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Tesla Driver Leaves Trail of Death and Injuries

July 9, 2014
Tesla Driver Leaves Trail of Death and Injuries

NBC Los Angeles and other news media outlets reported this weekend that the driver of a Tesla-brand electric car left at least three people dead and two injured after colliding with multiple cars. Fifty-eight-year-old Ric Garrison was identified as the driver of a Tesla that collided with a 2004 Toyota Corolla on the 14 Freeway near Avenue S. By the time the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrived on scene, the Toyota was on fire. Bystanders and witnesses helped remove the occupants of the Toyota. Three of the occupants – the 40-year-old driver as well as two child passengers – were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other occupants of the Corolla (a 31-year-old and a 6-year-old) were safely extracted from the Corolla and taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Garrison suffered minor injuries. Although

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California Appeals Court Rules Against Premises Liability for Third Party

July 8, 2014
California Appeals Court Rules Against Premises Liability for Third Party

In early June, a California appeals court ruled that a railway company owed no duty of care to the deceased wife of a former worker who had been exposed to asbestos via the railway company’s operations. Haver v BNSF Railway Co. held that the railroad was not liable for “take-home” or “secondary” liability in this regard, and had no duty to warn third parties who might be exposed to asbestos as a result of their operations.

Lynn Haver was the wife of Mike Haver, who worked for BNSF’s precursor, the Santa Fe Railway (SFR), for some years. Mike was exposed to asbestos repeatedly during his work with SFR, and thus, Lynn was also exposed due to her contact with Mike and the clothes and tools he brought home. Over time, she developed

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Most Americans Want Tougher Distracted Driving Laws

July 7, 2014
Most Americans Want Tougher Distracted Driving Laws

Distracted driving accidents now account for a significant proportion of the total number of traffic accident fatalities recorded in the country every year. Not surprisingly, many Americans seem to be in favor of stronger distracted driving laws, tough enforcement, and harsher penalties.

In a poll conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC), as many as 73% of the respondents spoke out in favor of stronger enforcement of texting and driving laws. In comparison, just 22% of the respondents were happy with the current enforcement levels. 50% of the respondents in the survey also spoke out in favor of more stringent penalties that included loss of a driver’s license, and more expensive car insurance premiums. There was strong support for heftier fines and stronger penalties for repeat offenders.

Laws in California

California has laws that ban texting while driving, and

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Falling Beam Injures Caltrans Worker

July 3, 2014
Falling Beam Injures Caltrans Worker

A California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) worker was injured on the job when a steel beam fell onto the 405 Freeway. The incident prompted highway officials to close the freeway at Seal Beach until the worker could be safely transported from the scene and the area inspected. The worker was part of a crew that was setting up 130-foot beams weighing 60,000 pounds apiece at the worksite when one of the beams fell. The worker had been on the beam at the time of the accident, and he was rushed to the hospital with head and chest injuries. Since the time of the accident, the freeway has been reopened.

Workplace accidents are unfortunate and not uncommon. Fortunately though, those injured while on the job or while performing work-related duties may be able to receive compensation through workers’ compensation benefits.

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The Fourth of July and Drinking: Unfortunately, They Go Hand-in-Hand

July 1, 2014
The Fourth of July and Drinking: Unfortunately, They Go Hand-in-Hand

It’s hard to believe, but the Fourth of July is almost here and with it comes more than picnic baskets filled with potato salad, crunchy fried chicken and other favorites. Instead, think of millions of drivers getting behind the driver’s wheel while under the influence.

Drivers of all ages are known to hit the roads after knocking back a few cocktails – before as well as after – they ‘ooh and ah’ at annual fireworks shows that light up the skies over Orange County neighborhoods like Huntington Beach. It’s no secret that Surf City USA likes to celebrate the nation’s birthday each year, and 2014 should be no different. Thousands are expected to converge on the coastal city and attend its 109th Fourth of July Holiday Parade and other special events. Others may be tripping the light fantastic

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Auto Manufacturers Being Investigated for Airbag Failures

June 30, 2014
Auto Manufacturers Being Investigated for Airbag Failures

Airbag defects are a major cause of traffic accident fatalities in California and across the country. Now, the federal administration has announced an investigation into at least five automakers for possible airbag defects in their vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Mazda, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda, and Nissan. The federal administration has announced that these are preliminary investigations, and approximately 1.1 million vehicles involving these five auto manufacturers are included in the investigation. The investigation is linked to potentially defective or malfunctioning airbag inflators, in several models manufactured by these companies.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration admits that it has so far received six reports of vehicles, that had ruptured or malfunctioning airbag inflators. Those reports were from between 2002 and 2006. The defects are linked to at least three injuries in accidents.

The National

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Driver in Fatal Hesperia Mother’s Day Accident Suspected of Drugged Driving

June 24, 2014
Driver in Fatal Hesperia Mother’s Day Accident Suspected of Drugged Driving

On Monday, June 23, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said it believes a 30-year-old man was under the influence of prescription drugs when he caused a crash that killed a Hesperia family of five on Mother’s Day.

More than a month since the accident, investigators continue to follow up on information from the May 11 traffic collision that resulted in the deaths of Gerardo Jimenez, 30, his wife Angelica Garcia-Garcia, 25 and their three children – ages 2, 3, and 9 – at the intersection of Main Street and Balsam Avenue.

The driver of the van, identified as 30-year-old Joshua Smith, had “identifiable quantities of narcotics in his system at the time of the collision,” blood tests result showed, according to a release from the sheriff’s department.

Investigators believed that Smith lost consciousness prior to the collision as

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Children at Risk of PTSD When Parents Are Injured

June 13, 2014
Children at Risk of PTSD When Parents Are Injured

Children whose parents have suffered a serious injury are at risk of developing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study conducted by the University of Washington School of Medicine.

PTSD has become familiar to Americans because it is associated with veterans returning home from combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the condition is also often seen in individuals who have experienced a life-threatening or catastrophic event such as a natural disaster or serious accident.

The researchers analyzed 175 pairs of parents and children at a trauma center. They found that children whose parents were seriously injured in an accident were roughly twice as likely to experience symptoms of PTSD than children those whose parents did not suffer any injuries. The children did not have to suffer any injuries themselves to suffer

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California Voters to Decide Whether Doctors Should Be Drug Tested

June 10, 2014
California Voters to Decide Whether Doctors Should Be Drug Tested

One of the first actions that police officers at the scene of a truck or bus accident take is to subject the bus or truck driver to an alcohol or drug test. In the future, a California doctor who is involved in a preventable medical error may also be subjected to a similar test. An interesting initiative due to go before California voters in November, proposes that doctors be tested for drug and alcohol use.

The proposal is part of a medical malpractice initiative that has been placed on the November ballot. This controversial proposal is opposed by insurance companies as well as medical groups. The measure seeks to modify the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, which was signed in 1975, and caps malpractice damage caps for pain and suffering at approximately $250,000. However, the proposal asks for an increase

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Pregnant Women More Likely to Be in Car Accidents

June 3, 2014
Pregnant Women More Likely to Be in Car Accidents

Driving during pregnancy may be inherently riskier for pregnant women. According to the results of a new study, pregnant women in their second trimester are at a greater risk of being involved in a car accident.

The study was published recently in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. It was based on analysis of the medical records of more than 500,000 women who had delivered a baby. When the researchers analyzed the data and compared crash risks four years before the baby was born and one year after, they found that during the first trimester, the accident rate was about the same as before the pregnancy. However, the accident risk increased dramatically by about 42% during the second trimester. During this time period, the rate of accidents increased to 7.7 per 1000, compared to a rate of

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