Even though 2013 statistics show roadway deaths at a historic low, 2013 still saw 32,719 U.S. fatalities in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration. About 3,000 of those fatalities occurred in California. Since California has become an official testing ground for self-driving car prototypes, its high accident rate might prove to be a challenge for cars designed to increase safety for everyone on the road.
It took two trials to reach a verdict in the criminal trial of a woman charged with gross vehicular manslaughter associated with distracted driving, according to an ABC7 – Los Angeles story. While the jury in the original 2014 trial was deadlocked, the jury reached a guilty verdict in the 2015 retrial.
Most people who sustain injuries after slipping on a wet store floor or suffering a head injury from a can that falls from a shelf naturally expect the store owner to take responsibility and pay compensation for any injuries sustained. But a very real question concerns whether or not the owner of a public place can be held liable if a gunman walks in and opens fire, injuring or killing one or more customers.
The commercial trucking industry gets products to the marketplace, which is certainly an essential service across the U.S. Still, every 80-ton vehicle on busy Los Angeles roadways poses significant risks to other motorists.
Without question, anyone whose negligence causes an accident victim to sustain any type of physical injury may be held liable for the economic expenses related to that injury. For instance, if a victim suffers an injury such as a broken leg, he or she may be caused to incur many expenses— including medical treatment, lost income and even the cost of household assistance during a period of incapacitation. The responsible party may be liable for these expenses.