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June 2013 Archives

Put down your cellphone and...walk

We have discussed the risks of distracted driving quite a bit in this San Diego Personal Injury blog. Talking on cellphones, putting makeup on behind the wheel and toying with navigation systems causes dangerous car accidents resulting in injuries frequently in California. A new study, however, says that pedestrians, too, may be to blame for a number of distraction-related accidents.

It's summertime: Bikers beware of brain injury risk

Over the last year, readers in San Diego have probably heard about the brain injury lawsuits filed by former football players against the National Football League. The sheer number of claims being filed is likely to lead many to believe that accidents in contact sports are the leading cause of athletic-related head injuries. Surprisingly enough, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons reports that cycling is actually the biggest source of traumatic brain injuries in the sporting world.

One fatality in possible drunk driving crash with fire truck

Police are still investigating the causes behind a crash between a car and a San Diego fire engine that left the passenger in the car dead. An open bottle of alcohol was found in the vehicle after the accident so authorities are looking into whether or not alcohol or drugs were a factor in causing the accident.

Taking a closer look at designated drivers

California readers may be surprised to discover that as many as 40 percent of those who volunteer as designated drivers still choose to consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Approximately one-fifth of designated drivers actually drink to the point of impairment, according to a recent study from the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Police: Young driver on drugs in fatal San Diego crash

A family is grieving after a fatal head-on collision just north of San Diego. According the California Highway Patrol, a young man who graduated from Poway High School was heading west on State Route 56 toward Black Mountain Road when an SUV began to drift leftward toward the center median.

Simple precautions could prevent dog bites

For the many California residents who own dogs or who have had a dog in the past, it is hard to imagine the loveable family pet causing harm to you or others. Still, each year many faithful companions accidentally bite and injure millions of people, causing serious injuries that can sometimes lead to permanent scarring. 

Texting teen injures cop in car-motorcycle accident

California readers already know that texting while driving is illegal no matter the circumstance. The texting ban is a part of a larger effort to curb distracted driving and prevent car and motorcycle accidents that can cause injuries and deaths each year. 

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