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Orange County Personal Injury Law Blog

California car accidents: Woman killed by car while sleeping

As everyone knows, a person can be involved in a tragic event at any moment as daily life is unfolding. In fact, car accidents can sometimes involve people who are not even in a vehicle at the time. In a recent example, a California woman is dead after a car slammed into her apartment building while she and her young daughter were sleeping.

The tragedy happened early on a recent Wednesday morning in South Los Angeles. Reportedly, the 45-year-old mother of four and her 4-year-old daughter were sleeping in the same bed when a car crashed into their apartment wall, and then the bed. The car caught fire during the incident, although the fire was quickly put out. The woman died in the crash, and the girl was taken to the hospital where she is in stable condition and is expected to recover.

Pit bulls, mixed breeds cause most children's dog bite injuries

Dogs can make great family pets, and it is not uncommon to spot owners walking their four-legged friends around neighborhoods. While most of these dogs might seem completely harmless, the reality is that they are still animals, and animals can attack. Certain dogs in particular have particularly strong jaws and are more prone to biting than others. Sadly, dog bite injuries affect children more than adults.

Recent research could help California families protect their young children. The study looked into the frequency and severity of bites based on head structure, size and breed. A medical journal published the results.

Motorcycle accidents can result from dangerous passing

Most drivers likely understand the need to sometimes pass a vehicle in front of them when, for example, that vehicle is moving too slowly for the passing driver. When such a move is necessary, most drivers will do so with safety in mind. However, some drivers do not make wise choices and will pass another vehicle even in unsafe conditions. Although accidents involving unsafe passing or other risky actions can, of course, happen with any motorized vehicle, motorcycle accidents tend to be the most deadly, and this was certainly the case recently in Southern California.

The crash happened on a Sunday afternoon in Silverado Canyon on a stretch of road known for deadly accidents. A motorcycle carrying two people attempted to pass a car on at a bend in the road, crossed the double yellow lines and swerved into oncoming traffic. The vehicle collided head-on with another motorcycle headed in the opposite direction.

Car accidents can happen when people text and drive

Over the last few years, most people in California and across the country have heard many messages touting the dangers of texting while driving, and in most states, drivers who do so are breaking the law. Car accidents can easily happen when drivers are looking down at a cellphone, even if for only a few seconds. In that time, they may fail to see vehicles or other obstacles in their path or a road sign. Unfortunately, a girl was killed and five others were injured in a recent multiple-car crash that seems to have been caused by a texting driver.

According to a California Highway Patrol news release, the accident happened on a Sunday afternoon on a road between Yuba City and Live Oak and involved a series of collisions. Initially, a pickup truck driven by a 24-year-old man rear-ended another vehicle driven by a 31-year-old woman. Reportedly, the man in the truck was texting while driving and failed to notice that traffic had slowed on the two-lane highway. A girl was ejected from the vehicle that was hit and did not survive the crash. The driver of that vehicle, as well as an adult passenger, were transported to a local hospital with major injuries.

Resort guests should be warned of wet surfaces

Any California resident who has traveled and spent time in a resort setting knows that amenities at these types of vacation spots typically include a pool and/or beach. Inevitably, water from these areas will be tracked through common resort areas at times, and guests must exercise caution to avoid a slip-and-fall accident on wet surfaces. However, the resort also has a responsibility to ensure safety measures are in place, such as appropriate signage to warn of possible hazards.

In a recent example, a resort in another state allegedly failed to provide such safety measures and now faces a lawsuit. In March 2018, a woman filed a suit against the resort, in which she is claiming negligence after she slipped and fell on a tile floor in the resort's outdoor lounge area. According to the lawsuit, she claims that water had accumulated on the tile, but that it had not been there prior to her accident.

Some workplace injuries happen over time

Traumatic workplace injuries, such as those from workplace violence or construction site falls, often make for compelling news stories. Falls are among the most common fatal workplace accidents, so it is understandable that workers know how to protect themselves from these hazards. In industries where these accidents are common, you may notice an emphasis on using personal protective equipment and fall prevention devices.

However, more common injuries are the result of repetitive motion, strain and other strenuous activities on the job. These types of injuries can be debilitating and require surgery, long-term medical care and therapy. The more workplace safety advocates study these injuries, the more effectively they develop methods of preventing them.

Car accidents can be prevented with proper road signage

California drivers know that some roadways are more difficult to safely navigate than others. When driving in more challenging areas, drivers must focus on the task at hand more than usual in order to avoid car accidents. In a recent example, a crash involving five vehicles left two women dead and several other people injured.

The accident happened on a recent Wednesday morning when the driver of a box truck failed to stop as he approached slowing traffic in his lane. The box truck rear-ended a vehicle, struck a second vehicle, overturned on top of a third vehicle, then collided with a fourth vehicle. According to authorities, the fourth vehicle became pinned against the cement center divider. Apparently, the truck driver told investigators he was unable to stop for the slowing traffic.

Wrong-way drivers often cause serious car accidents

As any California resident understands, people who hold a driver's licence have a serious responsibility while operating a vehicle of any sort. They need to remember they are in control of a large piece of machinery, and car accidents often result when people fail to properly manage such a potentially dangerous machine. Therefore, it is imperative they follow the rules of the road and make responsible choices before getting behind the wheel, including avoiding drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, even with so much media attention focused on the dangers of drunk driving, it seems some people continue to make poor choices before driving.

In a recent example, a driver was traveling in the wrong direction on the Santa Ana Freeway very early on a Saturday morning. According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver's vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle. Four occupants of the vehicle that was hit were injured, three of them seriously.

California car accidents: 12-year-old girl suffers head injuries

Many California residents would find it difficult, if not impossible, to understand why a person involved in a collision would flee the crash scene. However, unfortunately, car accidents are followed by such behavior all too often. One recent example resulted in a child suffering head injuries, four other people injured and a man facing serious felony charges.

The crash occurred on a recent Saturday afternoon in Modesto when a 40-year-old man, apparently traveling at a high speed, ran a stop sign in his pickup truck and collided with a sedan. He left the scene before authorities arrived, but a witness' description helped police locate the man in an area near the site. A 12-year-old girl traveling in the sedan was ejected from her seat. She was transported to a local hospital, but was later airlifted to a trauma center to treat her head injuries. Another child and two women, other occupants of the sedan, were taken by ambulance to local hospitals, although their condition is unknown.

On-the-job injuries lead to $13 million settlement with Tesla

California residents would likely agree that all workers have the right to expect a safe work environment, no matter their employer. However, on-the-job injuries, unfortunately, can and do occur in many different types of workplace settings. Although some workplaces come with more potential for injuries, such as car manufacturing plants, these employers have a responsibility to be even more diligent about maintaining safety standards and providing proper training for all employees.

Recently, a woman who worked as a janitor at a Tesla plant in Fremont reached a $13 million settlement agreement before the opening statements began in her case. The incident happened in 2014. Reportedly, the woman, while performing her janitorial duties at the plant, was struck twice by a Tesla vehicle driven by another employee. She was initially pinned between two vehicles, and the driver then struck her again.

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