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California woman killed in fatal boating accident

The loss of a loved one is a difficult event to process. No matter their age, it can come unexpectedly if a negligent party suddenly took a loved one's life away. Family members of loved ones who have been wrongfully killed have legal protections to consider.

A woman from the Los Angeles area was recently killed in a fatal boating accident in a neighboring state. The fatal accident occurred when the speeding boat she was riding in crashed and flipped, throwing of several victims into the lake. Several victims were thrown from the speeding 35-foot twin-engine motor boat. Another man from California also died in the fatal boating accident.

How dangerous is truck driver fatigue?

Driver fatigue can be a serious concern for truck drivers and may result in truck crashes involving injuries and fatalities to victims. Fatigued truck driving can be dangerous for truckers and the vehicles they share the roadway with. Truck driver fatigue can be caused by a lack of adequate sleep, extended work hours, strenuous activities related to work or unrelated to work or a combination of factors. One study found that 13 percent of truck drivers were fatigued at the time of their truck accident.

It is important for truck drivers to maintain good safety habits and to avoid truck driver fatigue. Truck drivers should ensure that they get enough sleep and may want to avoid driving during naturally drowsy periods of the day between midnight and 6:00 am and 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Driving while drowsy for anyone can impair the driver's response time and increase the change of being in an accident, which can be especially dangerous for truck drivers because of the tremendous size and weight disparity of trucks when compared to passenger vehicles and other vehicles they share the roadways with.

California teen killed and others injured in boating accident

This blog recently discussed boating safety and the dangers of boating incidents, especially during the popular summer boating season. A recent California boating accident killed one teenager and injured two other victims. A 16-year old boy was killed in the fatal boating accident, which involved a collision between a boat and a personal watercraft. When authorities arrived at the scene of the boat accident, they discovered 3 injured victims who were transported to the hospital. The 16-year old boy subsequently died from his injuries suffered in the boating accident.

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the boating accident. Victims of a boating accident, or other type of accident, such as a car or motorcycle accident, may suffer serious injuries or may lose their lives. Surviving family members may be left facing life following the unexpected loss of a loved one. It is important for victims injured in a boating accident or other type of accident and surviving family members of a lost loved one become familiar with the legal protections available to them following a serious accident.

Staying safe during summer boating season

This blog recently discussed wrongful death resources that may be available to the families of victims of fatal accidents. As the summer season is upon us, many people enjoy taking to the water for a variety of activities, including boating. While boating is fun way to spend the summer, there are also risks associated with the favorite pastime, so it is important to know how to stay safe on the water and what to do if a boating crash or fatal boating accident takes place.

During 2009, 3,358 victims were injured in boating accidents and 736 victims died in fatal boating accidents. Of the victims that died in boating accidents, 7 out of 10 drowned. Alcohol was the leading factor contributing to fatal boating accidents. Boating while impaired is dangerous, and based on data, alcohol is involved in one third of all boating accidents. Drinking while boating is as dangerous as drunk driving and is illegal in every state.

Wrongful death legal protections help family members

The wrongful death of a loved one can be an overwhelmingly devastating experience for surviving family members. While dealing with the emotional devastation of unexpectedly losing a loved one, surviving family members may also be left facing unexpected financial challenges, including the potential loss of income and unexpected costs such as medical expenses, funeral expenses and others.

To cope with the change associated with the loss of a loved one, the family may need to hire additional help around the house or work more hours or additional jobs to make up for the income lost and meet the needs of the family, pay for medical bills and other costs associated with the loss. When a loved one has been wrongfully killed, surviving family members may be able to recover damages including loss of support and services, lost prospect of inheritance and pain and suffering damages.

Los Angeles-area truck accident results in injuries and death

Motorists frequently share the roads with large trucks. While this is the norm in society today, drivers still have their concerns regarding their safety and the risks these massive vehicles could pose. Truck accidents result in extensive harm to victims, which is why legal options are available to help them.

According to recent reports, a semi-truck supposedly crossed the center divider just north of Los Angeles, causing a fiery truck accident. The truck crossed over into oncoming traffic, resulting in a 18-wheeler accident that killed one person and injured 10 others. Those injured ranged in age from 22 to 71 and a 27-year-old woman was critically injured. The truck claimed the life of one man and involved 8 vehicles. Included in the truck accident were three passenger vehicles, one passenger van, a black truck and three big rigs.

Legal protections are available for motorcycle accident victims

Motorcycle riders can be in a uniquely vulnerable position on the roadway. Additionally, they can be especially exposed to negligent and careless drivers. Motorcycle riders can be susceptible to inattentive drivers who fail to observe them, and it is important to keep in mind that motorcycles do not enjoy the same protections passenger vehicles afford. Unfortunately, statistics illustrate how dangerous the roadways can be for motorcycle riders.

In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents that involve another passenger vehicle, the driver of the passenger vehicle violated the motorcyclist's right of way and caused the motorcycle accident. This is usually because a driver failing to closely observe the roadway and their surroundings may not see a motorcycle. The dangers to motorcyclists are of special concern at intersections; 70 percent of motorcycle accidents involving passenger vehicles occur at intersections.

Truck regulations seek to protect the public from truck accidents

To help prevent deaths and serious injuries related to commercial vehicle accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation. Commercial vehicles are heavier and present an increased risk of danger, death and injuries on the roadways when truck accidents occur. Special regulations are associated with commercial vehicles to help keep the public safe.

The FMCSA drafts and enforces federal trucking regulations. These regulations are designed to promote safety on the roadways by removing high-risk carriers and drivers from the roadways, improving access to newer technologies and safety information and increasing safety awareness. To achieve its goal of reducing commercial accidents, including truck accidents, the FMCSA conducts different activities.

Los Angeles area motorcycle accidents claims life of rider

Traveling by motorcycle is a fairly popular mode of transportation in California and other states across the nation. Especially when the weather is nice, motorists can expect to share the road with these smaller vehicles. While vehicles of various sizes share the road each and every day, this poses some risks and dangers. If a driver is not attentive, this could result in a serious accident.

According to reports, , a recent fatal motorcycle accident occurred in Alhambra, leaving a 46-year old motorcycle rider dead. The accident occurred at an intersection during the evening hours and involved the motorcyclist and an automobile.

Traumatic brain injuries require careful treatment and care

Head injuries are injuries that may not be immediately apparent but are significant injuries that can commonly occur in car accidents. Though they may not always be immediately noticed, the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries or a TBI should not be taken lightly. These injuries can include concussion, headache, confusion, nausea, vomiting, ringing in ears, decreased hearing, fatigue and seizures.

Traumatic brain injuries can be particularly serious injuries that are difficult to treat. It is important to have the proper medical treatment and care as the victim of a TBI attempts to heal. Traumatic brain injuries can be open or closed injuries, which is why they may be difficult to spot initially. Because TBIs can lead to a lifetime of disability and deficits that can be challenging for the victim and their family members to live with, it is important for victims and their families to be familiar with their legal rights.

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