defective product

Most of us cannot even imagine getting through the day without the help of some product. Unfortunately, we depend on products to complete or perform certain tasks. Because of the purpose something was designed to do, consumers purchase this product. However, if a product does not perform as it was intended, this could present some issues for the consumer. In some cases, it means having a product that simply does not work. However, it could also mean a product malfunctioning, causing a consumer to suffer great injury.

When a product is defective, consumers in California and elsewhere are often shocked. They are not only shocked that a product they purchased is not functioning properly but they are also shocked that they have suffered harms because of it. At Peach & Weathers, a Law Corporation, our skilled attorneys understand the dynamics of a products liability action and how to be successful with such a claim. Thus, we are dedicated to helping injured consumers in the Riverside area understand their situation and how best to move forward.

What to do if the other driver offers to pay medical bills

Car accidents happen all the time, and occasionally, the other driver who is clearly at fault wants to avoid getting insurance companies involved. That is why many drivers will offer you cash or a check at the scene of the accident. You may feel tempted to get a few hundred bucks, but you want to avoid taking the money at all costs. 

No matter how much the other driver begs and pleads, you always want to get in touch with the police and your insurance company following an auto accident. The police need to arrive at the scene to file a report, and you should receive compensation for any injuries through an insurance claim. 

What are the three types of product defects?

When we purchase goods, we often focus on being able to use these new items. A consumer does not often think about these products not working or these items causing harm to a consumer. Nonetheless, these instances are a real possibility. As defects can enter the stream of commerce for a wide variety of reasons. Thus, injured consumers should take the time to explore the cause of their harms and if a defective product is to blame.

Whether it is a household item, a motor vehicle or technology device, when a product does not work in the manner as it was intended, this is considered a defect. There are three major types of defects. Understanding how defects could occur can help explain to victims how his or her injuries and damages occurred.

The dangers involved in drowsy driving

Whether it is due to work, school, stress, a night out or other life events, we all have a time where we just do not get enough sleep. While this can happen from time to time, having it occur on a regular basis can be very detrimental for one's health. It can also pose risks and dangers in the things that people do, specifically operating a motor vehicle.

Drowsy driving is a dangerous condition on the roadways. So dangerous that it is often considered more dangerous than drunk driving. In fact, current statistics explain that one in 10 accidents occurring on U.S. highways is the result of drowsy driving. This data is eight times more than what estimates indicated for this type of automobile accident.

Two children are killed because of street racing accident

Hollywood has the tendency to glamourize some activities. While racing cars on the speedway is entertaining, it looks much more exciting to race on the roadways. Because of that, some drivers take to the roads to race against other drivers for monetary gains. Although they find this to be exhilarating, the fact of the matter is that this is a very dangerous and risky activity. Not only are the lives of the drivers involved put at risk but so are the lives of other travelers in the area.

Racing led to tragedy on a Riverside County roadway recently. According to California Highway Patrol, two children were killed as the result of a street-racing crash. Following preliminary investigation, the crash occurred around 5:40 p.m. on Oakwood Road.

Why do medical errors occur?

We all go to the doctor, trusting that they will have the answers when it comes to questions regarding our health. While they have obtained years of education and training, errors can still occur. From the moment you are under the care of medical professionals, medical errors could happen at any point whether it is during initial examination, ordering of tests, review of tests, providing test results, reading the results, suggesting a treatment plan and following up with a treatment plan. One should also note that more than one person could be held accountable for a medical error, depending on when and why it occurred.

Why do medical errors occur? To begin, doctors are not geniuses. They are human beings, subject to the same human errors any one is. While many medical professionals are great at what they do, proving excellent health care to their patients, errors could happen at any point. It could be something simple and minor. A scan is completed and something is missed. And because it was missed for an extended period of time, the patient's health worsened.

5 other dangerous distractions besides texting while driving

Distractions while driving are dangerous and deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people die and 1,000 people get hurt every day due to distracted driving accidents in the United States. Unfortunately, multitasking is a common problem despite the fact virtually everyone knows it is risky.

You probably already know that people who use cellphones while driving are harmful, but there are many other deadly distractions. Here are some other distractions besides texting or calling that may cause a crash. 

Understanding diagnostic errors

When we are ill, it is not always clear what is wrong. Sometimes a sore throat is just a sore throat. However, other times it could be due to an infection. Understanding the cause of an ailment helps with the treatment plan. This often requires specific tests that will provide results for medical professionals. But what if the wrong test was ordered or the results of the correct test were misread? These negligent acts could cause a patient to have a misdiagnosis, harming his or her health and wellbeing.

When errors in diagnosis occur, this often means there is a delay or a failure to diagnose a disease or illness. This in turn results in injury to the patient or the progression of the disease. Had an accurate or timely diagnosis occurred, harms to the patient would have been avoided.

Protecting your rights following a truck accident

At some point, all motorists share the road with large commercial trucks. When traveling next to a semi-truck or a tractor-trailer truck, the massive size of these vehicles is clear. Although automobiles can maneuver, speed up and stop much better than these trucks, smaller motor vehicles are no match to these trucks when they collide. A truck accident is often the source of severe damages, serious injuries and even death.

A person's life can drastically change when they are involved in a truck crash. The pain and suffering that follows is often tremendous, and a victim will likely require much medical attention to address his or her injuries. At Peach & Weathers, a Law Corporation, our skilled attorneys have many years of experience helping victims of truck accidents. We understand how damaging these collisions can be. Therefore, we are dedicated to helping individuals in the Riverside area take action by assisting them with a civil claim.

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