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Why rollovers occur and how to prevent them

Every year, countless individuals either sustain injures or are killed as a result of their involvement in rollover crashes. Car type greatly impacts a person's risk of a rollover accident.

Sports utility vehicles and pickup trucks carry the highest risk of rollover at 28 and 27 percent respectively. Not too far behind are vans. They account for 22 percent of all rollovers. Passenger cars are only 12 percent likely to be involved in rollover accidents.

Spinal cord injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association shows that as many as 450,000 people living in the United States today are afflicted by a spinal cord injury (SCI). Some 11,000 new diagnoses of SCIs occur each year.

Spinal cord injuries result from trauma to the vertebral column. This, in turn, affects the brain's ability ability to send or receive messages to other parts of the body.

Woman charged with DUI in death of 3-year-old family friend

A 34-year-old Redlands woman was arraigned Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in San Bernardino Superior Court on charges of driving under the influence (DUI), vehicular manslaughter and murder, all stemming from an accident that claimed the life of a 3-year-old boy on Thursday, April 27, 2017. A factor that makes this story even worse is that the defendant in this case is a family friend.

The young boy and his family were in the process of crossing Base Line Street at Davidson Avenue at the time they were struck by the woman's car. A number of cars had stopped near the intersection to allow the family to cross, but the woman decided to go around them instead, immediately coming into contact with the young victim.

You deserve full compensation if you were a semi accident victim

For those who come here for a vacation, Santa Monica is virtually a paradise. With inviting beaches, the world-famous pier, and easy access to Hollywood and the Pacific Coast Highway, the location is a tourist's dream.

For those who live here, however, reality sometimes comes crashing down in the form of a truck accident. When that happens, life in Santa Monica can turn into a nightmare.

Wrongful death lawsuits stemming from vehicle defects

While many wrongful death lawsuits are filed each year in response to a family member having been struck by another driver, those alleged to have occurred as the result of a design or manufacturing defect are quite common as well. In fact, most annual car recalls filed each year and done so in response to accidents.

Among the more common types of motor vehicle defects causing injury include brakes, cooling or temperature system, engine or electrical system failures. Also quite common are steering or transmission system issues, design flaws having to do with the passenger compartment, or the overall body or frame of the vehicle. In holding car manufacturers liable for damages sustained, strict liability standard applies.

4-vehicle crash results in multiple injuries in San Bernadino

A four-vehicle crash near the crossroads of Kendall Drive and 3rd Avenue occurred in San Bernardino on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, around 6:43 p.m. Scenes from the accident show a mangled mess of front-impact damage to the cars involved. Law enforcement investigating the accident reports a number of injuries suffered as a result, ranging anywhere from minor to more severe ones.

In investigating the accident, crash scene investigators determined that two of the vehicles involved had been involved in a dispute immediately prior to the accident occurring. As a result, the two cars had been involved in playing cat and mouse with one another. As one would accelerate in an attempt to avoid the other vehicle, the other would retreat. It was during this back and forth game that the two cars racing one another collided with two other cars.

The impact of seat belts on reducing school bus-related injuries

Each day across the United States, more than 25 million kids are transported to school on buses, a number which is estimated to be responsible for keeping some 17 million cars from having to transport students to schools each day. When a bus accident does occur, it can be catastrophic, although they're few and far between.

Overall, the National Safety Council (NSC) has found that riding on a school bus is far safer than your child either walking or being transported in a personal car to school. Despite this, their research has shown that requiring school buses to have both shoulder and lap belts would make them even safer when transporting your kids.

Parents: Give your kids a refresher in driving safely before prom

Prom night is a fun night for many teens, but it can become dangerous quickly. For parents who know what it was like to be a teen in the past, prom might signal emotions of a night where DUIs and drinking were prominent. What can a teen do to be safe on prom night? There are quite a few ideas.

First, remember that your teen should carry a cellphone with him or her, but he or she should never use it while driving. Having a phone can help them if they need to call for help or a ride, but texting while driving makes driving more dangerous. A quick talk about the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving should help prevent that from happening.

3 parties that could potentially hold liability in a bus accident

Though many individuals may opt for a more private form of transportation, buses continue to hold popular appeal for numerous travelers. By utilizing a bus, you can travel long distances and stop at various locations often for a cheaper rate than other forms of tour transportation. Of course, this method of travel does not necessarily mean that you face fewer risks of suffering injuries if an accident occurs.

Unfortunately, bus accidents do take place, and as a passenger, you could suffer serious injuries alongside your fellow travelers. When such injuries occur, you may wonder whether you should file a legal claim in order to pursue compensation for your injuries. If negligence on the part of the bus driver resulted in the accident, multiple parties could potentially hold liability.

Whiplash can make your life difficult after a crash

You were at a stop light when you heard screeching brakes behind you. The driver hadn't seen you at the light ahead, because she was too busy texting her friends. You knew the impact was coming, and in an instant, you were thrown forward. Your airbags deployed. You and your passengers are okay, but you did suffer some injuries.

In situations like this, you might think you don't need to head to the hospital. Scratches and bruising are things you could take care of at home. However, it's important that you go. Your adrenaline is pumping, so it could be covering up a serious injury: whiplash.


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