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Holding brokers responsible for truck accidents

In California, truck accidents are a far more frequent occurrence than they should be, especially as truck drivers are under immense pressure to get their products to their final destination on time. This pressure and the strict time limits can cause some truck drivers to engage in risky and even illegal behaviors, including violating the hours of service rules. However, if a truck driver does cause an accident, the carriers, shippers and brokers also could potentially be held liable.

Understanding and preventing dog bites

As a dog owner, you most likely think of your pet as a member of the family. However, it is important for you and other Californians to understand that although your dog may be your best friend, you cannot trust dogs to react to people with friendliness at all times. In fact, a dog you know may end up biting you or a loved one and causing serious injuries.

Factors in large truck crashes

According to research sponsored by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, defects in large trucks significantly raise the chances of being in an accident in California and the rest of the nation. Additional factors in the crashes include claiming the short-haul exemption to circumvent federal hours-of-service rules and driving for excessive hours.

Injured while shopping? Take these 3 steps

When you are shopping, you are not expecting to suffer an injury. You are simply out buying food, clothes or other goods. Unfortunately, retail stores are not always up to par. If a store has hazardous conditions, such as an overcrowded aisle or slippery floor, you could sustain an injury while shopping.

Choosing Safe Halloween Costumes For Your Kids

Halloween falls on October 31, but the costume planning and costume selection process may take days, weeks or even months. It can certainly be a lot of fun seeing your children get excited and creative about costumes, and there are many opportunities for bonding and making memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

Law to prevent truck accidents challenged by Congress

California state law currently recognizes the risk of having a fatigued driver in a large commercial truck by requiring more rest periods for drivers than under federal law. However, two of California's representatives to the U.S. House are looking to overturn any state's ability to enhance roadway safety with more breaks than are federally mandated.

The High Incidence Of California Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are a distressing and prevalent issue in California. Across the nation, pedestrian deaths represent nearly 15 percent of automobile accident fatalities, and California leads the nation in this horrifying statistic. In 2015, the number of pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents in California was at 23 percent.

Higher highway speed limits could mean more fatalities

Like lots of motorists anywhere, many California drivers may find themselves speeding over highway limits either intentionally or due to not paying attention to speedometers. They may not realize that the faster they go, the more likely they'll be involved in a fatal car accident.

3 important bicycle safety tips

Riding your bike comes with plenty of benefits. Whether you ride on the weekend for exercise or you use it to commute to work every day, you can get in shape, save money and fight pollution. Despite these advantages of cycling, you face unique risks when sharing the road with motorists. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were approximately 467,000 injured bicyclists in 2015. 

CVSA International Road check safety blitz gets underway

Truck drivers in California and around the country can expect more scrutiny between June 6 and June 8 as law enforcement agencies take part in the annual International Road check safety blitz conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The nonprofit organization says that the goal of the effort is to protect road users and prevent truck accidents by encouraging compliance with and enforcing federal safety regulations.