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Melyssa Ford, model and actress, injured in freeway wreck

Canadian model, actress and reality TV personality Melyssa Ford, 41, was in a very serious collision last month. According to media reports, Ford was driving her Jeep on a freeway in Los Angeles on June 28 when, for unknown reasons, a semitruck struck her vehicle.

She suffered a fractured skull, concussion and bleeding in her brain after her vehicle was flipped multiple times on a Los Angeles freeway, according to her friends.

Can I sue over a dog bite in California?

Dog bites are much more common than people may think. Dog owners are responsible for their pets, and if a dog bites someone, the owner may end up being liable for the injury and have to face the consequences.

If a dog bit you on someone's property or in public, such as in a park or when you were out running errands, you may have grounds to bring a lawsuit. Here are a few tips to help you understand the basics about premises liability lawsuits and whether you may have a case.

Car crashes and then rolls into the ocean

A stunning car accident on California's Pacific Coast Highway ended with one car upside-down and lying in the ocean waves. Two passengers were thrown from that vehicle and into the churning water.

Stunningly, they all survived the crash.

Tips for staying safe in public pools this summer

The summer is finally upon us in Pomona and that means it's time to hit the pool, especially on the hottest of days. When you visit a public pool you must heed all the safety procedures and policies listed on warning signs posted throughout the property. If you don't and you get injured you might not be able to hold the pool liable for the injuries. Here are some pool safety tips for your summer in Pomona.

Your children should never swim in a public pool, or any pool, if they have a stomach bug. This is especially true if they have been vomiting recently or have had a bout with diarrhea. The bacteria will easily enter the pool and can infect other swimmers.

Do you have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit for a crash?

There are a number of factors that contribute to the risk of fatal crashes in California. The size of your vehicle can impact how much protection you receive if another driver causes a crash. Impairment, distraction or exhaustion in the other driver could also increase your risks of serious injury or death.

For those who have already lost a loved one to a tragic traffic accident, emotional and financial turmoil is common. Thankfully, the California wrongful death statute allow your family to recoup some of the losses related to a deadly collision.

How to track your car accident injury expenses

If you are ever involved in a car accident in Pomona, you will want to do everything possible to receive as much compensation as you can for your injuries. Even when injuries are minor, you can run into hefty medical bills, time missed at work and mounting debt. Here are some important tips for you to follow when you need to track expenses from injuries suffered in a California car accident.

It's very important that you document every single penny spent on medical care for an injury suffered in a car accident. You will want to be reimbursed for all of it, especially all the money you need to spend out-of-pocket. You don't want to be on the hook for large sums of money to fix injuries caused by someone else.

Can I sue if I got hurt in a California store or business?

Many people suffer injuries every day while going about regular errands such as grocery shopping or visiting an office. When you are on the premises of a business such as a store or an office, the owner is responsible for keeping the public areas safe and free of hazards.

If you suffer an injury while shopping or going about other errands on either public or business property, the business owner may be negligent in your accident. It is important for you to understand the basics of premises liability, because you may have grounds for filing a lawsuit.

Rush hour poses enhanced collision risks

California traffic jams are the stuff of legend. In fact, Los Angeles residents spend, on average, 61 hours each year in traffic jams. All that time sitting in traffic ups the probability of commuters being involved in accidents, especially during peak rush hours.

A highway safety think-tank in another state maintains an extensive database of crash-related characteristics. Some interesting facts about rush-hour collisions emerged, including:

  • Accidents peak Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. as commuters leave work.
  • There's a midweek uptick of accident frequency during the morning commute, as well as a Friday afternoon surge.
  • Accidents between autos and pedestrians are the only type that peak on Saturday evenings, probably due to more people out on foot at those times.

8 critical defensive driving tips

Defensive driving, in many ways, is simply the practice of assuming that other drivers are going to make mistakes. Even if you do nothing wrong, you can still get involved in an accident. By driving defensively, you may be able to avoid accidents and keep yourself safe.

Below are eight tips that can help:

  1. Remain focused on the road at all times: You need to know where other cars are located before those drivers make mistakes.
  2. Do not drive when anything impacts your ability to react quickly: This means never driving drunk, of course, but you also want to avoid things like driving when you're too tired.
  3. Watch the other traffic and do not worry about who was "right:" For instance, if someone starts to turn in front of you and he or she is not going to make it, slow down as soon as you see them start turning, even though he or she cuts you off.
  4. Stay four seconds behind the next car on the road: That gap helps you react.
  5. Never count on others to drive safely: Always assume they will break laws and make easily avoidable mistakes.
  6. Do not speed: You want the most reaction time possible when a hazard presents itself.
  7. Never get distracted: Stay off your phone, do not eat behind the wheel and never turn to talk to others in the car.
  8. Plan out your escape: You always want to know where you have an open lane or a clear shoulder if you need to swerve.

How dirty is that public pool?

As Pomona residents segue from spring to summer, it's a good idea to consider whether safety precautions and protocols are in place at your family's favorite swimming pool.

If you are the owner of a pool or spa, you are probably familiar with the term "attractive nuisance." Many homeowners' policies and/or riders refer to backyard hot tubs and swimming pools as such because of the liability they pose to curious children.

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