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Riding a motorcycle while under the influence

When people think of drunk driving, many envision someone operating a truck or a passenger vehicle. However, it is important to keep in mind that those who operate other types of vehicles, such as motorcycles, may also drive drunk. In some parts of the country, there are fewer motorcyclists on the road during the winter months. However, many will soon take to the road once again when spring rolls around. Whether you are a motorcyclist, or you are worried about some of your friends riding a motorcycle while under the influence, it is imperative to be mindful of the dangers associated with riding a motorcycle while drunk.

Sometimes, people enjoy riding in large groups of motorcyclists, and these gatherings may also involve parties and visits to bars where alcohol is consumed. Unfortunately, some people may drink too much, or they may feel pressured to ride their motorcycle even though they are over the legal limit. By doing so, they threaten their own well-being and they place the lives of others at risk as well.

The limits of lane keeping technology on trucks

Advancements in sensory devices designed to help keep large commercial trucks from getting into auto accidents has been an important boon to California road safety, but no one should consider this technology infallible. Lane detection equipment, for instance, can alert a driver if the truck is drifting out of a lane. However, these lane keeping sensors can still be foiled, a fact that drivers should keep in mind.

Lane sensors generally operate with no problem when a lane is easily discernable on the road. Motorists typically make out lanes by their yellow or white road markings. There may also be road signs that tell drivers where to turn onto a lane and what direction to keep driving so as to not drift out of the lane. Lane keeping technology looks for these landmarks and alerts the driver when the driver is shifting from a lane.

What role does negligence play in a FELA claim?

Railroad workers in California cannot make claims under workers' compensation when injured on the job. Instead, they make a claim under the Federal Employers' Liability Act. FELA provides far greater remedies and benefits than workers' compensation law. However, in an FELA case, the injured worker must meet certain requirements that employees covered by workers' coompensation need not meet.

The railroad worker must prove he was injured while in the "course and scope" of his railroad employment. The worker must also prove that the employer failed to provide a reasonably safe work place. Typical allegations include: negligence or carelessness of a co-worker; defective equipment; failure to provide reasonably safe tools; etc. 

In some situations, the worker does not have to prove negligence. When the railroad violates certain federal regulations and safety standards, the railroad will be held liable for damages, even without proof of negligence. For example, violations of the Locomotive Inspection Act and the Safety Appliance Act make the railroad strictly responsible even if the railroad was unaware, before the injury, that the equipment was defective.

What does standard of care mean?

If you are hurt in the state of California as a result of another party's negligence, you might have heard of the phrase "standard of care." It is a term that people should be familiar with because it refers to the responsibility that individuals have to their fellow human beings as they go about their daily lives. A failure to live up to a standard of care could create significant legal trouble for the person who neglects this duty.

It is important to distinguish the idea of standard of care from a simple freak accident. Not everything that happens around us is within our direct control, so accidents can happen. The difference is that, according to FindLaw, if you are not exercising a reasonable standard of care, you are not exercising the proper control and judgment that someone in your situation would be called to perform.

What happens if you’re injured in a Lyft or Uber?

Ride-hailing is becoming the most popular way to get around Oakland and the Bay Area in general. It’s faster than public transportation and much cheaper than taxis.

Unfortunately, with the increased number of rides we take from Uber or Lyft, the chances of an accident go up as well. If you’re in an accident while in one of these ride-hailing services, who is responsible for your injuries?

When should I change the tires on my vehicle?

California motorists hoping to avoid a nasty accident on the road should look down to the tires on their vehicles as a way to help prevent problems while driving. Whether you are a commercial truck driver, deliverining freight or taking passengers to destinations, or use your vehicle for personal needs only, maintaining a strong set of tires can make the difference between a safe road journey and suffering an automobile collision.

Sometimes people experience road problems if their tires are too old. Aging tires lose their traction, which can cause a vehicle to swerve, spin about, skid or lose control in some other fashion. An automobile can then careen off the road, slam into a physical obstacle, or collide with another vehicle. Additionally, old tires may crack, which weakens the rubber of the tire and possibly lead to a blowout.

How much is a commercial vehicle accident settlement?

It would be difficult to determine exactly how much you might receive in the form of a truck accident settlement in California. You could find figures, but average settlement numbers are often useless at best and misleading at worst. The fact is that your settlement would probably depend almost entirely on several variables, such as the details of your case and your side's negotiating capabilities.

It is probably more important to understand the general advantages and disadvantages of pursuing or accepting a settlement. These more dependable metrics may be more useful in helping you make your decision on how to proceed with any commercial vehicle dispute you may have.

New Jersey rail employee case may have California implications

A New Jersey rail worker’s claim for benefits has been reinstated by an appeals court, allowing the case to proceed. The result may have implications for California rail workers.

At issue is a rail employee who fainted from overexposure to diesel and exhaust fumes from trucks while working in a rail tunnel in 2012. The worker was taken to a hospital where no physical damage was found.

Can excessive stimulus tire out a truck driver?

Long drives can be a problem for most California drivers, but especially for truckers. According to Trucks.com, large truck collisions cause over 4,000 fatalities a year. If a truck driver is exhausted and not alert, the amount of damage a truck driver can cause could be more devastating than a regular passenger vehicle. A trucker that simply drives off the road, slams into a telephone post, or even collides with another motorist, will have much more damage to deal with. While keeping truckers stimulated seems like is a good way to keep them active and aware, the truth is that some stimuli are excessive and can actually tire out a truck driver.

Truck cameras and auto accidents: what you should know

As a California motorist, you should be aware of the latest technology that trucking companies use for their commercial vehicles. Some of this technology includes recording devices that are installed on commercial trucks. In the event you or someone you know get involved in an accident with a big truck, any recording tech that is installed on that truck could be important to your case.

As FleetOwner explains, many trucks have cameras that record the inside of the truck cab during a drive. Over the years, manufacturers have been advancing this technology to create higher quality images by developing cameras to record in high-definition imagery. Progression in recording tech has also enabled truck cameras to capture improved imagery during periods of low light or even the nighttime.

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