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Showing that California drivers have been negligent

Trucking is a serious industry in California, and it comes with a lot of responsibility. Semi drivers are held to a higher level of responsibility than most drivers, due to the rules and regulations that govern the way that they can operate their vehicles. These include things like:

- Keeping a log of the hours driven and stops made.

Can you prevent dog bites in California?

No one wants to be bitten by a dog, and there are some things that you can do in California to keep this from happening. For example, you may want to read up on different breeds and their temperaments when you are trying to decide what dog to get as a family pet. You can then pick one that will be good for your family and that pose a lesser risk than some other breeds might.

Of course, many bites come from dogs that are not owned by those who are bitten. If you do not know a dog -- it could be a stray or a dog on someone's property -- do not go near it. You may be tempted to pet it, especially if you have a pet dog of your own, but this is opening yourself up for a potential attack.

2 crashes in California take 10 lives

A pair of crashes in California left a staggering 10 people dead in their wake. In one of the accidents, four young people who passed away had all just graduated together, as they were classmates in high school. Police are now investigating to see what caused both fiery wrecks to occur.

One of the crashes involved a driver who was unlicensed, despite being 16 years old. The driver alone survived the crash, but five others were not so fortunate. The accident happened out on Interstate 5, and the car apparently slammed into a guardrail before leaving the roadway, flipping over and burning.

Common causes of bike wrecks and injuries suffered in California

Many times, cyclists who are involved in accidents in California are not at fault. After all, they have to share the road with motorists, pedestrians and even other bikers. There are many ways that accidents can be caused by the inattentiveness or the careless actions of other people on the road, including the following:

- Cars driving in the bike lane.

Vicious dogs and the impact of an attack

The majority of dogs are not vicious at all, which is why people love to keep them as household pets as they have for centuries. However, there are always outliers. It is important to know when a dog is considered to be vicious and what can be done about it.

In California, a dog that bites someone once is not automatically considered to be "vicious" in a legal sense. This term is only used for a dog that is involved in two or more such incidents. At that point, this is considered to be a trend, and special consideration is needed.

Injury statistics for cyclists in California and elsewhere

Cyclists are injured in accidents in California every year. Looking at the overall statistics for these injuries in the United States, as presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other groups, can help to shed some light on how often these crashes take place.

First of all, the number of deaths from bike crashes has stayed roughly the same over the last decade. Looking at the deaths in 2001, it shows that there were 732, whereas there were 726 in 2012. This is a drop, though not a substantial one.

What are some common reasons for California motorcycle accidents?

Some motorcycle accidents in California can be avoided and some cannot; either way, knowing what the most common reasons for these accidents are can be helpful. First of all, it can help riders stay safe on the road, but it can also help them know their rights if they are involved in an accident that is out of their hands.

One of the most common reasons is that a car could make a left turn, crossing the lane in which the motorcycle is traveling. The driver of the car may not see the bike coming. When this happens, the bike can strike the front or the side of the car as it turns.

Hit-and-run California car accident kills three

Three people were killed in a hit-and-run accident in Turlock, California. The victims, all related, were a four-year-old boy, his mother and his grandmother.

The three victims were not in a vehicle themselves, but were simply walking near Boxwood Way. A BMW slammed into them, left the roadway and then crashed into a building. After the car finally came to a stop, the men inside of it allegedly got out and tried to run from the scene of the accident.

5 things not to do after California truck accidents

Sometimes, knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do. After a truck accident in California -- or any car accident, for that matter -- there are a few things that you should certainly not do, some of which have legal ramifications.

-- Do not drive away from the scene of the crash. Leaving an accident scene is a crime, especially if someone was hurt or killed. Even in a minor accident, though, you need to report it, give your insurance information to the other driver and get the other driver's information.

What should Californians do if bitten by a dog?

When most Californians are bitten by a dog they don't know, their chief concern is contracting rabies. It's important to remember that, according to the California Department of Public Health, only 3 percent of animal rabies cases occur from bites by domestic animals. Most people who get rabies are bitten or scratched by a wild animal.

The CDPH advises anyone who has been scratched or bitten by an animal that could be rabid to thoroughly wash the wound with warm water and then get it checked immediately by a doctor. He or she will determine if a series of shots is necessary. As we note on our website, it's also important to get the name and address of the dog's owner, if you know who it is, proof that the dog is current on its rabies vaccinations and the owner's homeowner's insurance information.

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