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Police looking for driver in hit-and-run car accident

A possible-hit-and run accident had deadly consequences for one man and also left several others injured. California police are still investigating the car accident and are in the process of searching for the driver believed to have caused the initial collision. However, it is still not clear what vehicle the driver was using before fleeing the scene.

At shortly past 3:30 in the morning, a 55-year-old man was traveling in the southbound lanes of the 605 Freeway when, for reasons that are unclear, he was struck by another vehicle. Authorities currently believe that vehicle performed a hit-and-run, but that was not the end of the accident. The man who had initially been struck lost control of his vehicle in the collision and veered across the center line of traffic. When his vehicle finally stopped moving, he was in the northbound lanes facing oncoming traffic.

Don't let a truck accident keep you from compensation you need

Tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and other large trucks play a vital role in the transporting of consumer goods to and from California. While integral to commercial trade, these trucks also pose a serious risk to motorists. The injuries and other related damages resulting from a truck accident are often severe, and the insurance company is rarely on the victim's side.

Large trucks require a high level of attention and skill in order to properly handle, and any lapse in attention to safety can have devastating consequences. A sharp turn can result in a rollover, while a turn that is too wide can easily strike other vehicles. Driver fatigue, inattention, and drug and alcohol use are not the only causes of truck wrecks, and in some instances, the company itself might be responsible. Failure to perform regular maintenance can lead to dangerous situations, such as brake failure or engine trouble that can also lead to accidents.

Chipotle hands over free burritos in personal injury settlement

Chipotle, the so-called fast casual chain, recently reached a settlement with a food poisoning victim. The nationwide outbreak of foodborne illness affected hundreds of people and put many people in California off the idea of eating at the popular restaurant. However, the recent personal injury settlement included something that might surprise most -- coupons for free burritos from Chipotle.

Over 500 patrons of the restaurant were seriously sickened after eating food tainted with E. Coli. Many of those victims moved on to file suit against the restaurant chain, including a 19-year-old woman who had to be hospitalized afterward. In total, she was left with approximately $40,000 worth of medical bills related to her hospital stay.

Samsung's exploding phones could lead to product liability claims

Samsung claims that its exploding phones have not actually caused any injuries, but it is not entirely clear if that claim is accurate. Reports of exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have rolled in from California and elsewhere in America, some of which include extensive property damage. One man claims that his vehicle was set ablaze when his Samsung smartphone exploded. Whether bodily injury, property damage or both are involved, product liability suits are often the most effective approach to achieving compensation from seriously defective products.

The exploding phones have been blamed on what Samsung describes as a rare error during the manufacturing process. However, although it has acknowledged the very real danger posed by its exploding phones, the company chose to handle the recall on its own rather than utilizing official routes with the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission. Some believe that this self-driven recall has limited its reach, leaving many consumers out of the loop in regard to product safety.

2 killed, others injured in hit-and-run car accident

A hit-and-run accident temporarily closed off part of a California highway and sent police on a search for the responsible driver. Two individuals were killed in the car accident, while at least three others suffered injuries of varying degrees. Police eventually located the driver believed to be responsible for the multi-vehicle accident and arrested her on several criminal charges.

At approximately 1:43 in the morning, a vehicle carrying four women from the same family was rear ended. The 31-year-old driver who struck the other vehicle allegedly stopped for a brief moment before fleeing the scene. Another vehicle then struck the vehicle that was left disabled from the first wreck. The driver responsible for the second wreck stayed and cooperated with police.

Injured in a truck accident? You need our help

Accidents involving semi-trucks are some of the most devastating types of collisions. Being injured in a truck accident can be both emotionally and physically traumatizing for victims, the impacts of which can last a lifetime. No matter how the accident occurred, if a truck driver is at fault, we can help California victims seek just compensation for their related damages.

Fatigue is one of the most common causes of trucking accidents. Most truck drivers log long hours on the road every day, and with few breaks and little sleep, fatigue can quickly begin to impact a driver's ability to focus on the road. A serious accident can easily occur whether a driver fell asleep at the wheel or was unable to react quickly enough because of fatigue.

Product liability suits might be in McDonald's future

Pedometers, fitness watches and other wearable forms of health trackers all seem to be more popular than ever for California residents who are focused on their health. In an apparent effort to include children in this growing fitness trend, McDonald's recently included activity trackers to their Happy Meals. Happy Meals are targeted at children, which might lead some to believe that the toys offered alongside the meal have all been vetted as safe and risk-free, but McDonald's could soon be facing additional product liability complaints after their activity wristbands started causing serious harm.

About 29 million Step-It activity wristbands were distributed to children through Happy Meals before McDonald's issued the voluntary recall. The fast-food chain received at least 70 complaints of injuries related to the wristband, most of which were related to burns or irritations on the skin. Seven of those complaints included blistering caused by the band.

Honeywell may soon face product liability claims over eyewash

The safety and efficacy of any product on the market is important under any circumstances, but this is especially true when the product is used internally or in consumers' eyes. Because of this, California consumers might want to check their medicine cabinets for an eyewash solution that was recently recalled. Honeywell, the manufacturer of the tainted product, could potentially face incoming product liability suits from consumers injured by its eyewash.

The Eyesaline Eyewash is sold for emergency events, in which an individual who has suffered an injury needs to rinse his or her eyes. It is easy to understand how important it is that eyewash solutions be free of contamination for those who have already suffered an injury to their eyes, but Honeywell is recalling some of its 32-ounce bottles because of some troublesome bacteria. The contamination was discovered during routine testing performed by the company.

Car accident victim described as teen with bright future

A California high school senior was the only passenger in a recent fatal crash that police are still investigating. The single-vehicle car accident left the teen dead and the driver injured, although the exact cause of the wreck is still not entirely clear. Police suspect that alcohol might have played some type of role.

The 18-year-old student was apparently the front-seat passenger in the vehicle driven by a 22-year-old man. Police believe that the driver was traveling somewhere between 50 and 60 mph just prior to the wreck. For reasons that are still unclear, the driver veered off of the road and struck the guardrail of a bridge. The vehicle then continued on for around 40 more feet before plummeting off of the side of the bridge. It ultimately landed on its roof.

Lawmakers attempt to curb motorcycle accident fatalities

Lawmakers recently passed a bill that could make riding a motorcycle in California much safer than before. Motorcycle accident fatalities are rising in California, but, if approved, the proposed bill would make so-called lane splitting legal. Experts and riders seem to agree that lane splitting would increase the safety for both motorcyclists and the drivers of larger motor vehicles.

Lane splitting -- which is the act of driving a motorcycle between cars -- is technically neither legal nor illegal, but rather a murky are of the law. However, this gray area allows for some motorcyclists to act unsafely when lane splitting. Legalizing the practice would create safety guidelines that police would be able to monitor, creating what many believe would be a safer environment for everyone on the road.

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