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August 2012 Archives

Car accident leads to charges for Los Angeles councilman's aide

A fatal automobile accident earlier this year has resulted in charges for the driver, an aide to a Los Angeles councilman. The charge is one issued when there is evidence that a driver was distracted in a manner that caused the car accident. Should he be convicted, he could face a year in a county jail. He also may be subject to a wrongful death claim.

Part 2: Reno National Air Race Crash--$77M Fund Established

Earlier this week we discussed the NTSB investigation into the causes of last year's tragic National Championship Air Race crash. This week also saw the creation of a $77 million fund to compensate the wrongful death and catastrophic injury victims of that crash.

Product recall: Bumbo seat

Many California parents may have used the popular Bumbo infant seat. But what if a product, which was intended to secure your child, was actually insufficient? Recently, a recall has been issued due to nearly two dozen reports of infants suffering skull fractures while using the seats. The defective product recall affects approximately 4 million of the seats.

Part 1: Reno National Air Race Crash--NTSB Announces Findings

Nearly one year ago, a horrific crash at an airplane racing event killed 10 spectators and injured more than 70 more. This morning the National Transportation Safety Board announced the long-anticipated findings of its investigation, concluding that several factors played a role and contributed to the enormous number of deaths and catastrophic injuries.

GPS Unit Leads Driver Straight Into Accident

A story in this week's Los Angeles Times reminds us that GPS units are potentially dangerous products, especially if drivers do not listen to the unit's instructions with a bit of skepticism and common sense. On Thursday, a man drove his car off of a ferry in Alaska and listened to the instructions of his car GPS unit while doing so. The GPS told the man to make a right turn when leaving the ferry, and the man did -- driving straight into the harbor.

Bumbo baby seats recalled after infant head injuries from falls

Bumbo International Trust, the company that makes the Bumbo baby seat, has recalled 4 million Bumbo seats in the U.S. after dozens of reports that babies fell out of the seats, 19 of whom suffered skull fractures. The company, based in South Africa, says that parents and caregivers that own the seats can order a repair kit for free that contains a restraint belt and a sticker that warns against placing the seats anywhere but on the floor. The repair kits can be ordered online on the company's website.

Los Angeles officer injured in hit-and-run motorcycle accident

A Los Angeles motorcycle officer was injured earlier this month in a hit-and-run accident that threw him from his motorcycle into the roadway. He was headed to his second job at the Hollywood Bowl (where he directs traffic) when a dark colored car side-swiped his motorcycle and sent him flying toward the center divider. The vehicle that struck him did not remain on the scene of the motorcycle accident.

Apples to Apples: A potentially dangerous product

California parents often reach for snacks such as apples to feed their children. The intent is to get kids eating healthy fruits and vegetables rather than the junk foods to which they are attracted. However, now, it seems that feeding kids apples from one manufacturer may be a more dangerous product than any junk food.

California Cyclists Who Wear Video Cameras May Be Better Protected

It is becoming a growing practice for cyclists to wear head-mounted video cameras on their commutes in California and around the country. Wearing a camera can offer a cyclist extra protection in the case of an accident with a motor vehicle. Reviewing the recording after a bicycle accident can help discover what or who caused the accident. If a driver leaves the scene of the bicycle accident, the recording can help to find the driver. These cameras work like the "black boxes" in planes that help investigators figure out why a crash occurred after the fact.

California man may have caused serious injuries in hit-and-run

Police have arrested a man who they have reason to believe was involved in a hit-and-run accident. California police pulled over the 28-year-old man in the early morning hours recently. When they approached the driver, they noted that the car had sustained a substantial amount of damage and that the man had suffered facial cuts. This led them to suspect that the man may have been involved in an earlier car accident that resulted in serious injuries.

California Heat Can Be Deadly For Children Left in Cars, Part 2 of 2

As discussed in the previous post, preventable child heatstroke tragedies occur far too frequently. The ongoing heat wave in Los Angeles means that more children may be in danger for heatstroke death if they are left in vehicles in these extreme temperatures.

Buckyballs is sued after children swallow product

Did you know that there is something in your home that may serve as a dangerous hazard to your children? The maker of the popular desk item Buckyballs has been sued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission after dozens of cases have emerged where children have swallowed the magnetic balls and have required surgery to remove them and repair internal damage.

California Heat Can Be Deadly For Children Left in Cars, Part 1 of 2

The heat wave in Los Angeles has been putting pressure on the power grid and also causing dangerous conditions for older people and for outside exercise. Another danger that comes with extreme heat is the heatstroke that can occur if children are left in vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to raise awareness of the tragedy that can result from leaving a child in a hot vehicle.

Los Angeles victims of train wreck, serious injuries seek change

Four years ago, a deadly Los Angeles train accident devastated many California families. The train had failed to stop at a red signal light and slammed into a freight train, leaving 25 people dead and dozens of other individuals with serious injuries. A fund to compensate the victims and their families was established in 2011, but now many of them feel this compensation was inadequate.

Defective stage caddie claims the life of a 3-year-old

In California, many buildings that host events own transportable stages and related equipment for entertainment purposes. Such venues, such as churches or schools, may be interested to know that the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the product recall of one company's stage and riser caddies because of risk of injuries and fatalities. According to a news release from the CPSC, the recall of the defective product was made in cooperation with the manufacturer, Midwest Folding Products.

Brain Injuries Can Lead To More Problems Down The Road

Previous posts have discussed the impact that a traumatic brain injury can have on a person's life. More than 2,000 former NFL players and their wives have filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, accusing their former employer of not doing enough to prevent repeat concussions and long-term brain injuries. The former players claim that they suffer from depression and early-onset dementia.

Former NFL player's brain to be studied for permanent damage

The family of former NFL player Junior Seau has donated his brain to science for study following his death in California last April. The 43-year-old died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. The family would like the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study Seau's brain to see whether his suicide may have had anything to do with deterioration in his brain from his career as a football player for the San Diego Chargers.

Truck accident: big rigs collide on Southern California highway

An accident involving two big-rig trucks in Southern California sadly left one driver dead earlier this month. The truck accident took place on a transition road between highways 605 and 210, where one tractor-trailer was parked. The driver of the tractor-trailer that was in motion was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the parked truck was reportedly uninjured.

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