A just released study shows that California leads the nation in pedestrian deaths with an increase of 11% in the past 6 months. The study went on to reveal the shocking fact that almost 2 pedestrians per day die in the Golden State. The most disturbing aspect is the cause is known and the deaths preventable.
The recent Academy Awards provided a perfect example of what can happen when you say the wrong thing at the wrong time even when it appears like you are doing and saying the right thing. Warren Beatty announced the winner for Best Picture after reading it off a card he was provided and it turns out he had the wrong card. Accident victims don't get a card to read!
In what can only be called a horrible idea, a California Legislator has written a bill to allow the last call in bars to move to 4am. This bill would allow each municipality to decide what their last call should be and in no event could it be made earlier than the current 2am last call time.
As a result of almost unprecedented rainfall in Northern California we have all seen our heroic first responders rescuing people stranded in cars. The reality is that often these victims ended up stranded because they failed to heed the warning signs that were put in place to prevent this exact occurrence.
"As attorneys we understand the importance of individuals having access to consult with an attorney whenever they have to deal with an insurance company." We have seen too many cases where a small, seemingly meaningless comment came back to haunt someone in a detrimental manner. A recent appeals court decision emphasizes the importance of strong legal representation like you get from GB Legal.
Passengers often feel like the odd person out after a car accident. Since they weren't the driver the odds are, with rare exception, they aren't going to be at fault. Since they are a passenger they often feel like there is no place to turn to recover financially from their injuries. We have often been told they don't want to pursue the driver if they were at fault and if the other driver was at fault the complexity of going after them as a passenger is overwhelming.
If you decide to walk someplace for your health you may want to reconsider once you listen to recent studies and look at the actions of the City of Sacramento. Sacramento recently embarked on what they have termed "Vision Zero Sacramento". Vision Zero is a traffic safety initiative whose aim is a roadway with no fatalities or serious injuries. Vision Zero rejects the notion that traffic crashes are simply "accidents," but instead preventable incidents that can and must be systematically addressed.
A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals fatal traffic accidents increased at the alarming rate of over 8% in the first 9 months of last year. Another aspect of this report is the reality that most of these aren't accidents and instead should be defined as automobile crashes due to the reality of an accident being outside of someone's control.
Recently IKEA reached a tentative settlement for $50 Million Dollars with 6 American families whose children were killed when the Swedish company's furniture fell on them. The families sued after the children were crushed to death after a dresser or chest fell on them.
Lawyers for the families argued the furniture was designed in such a way that it was inherently unstable and easily tipped over. Lawyers for the families are referring the case and results to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
The reason the Consumer Products Safety Council is being included in the investigation is these deaths would have likely never happened if IKEA had made the dressers in accordance with the Voluntary National Safety Standards. While the standards are voluntary, safety is not! The standards are in place to prevent accidents of this sort. The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning to owners of the recalled furniture "If you have or think you have one of these products, act immediately," Chairman Kaye said "It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially if you have young children."
IKEA has taken the next step and recalled over 29 million of the chests and dressers in question in response to both the accidents and the settlement. A child dies once every two weeks on average in accidents involving toppled furniture or television sets, according to the safety commission. A report issued in 2014 by the commission said children were the victims in 84 percent of the 430 deaths reported between 2000 and 2013 from tipped-over televisions, furniture and appliances; about 65 percent of those children were between 1 and 3½ years old. The IKEA settlement represents progress for consumer advocates working since 1989 to hold the company accountable for the deaths of young children.
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Not long ago we published a blog about people taking "selfies" while driving and the problems it created. Doing something other than driving is something Henry Ford never considered and it seems many are focused on doing everything except driving in a defensive manner as we were taught in driver's education. As a result of all of the distractions drivers are faced with, new laws have been created.