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What is an attractive nuisance?

If readers of this blog have ever spent time with children, then they know that they can be impulsive. Children often follow their whims and not the rules, and sometimes their energetic tendencies lead them into situations where they could face danger. Property owners have a particular duty to keep children safe by ensuring that attractive nuisances on their property are appropriately managed.

An attractive nuisance is a property feature that would be interesting to a child and may cause that child to go onto the property of another to see it. A swimming pool may be considered an attractive nuisance, and so, too, may a fountain, set of stairs or a tunnel.

Why do eucalyptus branches fall?

A eucalyptus is a stunning, beautiful tree that towers over any property and instantly enhances the curb appeal. They grow in a lot of different areas and climates, so these hearty trees make it easy to keep them growing strong year after year. They are well-loved for their huge canopies and wide-spread branches.

Unfortunately, these branches can also be incredibly dangerous. When they fall, the size and weight can make them deadly to those on the ground.

Know the law when it comes to a dog bite

It can be hard to imagine a cuddly pet dog as anything other than a member of one's family, but it sometimes takes an act of aggression on the part of the creature to remind their owner that they are, in fact, an animal. Animals can be unpredictable and, therefore, should be trained by their owners to prevent them from attacking. When dogs and other animals bite, their victims may have legal options for seeking recovery of their damages.

In California, there are several circumstances that may lead a victim to pursue damages for dog bites and attacks. One set of circumstances involves the presence of the victim on the land of the dog's owner. If the victim was on the owner's land legally, then the owner of the land may be liable to the victim for the harm their pet caused.

You have rights as the victim of a motor vehicle accident

No one wants to deal with the hassles that come with being involved in a car accident, but many California drivers are pulled into this difficult process against their will. This happens when they are the victim of an accident. For some, motor vehicle accidents may mean dealing with insurers to get their vehicles fixed. For others, car accidents may mean serious injuries that may affect them for the rest of their lives.

A car accident can damage a person's property, hurt a person's body, and stress a person's mind. Cumulatively, all these can be significantly difficult for a victim to overcome on their own. They may not know how they will pay for the medical care they require or how they will even begin to pursue compensation from the negligent party who created the chaos in their life.

Understanding the complexities of burn injuries

A burn can be a painful injury that may cause a victim to suffer discomfort for a long time. Depending upon the severity of the burn, a person's health may be significantly compromised. Burns can be fatal to California residents and this post will briefly discuss the different types of burns and complications that can arise from them.

Burns are usually classified based on their severity. For example, a first degree burn is one that only penetrates the top layer of a victim's skin. First degree burns can be painful but are not as severe as second degree burns, which penetrate the top layer of the victim's skin and the deeper dermis layer of the body.

The significance of knowing about a danger on one's own property

Homeowners throughout California may have a laundry list of items that they want to take care of in their own residential properties. For example, they may want to paint the bedrooms in their homes, fix the loose flooring in the bathrooms, and replace exterior lights that just do not work. While some of these projects are purely aesthetic, others may pose safety risks to those who come onto the properties.

A property owner may know where not to step to avoid tripping in their home but the same may not be true for a person who visits them. In general, property owners are tasked with fixing or making known the dangers that they know about and that pose risks to other people. If it is reasonable for a property owner to be aware of a danger and they do nothing to protect a visitor from it, they may be liable for that visitor's injuries if they are harmed.

There are many causes of pedestrian accidents: Stay informed

As a pedestrian, you often think about the steps you can take to avoid trouble, such as being struck by a motor vehicle. Even if you do your best to remain safe, another person could make a mistake that results in serious injuries.

Understanding the most common causes of pedestrian accidents will go a long way in helping you adjust your approach when walking, jogging, running or bicycling.

  • Distracted driving: If a person is not paying attention to the road, clearly, there's a greater chance they'll cause an accident.
  • Speeding: The faster a person drives the more difficult it is to stop in a timely manner in the event of an emergency.
  • Disregard for weather conditions: Certain weather conditions call for a change in driving style. For example, wet weather leads to longer stopping times. Sun glare makes it difficult to see the road ahead and pedestrians.
  • Driving under the influence: Drugs, alcohol and prescription drugs can all impair a person's ability to drive safely.
  • Disregard for traffic conditions: During rush hour, for instance, there may be more people crossing the road. Drivers should adjust their driving style to enhance the safety of pedestrians.

A review of California's wrongful death statute

The death of a loved one can forever change the course of a family's life. Whether they were a parent or a child, a grandparent or a sibling, the person can influence many others during the course of their life who then suffer significantly if they are killed in a tragic incident. This post will discuss civil liability for wrongful death and the types of damages that victims may seek through these unique personal injury lawsuits.

A wrongful death happens when someone dies and their death was caused by another's negligence or harmful conduct. The decedent must have family members who suffered financial losses because of their death, and a wrongful death claim can only be filed after a personal representative has been named to administer the decedent's estate.

What can cause a dangerous truck accident?

San Mateo residents see large trucks and commercial vehicles every day on the freeway. They may rattle past smaller vehicles at speeds that do not even seem safe for their massive loads and may haul multiple cargo holds at any given time. While big trucks like semis are a necessary part of moving goods through the country to support business and commerce, they can pose dangers to individuals when their drivers fail to exercise proper care.

One way that a truck driver may be negligent is driving without the right training or experience. Truck drivers must obtain special commercial licenses to legally drive large vehicles and the process of obtaining this license requires them to understand the challenges that managing a large truck can present. A driver who is not prepared to operate a large rig may cause a serious and life-threatening motor vehicle accident.

Traumatic brain injuries inflict serious harm on victims

The trauma that a person may suffer when they are involved in a fall, car accident or other incident can vary from practically nonexistent to fatal. This is especially true when a person suffers an injury to their head. While some head injuries result in minor bruises or scrapes, others may inflict serious damage on the victims' skulls and brains.

Injuries to victims' brains are often termed traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can be caused by impact injuries, such as a victim's head hitting a steering wheel or windshield. They may also be caused by penetration injuries, such as the penetration of posts, bullets or other foreign objects into victims' brain tissue.

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