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San Jose personal injury attorneyThis is a busy time of year for many of us. Whether celebrating Kwanza, Hanukkah, or Christmas, millions of Americans will be traveling by car this holiday season, putting you and your family at an increased risk of getting into a car accident. The National Safety Council estimates that there were about 300 traffic fatalities last year and 37,000 injuries due to traffic accidents during the days surrounding Christmas of 2016.  Every time that a person gets into a vehicle, they are taking a risk, but there are steps you can take in order to mitigate that risk.

Experts encourage drivers to make sure that their car is properly maintained. If you are going to drive a long distance this holiday season, it is a good idea to take the car to a service station to be inspected. Check the tires for correct air pressure and ensure that the tires still have adequate tread depth. Top off all the fluids in the car and replace old or worn out wiper blades. Ensure that the car’s battery is working correctly. It is also a good idea to be prepared with an emergency car kit. In it, place extra phone chargers, blankets, flashlights, batteries, flares, reflective markers, water, snacks, and tools. Check your route and be aware of increased traffic patterns and accidents due to the holiday rush.

If You Get into an Accident, Take These Steps


Every driving decision that someone makes can have an impact on more than just his life. The decision to speed, make an illegal turn or drive drunk puts numerous others at risk of getting hurt or killed in a traffic accident. California law enforcement is trying to prevent irresponsible St. Patrick's partiers from injuring unsuspecting motorists.

There is nothing wrong with finding a reason to celebrate. St. Patrick's Day can be fun, the drinks included. Still, the price of fun must stop being the well-being of others. Police are supposed to be on California roads in full force this weekend in order to try to identify drunk drivers and stop them from causing drunk driving accidents.

Checkpoints will be utilized, as well as saturation patrols and more. One LAPD officer says, "We want everyone to be happy and celebrate, but we're also being realistic, because we know that some people will not be responsible." Irresponsibility regarding drinking and driving often leads to accidents and the related, preventable injuries of innocent people. Last year, reportedly three people died because of DUI crashes around this holiday.


As 2012 comes to an end, you may already have made your resolutions for 2013. Such promises are notoriously difficult to keep, but there's one resolution you can make right now that only has to carry through for the next day or so to be successful. If you're preparing for a night out on the town, resolve to keep yourself and your friends safe by making smart, responsible choices while celebrating.

The California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will be keeping a close eye on motorists tonight and are ready to arrest anyone suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In Santa Cruz, highway patrol officers report that they've already made more arrests this year than last -- in part because more officers have been trained to detect the influence of illegal and prescription drugs. Police officials are encouraging New Year's Eve revelers to designate a sober driver long before the partying begins.

But because no amount of extra police officers can eliminate the risk of an accident caused by careless driving, it's important to take extra precautions. Always wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of serious injury or death in the event you're hit by another driver, for example. It's also a good idea to watch your speed. In a collision, the faster two cars are going, the higher the risk of injury.


Millions of children in California and across the country celebrated Halloween this week with that rewarding tradition of going door to door for candy and other treats. But during Halloween and the upcoming winter holiday season, children may be especially susceptible to the risk of being injured during an encounter with a dog. In addition to trick-or-treating, children also visit the homes of friends, neighbors, relatives or classmates for a variety of holiday parties and other festivities. How can precautions be taken so that a child does not suffer a dog bite during these visits?

When it comes to trick-or-treating, children and their parents may want to avoid homes where they hear a dog barking or observe a dog running free off a leash in a yard. Even when they're visiting homes of people they know, children should be told never to approach or pet a strange dog, and to remain still if they visit a home where a dog appears or runs out when the door is open. A child wearing an unfamiliar costume may appear as a threat even to a dog who knows them.

It is clear that a dog, especially one unaccustomed to the child's presence, may become frightened or on edge when children run around or scream, especially when attired in Halloween costumes. A constant stream of visitors, whether it's for Halloween or a Christmas party, might also be unsettling to a dog's routine. Dogs may bark when they see visitors, so closing drapes may be helpful.

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