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Lawsuit says city, state could have prevented deadly I-10 New Orleans pileup

A Pearl River, Louisiana, resident who was injured in the December 29 pileup on Interstate 10 in New Orleans has filed a lawsuit against the city of New Orleans and other defendants, alleging a combination of negligent acts caused the crash. According to WWL TV New Orleans, the injured plaintiff asserts the deadly 40-vehicle crash could have been prevented had city and state authorities warned drivers about the known hazards on that stretch of interstate that morning, as he claims they were supposed to do. Many who were involved in the crash and other witnesses believe it was the result ... Read More

NTSB calls for sweeping ban on texting, calling while driving, in all 50 states

The National Transportation Safety Board has called for the first-ever nationwide ban on personal electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle, a proposal that if adopted by the states, would effectively prohibit drivers from texting and calling across the board. The recommendation Tuesday came after a Board meeting on a deadly multi-vehicle highway crash that occurred in Gray Summit, Missouri, last year. The safety recommendation calls for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to ban the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) other than those designed to support driving, such as GPS navigational devices, for all drivers. ... Read More

Alabama family receives $40 million in defective seatbelt case

A Mobile County, Alabama, jury has awarded $40 million to the family of a teenage girl who was killed when the seatbelts in her vehicle failed to restrain her in a 2004 car crash. The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed against Kia, Kia Motors America, and Korean seatbelt manufacturer Celtrion for failing to recall vehicles that they knew had a very dangerous safety defect. On July 4, 2004, the victim was driving the 1999 Kia Sephia that her father had given to her for her 16th birthday just weeks before the crash. Before he gave the vehicle to his daughter, the ... Read More

Single-vehicle crash in Ohio kills one woman, sets off multi-car collision

Police in Oberlin, Ohio are investigating a mysterious crash that claimed the life of a restaurant server who was on her way to work when she suddenly lost control of her vehicle Tuesday morning and crashed head-on with a tractor trailer. According to Elyria, Ohio’s Chronicle-Telegram, Sandra Linden, 55, or Norwalk, Ohio, was traveling on U.S. route 20 in her gray minivan when the crash occurred. Witnesses said Ms. Linden’s vehicle swerved suddenly and struck the tractor trailer, which was traveling in the opposite direction. The commercial truck, driven by a New Knoxville, Ohio, man then collided with a pickup ... Read More

Inactive mining areas filled with dangers for recreation seekers

Mines are some of the most dangerous worksites in the United States, but the inherent dangers associated with mines – falling rock, cave-ins, even drowning and falling hazards – linger long after the last bit of ore has been extracted and the mine abandoned. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), for every one of the 14,000 active mines in the U.S., there are about 36 inactive or closed mines scattered throughout the country. That’s about half a million potentially deadly mines. Northeast Pennsylvania’s Republican Herald, which serves an area abundant in mining operations, ... Read More

The top 10 deadliest jobs in America

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009, 4,340 workers left for work never to return home. This number represents a significant decline in the number of fatal on-the-job accidents from 2008, when 5,214 workers lost their lives, but many labor analysts suspect workplace fatalities will rise again in proportion to economic gains and rise in employment. The agency also analyzed these workplace fatalities to determine the top 10 most deadly jobs in America. 1. Fisherman (118 deaths per 100,000) Storms, wind, rogue waves, violent seas, dangerous equipment, illness, isolation, and the constant risk of hypothermia and drowning ... Read More

Florida bill lets automakers off hook, burdens taxpayers

Last month, the Florida State Senate approved a bill that makes it much more difficult for people harmed by automotive defects to hold carmakers responsible for their injuries. The legislation, which the St. Petersburg Times considers to be the latest attack in the “interminable war” waged by Republican legislators against trial lawyers, will actually hurt Floridians by removing liability for car crash victims from carmakers and placing it on the shoulders of Florida taxpayers. The Crashworthiness Doctrine mandates that because vehicular crashes are inevitable, automakers must be held to a duty to keep the safety of crash victims in mind ... Read More

Bill aims to protect young ATV riders from brain injury

Charleston, South Carolina’s WCSC reports that one local emergency room physician is giving his support to a proposed bill that would toughen restrictions for young riders of all-terrain-vehicles in that state. Dr. Keith Borg, an emergency room physician at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, told WCSC he would like to see less kids admitted to his hospital with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) caused by ATV accidents. “We can fix broken bones,” Borg told WCSC. “But we don’t have good treatments for traumatic brain injuries and those losses are devastating and life long.” According to South Carolina’s health ... Read More

Wrongful-death suit involving Mazda seatbelt may proceed, Supreme Court rules

In a unanimous decision that surprised many across the political spectrum, the U.S. Supreme Court gave a wrongful-death lawsuit the green light to proceed against Mazda Motor Corp. The decision by the Supreme Court, which became conservative and corporate-friendly by a majority in 2006, offers some hope that the little guy suing a big corporation in America still has some chance for justice. The lawsuit was filed by the parents of a girl named Thanh Williamson, who was killed when the lap belt she wore in the backseat of a 1993 Mazda minivan failed to secure her during a head-on ... Read More

Distracted driver flips school bus in North Carolina

MT. OLIVE, NC — A North Carolina school bus driver has been charged with a misdemeanor failure to maintain lane control after flipping the vehicle with several children onboard. North Carolina Highway patrol officers say that a 39-year-old substitute bus driver was driving the bus last Wednesday when she rounded a curb and started to run off the left side of the road, then overcorrected, causing the bus to flip. Police investigators are treating the crash as an incidence of distracted driving because the driver took her attention off the road to talk to a student. According to a report ... Read More