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2 dead, 1 injured in California car accident

There are more and more drivers out on the road with each new year. With the increase in traffic, awareness of surroundings can help keep a person safe while driving. Unfortunately, accidents can happen to even the safest drivers. A recent car accident in California left two dead and one injured.

The accident occurred on Jan. 2 just before noon. A convertible traveling north collided with a sedan that was turning left from a southbound lane. A 70-year-old passenger in the sedan died on impact. The driver of the sedan was rushed to the hospital, but also died. The 50-year-old driver of the convertible was also taken to the hospital, but suffered only minor injuries.

The consequences of a defective medical device in California

In most cases involving serious injury involving a medical implant, a person is unable to research a product before it is used. Consumers in California and elsewhere rely on these products to be tested and approved before being used. Any side effects or risks involved are expected to be addressed and resolved before the devices are made available. A defective medical device can cause serious harm to a person's health, and in some cases it can be fatal.

A recent lawsuit has been filed in federal court in a neighboring state by a woman who was implanted with an interior vena cava filter. The filter was approved by the FDA in 2010, but did not undergo clinical trials because it was very similar to its predecessor. Common sense suggests that any medical device should be subject to trials before being approved, especially if there are known problems with previous versions.

Car accident involving drunk driver kills two

Safety should always be a major concern for drivers. Following traffic laws and being aware of surroundings are a good way to stay safe, but it isn't always enough. It is impossible to control every situation on the road, especially those involving drivers under the influence of alcohol. On Dec. 25, a two-car accident involving a drunk driver left two dead in San Jose, California.

On Christmas day, around 12:28 a.m., a family of three was traveling home when a female driver veered into their lane, resulting in a head-on collision. A 14-year-old boy who was riding in the rear passenger seat of the eastbound car was seriously injured in the crash and died shortly after being rushed to the hospital. The other driver, who also died at the hospital, was reportedly seen at a bar having drinks prior to the accident. The San Jose Police also confirmed that she was wanted for a previous misdemeanor DUI.

California police make arrest re fatal car accident

Most California drivers are concerned for their safety as they drive. As a result, they take certain safety precautions such as obeying speed limits and ensuring their seat belts are fastened at all times. Unfortunately, even the safest drivers often find it impossible to evade those who fail to take proper safety measures. For example, police say that a woman was recently killed in a car accident involving a driver who was allegedly driving the wrong way and under the influence of alcohol.

The accident happened late one night in mid-December. According to reports, a van driven by a 34-year-old woman was headed east in the westbound lanes of a California road. Unfortunately, the van is said to struck a car headed west.

California dump truck accident causes serious injuries

In California, there are many people who travel by motorcycle. Unfortunately, their safety may be at risk from drivers who fail to take appropriate safety precautions in order to protect users of non-traditional vehicles. Because motorcyclists may be more difficult to see, drivers must remain cautious. Unfortunately, one motorcyclist recently suffered serious injuries after a collision with a dump truck.  

The incident reportedly happened one afternoon on a day in early December. According to reports, the victim was pinned against a car by a dump truck. The dump truck, which did not remain at the scene, is believed to have then ran over the man's head and body.

California car accident involving motorcycle proves fatal

Motorcycles can often be difficult to see on California roadways because of their smaller size. Nevertheless, drivers of traditional motor vehicles must always be vigilant in order to protect motorcyclists. Unfortunately, police claim that a man recently lost his life in a car accident involving a motorcycle.

The incident happened one day in late November.  According to reports, the driver of a car stopped at a stop sign before pulling into traffic. Unfortunately, he allegedly failed to see the oncoming motorcyclist, causing a collision.

California Highway Patrol investigates fatal car accident

At this time of year, a driver could encounter more traffic on the roadways in California and across the nation as people travel to visit family or complete their holiday shopping. Regardless of the time of day or amount of traffic, drivers must remain vigilant and work to protect their personal safety as well as the safety of others they may encounter. Unfortunately, one young woman recently lost her life in a fatal car accident.

The incident happened at approximately 1:30 a.m. one morning on a day in late November. According to reports, a westbound vehicle driven by a 53-year-old man crossed into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, his vehicle is said to have struck an eastbound vehicle driven by a 20-year-old woman head-on.

Medical malpractice lawsuit seeks $12.5 million in damages

Drug addiction is difficult for families in California and across the country. In addition to the physical consequences, those addicted often face time in jail. Because those in prison are unable to seek medical care on their own, they are often left at the mercy of the corrections center jailing them and the doctors at the jail. Unfortunately, one out-of-state woman claims in a medical malpractice lawsuit that her son, who was battling heroin addiction, died as a result of opiate withdrawal because medical care providers at the jail failed to provide appropriate care.

The 26-year-old man at the center of the case entered the corrections center -- named as a defendant along with the facility's medical care provider and the treating physician -- in Dec. 2014. At the time of his booking, he reportedly notified staff that he was addicted to heroin which he had used within the last 24 hours. Although medical staff claim they initiated their withdrawal protocol, the lawsuit accuses medical staff of failing to recognize that more serious interventions were required.

DUI charges dropped re fatal California car accident

When a family loses a loved one as a result of the negligent acts of a driver, knowing that the responsible party will face criminal charges often provides those grieving some degree of comfort. The families of two people who died in a California car accident in March may also be examining their civil options. While the driver who allegedly caused two fatalities is no longer facing charges of driving under the influence, she is still accused of vehicular manslaughter.

The accident happened on a California highway. Police say the incident involved a southbound sports utility vehicle and a northbound sedan. According to reports, the 19-year-old driver of the SUV swerved into the sedan when she attempted to throw a cigarette out of the window. The 24-year-old driver of the sedan as well as a 19-year-old passenger in the SUV died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.

Fatal car accident in California leads to arrest

At the end of a work day, there is nothing more appealing to some workers than to unwind at a nearby restaurant. Unfortunately, police say that a man in California was killed in a car accident they believe was caused by a drunk driver as he walked to a nearby pizza parlor. The driver who allegedly caused the accident has since been arrested.

The victim was apparently walking to a restaurant near his place of employment on an afternoon in November. Before he could arrive, however, police say that a 41-year-old driver of a pickup truck ran a red light. The truck reportedly struck a sedan before striking the victim, throwing him into a parked news van.