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May 2015 Archives

What are California's distracted driving laws?

If you are a motorist in California, you need to understand the state’s distracted driving laws. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the state has banned handheld device use for all drivers, making it a primary offense. California has also prohibited any local jurisdiction from creating its own policy.

Study finds insomniacs at greater risk of fatal accidents

Californians on the road face an onslaught of drivers who should not be behind the wheel: people who have been drinking, people who are not insured and people who have suspended licenses. Several recent studies have started to explore the effects that insomnia can have on drivers – and the news is not good.

How can cyclists in California stay safe on the road?

Just as motor vehicles must abide by the laws, so must people who pedal their way around Long Beach. The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that between 2011 and 2012, there was a 7 percent increase in bicycle fatalities. While vehicle operators must do their part to protect riders from danger, people on bikes must also remain safety-focused at all times.

Know when to file a lawsuit after a dog bite

If you have had the unfortunate experience of suffering a dog bite, you may consider filing a lawsuit. At Harting, Simkins & Ryan, LLP, we have seen the extreme damage that an attack can cause. Under California law, you have two years from the date of the animal attack to file a claim. But how do you know if your injuries are severe enough to constitute a claim?

Potential compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit

When a tragic death occurs in California, the family of the deceased must often deal with both financial and emotional challenges. The attorneys at Harting, Simkins and Ryan have seen how difficult this can be for grieving relatives. For this reason, we work tirelessly to determine whether such families have viable wrongful death claims.

Can dog aggression be predicted by breed?

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, no dog breeds are inherently dangerous. As with all pets, the key to encouraging socially acceptable behavior in dogs is proper training. Responsibility for this, of course, lies with the animal’s owner.

What happens after a dog bite is reported?

Dog bite incidents should be reported as soon as possible. These reports may be made to the Los Angeles County’s Department of Animal Care and Control, or to the county Department of Public Health. If a bite requires the victim to receive treatment at a hospital, the DACC advises that the victim make a bite complaint immediately.