Alameda Personal Injury Law Blog

Common hazards at stores, malls are preventable

Even with the proliferation of online shopping, doorstep delivery and the like, there are times when people in the greater Bay Area still need to set out to a grocery store, a shopping mall or some other brick-and-mortar retail location.

While one might not realize it, they are to some extent putting their health and, in rare cases, even their lives at risk when doing so. There are in fact many different ways people can suffer serious injuries at a retail location.

3 ways cars make the road dangerous for motorcycle riders

Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience. It is also a dangerous one. Even an experienced rider can become involved in an accident and end up in the hospital. While some motorcycle accidents occur because of user error, many happen due to environmental factors, such as negligent drivers. In general, cars and trucks present the most dangerous hazards on the road.

By being aware of the different ways larger motor vehicles can cause you to wreck, you stand a better chance of reducing your risk while out for a ride. Here are the top ways that cars make the roads dangerous for motorcycle riders.

Clearing up some popular misconceptions about amnesia

When people in the Bay Area think about amnesia, the first idea that comes to mind might harken back to a television show in which someone gets hit over the head. All of the sudden, the person cannot remember anything about their life at all, even their name, at least until they get hit on the head again.

As many can probably guess, amnesia does not work like that in real life. It is, however, a serious symptom of a brain injury, and it can truly affect an otherwise normally functioning person in profound ways.

Trucks take much longer to stop

Most motorists in the San Francisco and greater Bay Area probably know that inattentive or distracted driving is a bad idea even when one is operating their private car. In some cases, someone who is just drifting off or is on one's phone can completely miss that the vehicle in front of them has come to a complete stop and slam into that vehicle's rear bumper. No doubt, there have been other cases in which a driver has a close call, realizing just in the nick of time that they are about to have an accident and are able to slam on the brakes.

When it comes to large trucks, drivers have even less leeway to take their eyes and minds off the road, even for a second. This is because, due to the laws of physics, it simply takes a much longer distance for a truck to stop than it does a passenger car, particularly at higher speeds like those typically traveled on the highway. Trucks, after all, weigh much more, and it takes more energy to stop them once the brakes are applied.

Are punitive damages available after a California car accident?

Like other states, California allows injured victims in some cases to ask for what are referred to as punitive damages or exemplary damages. As with other types of cases, victims of car accidents in the Bay Area may be able to recover punitive damages under certain circumstances.

Because the goal of the civil justice system in injury cases is not to punish people who did something wrong but to compensate victims, courts can be reluctant to make a defendant pay expenses beyond what a victim actually lost. As a result, punitive damages cannot be awarded for all car accident cases.

Know the risks of a rollover to avoid a collision

Rollover accidents are significant and a high-risk two people on the roads. With so many large trucks on highways, it is important for the people who are driving around them to understand when there is a risk of a rollover accident. There are a few factors that impact a truck's risk of a crash turning into a rollover.

Knowing these factors can help you identify dangerous trucks and avoid them on the highway. It can also help you when describing your case if you are hurt by a vehicle that rolls over.

Woman sent to prison for fatal crash

A woman from the San Francisco area who had no prior criminal history was sent to prison to serve a six-year term for her role in a deadly car accident from several years ago. In both the civil and criminal court systems, it can sometimes take years or even decades to sort out the legal consequences of a car accident.

The accident claimed the life of a teenage boy and also left the boy's mother with permanent injuries. The boy's sister was also injured but has since made a strong recovery.

What is electric shock drowning?

The area in and around San Francisco and the larger Bay Area is, quite obviously, full of places to boat, sail and enjoy the water. While the water in the ocean itself may be a little too cold for the liking of many would-be swimmers, there are also plenty of rivers, lakes, and the like where one can take a dip in the warmer months.

There is a growing awareness of what could rightly be called a silent killer on the water. This phenomenon, called electric shock drowning, happens when a someone in the water encounters an electric current. Water conducts electricity fairly well, but it does not change in looks or anything else when it is doing so. To a swimmer, water carrying current looks like ordinary water.

Even a minor brain injury can have serious consequences

When a resident of the Bay Area thinks of a brain injury victim, they may have in mind someone who is either comatose or who is in permanent need of medical care and may not even be able to meet their basic needs.

This is also certainly true in the case of the most serious brain injuries. The victims of these injuries, and their families, will no doubt require compensation and support to help them with their medical expenses and rehabilitation. Moreover, they will likely need some source of income to cover their ongoing expenses as they will likely not be able to work because of their injury.

Who is on the other end of a driver's texts?

Especially in the wake of a lot of bad press and stepped-up enforcement efforts targeting distracted driving, a resident of the Bay Area might wonder what exactly is so important that people are willing to keep texting and driving. After all, California drivers should know by now that such behavior can cause severe and even fatal car accidents.

While to some degree, work commitments are a temptation to text and drive or, on a related point, take an unnecessary phone call, the reality is that most of the time, people are texting and driving with close personal acquaintances.

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