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May 2017 Archives

Auto companies reach $553 million settlement for airbag defect

Auto companies Toyota, BMW, Mazda and Subaru that manufactured vehicles equipped with Takata airbags have agreed to a $553 million proposed settlement that would provide compensation to the owners of these automobiles in Encinitas and nationwide for the financial losses the suffered after the vehicles were recalled due to defects in the airbags. The settlement affects 15.8 million automobiles. Currently, the settlement is awaiting court approval.

Whiplash is more than just a pain in the neck

Are you suffering from whiplash after a car accident in California? This is one of the most common types of injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents, but that does not mean that what you are currently experiencing is not serious, painful and overwhelming. It is particularly frustrating when the accident that left you injured is the result of the actions of another person or party.

Workers' compensation offers a variety of benefits

Workplace injuries or illnesses permeate every employment sector in California. Of course, it may seem obvious that construction site workers or workers in the manufacturing industry may face dangers in the workplace leading to injuries. But other professions, even office jobs, can still present dangers. For example, a person could be injured after lifting something heavy or a person could suffer injuries if they have to make repetitive movements throughout their shift every day.

Rate of motorcycle accidents on the rise, study finds

As the season slowly turns to summer, motorcycle enthusiasts are likely tuning their bikes and prepping for months of riding time. Although this form of transportation can provide both a fun and effective means to get from Point A to Point B, there are some risks. These risks may add to the excitement of the journey if taken wisely.

How can a traumatic brain injury affect a person's life?

Whether it is caused by a car crash, a sports injury or a fall, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be disabling or even fatal. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports that TBIs play a role in about 30 percent of all fatal injuries in the nation. Therefore, it is important for residents of Encinitas to recognize how a severe TBI can affect an individual's life.

Could an app actually curb distracted driving?

It is amazing what we can do with our smartphone apps these days. We can hail a ride, meet someone special, get turn-by-turn directions and even get the latest headlines all with a swipe or two. With access to so much information in the palm of our hand, no wonder some of us are addicted to our phones.

Are teens still susceptible to peer pressure?

Indeed, parents of young drivers (including college aged drivers) may loathe the possibility that their children may text and drive, but drunk driving remains persistent problem among teens and young adults. For the uninitiated, car accidents are the leading cause of death for young people ages 15 through 21 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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