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San Jose dog bite injury attorneyCanines can bite. Most family dogs do not make biting a habit; otherwise, the popularity of dogs as family pets would decrease greatly. Yet, just as with a human being, animals also have bad days. Unfortunately, unlike their human counterparts, dogs must rely on physical cues rather than verbal articulation to express their displeasure. When they reach a breaking point, they can lose control and bite even those they love. Knowing and recognizing typical dog behavior warning signs may prevent the occurrence of a dog bite injury.

Know the Warning Signs

In California, a dog owner is responsible for any bites rendered by their dog. Therefore, as a dog owner, it is important to understand canine body language to prevent injury by your companion to yourself or someone else. 

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Monterey County personal injury lawyersFor many, this time of year is a time to take a break from work, get together with family, have a special meal, attend a religious service, or open presents. Whether you celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or Christmas, you will probably be traveling at some point this holiday season. While it may be the last thing on your mind as you are driving, being on the roads during times of increased traffic can be quite dangerous. The National Safety Council reports that there were 314 traffic fatalities during the days surrounding Christmas in 2016. Even more astoundingly, there were approximately 37,000 injuries caused by traffic accidents.  

As you go about your holiday plans, please be aware of the increased amount of drivers on the road and keep yourself safe. In order to increase your chances of having a safe, incident-free holiday trip, take the following steps:

  • Confirm that your vehicle is properly maintained. If you have not had your car serviced recently, take your car to be inspected by a mechanic before any long trips. Before leaving, check the tire pressure and tread depth, replace old wiper blades, refill the windshield washer fluid, and test the car’s battery;
  • Map your route in advance and be prepared for traffic jams, slowed traffic, and an increase in fender benders. Avoid traveling during the busiest times of the day, such as during rush hours, or traveling during bad weather.
  • Make sure that your cell phone is charged, and have important contact information at hand in case of an emergency;
  • Consider making an emergency car kit including blankets, flashlights, batteries, flares, reflective markers, drinking water, and tools; and
  • Always wear your seatbelt, and be sure that children are in the appropriate car seat for their size.

What to Do If You Are in an Accident

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Monterey County personal injury attorneysVisiting an amusement park or water park can be one of the best days of a child’s life. Parents love watching the joy on their children’s faces as they glide through the air on rollercoasters or slide down water slides. When a family visits such a park, they hope to have a day filled with fun and laughter. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some people leave amusement parks battered and bruised, or worse. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that about 30,000 injuries and 22 deaths were caused by amusement parks in 2016.

Pending Amusement Park Lawsuits in California

Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California has been under scrutiny for some time because of the high rate of injuries on its rides. In August, the family of a six-year-old boy who was injured on the Timber Mountain Log Ride filed a lawsuit against Knott’s Berry Farm and its parent company, Cedar Fair. The boy was riding a log flume ride when his boat suddenly slowed at the bottom of a large hill. Because of this sudden deceleration, the boy was thrust forward into the seat in front of him. The impact was so great that the boy suffered a fractured eye socket.

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Monterey County personal injury attorneyPokémon Go is an augmented reality game which took the world by storm in the summer of 2016. The game’s unique design and connection to the real world captivated players of all ages. In the game, players gain rewards for moving to different locations and for the travel itself. The game was praised for helping get people outside and moving—a feat that very few video games are capable of accomplishing. Unfortunately, some players were overzealous in their pursuit of in-game rewards and ventured into unsafe areas or became unaware of their surroundings. Other players would play the game while they were driving, leading to very dangerous situations.

Driving While Gaming Proves to Be Extremely Dangerous

A number of auto accidents and a few deaths were attributed to Pokémon Go within the first few months of its release. This prompted the creators of the game to release an update in August 2016 intended to stop players from playing the game while driving. The update included a pop-up message which appeared whenever the game detected you were in a moving vehicle. The message said “You’re going too fast! Pokémon GO should not be played while driving.” To continue playing, the passenger had to tap on the “I’m a passenger” button. Obviously, players intent on playing anyway could simply lie about whether they were driving or not. While the update may have reduced future accidents related to the game, it did not prevent them entirely.

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Monterey County personal injury attorneyThe calendar has flipped to November, and the daylight hours are getting shorter – a sure sign that the winter season is on its way. While winter may not mean snow and ice for most people in California, the decreased hours of daylight brings an increased risk for pedestrians who are out in the late afternoon or evening hours. This is especially true for children coming home from school at the end of the day, whether traveling home by school bus or walking. In fact, a recent study found that the end of the school day presents a dangerous time for children, leaving them at a higher risk of being struck by a vehicle.

Small-Scale Accident Research

The study was conducted by medical researchers from the Jacobi Medical Center in New York City. The research team examined the medical records of 100 young accident victims who had been struck by vehicles. All of the accidents occurred in 2012, and the average age of the victim was 8 years old. Of the 100 injured victims, 21 were girls and 79 were boys. The majority of the victims suffered from fractures to ankles, shins, or thighs.

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