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Defensive driving can save a motorcyclist

If you're a motorcyclist, even a relatively new one, you probably already have a sense of the risks you face on the road. You know how much other people hold your life in their hands.

After all, it's one thing not to make mistakes yourself. It's quite another to guarantee that no one around you will. Remember that the main reason for car accidents is human error. You only need to ride near one person who makes a critical error to find yourself in the hospital with catastrophic injuries.

Will 2019 lead to 40,000 fatalities yet again?

Road fatalities in the United States remain incredibly common. Think of a major college with a population of around 40,000 students. Believe it or not, that's about how many people die every year on the country's roads.

If that feels abnormally high, it is. This is a number that should, in theory, always fall. Cars get safer. Drivers get more education. Technology gets better. But, despite all of that, the numbers are not dropping.

Safety tips for your bicycle commute

As often as you can, you ride your bike to work. You got into your technology career because you believe the future lies in innovation, and that means moving away from transportation options that create pollution, energy dependency and catastrophic loss of life. Instead, you invested in a cutting-edge electric bicycle that gives you everything you're looking for.

Here's the problem: Most people haven't made that change. On your commute, you still have to share the road with thousands of drivers in their cars, trucks and SUVs. Not only are you conscious of the noise and the pollution, but you feel well aware of the risks you face. On the e-bike, you're very exposed. If one of those drivers makes just one mistake at the wrong time, it could be you who ends up taking an expensive ambulance ride to the hospital.

How to move forward after a loved one dies

You get the call, but it's already too late. Your loved one got involved in a car accident and they passed away at the scene. Maybe it's not even a call; maybe an officer shows up at your door. They tell you that they did all they could.

It's gut-wrenching and unimaginable. You have no idea where to turn or what to do next.

The right knowledge can help prevent a car-pedestrian accident

As a pedestrian, you should remain alert of what's happening around you at all times. Even if you're in an area where there's not much traffic, an accident can happen in an instant.

The first thing to focus on is the steps you can personally take to avoid a car-pedestrian accident. Here are a handful of things you must do:

  • Cross the street at marked crosswalks
  • Don't ignore "don't walk" signals at an intersection
  • Never dart into traffic

Drive safely when you encounter a traffic jam

People in the Oakland area know that the freeways are sometimes filled with bumper-to-bumper traffic. These situations may seem harmless because the vehicles aren't moving very fast. However, accidents can occur during traffic jams if drivers aren't paying close attention.

Some drivers in newer vehicles might think that safety enhancement features like stop assist and lane assist will prevent accidents. These help to increase the safety, but the onus is on the driver to make sure they are remaining accident-free. Several things can promote the chance of everyone making it home safely.

A brain injury from a car crash could end your tech career

Working in the tech sector can be a lucrative career choice. There is a massive demand for technology and the skills and education required to develop and maintain it. Also, technology is constantly changing, requiring companies to expand their staff to meet demand and embrace trends.

A technology career is one of the best ways to leverage your intellect to provide a high standard of living for the people you love. Unfortunately, because it relies so heavily on your intelligence and cognitive ability, a technology career can also end in the blink of an eye.

What are the legal elements of a wrongful death case?

When an Oakland family is devastated by a death caused by another party's negligence, shock, sadness and anger may be a few of the emotions felt by family members. In this situation, it may be possible for survivors to seek damages from the responsible party in a wrongful death lawsuit. This blog post will provide some basic information on the legal elements and typical circumstances of a wrongful death case.

In order to prove a case of wrongful death in court, a plaintiff must prove four elements. They must prove that the death of a human being occurred. They must also prove that the death was caused by another party's negligence, with or without the intent to cause harm. Furthermore, surviving family members - the people who have standing to bring a wrongful death case - must suffer monetary injury as a result of the death. Finally, a personal representative must be appointed to represent the interests of the estate in the wrongful death suit.

California in the middle of the pack in hospital safety ratings

Earlier this month, Leapfrog released its Fall 2018 hospital ratings. In these ratings, the organization gave hospitals throughout the nation letter grades for hospital safety.

How did California hospitals do in these ratings? The ratings point to California, as a whole, being towards the middle of the nation in hospital safety.

Preventing motorcycle accidents is everyone's responsibility

Motorcyclists on California roads know the risks associated with this mode of transportation. Accidents involving the two or three-wheeled vehicles are often some of the most injurious or deadly crashes on the roads in any given year.

To decrease the chances of these catastrophic consequences, it is up to every driver and rider to take added safety precautions. Every rider, driver, passenger and pedestrian can contribute to roadway safety and consider the impact of their actions -- or inactions. No matter the vehicle you drive, every person on the road can take steps to lessen the likelihood of major collisions involving motorcycles.

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