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Tips For Driving In The Rain

Driving in conditions that involve strong or heavy wind and rain may not seem like the most pressing safety concern for many drivers, but our safety professionals know that driving in any type of severe weather can significantly increase your risk and potential for a dangerous situation for you, your family and other drivers. Remember that severe weather demands your undivided attention, so be sure to reduce any possible distractions by turning the radio down or turning off that phone to keep your attention fully on the road. Keep in mind that sometimes the best driving decision you can make is to stay off the road completely until the weather clears.

Driving in Heavy Winds

Wind may seem like a minor risk, but this weather condition deserves special consideration from drivers. Strong wind can occur just about anywhere, but it can be more common in wide open spaces. Areas for concern also include highway overpasses, tunnels and ‘road cuts’ through mountainous areas that can act as funnels for wind. The following tips can help keep you on the road and safe if you encounter heavy winds.

1. Anticipate gusts. Take special care when driving through areas prone to strong winds or when weather reports predict severe weather.

2. Notice larger vehicles. Be aware of large vehicles on the road such as tractor-trailers and recreational vehicles. They are more susceptible to high winds and drivers may have difficulties staying in their lanes.

3. Keep a firm grip on the wheel. Keep both hands on the wheel in case the wind begins to move your vehicle, especially if you are driving a large vehicle or towing a trailer.

Driving in Heavy Rain

In addition to the potentially poor visibility that accompanies most heavy rain, drivers should be ready to protect themselves against hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water rather than grip the surface of the road. This has the potential to make steering and braking difficult and could even lead to losing control of your vehicle. Follow these tips to help you stay safe while driving in heavy rain.

1. Take your time. Slowing down is the only way to keep your vehicle from hydroplaning. Also remember that one of the most dangerous times to drive is soon after it begins to rain, as oils on roadway make for slick conditions. Waiting a few minutes, rather than rushing to your destination, can be a safer plan when it is raining.

2. Turn your lights on. Turn your headlights on to help other vehicles see you. Many states require the use of headlights during rain, even in broad daylight.

3. Give other vehicles more space. Add 1-2 extra seconds of following time in the rain, which gives you and the cars behind you more time to react to traffic.


Personal Injury Attorneys Address How Fatigue Makes A Person More Easily Distracted.

Anecdotally, we all know that it is harder for us to concentrate when we are tired. Fatigue (feeling tired) deprives us of the ability to focus our minds on a particular task. Our minds tend to drift even further when the task at hand is boring and monotonous itself. For example, driving on a lonely stretch of road for a long distance can be very boring. Sometimes our jobs can have aspects that are also very monotonous. Feeling fatigued can enhance those thoughts of boredom and increase the likelihood that we will become distracted from our task, which leads to injury or death in many cases.
A study performed by psychiatrists from the United Kingdom examined the effects of sleep deprivation and distraction. The doctors wanted to find out what effect, if any, sleepiness would have while performing dull tasks such as driving and working in settings that require little critical thinking. While it is commonly understood that sleepiness often leads to distraction, the study also determined that the amount of distraction is an indication of how sleep deprived a person might be. The results of the study may not be earth-shattering and do seem intuitive. However, the study demonstrates the importance of performing essential, even if tedious, tasks with sufficient rest.
Driving can be one of the most boring things we do on a daily basis. We take it for granted and once learned, becomes second nature like walking and talking. We also do not think about what we are doing when we are behind the wheel; we just do it. But, sleep deprivation robs us of our ability to concentrate on the simplest jobs, never mind complex tasks like driving. The study proved that when we are tired our minds will pick up on secondary, or unimportant details, rather than paying attention solely to the most important. By way of comparison, the study showed the test subjects who were well rested, and alert could prevent themselves from becoming distracted by less important information.

The study yielded an unexpected result: people who were sleep deprived turned their focus away from the task at hand even if there was no distraction coming from another source. The psychiatrists concluded that this data suggests that a tired mind seeks out distraction to combat boredom or fatigue. If the test subjects’ brains did not find something to distract it, then they fell into what the examiners called “microsleeps;” otherwise known as “nodding off.” Nodding off or being distracted reduces reaction times.
In the real world, we can use this information to become safer drivers and workers. The authors do propose that the results of the study are relevant to people who work in quieter conditions such as someone who must watch a surveillance system for a prolonged period. The psychiatrists expressed great concern for truck drivers and other motorists who are tired yet continue to drive. The results of the study show that the tired driver is more likely to focus on distractions within the car like a GPS device or cellphone or distractions from without the car like a disabled vehicle in the breakdown lane with hazard lights on. The tired driver is more likely to focus on the flashing red lights than to pay attention to the road.
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The Most Dangerous Holidays for California Drivers

During nearly any national holiday, thousands of families will hit the road to travel to visit friends and family. As such, holidays can present serious dangers for drivers. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, New Year’s Eve, which is just around the corner, is one of the deadliest nights of the year. With this in mind, the following is an overview of the most dangerous holidays for drivers. It is our hope that by understanding what holidays pose road hazards, you can take steps to keep you and your family safe:
1. Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving involves significant travel for many families. The sheer number of drivers on the roadway and the increase in the number of intoxicated drivers leads to over 600 deaths, according to AAA data.
2. Memorial Day Weekend: Memorial Day weekend is often considered the kick off to summer and is associated with hundreds of fatal car accidents. Many people hit the roadways on this holiday, causing traffic and dangerous road conditions.
3. Independence Day: Many accidents on this holiday involve intoxicated drivers. Keep an eye out for drivers that are swerving or otherwise acting in an odd manner if you do drive on July 4th.
4. Labor Day Weekend: This is another long weekend that poses a threat to drivers as highways become overcrowded with travelers who are often unfamiliar with the roadways.
5. Halloween: Halloween is not just dangerous for drivers; it also poses a significant hazard to pedestrians. Young children trick or treating are common victims of pedestrian accidents, which often stem from driver distraction and/or impairment.
6. New Year’s: This is another holiday that frequently involves some degree of travel and the consumption of alcohol. In many states, the addition of icy roads can further increase the risks to drivers.
7. Christmas: Roads often become crowded in and around Christmas with last minute travelers and shoppers. Hundreds of traffic fatalities occur on Christmas day, and many more accidents in the days surrounding this holiday.
8. Cinco De Mayo: This holiday will often involve the consumption of alcohol and about half of all fatalities can be traced back to alcohol use. On this holiday and many others involving intoxicated drivers, it is best to steer clear of the roadways.
9. St. Patrick’s Day: This Irish heritage holiday similarly involves drinking, and car accidents along with pedestrian accidents are a common occurrence.
We hope this information is taken as simply a reminder of what statistics show as the most dangerous days to be on the road and to be alert and mindful of our surroundings. We wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season.
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The Most Dangerous Holidays in America

Fire closes I-405, rages near Bel-Air

The blaze has consumed 65,500 acres on its journey to the ocean. The 101 remains open, but authorities warned drivers to be cautious traveling through the area.

Thousands of homes were still threatened by flames, 27,000 people were forced to flee, a firefighter was injured and Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, as some 1,100 personnel continued to battle the blaze.

— The 405 is closed during the heavy morning rush hour between the 10 and 101 freeways.

— All transition roads at the 405/10 and 405/101 interchanges are also closed.

— The CHP is helping cars trapped on the closed portions of the freeway to exit safely.

— Some canyon roads in Bel-Air remain open but are jammed with residents trying to evacuate and fire trucks headed to the fire.

— Officials urge commuters to avoid the area.

— Coldwater Canyon Drive, Beverly Glen Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard remain open.

— The 101 Freeway, another key route between the San Fernando Valley and the rest of the city, remains open but is jammed.


Large swath of Bel-Air

— Moraga Drive

— Linda Flora Drive

— Casiano Road down to Bellagio Road

— Areas east of the 405, Mulholland Drive to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south and Roscomare Road to the east.

Sources: Los Angeles Fire Department; Caltrans; LADOT

— The 405 is closed during the heavy morning rush hour between the 10 and 101 freeways.

— All transition roads at the 405/10 and 405/101 interchanges are also closed.

— The CHP is helping cars trapped on the closed portions of the freeway to exit safely.

— Some canyon roads in Bel-Air remain open but are jammed with residents trying to evacuate and fire trucks headed to the fire.

— Officials urge commuters to avoid the area.

— Coldwater Canyon Drive, Beverly Glen Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard remain open.

— The 101 Freeway, another key route between the San Fernando Valley and the rest of the city, remains open but is jammed.

Please stay safe, and evacuate if you are located in or near the locations listed above.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have been affected and the brave firefighters that are on the front line. “if you have questions re disaster relief or to find out about resources that are available to those affected, feel free to contact or call (800)621-3362.

Creek Fire ripping through Sylmar has prompted as many as 150,000 evacuations

The Creek Fire ripping through Sylmar has prompted as many as 150,000 evacuations along a big swath of the San Fernando Valley, mostly north of the 210 freeway.

Fueled by wicked winds, the fire has charred at least 11,000 acres. There are reports that it has damaged or destroyed at least 30 homes.

The number of areas evacuated because of the Creek Fire expanded throughout the day on Tuesday, and the map (below) shared by the Los Angeles Fire Department shows just how many neighborhoods are affected. It’s being updated in real-time.


Emergency shelters (Set up to accommodate sleeping overnight)

For small animals

For large animals


Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have been affected and the brave firefighters that are on the front line. “if you have questions re disaster relief or to find out about resources that are available to those affected, feel free to contact or call (800)621-3362.


Involved in a hit and run accident?

*Hit-and-run accidents are a growing problem, especially in recent years. If a driver collides with another vehicle and leaves the scene without notifying the authorities or exchanging information with the other driver, it is considered a “hit-and-run” accident in California. The reasons for a hit and run incident can vary – not wanting to file an insurance claim, being uninsured or unlicensed, illegal substances in the car, or  the at-fault party attempting to hide from law enforcement for some reason or maybe more likely for being under the influence.

California state law requires drivers who are involved in an accident to stop at once. There are serious consequences if someone chooses to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging information; especially when another driver is involved or if there are injuries. Being involved in an accident can be a scary experience let alone having to deal with a hit n run matter.

Below are some tips that can help if you’re involved in a hit-and-run accident. The more details you can give to authorities, the better the chances of finding the other driving and holding them accountable.

  • Try to stay calm and park your car in a safe spot (pull over if the car is driveable). See if you can jot down the license plate of the other vehicle.
  • Immediately call 911 and request police to the scene.
  • Seek medical attention right away if necessary.
  • Write down as many details as possible: even if you think you will remember them, it’s best to have them documented. Important details may include things like the date, time; car details: color, make, model and license plate numbers of the other vehicle and a physical description of the driver if you saw them by any chance. Was there more than one person in the vehicle?
  • Locate witnesses (if any) and get their contact information. Witnesses can be crucial in hit-and-run cases.
  • Take photos of the scene of the accident and your vehicle.
  • Surveillance Cameras: if there are any retail stores or buildings nearby that may have captured the accident you’ll want to either approach the business to ask for them to check their cameras, notify the police to request it OR ask your lawyer to obtain any such recordings.

Insurance companies can be difficult to deal with in these types of situations. You should report the accident to your own insurance company as soon as possible. For more information about what to do following an accident, contact one of our experienced Los Angeles accident attorneys, at the Oaks Law Firm, today at 877-539-5366.

Can the iPhone Prevent Texting While Driving Accidents?

The iPhone can prevent texting while driving, to avoid accidents 

According to reports, each day, 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes caused by texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving. Talking on a cell phone and using a navigation system are other common forms of distracted driving that cause car accidents among teens and adults. Texting while driving is on the rise despite efforts and recent changes in laws.

Apple, with the release of its IOS 11 (newest update for iPhone), has created a feature called “Do Not Disturb While Driving”. It can help prevent you and your family members from becoming distracted by incoming calls and texts. It can also help eliminate the temptation to make outgoing texts and calls.

How to Use the iPhone “Do Not Disturb While Driving” Feature:

Make sure to update your phone to the latest iOS system. Follow these quick steps to update:  Settings > General > Software Update. Once you have updated your phone, follow the instructions to the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature. This is how we were able to see and use the new update. Upon driving and stopping, the phone recognized the car is in motion and showed a description of the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature. When prompted, tap “Turn On” while driving, and the Do Not Disturb While Driving mode will be activated. This new feature will then turn on automatically when your iPhone connects to your vehicle by Bluetooth or when your iPhone senses driving motion. You can also change the method your iPhone reminds you of the feature and to determine whether you would need to turn the feature on manually.

If you do not get “Do Not Disturb While Driving” prompt, you can activate it in Settings. To activate the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode manually: Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb > Activate (Just under the heading DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING). You can customize some of the features in Settings.

Some of the functionalities of this feature:

  • Your iPhone stays silent and the screen stays dark. If someone sends you a message, they receive an automatic reply from you letting them know that you’re driving. You can customize your auto-reply message in settings, if you need to.
  • For urgent messages, the sender can type the word “urgent” to make sure that you receive a notification so you can pull over to read the important message or prompt Siri to read it to you.
  • iPhone will still deliver some notifications like emergency alerts, timers and alarms.
  • If you use Maps to navigate, your iPhone still shows lock-screen navigation help and gives turn-by-turn instructions.
  • If you’re a passenger and you try to use your iPhone while the feature is active, you must tap “I’m Not Driving”, to turn it off.
  • Your iPhone will deliver phone calls using the same conditions as the standard Do Not Disturb mode. For example, you can allow calls only from your Favorites and allow calls to come through if the same person calls you twice in a row. If your iPhone connects to your car via Bluetooth, calls will come through as usual, and you can use your car’s controls to take your call if needed.

*For more information on this and for further clarification on how to use this new feature (what we think can be life-saving), visit

Small Plane Crashes In San Jose, California

A plane crashed Sunday afternoon into a structure near Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman and fire officials said.

The crash of a Cessna 172 was reported at 3:01 p.m. in the 2100 block Evelyn Avenue about 300 yards northwest of the airport, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor and San Jose fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort said.

Two men and one woman were in the Cessna and all were taken to a hospital.

The plane crashed into the structure’s garage. Van Elgort said no one inside the structure was injured.

As of 3:51 p.m. firefighters had the situation under control.


How Car Accidents Can Cause Spinal Cord Injury

The Mayo Clinic released a report that car crashes are one of the main sources of spinal cord injuries and are the cause of more than 40 percent of spinal cord injuries each year. While auto collisions can’t generally be foreseen, having the correct information about spinal injuries can help you to know about such an issue and what to do if you or a loved ones suffers such an injury.

Why Car Accidents can have such an impact on Our Spinal Cord?

The spine is an intricate structure and very sensitive. The spine isn’t strong enough to withstand the effect of an auto collision. Unfortunately, neck and back injuries are normal amid auto collisions; the effect strains the tendons and muscles in the back. Hence, the joints endure the worst part of the impact. This can bring about injuries, including whiplash, disc herniation, pressure cracks, and spondylolisthesis, to name a few.

It is critical to recognize the indications of these injuries so that in the event that you or a loved one is harmed, you will know what to do. Spinal cord injuries can be aggravated if the harmed individual is moved around. Regardless of the possibility that it was a low-speed auto collision, if you suspect sharp pain or difficulty with range of motion or movement, seek immediate medical attention.

How to Spot a spinal Injury?

How would you know whether neck or back agony is just a muscle strain, or more genuine spinal injury? You likely won’t know for sure until the point that you are assessed by a doctor, however, there are a few symptoms that may demonstrate a more serious spinal injury. For one, what is the pain level? If its anything above an 8 out of 10 pain, then its fair to say you must get yourself to the ER.

Lets explore some of the indicators after a car accident.


Whiplash is more common during rear-end collisions, as the force from impact suddenly pushes your head backward, then forward, much like the motion of a whip. Front-end collisions do not usually result in whiplash, as the headrest often stops the motion of the head and neck. Symptoms of whiplash will appear within 24 hours of the accident, and may include pain and stiffness in the neck, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and some fatigue. In some cases, a person with whiplash may also experience difficulty concentrating, memory problems, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping, and irritability.


Compression fractures are the most common in the thoracic and lumbar spine which are simply the middle and lower back; during a car accident. Upon impact, the upper body may be thrown forward while the lower body is held in place by the seatbelt. This can pull the vertebrae apart. In some cases, spinal fractures can result in spinal cord injuries, as the broken vertebrae may move out of place. The main symptom of a spinal fracture is moderate to severe back pain that worsens with movement, but those with spinal cord injuries may also experience tingling, numbness, weakness, or loss of bladder and bowel control. If a spinal fracture is suspected, it is important not to move the injured person; movement could cause further damage. Emergency personnel should be summoned who will immobilize the injured person with a neck collar and backboard before transporting him or her to the hospital.


Since the discs absorb the majority of the impact to the spine, it is possible for a disc to herniate during a car accident. A disc is herniated when its soft center pushes through a small crack in the disc’s exterior, irritating the surrounding nerves. Some people experience no symptoms, but others may experience arm or leg pain, depending on the location of the herniated disc, and may also experience tingling, numbness, or weakness in the injured area.

What to Do if You Have a Spinal Injury

If you experience any back or neck pain at all, following a car accident, you should be evaluated by a doctor to rule out any serious injury. However, it is especially important to seek medical attention immediately if you have major pain, feel numbness, weakness, or loss of bladder or bowel control. These are indications of a more serious injury that must be addressed immediately.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact one of our experienced California Personal Injury Attorneys who know all about spinal cord and catastrophic injuries, immediately, to get your questions answered and for us to assist you in getting the best medical care needed. Call us for a 100% free consultation 877-539-5366.

Hearing Loss while Working at a Construction Site

Constant and extensive noisy commotion, at a construction site, Can cause workers hearing loss. Working at loud sites, without protecting your ears has a high shot of giving a laborer perpetual hearing misfortune.

Statiscially 2 out of 3 workers will encounter hearing loss by the age of 50, contrasted with just around 10% of the populace that works without unsafe commotions.

How Is Sound Measured?

The volume of a sound is measured in a unit called decibels, communicated as dB. As volume levels increment, the estimation in decibels can be somewhat deceptive, since it isn’t as straightforward as temperature estimations. An expansion of 10 levels in decibels is really 10 times louder or more effective than the past sum. For instance, a typical discussion is generally held at around 60 dB, while the sound of a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer is 70 dB.

You ask what a Dangerous Volume for Sound may be?
Most specialists consider sound levels above around 85 or 90 dB to be an unsafe level, particularly for long haul introduction, for example, a 8-hour workday. A jackhammer or power saw utilized at a development site is commonly 110 dB.

Construction Work and Noisy
Development laborers have among the most elevated quantities of rates of hearing loss by the age of 50, this breaks even with mineworkers. Hearing loss is lasting and generally can’t be reversed. Employers must give laborers proper gear and proper insurance. The end goal is to guarantee a sound and safe working environment for workers. Inability to do as such may constitute a genuine demonstration of carelessness, lack of training and putting profits ahead of safety.

In the event that you or somebody you know has endured hearing loss because of their working environment, you may be entitled to compensation.

Contact Oaks Law Firm’s experienced personal injury lawyers for assistance and aggressive representation.