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- Would a common person notice the danger zone on the spot?
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Chrysler recalls 370,297 trucks for possible loose fastener
DETROIT (Reuters) – Chrysler Group LLC said on Thursday it was recalling 370,297 pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles globally because a loose fastener could cause the rear axle to lock up and make a driver lose control.
The recall, which expands on another recall announced last fall, affects 278,222 vehicles in the United States, 63,321 in Canada, 23,767 in Mexico and 4,987 in the rest of the world, Chrysler said.
Chrysler, which is controlled by Italy’s Fiat, said it was recalling some Ram 1500 pickups from model years 2009 through 2012, Dodge Dakota pickup trucks from model years 2009 through 2011, and 2009-model Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango full-size SUVs.
A Chrysler spokesman said the U.S. automaker was aware of 15 accidents related to the recall, but no injuries.
Last October, Chrysler recalled more than 44,000 Dakotas and Ram 1500 pickups for the same problem. Further review of customer complaints and field reports, however, showed the problem also existed for vehicles not covered by the first recall, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Chrysler said some rear axles were assembled with a fastener that can loosen and lead to failure. It said its dealers will install a retainer, at no cost to customers, that secures the fastener.
The recall was expected to begin in March, according to NHTSA documents.
(Reporting By Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by M.D. Golan)
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DETROIT (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co said it is recalling 777,000 late-model Pilot and Odyssey vehicles in the United States and Canada due to a problem with the deployment of driver’s side airbags, American Honda said on Friday.
No crashes or injuries have been reported in relation to the issue, Honda said.
Honda said some driver’s side airbags were may have been installed without some of the rivets that secure the airbag’s plastic cover. If the rivets are missing, the airbag may not deploy properly, increasing the risk of injury in a crash, Honda said.
Honda recalled 748,000 Pilots and Odysseys in the United States and another 29,000 in Canada.
The Pilot crossover vehicles recalled are from model years 2009 to 2013 and Odyssey minivans from model years 2011 to 2013.
Honda said it will mail out notifications to Pilot and Odyssey owners in mid-February.
Owners will be asked to bring their vehicles into dealerships for inspection and replacement of the driver’s side airbag if necessary.
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz and Marguerita Choy)
This Southern California attorney has been recognized by the only statewide professional association of lawyers who represent plaintiffs in civil actions.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2013
PJ Javaheri has become a recognized member of the Consumer Attorneys of California.
Consumer Attorneys of California is the nation’s second largest local association of plaintiffs’ personal injury attorneys. Injury attorneys protect people from unsafe products, unsafe medicine, unfair business practices and unscrupulous, negligent corporate conduct. As a member of Consumer Attorneys of California, Mr. Javaheri subscribes to the highest standards of quality legal representation and ethical conduct. As personal injury lawyers who solely represent the interests of consumers, Mr. Javaheri and this Association are powerful advocates for victim’s rights and equal access to justice.
Mr. Javaheri is also ranked as a Super Lawyers California Rising Star and one of the top-up-and-coming attorneys in California for 2012. This ranking is conducted by the Los Angeles Magazine and the Southern California Super Lawyers, where each year, only 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California receive this honor. You can review Mr. Javaheri’s Super Lawyer profile on his website.
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Pejman “P.J.” Javaheri has been named to the Super Lawyers California Rising Stars list as one of the top-up-and-coming attorneys in California for 2012. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. The selection for this respected list is made by the Los Angeles Magazine and Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Star Edition Magazine.
P.J. Javaheri is a principal of ThruLaw, P.C. that operates numerous law firms in California, including Juris Law Group (www.jurislawgroup.com), ThruLaw, a Personal Injury law firm (www.ThruLaw.com) and California Disability Rights Center (www.CaliforniaDisabilityRights.org). Prior to being a principal, he was an attorney at Winston & Strawn, LLP, one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious international multi-practice law firms.
ThruLaw is a boutique personal injury law firm that assists injured clients throughout California. Disability Center of America (formerly known as California Disability Rights Center) handles social security, disability and special education claims for claimants throughout the nation. Juris Law Group is a boutique law firm specializing in several areas of law.
ThruLaw, P.C. has two offices in California, one in Century City serving Southern California and another one in Menlo Park, serving Northern California.
Mr. Javaheri received a B.A. in Political Science, with honors, and a B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, from the University of California at Irvine. He received a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2005, where he was a member of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and co-founder and executive managing editor of the Hastings Business Law Journal. After graduating, Mr. Javaheri joined Winston & Strawn, LLP.
Mr. Javaheri is a contributing author of “Single-Purpose Entities in U.S. Real Estate Transactions: Are they Worth the Hassle?” which was published in Briefings in Real Estate Finance, and a contributing author of “After a Default — Working the Alternatives,” which was published in the ABA Section of Business Law, Practical Resources for the Business Lawyer
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The number of people who were killed statewide in traffic accidents over the holiday weekend was up 64% from 25 to 41 fatalities, according to figures released Wednesday by the California Highway Patrol.
Arrests for driving under the influence also increased from 1,270 to 1,405 this year, a rise of 11%. About half of the people killed in the CHP’s jurisdiction, which includes freeways and highways, were not wearing seatbelts, said Fran Clader, a CHP spokeswoman.
This year’s report contained an additional 24-hour reporting period compared to last year.
“It only takes a couple seconds to put on a seatbelt,” she said. “That one act can save your life.”
For the first time since 2005, the California Highway Patrol’s Southern Division, which includes unincorporated Los Angeles County and several contract cities, saw no traffic fatalities over the New Year’s weekend.
Three people were killed in the city of Los Angeles.
“Hopefully, that shows that the message is getting across to be responsible while you’re having fun,” said Officer Ming Hsu with the CHP’s Southern Division, which includes portions of East L.A., Rosemead and La Crescenta.
The report tracked arrests and fatalities from Friday at 6:01 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
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L.A. drivers have high rate of fatal pedestrian, cyclist crashes
Los Angeles isn’t known as a city for walking. Maybe there is a good reason — it’s too dangerous.
Drivers in Los Angeles kill pedestrians and bicyclists at a significantly higher rate than drivers nationally, according to a study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
In Los Angeles, pedestrians accounted for about a third of all traffic fatalities, or nearly triple the national average of 11.4%. About 3% of the fatalities were bicyclists. That compares with 1.7% nationally.
“This is a matter of exposure,” said Michael Sivak, a professor at the institute and a study coauthor along with Shan Bao. “When you look at large urban areas you have a wider mix of road users.”
The numbers are even worse in urban New York, where 49.6% of traffic fatalities were pedestrians and 6.1% were bicyclists.
The study, which compared crash rates in Los Angeles, New York and nationwide, examined data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, California Highway Patrol and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. The database included 449,498 crashes within Los Angeles city limits, with 2,086 crashes that involved at least one death during the eight-year period of 2002 through 2009.
“You can look at the kinds of crashes in which the city is overrepresented and say that those are the areas that safety and traffic officials should pay more attention to,” Sivak said.
About 20% of all trips in Los Angeles County are on foot or by bike, but less than 1% of transportation funding in the county goes to improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists, said Eric Bruins, planning and policy director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.
“If we want to get serious about traffic safety, we need to get serious about funding equity so we can build infrastructure that allows people to walk and bike safely around their communities,” he said. “Our current metrics value automobile throughput over traffic safety.”
One measure that bicycle advocates said would improve safety was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday.
Brown rejected legislation that would have required motorists to give bicyclists at least three feet of room while passing, or slow down — citing concern that it could cause more car accidents. Brown said he worried about requiring motorists to slow to 15 mph when passing bicyclists if there is not three feet between them.
In other findings, the University of Michigan researchers found that women who lived in Los Angeles were less likely to be in an accident than men. In the city, men accounted for a higher proportion of fatalities than the national average, 62.3% compared with 57.6%.
Other highlights include more fatal crashes at intersections (36% in Los Angeles versus 22% in the U.S.), and more fatal crashes at low speeds — 35 mph or less (66.5% in Los Angeles versus 21.8% in the U.S.).
When considering the time of the day, crashes at night in Los Angeles constituted a higher percentage than the national average, 25.4% to 17.8% for the hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (The percentage of nighttime crashes in New York was the same as in Los Angeles.)
“This is most likely due to the fact that people are more likely to be out and about at night in the big cities than they are elsewhere,” Sivak said.
2 women electrocuted trying to help at crash scene
Irma Zamora ran into the electrified water at the Valley Village site and was killed. Another woman died trying to help her. Officials call them heroes.
By Sam Quinones and Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
August 24, 2012
Irma Zamora’s husband urged her not to get out of the car as they approached the scene of a spectacular traffic crash in Los Angeles’ Valley Village neighborhood. But as he pulled over to call 911, she rushed out anyway, eager to help.
A sport utility vehicle had just careened through the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue, shearing off a concrete light standard and knocking over a fire hydrant before coming to rest on a front lawn. Water spewed skyward from the broken hydrant and quickly pooled in the intersection.
Zamora ran toward the wrecked SUV and stepped into an electrified pool of water. She was immediately –- and fatally — electrocuted, struck by what firefighters estimate was 48,000 volts of electricity.
Such selfless action was typical of Zamora, her sister Ana Aviles said Thursday. “She always helped people. She didn’t measure the consequences. She was trying to save a life.”
Zamora, 40, of Burbank, was one of two women who died Wednesday night in what police and witnesses described as a bizarre and tragic series of events. The name of the second woman, who touched Zamora after she had been stricken and was also electrocuted, has not been released.
At least half a dozen others, including the driver of the SUV and a Los Angeles police officer, were hospitalized after they too received electrical shocks while trying to aid the victims.
“It’s horrific, very sad for the families of these women and everyone involved,” said Los Angeles Police Det. Bill Bustos of the Valley Traffic Division. “They were just trying to help.”
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who visited the site of the accident Thursday with other city officials, called the two women heroes and praised their instinct to render aid. But he also urged people to take time to assess such situations and wait for professionals to arrive. “We don’t want anyone hurt,” he said.
Police said the driver of the vehicle, a 19-year-old from Glendale who has not been identified, was heading west on Magnolia Boulevard when he tried to negotiate a right turn onto Ben from the left lane. He was traveling at speeds believed to be well above the 35-mile-per-hour limit, police said.
Alcohol was not a factor, Bustos said.
Residents of the densely populated neighborhood described a chaotic scene, as gushing water spread rapidly through the darkened intersection. Would-be rescuers raced up from all directions.
“It was horrible, chaotic, just horrible,” said Liz Casmier, who lives nearby. Casmier said at least 50 people gathered within minutes of the crash.
Jacqueline Montgomery, who manages a nearby apartment complex, was walking a friend to his car when she saw the speeding SUV sliding into the turn.
“He was flying,” she said.
As people began to pour out of the many apartment buildings in the area, Zamora and her husband pulled up, several eyewitnesses said. Zamora raced toward the SUV, apparently intent on helping the driver, but stepped into the water and was instantly shocked.
“We saw her standing there and shaking” from the electrical current, said a resident named Jeanette, who declined to give her last name. “I can still see it vivid in my mind.”
Zamora’s distraught husband ran toward his wife, yelling to her, the woman said. Several neighbors restrained him, fearing he too might be injured.
Twin brothers Skyler and Beau Maxon, 23, who moved to Los Angeles from Salt Lake City two years ago to pursue acting careers, also rushed to the scene from their apartment.
Skyler Maxon said his brother approached Zamora, touching either the injured woman or the electrified water near her and immediately suffered a shock. He was in intensive care Thursday but is expected to live, his brother said.
Maxon said as he and another man tried to help his brother, another woman, not aware of the danger, ran toward Zamora. “We were yelling at her to stay back, but I don’t think she understood,” he said.
The woman touched Zamora, then collapsed.
Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jaime Moore said rescue crews used a specialized glass pole to retrieve the women’s bodies safely. Efforts to resuscitate them were unsuccessful, he said.
Late in the day, Zamora’s family members and friends set up a collage of pictures of her at the accident site and several young relatives released balloons in her memory.
Since 1993, she had worked at Lawyers Title Co. in Burbank, where she had moved up from the switchboard to an assistant title officer. She was friendly and well-liked, said the firm’s David Cronenbold.
“She will be remembered as a person who passed away doing what she always did, which was helping other people and putting others before her own needs,” he said.
Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times
Distracted walking: Smartphone-wielding pedestrians stumble into danger
On city streets, in suburban parking lots and in shopping centers, there is usually someone strolling while talking on a phone, texting with his head down, listening to music, or playing a video game. The problem isn’t as widely discussed as distracted driving, but the danger is real.
A young man talking on a cellphone meanders along the edge of a lonely train platform at night. Suddenly he stumbles, loses his balance and pitches over the side, landing head first on the tracks.
Fortunately there were no trains approaching the Philadelphia-area station at that moment, because it took the man several minutes to recover enough to climb out of danger. But the incident, captured last year by a security camera and provided to The Associated Press, underscores the risks of what government officials and safety experts say is a growing problem: distracted walking.
On city streets, in suburban parking lots and in shopping centers, there is usually someone strolling while talking on a phone, texting with his head down, listening to music, or playing a video game. The problem isn’t as widely discussed as distracted driving, but the danger is real.
Reports of injuries to distracted walkers treated at hospital emergency rooms have more than quadrupled in the past seven years and are almost certainly under reported. There has been a spike in pedestrians killed and injured in traffic accidents, but there is no reliable data on how many were distracted by electronics.
“We are where we were with cellphone use in cars 10 years or so ago. We knew it was a problem, but we didn’t have the data,” said Jonathan Akins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices.
State and local officials are struggling to figure out how to respond, and in some cases asking how far government should go in trying to protect people from themselves.
In Delaware, highway safety officials opted for a public education campaign, placing decals on crosswalks and sidewalks at busy intersections urging pedestrians to “Look up. Drivers aren’t always looking out for you.”
Philadelphia officials are drafting a safety campaign that will be aimed in part at pedestrians who are looking at their devices instead of where they’re going. “One of the messages will certainly be ‘pick your head up’ — I want to say ‘nitwit,’ but I probably shouldn’t call them names,” said Rina Cutler, deputy mayor for transportation and public utilities.
As an April Fool’s Day joke with a serious message, Philadelphia officials taped off an “e-lane” for distractedpedestrians on a sidewalk outside downtown office buildings.
Some didn’t get that it was a joke.
“The sad part is we had people who, once they realized we were going to take the e-lane away, got mad because they thought it was really helpful to not have people get in their way while they were walking and texting,” Cutler said.
When the Utah Transit Authority adopted an ordinance barring pedestrians from using cellphones, headphones or other distracting electronic devices while crossing the tracks of its light rail system on the streets of Salt Lake City, subject to a $50 fine, the Legislature refused to make it a statewide law.
“Look, I get distracted all the time,” bristled Utah State Rep. Craig Frank, a Republican who opposed the proposal. “I have a smartphone, too. Walking on sidewalks, in stores and malls, and maybe in a crosswalk sometimes I’m using my cellphone. But I try to stay connected to my environment. I never thought the government needed to cite me for using my cellphone in a reasonable manner.”
Distracted walking bills in the Arkansas, Illinois and New York legislatures also went nowhere.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, which provided the video of the man who fell onto the train tracks, has received reports from bus drivers and train engineers who say they nearly hit pedestrianswho didn’t appear to hear them sound their horns because they were distracted by their electronic devices, said Jim Fox, the agency’s director of system safety and risk management.
He said there have been several cases of people hit and killed by the authority’s trains in which it appears they were wearing headphones or using cellphones while trespassing on tracks.
A University of Maryland study found 116 cases over six years in which pedestrians were killed or seriously injured while wearing headphones. In two-thirds of the cases the victims were men under age 30. Half the cases involved trains. In a third of the incidents, a warning horn was sounded just before the accident.
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“With the smartphone technology these days and everything at your fingertips, it’s almost getting to be an obsession or a compulsion with people,” Fox said. “You see it in airports or train stations or malls — if there’s any kind of downtime, they’re jumping right to that phone.”
About 1,152 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms in the U.S. last year for injuries suffered while walking and using a cellphone or some other electronic device, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which receives annual data from 100 emergency rooms and extrapolates the information into a national estimate. But that’s likely an underestimate because patients may not mention they were using a cellphone or other device at the time at the time they were injured, or the doctor or nurse may neglect to include the information in their report, said Tom Schroeder, director of the commission’s data systems.
The cases include a 24-year-old woman who walked into a telephone pole while texting; a 28-year-old man who was walking along a road when he fell into a ditch while talking on a cellphone; a 12-year-old boy who was looking at a video game when he was clipped by a pickup truck as he crossed the street; and a 53-year-old woman who fell off a curb while texting and lacerated her face.
One 67-year-old man walking along the side of a road was hit a by a bicyclist who was talking on a cellphone as he rode. The pedestrian injured a knee.
Though overall traffic deaths were lower in 2010 than the year before, pedestrian fatalities rose by 4.2 percent and injuries by 19 percent, according to the latest data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It’s not clear how many of the pedestrian deaths and injuries involved cellphones and other electronics because police often don’t collect that information.
Even without better data, the Internet yields a wealth of anecdotal evidence of the power of electronics to distract pedestrians.
A woman texting while she walked through in a suburban Philadelphia shopping mall this year tumbled into a large fountain directly in front of her. Security camera video of the incident went viral, generating millions of hits.
A man texting a message to his boss nearly strolled into the path of a black bear that had wandered into a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood. He was only a few feet away when he looked up, saw the bear, and ran. A KTLA news helicopter tracking the bear recorded the April incident.
Researchers say they’re not surprised that multi-tasking pedestrians run into trouble.
Psychological studies that show most people can’t focus on two things at once. Rather, their attention shifts rapidly back and forth between tasks, and performance suffers. But like a lot of drivers who use cellphones behind the wheel, pedestrians often think they’re in control and that it’s all the other fools on their phones who aren’t watching what they’re doing.
“I see students as soon as they break from a class, they have their cellphones out and they’re texting to one another. They’re walking through the door and bumping into one another,” said Jack Nasar, an Ohio State University professor and expert on environmental psychology. “People think they can do it, that they are somehow better.”
A study Nasar conducted at intersections on campus found that people talking on cellphones were significantly more likely to walk in front of cars than pedestrians not using phones.
A study by researchers at Stony Brook University in New York compared the performance of people asked to walk across a room to a target — a piece of paper taped to the floor — without distractions and then again next day while talking on a cellphone or texting. The group that talked on the cellphone walked slightly slower and veered off course a bit more than previously, but the texting group walked slower, veered off course 61 percent more and overshot the target 13 percent more.
“People really need to be aware that they are impacting their safety by texting or talking on the cellphone” while walking, Eric Lamberg, an associate physical therapy professor who conducted the study, said. “I think the risk is there.”
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Time is never on your side after an accident happens. Whether you were involved in a car accident or a slip and fall, facts need to be gathered quickly for a variety of reasons.
Accidents happen every day. For example, the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration estimates that there are around five million car accidents every year in the U.S.(1) Law enforcement and medical staff can see multiple crash victims in a single day, and write several reports on different circumstances, injuries, and witnesses. The attorneys at Tenn and Tenn emphasize the importance of anyone with a personal injury claim giving an attorney a chance to gather facts as soon as possible after an accident while the evidence is fresh.
Eyewitnesses are notoriously inaccurate in some situations. In a 2010 Scientific American article on eyewitness testimony, it is explained that the human memory does not work like a, “video recorder,” playing back events just as they happened. Memories can be influenced in a variety of ways and are explained by University of California, Irvine professor as, “more akin to putting puzzle pieces together than retrieving a video recording.”(2)
The sooner a witness is interviewed the better. An experienced attorney can get their version of events on record as soon as possible before an insurance company, or anyone else, has a chance to influence their memory of the event and create a “puzzle” that does not accurately reflect what really happened.
An accident scene is rarely static. Often it is a constantly changing, usually quickly erased, and sometimes hectic area. Take an auto accident for example, if an obstruction in the road causes a crash or a tire or brake system failure caused an accident, there could be evidence that needs to be secured. In the rush to clear roads for the safety of other drivers, critical evidence can be destroyed. In other instances, construction crews can alter a construction area where an accident happens within days of an incident. If there is no photographic record of the area as it was when the accident happened, that can hurt a personal injury claim.
Gathering important evidence for use in a personal injury claim needs to be done as soon as possible following an accident and before any changes can be made.
When someone is injured in an accident, their medical care is an important element to their personal injury claim. Many attorneys can assist their client in finding healthcare providers that will wait for payment. One NH personal injury lawyer for example, explains that if they are involved early in the case, they can ensure their client gets the care they need regardless of their ability to pay.
For those clients having an experienced New Hampshire personal injury lawyer on their side in a personal injury claim as early as possible is the best way to ensure that they are successful in recovering losses and damages. By the same token, claimants in any state need to find local attorneys who will work with their best interests in mind.
There is too much at stake to wait to consult with an attorney. There are facts to be gathered, evidence to secure, fresh memories to record, and an experienced lawyer will ensure you are able to see a competent physician or chiropractor immediately.
ThruLaw PC is assisting Marie Hardwick’s family and friends, in locating the driver and passenger of the Black BMW Convertible that was speeding through the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue, shortly before 2am Sunday, March 25th. ThruLaw PC will be lending our assistance via social networking and manpower to help Marie’s family find the suspects in this terrible tragedy, and we will not stop until the suspects are found and brought to justice.
A woman was leaving the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) early Sunday morning when she was struck and gravely injured by a hit-and-run driver. Two men were reportedly inside the car, and the victim’s friends have taken to Facebook to track them down.
Marie Hardwick, a 24-year-old resident of East L.A., was hit by a black BMW convertible — lacking license plates — speeding through the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue shortly before 2am Sunday, according to CBS LA. She had just attended a film screening at the museum before the accident.
LA Observed broke the story and pointed to the Facebook page of Hardwick’s friend Alyssa for details on the tragic incident. Alyssa posted on Monday, “The driver did not stop. If anyone was there or knows of anyone there who saw anything please, please contact the police (or share this post–sometimes things have a way of getting to the right person). She was very badly injured and will be in the hospital for many months.” Alyssa added that Hardwick “has a LONG recovery ahead of her.”
The victim underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for 11 hours and remains in the ICU.
Hardwick’s father, Ian Hardwick, discussed his daughter’s injuries with CBS LA. “Both knee caps are broken, tendons are ripped off, a jaw was smashed in,” he said. Ian hasn’t left the hospital in days and tells LA Weekly his daughter is a jewelry designer from England who “goes to all the art openings in L.A., and also has works shown herself.”
Her father has chosen not to be angry. Instead he’s putting the energy into wishing his daughter well and finding the driver who didn’t stop.
“You just pray and hope that she’s gonna be alright,” the father said, adding, “I feel sorry for the person who did it because if they got an ounce of human compassion they gotta take that around with them for the rest of their lives. I know it’d kill me inside.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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CLEAR CHANNEL LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES “DIVERSE LA”
Clear Channel Los Angeles announces “Diverse LA,” a new three week series of special broadcasts airing every weekday from 9AM to Noon on KTLK AM 1150, starting March 12. Greg Ashlock, Los Angeles Market Manager said, “These 45 hours of prime programming will feature local hosts and guests discussing a wide variety of issues associated with the spectrum of experience of all Angelenos.” Individual shows will examine issues of special concern to African American, Latino, Asian American and other communities.
The Executive Producer of the series is Clear Channel’s Morris O’Kelly, longtime radio
producer and political commentator. O’Kelly reports, “This is about Los Angeles hearing voices and viewpoints less often heard while also addressing communities historically underserved. “Diverse LA” will highlight new personalities and newsmakers for the KTLK audience, but more importantly provide a platform for inclusive, substantive dialogue in the public square.”
To be sure the series reaches the widest possible audience, other Clear Channel Los Angeles radio stations will help promote the series and link to it on their websites.
This newest project is part of our ongoing commitment to create unique programming that addresses issues important to our diverse communities. We are already seeking hosts and guests for these shows. We invite community members to contact
DiverseLA@ClearChannel.com with ideas and input.
According to KFI/KTLK Program Director Robin Bertolucci, “This will be a launching pad for discovering talent for future opportunities. This is a great way to hear potential talk show hosts and guests in a live environment.” Shows will be archived online after each broadcast at KTLKAM1150.com.
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Every 30 seconds in America, there is a car accident somewhere and there are approximately 6 million accidents a year. So there is a high chance that you will be in some sort of bad accident once in your life. According to statistics, 25% of all drivers will be in an accident. Knowing what to do after a bad car accident is essential.
Victims of bad car accidents
Bad accidents happen every day and you may wish that day never comes. It is actually safer to fly in an airplane. Flying in an airplane and being involved in a crash means certain death for most. However, being in bad crashes does not mean you will die, but it means you must know what to do and how to react.
How to react after the crash
If you are a driver, you may be in the best position in a bad car wreck. Newer cars all have air bags and they will be deployed and protect your upper body. In most cases this will save your life, if you were wearing a seat belt.
After the car has stopped and the air bag is deployed, it is imperative to get out of the car. If it is at all possible, crawl out of the car immediately. Some smoking cars will explode.
Once you are on the ground, lay still. Do not attempt to get up and walk. Any car crash will alert people and people will run to your aid. Courtesy drivers will call the police and an ambulance. Try to remember how, when and where the accident happened and make a visual description in your mind.
Recovering after an accident
When the ambulance and police arrive, they may put you on a back board and brace your neck in case of major injuries. Do not move and try to get up. Once they place you in the ambulance, lie very still and do not move.
At the hospital you will be seen by a doctor who will run x-rays, tests and maybe surgery. After you leave the hospital you will need to go for physical therapy. One of the first things you will be asked to do is contact your insurance agency to fill out a report.
You must go if you can to view your car and remove your personal belongings. Usually after a bad car accident, the car is totaled and all you can do is wait for the check.
The months after a bad car accident will be difficult and painful. It is important to handle the stress. You may need to be placed on anti-depressants for awhile. It is normal to need help, so surround yourself with friends and love ones.
The death of a family member can be a devastating experience to live through. It becomes even more so when the death was caused by negligence or oversight, and was therefore avoidable.
In order to obtain compensation, the families of wrongful death victims must prove that the fatality was the result of another person or party’s negligence or malpractice. If the person filing the claim can show proof of fault, compensation will not be awarded. If you suspect that you have a valid wrongful death claim, it is important that you speak to a qualified wrongful death attorney for a case review. The statutes of limitations in wrongful death cases varies by state and circumstance; while the statutes of limitations is two years in most cases, it is always a good idea to consult an attorney to ensure you file your suit on time.
Slip and falls are the second leading cause of injuries in the US. They account for an estimated 16,000 deaths each year. Many more slip and falls result in serious injuries. Often these injuries and deaths are caused by a dangerous or hazardous condition in someone else’s property. An injury or death from a fall that is caused by a hazardous condition in another person’s property may entitle the victim or the victim’s family to
If you suffer a slip and fall or a trip and fall, seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. In the case of severe injuries, an ambulance should be summoned for emergency transport to a hospital. Too often, however, severe injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident may not manifest themselves for some days or weeks, making it all the more important that you be examined by a medical provider without delay. Time is of the essence after a slip and fall (or a trip and fall) accident, so you should protect your rights by immediately contacting a reputable slip and fall attorney. A prompt investigation is vital to a successful slip and fall claim. In many instances, the hazard that caused the slip and fall may be a temporary one (such as a liquid spill in a supermarket) and may be cleaned up quickly, destroying critical evidence for your case. An expert slip and fall attorney will initiate the proper steps to preserve evidence, identify and locate witnesses, and assist you in obtaining the necessary medical care. He will also protect against complicated filing deadlines, which for some slip and fall claims may be as short as six months if certain government entities are involved. Failure to meet these deadlines may mean that any claim for compensation that you may have for your slip and fall injuries is lost forever.
What to Do if An Injury Has Occurred
An accident report should be completed at the time of the incident noting what happened, who witnessed both the accident and the conditions that caused the fall along with any other relevant information such as lighting, weather (if accident occurred outdoors) or hidden hazards. The requirement for a report is generally a store or business policy, rather than mandated by law. However, the timely reporting of the accident is most beneficial for all involved parties.
If a report is not completed at the business location, occurred on a public street or sidewalk, occurred at private location or was not observed by others, take the time to write down your recollection of what happened as soon as you possibly can. Information you gather immediately or soon after the accident occurs is much more accurate than any gathered later on. Besides, timely recording of your recollection will help make your claim stronger. Include information such as:
- Date and time the fall down accident occurred
- A description of the circumstances surrounding the accident, such as grease or water being on the floor and there not being any signs warning you that the floor may be slippery
- Who was present at the time the fall down accident occurred and a written record of the comments made by those who saw or helped after the fall
- If possible, take photos of the area as soon after the accident occurred as possible, and
- If you were physically hurt, have your injury treated immediately to help substantiate your slip and fall / trip and fall personal injury lawsuit. If treatment is delayed, the property owner may argue that it was not his or her negligence that caused your injury, but rather something that occurred between the time of the fall down accident and your visit to the doctor.
Injuries inevitably come with complications. In addition to the physical injuries you have suffered, accidents also bring emotional strain and financial uncertainty. At ThrūLaw, we know that waiting for your doctor is often unavoidable, but waiting for your lawyer shouldn’t be. As your Personal Injury Lawyer, ThrūLaw understands how valuable your time is. You are ready to put the incident behind you, and help you take the first step forward.