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Slip and fall in locker room derails tennis star's career

Tennis fans are acutely aware of the story of Eugenie Bouchard, a once rising star in the world of Women's Tennis until tragedy struck. Back in 2014, Bouchard was surging. She made numerous semi-finals at major tournaments, and even made the final at Wimbledon, arguably the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.

Even though her success waned a bit in 2015, she was still a formidable opponent out on the court. But towards the end of the year, as she was leaving a tennis court during the US Open mixed doubles tournament, she entered the locker room and passed through the training room to get to the physiotherapist's area. It was during this trek that she slipped on a foreign substance.

Multiple cars involved in Caldecott Tunnel accident, 2 injured

The Caldecott Tunnel out in the east bay was the site of a bevy of motor vehicle accidents that left numerous people injured. The accident happened around 11 a.m. when a vehicle blew out a tire. It stopped in the right lane of the tunnel and put on its emergency flashers. After this occurred, numerous vehicles crashed into one another as they tried to avoid the stopped vehicle.

According to the source article, seven vehicles were involved in multiple wrecks in the wake of the vehicle stopping in the right lane. Additionally, two people suffered injuries in the crashes and required hospitalization. However, their conditions were not made clear and it is unknown what the extent of their injuries was.

2017 fatal dog bite data even worse than 2016

A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about the number of fatal dog bite incidents that occurred in the United States in 2016. In that post, we remarked about the incredible prevalence of pit bulls in these fatalities, as 71 percent of the dog bite fatalities that happened in 2016 involved pit bulls. Well, the 2017 numbers are in, and they aren't any better.

According to data gathered by DogBites.org, 39 people died due to dog bites in the United States last year. The 2017 data is a steep increase over 2016, and the number of pit bulls that were involved in fatal dog bite incidents last year was 74 percent -- also more than in 2016.

4-year-old son of Bay Area news anchor mauled by large dog

Many television viewers in the Bay Area will recognize Veronica De La Cruz, a staple on the KPIX local news hour and "Bay Area Nightbeat." She has a 4-year-old son, and recently when they were visiting a family friend, De La Cruz's son was mauled by the friend's dog. The dog's breed is a rarer one, called a Catahoula cur. These dogs routinely weigh in around 40 to 90 pounds, and they are usually around two feet tall. In other words, these are bigger, more powerful dogs.

Details are unknown about the attack itself, but De La Cruz's son suffered devastating injuries that required surgery. He may have to undergo another surgery for his eye in the future. The source article did note that the child and the dog had known each other for the last two years.

2016 saw most motor vehicle accident deaths since 2007

It is easy to forget that there was once a time when the motor vehicle accident fatality rate was incredibly bad. It was not an uncommon sight to see the rate above 50,000 deaths per year from 1966 to 1980. For the most part, the rate stayed in the 40,000s, which by today's standards is an incredibly high number. Lawmakers and safety advocates would be enraged if the number was that high.

Since 2008, the number of motor vehicle accident fatalities has remained below 40,000. That year saw 37,423 people die in accidents, and then it plummeted down to 32,479 in 2011 -- marking the lowest number of fatalities in a year the modern era.

Slip and fall case leads to $1.7 million reward

Way back in 2012, a 60-year-old woman was shopping in a Dollar General store outside of the state of California. The woman was walking down the aisles when she stepped in a puddle of spilled laundry detergent. The woman slipped and fell, fracturing her leg and shoulder. The injuries she suffered required numerous surgeries to fix, and the medical bills associated with the procedures totaled roughly half a million dollars.

The woman sued Dollar General within a month, and the case proceeded through the legal system for four years. During that time, the two sides tried to engage in mediation, but multiple sessions yielded no agreement. Eventually a jury ruled that the woman would be awarded $1.7 million for the incident. That ruling was made in late 2016, and Dollar General appealed it. 

Medical emergencies while driving could be aided by technology

Imagine that you are driving down the road one day, and you feel a sudden pain in your chest. "That's odd," you think. You're a relatively healthy person who keeps up with his or her doctor's appointments and checkups. So you keep driving thinking it's just a weird shooting pain. But it only persists and gets worse. Soon, you realize this isn't just a random ache or pain -- you are having a heart attack.

This happens surprisingly often, and it can lead to devastating car accidents. Medical issues while driving can pop up without warning, and they can lead to lives being lost in the most infuriating of ways. So is there a way to reduce these accidents or, maybe, eliminate them entirely?

31 deaths in 2016 related to dog bites

31 people were killed in the United States in 2016 due to a dog attack. What is amazing about that statistic is that of those fatal dog attacks, 22 of them occurred with a pit bull. That means 71 percent of the fatal dog bites in the country were done by pit bulls, even though this breed only makes up 6 percent of the population.

You can look at fatal dog attacks from 2005 to 2016 and the number stays relatively consistent. During that period of time, 392 people lost their lives due to dog bites. Of those deaths, 65 percent of them were attributed to pit bull attacks. Pit bulls aren't always bad dogs -- training plays a huge role in their development and how they are socialized is critical too.

Nearly 10,500 people died in drunk driving accidents in 2016

In some cases, car accidents are truly accidental. What we mean is: the drivers involved aren't doing anything negligent, and yet the two cars collide. And in many cases, these wrecks aren't serious in nature, though they do cause some damage to the vehicles. Still, the wreck can cause some serious headaches for the people involved.

Where a car accident becomes much more emotionally complicated is when a driver is negligent or reckless. This occurs in many different contexts nowadays. A driver could be using his or her cellphone. A driver could be extremely angry and driving in an aggressive and dangerous manner. Or, as is the topic of our post today, a driver could be intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, and then go out and cause an accident that leaves the victim feeling as though their pain and suffering should never have happened in the first place.

School sued after student trips and falls on uneven pavement

You would think that schools of all types would be especially careful about their premises and ensuring the safety of the students that attend the school. But this doesn’t always happen, and sadly, it can lead to unfortunate consequences for innocent kids who are just trying to learn. An example of this will be the focus of our post today, and the story comes from outside the state of California.

An elementary school has been sued by a parent after a 2014 incident left the child with a large knot on her head and lingering headaches. The incident happened as the mother dropped off her daughter at school. The drop off zone that they utilized had uneven payment, and the girl tripped and fell as a result of this.

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