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A major crash can result in severe physical injuries

Your day starts out relatively normal as you head to work, but seemingly out of the blue, a fellow motorist hits your car. All of a sudden, you realize that your day will be anything but normal.

A car crash can unfortunately cause you to sustain major physical injuries, in addition to causing you emotional trauma. However, it is within your rights to seek monetary damages for your injuries if a negligent driver caused them. Here is a look at some common injuries associated with vehicle wrecks in California.

California fares pretty well when it comes to distracted driving

As this blog has reported before, distracted driving is a continuing problem in Orange County and the rest of the Golden State. However, at least according to one study, California actually fares pretty well relative to other states, at least when it comes to the frequency of fatal car accidents involving the misuse of a cell phone.

According to the report, California experienced a rate of 1.03 fatalities, per 10 billion miles driven in the state, which could be blamed on a driver's being distracted by a cell phone. This ranked California 33rd among the 50 states, with the state ranking 50th having the lowest fatality rate.

NCAA basketball player's shoe breaks mid-game

Famous shoe manufacturer Nike has reportedly taken a short-term hit in its stocks after national television caught one of its shoes breaking apart while on the foot of a noted college basketball player. The player left early in the game after the shoe broke, causing him to fall.

The player was noted as a rising star in the world of college basketball. He had been averaging over 20 points a game in what is known as a very competitive conference in the world of Division I basketball. After his accident, he was able to walk off the court without assistance.

Truck driver fatigue and undiagnosed sleep apnea

A previous post here talked about how many truckers who drive around or just pass through Orange County, California, are required under the law to, from time to time, pull off of the road for a few hours and take a rest. The idea behind these rules is to make sure drivers get the sleep they need so that they don't experience truck driver fatigue.

A fatigued driver, after all, is very dangerous even if the driver manages to stay awake. Someone who is too tired can easily lose focus on the road and may not respond promptly to changes like a car that slows down suddenly. However, some truckers in California, particularly those who suffer from a condition called "sleep apnea," may experience fatigue even if they think they had enough rest.

When should California motorists be most concerned re collisions?

You may feel that it's never safe to drive on a California highway, but you do so anyway, out of necessity. No one can blame you for feeling that way as it's definitely true that there is an increased danger in traveling by motor vehicle nowadays compared to driving or riding as a passenger several decades ago. Posted speed limits are higher in many areas, which some believe has added to the risk for collision.

No matter how safe a driver you are, you can't control what another person does behind the wheel. If a distracted, impaired or reckless driver is sharing the road you're on, you may wind up suffering an injury if he or she gets too close. If that happens, you face medical bills, time off work and other stressful issues, many of which can cost you a lot of money. That's why it's good to know where to seek legal support if an accident occurs that you did not cause.

When are punitive damages available in California?

Previous posts here have either mentioned punitive damages or have reported on juries awarding punitive damages. Indeed, there are some circumstances that seem to suggest that just paying someone compensation for their losses simply is not enough. For example, car accidents that are caused by a drunk driver, a driver who is going far in excess of the posted speed limit or a driver acting in a fit of road rage are situations that are entirely avoidable. To prevent these sorts of accidents, a driver need only show a minimal amount of courtesy and care for their fellow motorists.

As the name implies, punitive damages, which some may also call exemplary damages, serve to punish drivers who have gone beyond simple carelessness and have actively disregarded the rights of those with whom they share the road.

Orange County bicyclist killed in accident

A bicyclist who was trying to cross the street in Aliso Viejo, a community in Orange County, California, died after a motorist struck and killed him. According to reports, the driver attempted to leave the scene of the accident.

However, witnesses were able to get a description of the vehicle that hit the bicyclist. As a result, police were able to track down both the suspect vehicle and the vehicle's driver. Police arrested the suspect after locating him.

Rise in fatal motorcycle accidents in California over 22 years

Motorcycle enthusiasts often talk about the sense of freedom they feel when riding on their bikes. However, if you are a rider, you know that that freedom comes with its fair share of risk. Here in California, though the mild weather may make this an ideal area for motorcycle riding, authorities say there has been a significant rise in the number of motorcycle fatalities over a 22 year period, especially in SoCal.

While there aren't as many motorcycle riders on the roads at this time of year, law enforcement warns that fatalities always rise in the summer. They also say that climate change may even cause a rise in fatal motorcycle accidents, since it has the potential to increase the number of days during the year that people will want to ride.

Knowing how to avoid incurring the wrath of an angry driver

It might not be all that uncommon to experience some level of frustration while driving on California roads. Whether a driver cuts you off while changing lanes or another person points an unsavory finger in your direction for any number of reasons, there may be countless scenarios that you might find infuriating at best.

However, you may feel that acting on your anger will do little to help the situation. Unfortunately, others might not always share your resolve, and if another driver gets angry enough, you could find yourself suffering the wrath of someone who has succumbed to road rage.

Electric scooters continuing to cause injuries

Previous posts here have noted the safety issues surrounding the electric scooters that are now a frequent sight on the streets and sidewalks of Los Angeles and its southern suburbs and exurbs, including Costa Mesa and the rest of Orange County. A recent report in a major medical journal confirmed that, while this new mode of pedestrian transportation is spreading rapidly across the country, issues involving the safety of these scooters remain.

For instance, based on a survey of emergency room visits by people who were injured by these scooters, it seemed that the vast majority of them, over 90 percent, were actually riding the scooter at the time of the accident. Of these victims, fewer than 5 percent were wearing a helmet. This is unfortunate since, of those patients who had to go to the emergency room, 40 percent had some sort of injury to the head. These head injuries included traumatic brain injuries in some cases. In fact, of the handful of patients who had to remain in the hospital in intensive care, all had the symptoms of a severe brain injury.

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