Blog Posts in September, 2012

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  • Carbon Monoxide Is A Silent Killer, But It Can Be Avoided

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 27-Sep-2012

    Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas which has the ability to kill you. When home appliances, such as portable generators, are not properly ventilated, the risk of those appliances emitting carbon monoxide gas is present. If you have been exposed to carbon monoxide the symptoms mimic common ailments, such as the flu. Headaches, nausea, and fatigue may be experienced from ...
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  • Texting While Driving Is A Distraction No One Can Afford

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 25-Sep-2012

    Texting is the preferred method of communication by teenagers, who are also one of the major source of texting auto accidents. Nothing seems too inconsequential not to be texted, at any time, especially while driving. All it takes to change a life is 3-5 seconds; the amount of time generally used while texting in a car. A young driver, more intent on texting her friends that she was on her way to ...
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  • An Assault Isn't Just A Crime, But An Act Allowing For Compensation To The Victim

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 21-Sep-2012

    Assault is a criminal act in California. It is when someone engages in conduct which is likely to result in a violent or forceful act against another. It is not required that it actually result in the violence (that would be a battery). All that is required is that the attempt be made and that the person had the ability to carry out the threat/attempt. The fact that someone behaved in such a way ...
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  • The Time To Think About A Text Is Before And After The Drive, Never During It

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 19-Sep-2012

    Even though the use of a cell phone without a hands-free function is not legal in California, on any given day, it would be impossible to not see someone driving with a cell phone to their ear. While this behavior is not limited to teenagers, the majority of cell phone related accidents involving teenagers stem from their use of the phone for sending and receiving texts, their preferred mode of ...
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  • Dangerous Sidewalks Can Cause Severe Injury: Who is Liable?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 13-Sep-2012

    Public sidewalks are used every day for sport and to get to and from our destinations. Cracks in the sidewalks are common, but sometimes it’s not the cracks that should be avoided – it’s the raised walkways created by deep tree roots protruding from the concrete. As careful as we are, there is always a chance that we will trip and fall because that raised sidewalk was not ...
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  • Why SUV Accidents Can Cause Greater Injury than Other Types of Crashes

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 11-Sep-2012

    The reason many people purchase SUV’s is not only because they need the extra room. They do so because they are under the impression that an SUV provides a greater degree of security than other passenger vehicles. In some instances, that is correct. The size of the SUV, as well as its construction, makes it less likely to suffer severe injury should it be involved in a traffic collision. ...
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  • 3-Wheeled Vehicles and the CA Seat Belt Law

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 7-Sep-2012

    You know that the use of seat belts is mandatory in California. But did you know that they are mandatory on certain three-wheeled vehicles as well? California Vehicle Code Section 27315.1 makes the use of a seat belt mandatory if you are driving a fully enclosed three-wheeled motorized vehicle which is greater than seven feet in length, four feet in width, and over 900 pounds. Maybe the ...
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  • Why Food Poisoning Isn't Just A Risk Found In Restaurants

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 6-Sep-2012

    One in 6 people in this country suffer from food poisoning every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Not all individuals who get food poisoning contract it from eating in a restaurant or from not cooking their food sufficiently at home. Some of them have taken all the necessary steps to ensure that they and their family members are protected against ...
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