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August 2011 Archives

State fair stage collapse spurs wrongful death lawsuit

In the wake of the tragic collapse of a stage at the Indiana State Fair which took the lives of at least seven concert attendees, there have been many accusations of negligence and wrongdoing on the part of concert organizers. Recently, the spouse of a woman who was killed when the stage collapsed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several companies involved in the concert, and there will likely be several similar lawsuits that follow. However, this case is raising interesting questions for one reason: the spouse who has filed the lawsuit is a woman.

Safety tips for new motorcycle riders, part two

Last week, we began a series on motorcycle safety tips for new riders. Because many motorcycle accidents are caused by lack of experience, being aware of potential downfalls and opportunities for injury is essential for riders who are just starting out.

Safety tips for new motorcycle riders, part one

Many people who buy motorcycles do so after a lifetime of waiting and wanting to make that big purchase. As such, new motorcycle riders are often quick to get out on the road and ride, and many fail to take the necessary precautions that can protect them from accidents, injuries, or even death. Therefore, in the interest of helping to prevent California motorcycle accidents, we are going to share a few common safety tips for new riders.

Football players file brain injury class action suit against NFL

Last month, we wrote about the California personal injury lawsuit filed by 75 former professional football players against the National Football League. In their suit, the players alleged that NFL officials negligently ignored and willfully concealed information about the potential long-term impact of multiple head injuries, only changing their tune after a 2009 Congressional committee ordered them to take head trauma more seriously.

California legislature passes ski helmet law

Earlier this week, the California state legislature passed a bill that requires all skiers and snowboarders under the age of 18 to wear helmets while on the ski slopes. If the law is signed by California Governor Jerry Brown, the state will become the most restrictive, in terms of requirements for both skiers and ski resorts, of any state in the country.

Google self-driving car crashes - with a person behind the wheel

In recent months, California company Google Inc. has been publicizing its latest development: a car that can drive itself. And although we are likely years away from the Google self-driving car becoming a common fixture on our freeways, it is exciting to see the latest developments in technology come to life, which is why a recent accident report involving the self-driving car could spell trouble for the company and its innovation.

Marine remains in coma after San Diego motorcycle accident

A Marine who was injured during one of his four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan is again fighting for his life following a hit and run accident caused by an alleged drunk driver. Following the motorcycle accident, the Marine was placed in a medically induced coma while doctors work to heal his serious head injuries.

Actor's son injured in San Diego car accident

Last week, the son of actor Ryan O'Neal suffered non-life-threatening injuries after he was involved in a head-on car accident in San Diego. Police are not sure of the reason for the accident, which involved a van and a car driven by 46-year-old Griffin O'Neal, but they are continuing to investigate the incident.

California woman sues for wrongful death - of dog

Most pet owners consider their beloved cat, dog, or other animal to be a member of the family, much more than just a belonging or a piece of property. As such, we would do anything to protect our pets, and the mere thought of them being harmed or feeling any pain is difficult to take.

Don't let distracted driving derail your road trip

With the onset of August, many California families are looking for ways to squeeze in one more summer adventure before the kids head back to school. One relatively cost-effective way to take that last family vacation is by heading out on a cross-country road trip. For example, California parents could consider the historical Route 66, a road trip that stretches from California to Chicago, covering eight states between.

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