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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.

How to cope with the loss of a loved one in a car accident

Car accidents are all too common, and fatal car accidents are devastating. Being involved in a car accident is frightening, stressful and emotional all rolled into one. Add in the loss of a loved one and your life can be turned upside down and changed forever. Today, we will discuss how to cope with the loss of a loved one following a fatal car accident.

The loss of a loved one in a car accident causes so much pain because it is an unexpected death. The feelings of being unsafe, uncertain in life and fearful can all occur in the surviving family members of a fatal car accident victim. It is normal to feel hurt, angry, wronged and frustrated with the outcome of the accident.

Preparing to ride a motorcycle in California

Riding a motorcycle in California is not only fun and exhilarating, but also very dangerous. The volume of traffic can be hindering to motorcycles and can cause some serious accidents. But, when you ride, you should take every safety measure possible to ensure you return home in one piece. Here are some tips for preparing to ride a motorcycle in Los Angeles, California.

It is required by law in California that all operators and passengers on motorcycles wear U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmets. Not required by law, but highly suggested, are eye protection and face protection. Protective clothing such as a leather jacket, closed-toe boots, full-finger leather gloves and long heavy pants are also suggested materials you should wear. If at all possible, any clothing you wear should be form-fitting and be reflective for nighttime riding.

What do I do after an unexpected death?

As terrible as it may be, sometimes people die in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. It can be overwhelming to know what steps to take after an unexpected death. Unlike a death that occurs in an environment where people regularly pass away, such as a hospital or elder care facility, you may have to rise to the occasion and take matters into your own hands to handle the situation. Understanding a proper and healthy approach to unexpected death can keep you from being overwhelmed and ensure that the proper relatives and authorities are notified.

The first thing you should do any time a person dies without some medical care provider present is call the police. The police will come and perform some form of investigation to determine time and cause of death.

What are some safety tips for pedestrians and cars?

As the weather continues to improve with spring right around the corner, more and more people will be out and about. Whether they are out for a leisurely stroll, out for a run or walking their dog; pedestrians need to be mindful of their surroundings. The same can be said for vehicle operators when it comes to spotting pedestrians. Here are some safety tips for pedestrians and motor vehicles in Los Angeles, California.

Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians when operating their vehicle, even if the vehicle has the right of way. Not all pedestrians will abide by the rules of the road, which is why drivers must take extra caution when approaching intersections. Drivers should look twice when approaching an intersection and make eye contact with pedestrians.

Common injuries caused by California motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are a popular vehicle type that can be seen on almost every type of road in California. As fun as they are to ride, they are just as dangerous. They become even more dangerous when other drivers do not see motorcycles or motorcycle riders do not how to safely operate their bike.

Riding a motorcycle requires quite a bit of skill and focus to prevent an accident. But, should an accident occur, injuries can range from minor to catastrophic. Here are some of the most common motorcycle injuries in California.

Study shows child pedestrian accidents near parks are on the rise

According to a recent study published in Injury Prevention, fatalities among child pedestrians are twice as likely to happen near a park than they are close to a school. As a result, initiatives, such as the Safe Routes to School program, have been created to spread the word about pedestrian safety to kids.

Despite the effort being made, though, study researchers found these initiatives miss their mark. They tend to focus on more safety protocols around schools rather than near parks.

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