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Why are fatal truck accidents on the rise?

Any kind of car accident has the potential to cause serious damage to both vehicles and people. When one of the vehicles involved is a semi-truck, the risk sharply increases. Most truck drivers are aware of that and take proper precautions, but there are times when some drivers fail to take safety into account.

The number of fatal truck accidents rose from 2009 to 2017 by 42%. One organization focused on truck safety has several theories as to why, and they offer several suggestions to improve the numbers. However, they are not without their critics.

What can you do to prevent an animal from attacking you?

In recent years, stories about animals attacking humans have become increasingly devastating. Those individuals that have been lucky enough to survive their attacks have been left with debilitating injuries including severed limbs, lingering nerve damage, pain and flesh-eating infections. Most of these types of attacks are preventable.

The best thing that you can do if you ever encounter a stray animal is to remain calm. Pets can sense when you're not comfortable around them. This can make them feel uneasy. If an animal feels that their life is in danger, then they may attack you.

After a car accident, here's what you should do

Even if you feel like the odds of getting into a car accident are small, it is important to know what to do after the crash. The scene is often chaotic and stressful, and knowing what steps to take in advance helps you act on autopilot. Remember, even though you can control how safe you are behind the wheel, you cannot control other drivers, so the crash risks may be higher than you think.

With that in mind, here are some important steps to take:

  1. Check to see if you got injured. Remember that you may not feel pain due to the adrenaline rush, but you could still be hurt.
  2. Check on your passengers to make sure they are all right, especially if you had children in the car.
  3. Consider any immediate danger. For instance, is the car still sitting in the traffic lanes and at risk of being hit again? Does it smell like the car may be on fire?
  4. Get yourself and your passengers to a safe place.
  5. Contact emergency services. If there are witnesses, odds are they already called 911, but don't assume anything.
  6. If possible, talk to the other driver. Write down their name, their driver's license number, their contact information and their insurance information.
  7. Take pictures. These could include pictures of the information listed above -- like a driver's license or a license plate -- and pictures of the actual crash scene. This documentation can help you moving forward.

Motorcyclists are often safer than passenger car operators

While it may sound counterintuitive to read this, there are some individuals out there that argue that motorcycles may be safer than cars. There are many reasons that they give to substantiate their claim.

Motorists have been conditioned to believe that a car's large, sturdy shell will provide them with an added degree of protection if they're involved in a crash. While an automobile's frame may create a buffer for any impact that comes their way, it also prevents them from being able to bop and weave in traffic. This is one of the benefits of being a motorcyclist. They can easily swoop in and out of tight spaces to avoid a crash.

The importance of preventing infection after a dog bite

A dog bite is painful in the moment. It's frightening if you think the animal may continue to attack after the initial bite. Odds are that you had no idea that the attack was about to happen until it did.

However, for many people, the real risk comes later -- if the bite gets infected. The dog's teeth can press bacteria down into your tissue, well below the skin. These puncture wounds can lead to serious infections, and you could wind up in the hospital. An infection is nothing to take lightly. Serious infections can be life-threatening.

Driver carelessness can be a pain in the neck: fight back

As you wait at a stop sign, you cannot help but notice that the driver behind you is not slowing down. Just when you think he will surely slam on the brakes behind you, he does not. The next thing you know, his car has rear-ended your car, and you are suffering from pain in your neck area.

Unfortunately, whiplash is a relatively common injury that affects the soft tissue. Fortunately, though, if another person's carelessness behind the wheel causes you this type of injury in California, it is within your rights to seek monetary damages in civil court.

Injured in a slip-and-fall accident? Consult an attorney

When stores in California flip on that neon "OPEN" sign in the morning, they're inviting you in to look around, select the items you need and spend your hard-earned money.

But inviting you in also brings with it a responsibility to do all they can to keep you safe.

Can you tell if your brakes are about to go?

Perhaps no single safety system on a car is as important as the brakes. If you've driven in the mountains, you've seen the runaway truck lanes that they can use if the brakes go out. You can imagine just how disastrous that could be in any car, on any road in California.

But can you really tell in advance? What warning signs should you look out for? Here are a few tell-tale signs:

  • The brakes are not as responsive as they once were. Your car still stops, but it feels sluggish and takes a longer stopping distance to do so.
  • The brakes squeal when you press on them. This is because of a metal shim in the brake pads that is designed to let you know that the pads have worn out.
  • When physically examining the pads, they look very thin. Anything under 1/4 of an inch is too little and they need to get switched out soon.
  • The car pulls to one side when you press on the brakes. This indicates that they are not wearing out evenly.
  • The brake pedal itself fades down too far and gets too close to the vehicle's floor. Even if it still technically works, this is a red flag.

Just what is the 'attractive nuisance' doctrine?

We all know children like to explore and use their imaginations. Maybe on a lovely California summer day your kids will go into your yard to build a fort or something else fun. Off in the distance, in your neighbor's yard, they see a pile of wood from a shed the neighbor has taken down, and they dart off before you know it to grab a piece, perfect for their fort.

And then, through the open kitchen window where you've been keeping an eye out, you hear a scream. Wood has fallen on one of your children, causing injuries.

Injuries, fatalities rise during the 100 Deadliest Days

With the Fourth of July in our rear view, we're well into summer and the s0-called "100 Deadliest Days." Those are the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the number of fatalities in traffic crashes involving teenage drivers typically goes up.

AAA recently revealed the top factors that lead to fatal summer crashes involving teenagers in California and across the United States:

  • Speeding, 28%
  • Drinking and driving, 17%
  • Distraction, 9%

Driving in California fog: If driver negligence causes you injury

If you're used to driving in Visalia, you likely understand how congested California roadways can get, especially if there happens to be a lot of farm equipment sharing the roads. When the fog is heavy, which it often is in this region, you must be especially alert and cautious at the wheel.

The problem is that, no matter how safe a driver you happen to be, there's not much you can do about another person's negligence. It's always a good idea to research safe driving tips, not only for fog and inclement weather but generally speaking, as well. However, it's also a good idea to know where to seek support if another motorist's negligence causes a collision and you suffer injuries.

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