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Motorcycle accident, death caused by distracted driving

When we think of a distracted driver causing a car accident, we imagine someone texting and driving, or even someone driving while intoxicated. We don't, however, typically think of someone simply being inattentive while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this was the case in a recent California automobile and motorcycle accident that resulted in the death of the motorcyclist.

The motorcycle accident occurred when a Toyota Prius that was traveling northbound on Highland Valley Road came to a stop to make a left turn. The Prius had stopped in order to wait for the southbound motorcyclist to pass when a Honda Civic approached the Prius from behind. The Civic, apparently not seeing the stopped vehicle, swerved to avoid a collision but still hit the left rear bumper of the Prius. The force of the collision caused the Civic to enter the path of the motorcyclist, who was flung from his bike by the resulting collision. The seriously injured biker died before he could be airlifted to a hospital.

Beauty products: They can be dangerous to your health

Many California residents have strict beauty regimens. However, sources say that dangerous chemicals, heavy metals, bacteria and other hazardous ingredients are turning up in makeup and creams, resulting in unsafe product defects. With this in mind, a recent article uncovers some products that you should look out for.

#1: The first product is lipstick. The Food and Drug Administration tested hundreds of lipsticks and found lead in 100 percent of the products that were inspected. Half of the most contaminated lipsticks were manufactured by L'Oreal USA. While there is really no safe level for lead, lipsticks are not problematic if they are used correctly. In other words, the product should not be ingested when it is used.

Is tort reform really needed?

There has been a lot of media coverage of the tort reform issue. The term "tort reform" refers to laws that are passed by the states to limit or cap the damages that a plaintiff might receive in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Tort reform has become a hot issue for politicians and the phrase is bandied about as a way to demonstrate fiscal responsibility.

Wrongful death one of many causing Toyota trial in California

A series of lawsuits against Toyota are scheduled to begin in California toward the end of this year and into the start of 2013. The auto giant is defending claims concerning a sudden and unintended acceleration issue in many of its Camry models. These acceleration problems are said to have caused car accidents resulting in serious injuries and even wrongful death. Indeed, Toyota launched a recall of nearly 8 million vehicles across the U.S., starting in 2009.

The recall prompted hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death claims linked to this sudden and unintended acceleration. In one specific case, it is claimed that a woman's Camry suddenly accelerated and caused the vehicle to leave the road and strike a telephone pole, resulting in the woman's death. Toyota has also been accused of causing danger to Camry drivers by intentionally selling vehicles with this alleged malfunction, although it is yet to be determined whether this was a true manufacturing error or if Toyota was aware of a problem at the time these vehicles were distributed and sold.

Widow of Air Force pilot sues for aircraft product defects

As many California residents can imagine, it is extremely difficult to investigate the cause of an aircraft crash. A crashed plane involves substantial destruction, and examining the cause of the accident requires reconstructing parts of the damaged aircraft. Despite this difficulty, it is imperative to inspect these accidents because they may have resulted from a manufacturing, design or warning defect. If this is the case, appropriate parties should be held accountable for any product liability errors. Therefore, manufactures can ensure that all precautions are taken to certify the safety of future aircraft pilots.

In recent news, the widow of an Air Force pilot has sued several companies, including Lockheed Martin, for producing F-22 Raptors with a defective life support system that caused her husband's death. She seeks damages for wrongful death, product liability, negligence, breach of warranty and fraud.

NHTSA: Back-over car accident deaths and injuries preventable

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that each year, back-over vehicle accidents cause an average of 228 deaths, and 17,000 injuries. Sadly, a significant number of the people killed or injured in this sort of car accident are young children. However, California residents may be interested to know that safety advocates say that these accidents can be significantly prevented by the addition of required rear-view camera systems to vehicles.

In fact, these very changes are in the process of being implemented, but have currently been postponed. The new rules will required that every new car and truck under 10,000 pounds have a rear-view camera system included in its design. The NHTSA estimates that the addition of these rear-view cameras will prevent 95 to 112 back-over car accident deaths as well as more than 7,000 injuries annually.

Causes of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Orange County

Orange County, California, has seen a number of hit-and-run fatal car accidents involving pedestrians in recent weeks. The Santa Ana Police Department has reported that although the incidents have received significant media attention, there has not been a spike in the number of accidents.

Since 2007, there have been 29 fatal accidents involving pedestrians in Santa Ana; in 5 instances, the driver fled from the scene. Norm Gielda, of the Santa Ana Police Department, noted the primary reasons why drivers do not stop after hitting a pedestrian.

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