Last Saturday, the entire world was shocked after news about actor Paul Walker’s horrific death emerged across the globe. Millions of his fans mourned while hundreds of those who live near the accident scene had the chance to offer a prayer vigil for the actor, including his co-star in ‘The Fast and the Furious’ movie franchise, Tyrese Gibson.
According to recent news reports, Walker was killed in a horrific car accident in Santa Clarita, California. He was 40 years old. He is survived by his 15-year-old child, Meadow.
Based on initial investigation, Walker was a passenger of the two-seater 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which lost control and slammed into a tree along the street. As a result, the car burst into flame and killed both Walker and the driver.
Investigators have confirmed that Walker’s long time friend, Roger Rodas, was driving the sports vehicle. Also, they have received tips that the driver of the wrecked vehicle was in the middle of a high-speed street race with another vehicle when the crash occurred. Thus, they are considering speed as a factor to the incident.
Incidentally, the area where the crash occurred has a history of being a popular street racing location in California.
Meanwhile, in a separate investigation conducted by ‘Always Evolving’, the auto shop co-owned by Walker and Rodas, it was found out that a fluid and subsequent fluid trail had caught fire before the skid marks at the accident scene.
The auto shop pointed out that there is a noticeable absence of skid marks until just before the point of impact. Said evidence makes them believe that Rodas didn’t really lost control of the car because if he did, the skid marks would show swerving and not in a straight line as appeared at the accident scene.
Their suspicion was further reinforced by the fire spreading so quickly in the front of the vehicle. Usually, flames would be expected in the rear where the engine is. They claimed that some sort of fluid leak could have triggered the flame.
The auto shop’s team also affirmed that the half a million worth Carrera GT was never modified. In fact, it was rarely driven so they believe that any failure must be a factory defect. The team further defended Rodas’ driving ability. They say that he was a world-class driver. Therefore, they contend that while he might have been over-speeding, as the police have said, the idea that he lost control of the vehicle is absurd.
As initially reported, Walker was in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, for a car show organized by Walker himself and by the charitable organization, Reach Out Worldwide, which he founded four years ago. Accordingly, proceeds of the event will support the typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.
The star’s fans initially have had a hard time believing in and processing Walker’s tragic death. In fact, even our personal injury attorneys initially thought that it was just another celebrity death hoax that has spread in Los Angeles until subsequent news reports from reliable media sources have confirmed it. In fact, for the last couple of days, the actor’s horrific death has become a major headline not only in the U.S. but across the globe as well. “The whole world mourns as it loses an angel,” claimed by the said lawyers who have been fans of the actor’s movie franchise, ‘The Fast and the Furious’.
Slip-and-fall accidents are among the leading causes of injury on both commercial and residential properties. In fact, based on a statistic gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), out of nearly one million Americans who suffer from injuries resulting from slip-and-fall, about 17,000 of them die.
The changing weather does not change premises and businesses owners’ liability. Therefore, in an aim to help property owners and businesses as well, a slip-and-fall accident attorney, serving greater Los Angeles, reminded that great housekeeping and proper maintenance during this time is very important to prevent big losses as a result of slip-and-fall claims.
In addition, he also shared some tips below on how property owners and businesses could prepare for the winter season to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.
Although the weather can impact both outdoors and indoors, obviously, outdoors are the most affected of the. Also, most slip-and-fall accidents commonly occur outdoors. Therefore, start by clearing out hazards outside of your home or your business establishment. It pays to be prepared in advance. Be sure that you are well prepared to conduct a snow removal ahead of time so that the task can be done quickly as possible. Surfaces like outdoor steps, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots should always be free from ice and snow.
Moreover, several outdoor spots like the driveways and parking areas have a blacktop, wherein chances of slip-and-fall accidents are at a higher risk since the ice tends to blend with the surface’s dark color. Thus, it is always advisable to have a bag of sand to take care of the ice immediately while performing maintenance.
During extreme weathers, since it is more difficult for people to walk on blacktops, safety cones and signs must be provided.
Also, since handrails help people to balance when entering or leaving a premise, it is important to give them a good repair all year round.
During the humid season, lighting is likewise important to brighten up the outdoor areas to make it easier for people to see potential hazards. Therefore, it is best to build a proper lighting with a strong structure particularly in icy areas outdoors.
Regardless of how clean and organized your outdoor area is, ice and snow will still be traced into the entrance ways or door ways of your property or business establishment. When the ice or snow melts, it will then create water hazard. Clean the water in such areas as soon as possible since it is the part of the indoor wherein there is heavy foot traffic.
Place extra floor mats near entrance or door ways to encourage visitors to wipe their feet. Aside from preventing slip-and-fall accidents, the good thing about placing door mats is that it can also prevent water from getting in between the cracks of the floor which can eventually lead to damage.
In business establishments, it is always important to put up safety cones to mark possible hazards within the premises.
After-snow preventive measure
Even if you have prepared for the winter season ahead of time, you are likely to encounter new possible hazards as problems start to develop in some areas after the first snow. Make it a habit to check on the premises’ walking surfaces to identify new threats and areas that need to be repaired or salted more often.
Inspect surfaces by shuffling around rather than walking, point your feet out and take very slow little steps to carefully check for black ice, uneven surfaces and unsalted areas. Ice can often hide under the snow so you have to locate those risky areas, remember to mark those spots first before fixing it.
Wear your protective gear
Prevention is always better than cure. If you are a business owner, advise your employees to wear shoes that provide traction like slip resistant shoes or boots. Furthermore, it would also help if you would post information about the proper way to fall around your premise. As much as possible, avoid falling on your knees or wrists. Also, if you could try hard to fall on your side, do it to protect the limb.
Remember, a bit of preventive efforts can help reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents on your property. Being well prepared ahead of time really pays a lot. Have a safe winter season.
Following his retirement, the world’s renowned soccer player, David Beckham, is mostly seen spending quality time with his family. However, his precious moments with his family apparently turned out to be troublesome after he and his 14-year-old son got involved in a minor car crash right outside their driveway in their Beverly Hills Home.
According to media sources, Beckham was driving his black Range Rover Sport with his son on the passenger seat, when he hit an incoming vehicle as he was pulling out of their driveway.
Fortunately, no one was injured from the incident. However, Beckham’s vehicle’s front bumper and hood were reportedly damaged as revealed on a photo posted on twitter. Nevertheless, police were called to the scene. Both drivers subsequently exchanged insurance information, the reports said.
Based on initial investigation, Beckham had just dropped off his wife, Victoria Beckham, and his three other children at home after a gym session minutes before the mishap.
Incidentally, this is not the first time that Beckham and his son, Brooklyn, have been involved in a car accident together. In 2011, the two were also involved in a multiple-car pile-up in Los Angeles Freeway.
Ironically, while some of the former Los Angeles Galaxy player’s fans say that Beckham isn’t just lucky enough to avoid a crash, others say that the English man isn’t yet used into American driving. In a vehicle accident lawyer’s opinion, he just needs to be extra cautious when driving for his family and that he must keep in mind that the California roadways are always busy and crowded. Thus, being more alert is requisite.
It could be remembered that way back April this year, Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson was reportedly injured in a car crash in Los Angeles, California.
Initial reports have claimed that the former ABC host was hospitalized following the said car crash, but no injuries were previously reported. Sources only claimed that Wilkinson was shocked from the incident. In fact, she was immediately released from the hospital after a complete examination.
However, recent reports are claiming that the said car accident was actually worse than it first appeared.
According to recent news reports, Wilkinson has suffered “minor stroke” during the crash. Media sources claimed that the model / host really did have a stroke through CT scans during the head-on collision incident in Calabasas.
Fortunately, she has since made a full recovery. In addition, the said incident has given her a whole new outlook in life, Wilkinson reportedly claimed in her Twitter account.
Wilkinson’s revelation regarding her minor stroke during the car crash only came to light last Friday during the episode of her TV Show, “Kendra on Top”.
Based on the medical experts’ explanation regarding minor stroke following a car crash, “It is certainly possible to have a minor stroke without knowing it. There are parts of the brain that are involved in functions that aren’t so obvious to us. For instance, the long-term memory part of our brain can be affected by a stroke. It’s not obvious to us right away that something bad has happened until we start testing the memory. “
Moreover, they said that “You could have a stroke and not know it because it hasn’t affected that specific part of the brain. If that part was involved in something subtle, it’s not picked up. You can only see it on a CAT scan. Whether the stroke is related to her accident or not, we don’t know that.”
Meanwhile, a Los Angeles auto accident attorney claims that such incidences along the road or while you are behind the wheel is very unfortunate and could also be catastrophic and could be fatal as well. Keep in mind that an extra diligence can make a great difference, he said.
A few days after John Clark Gable was reportedly charged for hitting six parked cars, here is another incident of a driver hitting a parked car.
Recent reports have it that the guitar legend Carlos Santana drove his car into a vehicle parked near an upscale community in Las Vegas last Friday night.
According to reports, Santana was alone when the incident occurred as he was on his way home. It was not clear whether a sobriety field test was done to the rock guitarist. Nevertheless, police recently confirmed that he was not driving under the influence at the time of the accident.
Fortunately, no one was injured from the accident. So far, details regarding the incident available are only limited. Even the make and the extent of damage of the parked car are still unknown. One thing is for sure, the incident occurred within the area of Summerlin, a well-to-do community in west Las Vegas.
The police further claimed that it was only a minor incident. In fact, it was not even “log worthy”, the police added, referring to the police department’s official record of events.
Based on Santana’s concert schedule, he did not have a concert on Friday.
Santana became well known during the 1960s and early 1970s with his band which performs a blend of rock and Latin American music until present. In 2003, he was listed at number 20 of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time. Also, he has won 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards.
Meanwhile, a Los Angeles personal injury attorney claimed that it is not the first time that a celebrity or a big personality ironically engaged in such incident of hitting parked cars. Aside from Gable, the lawyer herein once featured Ben Affleck in his blog when the latter accidentally struck a parked vehicle in Los Angeles, California. The driver of the other vehicle was not around. Therefore, without having any intention of fleeing away, the actor decided to just leave an apology note with his contact number on it attached at the vehicle’s windshield.
Days after obtaining her driver’s license, the Kardashian’s younger half sister, Kylie Jenner, reportedly crashed her high-end vehicle in Calabasas, California.
According to reports, the reality TV star and model crashed her pricey Mercedes Benz SUV at the back of a Toyota vehicle which subsequently crashed into the back of a Subaru SUV, causing a three-vehicle collision.
Fortunately for Kylie, nobody was hurt from the incident. In fact, witnesses to the incident claimed that she handled the incident like a pro, apologizing and asking if everybody were okay and exchanged car insurance information.
Further reports claimed that the Toyota car suffered major damage to the back while the Subaru suffered bumper damage.
The incident happened last August 28, just 18 days after her 16th birthday. Incidentally, the youngest Jenner also obtained her license on her 16th birthday, while her fancy vehicle, a G-Class Mercedes-Benz SUV, was said to be a birthday present for her by her mom, Kris Jenner.
What an unfortunate way to celebrate her being a licensed driver in 16th year of existence commented by a Los Angeles injury attorney. In addition, the lawyer herein also noted that the state’s Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) aims to pursue promoting rules of the road and further develop a new generation of safe teen drivers. Thus, the agency has provided helpful tips and resources for teens in its official web page.
This is another guest post contributed by Molly Pearce.
State and local municipalities as well as the federal government are required to maintain their properties in a safe manner so as to keep them safe and clear of hazards and obstacles. When they fail to do so, individuals may suffer severe injury or harm or death. This is why persons who are injured in any type of accident on public property may be able to recover for various kinds of damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other expenses.
Common Premises Liability Injuries
The most common types of premises liability cases usually involve slip and fall accidents in another person’s property. Other types of premises liability-related accidents include but not limited to:
1. Exposure to toxic chemicals, mold or lead
2. Accidents due to poorly maintained equipment
3. Construction/workplace accidents
4. Accidents caused by inadequate security
5. Accidents caused by poorly lit parking
Common Sites of Injury
Personal injury accidents may happen almost anywhere, but there are particular areas where such accidents commonly occur. Public property injury attorneys generally work on personal injury accidents that occurred in:
1. Subways, bus or other public transportation
2. Other government owned buildings
3. Public swimming pools
4. Broken sidewalks
When a personal injury accident happens in a public or government-maintained area, concerned government entities may be liable for the injuries sustained by the victim/s. For instance, when an accident happens due to the absence of traffic signs or malfunctioning traffic lights, concerned government entities may be legally liable for the injuries of the victims. Simply put, when certain government units are proven to have neglected the safety of the public, they may be liable for the accident and the injuries suffered by the victims. As it is, if you were injured as a result of a certain government agency’s negligence, you can file a personal injury claim and possibly get compensations.
Filing a Claim
The most difficult part of the process of making a claim for an injury on public property involves determining exactly who is at fault. This is why it is critical to contact a personal injury attorney, whether it’s an injury lawyer in New York or one in San Francisco, who has the resources and experience that allow him/her to evaluate these claims properly. Even though government entities have enjoyed immunity against lawsuits in the past, these privileges have been reduced substantially over the years. However, only a personal injury attorney who has experience with governmental liability cases will know how to best proceed in such instance.
Also, laws vary from state to state. Most, such as those in New York, have been modeled from the Federal Tort Claims Act, which waives sovereign immunity of the government in certain circumstances. Personal injury claims against the government and state have certain requirements that must be met. Therefore, injured parties must comply with the rules in full prior to filing any claim against liable government entities. Each state’s rules are different when it comes to these requirements as well as the information they must contain. This is why it is critical to speak with an attorney who has expert knowledge about the laws in your state. For instance, an injury in the state of New York should be handled by a New York personal injury lawyer. Otherwise, a claim for damages could easily be dismissed for a variety of reasons.
Anyone who has been injured on public property should seek medical attention, follow up on doctor visits and seek legal counseling from personal injury lawyers so that the case may be properly evaluated. It is also important to keep all details such as time, place, form and event, as well as medical condition details. This is the only way to successfully recover damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author, artist, and mom concerned with human rights, Molly Pearce writes to inform individuals on their legal options after being wrongfully injured. David Perecman, injury lawyer in New York for the past 25 years, is also an advocate for human rights with regards to injury and has won millions of dollars of through verdicts and settlements of cases including premises accidents like the ones Molly examines above.
Every year, more and more young drivers are getting involved in different car crashes. According to the studies made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the leading cause of crashes among drivers from different age groups is distracted driving.
As it is, driving needs your undivided attention. Losing your focus, even for a split-second can get you into trouble.
Distracted driving has been one of the main causes of the accident cases that he has handled. In these cases, the driver of the vehicle at fault ends up paying a huge of sum of money to settle complaints or as payment for the damages caused by the crash after they have been settled.
Apparently, there are a great number of legislations enacted by various states that aim to lessen, if not to eradicate, distracted driving. However, it is the education, awareness, and active participation from the citizens that can help stop accidents brought about by distracted driving.
The question is, how can we get our youth more involved in promoting safety in the use of our roads? Leave it to the people in the U.S. Department of Transportation to come up with clever ways just to do that.
The Department of Transportation’s Campaign
Recently, the agency has held the “Text & Wreck” challenge where people are encouraged to take its Distracted Driving Design Challenge. This challenge was created to ask invited teens to come up with an original icon with an anti-distracted driving message. The same would then be shared to various social media outfits such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other sites. This program also aims to help raise awareness among our young drivers of the dangers of texting or calling while behind the wheel.
The winner of the challenge is a 13-year-old from Sanford, Florida, Hah’mari Watson. Selected by Secretary LaHood, this will be incorporated into US DOT’s distracted driving campaign in its site, Distraction.gov. A freshman at Seminole High school in Sanford, Watson and his family were involved in a minor car crash two years ago because of a distracted teen driver that was texting while behind the wheel. They were not seriously injured in the accident but it made him realize how a moment of distraction can cause real destruction. Watson said “I hope my design will help other young people realize just how dangerous it is to text and drive at the same time.”
During the first-ever Florida Distracted Driving Summit in Tampa, Fla., Secretary LaHood unveiled the winning entry while delivering his keynote address. This event is a gathering of federal, state, and local officials, law enforcement, traffic safety experts, physicians, and businesses that are working together to lessen distracted driving in the state.
Now that the icon for the program has been chosen, the bigger challenge begins—the implementation of the whole project. This challenge is not an easy task. If anything, Watson’s winning entry is a great statement that by actively participating in these programs by the government, we can all work together to ensure the safety of our roads.
This guest post gives credit to Molly Pearce.
When you have been injured in an auto accident, the best way to prove your claims is to have written documents describing the crash and the injuries you sustained.
Documents signed by physicians, police officers, and witnesses to the crash help to bolster your claims to insurance companies about your injuries. Your goal is to be fairly compensated for your injuries. However, not all insurance companies will fairly reimburse you for your medical bills and other expenses related to your accident.
Before you accept any payments from an insurance company, consult with a personal injury attorney who will make sure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to by law.
As stated by one Virginia law firm, “personal injury law grants injured victims the right to pursue compensation for their losses, damages, and suffering caused by someone else’s negligence.” An experienced personal injury attorney knows how to use the official documentation related to the crash to negotiate a fair settlement or use it as the basis of a personal injury lawsuit in court.
The most requested documents for facts on automobile accidents are police reports. A police officer notes all aspects of the accident scene, including:
1. The number of vehicles involved
2. Names of drivers and witnesses
3. Weather and road conditions
4. Vehicle damages
5. Types of injuries sustained
In addition to the basic facts, police officers write narratives about the crash based on their interview with everyone involved in the crash (victims, defendants, witnesses, etc).
When someone sustains an injury, the police report notes whether the injured individuals refused medical treatment or whether they were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Medical records from the hospital or clinic visit immediately following a crash are another form of documentation that can play an important role in personal injury claims. Drivers and passengers with severe injuries who are taken to the hospital will have reports signed by doctors, noting the person’s complaints, what medical treatment was provided, and what drugs were prescribed, if any, and whether immediate hospitalization was ordered.
Those who appear to have escaped any injury may not want to seek medical treatment because of the inconvenience and the time it will take to go to an emergency room. But just because people can walk away from an accident does not mean that they have not sustained internal injuries or a traumatic brain injury, of which, a concussion is the most common.
Mobile phone photos
While photos are not official documentation, they are the next best thing to describe damages that were done to vehicles in accidents. Describing the photos in writing can at least serve as an unofficial document of an accident.
Using mobile phone photos might work for drivers involved in hit-and-runs on city side streets and highways who want to file an insurance claim and need some type of proof that an accident occurred. A driver or passenger can pull out their mobile phone and take a photo of the car that hit them or the license plate number, before that driver pulls off.
In cities where police resources are stretched too thin, drivers who want documentation may have to go to a local police station to report the hit-and-run.
A personal injury attorney can advise you on how to obtain as much information as possible about your injury. The more official documents you have, the stronger a case your attorney can present on your behalf.
As a busy city motorist, author, mother, and artist Molly Pearce shares this info to fellow drivers who may not know what difference documentation can make in the event of an accident. Through past experiences, she has found that maintaining all accident-related docs and acquiring solid legal representation is a recipe for successfully obtaining positive legal results. The personal injury attorneys Price Benowitz, LLP, provide legal counsel and help victims maintain proper documentation to support their injury claims.
Owning a property is a great investment. It can grow in value as the years pass and you are sure to get returns from it. These gains, however, cannot be achieved if you will not take good care of these.
As a property owner, it is your responsibility to keep your area safe; otherwise, you may legal charge. Incidentally, the following are the common forms of premises liability cases in the United States:
• Falls. Though you can’t really keep everything inside your premises squeaky clean all the time, you are still required to exhaust every possible means to keep your property safe for use. According to the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company website, settling a claim for a fall will cost you around $60,000.00 to $100,000.00.
• Dog Attacks. According to the American Family Insurance website, it costs around $24,511.00 to settle dog attack cases on average. To avoid this, make sure that your pet dogs are isolated; far from your guests or visitors in your property.
• Accidents involving tenants. Failure to safeguard this area can lead to accidents and things may get a little bit tricky. So make it a point to hire the services of housekeepers to keep it clean and safe for everyone.
So if you don’t want to face charges and need the help of a premise liability lawyer to settle these cases, make sure that you proactively take good care of your property to guarantee that nothing like these will ever happen again.