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Roads More Dangerous for Elderly Drivers

Everyone grows older -- it's part of living. Although reaching old age is a positive milestone in many ways, becoming elderly requires us to prepare for the changes that come with age, both mentally and physically. The ways in which we will need to approach many day-to-day tasks will change, and this includes driving.

Study shows 60 percent of train operators don't get enough sleep

Almost 60 percent of train operators say that they rarely get an adequate night's sleep on a work night, says a recent study from the National Sleep Foundation. The survey also reveals that 26 percent of train operators believe their lack of sleep affects their job performance, and 18 percent of train operators responding to the survey have made a serious mistake, or had a "near miss" accident due to lack of adequate sleep. All of these factors, in California and across the nation, have the potential to cause serious injuries or even wrongful death in train accidents.

There is a very slim margin for error concerning the operation of a train due to the significant amount of damage an accident involving a train can cause. Train operators must understandably be wide awake and clear-headed to appropriately operate such a large vehicle. Interestingly, the National Sleep Foundation's survey also notes that 56 percent of train operators take at least one nap during the day, and 33 percent report taking a nap while on the clock.

Diabetes Drug Linked to Bladder Cancer Headed to Louisiana Court

A Louisiana judge has set a preliminary court date for the pending lawsuits against drug giant Takeda Pharmaceuticals. The defective drug lawsuits are in regards to Takeda's number one diabetes drug, Actos, which is believed to carry an increased risk of bladder cancer.

Low-Income Patients Miss Out on Malpractice Claims

Californians who believe they have been harmed by a physician's errors can seek compensation through filing a medical malpractice claim. Unfortunately, some injured patients tend not to exercise this right and may never be compensated for what happened to them. A recent study has revealed that low-income people in particular are less likely to sue their doctors than patients in other income groups.

Denied Claim Costs Insurance Company Millions

What could be thought of as a freak accident has led to an $8 million dollar award to a homeowner. This represents a slap in the face for insurance companies that have traditionally denied legitimate claims or responded with lowball offers. Insurance companies hoping to reduce claims paid out would do well to pay attention - what was originally a $220,000 claim became much more costly.

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.

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