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Driver booked in Orange County following fatal bicycle accident

A driver was recently booked in the Orange County Jail for felony hit-and-run following a fatal bicycle accident. The driver is believed to be responsible for killing a 41-year old bicyclist after striking him and failing to stop his vehicle. According to authorities, the 25-year old driver struck the bicyclist from behind, throwing him 50 feet forward. Authorities noted that drivers are required to make space for bicycles and bicyclists.

When a loved one has been killed in a bike accident, surviving family members may unexpectedly be left struggling with emotional and financial damages they did not anticipate facing. Fortunately, when a bicyclist has been struck and killed by a negligent driver in a fatal pedestrian accident, legal resources are available to help surviving family members with the financial and emotional damages they may face. Criminal charges or citations may be used as evidence of negligence in a wrongful death claim for damages.

Vape pen explosions: When a healthier life choice turns hazardous

After numerous attempts to cut down or cut out the use of cigarettes, many individuals have taken to alternative forms of relief, such as vape pens. While the decision to switch to an electronic cigarette could stem from a wish to improve your health, there may also be a certain level of risk involved, which might not appear on the warning label.

While a company might be reluctant to inform potential customers of the risk of explosion in e-cigarettes, as a consumer, you have a right to know about the dangers you may face. Should a similar product cause you to suffer serious injuries, you could be in search of some much-needed restitution.

Semi-trucks need time to stop

It is important that drivers fully focus on the roadways on today's roads but this is especially true for truck drivers. The braking distance required for a truck to stop is significantly longer than the braking distance for a passenger vehicle which is why truck driver inattentiveness is such a serious concern. Fully-loaded semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds which can make them a danger on the roadways.

When travelling 55 miles per hour, the stopping distance for a semi-truck is the length of a football field. This must take into account reaction time and time for the braking system to engage. Because there is a lag period between when compression brakes are initiated and when they engage, it can take a fully-loaded semi-truck a tenth of a mile to come to a complete stop. Passenger vehicles take approximately half that amount of time to stop.

Damages of a spinal cord injury can go beyond paralysis

Whether it was a motor vehicle accident, a work-related accident or some other trauma, you may have known as soon as it happened that something just wasn't right. You may have wondered if shock was the reason why you couldn't feel anything.

Then you got to the hospital and doctors told you that you had suffered either a complete (no sensation below the injury level) or incomplete (some sensation below the injury level) spinal cord injury. The injury level refers to the vertebrae where the injury occurred. If you suffered a complete spinal cord injury, you could be facing lifelong paralysis.

The dangerous nature of motorcycle accidents for riders

Motorcycle accidents can be exceptionally dangerous for motorcycle riders because they are less protected on the roadways than occupants of passenger vehicles. In addition, inattentive drivers of passenger vehicles can fail to observe motorcyclists, causing motorcycle accidents and injuring, or even killing, motorcycle riders. In two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents, the driver of a passenger vehicle violated the motorcycle rider's right of way and caused the accident.

When a negligent driver has caused harm to a motorcyclist because of a failure to yield or other type of negligent behavior, such as distracted driving, they may be liable to victims for the damages suffered. Victims may suffer serious injuries in a motorcycle accident but a motorcycle accident may also claim the life of the victim, causing their family members to suffer serious harm and damages. Motorcycle accident victims, unfortunately, are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants of passenger vehicles and are 5 times more likely to be injured.

Southern California jury awards $417 million in baby powder suit

Products liability law is a resource designed to help victims of dangerous or defective products. A court in southern California recently ordered a major pharmaceutical company to pay $417 million to a hospitalized woman who asserts that her routine use of the company's baby powder caused her ovarian cancer. There have been a series of similar talcum powder lawsuits nationally but this jury award is a record. The award includes compensatory damages and punitive damages.

In her lawsuit, the woman alleges that the company failed to provide adequate warnings to consumers regarding the potential cancer risks associated with the use of talcum powder. The woman began using baby powder made by the company in the 1950s and used it on a daily basis until 2016. The woman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. Internal documents from the company covering several decades revealed that the company was aware of the ovarian cancer risks associated with the use of talcum powder.

What happens if I get injured in a ridesharing accident?

Ridesharing services are undoubtedly a convenient way to travel, but matters can become complicated if you suffer injuries due to a rideshare driver's negligence.

Since rideshare drivers are independent contractors -- and not professionally licensed -- they usually do not carry the expensive commercial driver's insurance that taxi drivers are required to carry. If you happen to get into an accident while riding in an Uber car, insurance claims might become a bit tricky.

Bicyclist suffers serious injuries in hit-and-run accident

A recent Orange County bicycle accident left an individual seriously injured and police searching for the driver who caused the crash. The victim was severely injured when hit by a tan minivan. According to reports, the bicycle and the minivan were travelling in the same direction when the motor vehicle collided into the bicycle. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital following the accident with severe head injuries. The driver of the minivan failed to stop at the scene of the accident.

A reward has been established for the arrest and conviction of the driver. Witnesses are asked to contact police. In addition to possible criminal penalties a hit-and-run driver may face, a negligent driver may face other consequences as well. A negligent driver may be liable to victims injured by such a driver's carelessness for the physical, financial, and emotional damages the victim suffered. In order to recover these damages, though, an injured victims must file a personal injury claim.

Should you seek damages after a dog bite?

If you suffered injury as the result of a dog bite or your child did, you know how scary the attack itself can be and how overwhelming the aftermath is. In the midst of the confusion, medical needs and other issues, you may not know that you could actually have valid grounds to move forward with a civil claim.

Many dog bite victims are unaware of the fact that they have legal options. You may be able to secure compensation for your medical needs and other losses, but you would be wise to take quick action to protect your rights. In California, dog owners are strictly liable for damages caused by their animals, but you have no time to lose in learning about the most appropriate course of action for your situation.

Personal injury lawyers help neck and back injury sufferers

A variety of serious injuries can result from motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents. Neck and back injuries can be common in these wrecks, and they are not insignificant injuries. Motorcycle riders can be particularly vulnerable on the roadways and can suffer other significant harm, including neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and brain injuries.

Neck and back injuries can include soft tissue injuries and strains, muscle spasms, herniated disks, and compression fractures. Whiplash is also a common injury in motorcycle accidents. Sometimes these types of injuries can be slow to appear, so it is important to know how to spot them and to pay attention to any developing symptoms. This way the issue can be quickly and effectively treated, which may be key to a victim's recovery

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