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Understanding how wrong-way crashes occur

As previously discussed, a driver traveling in the wrong direction can have a serious and even fatal impact on other motorists and travelers on the roadways. There are many reasons why a driver might be traveling in the wrong direction on the roadway, and it is most likely due to negligence. This form of negligent driving can put many lives at risk and be the cause of a severe or fatal crash.

A wrong-way driver is one that travels in a direction opposing the legal flow of traffic. In other words, it is when a driver is driving in the wrong direction on a divided highway or access ramp. Because head-on collisions are the likely result of a wrong-way driver encountering another motorist, the severity levels of a wrong-way driving crash can be significant.

Four dead in wrong-way crash

As any resident in California can attest, traffic can get very heavy and frustrating. And while the roads are busy during morning and evening rush hour commutes, the roads stay occupied throughout the late night hours. Whether it is coming home from a late night shift, a night out or because one drives for a living, motorist are on the roads for a wide range of reasons.

Unfortunately, some drivers drive negligently, recklessly and under the influence of alcohol, leading to severe and fatal collisions.

What is a manufacturing defect?

In all facets of life, individuals in California and elsewhere rely on consumer goods to get through their day. Whether it is at work, home or in the general public, consumer goods essentially make life easier. Unfortunately, not all consumer products are created equally. Although the intention is that each product is made the same, if errors are made along the way, a relatively safe product could be deemed dangerous by the time it reaches the hands of the consumer. One of the causes for this are defects caused in the manufacturing phase of a product.

What is a manufacturing defect? In most cases, this is something that the manufacturer did not intend. However, due to an error or defect that occurred in the manufacturing process, the product itself becomes defective. This typically means that there isn't a defect in the design of the product; however, it is possible to have defects in multiple areas.

Guiding you through a products liability action

For most of us, we cannot get through the day without the convenience of consumer products. Whether it is a motor vehicle, household item, tool or any other type of consumer good, these items are used to make things easier. Unfortunately, consumer products can fail or be defective. And because of these defects, the consumer could suffer much harm.

A defective product could suddenly injure an unsuspecting consumer. This incident is not only shocking because it was unexpected, but it is impactful due to the injures and damages suffered by the victim. At Easton & Easton, LLP, our attorneys understand how defective goods can significantly impact the lives of those harmed by them. Thus, we are dedicated to helping individuals in the Costa Mesa area take action after a defective product has injured them.

Types of injuries suffered in a car accident

In California, residents throughout the state rely on motor vehicles to get around. Whether it is a personal vehicle or a form of public transportation, a wide variety of vehicles share the roadways. While it is possible to get to and from locations without issue, a motorist could also be faced with a negligent driver. In most cases, the effects of a negligent driver are unavoidable; thus, resulting in a serious or fatal automobile collision.

The types of injuries suffered and the severity of the crash often depends on the type of car accident that occurs. Although automobile crashes can cause pain and suffering in a wide range of ways, there are some fairly common injuries suffered by an accident victim.

Fatal bike accident statistics show worrisome spike

There are many bicyclists on the road in California. With the agreeable climate and the benefits to being a biker, this is no surprise. What is also unsurprising is the number of bicyclists who are losing their lives in a crash with a motor vehicle. Given the number of drivers who are not paying strict attention to the road, this is a growing problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of riders who died in a crash rose by 10 percent in the last year. The final numbers are expected to be the worst in more than three decades. Those who were injured or lost a loved one in a fatal bike accident should be cognizant of these statistics as it can be important when considering a legal filing for compensation.

Researchers and bike safety advocates say that as vehicles become safer for those inside the compartment, it becomes riskier for those outside the vehicle - specifically bicyclists and pedestrians. Safety regulations have seen to the vehicle improvements, but this has not done much for those outside vehicles. Some automakers are implementing technology that stops the vehicle automatically to protect bicyclists and pedestrians, but not all vehicles have this. The rising popularity of SUVs has been shown to be linked to fatalities of those outside vehicles.

Negligence and other factors put California drivers among worst

When researchers assess driver behaviors and study statistics to determine the safest and most dangerous areas in the United States, there are many factors that are considered. To be as accurate as possible, the numbers must be quantified after they have been accrued. With that, it is a worrisome result when a new study said California is among the worst when it comes to safe driving.

This information can be important when there is an auto accident with injuries or a fatal auto accident. Having legal advice to investigate the case is imperative. The study by Smart Asset placed California as having the third worst drivers in the U.S. behind Mississippi and Alabama. The numbers that led to this placement are troubling.

Medical device defects can slip through the regulatory cracks

The medical device industry faces some competing priorities that may be nearly impossible to resolve. These devices can make an important difference in patients' lives, and so everyone wants them to be available quickly. However, medical devices can cause terrible problems if they are defective, and so everyone wants them to be safe. For that reason, the medical device industry is heavily regulated.

Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure to get a product to market overcomes the pressure to make sure the product is safe, and regulators are not able to discover problems until after the devices are already on the market, leading to patients getting hurt by defective products.

Woman killed while running away from car accident

The moments after a car accident can be chaotic. Injured people can be confused and in shock. There may be broken glass, smoke and fire. And when this scene occurs on a busy roadway, someone can get hurt after the initial collision is over.

A scene like this led to tragedy recently in Orange County when a woman was killed while she was apparently running away from a car accident. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on southbound I-5 near Disneyland Drive when at least one car was involved in a rollover crash. News reports gave few details about this first accident.

How are damages calculated in a wrongful death lawsuit?

As we have noted many times before on this blog, when a negligent driver injures another person, the injured can make a claim to recover their damages through a personal injury lawsuit. The damages in these cases can include the injured party's medical expenses and lost wages from the time her or she was unable to return to work, as well as less tangible damages such as pain and suffering.

In cases involving a fatal car accident, these issues are somewhat different. Family members of the victim my file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused their loved one's death.

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