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These minor routine changes may save your life

Car accidents are many times unavoidable, however you can increase your chances of not being in one by adding these precautions into your daily routine. They may be minor changes, but who knows, it may save your life one day.

  • Before you start the engine, make sure the warning lights are off, such as the gas line, engine coolant, and engine light. And then check and make sure the tires lines and air are good enough. These are the simple ways to check that your car has no problem for driving.
  • Avoid the “fast lane”. By using the center or right lane on multilane roads, you have more “escape routes” should a problem suddenly arise that requires you to quickly change lanes or pull onto the shoulder. Most highway accidents occur in the left lane. Furthermore, you are more conspicuous to highway patrol if you are in the “fast lane.”
  • Check blind spots before you change lanes. There’s always random side-streets and parking areas where people can just pull out without you noticing. Checking your blind spots before you move in the next lane always helps avoids side-swiping accidents.Keep your eyes scanning the area ahead. Don’t just eyeball the car in front of you but watch the traffic in front of that car as well. This increases your chance of seeing a problem while still having enough time to react to it, and decreases your chance of rear-ending the vehicle in front of you should they make a sudden stop.
  • Drive with your hands in the 9 and 3 o’clock position. Instead of the lazy, typical way people drive with one hand at 12 o’clock or both hands resting at the bottom of the steering wheel, this recommended position facilitates maximum vehicle control when you’re forced into quick maneuvering to avoid a potential car accident.
  • Use the signal lights before you change lanes. When you use the signal lights, you are also warning everyone that you want to change your lanes. They will slow down or stop the car until you pass the road.

Have you been in an auto accident? Call us today at Sariol Legal Center for a free, no-obligation quote to see what compensation you can obtain.

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Be heard. Speak up for fair overtime protections

President Obama is extending overtime protections to millions of Americans by updating our outdated rules.

Tell the Department of Labor you support this move to strengthen the middle class, raise wages for hard-working Americans, and grow the economy.

Go on the record in support of more workers getting fair overtime pay—add your name today. http://ofa.bo/r8qG

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Be travel smart, here are 3 souvenirs that could land you in jail

Do you have future travel plans ? You may be enticed to purchase souvenirs to bring back to your family and friends. Be careful, there are some items you can not bring back into the U. S. A. without huge ramifications.

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1. Kinder surprise eggs. This has the form of a chocolate egg containing a small toy, often requiring assembly. In 2012, the FDA re-issued their import alert stating “The embedded non-nutritive objects in these confectionery products may pose a public health risk as the consumer may unknowingly choke on the object”. Fine up to $2,500 per egg.

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2. Knockoff Handbags. Fine up to $1,000 or time in jail.

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3. Cuban Cigars. Purchasing Cuban-origin cigars and/or Cuban-origin rum or other Cuban-origin alcohol over the internet or while in a third country (i.e. not Cuba) remains prohibited.

Always know your rights and research before you travel.

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What Happens To Uber Drivers And Other Sharing Economy Workers Injured On The Job?

Omar, a 32-year-old Uber driver, was working a typical late-night shift in Los Angeles last month when his ride veered from pleasant to violent in just a few minutes. When he pulled his SUV full of passengers up to the Hollywood Tower apartments around 2:30 a.m., two of the riders refused to leave his car. An argument broke out, and Omar said one of the passengers hit him with a shiny object, broke his jaw in two places and landed him in the hospital for a week.

Omar’s not the only worker to find that a newfangled job like driving for Uber comes with some very old dangers: on-the-job injuries. On Sunday, an off-duty Boston cop assaulted his Uber driver, yelled racial slurs at him and stole his car. In Los Angeles, people stabbed an Uber driver in the face and neck in November and choked another driver on New Year’s Day, though in both cases the attacker was likely not the passenger Uber assigned the driver. A San Francisco passenger attacked his Uber driver in November, landing him in the hospital with facial injuries. A Lyft passenger punched his driver and broke his nose in May. And it’s not just headline-grabbing assaults — if any Homejoy cleaner falls while mopping or any Instacart shopper throws out their back while carrying groceries, they’re in the same boat. Continue reading the full article by Forbes here.

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The conviction is in, Doctor sentenced to five years in prison for assault on cyclists.

The California physician, convicted of assaulting a pair of cyclists with his car, was sentenced to five years in prison at the close of a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday morning.

Sixty-year-old Christopher Thomas Thompson, found guilty of six felonies and a misdemeanor, has been in custody since his conviction in November. Following an emotional two-hour hearing Superior Court Judge Scott T. Millington sentenced Thompson to two years on the charge of assaulting cyclists Ron Peterson and Christian Stoehr with a deadly weapon and added a three-year enhancement because Peterson suffered serious bodily harm. The remaining lesser charges also carry prison time, but those sentences will be served concurrently with Thompson’s five-year sentence. The judge also ordered that Thompson be stripped of his driver’s license for life.

Prosecutors had asked that Thompson be sentenced to eight years for crimes mostly relating to a July 4, 2008 incident in which he abruptly stopped his car in front of the two riders descending Mandeville Canyon road, near Los Angeles. Thompson was also convicted of misdemeanor charges relating to a similar incident that occurred months earlier, but did not result in injuries.

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Thompson took the stand Friday and accepted full responsibility for his actions, expressed remorse and apologized to Peterson, Patrick Watson and Josh Crosby, who were in attendance on Friday. Stoehr did not appear in court on Friday.

“I would like to apologize deeply, profoundly from the bottom of my heart,” he told the three cyclists.

Thompson spent much of the hearing in tears, as the three cyclists testified about the incidents that ultimately led to Thompson’s conviction. The riders asked that a severe sentence be imposed in the case.

While his client appeared contrite on the stand, Thompson’s attorney, Peter Swarth, continued to maintain that he had never intended to hurt anyone. Thompson dropped his head into his hands and wept when Millington imposed sentence in the case.

In November, Thompson was convicted of assaulting Peterson and Stoehr on the morning of July 4th after a brief exchange of words, in which he demanded that the two – moving down the hill at nearly the speed limit – ride in single file. Thompson then passed the two cyclists and slammed on his brakes, causing the riders to crash into the rear his car.

Stoehr hit the back of the car and vaulted into oncoming traffic lane. His injuries included a grade-three shoulder separation and road rash. Peterson went through the rear window of the car; the impact broke his nose, nearly severing it from his face, and shattered several of his teeth. More than 90 stitches were required to reattach his nose.

Thompson also told the first police officer on the scene that he intentionally hit his brakes in order to “teach (the two riders) a lesson.”

Read the full story in velonews.com

After being rejected by 7 law firms, SLC closed out this case winning a maximum amount for bodily injury

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Pedestrian versus auto collision 

October 31, 2013 at approximately 8:21AM

Intersection of Miller Avenue and Magnolia Avenue, in the City of South San Francisco, CA

Narciso and Alexander, a six year old child, were standing on the southeast corner of the intersection of Miller Avenue and Magnolia Avenue. They were on their way to Alexander’s elementary school. The defendant was traveling eastbound on Miller Avenue in a red Pontiac Grand AM.  Suddenly,  the Grand AM decided to proceed across the intersection. The car was halfway across the intersection when he noticed our Narciso and Alexander crossing the street. The driver was unable to react in time, and the front left of his vehicle struck both Narciso and Alexander along the left side of their bodies. Upon impact, Narciso put his left hand on the center hood of the vehicle and rolled over the hood towards the driver side of the vehicle, thereafter falling from the hood to the ground. They were hit with the front left side of the vehicle.

Violation of CVC § 22350 which states…“No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”

The injuries Narciso sustained were so severe that the police believed they were responding to a pending fatal accident. Narciso was bleeding profusely from his head and eventually needed twenty four sutures to close the wound. Alexander had to be physically restrained by witnesses because he believed he was watching his father die, and was completely hysterical. Alexander has needed psychiatric evaluation as a result of this incident and will suffer from the trauma for an indeterminable amount of years.

As direct result of this drivers negligence and disregard for the safety of other citizens, Narciso and Alexander were the victims of a serious vehicle collision. Sariol Legal Center took this case right away, winning a settlement for Narciso.  Both still relive the events of this accident and are constantly anxious, nervous, and scared any time they are in or around traffic.

After being rejected by 7 law firms, SLC closed out the case the policy limit of 25 thousand dollars. (The maximum amount for bodily injury in the Defendants Car insurance policy). 

How did we help? read more ——> https://www.facebook.com/sariolLC/app_198028816891495 

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California Labor Law to Extend Protection to Undocumented Workers

Supreme Court Health CareCalifornia – Governor Jerry Brown has signed new California labor laws that would protect undocumented workers in the state.

In the newly-signed law called The Trust Act, the local police would be limited from cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities, a federal agency that generally asks police to check on arrestee’s immigration status and hold them if they are found undocumented.

Based on statistics, the agency has already deported approximately 10,000 undocumented immigrants working in California, including those without serious criminal records.

Thus, the new law will now require illegal immigrants to be charged with or convicted of serious offense before being held for possible deportation by the federal agency.

In addition, two other bills have been recently approved by Gov. Brown.

In the first bill, its author Assemblyman Roger Hernandez creates a category of unfair immigration-related retaliation with a specific penalty.

In the second bill, its author Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg extends the legislation to lawyers who participate in intimidating workers by their immigration status to prevent them from talking about their employers’ labor violations.

Several business groups on the other hand oppose the new legislations, arguing that employers should not be penalized for the actions of their harsh supervisors and managers.

Honey Boo Boo and Family Hospitalized after Horrible Vehicle Accident

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According to news reports, ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ stars, the Thompson family members, were involved in a horrible car crash last Monday night.

TMZ initially reported that Honey Boo Boo, Mama Jane, Pumpkin, and Jessica were all riding in a vehicle driven by Sugar Bear.

The report claimed that they were waiting for the go signal of a traffic light prior to the incident. As the traffic light turned green, Sugar Bear started to turn left. To their surprise, a speeding truck running with its lights off on the opposite direction slammed into their vehicle.

Members of the family were reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in McIntyre, Georgia through an ambulance. However, they were subsequently transferred to another hospital of their choice via an SUV driven by the family’s bodyguard according to media sources.

Subsequent reports say that Sugar Bear has incurred contusion on his back, Mama Jane has suffered back and neck injury, Pumpkin has severe chest injury and panic attacks while Honey Boo Boo has a headache as a result of hitting her head against a passenger window. Fortunately for Jessica, she emerged from the incident unscathed.

“We were in a car accident last night, it was really scary for us since it was the first time any of us had ever been in a wreck,”Mama June said in a statement.

“As always, we want to thank everyone for their support and well wishes,” she added.

Truck accidents are among the most fatal types of traffic misfortunes. Such incident is very common within the area of greaterLos Angeles. Generally, in most cases, trucks and their drivers often appear to be the liable parties. However, when victims try to seek compensation for damages and losses, the truck companies’ insurance agency usually try to cheat them out of a fair compensation. Thus, it is really important that victims have the right truck accident attorneys to guide them throughout the different levels of their claim.

Cyclist Rides 18 Miles To Make A Creative GPS Route Proposal

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Cycling enthusiast Murphy Mack had been dating Emily McLanachlan for quite a while before he decided it was time to pop the question via a well-planned GPS route! Using the Strava app, Murphy rode 18 miles through the streets of San Francisco, spelling out “Marry Me Emily?” inside the image of a heart! When Emily saw the image over social media, she couldn’t say no! She typed under the map, “YES! I love you!”

Key Ingredients For All Relationships

Including Friends, Selecting an Attorney or your neighbors

Relationships are essential to us in all aspects of life.  The key core traits found in relationships and building teams can be…

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If you do not have TRUST with an individual then it makes it difficult to maintain a relationship.

  • Trust is mutually and develops gradually over time.
  • Trust is accomplished through a series of tests with the person
  •  Finally, trust is the cornerstone of every important relationship including:
    • Marriage
    • Family
    • Church
    • Friendships
    • Conducting business (example: like selecting an attorney)
    • Working on a Team
    • Work environment: Supervisor, colleagues, etc.

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Along side of trust the other core trait closely follows: Respect. An interesting dynamic of respect is that you must give to receive it. First and foremost, in any relationship treat them in a courteous and honorable manner.

  • Respect relationship all differences. Taste. Opinions. Dress, etc. Importantly, agree to disagree and maintain the respect.
  • Respect the right to heard and is taken seriously when appropriate.
  • Essential to respect is to be told the truth.

Do your most relationships have a foundation built on deep trust and respect?

If you are looking for a law firm, then look no further because Sariol Legal Center provides the highest level of trust and respect. Count on it.

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