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Settlement filed in Toyota unintended acceleration case

On Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corp. filed a proposed settlement in one of the class-action lawsuits involving unintended acceleration. In the settlement, Toyota agrees to pay more than $1.2 billion, including compensation to consumers who lost economic value on their vehicles because of the large recall. It also agrees to install new safety devices (including brake override systems) on 3.2 million of its cars.

West Covina street race, drunk driving kill 90-year-old woman

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of street racing that killed a 90-year-old woman in West Covina. The accident happened on Christmas Day when one of the street racers hit the woman's minivan. The other driver attempted to flee the scene of the accident. Both drivers were allegedly drunk.

Man's spinal cord injury came two years after his friend's injury

A man who lost the use of his legs in 1988 already knew just how quickly a spinal cord injury can change a life. His spinal cord injury came after a diving accident when he was nearly 21, changing his life suddenly and permanently. Two years earlier, he had sat by his best friend's side after his best friend was paralyzed by a spinal cord injury received in a car accident.

Alcohol is a major factor in head-on car accidents

On average, 360 people are killed each year in wrong-way collisions, and a majority of these car accidents involve drunk drivers. That's just one of the recent statistics on drunk driving accidents from federal accident researchers. Now the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is considering ways to reduce the levels.

Should Car Makers Include Black Boxes In New Vehicles?

As part of its regulatory authority over roads in Los Angeles and the rest of the country, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing a new rule to require car makers to include "black box" devices in all cars beginning in 2014. Black boxes, also known as event data recorders, have helped improve safety in the airline industry for several decades. The agency hopes that broader use in cars would help understand traffic accidents.

Jenni Rivera Tragedy: What Might Matter in a Wrongful Death Case

Many people in California, the rest of the nation and Mexico are mourning the untimely and tragic death of the beloved singer Jenni Rivera. Rivera, acclaimed as a musical superstar who thrived in a male-dominated genre, died in a plane crash in Mexico over the weekend.

New Links From Brain Injury to Brain Damage May Affect Liability

As more and more evidence piles up to show the connection between brain injuries and severe brain damage, improved understanding might change how the law looks at liability in a wide range of cases. Another study released this week, just two days after another NFL player committed suicide in Kansas City - the seventh in two years.

Distracted Driving 2.0: "Webbing" May Be Overtaking Texting

Most California drivers know that phone-related distractions are a big problem for many motorists, endangering the safety of passengers and other motorists. Far too many drivers use their phones to text while behind the wheel - a frequent factor in dangerous crashes. A new study, however, shows that texting is just one distraction problem.

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