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February 2011 Archives

Carlsbad accident victim receives $3 million dollar settlement

A significant portion of taxpayer money is designated for maintaining and improving our nation's infrastructure. In San Diego, like the rest of the nation, citizens trust the government with a chunk of their hard-earned money to ensure that our roads, highways, and interstates are both well-maintained and safe.

New product from San Diego company protects against brain injury

Imagine this: a victim is caught in a car crash and the impact causes her head to slam against the dashboard. This victim could be facing a serious brain injury, which won't be able to be treated until she can be transported to a hospital. Depending on how quickly emergency responders can react to the crash, hospitalized treatment might come too late to prevent permanent brain damage.

Red light runner causes fatal accident in San Francisco

Several recent reports have highlighted the potential life-saving benefits of red light cameras. The camera's proponents argue that drivers who know their actions are being watched will be less likely to drive recklessly through an intersection. A good example of exactly this sort of reckless driving occurred late last week, when a driver speeding through red lights caused a fatal collision in Northern California.

Cab driver crashes into crowd exiting San Diego nightclub

A serious crash outside of a San Diego club last Saturday left approximately 35 people injured, including one woman who nearly lost her leg. The victims were exiting Stingaree-a popular nightlife destination-when a cab driver drove his car into the crowd.

Wrongful death suit is awarded largest verdict in county history

On July 5th, 2008, a California woman lost her life in a fatal accident along Road 416 and Highway 41. Now, after two years, her family has finally received compensation for the loss of their loved one. A Madera County, California, jury settled the family's wrongful death suit against the State of California Department of Transportation with a multimillion dollar verdict.

Toyota update: acceleration cases will be tried in 2013

In past blog posts, we've discussed the serious legal charges facing Japanese car company Toyota Motor Corp. Many of you may recall this post, covering the story of a multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the auto industry giant. At the trial's end, the plaintiffs received a $10 million dollar settlement as compensation for the deaths of four victims killed when a Toyota floor mat trapped the car's accelerator to the floor and caused a tragic crash.

Coast Guard officer receives no jail time for role in fatal crash

The official motto of the United States Coast Guard is Semper Paratus, or "always prepared," and certainly members of the Coast Guard provide an invaluable service to American citizens by diligently and attentively safeguarding our coasts. However, some San Diego residents might remember a December 2009 boating accident in which several Coast Guard officers were not prepared for what lied ahead of them, and ended up making a fatal error.

Tragedy in Monterey County: Amtrak collision takes two lives

There is one road obstacle no hurried driver ever wishes to see: the flashing lights and lowering bars of a railroad crossing. Sometimes it can seem like hours until the last boxcar whips by and traffic can finally start moving again. However, as painful as the wait may occasionally seem, the potential consequences of facing an oncoming train can be far worse. In the battle between train and car, the car rarely wins.

Accidental border crossing: car crashes into California

As anyone living near the US-Mexico border can tell you, border control is serious business. In many southern states, there are entire units of both certified and volunteer officers dedicated to monitoring the crossing point. On Tuesday morning, these border control agents witnessed an unusual sight: a car crossing the US border above Tijuana not on purpose, but as the result of an accident.

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