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Orange County Personal Injury Law Blog

Teenage car accidents -- nighttime driving increases risks

It is a well-known fact that, once the sun sets and the night sets in, visibility decreases. The decrease in visibility makes it hard to have a clear picture of one's surroundings, but it is also more difficult for one to be seen. Nightfall is also the time of day when there is an increase in car accidents.

Even experienced California drivers are more prone to accidents while driving at night, but teenagers driving at night are at a substantial higher risk to be involved in an accident. The six hours between 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. are of the most dangerous for young, inexperienced drivers to take the wheel. Statistically, it has been proved that fatal crashes are three times more likely to occur when a driver is between 16 and 17 years of age and is driving at night. Teenage drivers do not even have to be out very late, as research indicates that nearly 20 percent of fatal accidents involving 15- to 17-year-old drivers happen between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Between 9 p.m. and 12 a.m., 18 percent of accidents involving 15- to 19-year-olds happens.

Workers' compensation claims due to heat injuries

On-the-job injuries due to heat while working outside are not unusual, but many employers fail to consider the risk of injuries due to extreme temperatures indoors. California has recently become the first state in the country to establish a threshold for the protection of indoor workers from heat indexes. The need for the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to protect indoor workers, similarly to outdoor workers, has arisen from changes in weather as well as the development of new careers. Employers should take careful notice of the new guidelines in order to avoid workers' compensation claims.

The ever growing e-commerce industry has led to a situation where workers, enjoying high hourly rates, spend most of their day working in very hot conditions. Often their workplace is a metal container. The extreme heat inside such a container, while doing manual labor, can lead to heat stroke or other heat-related injuries. Other industries where workers may be exposed to very hot conditions are laundries, industrial kitchens and the shipping industry.

Workers' compensation -- the danger of smoke inhalation

Wildfires have been raging in California, accompanied by heavy smoke. Employers who disregard the dangers of wildfire smoke may end up having to answer to California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. An employee may opt to file a workers' compensation claim if he or she has suffered this type of injury on the job.

The smoke which billows into the air from a wildfire contains many fine particles, chemicals and gases. The fine particles are the most dangerous, because inhaling them reduces lung capacity and may even worsen pre-existing conditions of the heart and lungs, as well as asthma. Inhalation may cause difficulty in breathing, wheezing and coughing.

Motorcycle accidents -- hit-and-run accident leads to injuries

One driver was the cause of serious injuries to multiple persons in two related accidents on a recent Sunday in November. At first, in a hit-and-run accident, a biker was seriously injured. Then, the fleeing driver crashed head-on into another vehicle.

California Highway Patrol received reports of the first accident at about 5:10 p.m. Then, at about 5:24 p.m., just 12 minutes later, the same car was involved in another accident. Reports indicate that the 33-year-old female driver first collided with the motorcyclist and then, while fleeing that accident scene, crashed head-on into a vehicle with five occupants. 

Traumatic brain injuries can affect many bodily functions

The brain is typically considered the part of the body that makes a person who he or she is. It stores memories, controls bodily functions, affects personality and allows you to think. Of course, the brain also controls a number of other important aspects of your body and life.

Because of the vitality of the brain, you likely understand the immense importance of avoiding serious injury to your head or the organ itself. Unfortunately, try as you might, you cannot always avoid situations in which serious injuries could occur, including those that lead to traumatic brain injuries.

Proposed EPA policy changes could increase asbestos exposure

Are you like other people who think that exposure to asbestos doesn't happen to "ordinary" people anymore? Most people only hear about this toxic substance when it's found during demolitions or renovations of older buildings. Moreover, people who end up suffering from diseases such as mesothelioma are older men who worked blue-collar jobs decades ago. Right?

That simply isn't the case anymore. Younger generations, including yours, still run the risk of suffering from asbestos-related illnesses even after widespread use of the substance stopped, but the chances aren't as high as they used to be. That could change if proposed changes to the current policies of the Environmental Protection Agency happen.

Preventing on-the-job injuries on construction sites

Construction is a type of job that can come with certain risks for the men and women employed in this field. Despite the chance of on-the-job injuries that comes with working in construction, a California worker still has the right to a workplace that is reasonably free from avoidable hazards and preventable accidents. One of the most common reasons for injuries to construction workers is falls from heights.

Falls are quite prevalent on construction sites, and employers should strive to implement certain measures to reduce this type of accident as much as possible. A majority of safety violations on construction sites relate to falls and the misuse of fall protection equipment. There are many ways that employers can lower the chance of these incidents, starting with sufficient planning for jobs. Careful planning includes knowing what type of work will be required and what type of safety equipment is necessary.

End of daylight saving time increases risks of car accidents

It is once again the time to set the clocks back one hour as we head into winter. California motorists may wonder why they feel a bit sluggish for a few days after the change, but studies have shown that the biological clock of the body is thrown off by the earlier onset of darkness and the changed waking times. Furthermore, the National Road Safety Foundation says more car accidents happen in the days after the end of daylight saving time.

NRSF says that there is increased darkness during rush hour when most people head home from their workplaces, and both drivers and pedestrians need a few days to adjust to commuting with decreased visibility. Authorities say there is a significant increase in the likelihood of pedestrians being struck by vehicles at this time of the year. A study that was done at Carnegie Mellon University indicates a rise of 186 percent in the risks of pedestrian accidents from October through November.

Tragedy of teenage car accidents once more evident

Teenagers are just starting out life and have so much to live for. This is why it seems so much more tragic when teenage lives are disrupted, and maybe forever changed, due to car accidents. A recent car crash during the early hours of a Friday in October once again highlights the tragedy of it all.

California authorities received reports of someone driving poorly between 4:00 and 4:30 a.m. They dispatched officers to the scene, who then came upon an accident between two vehicles. It was found that two teenagers, both 18 years of age, were driving southbound in the fast lane of a northbound lane.

Motorcycle accidents: Claims after passenger injuries a reality

Little compares to riding with someone on a bike on the open California road. Many say the feeling of freedom one experiences is next to none, but the reality is that motorcycle accidents seldom end well for either party. Both biker and passenger are exposed on a motorcycle and therefore accidents often lead to serious injuries.

One can hardly believe the fact that the moment a passenger gets onto the bike, the weight of the bike increases between 20 and 30 percent. This is why a biker should check to see if the bike can handle the extra weight and if adaptations to the suspension should be done before inviting a passenger along. The increase in weight would also require the biker to make some adjustments to his or her driving habits and to be extra vigilant in regards to normal safety measures.   

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