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How can you better avoid car crashes?

There are dozens of ways to make yourself and others safer on the roads. From wearing sunglasses on bright days to slowing down, knowing a few tips for traffic safety can help prevent accidents.

These five tips can help you stay safe and avoid collisions. If you're hit as a result of someone else's negligence, then you're in a position to know you did everything you could to prevent an accident.

  • Stay out of blind spots

The loss of your loved could be grounds for a civil claim

There is nothing that can adequately prepare a California family to deal with the unexpected loss of a loved one. In the event that a serious accident claims the life of your family member, it could leave you not only with intense grief and emotional suffering, but with serious financial losses as well. 

The aftermath of a fatal accident could be detrimental to the financial well-being of your family. If you believe that your loved one's death was the result of the harmful or negligent actions of another person, you could have grounds for a civil claim. While wrongful death compensation cannot reverse what happened, it can help your family find stability after loss.

Police chases are judged too dangerous in Los Angeles

Police officers are entrusted with the safety of the entire public, and they perform this responsibility under great difficulties in many circumstances. However, police misconduct or negligent behavior can cause great harm to suspects and bystanders alike.

A civil grand jury in Los Angeles County determined that police in California's largest city are causing undue danger to bystanders when they begin car chases of suspects. The panel called for improved strategy and training for officers to avoid injury and death.

Hate crimes: Teaching children can resolve our country's hate

Hate crimes are acts that threaten people of different backgrounds. Hate crimes broadly refer to attacks on individuals and their property. The victim must be intentionally selected due to his or her sexual orientation, national origin, gender, disability, race or color for a crime to be a hate crime.

Hate crimes are a problem in America, and it's important that people are protected against them. Today, the U.S. Department of Education suggests teaching children at a young age to be accepting of one another to help reduce the number of hate crimes in the future. Why is it important to address hate crimes so early? Data has shown that children aren't born with these divisive ideas. Unfortunately, they can be exposed to them as they get older and join their peers at school.

New tour bus law met with little enthusiasm, no enforcement

If you hesitate to take trips because you dread the thought of driving long distances, you may have investigated the option of taking a tour bus. Tour bus trips are popular for many reasons. They often include added attractions along with a comfortable ride. You can travel with a group of friends or make new friends along the way. Most attractive is that you can relax and not worry about dealing with the stress and frustration of heavy traffic.

However, recent tour bus accidents may have you reconsidering the benefits and weighing them against the hazards. More specifically, a tour bus crash in October 2016 that killed 13 people and injured more than 30 brought attention to the dangers possible when riding a chartered bus. Following that tragedy, state lawmakers rushed to pass a law calling for more inspections of charter buses. So far, no one is enforcing that law.

If flying wasn't the safest way for you to travel

Many people say it all the time, "Flying is still the safest way to travel," but you found out the hard way that doesn't mean that planes never crash. Granted, more stories about motor vehicle accidents appear in the media, but when a plane falls out of the sky, the damage done can prove devastating.

Thankfully, not all plane crashes result in 100 percent fatalities, but survivors often suffer injuries that could affect the rest of their lives. If you suffered injuries in a plane crash, you more than likely began to incur significant financial losses along with the physical, mental and emotional repercussions from your ordeal. Fortunately, you may be able to receive compensation for the damage caused to you and your family in the aftermath of the crash.

Serious truck accident leads to 1 death

Mechanical failures have the potential to cause serious crashes, injuries and deaths. That's why it is so important for drivers to have their vehicles maintained and to take them for additional maintenance if they hear something that doesn't sound right.

By taking care of your vehicle and making sure to have it maintained at least yearly, you may be able to help prevent an accident like this one. A driver heading south on Pierce Elevated lost a tire at approximately 5:40 a.m., according to news out of Houston. The police at the scene said that the tire came off the axle of the truck and then crossed the barrier wall. It entered the opposite lanes and struck the window of an SUV that had been heading north. The driver in the SUV suffered critical injuries and passed away.

Owners must keep pools safe at all times

Summer is here, and that means more people will be heading out to the pool. With such hot days in California, it's no surprise that public swimming areas may be overflowing with teens, young adults and families.

These public places need to be maintained properly. Failing to do so could lead to serious injuries or deaths. For example, a slick diving board could lead to a person falling off too soon and hitting his or her head on the way down. That could lead to drowning without immediate assistance from a lifeguard.

Should you be receiving equal pay for equal work?

Both California and federal laws state that men and women should receive equal pay for equal work, but unfortunately, some employers still violate these laws. You should receive fair pay for the work you completed, regardless of your gender, skin color, religion and other factors.

If you believe that you are a victim of any type of workplace discrimination and are not receiving equal pay for your labor, you would be wise to work with a lawyer who can help you protect your civil rights and hold liable parties accountable. You do not have to fight for your interests by yourself. 

Voters pass police misconduct bill

Though not everyone was in favor of a bill centered around police misconduct cases within the Los Angeles Police Department, over 57 percent of voters did support it, and it recently passed.

One of the biggest changes that comes with the new bill is that it increases the amount of civilians who will sit on the panels when determining if an officer should be terminated or not.

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