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Helmets make a difference with bicycle accident injuries

As children, it seems that everyone was told while learning to ride a bike that wearing a helmet was a must. For adults, though, these safety devices are often ignored. There are many reasons for this, from a general sense that helmets are uncomfortable and "uncool" to the fact that adults are more confident in their skills as riders.

However, not all accidents can be avoided. When looking at bicycle accidents involving cars, for example, you'll find that the motorists cause many of the crashes. These are often the most dangerous crashes of all, and they are not incidents that even the most skilled riders can completely rule out.

Dog bite data from the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization reports that animal bites are a large cause of injury and even death all around the world. Near the top of the list are snake bites, which impact up to five million people every year.

However, dog bites rank even more highly, with worldwide reports showing that injuries sustained each year could be in the tens of millions. While it is fair to say that many snake bites are more dangerous due to their venom, the frequency with which people are bitten by dogs may take some people by surprise.

Shooting and car crash hurt multiple people near Sacramento

Multiple people were recently injured near Sacramento, California, during a shooting that was tied to a number of car accidents. One person was injured by the initial shot, which struck him in the arm, and other people were then hurt in the car accidents shortly after that shooting. A pregnant woman was a passenger in the car in which the shooting victim was traveling, but authorities are saying that she was not hurt.

In fact, none of the injuries were life-threatening, despite the scope of the incident.

Must you wear a motorcycle helmet in California?

Helmet laws for motorcyclists are decided by the state governments, not the federal government, so they can differ vastly from one state to the next. They are also subject to change at times; for example, Michigan used to have laws dictating that helmets had to be used, but the state recently dropped that law so that they no longer do. If you live in California or if you plan on riding through, do you need to have a helmet on?

In short, you absolutely do. California law states that all people who ride motorcycles must wear them, and there are no exemptions. Unlike some states, which only require those under 18 to wear them, California has a law making it so that people of all ages have to use them.

Your financial damages after a motorcycle accident

After a motorcycle accident in California, you may have the ability to claim certain damages in a lawsuit, especially if the other driver caused the crash -- perhaps by turning left in front of your bike, for example. It is very important that you know what damages you can claim and when you have a legal right to do so, as this can have serious financial implications.

First of all, you may want to claim compensation for medical bills associated with your injuries. Common injuries include the following:

Areas most commonly bitten by dogs in California and elsewhere

When people are attacked by dogs in California, they may only suffer minor injuries, or they may be injured to the point that they have to go to the hospital. First aid is recommended -- such as washing out the bite, using disinfectant and then bandaging the area -- for minor bites, but a doctor should always be seen for more serious puncture wounds, which could become infected.

One interesting thing about dog bite statistics is that the age of the person being attacked plays a large role in the damage that is done. For adults, the extremities are most often bitten. Hands and arms top the list, but an adult's legs or feet may also be harmed.

Man dies in Lyft accident near Sacramento

A car service known as Lyft was involved in a recent accident near Sacramento, California, in which a passenger in the car was killed. According to police, it was raining heavily at the time. They are now sorting through the crash to determine who is at fault. This is big for the family of the young man who was killed -- he was just 24 years old -- and for the car service company.

The crash involved multiple vehicles. Reports indicate that it began when a car ran into the back of a Kia. The Kia went out of control, stopped and then stalled in the highway. The other vehicle fled the scene.

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.

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