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Soon-to-be married Bakersfield couple struck, killed by semi

A 33-year-old husband-to-be and his soon-to-be 31-year-old bride were killed just a few weeks ahead of their wedding. On the afternoon of Friday, July 7, 2017, the Bakersfield couple was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while en route to their bachelor and bachelorette parties in Las Vegas. They were slated to have married one another on July 27, 2017 in Key West, Florida.

According to witness reports, the 2010 Toyota Camry carrying the couple was seen riding alongside a Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck at around 2:15 p.m. on July 7. Both cars were being driven in the eastbound direction on Route 58 at that time.

Types of damages you can pursue in your auto accident case

If you've been involved in a car crash, then there's a strong chance that you've not only had your car damaged, but you've suffered injuries and lost some wages as well. Depending on who is seen as the negligent party in the crash, you might be entitled to reimbursement of your medical bills, lost wages and other compensation by filing an accident claim.

Injuries that an individual may suffer from in an accident fall into one of two categories: either generic or special damages. As for the former, they include those injuries that cause an individual a specific type of economic harm. Some examples of this include property damage costs, lost wages and medical expenses.

A Redlands nursing assistant faces vehicular manslaughter charge

A 30-year-old Redlands nursing assistant has been charged with driving under the influence for his role in causing a fatal crash on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The accident, which occurred along the Fontana's 10 Freeway, claimed the life of 38-year-old Hemet woman.

Witnesses reported seeing the man driving his Nissan Altima in the wrong direction along the 10 Freeway immediately before he was involved in the 3:00 a.m., head-on crash with a Toyota Corolla. The impact between the two cars sent the Toyota spinning. It's then that it collided with a Volkswagen in the adjoining lane.

Signs that a driver near you might be drunk

You've probably seen an intoxicated motorist on a California highway more than once in your life. In fact, you may even have been involved in a collision because of someone's poor choice to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol. Such accidents happen throughout the nation every day and many people suffer because of others' negligence. Some have been able to avoid drunk driving crashes because they knew ahead of time what to look for to recognize a potential problem on the road.

People whose blood alcohol content levels are above the legal limit for driving often exhibit certain types of behavior. Being able to recognize vehicles maneuvering in ways that suggest possible operator intoxication may mean the difference between arriving at your destination safely and suffering injury in a motor vehicle accident.

Study shows police blame speed too often for motorcycle crashes

A recent study, conducted by the Motorcycle Council, suggests that speed is too often pointed to as the factor that caused a motorcycle crash than it should be. They argue that police investigators are too overzealous to charge motorcyclists or car drivers with traffic-related offenses that they neglect to fully investigate these crashes. It's believed that this practice gives way to continued accidents as opposed to reducing them.

The study's authors argue that crash scene investigators should avoid rushing to judgement in pointing to speed as the cause of motorcycle accidents. This recommendation comes at a time when police officials cite speed as seen as being responsible for at least 40 percent of all motorcycle crashes.

Santa Ana doctor removed kidney, not spleen, and keeps license

California's Medical Board has ruled that a Santa Ana urologist will no longer be allowed to neither see patients nor perform operations on them without being under the immediate supervision by another physician. He is also forbidden from performing any nephrectomies, the medical term assigned to a surgical procedure to remove either one of both of an individual's kidneys, as well.

This ruling was decided on by the state's medical board back in late May this year after it was brought to their attention that the physician had removed a patient's spleen as opposed to their kidney. The attorney for the physician reportedly told the licensing panel that the doctor made the mistake while performing a complex procedure.

San Bernardino woman dies after being hit by alleged drunk driver

A 26-year-old San Bernardino woman lost her life in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 3, 2017, after she became wedged in between a sheriff's transport van and another vehicle. It's believed that the 34-year-old male that struck the rear of the woman's car was intoxicated at the time the accident occurred.

The decedent was traveling in the eastbound direction along Fifth Street as she approached a red light at its intersection with H Street around 1:46 a.m. As she stopped at the traffic signal, there was a San Bernadino Police Department van that was transporting prisoners that was already there in front of her. A third car soon approached from her car's rear. It struck the decedent's vehicle, pushing it into the police van.

California's hospitals face steep declines in standard of care

A study released by the employer-backed health care watchdog, The Leapfrog Group, suggests that the quality of health care offered in California has significantly declined. The most recent statistics put out by the nonprofit organization in April of 2017 show that nearly one half of all California hospitals performed at either a C level or below in terms of patient safety during this past year.

The group's statistics are seen as an indicator of just how high of a risk any one facility's practices pose in terms of causing patient death or injury. The organization's hope is that, in publishing these statistics, consumers will be able to make more informed choices about their own health care.

A Colorado surveyor dies after being struck in San Bernardino

A Colorado man was fatally struck by a car at the intersection of Mill and Pepper Avenues in San Bernardino on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The 58-year-old surveyor had been taking measurements in the center of the roadway at the time he was hit.

Witnesses to the 1:30 p.m. crash reported having seen a driver approaching from the southbound direction as he drove along Pepper Avenue immediately before the accident occurred. They noted that he appeared to have been speeding at the time. It's that increased rate of speed that is believed to have caused him to have lost control of his vehicle as he went to enter the intersection. He swerved then struck the man.

Exercising your right to pursue compensation when hit by a car

Walking, jogging or running is the preferred means of exercise for many individuals. For some, this may even be a favorite mode of travel, especially with warmer weather rolling in. Perhaps you choose to walk to and from many of your destinations, whether for exercise or simply to avoid traffic. Although walking may offer numerous benefits, you might also find it beneficial to be aware of the potential risks.

Pedestrian safety is a major concern that has led to numerous advancements, such as an increase in the number of crosswalks. However, despite taking measures to reduce the chances of a pedestrian-related collision, they continue to occur and are often catastrophic.


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