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  • Holiday DUI Checkpoint Arrests Down From 2010

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 29-Dec-2011

    Police in Northern California and across the country have been focused on detecting and arresting drunk drivers during the holiday season this year, and so far police have arrested 243 throughout Santa Clara County, according to The Gilroy Dispatch. The drunk driving crackdown has been in effect throughout the second half of December and will continue through New Year’s Day. Records for ...
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  • Understanding The Dangers Of A Northern California Bus Crash

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 27-Dec-2011

    Buses are one of the many options that people have for mass transit both in California and across the United States that make it easier for people to go about their day-to-day work and personal lives; however, buses present dangers that, while not often occurring, can be incredibly devastating in the event of a crash. Consider the unique features of a bus that separate it from most other vehicles ...
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  • Stay Safe This Christmas With These Northern California Travel Tips

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 23-Dec-2011

    The winter holidays inspire many people across the nation to travel in order to connect with family and friends they may not see at any other time of the year. The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts that approximately 91.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles during the holiday season spanning the second half of December. With so many people on the road at once in the days ...
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  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors Now Mandatory In Many California Homes

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 21-Dec-2011

    California’s Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act has made it mandatory for California homes with a fossil fuel source, attached garage, or both to have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector installed. The state law went into effect on July 1 of this year, and now makes it mandatory for homes across the state to have a working CO detector, according to CBS Los Angeles. Carbon monoxide is a ...
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  • Learning More About Motorcycle Accidents In Santa Cruz

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 20-Dec-2011

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA ) reported that there were 5,290 motorcyclist fatalities in motorcycle crashes in 2008. Additionally, there were approximately 96,000 motorcyclists that were injured in accidents during the same year. California had the highest number of motorcyclist fatalities per state in the U.S. in 2008, with 537 motorcyclist deaths occurring. Many ...
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  • Preventing Northern California Holiday Decoration Accidents

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 16-Dec-2011

    December is a time for many types of holiday celebrations and festivities, with families around the country celebrating by covering their homes in decorations. But decorating can bring injury along with cheer for families around the nation. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), holiday decorations sent over 13,000 people to the emergency room in November and December of ...
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  • Stay Safe During Winter Bicycling In Northern California

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 14-Dec-2011

    For many, bicycling is a passion that does not stop when the weather turns bad. However, winter in Northern California is a time when bicyclists face challenges that they would not normally encounter during the rest of the year. In order to stay safe and avoid dangerous accidents, bicyclists should follow these tips from during the cold weather months: Adjust riding for icy ...
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  • NHTSA Announces Lowest Annual Traffic Fatalities In Six Decades For 2010

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 9-Dec-2011

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on December 8 that 2010 saw the fewest highway accident deaths since 1949, even as U.S. drivers traveled a combined total of over 46 billion miles in the year. Fatalities dropped to 32,885 deaths over the course of the year according to data collected by the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which the ...
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  • Understanding Depression After Traumatic Brain Injury

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 6-Dec-2011

    Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result from any accident or injury in which the head hits or is hit by another object. While many people are aware of the physical and intellectual symptoms that can accompany a TBI, fewer know that depression is a common condition caused or related to TBI – and that it can be just as debilitating as other TBI-related conditions. According to the Agency ...
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  • California Leads Nation In Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 6-Dec-2011

    According to a new report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), California has the highest number of pedestrian fatalities out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to the study, California had the greatest number for all of 2009 and the first half of 2010, with 563 pedestrians killed in 2009 and 260 killed in the first six months of 2010. According to the ...
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  • Toy Risks To Avoid This Holiday Season

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Dec-2011

    Children love getting toys for the holidays, and many adults enjoy watching the excitement on a child’s face when he or she opens those gifts. Some toys can injure children, but as every San Jose product liability lawyer knows, adults can help reduce the risk of injury by keeping safety in mind when they buy gifts for their favorite young people. Here are some tips for choosing safe toys ...
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