California residents may have heard that a 22-year-old North Carolina zoo worker was killed by a lion that had escaped its enclosure. The attack took place at the Conservators Center in Burlington, a short distance from Greensboro. The worker was cleaning the lion's enclosure early in the morning, a routine event that takes place each day. The lion somehow managed to escape from the area where it was being held and attacked the worker.
On July 19, a duck boat conducting a "Ride the Ducks" tour on Table Rock Lake went under in a storm, resulting in the deaths of 17 of its 31 passengers. Ten days later, attorneys representing the families of three of the deceased have filed a wrongful death suit accusing the tour company, Ripley Entertainment, of negligence and outrageous conduct. California residents may want to know about the claim in more detail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to California authorities, a 38-year-old man has been arrested for driving under the influence in an accident that killed three other men. The accident happened on Highway 113 south of Yuba City.