When an individual dies because of the negligence or carelessness of another person, it is a wrongful death. Sometimes it is because of actions that were taken or actions that were not taken.
Have you heard that the California Highway Patrol has created a two-year traffic safety program to try to reduce fatal motorcycle accidents and injuries in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties? It seems these counties have a large amount of fatal accidents each year - making them high-risk.
Several months ago, the Aquinas High School in San Bernardino got some bad news. A former student was in a serious accident in San Francisco where he attended college. He is in a coma. His family is left with enormous medical bills.
A very popular High School football coach and his family were the victims of a fatal accident recently. According to California Highway Patrol, the coach's car became wedged between two tractor-trailers and burst into flames on the southbound 15 Freeway in Ontario. This incident caused a six-car pileup and minor injuries to others.
The Orange County Register recently reported that there have been 34 alleged deaths from Toyota vehicles since 2000. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, complaints about the Toyota Prius hybrid grew by about 1,000 in a week. Toyota has recalled 8.5 million vehicles in the United States and other countries because of gas pedal, floor mats and brake problems.
According to the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, a woman was driving her Mercury Villager on Interstate 15 last week when it crashed into a stopped tow truck on the center divider. Her husband and son were in the vehicle with her.
A 20-year old man traveling through the Cajon Pass last week crashed into a disabled tractor-trailer north of Highway 138. Paramedics found the man suffering from multiple injuries; he died at the scene.
Recently the Orange County Register reported that a surgeon at Children's Hospital operated on the wrong part of a child's body. It seems this is the third incident in four years.
Toyota's problems keep going. Now, U. S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into problems with the brakes on the 2010 Prius. The Prius is the world's top-selling hybrid vehicle. The Nikkei newspaper reported that Toyota would recall about 270,000 new Prius vehicles in the United States and Japan. However, Toyota representative Mike Michels said Toyota has no plans for suspension or a recall for the United States of Prius vehicles at this time.
Recently in the news, we have learned that driver negligence is not the only reason for motor vehicle accidents. Toyota has recalled about five million vehicles in two different announcements because of a potentially faulty gas pedal. This has affected many various models manufactured between 2004 and 2010.