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What's the healing process for a broken bone?

It's not uncommon for someone involved in a serious motor vehicle accident to suffer from a broken bone. Whether that bone is a broken collarbone, femur, hand, arm, rib or another part of the body, it will probably be extremely painful. It will also take some time -- and require specific and costly medical treatment to ensure it heals properly.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about the healing process for a broken bone:

Cyclists in the LA area face a high risk of accidents

If you ride a bike for pleasure, exercise or simplicity, you could be facing a higher risk for being involved in a car accident than you may realize. Cyclists, particularly those in the greater Los Angeles area, often have to share the road with distracted or reckless drivers. Unfortunately, California cyclists withstand the worst of accidents involving motor vehicles, frequently suffering serious or disabling injuries.

Technically, Los Angeles should be an ideal place for people to commute and travel on bikes. There is little rainfall throughout the year, and temperatures are consistently conducive for outdoor activities. However, the city has done little to improve safety for cyclists, and traffic in the area remains congested and dangerous.

California governor signs bill regarding pets and divorce

A California law set to take effect in 2019 will make pets more than property when it comes to divorce.

The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, gives the courts "better guidance about how to handle the care of pets during divorce proceedings," Quirk wrote on Twitter. "Pets are family and should get special consideration."

The 3 most common varieties of personal injury claims

Personal injury law is commonly referred to as "tort law." A "tort" is an injury that can be financial, physical, emotional or psychological in nature. Generally, tort law centers around the injuries and damages that another party's negligence or intentionally inappropriate act causes.

Here are three examples of the most common varieties of personal injury cases:

Is your spouse being honest about your finances?

Many couples experience strain if one spouse earns a higher salary than the other, if one spends too much or if the couple simply does not make enough money to cover their expenses. While some couples can work through these difficulties, others find their financial struggles are really signs of a much deeper rift between them. It is not uncommon for partners to keep secrets from each other when it comes to money.

For some, making a secret purchase or splurging on lunch is a source of embarrassment they want to hide from their spouse. However, others may have accumulated massive credit card debt they are afraid to admit to a partner. It is not uncommon for a higher-earning spouse to hide assets from his or her partner. These are examples of financial infidelity that can erode the trust in a marriage.

Woman's family says state of California to blame in her death

The parents of a 33-year-old woman who passed away last month blame the state of California for her death and have filed a wrongful death claim.

The claim is the first step toward filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The family is seeking unspecified damages.

California child custody law basics

Every state has its own nuances when it comes to child custody laws and the state of California is no different. If you're a parent going through a divorce -- or if you're an unmarried mother or father -- it's important that you learn the basics of these laws so that you can better navigate important legal decisions relating to the custody of your child or children.

Here are a few points you need to understand about California child custody law:

What is a semitruck turning accident?

Semitrucks are slow and lumbering vehicles. They're also large and heavy, so if one is turning in your direction, it's in your best interest to get out of the way as quickly as possible. To make matters worse, semitruck drivers are dealing with large blind spots that make it impossible for them to fully assess everything that's happening in their immediate vicinity.

Perhaps the most dangerous part about a turning semitruck, however, is the fact that sometimes they require two lanes in order to successfully make a hard right-angle turn. For example, semitruck drivers might start on the inside lane of traffic, and cut across the outer lane of traffic while making a right turn. If another driver is caught in that outer lane, his or her vehicle could get smashed, and the individuals inside the vehicle could suffer life-threatening injuries, due to no fault of the motorist at the helm of the smaller vehicle.

California woman, unborn child killed in alleged DUI crash

A Riverside County woman and her unborn child were killed when an allegedly drunk driver slammed his car into the woman's minivan in a head-on collision.

The 29-year-old woman was on her way home from work at a grocery store when the crash occurred in Hemet, California. The other driver, 28, is a professional boxer from Cuba who is the World Boxing Federation reigning champion in his division. He was arrested and pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter.

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