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Truck accident kills 1, causes serious injuries for others

Navigating around 18-wheelers and other traffic can sometimes be difficult when traffic is at its finest, but when another vehicle makes a mistake, the results can be tragic. A recent truck accident involving multiple vehicles caused serious injuries and, sadly, one death. With the aid of eyewitness testimony, California police are continuing to investigate the initial cause of the wreck.

The wreck occurred shortly before 8 a.m. on Highway 17. Apparently, an 18-wheeler that may have been transporting gravel jackknifed across the highway, setting off a chaotic chain of accidents. The victim, unable to stop in time, collided with the stopped 18-wheeler and was thrown at least partially from his vehicle.

Investigation launched into possible defective medical device

Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is the producer of a mesh product for use in certain surgeries that has been at the center of some pretty hot controversy. This alleged defective medical device has allegedly affected both women and men across the country, including in California. Some of the injuries that were supposedly incurred appear to have long-lasting consequences for those affected.

The polypropylene mesh is used in a variety of surgeries, including for incontinence, hernias and even pelvic organ prolapse. However, the Attorney General’s Office in another state has recently initiated an investigation into the safety of the device. Additionally, the Federal Drug Administration has also warned against the mesh’s use, claiming that serious side effects aren't exactly uncommon.

Victims of a defective drug may be able to turn to Twitter soon

Drug companies have already long been required to inform consumers of a prescription medication's side-effects on both the label and in TV ads. But now, the FDA appears to be bringing their most recent regulations to the digital age. Sometime in the near future, consumers in California and across America may be able to learn about a drug’s side-effects through a popular social media website. Those who were not properly warned of a drug’s side-effects or who were subjected to the whims of a defective drug might find these new regulations particularly helpful.

As part of a recently proposed social media guideline by the FDA, drug companies who tout their prescription medication’s benefits on Twitter will also be required to tweet all of the side-effects. This will require the side-effects to be squashed down into 140 characters. However, some drug companies appear to be unhappy with this change and claim that it is simply an attempt to limit their right to free speech.

Fatal car accident in California leaves 2 dead, others injured

A deadly pass in California has sadly claimed two more victims after a tragic wreck. Multiple other people sustained serious injuries from the car accident, which reportedly involved a smaller car being struck by a dump truck. Although no charges have been filed at this time, California police are still investigating the root cause of the accident.

At the time of the accident, five individuals were riding in the vehicle that was struck. As the car proceeded through an intersection, a dump truck apparently barreled down a nearby off-ramp and blew through a stop sign. The dump truck then struck the other vehicle, which rolled underneath the truck.

Serious auto accident claims life of 2 children, 2 others

When it comes to fatalities stemming from a car accident, few may be more tragic than those involving the smallest of victims. Two children were recently killed in a serious auto accident on a California roadway. Additionally, two other individuals died while others suffered from injuries stemming from the accident. Police suspect that alcohol may have played a role in the accident.

At around 4:30 p.m., a black vehicle carrying four occupants -- two adult females and two young boys -- was traveling westbound close to Highway 180. At the same time, an eastbound SUV attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle. As the westbound car approached, the SUV failed to slow down or merge back into its own lane.

California nurse convicted after car accident killed bicyclist

A jury was initially deadlocked over the criminal charges for a nurse, though it ultimately convicted her of vehicular manslaughter. The car accident in question caused serious injuries and, ultimately, the death of a 54-year-old bicyclist in California. With the driver convicted in this man's death, his family may have solid footing toward pursuing a civil claim for wrongful death against the woman.

The now convicted woman was heading to work when the fatal accident occurred. At one point, she followed another vehicle and made a left hand turn at an intersection that does not have a stop sign. As she passed through the intersection, the woman felt something strike her car and pulled over to investigate.

Makers of defective drug reach $100 million settlement

The parents of a 24-year-old woman blamed her death on the birth control drug that she was taking. The potentially defective drug in question, NuvaRing, is apparently known to cause potentially disastrous side effects. This woman and some California residents who used this birth control may have suffered due to the lack of proper labeling for the potential side effects.

Apparently, the young woman had been on the cusp of entering a prestigious law school when she suffered a pulmonary embolism. Her mother claims that the doctor who treated her daughter suspected that NuvaRing was the root cause before he was even informed that she was using birth control. The woman died on Thanksgiving Day.

Fatal California car accident believed to be suicide

Car accidents happen every day. The majority of California drivers drive past one every once in a while. Most accidents are minor fender benders with mild to moderate damage to the vehicles involved. Other times, an accident is more serious and may cause significant damage to the vehicles that crash, along with injury or worse to the individuals involved. It is almost unthinkable that such a car accident could occur on purpose and an innocent life be taken.

Authorities believe that one of the drivers in a recent fatal accident actually committed suicide. This driver, a 29-year-old female, sped around other vehicles as she turned the wrong way onto a California highway. Reportedly, she continued traveling at a high rate of speed until she crashed into the front-end of another vehicle. It is believed that she purposely drove head-on into traffic.

Tourists suffered serious injuries in deadly bus accident

Tourists who may have been hoping for bright lights and exciting adventures suffered a much different experience while on their way to one city in California. After an early morning accident, four people were killed and several others sustained serious injuries. However, both of the drivers involved in the accident were uninjured.

Authorities believe that the 18-wheeler's driver was attempting to pass other vehicles at the time of the accident. He apparently drifted over to the shoulder of the road and was unable to retain control of his truck. The truck then jackknifed and spilled its load of metal pipes across the interstate.

Measure to raise cap on medical malpractice goes to ballot

Any mistake or negligence in the overall healthcare of a patient is not only harmful -- in some instances, it can be deadly. California currently has damage caps in place to limit the monetary amount a victim may receive for pain and suffering in medical malpractice lawsuits. Recently, a move to reform the law qualified to be on the state ballot for a vote later this year.

Currently, damages for pain and suffering awarded from a medical malpractice lawsuit are capped at $250,000. This law has been in place since 1975, and some think that it’s time for a change. According to recent data, because of inflation, the limit could increase to more than $1.1 million if the measure is actually approved.