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April 2015 Archives

The role alcohol plays in fatal boating accidents

According to a report from The Legal Examiner, alcohol plays a role in 49 percent of all fatal boating accidents in California. The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways reports that there were 531 incidents in 2013 that caused 38 fatalities. While deaths on the water seem to be declining, it is important to note that many are preventable.

Group: San Diego should consider safety of pedestrians, bikers

Encouraging people to seek alternative methods of transportation is a good idea for a number of reasons. It has been proven to decrease pollution, increase health and lower transit costs. Unfortunately, biking or walking to work in San Diego is not without the risk of a pedestrian accident. As the city considers the Climate Action Plan, activist groups are asking leadership to take into account the safety of people on foot.

What are the long-term effects of dog bites?

When most people in San Diego think about dogs, they envision fun-loving companions or service animals. However, dogs can, and often do, attack. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that 4.5 million people in the U.S. suffer dog bites each year. Of those dog attack victims, 20 percent need medical attention to treat their injuries. While, for some, the wounds may eventually heal, people may experience a range of long-term effects as a result of dog bite injuries.

How to avoid San Diego pedestrian accidents

Particularly in high tourism areas, such as near theme parks and the beaches, pedestrians commonly share San Diego roads with motorists. Unfortunately, recklessness, distraction and negligence often lead to pedestrian accidents. In 2012, 76,000 people across the U.S. were injured in pedestrian accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Nield Law Group, APC, we often consult with people who have been injured as a result of such collisions. While much of the responsibility lies with drivers, there are things that pedestrians can do to help avoid being involved in accidents with motor vehicles.