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Passenger killed when engine explodes on Southwest flight

When California residents get on a commercial airplane, they expect the aircraft to be properly maintained. However, that is not always the case. On April 17, a passenger was killed on a Southwest Airlines plane when an engine blew apart on a flight from New York to Dallas.

Questions about the FIU bridge collapse remain unanswered

California residents may be aware that on March 15, a bridge collapsed at Florida International University, crushing eight vehicles and causing six deaths. The bridge had just been completed five days before the incident occurred. There were still several questions that authorities were trying to answer while the investigation continued.

Alaska Airlines faces lawsuit after woman falls down escalator

Whether in California or another state, airports are sometimes the scene of personal injuries. Recently, at an airport in Portland, Oregon, a 75-year-old woman fell down an escalator and died three months later from her injuries; the family is now suing Alaska Airlines and a particular contractor for failure to provide a promised service to the victim.

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.