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California woman killed in motorcycle crash

In automobile accidents involving motorcycles, it is not always the collision of two vehicles that causes a serious injury or a death. One recent California motorcycle accident, for example, occurred when the motorcyclist lost control of her vehicle and crashed. She was thrown onto the highway where she was then struck by a pickup truck that fled the scene.

The details of the collision in this accident are not very robust, but an important legal factor ultimately may be whether the woman was alive after she crashed and catapulted onto the highway. Once the driver of the pickup is found, police may work to determine whether the driver was distracted or impaired in any way.

Infant Death Blamed on Nursing Malpractice

A Murrieta Hospital was recently cited and fined by the California Department of Public Health for a nursing malpractice incident that killed a fetus during delivery.

 CDPH officials found that nurses at the Rancho Springs Medical Center failed to follow the hospital's procedures concerning infant heart rate monitoring and this failure contributed to the child's death.

The child's mother was already in labor when she came to the hospital in 2010. An investigation by state health officials found that the nurses failed to report their problems determining the fetus' heart rate upon the mother's arrival. Typically, a doctor should be called if nurses are unable to determine a fetus' heart rate because an abnormal heart rate can signal potentially fatal fetal distress.

California Teen Dies in Fiery Hollywood Highway Crash

One teen is dead and several more people are injured after a serious car accident on the Hollywood Freeway.

The accident happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. last Sunday when a Chevrolet containing three young people rear-ended a disabled Jeep on the highway.

The Chevrolet driver and the front-seat passenger left the car to check on the Jeep driver.

A Lexus SUV then slammed into the back of the Chevrolet, causing it to flip over and ignite with a 17-year-old Santa Ana teen trapped in the back seat.

"The rear passenger of the Chevrolet was unable to escape the vehicle or be extricated before the entire Chevrolet was consumed by fire," A California Highway Statement says. "The passenger died at the scene, and was pronounced deceased by L.A. City Fire Department paramedics."

Recall issued over kids' animated lamps

As California residents know, it is always difficult when product defects pose a serious risk to our health; however, it is even more concerning when these items are intended for our children. In recent news, the placement of internal wires on a lamp made for kids can cause electrical short-circuiting and sparking. As a result, the lamps serve as a dangerous fire hazard to consumers. The defective product has resulted in nearly a dozen safety reports.

Parents should check to see if their children are using the Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps, which feature rotating films with marine or safari pictures. The words "Discovery Kids" are printed on the front and left corner of the product.

California sleepwear recalled due to flammability concerns

A California manufacturer of children's sleepwear has sold 210,000 sets of lounge pants and boxers. Other manufacturers sold 6,000 pairs of sleepwear sets under the label Gabiano and 12,000 sets of pajamas under the name PajamaGram.

These children's sleepwear items are now considered dangerous products. They have been recalled by the manufacturer due to safety concerns after a 9-year-old boy suffered severe burns on his legs when his pajama bottoms caught fire.

Marine's Mesothelioma Death Linked to Asbestos Exposure

A recent opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times highlighted the challenges that can arise from complex toxic exposure personal injury cases. The article detailed the struggles of a California marine who had been exposed to asbestos and subsequently developed a serious cancer called mesothelioma. Court filings in the case allege that lawyers from the asbestos industry hounded the marine during depositions and that this contributed to his death.

"I couldn't believe that we had spent so much time trying to save this guy and these other people come in really trying to kill him," the marine's thoracic surgeon said.

Serious accident involving pickup and train leaves 1 dead

California drivers probably don't think about the risks involved with driving across train tracks. We don't hear about train accidents often, and we assume that there will be warning lights and gates to tell us when a train is approaching. With forces as strong as freight trains crossing roadways, however, it is important that both trains and automobiles take care to operate safely in order to avoid a serious accident. Unfortunately, these accidents are not always avoidable.

One California man experienced this firsthand when his truck was struck by a freight train at a private crossing. He was reportedly approaching the crossing on his way to work when the freight train collided with the front corner of his truck, causing the vehicle to spin several times before coming to rest alongside the tracks. He suffered injuries to the head and arm, and was transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Los Angeles to Pay $6.6 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The Los Angeles Times reports that the L.A. City Council recently voted to pay the largest traffic accident-related wrongful death settlement in the city's history. The city is set to pay $6.6 million to the family of 27-year-old woman who was killed just outside of her Sylmar home in spring of 2010.

The woman was killed by a speeding police squad car as she pulled out of her driveway. Reports of the crash indicate that the woman's car was broadsided at around 70 mph, which is double the speed limit in front of the woman's home. The police car also did not have its emergency lights on and was therefore not supposed to be speeding. There is also evidence that the police car's headlights were not on during this nighttime accident and that the officer lied about turning the lights off after the crash.

Long Beach Drunk Driving Car Accident Kills Teen Passenger

A Los Angeles teen was arrested yesterday morning after a severe car crash in downtown Long Beach. Authorities say that the accident happened at shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday on the 710 Freeway. An 18-year-old Los Angeles woman was allegedly driving her vehicle while intoxicated and caused an accident that killed her 19-year-old passenger.

The woman lost control of her 1996 Acura and slammed into a curb under the 6th street overpass. The woman then veered across the highway and hit a sign and a palm tree before stopping. The car struck the sign on the passenger side and the 19-year-old passenger was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

Popular children's high chair recalled

Most California residents would agree that product defects are alarming. Such flawed products always serve as a risk to our health and safety. However, the general public is usually more concerned when they discover a defect among a product that is intended for children. In recent news, a common child's product has been recalled due to serious safety concerns.

The federal government recently issued a recall of popular high chair. According to reports, Evenflo's convertible high chair tray can detach unexpectedly. This dangerous product is allowing children to fall out of their chairs, thus causing some injuries.

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