When people ride roller coasters, they do not anticipate that any real danger exists. Instead, they are expecting a fun-filled ride with thrills -- and yes, some fear -- under controlled circumstances. That is not what some riders got recently at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles County. In fact, two personal injury suits were filed against the amusement park after an incident involving a downed tree.
As the warm days of summer begin, many California residents and tourists from other locales engage in more recreational activities. One such activity that many seem to enjoy is riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles. Unfortunately, however, riding on ATVs can often result in serious injuries or even death in the event of an accident. One such crash recently claimed the life of a 29-year-old woman in Sonoma County.
Many California residents enjoy recreational activities like boating and racing on the open water. Few people expect these events to become deadly, but a recent practice run of a sailboat preparing for the America's Cup led to the death of a 36-year-old sailor. The potential wrongful death occurred after the Artemis Racing sailboat capsized and the man was pinned beneath the boat's wreckage. Reports indicate that the America's Cup leader plans to allow the preeminent race of the sailing world to go on as scheduled.
A recent bizarre accident during a high school gym class led to the death of a boy on his 16th birthday. The incident took place while the teen was playing a game called 'Over the Line' at a California high school. Another boy hit a line drive softball that struck the teen directly in the chest. He reportedly told others that he was suffering chest pains shortly thereafter and was rushed from the school to receive medical treatment. Tragically, however, the boy suffered a potentially wrongful death, and officials pronounced him dead at the hospital.
Some California ski enthusiasts may be surprised to learn that our state is the only state known for skiing that actually has no real ski safety legislation in place. When skiers suffer personal injury or even wrongful death on California ski slopes, resorts are not required to report them to the state or make them public. One state senator believes that ski accidents should become a matter of public record and is pushing for the passage of a ski safety bill.
Whenever a fatal accident occurs during what is supposed to be a fun event, it can seem particularly tragic. This unfortunately proved to be the case for one 84-year-old woman who recently suffered deadly injuries while she was engaged in a boat outing. The woman suffered what could potentially be considered a wrongful death while on a whale-watching boat near San Diego, California.
When California residents engage in recreational activities, they rarely expect that a carefree moment could turn into a fatal tragedy. Unfortunately, though, that is just what happened to one 26-year-old Marine who was taking part in a recent scuba diving expedition. The outing, which was likely meant to be a pleasant diversion, took a turn for the tragic and left the woman dead after an apparent equipment malfunction. Such a fatal recreational accident could cause family members who have unexpectedly lost a loved one to consider whether they should pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Whenever California residents engage in recreational activities like boating or waterskiing, they rarely anticipate that a trip meant for fun could turn into something more tragic. For one man, however, a recent boat outing resulted in serious injuries to himself the death of his wife and 12-year-old daughter. Authorities believe that alcohol played a key role in the deadly boating accident and the potential for personal injury and/or wrongful death claims looms over the tragedy.
With summer comes an increase in Southern California adventurers seeking outdoor activities. For many, this may include riding ATVs on private property, permitted public trails or at specialized facilities. With this rise in ATV riding in the summer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission wishes to warn both novice and experienced riders of the risk of serious injuries that come with these vehicles.