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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 a car 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…

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…

10 Great Motorcycle Safety Gifts for the Holidays

Posted on November 21st, 2016

Motorcyclists take great pride in their riding abilities, bikes, and equipment. A gift that combines an exciting new accessory and safety is sure to be a hit. Consider giving the gift of safety this holiday season to the motorcycle enthusiast in your life with one of these 10 items. 1. New Helmet In 2013, motorcycle helmets saved an estimated 1,630 lives throughout the United States. Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69%, and the risk of death by 37%. Purchase a new helmet that meets California safety standards, including impact attenuations, penetration, and retention requirements. 2. Motorcycle Jacket Motorcycle jackets go a long way toward protecting a rider from the elements, such as poor weather conditions. They also reduce the severity of injuries such as road rash in an accident. Purchase a waterproof, top mesh, or textile motorcycle jacket your loved one will look and feel great in. 3. Denim Riding Jeans If the motorcyclist in your life wants to stay safe, yet in style, consider denim riding jeans. Riding jeans combine fashion with motorcycle functionality, incorporating features such as extra strength and waterproofing for ultimate safety. The innovative materials used to make these jeans can help regulate…

What Are the Most Dangerous Pedestrian Intersections in Riverside County?

Posted on November 21st, 2016

Riverside County sees an average of about 395 pedestrian collisions involving injuries or death per year. Due to the high number of people and vehicles crossing paths throughout the urban Riverside area, pedestrian-involved accidents are unfortunately common. Many of these accidents are hit and runs, in which a negligent or reckless driver strikes a pedestrian and flees the scene of the crime. Pedestrian accidents typically involve severe or life-threatening injuries. Avoiding or being extra cautious at the most dangerous pedestrian intersections in Riverside County can reduce your chances of becoming a statistic. Pedestrian Crash Data for Riverside County Based on a study by Estey & Bomberger, LLP, the most dangerous intersection in Riverside County is Bridge Street and Gilman Springs Road in Moreno Valley. In 2015, there were 24 crashes at this intersection, involving 21 injuries and three deaths. The second-most dangerous intersection in the county is in the city of Riverside, at Magnolia Avenue and Tyler Street. There were 24 crashes, 26 injuries, and one death at this intersection in 2015. Another dangerous pedestrian intersection in the county is Winchester Road and Ynez Road in Temecula. This intersection saw 23 crashes and 25 injuries. The majority of the most…

What Are the Signs of a Spinal Cord Injury?

Posted on November 18th, 2016

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are incredibly damaging, both physically and mentally. The spine is a host of important nerves responsible for the body’s sensation and movement. An SCI can limit or completely take away a person’s ability to move or feel below the point of injury. Damages from an SCI are typically permanent and perhaps even fatal, although many patients with partial SCIs can recover some functionality with physical therapy and rehabilitation. Permanent disabilities from SCIs can affect a patient’s quality of life and mental/emotional wellbeing. Common SCI Symptoms After an accident, a victim with a SCI may or may not immediately recognize a problem. The severity of the SCI will determine the amount of pain or disability the accident victim experiences. There are two types of SCIs: complete and incomplete. A complete SCI would result in the loss of almost all feeling and ability to move below the point of injury – noticeable damage right away. However, some SCIs are not as obvious, and victims discover them days or even weeks after the accident. An incomplete SCI can leave the victim with some function and sensation below the point of injury. Visit a doctor directly following a major accident,…

Would My Car Roll Over in a Car Accident? Plus, How to Prevent This

Posted on November 18th, 2016

Rollover accidents have higher rates of fatality than other types of motor vehicle collisions. Manufacturers design vehicles to withstand impacts from the front, rear, and sides of vehicles. In a rollover, it’s likely that the roof will collapse inward, causing severe head injuries. Passenger vehicles typically don’t have rollover cages to prevent this hazard, as their use would interfere with passenger/cargo space. Rollover accidents can also trap passengers inside the vehicle, making safe escape difficult or impossible. While only about 2% of all accidents are rollovers, this type of crash accounts for 30-35% of all deaths from passenger vehicle accidents. In the right circumstances, any vehicle can roll over. However, certain vehicles have higher rollover rates than others. The risk of rolling over depends on the overall balance of the vehicle and its ability to maneuver safely at high speeds. Choosing a vehicle with a low rollover rate reduces your chances of involvement in one of these deadly types of crashes. Safe driving practices can also minimize your risk and avoid injury. Vehicles With the Highest Rollover Rates A report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety details the vehicles with the highest rates of driver deaths. The list gives…

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