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Court rules that employer may be liable for a worker's murder

A sobering case out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit may give pause to Californians about workplace injuries and liability. The case centers around a murder of a pregnant Home Depot employee that was committed by her supervisor.

Cause of deadly California bus crash unknown

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a bus crash in Merced County that claimed the lives of five passengers in the early morning hours of Aug. 2. The 57-year-old man behind the wheel of the charter bus, which had 30 people on board as it headed toward Washington state, lost control of his vehicle and struck a pole near Liberty Avenue on Highway 99 in Atwater at about 3:30 a.m. Reports indicate that helicopters were called in to transport the badly injured driver and at least six passengers to area hospitals.

Wheelchair users more vulnerable in car accidents

California wheelchair users may be more vulnerable than other pedestrians to injury when hit by a car. According to a study conducted by Georgetown University researchers, wheelchair users are 36 percent more likely to be killed in an accident than pedestrians who are not so restrained.

Paul Walker's daughter sues Porsche

As many Californians know, Paul Walker died in 2013 after a Porsche he was a passenger in crashed into a cement lamppost and burned. His daughter has filed a lawsuit through a guardian because of her age, alleging that the manufacturer did not provide adequate safety measures.

California teen killed, others injured in reported DUI crash

A three-vehicle collision claimed the life of an 18-year-old Santa Ana teen and injured seven others on Oct. 25. According to police, the accident happened after a suspected drunk driver ran a red light, crashing into a car in which the teen was riding and causing it to smash into a pickup truck.

California woman will serve at least 15 years for fatal accident

After a nine-day trial that concluded on August 22, a 28-year-old California woman was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison for her role in a fatal crash that occurred on June 17, 2011. She was convicted of vehicular manslaughter with intoxication, felony evading and second-degree murder.

Two people killed in California wreck

Around midnight on June 24 in Cajon Pass, about 35 miles north of Riverside County, a dump truck collided with a PT Cruiser in a fatal accident off of Interstate 15. Authorities reported that the wreck injured three passengers in the car and killed two others. The deceased occupants, 18 and 16, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was not hurt in the accident.

Investigation into tragic California bus-truck crash continues

Many readers may have read about the truly catastrophic accident that recently happened in Northern California. Ten people were killed and many others were injured when a FedEx truck swerved across a highway median and into lanes of oncoming traffic. The truck collided with a large bus carrying several high school students and chaperones and both vehicles reportedly were engulfed in flames.