August 2011 Archives

Speeding can get you more than just a ticket

The next time you are speeding through traffic to make it to work on time, stop and ask yourself, "Is this worth a lawsuit?" Although many individuals believe that speeding will result in little more than an expensive ticket, speeding or otherwise driving unsafely can have very serious legal ramifications. California Vehicle Code section 22350 provides, "No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property." Although speeding itself is unlikely to result in a lawsuit, speeding is often used as evidence of negligent driving. If you are deemed to be driving negligently, you may be held legally responsible for the expenses of another driver injured in an accident. In addition to legal liability and expensive tickets, speeding and otherwise unsafe driving may also have an effect on your own legal claims against other negligent drivers. If you are injured by another driver who is acting improperly, your legal claims against that driver may be mitigated or extinguished altogether if fault for the accident can be apportioned to your own unsafe driving. Even if you did not cause the accident, you may find yourself without compensation for the injuries that you have sustained. To avoid legal liability, expensive tickets, and to safeguard your interests, do the right thing and drive according to the posted speed limit. Safe driving will ensure that you are legally protected should an accident occur, and will generally make the roadways safer for yourself and other drivers.

Speeding can get you more than just a ticket

The next time you are speeding through traffic to make it to work on time, stop and ask yourself, "Is this worth a lawsuit?" Although many individuals believe that speeding will result in little more than an expensive ticket, speeding or otherwise driving unsafely can have very serious legal ramifications. California Vehicle Code section 22350 provides, "No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property." Although speeding itself is unlikely to result in a lawsuit, speeding is often used as evidence of negligent driving. If you are deemed to be driving negligently, you may be held legally responsible for the expenses of another driver injured in an accident.

Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

On July 1, 2011, a new law went into effect requiring carbon monoxide detectors be placed in most California homes. The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 (Cal. Health & Safety Code §§ 13260 et seq.) was signed into law this year. The law requires all single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install carbon monoxide alarms within the home. Owners of multi-family leased or rental dwellings, such as apartment buildings, have until January 1, 2013 to comply with the law.

Notre Dame settles case regarding scissor lift death

The University of Notre Dame settled with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) for penalties resulting from the October 2010 death of Declan Sullivan. Sullivan was a 20 year old film student, who was employed by the athletic department to record football practice from a 40 foot tall hydraulic scissor lift. The lift toppled over during practice due to high winds. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory that day, and recorded gusts over 50 miles per hour around the time of the accident.

Stem Cell Transplant to Help with Sports Injuries

Bartolo Colón is currently a 38-year-old baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees. What is interesting about this young man is the stem cell transplant he received in his right shoulder in May of 2010. The transplant repaired the damaged tissues in his right shoulder. While the MLB was investigating his procedure, he played winter ball in Puerto Rico. On January 26, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees, and made his first start for the Yankees on April 20 th.

Stem Cell Transplant to Help with Sports Injuries

Bartolo Colón is currently a 38-year-old baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees. What is interesting about this young man is the stem cell transplant he received in his right shoulder in May of 2010. The transplant repaired the damaged tissues in his right shoulder. While the MLB was investigating his procedure, he played winter ball in Puerto Rico. On January 26, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees, and made his first start for the Yankees on April 20 th.

Road Safety Tips

The AAA Foundation reports that "aggressive driving behaviors are a factor in up to 56% of fatal crashes." Their AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index survey reported that roughly 80% of people surveyed described aggressive drivers as "serious or extremely serious" hazards to traffic safety, despite the fact that many respondents reported that they sometimes engaged in aggressive driving habits. To avoid a dangerous collision, evaluate your driving habits and stay vigilant as drivers take to the road for summer vacation. Here are some tips from AAA: Avoiding other reckless and aggressive drivers on the road:

Road Safety Tips

The AAA Foundation reports that "aggressive driving behaviors are a factor in up to 56% of fatal crashes." Their AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index survey reported that roughly 80% of people surveyed described aggressive drivers as "serious or extremely serious" hazards to traffic safety, despite the fact that many respondents reported that they sometimes engaged in aggressive driving habits.

Football Injury Research Annual Report

Every since 1931, The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research has done an annual report on the direct and indirect football injuries for the year. In the early 20th century, college football became an organized sport because several young men were getting killed in the sport each year. Now with the help of this research among other things, football has become safer over the years. One rule change that came out of this study was the 1976 rule making it illegal to make initial contact with the head while blocking and tackling. 1990 marked the first year since the research started in 1931 that no one was directly killed from playing football. This is great progress for the 1,800,000 football participants in 2010.

Football Injury Research Annual Report

Every since 1931, The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research has done an annual report on the direct and indirect football injuries for the year. In the early 20th century, college football became an organized sport because several young men were getting killed in the sport each year. Now with the help of this research among other things, football has become safer over the years. One rule change that came out of this study was the 1976 rule making it illegal to make initial contact with the head while blocking and tackling. 1990 marked the first year since the research started in 1931 that no one was directly killed from playing football. This is great progress for the 1,800,000 football participants in 2010.

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