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Can I get compensation if I already had an injury?

There are many reasons why drivers and passengers injured by other drivers decide to not seek compensation. Sometimes, the reasons arise from misconceptions. For example, if you already had a back injury when you were hurt in a car or truck accident, it can be natural to think that no one would give you compensation after the accident made the injury worse. After all, who knows if you would even have gotten hurt without the injury?

The reality is that while pre-existing conditions can complicate a case, they are not automatic eliminators. Many people with these types of injuries successfully receive compensation. Here is a look at how you can help make that happen.

Motorcycle safety becomes more important in season

Spring brings motorcycle season to the nation at large and specifically to California. The Golden State is home to the largest population of motorcycle enthusiasts in the country, and many more come to the deserts and shores of the region for the extra thrill.

There are several hazards that affect bikers in the congested streets of San Francisco to the arid open roads of Death Valley. Many of them involve other drivers on the road, who often do not see motorcycles until they are dangerously close to a collision.

Distraction a factor in 58 percent of California teen crashes

Distracted driving is a problem affecting all age groups and all states, and California’s teenage drivers are doing little to help combat the problem. Distracted driving, which refers to virtually any behavior that takes a driver’s cognitive, visual or manual attention away from the vehicle’s controls, is a factor in nearly 60 percent of all car crashes involving California teenage drivers, highlighting the need for change and the importance of increased education.

Just how bad is the nation’s distracted driving problem?

Woman critically injured by alleged distracted driver

California is home to some of the world's greatest hiking trails, but the state is not generally known as a pedestrian paradise. This is especially true near the main thoroughfares and freeways, where the proximity of drivers and pedestrians can cause serious problems.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, when police and other authorities remind drivers to focus on the road when they are in motion. Drivers using their cellphones or other electronic devices can cause major accidents. Pedestrians are always at greater risk, as they have no protection against cars, trucks and other motor vehicles.

Semi collision injures 2 and damages gas station

Drivers who have spent time on the highways most likely are familiar with the bumper sticker "Without trucks, America stops." The country would certainly slow down without tractor-trailers.  Much of the retail goods and supplies we use are brought to shops and malls by truck.

Truck drivers have a significant responsibility to other drivers on the road, as the size and weight of trucks and trailers can cause severe damage in the case of a collision. High-speed or even minor accidents may also result in serious injury, permanent disability or death to people in other cars or near the scene.

Worker injured on California rail may face permanent injuries

Workplaces have to be safe to keep California working. From cubicles in office parks to the foundations of construction projects, safety is the first priority for responsible managers and contractors. If working conditions propose an undue danger for workers, they have to be corrected under California law.

The family of a 48-year-old worker injured at a high-speed rail work site fear that he has permanently been deprived of his ability to walk. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) investigated the incident and concluded that the rigging around a metal rebar wall failed, causing the wall to fall and crush the victim.

Motorcyclist dies after 2 collisions on I-5

Many drivers in California choose to own a motorcycle because smaller vehicles are more maneuverable and can move faster through freeway traffic, passing between cars and using HOV lanes.  There is also the attraction of feeling free; i.e., the thrill of the ride is not the same behind handlebars as compared to sitting in the driver's seat of a car.  Nonetheless, motorcycles come with hazards and risks as they are often harder to see in the lane by drivers of nearby cars and trucks. There is little protection for motorcycle drivers and passengers, so accidents caused by careless drivers who are not aware of traffic near them, or motorists under the influence of drugs or alcohol can cause serious injury or death.

The dangers associated with working on or near scaffolding

If you work in construction, or work in another job where  you must rely on scaffolding, or must rely on temporary, elevated platforms, you face unique on-the-job dangers that can result in a serious injury. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, roughly 65 percent of Americans in the construction industry regularly use scaffolds. If companies could learn to protect their workers from scaffolding-involved accidents, they could save about 60 lives and prevent about 4,500 injuries every year.

Just how do scaffolds endanger America's workforce?

5 common ironworker injuries

As an ironworker, you face many hazards on the job. According to a CNN report on unsafe workplaces, ironworking is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Fabricating metal products and erecting steel building materials is difficult and often risky work.

Your employer must make sure your job site is free of hazards and as safe as possible. You should have proper training and supervision to prevent accidents. To help you stay safe, here are a list of the usually expected injuries you may suffer from as an ironworker.

Hit-and-run sidewalk collision leads to death in Vallejo

The Bay Area has some of the densest traffic in the country, with millions of vehicles passing through city streets as well as freeway lanes. Because cars and trucks come close to sidewalks and pedestrian thoroughfares, rates of injury and death among pedestrians can rise disturbingly high in central California.

Most pedestrian collisions with motor vehicles happen because drivers are distracted due to heavy traffic or using electronic devices like cellphones. Negligent drivers may ignore traffic signals or crosswalks, or even drive onto sidewalks and encounter unsuspecting walkers and runners.

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