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Orange County Personal Injury Law Blog

Trip-and-fall accident results in claim against property owners

Governmental authorities and property owners have a duty to ensure that public premises, such as shops, restaurants, offices, sidewalks and parks, are safe for the public to use. They are also legally required to post clear signage about any hazardous areas. Should a member of the public suffer any injuries due to property owners ignoring their duties, a civil claim may follow. In early May, a claim was filed against Californian property owners after a woman was injured in a trip\-and\-fall accident.

The plaintiff claims she tripped over an elevated part of the sidewalk just after turning a corner. It is alleged that there is an inch or more difference in height between the two slabs of pavement, caused by tree roots pushing up. Originally, a claim was filed against the county and city of San Francisco. However, the city denied liability, claiming that the property owners are the parties responsible for maintaining the sidewalk.

A crash with the uninsured doesn't have to wreck you financially

Being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident can be a stressful and daunting experience under any circumstance. However, if you are hit by an uninsured driver, you may be uncertain how you will be able to cover the costs of medical care and vehicle repair expenses.

Although California state law requires all drivers to carry a certain amount of insurance coverage, not everyone abides by this rule. While your own insurance plan may include coverage for similar incidents, you may find it beneficial to take additional measures to protect your financial future.

Fatal on-the-job injuries lead to charges

Employers are required to do everything reasonably in their power to ensure the safety of their employees. A disregard for the safety of employees may lead to on\-the\-job injuries, which may then result in workers' compensation claims. When California employers and/or managers disregard safety regulations, the risk of an accident leading to fatal injuries increases. 

A California business owner and his manager were recently charged with involuntary manslaughter after an employee was crushed to death by an overturned forklift. It appears that the worker tried to jump from the overturning forklift, but instead landed under it. During an investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health into the matter, it was also found that the man did not have the required certification to operate a forklift. Furthermore, investigators found a violation of workplace safety regulations as the ramp should have had a curb to stop the forklift from rolling over.

Trucking accidents are often devastating and deadly

Large semitrailers crisscross the roads of California on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this also means that the occupants of much smaller passenger vehicles are at significant risk. When large trucks are involved in a fatal accident, the occupants in a smaller vehicle are more likely to lose their lives.

These big rigs are as much as 20 times heavier than passenger vehicles, are much higher off the road surface and obviously taller, making it easy for a low, small vehicle to slide under them. While some trucks have a safety device -- a rear underride -- it has been proven to be ineffective even in crashes at low speed. Fortunately, these guards are being improved and even developed for the sides of trailers.

Appropriate safety equipment can prevent most on-the-job injuries

Workers in all sectors in California have to deal with some occupational hazards. Although the various industries might have inherent dangers, some general risks are present in most work environments. Safety authorities say many on\-the\-job injuries occur due to the lack of safety equipment. Employees may not realize that they can insist on being provided with the necessary protection to keep them safe.

Some of the required protective measures that all employers must take include signs to warn workers of risks such as wet floors, electrical hazards and other dangerous areas. Non-slip rugs can go a long way to stop falls, and safety barriers can prevent contact with working machine parts. Business owners must also provide fire extinguishers rated to work in their type of facility, and they must be easily accessible and not hidden behind clutter.

Distracted driving leads to auto accidents

Road accident statistics in the United States are shocking. It is reported that an average of 37,000 road users die in auto accidents annually, while 2.35 million people are disabled or injured. Many Californians may be shocked to realize that despite the different campaigns, roads seem to become less safe year after year.  Between 2014 and 2015 there was an increase of 6 percent in auto accidents, while 40,000 people lost their lives on U.S. roads in 2017.

One of the main reasons for so many accidents is that many people believe they can multitask while driving. Drivers often eat and drink, use their phones to call or text and in some cases even use their laptops while driving. These distractions are dangerous as one's mind is not on the driving task at hand.

Some of the injuries that happen most often in the workplace

No matter where you work here in California, your job probably comes with certain hazards. State and federal laws require your employer to provide you with a safe workplace. What that means in your industry may vary from other workplaces, but the point remains the same -- your employer has a duty to protect you from harm.

Most employers do what they can to comply with this requirement, and 364 days of a year, you may go home safely at the end of your workday. However, it only takes one incident on one day to throw your life into chaos and prevent you from meeting that goal.

Motorcycle injuries range from road rash to brain injuries

While it may appear easy to ride a motorcycle, the truth of the matter is that it requires a lot more coordination and skill than most people would think. Riding a motorcycle also requires the driver to show constant awareness of the surroundings as well as driving defensively. California bikers who forget these important safety guidelines may find themselves suffering injuries more serious than road rash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the majority of all bikers involved in bike accidents suffer injuries, if the accident is not fatal. In some cases, more serious injuries are suffered than in others. The most common bike injuries leading to being hospitalized are broken legs, but other fractures are not uncommon. Broken legs are mostly the result of the bike falling on the rider's leg.

Suing after motorcycle accidents ??? what to do

California is known for its mild climate making it ideal for the use of a motorcycle, moped or scooter, especially to help save on traveling costs to and from work. Despite the benefits of this mode of traveling, one cannot get away from the fact that bikers are more exposed and a lot more vulnerable than people in larger, enclosed vehicles. Reality is that other drivers are often not as vigilant as they need to be. Sadly, motorcycle accidents often lead to serious injuries.

While motorcycle, scooter or moped liability insurance may offer some protection, the costs resulting from such an accident may be more than the available coverage. In situations where the expenses resulting from the accident are more than what the insurance cover, or if an insurance company declines to pay the full amount of a claim, a victim may consider filing a lawsuit against the other party. In doing so, it will be necessary to prove the defendant was negligent in a manner that caused or materially contributed to the accident and injuries that resulted. 

California deputy suffers on-the-job injuries in car accident

While most people are thankful for the work done by law enforcement officers, few may actually spend much time thinking of the risks involved in fulfilling their daily duties. Theoretically anybody can suffer on-the-job injuries, but certain occupations are considered more dangerous than others. One group of high risk workers is law enforcement officers. A recent accident in California highlights the dangers involved for officers on the job.

According to reports, the accident happened shortly after 5 p.m. While responding to an emergency call, a deputy's vehicle collided with another vehicle. The deputy suffered serious injuries. Thankfully, his condition improved with treatment. Fortunately, the two civilian occupants of the other car did not suffer any serious injuries.  

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