Getting older comes with additional injury risks in Oceanside and throughout California. While nobody wants to think about age-related injury risks, it is important to consider safety issues for seniors. Adults aged 65 and older are at greater risk of a range of accidental injuries that are more likely to be serious, including fall hazards and motor vehicle crashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 48 million drivers over the age of 65 in the United States, which is a 68 percent increase from about 20 years ago. Although “driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent,” according to the CDC, “the risk of being injured or killed in a traffic crash increases as people age.”

A recent study addresses the relationship between aging drivers involved in motor vehicle crashes and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While we do not often think about the injury risks linked to ADHD among older adults, this new study in JAMA Network Open suggests that there is a clear connection between ADHD in older adults and the likelihood of a motor vehicle crash. Our Oceanside car accident attorneys can say more.

Details of the Study on ADHD and Older Adult Traffic Collisions

Electric bikes, or e-bikes for short, have become extremely popular in Southern California. As a report from NBC 7 San Diego points out, the cities of Carlsbad and Encinitas recently declared states of emergency due to deaths in e-bike crashes. Both adults and children alike are suffering serious and fatal injuries in collisions involving these forms of transportation, and while they remain popular and accessible, state legislators in California want to change the rules concerning their legality. In short, a new bill that remains before the state legislature “would prohibit kids under 12 from riding e-bikes and require an online test and license.” 

As the report underscores, the new bill is designed to “tighten e-bike rules” and to make it more difficult for riders to use e-bikes without any kind of safety training or knowledge. Our San Clemente personal injury attorneys can tell you more. 

Learning More About E-Bikes and Injury Risks in San Diego County

Holiday injuries in Valley Center and elsewhere in Southern California can be devastating. They can lead to emergency room visits during the busy holiday season, which is supposed to be a joyful time of the year. Even worse, holiday injuries can sometimes result in serious and permanent disabilities, as well as fatalities. How can you seek compensation for a severe holiday injury? It will be important to discuss the details of your case with an experienced Valley Center personal injury attorney who can work with you to determine liability and file a claim for financial compensation.

Common Holiday Injuries

Many different types of injuries can occur during the holiday season, but most of them are preventable. When an injury does occur, however, another party may be liable due to negligence or as a result of a product defect. What are some of the most common types of holiday injuries? UCLA Health identifies the following as the most frequently reported injuries during the holiday season:

Multiple Tesla vehicle recalls have been announced recently, affecting vehicle owners in Rancho Bernardo, throughout California, and across the country. And the recalls are ones that vehicle owners need to pay attention to — the defects concern issues that could cause crashes. While the electric vehicle maker has become popular in Southern California, it is also a vehicle maker that has contended with a variety of defects and other problems that ultimately could impact vehicle occupant safety. What do you need to know if you own a Tesla that was recently affected by a recall or another vehicle that has been affected by a recall? Our Rancho Bernardo product defect lawyers can help. 

Tesla and Motor Vehicle Recalls

In October 2023, Reuters reported that Tesla was recalling more than 50,000 Model X vehicles due to a problem with the brakes. More specifically, Tesla Model X vehicles that were manufactured between 2021 and 2023 could have a defect where “the vehicle controller is likely to fail to detect low brake fluid and not display a warning light.” Although Tesla reported that it was not aware of any crashes connected to the recall, the defect has the potential to cause serious crashes and personal injuries.

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Ever since California’s inaugural constitution mandated a “system of common schools” in 1849, public education in the Golden State has been one of the strengths of our economy and democracy.  The critical responsibility of teaching students in the public education system creates what the law calls a “special relationship” between districts and their students. Therefore, educators “are said to stand in loco parentis, in the place of parents, to their students, with similar powers and responsibilities.”  (Hoff v. Vacaville Unified School Dist. (1998) 19 Cal.4th 925, 935–936.) Injury or other harms that occur under this relation can expose a school or school district to legal liability.

School districts must protect the health, welfare, and safety of their students. California’s Constitution recognizes this imperative by proclaiming all California public school students “have the inalienable right to attend campuses which are safe, secure and peaceful.”  (Art. I, section 28, (f)(1).)  Unfortunately, districts sometimes fail in this, their most important duty.  A review of three recent school district cases reveal just how wide ranging the alleged behavior of school districts can be and how utterly horrifying our children, their families, friends, and communities can be damaged. In each of these cases, a school injury lawyer was retained.

The first case involves a parent’s constitutional right to direct the education and upbringing of their children. (Meyer v. Nebraska (1923) 262 U.S. 390.)  Allegedly, middle school staff at a Northern California school district “secretly convinced” an 11-year-old middle school student to identify herself as bisexual then transgender and told her not to tell her mother.  The lawsuit also alleged the school had a policy not to disclose to parents specific information about a student’s gender identity and expression. The case settled for $100,000.

The dangers of concussions and more severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in Poway have been linked to contact sports for a number of years now, but the conversations about sports-related concussions have largely centered around football. Studies have shown, however, that many other contact sports lead to concussions, including soccer, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, and hockey. A recent study reported by BBC News underscores that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain condition that has been diagnosed in a wide range of deceased NFL players, is also prevalent in athletes who play other types of contract sports, including soccer and rugby.

The new study underscores the need to take preventive measures concerning sports and concussions and to consider liability when an athlete does suffer a TBI on the field or is later confirmed to have CTE as a result of multiple sports-related concussions. Our Poway personal injury lawyers can say more.

Nearly All Sports Can Result in Concussions and CTE

Consumers in Escondido should always be able to assume that the products they purchase are safe for use. Yet, much too often, defects result in consumer injuries. In those instances, consumers may be eligible to file product defect lawsuits, also known as product liability lawsuits. What do you need to know about liability for injuries caused by product defects? Our Escondido product liability lawyers can give you the information you need.

Liability Will Depend on the Type of Defect

You will need to determine the party (or parties) liable for your product defect injury. It is essential to know that liability will depend upon the type of defect — whether the defect was a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or a marketing defect (also known as a failure to warn). Under California law, a designer of a product can be liable for a product that was defectively designed (meaning it could not be safe even with the best manufacturing and marketing). A manufacturer can be liable for a defect that occurs while the product is being made. And a marketer or retailer may be liable for marketing defects, or the failure to “warn of potential safety hazards” or to “include sufficient instructions” for safe use of the product.

The City of San Marcos, California, emphasizes that electric bicycles, or e-bikes for short, have become “more popular than ever and allow people of many ages and abilities to enjoy cycling with assistance from an electric motor.” Indeed, e-bikes have become so popular that many Southern California cities have instituted specific rules concerning e-bikes, including where and how they can be used. Yet as e-bikes gain in popularity throughout California and the country, emergency departments are also seeing increasingly more injuries from e-bike accidents. 

While many Californians and visitors to the state have been reading about potential e-bike dangers for a few years now, are e-bikes actually much more dangerous than we thought? According to an article in Fortune, trauma specialists are concerned that “we’re on the front edge of a new order of danger on both bike paths and roadways.” What do you need to know about recent assessments of e-bike safety risks? Our San Marcos injury attorneys can say more.

E-Bike Injuries Increase Alongside Rise in Sales

Children in Encinitas can suffer injuries from encounters with consumer products and other objects that adults may know to avoid. Depending upon the circumstances of a burn injury, the designer, manufacturer, or retailer of the product could be liable. In addition, other parties such as daycare centers and schools may also be liable if they do not take proper precautions and develop safety procedures to ensure that young children are not burned while under their care. Whether you are a parent or caregiver, you may be wondering how pediatric burn injuries tend to happen and what else you should know. Our Encinitas personal injury attorneys can provide you with more information.

Learning More About Pediatric Burn Injuries

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, unintentional injuries more broadly are the leading cause of death among children under the age of 14, and burn injuries are currently the “fifth most common cause of accidental death in children.” Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that about 75% of all scald-related burns in children are preventable injuries, and young children and toddlers are those who are most likely to suffer these types of burns.

Many people in Vista, and residents of Southern California more broadly, know that age can sometimes be a factor in motor vehicle collisions. Yet when most of us think about the connection between a driver’s age and their auto accident risk, we think about teenagers who are inexperienced behind the wheel and may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors like texting while driving or intoxicated driving. While studies do show that teen drivers are certainly at higher risk of accidents in many circumstances, it is important to know that older age can also play a role in assessing a person’s risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash. According to a recent article from Bankrate, senior drivers experience physical and cognitive changes that can impact their safety behind the wheel. Our Vista car accident lawyers can say more.

Getting the Facts About Older Adult Drivers and Motor Vehicle Collisions

What should you know about older adult drivers and motor vehicle accident risk? The following are some key facts and figures cited in the Bankrate article from the NHTSA, the FHA, and the CDC:

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