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Brake Failure Suspected In Union Square Bus Crash

Local San Francisco media outlets are reporting that the investigation into the cause of the recent tour bus that crashed at Union Square. Brake failure is being explored as a possible cause. Investigators noted this would fit with eye witness descriptions of the crash. If so, this tragedy would be similar to a 2006 case… read more

Honda, Toyota and Mazda to stop using Takata airbags

Takata Corp.’s days as a leading auto parts supplier may be numbered after three leading automakers announced that they would no longer buy airbags from the company. Honda, Toyota and Mazda have all announced in recent days that it would not use inflators believed to be the cause of at least eight deaths and more… read more

Dentist accused of causing 3-year-old patient’s death

A horrific case of a 3-year-old California boy’s death at the dentist’s office has led to a filing in the state Dental Board against the dentist. The board has filed a complaint with the California Attorney General’s office, accusing the dentist of causing the boy’s death through gross negligence, incompetence and unprofessional conduct. The Tracy… read more

Go-kart facility sued for wrongful death after teen girl dies

Some activities are inherently risky, and the law says that any foreseeable injuries from such pursuits are not recoverable, because the injured person “assumed the risk” that his or her injuries would occur. But just because an activity has a higher risk of harm than normal, does not mean that injuries are not compensable. If… read more

California teens killed when driver speeds, loses control

Serious accidents are often blamed on teenage drivers, but is sometimes, an older and more experienced driver is to blame, and it is the teens who pay the price. Recently in Southern California, two high school students were killed when a 68-year-old man crashed into their pickup truck with his car. The California Highway Patrol… read more

Chipotle closing 43 locations due to E. coli outbreak

After 19 people in Portland and Seattle have become sick with E. coli, the Mexican food restaurant Chipotle has closed 43 locations in Oregon and Washington pending food safety investigations. Among the 19 people injured, 8 have required treatment in hospitals. Fortunately, none of those injured by unsafe food have suffered fatal injuries. Denver-based Chipotle… read more