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Facing battery charges in California

When we think of battery, we think of a violent attack where one person injures another person. However, the legal definition of battery in California does not require direct physical contact or actual pain or injury. Under Ca. Penal Code section 242, prosecutors are required to prove three basic elements to convict a defendant of battery.

Driving with less than six hours of sleep can lead to accident

Drowsy driving, or driving without an adequate amount of sleep, can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. In fact, statistics show that seven percent of motor vehicle accidents, or 330,000 accidents per year, are caused by drowsy driving. Experts advise adults to get seven to nine hours of sleep, but many of us get less than that, and it can be difficult to know if lack of sleep really makes us less safe on the road. However, a recent study by SLEEP, showed that drivers who don't get the recommended amount of sleep are more likely to cause an accident than well-rested drivers.

3 alternatives for using your cellphone while driving

Long Beach Police urge you to stay off your phone while driving, and they’ve begun a real push to compel you to do so. Why is cellphone use behind the wheel such a big deal? For one, motor vehicle accidents caused by drivers checking incoming texts or social media apps is on the rise nationwide.

While the statistics in California show a slight decline due to strict hands-free laws put into place over a decade ago, police still want you to do better. The following tips are critical in ensuring your own safety and that of the people around you while driving.

How to buy out an existing company

In the business world, companies may choose to buyout other companies for many reasons. In some cases, a buyout can prove to be a profitable investment and a way to expand an already successful business, while reducing competition. Buying out a company is a complicated process and requires a great deal of research and analysis to ensure that it is the best move for everyone involved.

Pregnant mother killed in California car accident

When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, they are expected to adhere to all traffic laws and drive responsibly. Sadly, reckless driving may be responsible for the death of a 29-year-old pregnant mother, who was killed in a California car accident earlier this month.

How often are work zones a factor in car crashes?

Road construction is a common occurrence across California, with the state’s roadways often requiring maintenance, improvements and expansion to accommodate growth and heavy usage. Driving through work zones, however, poses significant risks for motorists, many of whom struggle to adapt to sudden changes in traffic patterns or unexpected obstructions on once-familiar routes.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, 2 percent of all nationwide traffic fatalities occur in work zones, with 12 work zone accidents resulting in at least one death every week.

Police officer charged with manslaughter

When an officer shoots first and asks questions later, it can lead to a tragic an unnecessary loss of life. One of the most recent examples of possible police misconduct involved a police officer who allegedly shot a man in his own apartment. The police officer, a Caucasian woman, was apparently off-duty and entered what she thought was her own apartment. In actuality, the officer was on the wrong floor and had entered the apartment above hers.

Filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy as a sole proprietor

Sole proprietors benefit from the easy setup and management of their businesses, as well as a lower tax rate. On the other hand, if the business isn't making enough money to pay its own debts, the owner has to come up with the funds from his or her personal account. 

When business debts become overwhelming, a sole proprietor may consider filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy to liquidate the company and get a chance at a fresh start.

Verity Health System of California Inc. files for bankruptcy

Struggling companies and business owners may benefit from filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which allows the business to remain active while the company reorganizes and works to pay off their creditors. Verity Health System, a nonprofit company in charge of six California hospitals, recently filed for bankruptcy, citing significant debt and loss in cash flow. The hospitals, located in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and employing 6,000 people as of 2017, primarily serve low-income communities.

BlueMountain Capital Management invested in the hospitals in 2015 after years of struggling. In 2017, Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, through his holding company, got a majority share of BlueMountain. Soon-Shiong implemented a plan to revitalize Verity, despite its $1 billion debt, but those plans were unsuccessful.

Study: Los Angeles ranks #2 for drunk driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DUIs as well as drunk-driving deaths have decreased nationwide. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunk driving is still a major problem with 29 people dying each day from a drunk driving accident. If you were injured in a drunk driving accident, or a loved one was killed, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the drunk driver responsible for the accident.

With its excessive traffic congestion and world-renowned nightlife, it should come as no surprise that Southern California has become notorious for drunk driving. A recent study by Insurify found that eight Southern California cities rank in the top 25 for drunk driving, and Los Angeles ranks as the number two drunk driving city in the U.S., coming in behind New York City at number one. Huntington Beach, Chula Vista, Santa Ana and Fullerton all ranked in the top 10 for cities with the most DUIs. In Los Angeles, 1.71 percent of drivers have a DUI, which is eight percent higher than the national average.

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