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What is zero tolerance?

If you are younger than 21 and think that single beer you had an hour ago means you do not need to worry about driving, think again. All states in the U.S. have adopted zero-tolerance laws, aimed at deterring drivers younger than 21 from drinking and driving, FindLaw explains. What that means to you is that you do not have to be impaired to be charged with DUI. Adult drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 can be charged with driving under the influence. For those younger than 21, you can be charged with the same offense with a BAC of as little as 0.00 to 0.02 percent.

If you are between 18 and 21, you might wonder why your age group is included in the zero-tolerance law. The reason is that younger drivers have nearly a third of all deaths among 15- to 20-year-olds are due to vehicle accidents, of which 35 percent involve alcohol.

Common causes of car accidents in the U.S.

Law enforcement officers face the same risks as other drivers, as a recent crash in the Bay Area illustrates. According to ABC’s 7 News, a California Highway Patrol Officer was injured when a car crashed into his vehicle, which was pulled over on Interstate 80. The driver and passengers on the right side of the car were all taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The CHP officer received moderate injuries and was also taken to the hospital. While the driver may have suffered a medical issue or a problem with the vehicle that led to the crash, it is more likely that the cause of the crash was any number and type of driver errors.

Huffington Post lists the top causes of vehicle accidents in the U.S., many of which are preventable. The most common reason for crashes is distracted driving, which includes talking on a mobile phone, texting, eating, reading and grooming. If your attention is taken away from the road even for a second or two, that is more than long enough to have an accident.

How safe is Los Angeles for cyclists?

California is a cyclist's haven, with its year-round temperate climate and abundant sunshine. Cyclists in Los Angeles enjoy wonderful weather, but the conditions for safe cycling are less than optimal.

Bikers face numerous hazards and risks that can lead to serious and even fatal injuries. In fact, Los Angeles ranks among the top 10 most dangerous cities in the nation for cyclists. Here are some major points to consider in terms of cycling safety in LA and the risks that cyclists face.

How Can I Safely Share the Road With Trucks?

If you frequently travel on Los Angeles’s many highways, you’re no doubt familiar with the sight of trucks and other large vehicles. Operating these vehicles is quite different when compared to driving a passenger vehicle, and it’s important to know how to share the road to ensure a safe experience for everyone. The Federal Motor Carrier Association offers the following tips to help you and your passengers to stay safe.

1. Don’t Tailgate

Man sues after falling outside of Lowe's

Homeowners and commercial property managers in Los Angeles certainly cannot control the weather. They may, however, be able to control their responses to it. It may be easy to overlook a slick driveway or sidewalk, thinking that as soon as the sun comes out, the problem will be solved. Yet property owners (especially those who anticipate seeing a lot of foot traffic on their properties) may not be able to afford assuming that risk. All it may take is a single false step by a visitor or patron, and they could be facing massive liability claims. 

The ease with which one can be injured in a fall was demonstrated in a recent case involving a visitor to a Lowe's store in Illinois. The victim is suing the home improvement retailer for more than $50,000 to cover the expenses associated with an accident that occurred on the company's grounds. In his lawsuit, he says that he was simply walking into the store when he stepped on a slick surface and fell. He alleges that the company has not only negligent in allowing water, snow and ice to accumulate on the ground, but also in not already addressing the uneven surface itself. 

Where does California rank in workplace injuries?

Here is some good news to share! Throughout California and the U.S., the occurrence of workplace injuries is on the decline and has been since 2002. According to a recent article in the Orange County Register, federal estimates show that 5,000 fewer injuries occurred in 2016 than in 2015; total injuries in both government and private workplaces numbered 466,000, a decrease from the total of 471,000 in 2015. While there was a dip to 441,000 injuries in the recent recession, that low is attributed to having fewer people in the workplace. Regardless, the 2016 estimate is a huge decrease from 2002’s total of 694,000, after which injuries began declining.

With all of these statistics about injuries, you may be wondering what type of injury is most common. It is interesting to note these additional points from California’s analysis of the federal data:

  • Riskiest industries: Agriculture, mining and logging as one category, then construction.
  • Most likely to be hurt: Men between the ages of 45 and 54 who have been with the same company five years or longer.
  • Most common cause of injury: In order, they are overexertion and being hit with or striking other objects.
  • Most frequent injuries: Muscle sprains, strains and tears.
  • Body areas hurt most often: Upper arms and torso.

Actor Luke Wilson hailed as hero in Los Angeles car crash

Luke Wilson has had a long, successful career making moviegoers laugh at his understated, wry humor and offbeat characters. But there was nothing funny about Wilson's recent quick thinking and action after a violent Los Angeles car crash.

Wilson pulled a 50-year-old woman from her smoking, upended vehicle after it was struck by an out-of-control, fish-tailing Ferrari. The driver of the sports car was killed in the crash.

3 myths about personal injury lawsuits

If you have suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or a pedestrian or bicycle accident, you may be wondering if you have a potential case to take to a personal injury attorney. These lawyers help clients who have injuries as a result of negligence on the part of another driver or individual that led to the accident and injury.

While not every injury necessarily qualifies as a lawsuit, many injuries do have the appropriate legal grounds for pursuing a case in court. However, misconceptions abound. Here are some myths regarding personal injury lawsuits.

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