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  • Blurred motion of defocused semi truck speeding on highway under street signs

    An accident between a FedEx truck and a passenger vehicle in Oakland is being investigated. The incident occurred in the early-morning hours of December 21. One person involved in the accident lost their life. According to reports, the semi truck and vehicle collided on I-880. The southbound lanes of the highway were shut down as […]

  • Friends uncorking champagne at a New Year party at a bar

    On December 17, a driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI following a crash on Highway 154 that left two people dead.  Rigoberto Gracida Paucene, 30, of Santa Maria, who is suspected of driving drunk, was heading eastbound on Highway 154 when he reportedly drifted into oncoming traffic and crashed into an oncoming car. The […]

  • portrait stressed sad young woman outdoors

    When a worker or an employer is considering whether or not they have to report an injury to OSHA, things can get confusing. It can be even more overwhelming when the illness or injury is not physical but mental. For the purposes of OSHA reporting, mental illnesses are not considered to be work-related unless that […]

  • gavel on a dark background

    In most civil lawsuits for personal injury, the injured person’s damages are limited to economic damages (lost wages and medical expenses) and general damages (pain and suffering). The jury is usually not allowed to award punitive damages. Punitive damages are damages designed to punish the wrongdoer for extreme conduct. Punitive damages are also designed to […]

  • Young couple playing with snow outdoor in a sunny day

    Thousands of people across the country look forward to the first deep snowfall of the year. Deep snow means that the winter skiing season is finally here and it’s time to hit the slopes. If you count yourself among these people and haven’t really exercised since last winter, it’s important that you prepare your body […]

  • The toll plaza at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge as seen from inside a passenger car

    On December 2, a tragic truck crash led to the death of a toll worker at Bay Bridge. The driver of the truck that struck toll booth Number 14 was charged on December 11 with six counts of felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.  Officers responded at 5:11 am to the toll plaza, and pinpointed […]

  • Driver in cabin of big modern truck

    Last Monday, you may have been driving down the highway and saw more semi trucks than usual at rest stops you passed. If you were wondering what was going on, it was a protest that was staged by truck drivers around the country. The hope was to stop the forward momentum of the current administration’s […]

  • Upset driver After Traffic Accident

    Every 48 minutes in the United States, someone passes away due to injuries resulting from accidents caused by impaired drivers. That statistic is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The statistics are not surprising perhaps, but they are frightening. If you are going to be on the roads this holiday season, […]

  • Capitol Hill Building in Washington DC with Vintage Filter

    President Trump recently named a nominee to head OSHA, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. That nominee is now facing confirmation hearings in which he has pledged to work to advance safety, including ways to improve programs that are already in place. The president nominated Scott Mugno last month to take the position as […]

  • Helicopter parked at the helipad

    It’s a terrifying thought, and it’s the reason many people choose not to fly: crashing. Your odds of being in an airplane crash are far less likely than those of being involved in a car accident. But what about a helicopter crash? It stands to reason, with as few people who ride in helicopters, that […]

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