A California bicyclist is facing felony charges in connection with a bicycle accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian earlier this year. The case is one of the few instances in which a bicycle rider has been charged with a felony for his or her role in a fatal crash, but it may not be the last. In the past few months, there have been two other California pedestrian accident fatalities in which bicyclists were involved. One of those incidents resulted in a misdemeanor, and charges have not yet been filed in the other.
If you have read our San Diego personal injury blog for any period of time, you are probably aware that distracted driving awareness and prevention is a major focus of traffic safety agencies both in California and at the federal level. Now, with the release of a new survey on texting and driving in teenagers, this focus will likely become even more intense as government officials work to prevent distracted driving-related car accidents, injuries and fatalities.
A man has filed a lawsuit against a California nursing home, claiming that the facility repeatedly left his mother outside in extreme hot temperatures, and that the negligence of the staff in doing so caused her death. The facility has been cited by the California Department of Social Services for neglect, but it is currently appealing the citation.
When a car accident takes place in San Diego, the first concern is whether anyone involved in the crash was injured, and rightly so. Car accident injuries can be traumatic and life-changing, and time is of the essence when assessing and treating the physical effects of a crash.
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce will reportedly take a leave of absence following a series of car accidents that took place in Los Angeles last weekend. The incidents were reportedly caused by Commerce Secretary John Bryson previously-unknown health issues, which also motivated his decision to temporarily leave his government position.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, a national insurance industry group, about one-third of all homeowner's liability insurance claims are made in connection with dog bite injuries. Although this percentage has remained constant for about the last decade, however, the average cost per dog bite claim has increased by about 25 percent in the same time period, topping out at $29,000 in 2011.
Last month, a 101-year-old man was hit and killed by a 91-year-old woman in a Southern California crash. Both of the people involved in the pedestrian accident were well-known public figures in their city of Burbank, making the events of the fatal crash even more difficult for community members to come to terms with.
Last month, a bill to authorize the continued use and testing of self-driving vehicles easily passed the California state Senate. The bill now goes to the state Assembly for consideration.
In 2000, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) began rating the states in terms of their graduated driver's license laws and other legislation specifically applicable to teenage drivers. During the first ranking, six states and the District of Columbia earned a rating of 'good,' while six were ranked 'poor.' In the most recent assessment, 36 states and D.C. were rated 'good' and no states were rated 'poor.'