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  • Qualifying Vehicles For Single-Occupant Use of Carpool Lanes

    2015 is a very important year when it comes to single occupant carpool lanes and changes being instilled for many qualifying vehicles. High-occupancy vehicle lanes, also known as HOV lanes, is a network of special-use freeway lanes that connect major population and employment centers. These lanes work to increase freeway efficiency by moving more people in fewer vehicles than the full lane next to ...
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  • DUI Sentencing

    Let’s say that a person is sentenced for a DUI. What happens next? After pleading guilty, this person will go through a sentencing and the appropriate punishment will be determined. Many different penalties could occur, including the following: First-Time Offense Incarceration: For a first time offense, many states will give an offender a shorter stint in jail. Suspension of Driver’s License: Many ...
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  • Differences Between Theft, Burglary, and Robbery

    Theft, burglary, and robbery are all different in their own distinct ways. However, there is one thing that they all have in common: They are each illegal and involve the unauthorized stealing of someone’s personal property by another person. Theft/Larceny Theft is a pretty basic crime – it involves stealing an item from somebody with the intentions of permanently depriving that person of their ...
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  • Negligence, Duty of Care, and Fault for Accidents

    A very important thing to understand is negligence and what exactly it entails. In most cases that arise from a person sustaining an accident or injury, there is a known basis for holding a person or company legally responsible from resulting harm, which is known as negligence. When someone acts in a careless way and causes an injury to another person, under negligence, that person is held legally ...
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  • What Types of Businesses are Considered Dram Shops?

    The term “Dram Shop” originates from 18th century English establishments that sold alcohol, specifically gin, by the spoonful, which was called a “dram.” Since, this term can generally be applied to any businesses that sell alcohol. “Dram Shop” Laws are civil laws that are usually called on to help the victims of DUIs, or their families to sue the establishments that provided the alcohol in the ...
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  • Are Smart Cars Safer?

    Since the release of the first smart cars back in 2008, there have been many conflicting reports on how safe or unsafe they are when it comes to collisions. Of course safety ratings for every brand changes, as not all are made in the same ways. The Smart Fortwo car, for example, appears to have good safety and overall ratings, as many have given it satisfactory reviews which assert that it was ...
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  • Stop Drunk Driving

    Driving a vehicle after drinking to excess puts every other driver on the road at risk for serious injury and fatality. Driving drunk causes thousands of injuries and death sin the United States every year. DUI accident claims happen with frequency in California. Statistics show that accident injuries involving alcohol has averaged between 10-12 percent for the past several years. In addition, ...
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  • Mesothelioma: What it is and what it means to Inland Empire residents?

    Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the cells around the lungs and abdomen. It gets its name from the cell membrane that fills the chest cavity, surrounding the heart, lungs, and abdomen. While mesothelioma is rare, (there are about 2,500-3,000 reported cases a year), it is still a viable threat for anyone who has worked in industrial employment, especially in shipyards. Mesothelioma ...
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  • If a Police Chase Damages Your Vehicle, Who Is Liable?

    Being involved in a high-speed police chase is scary, even as an innocent bystander. However, what if a police car (or the driver being chased) damages your vehicle? Legal issues that involve government entities, such as a police department, can be complicated, but there are certainly ways to recover damages. Here is a look at the legal issues associated with a police chase: Your Role in the Chase ...
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  • What's With All the Auto Recalls?

    Lately, it seems the issue of recalls in the automobile industry, once a seemingly rare phenomenon, has become permanent piece of everyday news. In January, Honda, Toyota, and Chrysler alone are responsible for the recall of 2.2 million vehicles that weren’t properly fixed in previous recalls. In an interview with Boston NPR Station Here and Now, Paul Eisenstein, Chief editor of the automobile ...
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  • 'Suge' Knight Charged With Murder in Compton Hit-and-Run

    Marion “Suge” Knight, the founder/CEO of Black Kapital Records and Death Row Records, was charged with murder earlier this month stemming from a hit-and-run in Compton. This conviction would be the third strike on Knight’s record under California’s Three Strikes Law, resulting in 25 years to life in prison. The 49-year-old hip-hop mogul allegedly had an altercation with Terry Carter, 55, and actor ...
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  • Can You Sue if You Are Denied a Job Based on Past Injuries?

    American employers cannot deny someone a job based on a disability, including a past injury that causes ongoing medical problems. If you are denied a job based on a past injury, you could have a claim for monetary damages (so long as the case meets the requirements for discrimination). The Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating against those with disabilities ...
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  • What is a "Personal Injury" Case?

    A personal injury case is a legal dispute which occurs when one person suffers injury or harm, and holds another person legally responsible for that harm. When a personal injury case occurs, the injured party or “plaintiff” files a civil complaint against another person, business, corporation, or government agency. The other party is the “defendant.” When the plaintiff files the lawsuit, they are ...
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  • It's Flu Season. Information and Tips for Kids and Parents

    The seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Approximately 5 to 20 percent of U.S. residents get the flu each year. The flu spreads between people and can cause mild or severe illnesses. In the most severe cases, the flu can cause death. Flu-related complications include pneumonia and dehydration. Regular illness from seasonal flu usually lasts one to two weeks. In ...
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  • CDC Reports: 2.5 Million Traffic-Accident Related ER Visits Each Year

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injuries from motor vehicle crashes sent more than 2.5 million Americans to the emergency room in 2012. Almost 200,000 were hospitalized due to motor vehicle collisions, said the new federal government report. Medical costs from these traffic accidents reached an estimated $18 billion. This data means that approximately 7,000 ...
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  • Slip and Fall Accidents in Stores and Businesses: Who is Liable?

    If you slip and fall in a store or business and your accident results in an injury, you may have grounds for a claim or lawsuit. Whether or not you have a claim, or who you would bring the claim against, depends on many factors in your incident. First of all, in order for a store or business to be liable for your injury , the establishment must have been negligent, and that negligence must have ...
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  • Legal Rights of Nursing Home Residents

    Nursing home abuse including, elder abuse, hospice malpractice, bed sores, severe injuries and wrongful death. As cases of nursing home abuse and neglect become more frequent, more state and federal laws are introduced to protect the rights of nursing home residents. Unfortunately, abuse of nursing home residents has become an increasingly common occurrence; the Centers for Disease Control and ...
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  • Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20, 2014)

    Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Between 2008 and 2012, over 3,390 children were killed in car crashes, and approximately 613,000 were injured. Additionally, in 2012, more than one third of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts. September 14 to September 20, 2014, is Child Passenger Safety Week. The goal ...
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  • What is California's Dram Shop Law?

    Dram shop laws are laws that hold an establishment liable when a customer was served alcohol and has an alcohol related incident that results in injury or death. Under this statute , a restaurant, bar, or liquor shop cannot serve alcohol to an individual who is obviously intoxicated. 30 states have dram shop liability, and 22 of these states limit these liability cases to instances where alcohol ...
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  • Furniture Tip-Over Can be Fatal for Children

    Parents take step necessary to ensure their child’s safety outside the home. However, most parents don’t know about dangers present inside their own homes. A small child can pull on a dresser, television, or other piece of furniture and get seriously injured. A recent news release outlines the danger of furniture tip-over. “Every parent or guardian of a young child should look around their homes ...
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  • The Consequences of Colon Cancer Misdiagnosis

    Though colon cancer is a highly treatable disease, it goes misdiagnosed more often than most people think, and the consequences of misdiagnosis can be devastating. When colon cancer is found early on at the local stage and properly treated, survival rate is at 90 percent. When the cancer is found slightly later on at the regional stage, meaning the tissue surrounding the colon has been infected, ...
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  • Labor Day Weekend High-Visibility Crackdown: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

    From August 13 to September 1, law enforcement and highway safety advocates across the nation join forces for “ Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over ,” a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving enforcement. The National Highway Traffic Administration created the campaign as a call to action for every citizen to help prevent drunk driving. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign takes place August 13 ...
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  • Family Seeks Justice from School District for Son's Suicide

    Last November, a family in San Diego found that their teenage son Matthew Burdette had committed suicide, due to severe bullying following a viral video other students had taken of him. Today the family continues to seek justice for their son’s life from the school. Matthew’s family remembered him in an interview as a happy, outgoing 14-year-old. “I said to my brother first thing, this little boy ...
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    MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK BY VAN—SEVERE LOWER LEG INJURY

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