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Record increase in car accident deaths in first half of 2012

According to preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents increased significantly in the first six months of 2012. Officials are not yet sure of the reason for the jump, but they reportedly believe that the economy and the job market may be partially to blame for both the historic declines in traffic fatalities in previous years and this year's large increase.

Weekends may be more deadly for California brain injury patients

Every year, about 1.4 million people suffer head injuries in California and across the United States, resulting in approximately 50,000 annual fatalities. Now, a new study has reportedly found that brain injury patients are more likely to die if they are admitted to the hospital on a weekend than on a weekday. This is believed to be the result of inconsistent staffing levels during the two time periods.

Crash deaths rise in first quarter of 2012

According to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the first quarter of 2012 saw a significant increase in car accident deaths in comparison to the same time period in 2011. The NHTSA is not yet sure of the reason for the unprecedented jump, but it points toward additional data indicating a coordinating increase in the number of miles driven during the time period in question.

Young passengers increase teen crash fatality risk, study says

Between 2000 and 2010, the number of teenagers killed in car accidents in which they or another teen were behind the wheel decreased significantly. Government officials believe that the drop in fatal accidents involving teen drivers was largely the result of graduated driver's licensing laws, which were passed or strengthened by many states during that decade.

California women face manslaughter charges in pit bull death

A California mother and daughter are facing criminal charges after the death of an elderly woman who was attacked by the family's two dogs earlier this year. The women previously pleaded not guilty to the lesser charges against them, but it is not yet known how they will react to the additional charge.

Strong traffic safety laws result in fewer accident deaths

It may seem like a no-brainer, but a new report is claiming that the states with the safest roads are those with the strongest traffic safety laws. Specifically, California and the 17 other states that ranked the highest in the annual report from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety also spend the least on car, truck and motorcycle accidents and related costs.

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.

Grandfather charged in grandson's dog bite death

In the preliminary criminal hearing of a 53-year-old California man alleged to be responsible for the dog bite death of his young grandson, the prosecutor argued that the defendant should be charged with second-degree murder. Under the implied malice theory as laid out by California law, the prosecutor argued, the fact that the man left the toddler home alone with five pit bulls that were known to be dangerous constitutes murder.

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