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San Jose burn injury attorneyIn a severe car crash or workplace accident, it is possible for a victim to suffer a variety of catastrophic injuries. Many of these injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones, are caused by a forceful impact, such as in a collision or a fall. However, burns are another common form of catastrophic injury, and they tend to have a different set of causes. If you suffer burn injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you should be aware of the compensation to which you may be entitled.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

When a vehicle accident results in burn injuries, it is often because fuel, oil, or another flammable substance leaks and ignites, causing a fire or even an explosion. A person who is caught in the flames or trapped in a burning vehicle can suffer severe injuries, including third-degree burns that penetrate to the deepest layer of skin. Burn injuries are also possible in a truck accident when the truck is carrying flammable cargo or dangerous chemicals.

Burn injuries are also common on construction sites due to fires and explosions, electrical hazards, malfunctioning equipment, chemical exposure, and burst pipes carrying hot water, among other causes. When a construction site burn injury is the fault of a negligent third party, the injured worker has the right to pursue a personal injury claim.

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San Jose improper maintenance truck crash lawyerSemi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are already challenging to control when all of their parts are working properly. If a part malfunctions due to insufficient or improper maintenance, it may be enough to cause a serious accident. Truck accidents account for thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities in California every year, and improper maintenance is a factor in many of these cases. If you have been injured in a crash with a truck, you may be able to pursue compensation from multiple negligent parties.

Common Faulty Parts in a Truck Crash

If any of the following truck parts are poorly maintained, they may fail at an inopportune moment and lead to a crash:

  • Brakes - Working brakes are crucial to ensure that a truck can slow or come to a stop if necessary to avoid a collision. When brakes fail on the highway, a truck can easily lose control of its speed.

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San Jose CA pedestrian accident lawyerAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian fatalities from car accidents have recently reached a 30-year high. California is responsible for more pedestrian deaths than any other state, with almost 900 in 2018 alone. In part, this is due to the state’s large population, but California also has a higher rate of pedestrian fatalities than many other states, with pedestrians accounting for almost 25 percent of all traffic deaths. In light of these shocking statistics, you may be wondering why pedestrian accidents are so common, and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim.

Factors That Lead to Pedestrian Accidents

One likely reason for the prevalence of pedestrian accidents in California is the presence of several major cities. The NHTSA reports that 80 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents happen in urban areas, and California is home to four of the 15 largest U.S. cities by population, including San Jose and San Francisco. If you are walking in an urban area in California, you should take extra care to stay aware of your surroundings and avoid putting yourself at risk.

Other common contributing factors in pedestrian accidents include low visibility during dark hours, distraction and alcohol intoxication on the part of both drivers and pedestrians, speeding, and improper use of sidewalks and crosswalks. To reduce the risk of accidents, the NHTSA and the California Office of Traffic Safety advise pedestrians to use lights, reflectors, and bright clothing; obey traffic signals and use crosswalks when crossing the street; and avoid walking near the road when they are drunk or using their cell phones.

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