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November 2012 Archives

More Californians Drive High Than Drunk - Liability Implications?

Last week, the California Office of Traffic Safety released the results of a recent study showing that a surprisingly high number of weekend drivers have prescription or illegal drugs in their system. Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on weekend nights, 14 percent of 1,300 voluntary participants tested positive for various substances. By comparison, only around 7 percent of participants had any alcohol in their system.

Thanksgiving Pileup: The Dangers of High Speed Trucking

A massive pileup killed two people on Thanksgiving Day, hospitalizing around 80 more victims and destroying 140 vehicles. The crash happened in Texas and serves as a reminder of the enormous potential dangers that exist when high speeds and large trucks come together.

Two Police Helicopters Crash, Injuring Six People

Less than a month after the fatal Atlanta crash, police helicopters were involved in another dangerous accident - this time here in the Los Angeles area. Six people suffered injuries, including five police officers and one civilian.

Thanksgiving Travel: Drive Safe And Stay Alert

Thanksgiving week is one of the most dangerous times to drive. With millions of Americans hitting the roads to visit friends and family over the holiday, a disproportionately high number of fatal motor vehicle accidents will affect some Californians this week.

Copter Crash: Report Points To 5-Yr-Old Daughter As Likely Cause

This week, nearly three years after billionaire Thomas Stewart's helicopter crashed on Valentine's Day in 2010, the National Transportation Safety Board released its report into what happened. The agency's conclusion is surprising: it believes that Stewart's 5-year-old daughter likely caused the fatal crash.

Driver's Medications And Sandals Caused Fatal Pedestrian Crash

In a disturbing criminal case, a 56-year-old woman pleaded guilty to negligent homicide this week. She told the judge that she was heavily medicated at the time - when her flip-flop sandal became tangled in the accelerator pedal, she was unable to maintain control of the car.

Brain Injuries And Baseball: Another Youth Sports Risk

When one thinks of brain injuries and youth sports, high impact athletics like football and hockey come to mind first. However, as the recent story of one young California pitcher demonstrates, baseball can also result in devastating injuries. Among baseball players, pitchers are at a unique risk of head injuries from high-speed line-drive hits.

Fatal Group Home Fire: Possible Murder Charges And Lawsuits

A California house caught fire this week, killing two residents and seriously injuring a third. According to news reports, the house operated as a group home - 19 people were living there at the time. Authorities have now arrested one of the residents and accused him of intentionally starting the fatal blaze.

Family Files Lawsuit In Tragic Trucking Accident Case, Pt. 2

Earlier this week we talked about a California family's wrongful death lawsuit. Three parents are suing to hold a trucking company and its employees accountable for a tragic three-truck crash that killed a family of four. This post will look at some of the interesting aspects that could affect how this case plays out.

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