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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…

What Kind of Benefits Can I Receive From Workers’ Compensation After a Workplace Injury?

Posted on October 19th, 2016

Workers’ compensation laws in California protect injured workers in the event of a job-related accident. Workers’ compensation will cover some of a worker’s losses after sustaining an injury in the workplace. According to the rules of workers’ comp, injured workers don’t need to prove an employer was negligent for compensation. Workers only have to prove that they sustained an injury while performing job-related tasks. After the system accepts your workers’ compensation claim, you’ll receive certain benefits. Workers Comp Benefit #1: Medical Care California workers’ comp will cover any and all medical care related to your workplace injury or illness. This includes the costs of an ambulance, hospital visits/stays, tests physicians must run, and treatments your injuries require. A workers’ comp insurance company must pay for all medical treatment to cure and relieve your injury or illness, whatever this may entail. Once you receive the company’s approval, workers’ comp pays for reasonable and necessary medical care. In California, you must visit a doctor on the list of physicians that your employer approves. Workers Comp Benefit #2: Time Off Work In many cases, a worker’s personal injury causes missed days at work. Workers’ compensation benefits pay to replace a worker’s lost income…

How Dangerous Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting? Reducing Motorcycle Accidents in CA

Posted on October 19th, 2016

Should Motorcycle Lane Splitting Be Outlawed in California? There’s an ongoing debate in America about the safety of a motorcycle practice known as lane splitting. Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist drives between lanes, riding on the white line through stopped or slowed traffic instead of within a lane. Currently, the only state that has legalized motorcycle lane splitting is California. While many applaud the passing of this legislation and believe in its safety, other organizations are pushing to outlaw lane splitting in the Golden State. Here are the facts about lane splitting and motorcycle accidents in California. Lane Splitting and Collisions One of the most obvious safety factors about lane splitting is the significant reduction in the number of rear-end collisions involving motorcycles. Driver inattention on Riverside’s busy roadways results in dozens of motorcycle-related rear-end collisions every year. In these collisions, motorcyclists may become pinned between vehicles, thrown off bikes, and suffer severe personal and property damages. A study by the University of California Berkeley found that lane splitting significantly lowers the risk of motorists striking motorcycles from behind, reducing the chance of head and torso injuries. Stop-and-go traffic on busy highways is the most dangerous roadway condition for vulnerable…

What Are the Most Common Types of Automobile vs Truck Accidents?

Posted on August 24th, 2016

Car accidents involving commercial trucks, eighteen-wheelers, or tractor-trailers are typically more catastrophic and damaging than collisions between two passenger vehicles. The size and weight of commercial trucks exerts extreme gravitational forces in an accident, causing great damage to passenger vehicles and their occupants. Injuries can be devastating, causing permanent disability or death. Most often, truck accidents in Riverside are the result of truck driver negligence or poor vehicle maintenance. Six Common Causes of Truck Accidents Truck drivers have to undergo special training to hold a commercial driver’s license, but they still make frequent errors in judgment. Truck drivers may ignore the legal number of hours they have to rest in between drives or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Trucking companies may shirk their responsibilities and fail to maintain fleet vehicles, resulting in deadly accidents. Learning the Top 6 Common Types of Truck vs. Automobile Accidents can help you understand your rights as a victim. #1. Rollover Truck Accidents Truck accidents can often result in the truck rolling over due to high speeds, taking a curve too fast, steep declines/inclines, overcorrecting when the trailer drifts off the road, and hitting an object in the road. If a driver fails…

Frequently Asked Questions of Injured Workers – Workplace Accident Lawyers

Posted on August 23rd, 2016

Workplace accidents happen to workers all the time for a lot of different reasons…and this is the case not only at higher-risk jobs, like construction sites, but also at workplaces in virtually every industry. When a worker suffers a minor or catastrophic injury in the workplace, he or she will likely have a variety of important questions. Workplace accidents make victims question whether they could have avoided their injuries, who will pay for medical costs, and if they will ever get back the lost wages or earning capacity they lost in a traumatic accident. Luckily, there are resources available to help injured workers learn about their rights and responsibilities under the law. What Do I Do After Sustaining a Workplace Injury? If you sustain an injury at work, it’s recommended to report the accident to your employer as soon as possible after the incident. Fill out an accident report and see a doctor right away, even if you don’t feel injured. The accident may have caused an injury or aggravated an existing condition without you realizing it. If your injuries are extreme, go to the emergency room. If you are not seriously hurt, ask your employer if he or she…

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