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4 common causes of slip-and-fall accidents

As you can imagine, a slip-and-fall accident can happen anywhere. However, depending on the conditions you find yourself in, you might end up with a higher chance of tripping or slipping and suffering a serious injury. This is why, in situations where property owners neglect to resolve issues that increase the chances of a slip-and-fall event, the property owners can be held liable for injuries that result.

One way property owners can help keep visitors safe is by understanding the four main reasons why slip-and-fall accidents happen:

  • Slippery surfaces: Surfaces and floors can get slippery for many reasons. Perhaps the property owner didn't sweep dust and dirt from the floor and it became slippery. Maybe the property owner didn't use nonslip floor wax. Perhaps the floor was wet due to a spill, or maybe the surface became oily, icy, dusty or greasy. Any substance or condition on the floor that reduces traction could result in a slip.
  • Loose and bumpy surfaces: Any walking surface that isn't perfectly flat, but has bumps on it, could result in an unexpected fall. Similarly, a floor might have a loose rug or carpet that slips under someone's foot resulting in a fall. Worn out wood floors and staircases also create serious fall hazards.
  • Bad housekeeping: If someone doesn't clean up cluttered walkways, organize cables and cords or keep boxes out of traffic areas, it can result in a trip or a fall, as well as serious and catastrophic injuries in some cases.
  • Bad design: Sometimes properties are designed in ways that promote falls. Poor lighting, lack of handrails, insufficient signage and other issues can result in serious injuries.

Filing a claim quickly matters: The Statute of Limitations

When it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit, you need to make a decision quickly. There are statute of limitation laws that create a deadline after which you can no longer file a claim.

The statute of limitations vary by the kind of case and location. The time restrictions in one state may not be the same in another. In most states, the limit is within one and six years for personal injury lawsuits.

Examples of motor vehicle safety defects

Motor vehicle manufacturers are human and they make mistakes. The problem is that American consumers -- drivers and passengers alike -- often become the guinea pigs that determine over time whether a particular manufactured item is dangerous or not.

In the case of a defective or dangerously-manufactured vehicle, injured motorists and passengers will have the ability to pursue financial damages in court by holding the negligent manufacturer responsible.

Take a safety course before operating an off-road vehicle

The state of California has abundant recreational opportunities awaiting residents and visitors alike. One favorite recreational activity is four-wheeling or driving off-roading vehicles.

All motor vehicles that are driven off-road are considered off-highway vehicles (OHVs). Even cars and trucks that are normally driven on highways are considered to be OHVs when driven off-road. Other common types of OHVs include:

How is a brain injury measured?

After a brain injury, it takes time to heal. Some people may never fully recover, but even after recovery slows, there's still some healing that takes place. Brain injuries occur whenever there is a documented loss of consciousness, skull fracture, abnormal brain scan due to trauma, post-traumatic seizure activity or amnesia in most cases.

After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), time is of the essence. The sooner treatment is provided, the better outcome there will be for the individual. This is particularly true in closed head injuries that have bleeding, since surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure placed on the brain.

High school remembers 2 who died in an Interstate 80 collision

Driving an automobile comes with real and serious risks. Unfortunately, no one who lives in the modern world can avoid these risks. Whether you own a car or not, you're bound to ride in a vehicle at some point. It might be a bus, taxi, your own car or the car of your friend. Even if you avoid vehicles altogether, you will still have to navigate the risks of being a pedestrian, which can be even more dangerous.

Unfortunately, a recent accident in Sacramento exemplifies these dangers. A fatal crash happened along Interstate 80 in late September that left two people deceased and three more in critical condition. The collision involved six vehicles.

1 killed in 3-vehicle accident involving 2 semis

Crashes are bad enough when they're between two small vehicles, but when they involve multiple semi-trucks, they can be lethal. The size of these vehicles makes them likely to crush and damage vehicles of all sizes, putting everyone's lives at risk. Add to that the risk of hazardous materials spilling or the truck's load breaking loose, and there could be mayhem whenever two semis collide.

That kind of mayhem shut down a highway for several hours in this case. A collision involving three vehicles closed the westbound lanes of Interstate Highway 580 last month. The crash took place close to Eden Canyon Road near Castro Valley in the early hours of the morning.

Winterizing your car for driving in the Sierras

In a recent blog entry, a fatal accident near Roseville was discussed. As pointed out, it's important to winterize your vehicle. This helps prepare you for any weather-related fastballs Mother Nature might hit you with this season.

Tips for winterizing your car or truck

Commuters unprepared for High Sierras snowstorm

To live in California is to commute. Almost anywhere you live, your job lies elsewhere, so commuting becomes the norm. Even with carpooling and public transit, that's still a lot of Californians in vehicles jockeying for position on the freeways and streets.

Inevitably, deadly disasters occur, as was the case recently in the Sierras on I-80 by Crystal Springs. A freak late-late summer snowstorm blew through the high Sierras on the last day of the season, catching motorists unaware.

The leading causes of traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) affect thousands of children and adults every year in the United States. For this reason, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published vital statistics relating to TBI, its causes and who in the country is most affected by these debilitating injuries.

Let's take a look at the leading causes of TBIs identified by the CDC related to data from 2013:

  • Falls: Falls appear to be the primary cause of TBIs. Approximately 47 percent of brain injuries resulting in hospitalizations, emergency department visits and death happened after a fall.
  • Struck by an object or hitting an object: Getting hit by an object or hitting against an object was the next most common cause of TBIs, causing approximately 15 percent of hospitalizations, emergency department visits and deaths.
  • Auto crashes: The next most common cause of TBIs related to auto crashes. These resulted in 14 percent of hospitalizations, emergency department visits and deaths. However, car crashes caused 19 percent of deaths.
  • Self-harm: Finally, intentional self-harm resulted in 33 percent of deaths related to TBIs.
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