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Roseville CA Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Proposed bus safety regulations return to the spotlight

Fatal motor vehicle accidents are never a welcome occurrence. Unexpectedly, families lose so much -- often without the ability to say goodbye to loved ones. The healing process after the crash can be long, as families explore their options to feel whole once again and move forward.

However, in some cases, there may be an opportunity to learn from a crash investigation and make improvements for the safety of others. If there is any silver lining to be found in these tragic circumstances, reform efforts might come close.

Motorcycle accidents create significant brain injury risk

Hitting the open road on a motorcycle is a pastime that many Californians enjoy. Not only that, but some people prefer to use their motorcycles as a primary mode of transportation. Of course, every rider in California likely knows that helmets are mandatory.

Without the physical barriers provided by cars and trucks, motorcyclists are at a higher risk of suffering serious injuries in the event of a collision. This unfortunate reality is one of the primary reasons why all motorcyclists in California are required by law to wear a helmet.

Dos and don'ts for auto accident victims

No one counts on getting involved in a car accident. For those who are kept busy by their professional, family or personal lives, dealing with an injury can be incredibly disruptive. At this point, an accident victim simply might want to settle the subsequent issues quickly and move on. Although this desire is understandable, oversights can prove costly.

Of course, the primary concern in the immediate wake of a car crash is to make sure medical attention is sought for all those who need it. In addition to contacting medical technicians, it is also important to call law enforcement to the accident scene. Police officers can gather statements from drivers and any witnesses, in addition to the possibility of conducting an investigation.

No more white lies: commercial drivers and electronic logbooks

Humans are prone to shade the truth. Indeed, to a rather alarming degree, the tendency to lie is common in many different contexts.

Last month, for example, in a New York Times essay that was widely circulated through social media, a commentator pointed out that in one survey about film rentals, fully 30 percent of the people who responded told a white lie about having seen the classic film "The Godfather."

In some contexts, however, white lies are no longer so innocuous. In this post, we will discuss the problem of easily-fudged paper log books for truck drivers and how electronic logbooks could make for a more transparent - and safer - working environment on the road.

Accurate medical assessments are mandatory for big rig drivers

Before hitting the road, drivers must do their best to ensure that everything is in order to successfully complete a trip -- no matter how long or short. This means that it's important for drivers to ensure that their vehicle is safe for driving. At the same time, it's equally important for motorists to understand whether or not they are, in fact, in a condition to drive safely.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recognizes the important of driver health, which is why they require interstate commercial drivers to be certified by a medical doctor. Driving hundreds or thousands miles in a single trip can take a physical toll, so it's critical to make sure that a truck driver is healthy enough to meet those demands.

Spock's damaged brain: TBI and elevated risk of early death

Science fiction stories are full of scenarios where brains are preserved after death.

In the original "Star Trek" series, for example, the brain of the iconic character Mr. Spock is hijacked by an alien civilization. The aliens repurpose it as a master computing device to control their life-support systems - leaving Mr. Spock's body in a zombie-like state, on the verge of death.

Since this episode was made in the 1960s, research into how the mind works has progressed by leaps and bounds. But it is still true that any form of brain damage is potentially very serious, posing a threat to mind and body alike.

In this post, we will take note of recent research showing that suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can raise the risk of a premature death.

California officials use April to target distracted driving

One of the most discussed topics on this blog is distracted driving. Now, California law enforcement is also focusing on this issue during the month of April. Reports indicate that this month is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In order to promote safety and raise the profile of this concern, the state's texting-and-driving ban will be heavily enforced.

Beyond enforcement measures, state officials aim to make people aware of how dangerous it is to become distracted behind the wheel. They point out that it takes, on average, 4.6 seconds to receive and read a text message. In that time, a car traveling at freeway speeds will have covered a distance greater than one football field. Of course, this opens up a major risk for everyone nearby.

Returning California veterans face risk of fatal auto accidents

The last several years have proven to be stressful for military personnel and their loved ones. In addition to the hardships created by frequent, lengthy deployments, many veterans have faced challenges when returning home. Recently, reports have uncovered a disturbing trend: A disproportionate number of Marines have died on California highways since 2007.

The Associated Press indicates that 28 off-duty Marines from the Twentynine Palms military base have died in car crashes since 2007. Of those fatalities, 12 have occurred on the same highway.

GM execs grilled for mechanical flaws that caused deadly crashes

There is any number of risks that drivers face when they hit the road. Most people might assume that other motorists are really the only cause for concern. Although the negligence of others certainly something to watch out for, there are other issues that can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents. Namely, mechanical failures can be the can lead to a crash.

With news of major issues with multiple General Motors car models, this fact has become painfully apparent. Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn IONs were equipped with faulty ignition switches, which could prevent airbags from deploying or cause a car to suddenly turn off while traveling at high speeds. Sadly, at least 12 deaths have occurred as a result of this defect.

Preconceptions about dog breeds, attacks may not always hold true

When traveling down the sidewalk, California residents might regularly encounter dogs out for a walk with their owners. For many people, it might be a natural to size-up the oncoming dog. As a result of this process, certain conclusions about the dog's relative friendliness might be drawn without even meeting the pooch.

One of the first things people notice is the dog's breed. If an unfamiliar animal is identified as a pit bull or some other breed with a reputation for being aggressive, people might automatically take precautions. However, a study recently released in Applied Animal Behavior points out that a dog's breed might not even be the best indicator of aggressiveness.

Accolades & Memberships

Attorney Chris Kreeger is accomplished and well respected in the California legal community. Below is a short list of some of his accolades and memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Sacramento Consumer Attorneys (President 2003; » Board of Directors 1997)
  • Sacramento County Judge Pro Tempore
  • El Dorado County Judge Pro Tempore.
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