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Man killed by the fumes of his airbag

If California residents consider some of the consequences of a car accident, they may think of broken bones, whiplash and other related injuries. However, in a recent story, a driver who actually survived the impact of a minor car crash was killed when he inhaled the fumes of his deployed airbag.

No--he was not injured during the six-car wreck. This man was injured by what may have been a serious auto defect. In this particular case, the car accident turned fatal when his car's airbag broke a window, which punctured through the safety device. When this occurred, the airbag released chemicals that quickly caused the driver to suffer chest and breathing problems.

MTA Bus Crash Injures Eight in West Hills

Eight people were injured last Saturday when a MTA bus collided with two cars in West Hills. Authorities say that the traffic accident occurred late Saturday afternoon around 5 p.m. at the intersection of West Sherman Way and Fallbrook Avenue.

The driver of one of the passenger vehicles is reported to have been rushed to the hospital in critical condition and seven people suffered minor personal injuries.

Woman dies in recent motorcycle accident

Motorcycles are small vehicles compared to other vehicles that share the road. Drivers of these bikes may feel empowered by their small size, believing they have greater flexibility on the roads than larger vehicles due to their ability to navigate smaller spaces with greater ease. However, this is not always the case, and a motorcycle accident can happen with the same frequency as any other automobile accident. One California couple was tragically involved in a fatal motorcycle accident in Southern California near Julian on May 19.

The couple was traveling down a rural highway when they made a turn and sideswiped another motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction. The wife, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, was killed in the accident. Early reports indicate that the couple's motorcycle strayed from their lane which led to the tragic accident.

Personal Injury Litigation May Arise out of NFL Bounty Scandal

Some sports law and personal injury attorneys believe that the recent NFL bounty scandal may result in personal injury litigation. The NFL scandal erupted earlier this spring when it came to light that the New Orleans Saints had a bounty system which encouraged team members to injure their opponents.

The New York Times reports that it is likely that players injured as a result of this program may be able to file personal injury lawsuits and recoup damages for injuries that are tied to the bounty program.

It is important to stay current on product recalls

As many California residents know, it is extremely important to stay on top of the latest recalls. This is especially true if you have children.

Although we all hear warnings about defective products, did you know that only 10 percent of products that are reported to be dangerous (through product recalls) are returned?

California Woman Awarded $415,000 in Slip and Fall Case

A Los Angeles County woman was recently awarded $415,000 in a slip and fall case. The woman was at a Costco store when she slipped on liquid soap that was not cleaned up by store employees. It is unclear where the soap came from but the woman's attorney believes that it likely spilled from a shopping cart.

Stores have an obligation to provide a safe shopping environment for customers. Although a store is not liable for every fall that happens on its property, there are many circumstances where a store's failure to clean a spill will result in liability. In the Costco case, the woman's attorney proved that the store was negligent in failing to clean up the spill and that this negligence was the proximate cause of his client's injury.

Couple Wins Wrongful Birth Medical Malpractice Claim

A jury recently awarded $3 million to a Portland-area couple in a wrongful birth case. These types of lawsuits are extremely rare and can be awkward for many parents to bring. The parents alleged that a hospital failed to properly do a chromosomal test which would have revealed that their daughter would be born with Down syndrome.

Although the parents in this medical malpractice case have gained international attention - and a few death threats - studies consistently show that up to 89 percent of women decide to terminate pregnancies of children with Down syndrome.

As California cycling increases, so must safety precautions

As cycling becomes a more popular activity, and more people choose to bike places rather than drive, road safety becomes an increasing concern. In one California city alone, an annual cycling event that spans the month of May will see upwards of 5,200 participants. With events like this come the need for increased caution for biker safety on the roads -- because when a bike is matched with an automobile, serious injuries can occur.

Last year, the state legislature attempted to make the roads a safer place for cyclists with a bill that would have required drivers to provide a three-foot clearance between their cars and the cyclist, as well as slow to a speed of 15 miles per hour when the three-foot cushion does not exist. This year, an adjusted form of that bill would require the same three-foot clearance and that drivers slow to a "reasonable speed" rather than to the 15 mph set forth in the previous bill.

Family of crash victims file lawsuit against Chrysler

California residents are aware that any car accident is a horrible experience. However, when a crash wrecks a family apart, an accident is a sheer tragedy. In recent news, relatives of a couple killed in a collision, which additionally paralyzed two of the couple's children, filed a federal lawsuit against Chrysler, the manufacturer of the family's minivan. The suit also charges liability against the other motorist that was involved in the car accident.

Specifically, the relatives claim that the design flaws in the couple's 2003 Chrysler Town & Country minivan contributed to the deaths and injuries of the victims. According to one of the plaintiff attorneys, but for the auto defects, the couple would have survived the accident and their children would not have been left paralyzed.

Los Angeles Limo Passenger Injured In Unusual Crash

A limousine passenger had an unusual ride last week in Los Angeles. NBC News reports that a Lincoln Town Car slammed into an exotic car shop in the Mid-City area last Wednesday. The passenger was critically injured but the limo driver fled the scene.

"The driver pulled the passenger out and basically put her on the sidewalk and walked away," an investigating detective told reporters.

The passenger was left bloody on the sidewalk as the limo driver fled. She was taken to a hospital with injuries to her legs, jaw and pelvis, but her personal injuries are not considered to be life threatening.

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