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December 2016 Archives

San Diego woman killed in head-on collision

No matter how many warnings we see, and despite what common sense tells us, people still choose to get behind the wheel when they're intoxicated. Sometimes, they convince themselves that they're fine to drive and the alcohol in their system impairs them enough to believe it. Other times, it's a question of convenience. They don't want to spend money on a cab or they rationalize it because their house is so close that nothing could possibly happen in such a short distance.

3 tips for recognizing a stressed and anxious pooch

The holidays can be an exciting time for humans, but for animal companions, that's not always the case. Dogs are used to their family members, but not all of them understand why there are many guests coming over or why there are loud parties or events happening so often. Animals that are overwhelmed by the holidays can become aggressive, lash out and potentially cause harm to guests or visitors.

Here's what to do if you're involved in a crash

Being in a car accident, whether it's your fault or not, can be a bewildering experience. Even if you're not injured, the shock of the crash can leave you confused and unsure of what to do. On this blog, we talk a fair amount about negligence in car accidents, but let's take a look at some of the practical things you can and should do following a collision.

Proving that the owner had knowledge of a vicious pet

Some states practice strict dog-bite laws that, in the case of a dog-biting incident, may place liability on the owner of the animal who will then be required to compensate the injured party. In other states, where such laws don't exist, if the injured demands recompense for their injuries they must provide proof to the court that the owner of the attacking animal was aware of the violent tendencies of the animal.

What does the law say about restraining dogs in San Diego?

No matter how nice a dog treats its owner, dogs are still animals, and their behavior is therefore unpredictable. Indeed, attorneys who represent San Diego residents bitten by dogs often speak to the parents of a young child who was bitten while playing in the neighborhood. Invariably in these cases, the owners of the dog will try to say that their dog is docile, and sometimes they'll argue that it was the child's fault for provoking the animal in some way.

Will your insurance cover you if your dog bites someone?

Here in California, more people are sued over dog bites than in any other state, and by a large margin. If you're a dog owner in the Sunshine state, it is unwise to not know the laws surrounding dog bites and the terms of your insurance policy that may cover damages from a bite.

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