Injuries and deaths as a result of crashes are rising at a rate we have never seen before. We are calling them crashes because they aren't really accidents. This is the conclusion of a growing number of safety advocates, federal officials and state and local leaders across the country. Preliminary estimates by the National Highway Safety Council show that deadly crashes rose by 8 percent in 2015 over the previous year and this killed 38,000 people. This result alone has created a rising chorus of voices looking for clarity in definition.
We are all prone to rants from time and to time. Sometimes folks may even have the temerity to tell me to not be quite so serious. Whenever I read a story like I read this morning from San Francisco I get serious and I tend to stay serious!
The cost of dog bite litigation is climbing in California and larger settlements are being awarded to resolve these claims. State Farm reports that more than one third of their homeowner claims are as a result of costs resulting from dog bites. It was also reported that much of the settlement increase comes as a result of more severe injuries and better reporting. It was also reported that Sacramento ranks #16 nationally in postal carriers being bitten by aggressive dogs and these facts only tell a portion of the story.
We often make light of the way we are addicted to our phones. Everything needs a Tweet, or to be shared on Instagram. Yet there is something about Tweeting how you text and drive that seems particularly inappropriate.
Early Saturday Morning a South Area CHP officer with 18 years of service was badly injured when his patrol car was rear ended by a FedEx truck. The Officer was investigating a hit and run accident on the elevated portion of Highway 50 when the accident happened.
If you or a loved one has been injured the first 24 hours are critical. In fact, the first 24 hours may set the table for the rest of your life! This is when you are most vulnerable. At GB Legal we've seen insurance adjusters who leverage your injury to get you settle for less than you deserve. The sad thing is they are often successful. The only way we know to prevent being a victim twice in less than a day is to be hyper vigilant or retain someone like GB Legal to be hyper vigilant on your behalf.
As distracted driving becomes a bigger and bigger issue there are more people and companies coming forward with both solutions and enforcement. Chevrolet and the State of New York are 2 of the most recent and what they bring to the table is worth talking about.