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Tire Safety Tips from Experts


Tires are an important part of your car, and when they are properly maintained they can help us avoid a car wreck. Tire maintenance must be taken seriously, as there are around 11,000 reported crashes caused by unsafe tires each year, and around 200 people are killed in those wrecks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports many of those crashes are avoidable with proper maintenance and reading tire labels. Motorists should also track their tire’s age and keep a close eye on recalls. Residents can help keep their tires safe and experts urge them to help keep their loved ones informed about tire safety, as well. Car owners should check their tire pressure at least once a month, and preferably after the car hasn’t been driven for 2 hours. There is also a higher risk of a blowout or tread separation if a tire gets too worn. Spare tires are also susceptible to aging and safety issues. The vehicle’s owner manual should be reviewed to determine when tire rotations, alignment, and balancing is necessary. These procedures will help the tires last as long as possible. If a driver notices their vehicle pulling to one side on even, flat road, bring the vehicle to an alignment expert as soon as possible, according to news reports. Contact our Modesto law offices to talk to an attorney today.

Farm Safety Group Campaigns for Child Safety


A campaign was announced by a farm safety group to keep children under the age of 12 off of tractors. The safety campaign was introduced by the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network. According to officials, a child is killed due to farm injuries every 3.5 days and tractors are the leading cause of these deaths. Tractors are a factor in 40% of all farm deaths for children under the age of 15, as well, according to a youth safety specialist with the National Farm Medicine Center. Many children will ride a tractor alone or with family members on a regular basis. A parent may let their infant ride along with them, or an older sibling may partake in farm work. However, parents are reminded it is very easy for a child to be thrown from a tractor, even if it doesn’t overturn. Actions such as hitting holes, sharp turns, or sudden stops can cause riders to lose their grip. A child can also be very distracting to adults driving a tractor. The risk of an accident for the adult increases if there is a child involved, according to a youth safety specialist for the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. Riding a tractor is also considered a tradition for children in rural area, although there are many accident reports including a toddler who fell of a tractor operator’s lap and was crushed. Officials urge parents to never let a child to ride on a tractor due to the high risk of injury or death. There are many tragedies involving children and tractors. Riding in a cab is not necessarily safer. A child was killed after grabbing a handle for support when a tractor hit a bump, causing him to fall from the cab. Children must complete a safety course and reach a mature enough age before they are allowed to ride on a tractor. Children must not be allowed to drive a tractor until they turn 14 or 15, experts say. Children still don’t have the ability understand their environment, which is crucial for avoiding a potentially fatal accident. Children can’t judge speed, distance, and movement as well as other adults. Small farms are not required to report workplace injuries which involved children, so many injuries go unreported. Across the United States, 38 children are seriously hurt on farms each day in the US. Injuries involving children under the age of 10 are also on the rise. Child labor laws also don’t apply to family farms if the children working are also members of the family, according to news reports. Call our Stockton law offices for more info.

Highest medical malpractice verdict in Santa Clara County in 11 years


Our client was in her mid-eighties living in her own home and acting as the primary caregiver to her husband who suffered form Parkinson’s Disease. She care for her garden, drove a care, shopped for groceries and cleaned her own home. In a word, she was independent. Over the course of several weeks her doctor failed to address persistent complaints of headaches and blurry vision. A short time later, she became totally and permanently blind. Her doctor had failed to diagnose her condition, temporal arthritis, which is an inflammation of the arteries that supply blood to the eyes. Evelyn went to a layer who took the case and then after months of no progress, dropped it. She consulted other lawyers who were not interested in her case. They said she was too old to get a large verdict and winning medical malpractice cases was too hard anyway. Finally, she came to us, and we agreed to represent her. She received the highest medical malpractice verdict in Santa Clara County in the previous 11 years! Click here to return to home page.