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Understanding wrongful death suits

Under any circumstances, the death of a loved one is a devastating tragedy. But when that death was the result of murder or criminal neglect, the law has the power to seek punishment for those responsible. Even if an if an individual is found guilty of criminal charges, they may also be held liable in civil court.

DOT finds rise in truck accident fatalities: 5 common causes

Traffic fatalities from accidents involving commercial trucks are up 4.4 percent from 2014 to 2015. The finding was part of a report by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An NHTSA Administrator told Overdrive Magazine, a publication dedicated to trucking information, that these accidents generally occur when one of the five factors are present:

What if a wrongful death statute of limitations expires?

In wrongful death suits, there is a statute of limitations that governs how long after the death a claim can be pursued. If the statute of limitations has run out on your particular claim, there are still ways you can pursue justice for the loss of your loved one. To extend the time frame of the claim, you may either request that the court waive the limit, or request that the opposing part waive the limit, or use circumstances to toll the statute.

Man tragically killed in motorcycle-pedastrian accident

A man was tragically killed in a collision with a motorcycle on June 26 while walking outside by his home near San Bernardino. The man had reportedly left the house to take a walk just moments before being struck and killed by the motorcyclist, only about 25 feet from the home.

Colorado River more dangerous in summer months

Summer is upon us and it is the time of year that many people are choosing to spend their free time and weekends heading down to a nearby beach, lake or river. For many residents of California's Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the Colorado River is the destination of choice for getting out on the water and relaxing with loved ones. Tragically, every year there are individuals who will never return from that day on the river. Increased river traffic means a seasonal rise in boating and other water-related fatalities.

Courts, laws and apps: 3 steps to reduce distracted driving

Distracted driving is dangerous. Taking your eyes of the road to quickly check a text or update a post online can lead to a tragic accident. This concept is no surprise. What is new news is the fact that courts, lawmakers and producers of applications on smartphones are taking steps to help reduce the risk of these accidents.

Port of Los Angeles sued by parents of boys who drowned

There is no greater fear for parents of young children than their children dying. When that happens, if there is fault, parents may file a lawsuit alleging what is legally known as wrongful death. This was done recently by the parents of two boys who drowned in waters overseen by the Port of Los Angeles.

Wrongful death case against NCAA will move forward

College sports fans in California may be interested in a case filed against the NCAA, the manufacturer of a helmet and three sports officials at Frostburg State University, including the head coach, the trainer and the running back coach. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in 2013 by the parents of a Division III player at the university who died during practice in 2011.

Family claims gas leak caused family members death

On Feb. 2, a California family filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that a long-term gas leak from a nearby plant caused an elderly family member's medical problems to become more severe, ultimately leading to her death. Thousands of residents who were living near the Aliso Canyon plant in Porter Ranch have been relocated temporarily due to symptoms suffered as a result of the gas leak.


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