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For second time, man's dog attacks his mother

The source article for our post this week may not come from the Bay Area, but the dangerous circumstances involved apply to anyone, anywhere in the United States.

The story comes from Michigan, where a dog owner has been arrested after his dog viciously attacked his mother and her boyfriend. The 28-year-old says the incident isn't his fault because he wasn't home when the attack occurred. Nevertheless, his mother went to a crate that contained the dog and released the pit bull. The dog then attacked his mother and her boyfriend, dealing the 51-year-old boyfriend some serious injuries. The police had to use a stun gun to subdue the dog, which was later euthanized.

'Sick buildings,' safety concerns and premises liability

Slip and falls are common premises liability incidents that garner a lot of attention because the property manager or businesses involved in the case usually exhibits some form of negligence or recklessness. Usually that negligence or recklessness is shocking. But we bring this up not because of the often-shocking nature of slip and falls, but to note that despite the common nature of slip and falls, they actually aren't the only area of premises liability.

Another common issue that comes up under premises liability is the phenomenon of "sick buildings" -- structures that, for a variety of possible reasons, cause inhabitants or visitors to suffer respiratory problems, headaches and other detrimental medical conditions.

On commercial vehicle accidents and you

Whenever you hear the common phrase "car accident," it is understandable to immediately think of a small, compact car. Not many people will think of a truck or a large vehicle when they hear this phrase, but that doesn't mean the possibility is absent from their mind. It is just that the phrase invokes an immediate thought of a smaller vehicle.

Larger vehicles are, of course, involved in accidents all the time. Big trucks can jack-knife on the highway or run wild on the freeway, causing massive, fatal accidents. Limousines and delivery trucks can lose control and cause multi-car pileups. City metro vehicles can become entangled in a wreck, as can commercial carriers. There is a wide variety of motor vehicle accidents that cause serious financial and physical pain to the people involved.

Pedestrian accident report shows alarming numbers

The Governors Highway Safety Association released a report recently that shows a few alarming statistics, as well as place the spotlight on California for fatal pedestrian accidents. The report found that California, New York, Florida and Texas combined to account for 42 percent of pedestrian deaths in the first half of 2016. This is mostly due to the size of these states and the populations they contain.

But if you look deeper at these numbers, there are some alarming trends. For example, from 2010 to 2015, pedestrian deaths increased by 25 percent. The report projects that when all of 2016's data is compiled, that year will mark an 11 percent increase in pedestrian deaths from 2015.

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.

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