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8 Interesting California Bicycle Law Facts You Need to Know

Posted on October 13th, 2017

Locals in Riverside ride bikes year round to commute to work, travel to class, and get exercise. While some recreational bicyclists stick with trails including the Santa Ana River Trail and the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, many ride on roadways on a daily basis. Knowing all of the California bicycling laws can help you stay safe and avoid involvement in serious accidents. Here are some important California laws you might not have heard before: Most bicycle laws apply everywhere across California. Many states allow local jurisdictions to govern their own bicycle ordinances. In CA, the rules that apply in Riverside apply in Sacramento. The uniformity of laws improves awareness for riders, motorists, and law enforcement officials. Sidewalk riding ordinances vary. While most bicycle laws in California universally apply, sidewalk-riding ordinances do not. You can ride on the sidewalk in some areas and you can’t in others. In Riverside, Section 10.64.310 of the municipal code addresses sidewalk riding. Bicyclists cannot ride on sidewalks in the city unless signs specifically indicate bicycle use. The three feet rule is more than a suggestion. Drivers must legally maintain a distance of three feet between the vehicle and the bicyclist while overtaking or passing it.…

Where Are the Top Places that Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?

Posted on June 27th, 2017

Slip and fall accidents are often sudden and unexpected. An individual may not see a hazard in time to avoid a slip, trip, or fall. While these incidents can occur anywhere, the location plays a major role in determining liability. All property owners bear a certain level of responsibility for maintaining a safe premises – particularly if they entertain invitees or licensees. According to the National Safety Council, falls represent the number three top cause of unintentional fatalities in the U.S. To avoid slip and fall incidents in Riverside and learn more about the uniqueness of each location, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common places these incidents occur: Workplaces. This particularly involves industrial and construction workplaces. Falls from heights, ladders, and on uneven surfaces commonly account for workplace falls and injuries. When employees fail to adhere to proper safety standards and employers do not maintain safe workplace environments, accidents happen. In workplace fall accidents, injured individuals must often work through workers’ compensation claims and look at third-party liability, if applicable. According to the NFSI, falls account for 5% of the job related fatalities for women and 11% for men. Super Markets. Grocery store falls often occur…

What Are the Top Causes of Death in the Construction Industry in CA?

Posted on May 24th, 2017

The construction industry holds many dangers for workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction causes one in five worker deaths in the U.S. every year. In 2015, construction accounted for 214% of all private industry worker fatalities – 937 out of 4,379. There were four leading causes, other than highway collisions, that were responsible for 64.3% of all construction worker deaths. OSHA aptly named them the “Fatal Four.” They are as follows: #1: Falls In 2015, 38.8% of construction worker deaths were due to falls. Falls from ladders, buildings, scaffoldings, elevator shafts, holes in the floor, trip and fall hazards, staircases, and into dangerous machines or vats can all lead to catastrophic injury or death. Workers have the right to a safe workplace. In the construction industry, this means proper personal fall protection gear. Fall protection was the number one most-cited standard by OSHA in the 2016 fiscal year. OSHA mandates fall protection gear in construction, according to regulations standard number 1926.501. This standard requires employers to determine whether there is a fall risk, then to provide surfaces that can safely support employees. Walking surfaces that are six feet high or greater require guardrail systems, safety…

Common Personal Challenges After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2.5 million emergency department visits per year result from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). An average of 153 people in the United States die every day due to TBIs. Yet what about the victims who don’t die? Those who instead have to live with the effects of a brain injury? These individuals often face cognitive and physical challenges in their daily lives because of their injuries. For some, symptoms may be temporary, while others have to live with effects of a TBI. Difficulty with Language Injuries to the left side of the brain can cause difficulties in language recognition and verbal output. This is because the left side of the brain is responsible for analysis and logic. Someone with this type of TBI could have trouble understanding language and speaking. He or she may have poor oral motor function, comprehension, and production of oral or written language. Difficulty talking and listening can make these methods of communication almost impossible for TBI victims. Cognitive Problems TBI victims can show impaired cognitive skills in all areas. No part of the brain is safe in an impact from a fall, car accident, or other…

The Importance of Taking Photos After a Car Accident – Why & How?

Posted on April 10th, 2017

Car accidents are an unfortunate occurrence for many Americans every day. During and after an auto accident, adrenaline can make it difficult to focus and take proper steps to protect oneself from undeserved liability for injuries and damages. One of the best things any driver can do after an auto accident is take pictures of the accident scene. First Steps After a Car Crash Once your car comes to a halt after a collision, your first step should be to assess your condition. If you suffered any obvious injuries or are in serious pain, wait for medical responders to arrive on the scene. Attempting to move can sometimes make injuries worse. This is especially the case with any potential spine injuries. If you seem to be fine, it’s still important to be cautious and take it easy until you can see a doctor. Some car accident injuries are not immediately visible, and adrenaline can dull the pain, making it difficult to realize how seriously you’ve been hurt. If you are able to leave your vehicle, make sure the other drivers are in good condition. Most states require you to call 911 after a car accident if anyone suffered any injuries or…

The Connection Between Wages and Commercial Trucking Accidents

Posted on March 1st, 2017

Truck driving is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In 2015, 745 truck drivers were fatally injured on the roadways, and a total of 3,852 passenger vehicle occupants, truck occupants, and pedestrians/others died in large truck crashes that year. Understanding the primary causes of truck accidents and changing risk factors could save lives. Wage management changes may contribute to better truck safety on the roadways. The Realities of Working in the Truck Industry In the United States, the average annual pay for truck driving is $43,464. Some drivers make more and some make less. While the pay isn’t exceptional, the method of pay is what makes the work so unappealing. Most drivers do not receive pay for every hour they spend in a truck or performing duties associated with the work. Instead, they make between $0.28 and $0.45 per mile they drive. Employers may expect their drivers to meet a mileage quota of up to 3,000 miles per week and drive up to the current regulatory limits for maximum consecutive hours driven. Ideally, the pay per mile model would accurately reflect the amount of work a truck driver does per day. In reality, truck drivers may sit in…

Important Motorcycle Safety Tips for 2017

Posted on January 26th, 2017

Staying up to date on motorcycle safety might literally mean the difference between life and death on today’s dangerous roadways. With more drivers using cell-phones behind the wheel, driving while intoxicated, and failing to pay attention to the road, motorcyclists face a slew of threats during everyday commutes – not to mention poor weather and road hazards. Statistics show that motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more frequently than in other vehicles around the U.S. in 2014. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a beginner motorcyclist, follow these motorcycle safety tips to prevent becoming just another statistic in 2017: #1. Wear Your Helmet In 2017, research reveals that wearing a helmet is still the number one thing motorcyclists can do to reduce the risk of death in a crash. California law requires all motorcyclists and their passengers to wear helmets, but you shouldn’t only do so because law enforcement tells you to – wear a helmet to save your life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motorcycle helmets saved an estimated 1,630 lives in 2013. Helmets reduce the risk of death by at least 37% and the risk of injury by 69%. Traumatic brain injury is a major…

What Are the Most Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases?

Posted on January 26th, 2017

Wrongful death is one of the most heart-wrenching experiences a family can go through. A lawsuit is often the only way for family members to obtain closure and peace after the devastating loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. At Estey & Bomberger, LLP, we’ve helped dozens of families throughout California seek compensation from the individuals and establishments responsible for the death of a loved one. Here are the most common types of wrongful death cases we’ve encountered in our years of legal representation. #1. Motor Vehicle Accidents In 2015, 35,092 people died and 2,443,000 people suffered serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. In 2014, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for people at age 11 and every age from 16 to 24. Human error causes the majority of catastrophic vehicle collisions. In 2015, alcohol-impaired driving caused 9,306 fatal car accidents – taking the lives of 10,265 people. Other common causes of car crashes include driver distraction, inattention, failure to obey road rules, failure to maintain a vehicle, and recklessness. #2. Defective Products Wrongful death claims may also center on the negligence of a product manufacturer or distributor. For example, many…

Best Places to Take Your Dog in Riverside

Posted on December 19th, 2016

Riverside is a busy city, and sometimes, it may feel like there are no great places to spend time with your dog. However, there are actually several attractions your furry friend will love, as well as several dog parks with stellar reviews from other dog-lovers. If you’re a dog owner living in Riverside or plan to move into the area, take a look at our list of some of the best spots to take your four-legged friend. Dog Parks Dog parks are fantastic places that cities create and design with dogs in mind, where they can safely run, play, and interact with other dogs. Some dog parks have special “meet-ups” where dog owners of specific breeds meet to let their pets frolic together, which can be a great socializing experience for your dog. There are three dedicated dog parks in Riverside: Carlson Dog Park. This dog park, located on Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside, is an off-leash dog park. The grounds are fenced, so there’s no need to worry about your dog running loose. There is a special small dog zone and play equipment for dogs. Pat Merritt Dog Park. This dog park is located on Limonite Frontage Road in…

What are the Major Types of Burn Injuries?

Posted on December 19th, 2016

Burns are a common injury. Many burns occur in the home when people are cooking or using appliances like fireplaces, toasters, or electric heaters. Although most burns are mild, severe burns are serious injuries that can leave lasting scars and other complications for victims. When most people think of burns, they think of fire. However, there are many types of burns with unique characteristics. Here’s a breakdown of the main ones: Thermal Burns The most common burn injury is a thermal burn, or a burn caused by fire, hot surfaces, or hot liquids. Physicians call burns from hot liquid scalding, and it’s the most common type of burn young children and older adults suffer. Doctors assess the severity of a thermal burn using a degree scale, the size of the burn, and its location on the victim’s body. Superficial burns that only affect the outermost layers of skin are first degree burns. Unless such a burn covers a large area of the body or affects a sensitive area such as the face or genitals, people can treat these burns at home using over-the-counter burn ointment and bandages. Burns that affect the skin’s deeper layers are second degree burns. Doctors will…

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