California truck drivers and carriers may want to learn about a new rule announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The new rule provides more severe penalties for carriers, brokers and shippers who coerce truck drivers into driving through threats of reduced hours, fewer loads and other economic means.
A ruling handed down by a New York federal judge may open General Motors to punitive damages in addition to actual damages incurred by people in California and elsewhere whose vehicles' ignition switches proved to be faulty, costing the lives of at least 169 persons. The judge's argument is based on a presumption that after GM declared bankruptcy and emerged into the marketplace again, GM staff and their accompanying knowledge joined the new company that was formed.
According to the US Department of Transportation run Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 4,735 pedestrians and 743 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2013. In addition to those numbers, there were a reported 66,000 pedestrian and 48,000 bicyclist injuries in the same year.
California residents who purchased Ikea furniture should be aware that on July 22, the Swedish company recalled approximately 27 million of its chests and dressers because they could fall over and crush children. The recall occurred after two children were killed when the company's Malm chest tipped over onto them in 2014.
Close to the north entrance of the University of California at Santa Cruz, a 20-year-old female driver suffered a head-on collision with a pickup truck on Empire Grade Road. The California Highway Patrol reported that the truck driver died and that the woman suffered injuries with the potential to kill her. She was airlifted to a nearby trauma center.
At around 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 23, a tour bus drifted off of a freeway and rolled over about 100 miles south of the Oregon border. A California Highway Patrol officer stated that the bus was traveling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington, and that it has previously struck a Denny's about 50 miles south in Red Bluff. The previous accident did not result in any injuries.
It has been a rough week for pedestrians in Cathedral City. In rather strange fashion, two pedestrians have been struck by two separate vehicles twice in one week. The first, Teodoro Torres, was struck on Wednesday, October 22 at around 9:00 pm. The second, a still unidentified female, was struck on October 28, around 7:00 pm.
A crash that occurred at 2:20 a.m. Friday morning has taken the life of 1 person, while 2 others are in critical condition. One other has moderate injuries and two have minor injuries. The crash happened on the I-10 just west of Highway 62 near Palm Springs. More information will likely be released after the families involved are notified. This is the second deadly crash on the I-10 in just this week alone.
A California teen has been left in a coma after a motorist failed to yield at a Bakersfield crosswalk on Oct. 16. The girl was accompanied by a classmate, who was also struck, while crossing the street at an intersection near their high school. The accident occurred around 6:40 a.m. Both girls had to be transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment of major injuries.
Victims of any accident may try to minimize the severity of their injuries. They may just want to put an incident behind them and just try to move on. However, seeking medical help after a car accident, slip-and-fall accident or any other type of painful injury suffered as a result of another party's negligence can be crucial in establishing the extent of physical damage that has been suffered.