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California car accidents: 6 dead after crash near Woodland

Interstate 5 is a major highway that runs hundreds of miles in California and other states on the West Coast. While thousands of people travel safely each day on this thoroughfare, car accidents still occur. A recent crash that occurred north of Woodland claimed the lives of six people.

The California Highway Patrol reported that a driver had been spotted traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 early one morning. Officers were headed there in response to this report when news about a crash reached them. According to witnesses, the southbound car in the wrong lane crashed into a vehicle traveling north.

Car accidents: Several injured after incident involving Uber car

Uber has become a popular option for travelers in California and throughout the country. Out-of-town visitors utilize it to eliminate the need to rent a vehicle on a trip. Local residents use the services when going to an event where alcohol will be served so that car accidents may be avoided. The services were likely in high demand on New Year's Eve and into the early morning hours of the new year. Some passengers who had taken an Uber recently became involved in an incident that left several injured.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, a hybrid vehicle was being driven for Uber. A sports utility vehicle ran a stop sign and crashed into the hybrid car. After the impact, two onlookers attempted to help the people get out of their cars.

Airbags used on sidewalks to protect distracted pedestrians

Distracted pedestrians are a danger to motorists and themselves. As the screens on our devices capture more of our attention and lead us to ignore our surroundings, cities are taking action.

In Salzburg, Austria civic chiefs used an unconventional method to remind people to pay more attention while preventing injuries. They put airbags around lampposts to prevent pedestrians from unintentionally running into the posts. The hope is that the giant airbags will encourage pedestrians to change their distracted behavior. Similar initiatives have been enacted in other parts of the world.

Product liability suit alleges device severely mutilated toddler

While it did not occur in California, a recent lawsuit may have alarmed parents considering potty training their children with any aids purchased from Target. Recently, a little boy was severely mutilated while using one device, and his parents have filed a product liability lawsuit against the retail giant. Perhaps equally upsetting, this is far from the first time the apparently dangerous device has injured a child.

According to the recently filed lawsuit, a WeePOD Basix Potty Ring, purchased from Target, nearly dismembered a 3-year-old's male organ. After the boy's genitals became stuck to the potty trainer, the polypropylene surface of the device reportedly lacerated his penis almost all the way around. When the family rushed him to the hospital, doctors there were forced to use glue to reattach his organ, as the injured area was apparently too sensitive for stitches.

Product liability claim can be made after buying faulty product

Consumers in California and throughout the country assume that the products they purchase every day have been tested appropriately and are safe for their use. Unfortunately, the sheer volume of items available for purchase makes it extremely difficult to ensure that every item placed on a shelf is safe. In fact, over five thousand product recalls were made in a 12-month period ending in March 2017. This creates the possibility for a number of potential product liability claims.

Products for the home were the main category of items recalled, followed by products (non-toy) for children. These were followed by toys and sports-related products. Safety experts are concerned that consumers are put at risk by using these products that have not been tested thoroughly. Also, many consumers are not aware that there is a safety issue with a products since they may not have received a recall notice. Advocates have offered some steps to take if someone has a defective item.

Car accidents: 1 dead, 2 injured following head-on crash

California roadways are frequently traveled daily for business or personal reasons. Whether driving back and forth to work, dropping off or picking up children from school or running errands, cars are in constant use throughout the state. With the sheer volume of vehicles on the roads, car accidents are bound to happen. While most incidents involve only damage to the vehicles or minor physical injuries, some are more much serious. A recent crash in Shafter claimed the life of one person and injured two others.

Officers from the Shafter Police Department reported that a woman was driving her car early one evening when she was struck head-on by another vehicle. According to reports, the woman died from the impact of the crash. There were two children in the vehicle with her. A 5-year-old boy suffered severe injuries in the accident. There were no injuries reported for the 4-year-old boy who was also in the car.

$28 million awarded in product liability lawsuit

Xarelto is a medication commonly prescribed to California residents and others elsewhere in the country for the treatment and prevention of blood clots. Physicians routinely use the drug to reduce the risk of stroke, embolism or thrombosis. Recently, a jury found that the manufacturers were responsible for a patient's injuries that were linked to the drug in a product liability lawsuit.

The makers of the drug, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer, had gone to court in three previous cases. In those lawsuits, juries found that the companies had provided adequate warnings about the drug's potentials risks. However, in this case, a jury in another state found that the manufacturers were liable for the injuries suffered by a woman who had taken the drug for over a year. According to court records, the woman had four blood transfusions in attempts to reverse the drug's blood-thinning effects. She was awarded $1.8 million in actual damages and $26 million in punitive damages.

Right-turn accidents most common for bicyclists

As more commuters choose to use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation, the potential for bicycle accidents also increases.

For a large number of bicyclists, the most frequent type of bicycle accidents are right-hand turn accidents. These accidents occur when a bicyclist is to the right of a vehicle at a stop light that is turning right, a motorist cuts off a bicyclist to turn right at an intersection, or when a bicyclist or motorist passes a slow-moving vehicle or bicycle when approaching a right-hand turn lane.

Car accidents: 4 killed, 6 injured by alleged drunk driver

People who travel in vehicles operated by impaired drivers put their lives on the line. Amazingly, car accidents involving drunk drivers often cause injuries or death to others while drivers walk away unscathed. The authorities say that multiple deaths and injuries were recently caused by a drunk driver in California.

Reportedly, a vehicle operated by a 47-year-old man crashed into another vehicle on a recent Saturday evening. The impact caused the other car to roll over and smash into three other vehicles. Four passengers who were in the car that flipped over were killed in the crash, and that car's driver suffered injuries. He or she was transported to a hospital along with five other injured victims in the other vehicles.

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