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Vulnerability pronounced for Southern California pedestrians

Put another way: While truckers in big commercial rigs hardly stress unduly over their potential for personal injuries in accidents involving other users of the road, pedestrians most assuredly do.

Obviously, walkers are at unmatched and perilous risk of suffering a catastrophic or even fatal injury when involved in any accident involving a motorized vehicle. Even negligent bicyclists and skateboarders can be agents of serious harm to pedestrians.

What can you do if you see someone texting and driving?

We live in a society saturated with new and improved technology. It’s easy for constant beeps, vibrations and notifications to distract someone. Every time you drive on California roadways, there’s a likelihood you’ll see someone texting and driving. This is an illegal action, and when others drive distracted, they endanger you and other motor vehicle drivers.

Younger teenagers and adults are oftentimes the culprits for texting while driving. According to the California Statewide Observational Survey of Cell Phone & Texting Use by Drivers, people between the ages of 16 and 24 are most likely to text and drive. You may frequently ask yourself if there’s anything you can do when you see a person texting and driving.

The most common causes of car accidents

The numbers speak for themselves, and they aren’t pretty. Over 35,000 people are killed every year due to car accidents. In 2017, the number of deaths totaled 37,133 people. Three states: California, Texas and Florida alone accounted for over 10,000 of those deaths.

If that’s not sobering enough, between 1975 to 2015, twice as many males were killed in motor vehicle accidents than women. 71% of the deaths were men in 2015.

In the wake of a catastrophic injury or loved one’s wrongful death

An “incomprehensible event.”

That is how we term a wrongful death or catastrophic injury owing to third-party negligence. Families’ lives are turned upside down when another individual’s careless or indifferent conduct yields tragic results.

Familiar but not always understood term: What is premises liability?

Many Southern California residents have likely heard the term “premises liability” without fully understanding what it means and why it is legally important.

Indeed, it does sound a bit murky, doesn’t it?

Here’s a number re U.S. vehicle deaths: It’s sobering.

Motorists in Southern California know that streets and interstates across the state and nationally can turn deadly in an instant.

When they do, it is virtually always the case that driver negligence is what literally drove a dire outcome. In fact, a recent national media piece notes a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimate that “94 percent of car crashes are caused by human error.”

5 things to do after a car accident

Getting into a car accident can be a shocking experience. One moment you’re driving along, minding your own business and the next you are on the side of the road assessing the damage. It is certainly not an ideal situation, but it is one that many people face at some point in their lifetime.

Every year roughly six million car accidents occur. Thankfully, only about half of these crashes result in injury or death. Still, the moments after an accident can shake you up a little bit. It’s important to be aware of how to properly handle this type of issue and get everything in order.

The vast construction realm: a busy -- and dangerous -- universe

“Alarming frequency.”

We duly note that reality relative to construction accidents on our website at the established Southern California personal injury law firm of J. Lewis & Associates. Candidly, construction-site mishaps leading to catastrophic injuries and death are a sad commonplace across the vast Los Angeles metro area and surrounding regions.

Empowerment: spotlighting, holding sex abusers accountable

It is sad, though hardly surprising, that sexual abuse victims in California and nationally often fear coming forward to demand accountability and justice in the wake of crimes committed against them. Victims are often young and vulnerable when perpetrators act. Sexual criminals rely upon that fact and the likelihood that it will breed continued silence rather than a public accusation.

There is frequently a stark imbalance in the forced interaction between sexual abuse victims and offenders. We prominently note that on our website at the established victims’ advocacy law firm of J. Lewis & Associates in Riverside. We stress therein that abuse is often inflicted by “individuals in a position of power.”

Domestic abuse doesn’t always lead to bruises

People have a specific perception of domestic abuse. They assume it’s a weak wife or girlfriend who is the victim of physical violence from their partner. They picture bruises across her face and a timid personality.

However, it’s only one image of domestic abuse. Victims may be strong, independent men or women; they could hide the physical signs or shield people away from the true nature of their relationship.

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