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Man arrested after shooting and deadly car accident

A California man is in police custody after he was involved in a shooting, a car chase and a deadly accident recently. The man was on parole, but he was being pursued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. United States Marshals were also involved. It's not clear why he was considered to be at large.

They found out that the man was at a Motel 6 in east Bakersfield and attempted to arrest him around 4:00 p.m. on March 5. They were unsuccessful. The officers exchanged fire with the man, and he then fled from them. It appears there were multiple people in the man's car, but that hasn't been confirmed.

Complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries

A spinal cord injury can be devastating, changing your life forever. If you ride a motorcycle, you must know that you face serious risks. Since you have less protection than someone in a car, the odds of a serious injury are higher. One simple mistake by another driver could leave you with a spinal cord injury that never heals.

One key thing to know about these injuries is that they can be either incomplete or complete. Both can be detrimental to your future. Both can necessitate long-term medical care and the need for assistance. Both can be very expensive. But there are important differences.

Unmarked crosswalks are still crosswalks

Many auto-pedestrian accidents happen when people attempt to cross the street at a crosswalk and they are not given the right of way by drivers in the street. These accidents are very dangerous because pedestrians have no protection and, since they assume that they have the right of way, they may not even realize that a collision is about to occur.

In some cases, these accidents happen at marked crosswalks, where it is very clear that the pedestrian is in the right place and should never have gotten hit. If the driver says that the person stepped unexpectedly into the road, the presence of the crosswalk can help the pedestrian's case.

When can you seek loss of consortium compensation after a crash?

Losing someone in a fatal car crash has a broad range of consequences for your life. There are the obvious emotional implications of that loss, as well as the financial consequences of a death in the family.

You and the rest of the family will need to adjust to living without the income generated by the deceased. You will also have to cover the expenses related to the accident, including medical expenses, the cost of repairing or replacing the vehicle, burial expenses and more.

The importance of looking for liability in motorcycle accidents

Riding a motorcycle through the beautiful state of California should be no riskier than driving a car. Unfortunately, motorcycle enthusiasts can tell you that it certainly feels riskier to ride a bike. Motorcycle accidents happen every day across the nation, resulting in a multitude of injuries from mild to catastrophic. Sometimes, the fault may lie with the bike operator, but when the blame lies elsewhere, what can victims do to recover compensation?

As injury attorneys based in Redondo Beach, we want to tell you that uncovering fault is crucial in acquiring the compensation necessary to speed your recovery and manage your finances. In some motorcycle accident cases, it may be relatively easy to identify the at-fault party. For example, if a drunk driver collides with you, the evidence can show that this motorist was at fault. However, not all motorcycle accidents are so cut-and-dried.

Police see increase in accidents with cyclists, pedestrians

Police in California have noticed a recent uptick in some of the most dangerous car accidents: Those involving pedestrians and cyclists.

For instance, over a single weekend, they noted that there were six such accidents. Three of those are not yet solved because the drivers ran from the scene. At least one person was killed in one of the accidents.

Driver rules for pedestrian safety

The state government takes pedestrian safety seriously, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has put out a list of rules that drivers must follow when operating their vehicles around pedestrians. These rules can help ensure safe travel for all, regardless of their mode of transportation.

Below are a few of the most important rules:

When avoiding a crash, motorcyclists need to know where to look

It's often hard to avoid an accident. Things happen so quickly. But it is possible for some motorcyclists, and one of the key things they need to know is where they should look.

In short, you must look where you want the bike to go.

What funeral expenses should you expect?

After a fatal car accident, you have a lot more to think about than the cost of a funeral. You lost a loved one. It's a traumatic time for your family and it's something you all need to work through together.

However, you cannot ignore the cost, either. This is a serious financial expense and you have to plan for it in one fashion or another. When it's an unexpected death, you can find yourself suddenly facing debt that you have no way to pay off.

5 tips pedestrians should use near the road

The unfortunate reality is that pedestrians and cars do not mix well, despite the fact that we all try to use the same roads to navigate Redondo Beach. In California, accidents happen every year. Some are fatal. Some lead to serious injuries. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable, and any accidents can have devastating ramifications.

So, what can you do to stay safe? Here are a few useful tips:

  • Do not drink: In around 34 percent of deadly pedestrian crashes, those pedestrians had been drinking alcohol. Stay sober and stay safe.
  • Wear clothes that make it easy for drivers to see you: Do not go for a walk in a dark sweatshirt at night. Pick bright colors, such as lime yellow or orange. Consider buying a jacket with reflective stripes if you need to go out after dark.
  • Look at drivers if you ever need to walk in front of a car: Do not go in front of the vehicle until they make eye contact with you so that you can be sure they know you're there.
  • Leave the distractions at home: Do not walk near traffic while talking on the phone, sending text messages, listening to music or doing anything else that pulls your mind and eyes away from the road.
  • Use crosswalks whenever you can: Follow the basic rules of the road. If you're out at night, look for crosswalks that are well-lit, even if it means walking a little farther to get to an intersection.

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