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Takata expands air bag recall, product liability suits likely

Revolutionary technology has helped create the safest motor vehicles ever manufactured. From the introduction of seat belts to side air bags, most people in California have a fairly good chance of surviving car accidents. However, defective or flawed features greatly reduce the chance of survival, making safety and quality checks a necessary aspect of the manufacturing process. Those affected by defective products -- such as recently recalled Takata air bags -- can typically seek to recover damages through product liability suits filed against manufacturers, which are sometimes consolidated into class action lawsuits.

A defect in the Takata air bags propelled by ammonium nitrate can result in an explosion when the bag is triggered. The explosions are known to shoot out shrapnel, and they have been determined to be the cause of injuries in over 100 different incidents. A total of 21 deaths have been attributed to the defective air bags, 10 of which occurred in the United States. The most recent victim was a 17-year-old driver who was killed by the air bag after crashing her vehicle.

Motorcycle accident sends California officer to hospital

California police departments often utilize both police cruisers and motorcycles in order to patrol streets and respond to emergency or criminal situations. Sadly, a recent motorcycle accident sent a police officer to the hospital. Authorities are currently still investigating the exact cause of the wreck, and no criminal charges have been filed yet.

Shortly after noon, a police officer on a motorcycle was en route to an unspecified location on an official police call. Both the sirens and lights were reportedly on as he traveled northbound. At that time, an Uber driver was also traveling on the same road, although that vehicle was southbound. The Uber vehicle was also carrying a passenger at the time.

Truck accident claims life of driver after vehicle veers off road

While the following accident occurred a month ago, it still highlights the dangers of trucks out on the road. A truck suddenly veered off of Highway 99 near Bakersfield and crashed into a pole, killing the driver and eventually sending the truck cab up in flames. The wreck occurred at 2:30 in the morning. Few other details were released about the crash and the police are looking into the wreck to determine what happened.

Since we don't know for sure in this particular case, it is impossible to say what factors were directly involved in the crash. However, data clearly shows from past truck accidents that many truck drivers don't get enough sleep prior to going out on their shifts. Or, even if they do, that fatigue can set in or distractions can make them operate their vehicle in an unsafe manner.

Settlement In Major Pedestrian vs Car Accident Case Leads to Changes of Twin Peak's Roadway

Attorney Robert Cartwright speaks out on the recent news article related to Civil Law suit against the drunk driver that killed one and severely injured multiple pedestrians hiking near the dangerous Twin Peak's roadway. 

Thousands of product liability suits filed against Xarelto

Blood clots are a serious medical condition that can cause a wide array of injuries and, in some instances, even death. Most doctors in California take quick action to treat their patients who are suffering from blood clots. Unfortunately, one of the commonly prescribed medications to treat blood clots and other blood-related issues might actually cause far more harm than good. Xarelto -- a blood thinner medication backed by basketball player Chris Bosh -- has been named in multiple product liability suits for alleged uncontrolled bleeding.

Produced by Bayer, Xarelto was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012. Xarelto is just one of many blood thinning medications seeking to replace warfarin drugs. Warfarins are effective at treating blood clots, but also require patients taking them to follow a strict diet and to check in regularly with their doctor. Without either of those requirements, Xarelto rose in popularity as a Warfarin alternative and topped $1 billion in 2015 sales.

Attorney Robert Cartwright Responds To SFPDs and CHPs Investigative Findings Related to Union Square Bus Crash of November 13, 2015

Attorney Robert E. Cartwright, Jr. responds to the California Highway Patrol's latest inspection report made available this past week. The report documents continuing failure by City Sightseeing to correct serious safety issues related to their busses. In particular, corroded and kinked brake lines, worn brakes, air compression leaks and other maintenance issues were noted. This comes after a previous inspection following the November crash which resulted in a number of significant safety issues being documented and a directive being issued to the company to correct the violations. 

NHTSA pairing with other agencies to fight distracted driving

A couple of weeks ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made an announcement that it was pairing with numerous other agencies and organizations to combat distracted driving. According to the announcement, 3,179 people were killed in 2014 as a result of distracted driving accidents in the U.S. Another 431,000 people suffered injuries that year as a result of distracted driving accidents in the U.S.

Specifically for California, there were 104 people killed and and 11,346 people injured due to "inattention" accidents in 2014. In addition, from 2013 to 2014, the number of victims of distracted driving accidents in the state of California actually increased.

What to do when you're in a car accident

Whether you have been in a car accident before or not, the experience is still a harrowing one. When metal meets metal, the collision is going to be jarring, even if the vehicles involved are traveling at relatively slow speeds. In the moments after the crash, there will be a lot of questions and confusion -- but what you do in these moments matters. So today, let's talk about what you should do when you are involved in a car accident.

It may seem obvious, but you should remain at the scene. Many people panic after they have been in a car accident, and they may actually flee the scene. That's a crime, and it will only make matters worse for you.

Motorcyclist escapes serious injury after crash on highway

While the following story may be smaller in scale compared to other accidents and though it didn't occur here in the Bay Area, there are still some important elements to the story to highlight. In this particular case, a motorcycle crashed in Riverside, California, slowing traffic on Highway 91. Though an ambulance was at the scene of the crash, it does not appear that the motorcyclist was seriously hurt.

Few details are available regarding the crash. It is possible that this is just "one of those things," and the motorcyclist crashed on his or her own. Maybe another vehicle veered too close to the motorcyclist and caused him or her to take drastic measures to avoid a collision. Until more details are revealed regarding the circumstances of the crash, we can't say for sure.

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