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Business owners and car wrecks

If you own a business, you may face a lot of stressors every day. For example, you could be worried about sales, issues involving some of your clients or problems with staff members, to name just a few challenges business owners face. Moreover, you may have to drive around frequently and answer your phone throughout the day. Unfortunately, this could increase the likelihood of an auto accident that may create far more serious challenges, such as a devastating injury, financial hardships or even the loss of your life. Furthermore, even if you drive responsibly, another driver could cause you to become involved in an accident.

Bus driver's illegal U-turn responsible for violent collision

When mass transit companies hire drivers to man their fleet, they often require that each candidate provide adequate proof that they are eligible to be driving legally in California. Along with this confirmation, they require their drivers to undergo so much training to verify that their driving skills and awareness are in line with company policies and requirements. However, a closer look at a person's driving history including a thorough background check, is often not required by many transit companies. 

How to drive safe with a kid in the car

If you are a parent in California, you probably understand how distracting it can be to ride with your kid in the car. When you take into account trying to stop a crying baby, handing back food, looking over your shoulder to look at your child and the tiredness that accompanies being a parent, studies have shown that driving with kids in the car is one of the most distracting things you can do. Taking certain steps can help prevent an increase in accidents due to these distractions.

Economic vs. non-economic damages

Drivers and passengers who are involved in car accidents in California may be awarded a variety of damages. These damages fall into two categories: economic and non-economic, and these amounts add up to almost $1 trillion in accident-related losses every year. Economic damages are easier to determine and put a dollar amount on, while non-economic damages are harder to prove and settle on. Even if a driver is determined to be the major cause of the accident, he or she may be eligible for a proportional amount of the damages except in certain situations.  

How does a brain injury impact a patient?

There are many symptoms of traumatic brain injuries that can have long-term, if not life-long, consequences. For patients first experiencing an injury, it can be unclear how much they'll recover and if they have a chance of recovery at all. Many people only recover significantly through the first year or two following an accident, with extremely small, incremental recoveries after that.

Are you suffering from a traumatic brain injury?

California drivers who have been in an accident can suffer in a variety of ways. Besides property damage, bruises and potential whiplash, they may even have traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even with accidents in which the driver is not going fast, the brunt of a collision can cause damage to the brain, resulting in short- or long-term consequences. It is important to understand the symptoms of a TBI so one can get medical help right away.

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