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Serious legal implications follow after a dog attack

Owning a dog is a tremendous responsibility, and a privilege when done correctly. A well-trained and obedient dog will reward you with love and affection, and you -- as the dog owner -- can live with the satisfaction that the training and regimen you used successfully raised "a good boy."

However, not every dog owner is like this. Many people go into dog ownership with a misconceived idea for how it will go. Others simply aren't responsible or patient enough to properly train a dog. This leads to some dogs that have unfortunate habits, and even some downright dangerous ones. Such behavior can lead to people needlessly suffering from a dog bite or dog attack, and all because the owner of the dog failed to properly train their pet.

Denied premises liability lawsuit can move forward after appeal

Generally speaking, when you hear about "premises liability" or "slip and fall" cases, you probably think about an icy or wet surface causing problems for an individual. Or you may think about a dangerous condition, such as destroyed or frayed carpeting or a broken staircase, that causes some to injure themselves. These are classic examples of conditions that can spur a premises liability or slip and fall claim.

What you generally don't hear about, though is poor lighting causing someone to slip or fall. But it indeed can be a legitimate cause for a premises liability or slip and fall claim as a story out of New York shows.

Fatal tour bus draws FMCSA investigation

A fatal crash that involved a tour bus and two other vehicles has left 26 people with injuries and one woman dead, as well as many people wondering how this crash happened. It does not appear that there were any extreme weather conditions that contributed to the wreck, and the company that owns the tour bus had no recorded crashes in the last two years. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said they are looking into the crash, as are the police.

According to the report, the tour bus crossed into oncoming traffic in Southern California and plowed into two cars. A 55-year-old woman in one of the two cars was killed. Nine other suffered injuries that were deemed life-threatening, while seventeen others suffered injuries that required hospitalization but were not deemed life-threatening.

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:

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