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There's really no excuse for fatigued truck driving

Like anyone who works a job, truck drivers often are under financial pressure to meet deadlines when it comes to making deliveries. Many times, because of this, they may be tempted to save time in ways that are not safe. By way of example, drivers may choose, sometimes under pressure from their bosses, to push through on a route even when they are too tired to drive.

A fatigued trucker, however, poses a huge hazard to those with whom he or she is sharing the road, as driver fatigue can lead to a trucker falling asleep behind the wheel or making a major mistake that causes a severe or even fatal accident.

Swimming pool injuries can be catastrophic

As summer continues on, many residents of Stockton will take to area pools and water parks to relax. While hopefully these trips will be fun for the whole family, there are unfortunately many ways in which a trip to a water facility can go horribly wrong.

Tragedy can strike at large facilities and public pools, but they can also happen at a private pool or a semi-private pool like what one finds in a hotel. Oftentimes, these sorts of pools do not have the same degree of safety and security measures in force. Just like any other water, a pool can cause drowning or near-drowning injuries. Those who survive a near-drowning can be left permanently disabled to the damage resulting from lack of oxygen to the brain and body.

How does sleep apnea affect truck drivers?

The tractor-trailers California residents see whizzing past them on highways weigh an astounding 30,000 pounds when empty and a maximum of 80,000 when loaded fully. Therefore, a truck accident with a car often yields devastating results for the automobile, its driver and occupants. Certain factors, in addition to size, associated with trucks make them more susceptible to be involved in crashes. This is why truck drivers need to be even more vigilant and careful on the road and sleep apnea prevents that from happening.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder related to breathing. It causes brief interruptions in sleep but these ten second interruptions can take place around 400 times a night. As a result of this lack of sleep, drivers can have morning headaches, drowsiness, excessive daytime sleepiness, trouble concentrating, memory problems and feelings of depression.

The link between surgeon behavior and post-op infections

When considering a medical professional to go to for treatment, most California residents look to their technical prowess to determine an outcome. Not many think that bedside manner and unprofessional conduct can have an effect on their health post procedure, but new research demonstrates a link between the two. According to a study published in JAMA Surgery, patients of unprofessional surgeons-surgeons who behave improperly towards their team and colleagues-are more likely to have more complications.

The stereotype of a rude but technically gifted surgeon is common in the public-people seem to accept poor manners from one's surgeon, even though they wont accept it from many other professionals. However, a patient's safety can be threatened because unprofessional behavior can undermine a team's performance.

Drunk driver causes chain car crash, kills one

While driving is one of the most dangerous behavior people engage in on a daily basis without giving it a second thought, one of the reasons people are still on the road is because they follow traffic safety rules and assume others will too. When basic traffic laws, such as obeying the posted speed limit, are disregarded, a catastrophic car accident can result. One such incident highlighted the dangers not only of driving too fast but also for driving while under the influence.

A 25-year-old man in California was arrested and charged with committing several crimes after causing a drunk driving accident that resulted in one death. The crash took place during the morning rush hour when the suspected drunk driver was allegedly driving at more than 100 mph on the freeway. His vehicle slammed into the back of a car driven by a 44-year-old woman. The brake lights of her car were on when she was crashed into. She died at the scene of the crash, leaving behind a husband and a teenager.

Make your claim and get the settlement or compensation you need

When you're hurt, one of the most devastating things about it is the cost. Medical bills quickly add up, and if you don't stay on top of them, you could find yourself in collections. Sadly, many people who end up in this position fall behind and can have their finances threatened.

That's why it's so important for people to seek a claim after an injury. Whether or not an injury seems minor at the time of a crash, it's essential that you file a claim against the other driver's insurance. Not doing so can lead to losing the right to a claim and not being able to afford the treatments you need in the future.

Proving product liability elements for four decades

When manufacturers put a product on the market, it is their responsibility to ensure it is safe to use and is an effective product. As mentioned in last week's post, when a defective product injures a California resident, he or she has the ability to hold them accountable through a product liability lawsuit.

The evidentiary requirement for a product liability lawsuit differs from that of other personal injury lawsuits. Even though the burden of proof on the plaintiff is not as heavy as it is in other situations, a number of elements must be proven in order to hold the manufacturer or the seller liable in a court of law. Whether one is dealing with injuries caused by vehicle defects, faulty machinery, dangerous drugs or improper safety warnings on toys, it is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable professional by one's side.

What are the elements of a product liability case?

When California residents buy a product, they expect it to work properly and perform the function it has been created and advertised to do. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Products can be defective sometimes, and a defective product has the ability to severely injure a consumer. In fact, such products injure thousands of people across the country every year.

It is possible to hold the manufacturer or the seller legally responsible for putting the dangerous or defective product in the hands of the consumer. This can be done through product liability law. This is different from personal injury law, asthe burden on the injured party is not as heavy.

Do stressed out surgeons make more mistakes?

Whether a California resident is stressed because of their job or because of their home life, it is unlikely that he or she can leave their anxiety at the door before entering the office. In fact, many people in high-pressure jobs or facing deadlines probably experience more stress at work. Stress can cause people to make mistakes, and if the stressed out individual is a surgeon making a medical mistake, it might result in the loss of lives.

Studies have shown that surgeons experiencing stress are 66% more likely to make surgical errors on patients. Most of the 250,000 to 440,000 annual deaths attributed to medical errors take place in operating rooms. Therefore, it is likely that adopting practices that reduce the stress surgeons feel would also result in reducing the number of medical error related fatalities.

Cellphone use up in 2018 in California

With April being Distracted Driving Awareness month and the first week of the month being California Teen Safe Driving week, the Office of Traffic Safety and Impact Teen Drivers are busy reminding drivers about the dangers of taking one's eyes off the road when driving. Officials have noted that cellphones work against the campaign to stop distracted driving and hope that education and awareness can help curb the problem.

An OTS observational study noted that the number of drivers seen using the cellphone while driving in 2018 rose by 27 percent from 2017. This could be the cause for the more than 109,000 hands-free violation citations handed out by law enforcement officials. In 2017 alone, more than 6,500 people died in car accidents involving distracted driving in California.

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