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Turns through a crosswalk put pedestrians in danger

As a pedestrian, the first thing you should do to stay safe is to always obey the signals at a crosswalk. Do not try to dart across the road just because it looks clear. Wait for the walk signal, when you know you have the right of way and cars have been stopped at the light.

Of course, even doing this isn't perfect. One of the main reasons that pedestrians get hit is when drivers do not yield the right of way to them, even though they are in the crosswalk.

Building your pedestrian accident claim

Auto accidents occur every day and can have severe reprecussions. In the case of a pedestrian auto accident, the outcome can be catastrophic.

Thankfully, a proper case can help injured parties and their families seek the reparations they deserve. A few key things can help filers build solid claims. 

Plan for a safer Halloween experience for your kids

It's almost that time of year again when the ghosts and ghouls walk the streets of Hayward begging for treats. This treasured rite of autumn is something kids look forward to all year.

But Halloween can be a dangerous time for children. If you are a parent of children who plan to trick-or-treat this year, make sure that your children are as safe as possible with the following tips.

Why do trucking companies use two-way dash cameras?

The need for a dash camera on a truck -- or any other vehicle -- is fairly clear. A lot of traffic accidents come down to two people's accounts of what happened. If you have camera footage of the incident, it can help back up your claims when you say the other driver caused the crash and they point the finger at you.

In many semi-trucks, though, companies install cameras that face in both directions. They record the road and the driver at the same time. Why do they do this?

Is a three-wheeled motorcycle safer?

In motorcycle circles, the rise of the three-wheeled bike has been a bit contentious. Some riders don't like to think of things like the Polaris Slingshot or the Can-Am Spyder as motorcycles at all. For others, there is no other vehicle they would rather ride.

But are these larger, three-wheeled vehicles any safer? Much has been made about the dangers that motorcyclists face. Do these bikes solve that problem or not?

How dangerous are grass clippings to motorcyclists?

If you're not a motorcycle enthusiast, you may be unaware of the danger that arises when freshly-cut grass clippings are blown into the highway. After all, it's just plant material. How dangerous can it really be?

As it turns out, it can be lethal. While this is far from an isolated occurrence, the death of a motorcyclist in another state this summer from a collision caused by grass clippings in the road illustrates the serious nature of the problem.

Prompt diagnosis after a crash leads to a helpful medical report

Minor car accidents such as rear-end collisions happen every day in the Bay Area, and the people involved often walk away from them.

However, if you should become a victim of a minor collision, remember that prompt medical attention is a must, not only for your well-being but also for the resulting medical report.

Be wary of trucks and buses behind you

You have no choice but to share the road with massive semi-trucks and buses every day during your commute. This puts you at serious risk. If you get into an accident with a vehicle that is so much taller and heavier than your own, odds are good that you are the one who is going to suffer injuries in that crash.

There are many things that you can do to stay safe, however, such as understanding that bigger vehicles make wider turns and keeping your own car out of blind spots. One more key thing to do is to always be wary of having a large vehicle right behind you, especially if it seems like the driver is not giving you enough space.

How a severe TBI can affect your marital relationship

When your spouse is in a severe traffic or work accident, your primary concern immediately following the incident is your beloved's medical care and recovery. Great relief and happiness usually come when your spouse leaves the hospital and comes home.

In some cases, life goes on after that. In others, injury is permanent and can lead to a lasting lifestyle change for your family. One of those circumstances is sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury. Long-term changes to physical, mental and emotional health ensue, which, in turn, affect your marriage in the following ways.

Do not run with traffic; run against it

You decide to take up running as a hobby, and your first day on the treadmill does not go well. It quickly becomes clear that you need to run on the roads. You need to get outside. There's no way you'll stick with it otherwise.

As you walk out to the street, though, you realize you're not sure which side of the road to run on. Do you run as if you were driving, going with traffic, or do you run against traffic, with the cars coming toward you?

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