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The Safety Hazards of Using E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes may seem like a valuable alternative to traditional cigarettes for many Californians who want to smoke without the destructive side effects. Because they are electronically vaporized, people are not inhaling any of the smoke which is so often blamed for causing cancer and heart disease, and for creating harmful secondhand smoke and pollution. However, e-cigarettes have caused an unsettling number of injuries when units unexpectedly ignite or explode.

Research shared by the Los Angeles Times suggested that e-cigarette batteries that are too hot can explode, leaving the user with extensive injuries. The most common wounds include flame burns, disfiguration, chemical burns, missing teeth, blast wounds and lost tissue. The most common wound sites are:

  • 53 percent - groin or upper leg
  • 33 percent - hands
  • 20 percent - face

Safety Tips for Enjoyable Cycling

For many California residents, cycling is an effective way to exercise, a productive mode of transportation, and an excellent way to spend some leisure time. However, its benefits are accompanied by inherent risks including motorist negligence and distraction or even a cyclist's own unpreparedness. While significant emphasis is focused on helping drivers to be mindful of cyclists, bicycle riders also have a responsibility to be properly prepared.

Bicycle accidents are very common and in many situations, result in serious injury or even death of the rider. Even with the help of bike lanes, bike signals and legislature passed to protect cyclists, accidents can still happen. In fact, as recently as January 2017, Fox40 News reported an accident involving a cyclist and motorists that occurred on Laguna Boulevard during the morning commute. In this tragic story, the cyclist was killed.

Keeping Children Safe From Preventable Falls

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Children are curious and constantly learning about the world around them. Kids fall all the time, and most of the time they bounce right back.

But occasionally, a fall will result in a serious injury. The unfortunate truth is that many of these accidents could have been prevented with proper and attentive supervision - or the maintenance of safe property conditions. 

Self-Driving Cars Are In Our Future: Are You Ready?

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Whether you like it or not, self-driving cars are in our future.

Some experts say that there will be up to 10 million self-driving cars on the roads by 2020. Several companies are testing self-driving car technology. The rideshare company Lyft is aiming to have the majority of their ride network to be self-driving by 2021. Tesla is aiming to have its first driverless fleet available by 2018. A total of 19 car companies are in the race to build self-driving cars - and that number is likely to grow.

Report: CA Nursing Homes Need Harsher Penalties For Negligence

If you have a loved one who is a resident in a nursing home, you should be able to expect that he or she is receiving a standard level of care and being treated with compassion and dignity. After all, the facility may have made these promises to you when you were researching possible nursing homes, and you may not have seen any evidence suggesting care was inadequate.

However, a recent report has suggested that there have been hundreds of cases of nursing home resident deaths stemming from negligent care that were not properly recorded or penalized. This means that a facility's care standards could be much worse than what has been reported.

What Are The Most Dangerous Highways In California?

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Anyone who has been to California knows that driving here can be challenging. There are many factors that make this a difficult place to drive: Heavy traffic, traffic jams, diverse weather and road conditions, dangerous stretches of highway, distracted and impaired drivers, etc.

But some areas are more dangerous than others. Let's take a look at some of the highways in California that are known to be particularly dangerous:

Mistakes to Avoid in Accidents

Accidents are, by definition, misfortunes which are unplanned for. When one occurs, we may find ourselves thrown off balance and without a plan for what to do next.

Here are some "Do's" and "Don'ts" to make sure you are able to get every penny you deserve if the accident was not your fault. Even if you don't expect to file a legal claim, this checklist can help you get every cent you are owed by insurance or other parties.

If you have been in an accident and suspect you may have a legal claim you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to avoid any other pitfalls in your personal situation.

Sit. Stay. Distract.

California is home to countless animal lovers, many of whom have pets they like to take everywhere with them. In fact, whenever you are driving through Sacramento, you might notice several drivers have pet passengers.

However, as much as we love our animal companions, they can prove to be incredibly distracting when they are riding in the car with us. This can be especially true when they are moving around the vehicle or even sitting in a driver's lap.

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