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2 pedestrians suffer serious injuries in car crash

Two pedestrians suffered serious injuries when they were involved in a car crash earlier this month in West Hills, according to a report from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The accident occurred at a slow rate of speed. Despite the slow speed, one of the pedestrian victims was pinned under the vehicle.

An LAPD sergeant said that the accident happened around 7:35 in the morning at the intersection of Stagg Street and Faust Avenue. Police said that the driver of the vehicle was a woman in her 60s. Investigators said she tried to attempt a legal left turn, but the sun was in her eyes.

Fatal car accidents and the psychological effects

Fatal car accidents happen all too often in the Los Angeles area. California is a crowded state, with world-famous congestion on the roads. Whether you use highways or side roads, a fatal accident can occur at anytime. If you have been involved in a fatal accident, these are some of the psychological effects you might suffer in California.

The aftermath of a tragic motor vehicle accident can create issues with you performing everyday tasks. Fear can begin to set in following such an accident, causing you to refrain from driving to perform tasks such as errands, going to the doctor, meeting friends, picking the kids up from school and much more.

Getting back on your motorcycle after a crash

You were nervous when you first started riding a motorcycle, but it faded over time. You grew confident. You gained experience.

Then you were in an accident, and all of that confidence was instantly gone. The crash wasn't your fault, and that's what makes it so hard. Anyone can cause an accident in seconds. How safe are you? What should you do to get back on the bike and enjoy riding again?

Motorcycle safety tips for the inexperienced rider

It's understandable that riding a motorcycle is beyond exhilarating. But, if you are an inexperienced rider, you need to take extra safety precautions to ensure that you do not find yourself involved in an accident or injured because of an accident. Here are some safety tips for inexperienced motorcycle riders in California.

Never ride your motorcycle without the proper safety gear. This includes a helmet, reflective vest, boots, long clothing, sunglasses and gloves. All of these items protect you from road rash should you be involved in an accident that throws you from the motorcycle onto the road. All of your clothing should be tight so that it does not get caught in the bike.

How to protect children pedestrians in California

Being a pedestrian in the state of California can be incredibly dangerous. Even if you take every safety precaution possible, you could still be hit by a car or truck in Los Angeles. Children who are pedestrians are at even greater risk of being hit by a car or truck due to their age and small stature. Here are some tips for protecting children as pedestrians.

It's never too early to start teaching your child about pedestrian safety. As long as your child can understand directions and instructions, you can begin teaching pedestrian safety. The first lesson should be that they should always look left, look right and look left once more before stepping out into the street. The child should continuing looking both ways as he or she crosses the street.

How do I cope with post-traumatic stress after an accident?

Car accidents, especially fatal motor vehicle accidents, can have a lasting effect on people of all ages. Even the most minor accidents can cause victims to have problems with anxiety, depression and fear of getting behind the wheel again. The more serious accidents, those that take a loved one from us, can cause survivors to suffer from post-traumatic stress.

You need to stay as active as possible when diagnosed with post-traumatic stress following a fatal car accident. The more active you stay, the less likely it is for your stress to get worse. Join a gym, go biking, join a community organization, volunteer, travel, visit family. Do anything possible to keep active and move your mind away from the accident.

How to prove fault in a motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents can be some of the most devastating accidents on the roads of California. Because of the congestion and size of other vehicles, motorcycles have a big disadvantage when operating in Los Angeles. Operators always have to be careful, but they need to take extra precautions when driving on these roads. Here's how you can prove fault in a motorcycle accident.

An excellent way to prove fault of another motorist when you've been involved in a motorcycle accident is to obtain the police report. Now, police don't always respond to accidents, but if an officer did, it's likely a report was compiled. It's easy to obtain a police report. All you need to do is visit the agency that responded to your accident and request a copy, or multiple copies. A police report can help prove fault in the accident by looking at the information provided by the investigating officer.

How pedestrians can spot distracted drivers

Pedestrians are an important part of the roads, even if they are walking on the sidewalk. They need to be just as vigilant when walking in high traffic areas in an effort to help curb the new epidemic of distracted driving. Pedestrians are all too often found wandering around on their mobile phones, which can be a recipe for disaster as they step out into a street. Here's how pedestrians can spot distracted drivers in California.

If you are waiting at an intersection to cross and a vehicle at the light has a slow reaction time to it changing green, he or she might be distracted. You should remain on the sidewalk and as far away from the car as possible so you do not become the victim of an auto-pedestrian accident.

Bicyclist loses his life in Woodland Hills hit-and-run

A police investigation into a Woodland Hills hit-and-run accident that occurred in the early morning hours on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 has been ruled as an intentional homicide. The accident, which occurred near the intersection of Gilmore Street and Winnetka Avenue around 1 a.m., claimed the life of one male bicyclist and seriously injured another.

Police report that the two men were returning home from their jobs at a restaurant along Ventura Avenue when the accident occurred. According to a witness to the accident, the bicyclists appeared to be following the proper rules of the road. They were riding in the northbound direction when they were struck by the utility-style truck. His story was later corroborated by security camera footage in the area around the time of the fatal crash.

What damages can be recovered in auto-pedestrian accidents?

Auto-pedestrian accidents are some of the scariest, most horrific accidents on the roads today. Various factors lead to these accidents including distracted driving, speeding, impaired driving and even inattention of pedestrians. A common question following such an accident is what damages can be recovered in auto-pedestrian accidents?

One of the most common damages recoverable following a pedestrian accident is for pain and suffering. This is very hard to put a number on, especially when the victim is in a coma or spends an incredible amount of time in the hospital and then in a rehabilitation facility.

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