Most people are familiar with the law that you cannot drink and drive a motor vehicle. It is a common sense law that when operating vehicles that can weigh several tons that you have to be sober and alert lest you cause an accident and injure others on the road. No one disagrees with that, yet few make the leap that this is just as relevant on the water as it is on the road. A recent death involving a San Bernardino family due to a drunk driving incident involving watercraft shows the dangers of drinking while operating a watercraft.
Over a decade ago two young Santa Cruz, California women driving a rental vehicle lost their lives in a tragic car accident. On the highway, the rental car swerved over the median and collided with an 18 wheeler. The cause of the crash was not an issue of driving, but one of negligence. The car had been recalled for loss of power steering years ago but the rental company had never bothered to fix it and continued to rent it out to customers. What they did at the time was not illegal, but thanks to a new law this month, needless deaths will be avoided in the future. Continue reading “Rental Car Deaths Force National Law Change A Decade Later”
As the 2012 Mayo Clinic’s case study linking Benicar to severe sprue-like enteropathy continues to be discussed, patients are coming forward to report negative side effects suffered from taking the drug. With the New Year came yet another California personal injury lawsuit filed over Benicar (generic “olmersartan”): one lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California in January 2015 alleges that the makers of Benicar did not properly warn patients about the risks associated with the drug. The case – Verduzco v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., (Case No. 3:15-cv-159) – is currently before the US District Court, Northern District of California. Continue reading “Benicar Litigation Moves Forward – Laws to Change”
Memorial Day marked the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days, the period when teen crash deaths historically climb. Across the nation and in California, accidents involving teen drivers spike to record highs during the summer months. Over the past 5 years, an average of 1,022 people have died each year in crashes involving teen drivers during this period, with over half of those fatalities being teenagers themselves. This translates to roughly 10 deaths a day involving teenage drivers. In California, teen motor vehicle deaths are on an upward trend, with teen driver fatalities increasing by 26 percent from 2013 to 2014. Continue reading “100 Deadly Days of Auto Accidents in Californian Summer”
Freight trucks mingling with passenger vehicles may be a thing of the past on San Bernardino freeways if planning officials have their way reports ABC 7 News. With traffic expected to double on Inland Empire freeways, officials have put forward many solutions including a requirement that freight trucks use special lanes only for freight use. Such a requirement is not new to Southern California, as the recently opened Devore Interchange implemented these special trucking lanes.