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December 2010 Archives

Toyota Reaches Settlement in Sudden Acceleration Lawsuit

Toyota Motor Company and the families of four individuals killed in an August 2009 car accident recently agreed to a $10 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit. The case was thought to be one of the strongest against the automaker and was, at least in part, the cause of many of the numerous Toyota-related auto recalls over the last two years.

Southern California Storms May Slow Holiday Travel

Torrential rains in San Diego County and throughout Southern California have contributed to hundreds of auto accidents over the last few days. Fortunately, it looks like the rain and storm may start to subside just in time for holiday travel. Forecasts still predict more rain today and tonight, but by later this week, the rain is expected to stop as the storms move on to the east.

Number of Car Accidents Increases With Rainy Weather

With several straight days of rainy weather, there appears to have been a spike in the number of car accidents occurring in San Diego County. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 30 auto accidents occurred between midnight and 7 a.m. this morning. Fortunately, none of the reported accidents involved any serious injuries.

Drunk Driver Fleeing Police Causes Serious Injuries in Crash

A woman driving under the influence and fleeing from police allegedly caused a serious auto accident in Valencia Park early Thursday morning. This incident provides another example of how innocent people are sometimes injured during police pursuits.

Police Officer Involved in Multi-Car Accident in Lincoln Park

There are a number of common dangers on the road that we all try to look out for. Chief among them might be careless teenagers, distracted cell phone talkers, and drunk drivers. However, one danger that we typically don't think about are police officers and emergency first responders.

Dog Bites U.S. Airways Flight Passenger

In this holiday season, more and more people are traveling to visit family. Part of that family includes the dog, of course. Last week, dog bites forced a US Airways flight to make an emergency landing.In this case, it was an 89-year-old owner bringing her 12-pound Manchester terrier along. The owner let the dog out of its cage, but the dog's sedatives began to wear off. The passenger sitting next to the woman tried to calm the dog, but his efforts rewarded him with a bite.The dog then got loose and ran up and down the main aisle of the plane. The dog was agitated and barking so a flight attendant grabbed the dog, only to be bitten as well.

Study Shows Dog Bites on the Increase and Often Affect Children

Americans own about 77.5 million dogs and the old saying that dogs are "man's best friend" is true in many ways. However, a recent study by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) shows that dog bite injuries are becoming increasingly common across the country.

Alleged Hit and Run Driver Charged With Causing Fatal Injuries

A fatal collision between a car and a pedestrian last October has led to felony criminal charges for the woman accused of hitting the pedestrian with her car and then leaving the scene of the accident. The woman was arraigned on criminal hit and run charges last week, but it is unclear at this time if a civil lawsuit or a wrongful death action is in the future.

Two Vehicle Collision Believed to be DUI-Related

An early morning collision in La Mesa that injured a number of individuals is being investigated as a suspected DUI. The auto accident occurred a little after 1 a.m. near the intersection of Baltimore Drive and El Cajon Boulevard. In all, six people were transported to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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