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3 traffic-related motorcycle accidents to avoid this spring

Everyone in California looks forward to spring, especially in areas that get a bit chilly in the winter. Hayward is one such area, with temperatures that discourage winter riding for some. Spring brings cyclists out in droves and as the season approaches, it is important to reacquaint yourself with some of the most common traffic-related motorcycle accidents. This can help make you aware of potential dangers and take steps to avoid them.

1. Watch out for vehicles turning in front of you. Unfortunately, many motorists fail to see motorcycles as they prepare to make a turn. You can reduce your odds of experiencing a motorcycle accident in these conditions by keeping your eyes on other motorists at all times.

Large truck accidents remain a problem for California motorists

The trucking industry has undergone a lot of regulation reform in recent decades with more to come in 2017. While this can only be viewed as good news, a simple Internet search will show you that truck accidents involving large commercial vehicles still occur just about every day. As a bustling state filled with various types of commerce, California contains many trucking routes. This means motorists must share the road with trucks on a daily basis.

We know that no truck driver wants to cause or experience a truck accident. After all, having an accident will affect the truck driver as well as the victim. It could mean the loss of employment, serious injuries and damage to the driver's career. We understand that this does not make up for injuring other motorists and passengers, but we want our readers to know that truck accidents are not malicious.

What kinds of injuries are common among construction workers?

Whether you are new to the construction industry or a seasoned veteran, it behooves you to know that construction workers' accidents can occur with little or no warning. While construction work is a vital part of the California economy, it can be a dangerous career choice and is sometimes fraught with injuries.

Before learning about the common injuries construction workers suffer, it is important to understand what situations can lead to dangerous accidents. Below is a list of the "fatal four" construction workers' accidents according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The most common types of construction accidents

Every day, construction workers throughout the East Bay face significant danger. Though the vast majority of construction workers make it home safely at the end of the day, sometimes a worker gets into an accident and ends up in the hospital -- if he or she survives.

Construction injuries are one of the most common varieties of workplace accidents. In 2009, more than 9 percent of nonfatal on-the-job injuries and illnesses suffered in the United States were sustained by construction workers. Here are some of the most common types of construction accidents in the United States:

Do I really need to see a doctor after a vehicle accident?

Despite advances in vehicle safety measures, accidents still happen. When they do happen, the people involved are usually more preoccupied with dealing with the immediate situation than thoroughly considering all of the potential long-term effects. When the post-crash adrenaline is flowing, dealing with the situation at hand can be the best move.

Of course, there are issues that need to be immediately addressed and you may not feel as though you have been injured at all, but it can be hard to tell when adrenaline is pumping through your system and your mind is racing to do what needs to be done. However, medical health issues may not be immediately obvious.

Representation after an accident aids in insurance negotiations

According to the Centers for Disease Control, auto-pedestrian accidents are a problem in America. The CDC's research data revealed that over 150,000 pedestrians received emergency treatment for accident-related injuries in 2013. That same year, 4,735 pedestrians died in auto-pedestrian accidents.

These accidents occur in all areas of the nation, and California is certainly no exception. In our legal practice, we have helped many California residents after an auto-pedestrian accident and we have seen how these victims struggle. You probably already understand that a personal injury lawyer can help accident victims file an injury claim against the responsible party, but that is not the attorney's only role.

Debunking common motorcycle safety myths

Hayward, California, has some of the finest weather patterns in the nation. It is not too cold in the winter and not too hot in the summer. This makes for excellent motorcycle riding conditions year-round. Unfortunately, even the best weather does not remove all of the accident risk associated with riding motorcycles.

For those who enjoy riding, motorcycle accidents are always a risk. Operators have much less protection than they would in a car or a pickup truck, meaning the risk for serious injury is greater. Further, many people operate their cycles under several misconceptions that could add to the risk of having an accident. Here are three motorcycle safety myths for you to consider.

Highway construction worker killed, another injured

If you drive south of Hayward for about an hour, you will come to Scotts Valley, California. The small town was recently the scene of a horrific construction accident that took the life of one worker and left another injured.

The two workers were helping clear a mudslide off of Highway 17 late last week when they were struck by a construction truck. A KSBW reporter was on the scene when the tragedy took place.

Unsafe speed blamed in dozens of California highway crashes

If you drive south of Hayward for about three hours on Interstate 5 you will come to Hanford, California. That is where law enforcement officials said a series of car and commercial vehicle accidents occurred on a recent morning.

A California Highway Patrol spokesperson said 50 vehicles were involved in the crashes. “Every single one of these collisions was caused by people driving too fast for the conditions,” he said.

Don't let post-collision jitters jeopardize your insurance claim.

While the winter months in Hayward typically do not feature the snowfall that blankets regions with colder climes, the increase in rain during this time can make for slick road conditions. During a torrential downpour, issues with hydroplaning and limited visibility can lessen the driver's reaction time. While you may commit to maintaining a safe distance behind cars, those tailgating you may not. Should weather conditions and another driver's conduct lead to a car accident, there is a procedure you should follow to improve the odds insurance will cover your claim.

1. Remove your car from the traffic flow.

If you are able, try to remove your car from oncoming traffic. Your ability to relocate will enable law enforcement or medical aid to access the scene in a timely fashion. Any wide shoulder or side street can suffice.

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