When Airbags Kill

  • Nov 20 2016

Q: If a safety device causes injuries or death, is the manufacturer responsible?

Automotive technology has been advancing at light speed in recent years with self-driving cars no longer something out of a sci-fi movie. Back-up cameras and airbags are some of the more recent safety features to come down the assembly line.

But what happens when these so-called “safety features” aren’t exactly safe?

Take Takata® airbags. Reportedly, airbags manufactured by the Japanese-based Takata® company,

Another California Hot Car Death

  • Nov 17 2016

Q: Can someone who leaves a child to die in a hot car be sued?

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare and one of the issues that sparks intensely emotional debates: an adult inadvertently leaving a baby or child unattended in a hot car and the resulting child’s resulting death. Sometimes it is a parent; other times another relative or caregiver. In hot climates like California, it can be an issue year-round.

The temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes.

Liability for Amateur Sports Injuries

  • Nov 17 2016

Who bears responsibility when a young player is seriously injured during a game?

As sports grow ever more popular and competitive, athletic injuries become more and more common. While everyone expects the usual scrapes and bruises to occur during athletic activity, when serious personal injuries occur, the question of legal liability comes to the forefront, particularly if such injuries interfere with everyday activities for a prolonged period or even result in permanent disability.

If your child has been seriously injured during an educational or recreational sporting event and you know or suspect that the situation occurred partially or entirely because of inadequate protective gear,

Hit and Run Driver Kills Four, Injures Four Others in Pomona Freeway Accident

  • Nov 14 2016

What should I do if I am injured by a hit and run driver?

A tragic accident on the 60 Freeway in Pomona recently killed four people and injured four others.  Authorities are now searching for the driver that caused the crash and fled.  The incident occurred when a new model white vehicle hit a Ford Explorer carrying eight individuals during the early morning hours.  The force of the impact caused the vehicle to lose control and veer to the right.  

California’s State Route 99 Ranked Most Dangerous Road

  • Nov 14 2016

How can I protect myself while traveling on dangerous highways?

A recently released report named California’s State Route 99 as the most dangerous highway in the United States.  In creating the rankings, ValuePenguin looked at how often fatal accidents happened on highways across the country. Route 99 was reported to have 62.3 fatal accidents per 100 miles, which is a marked increase over the second most dangerous road, Interstate 45 in Texas which has 56.5 fatalities.  ValuePenguin additionally rated roads in categories like the darkest highway,

Dan Pedro Reservoir Hit and Run Accident Kills Three

  • Oct 31 2016

What are my rights if I am injured in a hit and run accident?

Automobile accidents often lead to serious physical injuries and emotional pain, and the consequences can become far worse if you are involved in a hit and run. These accidents occur when a motorist is involved in an accident and flees without stopping to identify himself or herself or offering aid and assistance to others involved in the crash.

Such was the case in a recent accident on La Grange Road near Don Pedro Reservoir.

Building a Safer Bike Helmet

  • Oct 30 2016

Is bicycling a leading cause of sports-related brain injuries?

Bicycling in Northern and Southern California is a popular exercise and recreational activity, and most cyclists ride with bike helmets – even though the state’s law only mandates helmets for riders who are under the age of 18. While helmets offer some degree of protection, and are obviously better than no helmet at all, accidents and head injuries can still occur.

Now, a bioengineer at Stanford University is testing new helmets that are designed to be safer than foam helmets.

Another Deadly Bus Crash Kills 13 Near Palm Springs

  • Oct 29 2016

How common are charter bus accidents in California?

In our last blog post, we reported on new safety measures for charter bus companies that were recently signed onto law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Last week came the stunning news of another deadly charter bus accident near Palm Springs.

This time, a tour bus that was headed to L.A. from a casino crashed into the back of big rig on Interstate 10 at Canyon Drive. Apparently, work was being done on I-10 and construction crews has been slowing traffic down.

High School Football Player Suffers Head Injury

  • Oct 29 2016

What are the concussion risks for high school football players?

The high risk of concussions that football players face has widely been reported, particularly at the professional level. In response to growing concerns about the long-term consequences of head injuries, the National Football League has implemented new protocols when players appear to suffer concussions. Obviously, professional players assume some of the risk since the game is a dangerous contact sport; but football also poses a threat to teenagers who play at the high school level.

This was the case for a California teen,

Motorcyclist Killed After Colliding With Metro Train in Downtown L.A.  

  • Oct 29 2016

How can motorcyclists avoid fatal accidents?

More and more people are enjoying the freedom and thrills of riding motorcycles. Unfortunately, accidents involving motorcycles can turn that thrill into trauma with devastating consequences.

Motorcyclists Crashes Into Metro Train

A motorcyclist was killed after colliding with a Metro train in downtown Los Angeles in the early morning hours just a few weeks ago. Witnesses say that the man, who appeared to be in his 20s, was travelling at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. 

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