As the summer weather closes in on California, bicyclists and motorcyclists will head out in droves. This means that drivers will have to watch carefully for these riders. Unfortunately, not all drivers do that. Instead, some drivers slam into bicyclists and motorcyclists and later claim they couldn’t see the victims.
This week’s question comes from Janice G. in San Mateo who asks “I was being driven home from the airport to my house in San Diego in one of those shuttle van services. After dropping off two others I was the last passenger. I had given the guy my address when I got into the van. The driver, a middle aged guy started creeping me out as he asked me about myself such as whether I was single, married, had a boyfriend, etc.
Going on a business trip isn’t something that most people associate with death; however, a business trip and a flight on Southwest Airlines are factors being named in a wrongful death lawsuit. Last year, a 46-year-old financial analyst was traveling to Orange County, California, when he suffered from a pulmonary embolism. The wrongful death lawsuit, which is being filed by his widow, claims that the airline didn’t help him and opted to treat him like a passenger who was out of control.
This week’s question comes from James T in Freemont who asks: “I was traveling in a limo in LA with a colleague when, suddenly, the driver blacked out, slumped forward, and hit a wall. I had to jump over the seat and steer the car off the road. I got banged up pretty bad in the accident but we could have been killed. It turn out that he has a seizure disorder. He told me that this hadn’t happened before while driving. He said he had been up late on a job the night before. He was vague as to whether the company knew about his disorder. What are my rights? Who is responsible for the harm caused to me? I’m in physical pain and this has been very upsetting. I’m even having nightmares.
Enjoying the open road on a motorcycle is the hallmark of a biker. While enjoying the open road, it is vital that you remain safe. If you are a motorcycle rider, knowing how to stay safe is vital as we embark on the lovely spring season.
What are some special circumstances bikers should watch during spring?
As the Giant’s open the season at ATT park with their first homestand I am again asked the question “If someone gets hit with a bat or ball in the stands who is responsible legally?”
If someone asked you to stand by while they assaulted an innocent stranger, you would probably protest. Depending on your situation, you might call the police, gather support to put a stop to the situation or intervene yourself. Abusers don’t often announce their intentions in advance. It is not always clear to people how they should react when confronted by an unpleasant situation. Elder abuse is a massive problem that often occurs with the knowledge, and sometimes cooperation, of people who should care enough to prevent it. While it can be difficult to know the perfect response, it is important to do something, anything, rather than just sit by while a vulnerable person is harmed.
California law prohibits the use of diversion programs as a means to reduce fines for most traffic violations. The only exception to this law as it stands now is if the violation is written to a minor, is an infraction and doesn’t have any fees associated with it. A bill that has been introduced in the California Assembly is seeking to change that.
This week’s letter comes from a Catholic school teacher who has asked that his name be withheld to protect his job. He asks; “I am a catholic school teacher and recently the Archbishop of San Francisco, Archbishop Cordileone, has inserted a moralities clause in our employment handbook that requires us to affirm that we believe that homosexual relations, fornication, pornography and masturbation are “gravely evil.” The handbook also requires us to state an affirmation and belief that artificial-reproduction, conception and abortion are evil and that we agree that “the civil law should preserve the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
Losing a loved one in a traffic accident is difficult. Losing five family members is a horrible experience. On Feb. 15, 2014, a traffic accident claimed the life of a mother and her four children. The accident was caused because a woman failed to stop at a stop sign. That woman has recently pleaded no contest to the charges placed against her in connection with the accident.