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car accidentEach crash possesses its own characteristics that can make the difference between an accident with no injury and an accident with serious injury.  An accurate assessment of the actual forces from a collision requires the skills of an expert engineer. The potential risk of injury, however, can be roughly estimated by examining the following variables:

1. The angle of the collision. Was the patient’s car hit straight on, from the side, or at some angle? The angle of collision will play a large role in determining what forces were placed upon the neck and head, and what tissues were damaged from these forces. A straight on impact will generally be less hazardous than a collision from an angle, as the spine may be twisted in an off-center impact.

walkAccording to the  Office of Traffic Safety, Sacramento ranks eight out of the 13 largest cities in California in total injury and/or fatal pedestrian collisions. According to Sacramento Police Department, our goal is to be ranked the Number 13, the lowest.  Pedestrian accidents can be avoided by using sidewalks and crosswalks, and always waiting for the signal to WALK.

This past April the Sacramento Police Department conducted an operation for pedestrian safety called “Wait for the WALK”.  Police officers and volunteers patrolled the downtown/midtown areas of J and K, where a large number of dining and entertainment establishments reside, handing out flyers to the public in an effort to educate the community with regard to pedestrian laws and hazards to avoid.  While many are aware of the basic rules emphasized, this was an effort to reinforce and remind the community of proper safety guidelines.

A terrible fatal car crash happened in Georgetown, California this week involving a pickup truck, DUI and a rollover.  The husband of the deceased victim was booked into the El Dorado County Jail on several charges, which included DUI with bodily injury, child endangerment and vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated.

Terrible facts, and the husband will pay for this incident forever.  Obviously, there is driver negligence in this case, but it always is worth looking at the crashworthiness of the involved vehicle.  The deceased wife and mother in this incident was likely killed due to her position in the vehicle coupled with the area of the rollover.  Could faulty design be partly at play in this instance?  The husband, and the two children (ages 14 and 3) walked away without injury.

Brain Injuries, Personality Changes and Motorcycle Accidents  An unfortunate and common symptom from a traumatic brain injury following an auto or motorcycle accident are personality changes.  I have represented many clients over the years with these types of injuries and they can have a substantial effect on one’s life and relationships with others.

“Organic” personality changes are the most common physically based psychiatric sequelae of moderate or severe head trauma. Mild head injury (post concussion syndrome) may alter personality in the direction of affective instability, poor impulse control, apathy, or other changes. Severe outbursts of aggression or rage are found only in the earliest, confusional stages of mild head injury and generally resolve within the first two or three weeks of recovery.

While yoga is an practice developed in ancient India nearly 4,000 years ago, it has become very popular in the United States and many alternative health practitioners recommend a practice of yoga for back pain, as it helps to strengthen muscles, improve posture, and increase flexibility.

American yoga classes often consist of a combination of breathing instruction, physical exercise and some meditation. The practice has been employed for thousands of years to prevent disease and promote health.  Many practitioners that suffer from back pain issues say that yoga offers a number of benefits, such as:

Tragic stories about wrong-way drivers and resultant horrific accidents on Sacramento freeways have been all over the news lately.  Fourteen confirmed lives have been claimed this year in this region as a result, and another recent fatal crash is under investigation to determine whether a wrong-way driver was the cause.

U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) statistics show that wrong-way drivers cause approximately 3% of collisions on divided highways.  Despite the low percentage, that type of accident is far more likely to cause fatalities and/or catastrophic injuries.

Aggressive driving has become an all-too-common and dangerous  problem on California highways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has named aggressive driving as a factor in a significant number of fatal automobile collisions.

The NHTSA definition of aggressive driving is operation of a motor vehicle that puts people or property in danger (or is likely to).  Aggressive driving includes speeding, excessive and/or improper lane changing – including not signaling or not ensuring that the lane change can be safely performed, and improper passing, such as on the shoulder or passing on the right.

There are unique challenges when representing elderly clients in personal injury cases.  Sometimes the injuries suffered in the subject event are discounted by doctors, insurance adjusters and opposing counsel.  Let’s look at the issue of scarring…is if fair that a scar on the body or face of an older individual may be deemed as “worth less” than scarring to a younger person?  The older person may have just as much pride in his or her appearance, and therefore scarring should not be discounted as a damage claim solely due to the age of the claimant.

One area where damages may be legitimately reduced is loss of earning capacity.  The average life expectancy of a plaintiff is used to calculate future wage loss, and obviously an senior citizen is going to have fewer years remaining to earn money than a younger person.  Often an older plaintiff is already retired, significantly reducing this area of economic damage. However, a skilled plaintiff attorney may be able to spin the retirement angle into a compelling argument about how greatly the plaintiff’s “golden years” have been affected by the pain, suffering, anxiety and inconvenience that he or she is dealing with as a result of accident-related injuries.  The plaintiff has worked hard his or her whole life with the expectation of enjoying their post-work life, and any disruption of that enjoyment could be construed as being especially valuable.

Many employees drive company vehicles either to and from work or for specific company related tasks. Wrongful death claims can be brought against a driver’s employer if the negligent act of the employee occurred in the scope of employment. For this reason, it is vital in every wrongful death case to have only a wrongful death attorney investigate whether the negligent driver was in the scope of employment.

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Golf cart rollover accidents are actually fairly frequent occurrences and are known to cause severe injury. Golf cart rollover accidents can result in fatality especially in cases of passenger ejection.  Fatalities are the highest among children.

A study conducted by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System from 1990 to 2006 indicates that during that time period there were 147,696 separate incidents of injury while on a golf cart.  This study did not include fatalities from golf cart rollovers.

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