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How big is California's drunk driving problem?

Most people in California are well aware that driving a vehicle while intoxicated is illegal. In recent decades, the laws against drunk driving have become stronger with penalties seemingly quite severe. Changes in society, such as the prevalence of ridesharing options, make it easier than ever before to find alternatives to driving after consuming alcohol. These facts, however, seem to be unable to make the level of change in people's behavior that is really needed.

According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Alameda County has recorded three consecutive years in which the number of lives lost at the hands of drunk drivers has increased. In 2013, there were 22 alcohol-related vehicular fatalities in the county. That dropped to 17 the following year but then rose first to 20 in 2015 and to 21 in 2016. In 2017, the county lost 33 people in drunk driving crashes out of 99 total vehicular deaths that year.

San Jose authorities search for cause of fiery crash

Almost no one takes to Fremont's roads intending to cause a car accident; on the contrary, most take their individual charge to drive safely in order to protect those on the road around them very seriously. Yet intent does not necessarily have to be present in order to assign liability in a car accident. Indeed, most collisions are just that: accidents. However, the responsible party typically must shoulder the blame when it comes to covering the expenses of those affected by an accident (regardless of whether or not their fault was due to recklessness, negligence or mere circumstance). 

Authorities in San Jose are trying to determine exactly what caused a fiery collision that left one driver dead, several others injured and lanes closed for several hours on state Highway 101. It was reported that a car hit the center divider and came to a stop on the highway. Several other cars ended up striking either that vehicle or others that had hit it, touching off a fire that damaged several vehicles. The original vehicle was actually so badly burned that officials could not even determine its make and model. Its driver was killed in the collision, while two others were taken to local hospitals for treatment. 

Defining negligent entrustment

It may not be difficult for most drivers in California to remember when they first began to drive. The benefit of hindsight likely affords them a perspective that reveals that their inexperience (and immaturity) may have prompted them to engage in some driving behaviors that they might think twice about today. Indeed, information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that teenage drivers are more likely to display reckless behavior while behind the wheel. 

Yet while this understanding may afford motorists a certain degree of understanding when they are involved in car accidents caused by teen drivers, it does not change the fact that they may be required to seek added compensation when dealing with their accident expenses. As teens are unlikely to have the resources necessary to offer accident victims any financial assistance, most may think that it is their parents that would be liable in such situations. 

What happens if I am hurt at work?

If you work in California, it is important that you understand the rights you have under the law. These rights include what should happen if you are ever involved in an accident while you are working or if you are diagnosed with a work-related illness. Under the state's workers' compensation program, you may be entitled to certain benefits in these situations.

If you discover an illness or experience an injury connected to your employment, you should inform your employer as soon as possible. If you wait more than 30 days from the date you learned about a situation or from an accident date, you may lose your right to receive workers' compensation benefits. Within one day of being notified of the situation, your employer is required to provide you with a DWC 1 form. You must complete this form and return it to your employer. This begins the review of your workers' compensation claim.

The dangers posed by drowsy drivers

We here at Raymond E. Frost & Associates often hear from clients that they were unaware just how many risks they can encounter on the road. Much attention is paid to drunk drivers, so much so that many now think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking. Yet there are plenty of other dangerous drivers out there other than those driving while drunk. You may find that the driver who hit you was not totally in control of all of their faculties, yet not due to alcohol. 

Like many, you may be unaware just how dangerous drowsy driving can be. A person who has gone multiple hours without sleep could experience fatigue that impairs their reaction times in much the same way that alcohol inhibits one's driving abilities. The trouble is that few consider this to be a serious problem, as evidenced by the statistics that show how many people actually drive while drowsy. Study data shared by the National Safety Council shows that as many as 50 percent of American adults admit to driving while fatigued or drowsy (with 40 percent admitting to falling asleep behind the wheel at some time in their lives). This could potentially make the odds of you encountering a drowsy driver on the road greater than one who is drunk. 

Injured on the job? Workers’ compensation is speeding up

Work injuries happen and could sideline an employee for a long time. From production jobs to construction and manufacturing, injuries can happen to any person in any industry. From unstable scaffolding, to cracked boards and wet floors, working can be dangerous.

Every year in California, hundreds of workers are injured on the job each year. In 2017, there were 466 on-the-job nonfatal injuries, and those were the recorded cases. For years, the process of injury workers’ comp claim has been painfully slow, sometimes several days will have passed before a treatment is either accepted or sent for additional review.

Workers' comp for nurses: Caring for those who care for us

Most Americans are very lucky to have access to healthcare when we need it. Whether we are sick or injured, it is a great comfort to know that hospitals and medical professionals are never far away.

Unfortunately, being a certain kind of medical professional often comes at a great cost to one’s health and safety. Nurses are leading the charge in patient care, but they face serious risks of fatigue, on-the-job injury, and even violence. They are as in need of workers’ compensation coverage as any of the other injured workers they may treat on a regular basis.

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