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Product liability in car injury cases

Most of the time on this blog, when we discuss automotive injuries, we are talking about motor vehicle accidents. In these cases, the injured party can hold negligent drivers liable for the damages they cause. Sometimes, we discuss more complex forms of liability, as when we talk about holding trucking companies liable for damages caused by their drivers in an accident.

Another type of liability that comes up in some car accidents is known as product liability. This is the legal theory that allows people to hold manufacturers and other parties liable after they are injured due to a defective product. The defective products in these cases can be toys, foods, prescription drugs, medical devices and just about anything else a consumer might purchase and be injured by.

Fewer bike accidents, but more of them are fatal

For years, advocates have promoted bicycling for its benefits to the health of individuals, to civic life and to the environment. They have launched "bike to school or work days," pushed city governments to create bike lanes and educated the public about safety. As a result, by most measures, the number of bicyclists has greatly increased on roads throughout the country.

Interestingly, the higher numbers of cyclists on the road has apparently not led to a higher number of bicycle accidents. According to bicycling advocacy group People Powered Movement, the number of bicycle accidents has been declining even as the number of bicyclists has increased. Unfortunately, the number of fatal bicycle accidents has increased at the same time. In other words, there are fewer bicycle accidents, but more of the accidents that happen are fatal. More than 70% of these fatal accidents occur in cities.

Statistics show fatal truck accidents on the rise

Because they are so much bigger and heavier than other vehicles on the road, large trucks are potentially more dangerous than passenger cars. An accident that might be relatively minor if had happened between two sedans can easily lead to serious injury or fatalities if one of the vehicles is a semitrailer.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration closely monitors statistics in truck and bus accidents, looking for trends and clues about how to prevent accidents and keep people safe. In a recently released study, the FMCSA found a disturbing trend: In 2017, 4,657 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, representing a 10% increase from the year before. Another measure known as the large truck involvement rate, which is the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks, rose by 6%. The 2017 statistics represent the most recent available.

Why California residents are at risk for vape pen explosions

Do you or someone in your household use a vape pen? This trend continues to rise in California and across the country. It's definitely a controversial topic with varying opinions on the matter. You might be among those who consider vaping a healthier alternative to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.

There are studies that suggest vaping may not be as healthy as many people initially thought. Regardless of health-concern debates, however, there is another serious issue that may place you or your loved one at risk for injury that is associated with vape pens. To put it bluntly, they sometimes explode. People have suffered severe injuries from exploding vape pens. If you or someone in your family plans to vape, you'll want to learn as much as you can ahead of time about potential explosion hazards.

Can I file suit if I'm partly responsible for my accident?

In many traffic accidents, one party is clearly at fault. For example, one driver was stopped at a stoplight when another driver failed to hit the brakes in time and collided into the rear of the first driver's car. In this type of accident, a court would almost certainly find that the second driver caused the accident through negligence, and therefore should be held liable for the damages suffered by the first driver.

However, many car accidents are not so simple. Often, both drivers did something that contributed to accident, or worsened the damages of an accident. For example, imagine an accident where Driver A is driving over the speed limit when Driver B, distracted by a text on his cellphone, crosses lanes and collides with Driver A's car. Driver A is badly injured, requires expensive medical treatment, and is unable to return to work.

California car accident kills two as driver flees scene

Californians who are obeying all the traffic laws and operating their vehicles appropriately might believe they can avoid an accident. Unfortunately, auto accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and can be caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another. These crashes can cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities. People who have been injured and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one should think about their rights and consider a legal filing to be compensated.

A possible drag race between two cars led to an accident that killed a woman and a man in another car. The car was making a turn when it was hit by one of the racing cars. The victims were declared dead at the scene of the crash.

Motor vehicle accident claims life of motorcycle officer

Motor vehicle accidents can happen to anyone in Costa Mesa and throughout Orange County, even law enforcement officers. Any accident can cause severe injuries and the worst crashes can lead to fatalities. For people who have been injured or suffered the loss of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, it is vital to contact a legal professional as soon as possible to prepare for a lawsuit.

A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer was killed when he was hit by a car during a traffic stop. The officer had stopped a driver for speeding and was on the side of the road when another vehicle swerved onto the right shoulder of the interstate and hit him. The driver was arrested for the incident. The officer was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Young man killed in Costa Mesa motorcycle accident

A young motorcyclist, who was only 23-years-old, died at the scene of a serious accident on a Costa Mesa street.

According to police, the motorcyclist was headed north on one of the city's streets. Another motorist, who was driving a passenger car, was headed west on a street that apparently intersected with the motorcyclist's route.

Study shows that Californians should heed texting ban

According to a recent study reported in the national media, texting and driving bans are having at least modest success in reducing the number of car accidents. The study examined the number of emergency room visits in various states. The researchers concluded that in states that had some sort of texting and driving ban, emergency rooms saw a four percent drop in the number of patients, suggesting that the bans really do prevent some dangerous car accidents.

There were a couple of interesting points about this study. For one, it seemed that, at least to some extent, any ban on texting and driving was better than no ban at all, as the study examined states with laws that differed in their degree of breadth and strictness. However, states with more comprehensive bans on texting and driving saw an even sharper reduction of visits to the emergency room.

With legalization, CA motorists should watch for drugged drivers

As many Californians who follow politics probably know, this state recently joined nine others in legalizing marijuana for recreational use. This means that adult residents of Costa Mesa can use the drug without facing repercussions from the police, provided that they follow applicable laws and restrictions.

Naturally, California's prohibition on drugged driving remains intact. As is the case with any other drug, someone who chooses to get behind the wheel while high from marijuana could easily cause a fatal car accident.

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