Most Americans do not stop and question the production of foods that they consume. There are a number of regulations in place to ensure that food is safe for eating. Unfortunately, these precautions do not prevent every improperly processed or flawed product from entering stores and homes. The sale of a defective product in California has resulted in the illness of hundreds.
Certain stretches of California's highways are poorly lit at night. Drivers who are otherwise diligent may not be able to see a hazard in front of them. Authorities think that darkness may have contributed to a recent truck accident.
As illustrated by our blog, the federal government wields considerable authority when it comes to dealing with dangerous auto defects, issuing fines and persuading automakers to institute a recall. Interestingly enough, however, this authority does not extend to the realm of both used cars and rental cars.
Sometimes, when an accident occurs, the seemingly improbable happens. Recently in southern California, after slamming into a stationary car, a van ended up coming to rest upside down on top of the car it had hit. The accident caused serious injuries or death to all five of the vehicle's occupants.
It is not often that people see a high performance sports car such as a Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini as they drive down the street. If California drivers come upon an accident involving one of these cars, it would be easy to assume that the driver of the sports car is at fault for any serious injuries or deaths that occur. However, that is not always the case.
So-called big oil took a hit in another state last month as a jury concluded that the company's activities caused a family's illness. Reportedly, they were forced to leave their property because of alleged adverse health conditions. The personal injury suit began in 2011, and concluded with a jury verdict supporting the plaintiffs. As is often the case when an individual prevails, the business reports that it will appeal the verdict.
Police officers accept a certain amount of risk every time they put on their uniforms. Among these risks is the possibility of motor vehicle accidents since patrol officers spend a good deal of their shifts on California's roads. However, once they remove their uniforms, they expect their risk of injury or death in a car or motorcycle accident to be no more than that of anyone else.
In the late 1990s, medical device manufacturers began marketing a new product to surgeons that they said represented a significant step-up from traditional surgery in that it offered improved patient safety and altogether better outcomes.
In the wake of a report on national medical errors, California Sen. Barbara Boxer is calling for medical providers in the state to increase vigilance and efforts for patient safety. The senator toured a local medical facility and held a press conference, where she stated the medical community had a chance to save many lives every year.
A minivan was parked on the shoulder of California Highway 85 on the afternoon of April 21, when the driver of an oncoming vehicle suddenly saw a large brown cloud. Barely a fraction of a mile away, she had just witnessed a devastating auto collision. The crash killed a young girl who was strapped into her booster seat. Her brother and mother were also injured.