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Motorcycle awareness and safety must be priorities this summer

Over the past year, motorcycle registrations have increased across the country. These open vehicles are very popular; however, they are also fairly dangerous since there is no metal frame protecting you if you get into a collision. With the increase in the number of motorcycles on the roads, all drivers have to be vigilant to keep motorcyclists safe.

If you look at a mile-per-mile comparison of cars versus motorcycles, you will see that motorcyclists die at a rate that is 29 times higher than that of vehicle occupants, according to a federal government estimate posted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This harrowing statistic should be enough to spur most people to take proactive stances toward motorcycle safety.

Who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim?

When a loved one dies in a tragic accident that was the result of the negligence or recklessness of another person, the family members left behind might want to do something about the situation. Feeling angry and wanting revenge is perfectly normal, but everyone needs to remain calm and think carefully about how they are going to handle the situation. This might not be easy, but you will find that it helps you make an informed decision.

One option that might be possible is filing a wrongful death claim. Not just anyone can do this, so you have to make sure that you are eligible to file if you are interested in taking action in this manner.

Not all drivers watch out for pedestrians

Over the next few days, San Diego residents will be celebrating the July 4th holiday. With the increase in traffic, pedestrians will be at an increased risk of getting hit by cars. If you are going to be traveling on foot, make sure that you are being especially watchful.

We know that staying safe is a top priority for most pedestrians. In an effort to remain as safe as possible, you should make sure that you aren't impaired when you hit the sidewalks. This can ensure that you are making the best decisions as you walk.

Understand how grief can affect you after a loved one dies

The shock of learning that loved one died suddenly and unexpectedly can lead to you feeling almost numb at first. As reality sets in, you will likely start to feel grief. This occurs when your emotional state is impacted by the dramatic loss. You might be surprised at some of the things you will go through as you cope with this.

You should remember that you have to address the pain. It is easy to think that it will go away if you just ignore it, but this isn't the case. Grief that is left alone will fester and get worse until it consumes you. When this happens, it will be much more difficult to deal with the situation.

Swift action is critical after a car crash

As you are driving around the city, you don't expect that another car is going to slam into yours; however, this happens to people on a daily basis. We understand that you might be shocked when it does happen to you. One of the best things that you can do in these cases is to remember that you must protect your rights.

You might be able to seek compensation after a car crash. This possibility exists if the person who hit your vehicle was at fault for the crash. If you think that there is a chance that you will seek compensation, you can't make anyone think that you are accepting fault for the accident. This means you need to be careful about what statements you make. Don't say that you are sorry or say anything that might be construed as an admission of fault.

The cause of a crash is critical for compensation claims

Car crashes are difficult situations for the victims. Some of these unfortunate events are preventable if the driver who caused the crash would have just driven sensibly. Many drivers don't think about how their actions might endanger them or others.

There are three causes of traffic accidents that are very common. These are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Fatigued driving

Informed consent is critical for medical decisions

In almost all cases, doctors must ensure that they are telling patients the risks and benefits of procedures. Informed consent is the legal standard for making sure that this happens. There are a few limited cases in which a doctor can move forward with a procedure without informed consent, but these aren't common at all.

Typically, a doctor can bypass the need for informed consent if the patient is in critical condition and the procedure is urgent and the only way to save the patient's life. Without the urgency that comes with an emergency case, there is usually a requirement for the doctor to have informed consent.

The start of the 100 Deadliest Days is here

Parents of teenagers have a lot to worry about. Now that summer is almost here, they have an added worry. Memorial Day marks the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days for teenagers on the roads. From then through Labor Day, teens die at a higher rate than what occurs during the rest of the year.

One of the primary risks for this time of year for these drivers is distractions. While it is understandable that parents want teens to have a cellphone with them when they leave home, the parents have to make it perfectly clear that the phone isn't meant to be used while the teen is behind the wheel.

Motorcycle accident injuries can devastate bikers

Motorcycle crashes often lead to serious injuries or even death. These accidents aren't usually the fault of the motorcyclist. Instead, they are likely going to be the fault of another driver. Now that the weather is nicer most of the time, there will be more motorcycles out than what is common when the weather is rainy or cooler. We know that people on these two-wheeled vehicles just want to get out and enjoy the weather.

When a motorcycle accident does occur, the biker needs to seek medical care right away. This has to be the priority since there are many injuries that can have life-threatening results. Some of these, such as head injuries, can be hidden and only cause problems later.

Getting a judgment is only part of the battle in a civil case

There are times when people seek out compensation after a car crash. These cases can be resolved in pretrial methods, but they can also be handled by taking the case before a jury. When you have fought to get compensation, you probably want to actually see that money. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen.

Sometimes, people who have a judgment against them won't want to pay the money. While this is understandable, they do have an obligation to make the payments. If they don't, the person who should get the money might opt to pursue some collection methods that might result in them getting the compensation they are due.

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