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San Jose car crash lawyersWhen it comes to driving and auto accidents, there is one tragic truth: regardless of how careful of a driver you are, there is still always the risk of a crash. Drunk drivers, drugged drivers, distracted drivers, aggressive drivers, and other negligent individuals can cause you to wreck. Weather conditions may cause another driver to lose control and you could be caught in the crossfire. Thankfully, safe driving practices like defensive driving can decrease your overall risk. Learn more about these tactics in the following sections, and discover how an experienced personal injury lawyer can help with your auto accident claim.

Give Dangerous Drivers Extra Room

While you cannot control the actions of the drivers around you, you can put more room between your vehicle and the vehicle of a dangerous driver. If they are in front of you, slow down and add more following space. If they are behind you, either slow down or pull off to the side of the road so that they can pass you (but only if you can do so safely). Drivers are also encouraged to add extra space between themselves and other vehicles if either the roads or weather pose a hazard.

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San Jose sex abuse injury lawyersIf you have been on social media at all over the last few days, you may have seen status and updates posted by friends and family members, as well as celebrities, that begin with the tag “Me Too.” The content of such posts may also have surprised you, as thousands of women around the world shared some of their darkest experiences with sexual harassment and abuse.

Two Words

The grassroots campaign traces back more than a decade but a resurgence was led by a Twitter post from well-known actress Alyssa Milano in response to allegations of rampant sexual assault and harassment throughout the entertainment industry. The most prominent accusations have been leveled against a high-profile film producer, but countless others have begun to surface. In her post this past Sunday, Milano encouraged all women who have ever been sexually assaulted or harassed to post a two-word status on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets. “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status,” Milano wrote, “we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

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San Jose drugged driving accident lawyersCalifornia has only just legalized recreational marijuana, but already, authorities are saying it is responsible for California’s rising car crash rate. The reason for their claim stems from the increase of claims throughout the state, but also a recent study in which nonprofit safety agency, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), found that legalized cannabis was responsible for the increase in drugged driving crashes in Colorado. If you or someone you love has been injured in a drugged driving crash, the following information can help you learn more about your rights, including your right to compensation and how an attorney may increase the chances of a positive outcome in your case.

A Closer Look at the Data

In analyzing the insurance claims filed between January 2012 and October 2016 in Colorado and Washington, two states where recreational marijuana is legal, and then comparing them to the claims filed in neighboring states, researchers from the IIHS determined that marijuana was responsible for about three percent of accidents that the states might not have otherwise had. Granted, some of this data is mere speculation, but another study by the Highway Loss Data Institute has also found that marijuana was responsible for an increase in crashes in Colorado. When combining these two sets of data, it becomes clear that drugged driving is a serious issue throughout any state that has legalized it for recreational use.

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San Jose car accident attorneyWhen most people think about the various injuries that a car accident may cause, they tend to consider things like broken bones, whiplash, concussions, and other physical conditions. Physiological injuries are certainly the most obvious types of injuries that often affect auto accident victims, but they are not the only kind. Those who have been involved in a car accident may also suffer emotional and psychological injuries, possibly including post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

What Is PTSD?

You have probably heard of post-traumatic stress disorder, but those who have not dealt with the condition within their own families are often unfamiliar with how the condition may present itself. PTSD is a psychiatric problem that some individuals develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event. From a physiological perspective, scientists are still trying to determine risk factors and how PTSD affects a person’s brain, but the mental and emotional effects are very real.

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San Jose TBI attorneysCaused by a bump, blow, or jarring of the head, traumatic brain injury causes some 52,000 deaths, 275,000 hospitalizations, and it results in more than one million trips to the emergency room each year. Sadly, there are also many others that may never receive treatment because they are not aware of their injury. This is the gap that scientists from the University of Washington are trying to close with their smartphone brain injury detection application. Can the app be trusted to make accurate diagnoses, though, and how might access to it change the outcome of personal injury cases – particularly automobile accidents? Learn more with help from the following.

How the Smartphone Application Works

The application is named PupilScreen. Using the camera and flashlight of a person’s phone, it records an eight-second video of a suspected brain injury victim’s pupillary response to light. The application then analyzes the video, distinguishing the difference between the pupil and the iris and then comparing the size of the pupil in each frame to the ones before and after it. It then notifies the individual if the person should be treated in an emergency room.

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