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Why you should see a doctor right away after an accident

If you hear of someone becoming injured in a car accident, you might imagine the type of mangled car wreck you hope you will never experience in your lifetime. However, serious collisions are not the only ones that can result in injuries. You and other Californians may suffer from long-lasting injuries after even a minor fender bender.

When another driver sideswipes or rear-ends your vehicle, the last thing on your mind is getting checked out by a doctor. After all, you are probably looking at weeks of phone calls with your insurance agent and body shop. However, you may not want to be so quick to dismiss a checkup. Minor car accidents, especially rear-end crashes, often result in injuries such as whiplash, which may cause chronic pain and other worrisome symptoms. You might feel OK immediately after a minor crash, only to feel stiff, sore and dizzy a day or two later. It is important to see your doctor to rule out soft tissue injuries, fractures or a concussion, which may require additional treatment to prevent ongoing complications.

Did negligence cause a bicycle accident?

In California, it is common to see cyclists on the roadways, sidewalks and bike paths and in residential areas. Due to the convenience of this mode of transportation, some residents use bicycles as their primary source for getting around. However, just like motorists, bikers are tasked with following rules while traveling on or near the roadways. When an accident involving an automobile and a bike occurs, it is important to determine what the cause was, who was at fault and if negligence played a role.

Did negligence cause a bicycle accident? Both drivers and cyclists are obligated to follow the rules of the road. This not only includes traffic laws but also the duty to exercise ordinary care with regards to one's safety and the safety of others traveling on the roadways. Thus, when a crash occurs with a bike and a motor vehicle, negligence could be the culprit.

The severity of wrong-way crashes

Operating a motor vehicle is a common activity by most California residents. However, this activity is a privilege. It is a privilege that requires individuals to follow the rules of the road. This standard helps ensure safety on the roadways. Unfortunately, some motorists do not comply with this, resulting in serious and life-threatening collisions to occur.

Inattentiveness and negligence is often the culprit of accidents, especially when a driver is traveling in the wrong direction. Wrong-way collisions are one of the most serious types of automobile crashes, claiming lives each year. These crashes occur when a vehicle is traveling in a lane in a direction opposing the legal flow of traffic. This is likely to occur on high-speed divided highways or access ramps for these roadways.

Young girl struck and killed by alleged drunk driver

When traveling on the roads, it is clear that dangers exist. Drivers could be distracted, fatigued, reckless and even intoxicated. This puts other drivers and passengers at risk. However, these same dangers exist to those near the roadways. Specifically, when a pedestrian is walking at a nearby sidewalk or traveling through a crosswalk. When a driver is not driving safe, those nearby are put at risk.

This is what tragically occurred in Southern California in a recent fatal automobile collision. According to reports, the motorist was under the influence of alcohol when he struck and killed a six-year-old girl. Police indicated that the 52-year-old man attempted to make a turn when he lost control of the vehicle. This resulted in him driving onto a sidewalk, striking the young girl. The driver then collided with a parked car before coming to a stop. The young girl was transported to the hospital where she later died.

What is the most common wrong site surgery?

The word surgery is scary, even when it is a planned, routine procedure. Going under anesthesia could present problems, and patients in California and elsewhere are fearful of the complications that could be present. Nonetheless, many individuals go under the knife for elective, necessary and emergency procedure every year, many of them successful with little to no complications. However, when a surgeon fails to operate in the correct location, this is not only an unsuccessful procedure but a medical error that could harm or even kill a patient.

What is the most common wrong sire surgery? When considering the wide variety of surgeries a person could undergo, a study found that 21 percent of hand surgeons, 50 percent of spinal surgeons and 8.3 percent of knee surgeons have performed a wrong site surgery at least one time. Why and how does this happen?

Risks of big-rig trucks on Southern California freeways

If you drive on any of Southern California's freeways, you are likely to encounter many 18-wheeler trucks along the way. While many truckers drive safely and follow regulations, there are also those on the road who are unsafe and pose a risk to other drivers.

Unsafe truckers can cause accidents leading to serious injury. Here are some of the most common risks that 18-wheeler trucks pose to Southern California drivers, and how you can fight back if you suffer an injury as a result of a trucking accident.

Misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes

It is never easy making major decisions for our aging loved ones. However, placing an elderly family member in a nursing home is frequently done, as it is difficult to care for him or her on your own. These facilities have the resources needed to care for the elderly, addressing any medical concerns and needs. Nevertheless, some nursing homes overstep their bounds, making medical decisions that could have dire consequences on an elderly resident.

The use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes is well known. These drugs are commonly used because of their sedative effect versus the actual use of these drugs. Thus, recipients of this drug do not obtain much if any benefits from being given these drugs. Because of this, advocacy groups have highlighted this concern, arguing that the misuse of these drugs should stop.

What can you do following a hit-and-run accident?

People avoid situations for one of two reasons. One, they believe that the matter does not involve them, so they cut themselves from the situation. Two, they do not want to face the reality of the matter or endure penalties for it. These two reasons could help explain why a person might leave the scene of an accident. They may not believe they caused it and do not want to be involved, or they know they are at fault and do not want to face the consequences.

Regardless of why a person might leave the scene of an accident, the reality is that victims are put in an extremely vulnerable position when involved in a hit-and-run crash. Here they are left dealing with the pain and suffering of injuries and the damages related to the crash and they do not have anyone to blame. What can you do following a hit-and-run accident?

Holding a manufacturer accountable for a defective product

Thanks to modern technology, we can use a wide variety of products to help us accomplish many tasks. A microwave helps us cook and warm meals, a toy entertains a child, a flat iron styles your hair, a power tool helps build or repair an item and a motor vehicle helps us get to and from destinations. While these items help to make life easier, they could cause serious harms if they are defective.

Take for example a motor vehicle. If breaks are faulty or an airbag is improperly designed, this could result in serious or fatal harms to a motorist or passenger. Additionally, it could be the cause of a serious accident, injuring more than those occupying the defective vehicle.

Can I sue if I am uninsured and another driver hit me?

You have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault. Another driver, one with insurance, hit you and caused considerable medical expenses. One of your biggest issues is that you are uninsured. Can you still sue and get help for your bills?

First, no two situations are exactly the same, so it is always a good idea to meet with a lawyer (many offer free consultations.) In general, though, you should be able to sue for medical expenses and lost wages. However, you are not able to sue for pain and suffering when the car is uninsured, according to California Civil Code.

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