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Police looking into dog attack that left man in critical condition

A 50-year-old man in Los Angeles, California was attacked by at least two dogs recently. The man suffered serious injuries in the attack, and the police are investigating the attack. The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and it sounds as though he suffered extensive bleeding as a result of his wounds.

There are few details in the article about how these dogs got out, or if their owners were even identified. The police have little information at this point. It will be interesting to see what comes out in this investigation in the coming days.

Tips to avoid car accidents in foggy conditions

On the morning of January 31, at least 40 vehicles were involved in multiple crashes on Highway 198 in Kings County. The cause was dense fog, with visibility reported by the National Weather Service (NWS) at about 50 feet. 

As a result of this incident along Highway 198, 12 people sustained minor to moderate injuries. Considering the conditions, the aftermath could have been much worse. For example, another incident occurred seven years ago on Highway 99, south of Fresno. This crash involved 108 vehicles, resulting in 41 injuries and two deaths.

Baltimore settles with basketball referee after attack

For today's blog post, we go to the eastern seaboard where a basketball referee was assaulted a couple of years ago and sued the city for it. Details are sparse, but what we know is that the referee was attacked by both coaches and fans after a basketball game. The attack resulted in the man suffering numerous injuries that required surgery and dental care. 

The man sued the city of Baltimore and the case was recently approved to be settled. The man will receive $30,000 in damages as a result of the attack two years ago. The man's claim was that the city failed to provide adequate security of the referee at the game, using a tenant of premises liability law to establish their case.

Truck driver in fatal accident was not medically cleared to drive

Commercial driving may seem relatively straightforward, but it is not as easy as it looks. Commercial truck drivers need special licenses. There are also medical exams, hours-of-service rules and other necessary regulatory measures.

Most importantly, however, truck drivers need to be cautious and defensive behind the wheel. Accidents involving semi-trucks are often fatal for occupants of smaller vehicles. And when truck drivers deliberately violate regulatory measures or operate in an unsafe way, they become a fatal accident waiting to happen.

Stunning video shows man saved driver from burning vehicle

A car accident in Southern California had a heroic and relatively happy conclusion recently. An SUV was stalled out on a highway late at night after New Year's. With no lights on, the dark-colored SUV was nearly impossible to see by oncoming vehicles. A videographer was on the scene of the stalled out vehicle, and he witnessed two vehicles sideswipe the stalled SUV before on vehicle crashed into it head-on.

The accident was captured on video in the source article linked at the bottom of this post. The violent wreck sent shrapnel all over the highway and the SUV burst into flames. There was a man behind the driver's seat of the SUV, and the videographer on the scene helped to free the driver from the fiery husk of a vehicle he was trapped in.

Fatal dog attack leads to questions

A 64-year-old man who was critically injured by multiple dogs succumbed to his injuries recently, passing away last Friday. The man was helping an 85-year-old woman who was attacked by the dogs initially. After he intervened, the dogs quickly turned on him, and his injuries and massive blood loss as a result of the attack turned out to be fatal.

One of the dogs that was involved in the attack -- believed to be the main aggressor -- was actually put down with the owner's consent. The other dog involved in the attack is being held by its owners. The police are investigating the incident and should have result soon. In the meantime, there are a lot of questions about this attack.

The many different aspects of premises liability law

Premises liability seems very simple, at least on the surface. Property owners that keep their buildings in a safe and orderly state of repair, thus ensuring that patrons or guests frequent it without incident, don't have to worry about it. But those property owners or managers that fail to maintain the safety of their real estate risk running afoul of the law and, thus, subjecting themselves to premises liability.

Each state tackles the subject of premises liability a bit differently. In states where the victim of a premises liability incident has a status, the statuses break down like this:

CHP calls for new movement to combat distracted driving

What gets lost in the topic of motor vehicle accidents is the word "accident." It has become normalized when you talk about a collision between two vehicles. An accident, in the literal sense, implies an unfortunate event that wasn't intended. In that sense, no one wants or intends to get into an accident. However, it can be tough to reconcile that sentiment when you see people willfully look down at their cellphone when they are driving down the freeway, or knowingly get behind the wheel of a car when they are intoxicated.

The California Highway Patrol is hitting on this point by creating a new movement to reduce the number of accidents that are caused by distracted driving. One of the cruxes of their argument for this movement is that driving distracted is a "choice," and thus it is entirely preventable.

Serious dog bite cases are on the rise in California

In recent years, it seems like dog bite cases have been grabbing headlines more frequently than they were before. Is this a sign of declining responsibility by dog owners? Are more people owning dangerous dogs or dangerous breeds? Is there even anything to this perceived phenomenon?

The answer to that last question is "yes." According to the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, dog bite cases that forced the victim to go to the emergency room are up 44 percent over the last ten years. The data reflects the period covering 2005 to 2015. The data also shows that rural communities have more dig bites per capita than urban communities.

Bus the site of slip and fall incident, lawsuit finalized

A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about a complicated slip and fall situation. The case spawned numerous other pieces of litigation outside of the actual slip and fall incident itself. If you want to review that intriguing episode, click here. Today, we want to write about another slip and fall incident -- albeit one that has another set of bizarre circumstances, even though they aren't as outlandish as our previous article.

In this case, a woman was riding a bus in Palm Beach County when she fell. How did she fall? Well, she hadn't taken her seat yet after getting on the bus, and the bus driver stepped on the accelerator before she could get her seat. She slipped on a wet spot on the bus and fell, hurting her knee and suffering a back injury.

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