California car crash lawyersDuring the 2016 election, California voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana. On one hand, this could prove to be a positive thing because it is expected to bring in up to a million dollars in tax revenue for the state each year. On the other, it could increase the risk of injury and fatality to California’s road users. Learn more about how the legalization of marijuana and its potential to cause a spike in the number of drugged driving accidents throughout the state, and what rights victims have in such situations.

A Look at Drugged Driving in Other Legalized States

Statistics from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy show that drugged driving rates spiked drastically in Colorado after the legalization of recreational marijuana. Overall, the organization found that the number of drivers testing positive for marijuana use rose from just 10 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2014 (the year of legalization). Moreover, they determined that the rate of marijuana-related traffic fatalities had spiked by 32 percent in the year of legalization.


California construction accident lawyerConstruction work is needed to keep our roads in good condition, to expand our cities, and repair our buildings. Unfortunately, this repair, maintenance, and growth often comes at a price - the death of innocent people who simply happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you or someone you love has lost a family member in a construction accident, the following information can help you better understand your rights, including your right to pursue a wrongful death claim.

The Recent Loss of a California Family

Recently, a San Francisco woman killed by the toppling of a gravel truck. Just prior to the accident, the woman was trying to back out of her driveway. A construction worker was guiding her. Sadly, the gravel in the truck shifted and caused it to tip over. The entire thing landed on top of the woman’s car, with her young daughter in the driveway. Paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced her deceased. Neither she, nor the baby growing inside of her, survived.


California car crash injury attorneyAccording to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 2.5 million Americans experienced an auto accident injury that required emergency medical treatment during 2012 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). Overall, that same care is expected to cost victims some $18 billion throughout the course of their lives. Those accidents also cost victims about $33 billion in lifetime employment earnings.

While not all accidents can be prevented, there are ways that victims can mitigate their risks. This is especially true when it comes to reducing the risk of serious injury - and all starts with choosing the right vehicle for you and/or your family.

Using Safety Ratings to Choose Your Vehicle


Fremont personal injury lawyerTraumatic brain injury can happen to anyone, and at any age. When it does, the end result can be catastrophic. This is especially true in cases involving serious injury and excessive brain swelling. Unfortunately, there are no medications to treat the swelling at this time - only drugs that help to improve the end outcome of patients who manage to survive. Thankfully, recent studies suggest an answer may be on the horizon, but with one major catalyst: it may only work in adults.

Antibiotics and TBI Swelling in Children and Adults

The potentially deadly implications of TBI do not typically come from the injury itself. Instead, it is generally caused by the post-injury swelling of the brain. Previous studies have suggested that genetics may play a role in the severity of this swelling, but no one really knows why some are more prone than others to rapid and life-threatening swelling.


Fremont wrongful death accident lawyerApproximately 30,000 fatal auto accidents occur each year. In those crashes, there are victims – loved ones that were taken from their families. Grief, anger, resentment, financial loss, and immeasurable emotional devastation are in the aftermath of that loss. Some immediately search for justice. For others, the thought of pursuing a claim seems like an insurmountable challenge – one best avoided until after the grief and pain have subsided. Unfortunately, by then, it may be too late. If you have lost someone you love in a car crash, understand why you should pursue a wrongful death claim, and how an attorney can help to ease your burden in the difficult journey ahead.

Compensation is Not Meant to Replace Your Loved One

Often, the families of victims are put off by the idea of a lawsuit because they feel it is pointless. Money will not bring back what was taken from them, and the grief of drudging it all up seems hardly worth it. They look at it as punishing someone else when, in reality, the compensation is about easing the burden they bear, and may continue to experience, as the months and years pass.


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