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That bump on your head might not be so insignificant after all

You never know when an uneventful day is going to wind up leading to circumstances that change your life forever. For instance, you may be a very cautious and alert driver; however, if you're on your way to work and another motorist runs a red light, instead of arriving safely at your office 10 minutes later, you might wake up in a hospital bed, wondering where you are and how you got there. Of course, car accidents aren't the only incidents that can cause you to need hospitalization.

Any number of incidents may occur that place you at risk for injury. Head injuries, in particular, are often especially severe, requiring long and arduous recoveries and sometimes resulting in partial or permanent disabilities. If another person's negligence causes your injury, you may at least be able to recover the financial losses associated with your injuries.

Your child may be safer riding a school bus than in a car

Despite the fact that school bus drivers log countless hours and millions of miles driving around students each year, they're rarely involved in fatal accidents.

That conclusion was reached by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after reviewing nearly 350,000 cases of crashes involving fatalities between 2004 and 2013. In the case of those accidents, a little as a half percent of all cases, or 1,214 of them, involved a vehicle that was responsible for transporting students.

Texting and driving is on the rise throughout California

Although it's illegal for motorists to handle their phones either for the purpose of texting, talking or to use the internet while driving in California, few actually obey that law. Everyday across this nation, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that at least 1,000 people are injured in distracted-driving crashes. An estimated nine people lose their lives every day as a result of them.

With so many distracted driving-related accidents that occur nationwide on a daily basis, you'd probably expect there to be a significant amount of citations issued for violations of California's hands-free driving laws.

Street racers crash into, seriously injure San Bernadino woman

A 62-year-old grandmother from Riverside is reportedly fighting for her life in a Loma Linda hospital after being struck by two alleged street racing motorists in San Bernardino on the evening of Saturday, September 2nd.

According to police, the woman had been riding in the rear seat of a vehicle as it was exiting the 215 Freeway that evening. As the car was being driven down the ramp, the rear of the vehicle was reportedly clipped by a vehicle. The collision's impact caused the car to spin. Soon thereafter, the vehicle was struck by a second vehicle. The force of that crash caused the car to roll over several times.

Does lane splitting lead to more motorcycle crashes?

Whether you drive a car, bus or motorcycle in Southern California, if you travel the area's freeways during rush hour, then you're bound to get stuck in traffic. With traffic comes crashes. Recently, investigators have taken it upon themselves to try and determine what, if any, risk motorcyclists splitting lanes has on his or her crash rates.

In case you're unfamiliar with what lane splitting entails, it involves a motorcyclist riding the centerline between two lanes of either stopped or moving traffic. The practice was made legal in California on Jan. 1 of this year when AB-51 was signed into law.

The challenges faced by a victim of traumatic brain injury

Anybody can suffer a traumatic brain injury at any time, and the impact it can have on the life of the each victim is different. However, regardless of the effects you suffer from your TBI, you will most likely face many challenges, and if the negligence of another person is to blame, you may seek recovery of damages. The problem comes in determining a monetary value to claim for noneconomic losses.

The typical causes of traumatic brain injuries include falls, severe blows to the head caused by numerous workplace hazards, automobile accidents and assaults. The Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention say more than two million traumatic brain injuries occur annually.

How the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit works

A family that loses a loved one due to either the negligent or carelessness actions of another may suffer losses on many different levels. A partner may lose his or her companion or a family may be left without their household's breadwinner, for example.

In each of these cases, there's a common element of unexpectedness. An individual's life was cut short without his or her loved ones being afforded a time to get their affairs in order in advance.

What's safer in an accident: A sedan or an SUV?

Many families who select an SUV over a sedan do so because they feel that they're safer driving higher off the ground. And, according to a recent research study, SUVs have been shown to be much safer than sedans. In fact, an SUV driver or passenger is at least 50 percent more likely to survive a car crash without suffering serious injuries than an individual riding in a sedan.

Studies have shown that sedans are safest in a crash if it involves two similarly-sized ones. The same doesn't appear to be the case with SUVs though. Even if they're comparable in size, they're likely to crush one another. This is, in turn, likely to lead to more catastrophic injuries.

2 boaters die in back-to-back accidents in San Bernardino County

Two boating accidents in San Bernardino have claimed the lives of two different California residents during the past few weeks. In one accident on Saturday, Aug. 5, a 30-year-old Hemet woman drowned to death after her boat capsized in the Colorado River right outside of Parker. The following night, a man was killed when the boat he was riding in crashed with another on Lake Havasu.

The first of the two boating accidents this past weekend occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday according to the San Bernardino County's Sheriff's Department. The female victim was slated to take part a tubing trip that was scheduled to depart Big River Park. The motor of the boat that was to carry the woman out to the current failed and the woman's raft was quickly overcome by water, ultimately resulting in her drowning.

Slipped due to dangerous property conditions? Stand up and fight

When you visit a restaurant, you naturally expect it to be safe through which to walk. However, hazardous conditions can easily cause you to slip and fall and become injured.

Unfortunately, if you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident in California, this can take a toll on you financially and physically. Your injuries can also be emotionally difficult to deal with. Fortunately, you have the right to seek to hold accountable the store whose dangerous property conditions caused you to suffer harm.

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