A recent news report detailed how motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki has been ordered to pay a motorcyclist $8 million for its role in the motorcyclist's 2013 crash. The jury, which sat in Santa Ana in Orange County, awarded the motorcyclist $2 million in compensation and $6 million in punitive damages. The company indicates it plans to appeal.
How many times have you passed or been behind a pickup truck with items in the bed, a car with its trunk open and full of stuff, or some other vehicle hauling something. You probably made a passing comment to yourself or your passengers about how it looked like (insert object here) could fly out at any moment.
For some time now, critics of vaping and vaping devices have warned users that they could be dangerous. Others have downplayed their hazards and blamed any mishaps on error or inexperience of the user. Of course, while many warnings are circulating about vape pen use and battery safety, which is often a cause of issues, numerous people -- likely even you -- still use them.
Even when they wear a helmet, Orange County motorcyclists who get hit while traveling on the roads in or around Costa Mesa can easily suffer a serious traumatic brain injury. Given the size difference between a car and a motorcycle and the fact that a motorcyclist does not benefit from the protection of a closed vehicle, a bad blow to the head either from the other vehicle or even from the road is a real possibility.
The days are getting shorter, and that means that school is in session, the holidays are just around the corner, and you will share the road with drivers who have trouble seeing in the dark. Night blindness is more prevalent than you would think.
Previous posts here have discussed issues with airbags that had a tendency to explode in an accident. However, this is not the only sort of safety equipment that is prone to explosion or fire in a significant collision. For instance, seatbelts are also equipped with a device that forces the belt to tighten rapidly in an accident, thereby restraining the passenger in his or her seat and, when working properly, protecting that person.
As summer winds down and school starts, you may want to get in one or two last good motorcycle rides before the weather turns colder, family obligations ramp up and the holidays approach. If you haven't had the chance to enjoy many of those rides yet this year, a refresher regarding safety clothes may be in order.
According to a recent report, a man who was trapped in his passenger vehicle under the weight of a cement truck has, at least to this point, survived the affair. This accident happened in the Los Angeles area. According to the reports, it took police well over half an hour to get the man out of his vehicle after the accident. They first had to lift the front of the cement truck off of the sedan and then cut the roof off the man's car. He was reportedly pinned by the dash of his car, but remained responsive throughout the rescue. He was hospitalized, and his condition is not known.