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An 18-year-old California teen lost his life and five of his classmates were injured Friday afternoon when the pick-up they were riding in ran off the road and rolled several times down a 150 foot embankment. One of the injured teens is in critical condition with a spinal injury; the other four teens suffered moderate injuries. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash is still under investigation.

This auto accident is a reminder that inexperience driving, coupled with distractions, can greatly increase the risk of a serious or even deadly accident.

A study by the AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that nearly 60% of teen crashes involve distracted drivers. The most common distractions are interacting with passengers, using a cell phone to talk or text, and looking at something in or around the vehicle such as the radio or a billboard. In fact, loud conversations and horseplay between passengers are bigger distractions than technology. This is a main reason many states issue graduated, first-time licenses that restrict the number of youth passengers with a teen driver. The graduated system helps young drivers by limiting these high-risk driving situations, increasing adult supervision and extending the educational requirements of the novice driver.

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There are many contributing factors in many auto-pedestrian accidents, with driver inattention being the most common cause.

A woman is recovering after being hit by a car in Kenosha, Wisconsin. According to police, the woman was walking in the roadway outside of the crosswalk when a driver spilled coffee on himself and collided with her. The woman was taken to a local hospital with a head injury but is expected to be fine. The driver was issued a citation for inattentive driving. The crash is still under investigation.

Insurance companies will sometimes try to reach a quick settlement and limit recovery to the lowest possible amount. As the investigation continues, the injured victim should consult an experienced personal injury attorney to understand her legal rights before considering any settlement offer.

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A woman recently settled a medical malpractice lawsuit in which she alleged negligence resulted in permanent urinary incontinence.

In 2012, a woman with multiple sclerosis underwent a hysterectomy. She claimed that during surgery the ureter was injured and as a result, a second surgery was required to re-implant the ureter. That surgery, she alleged, caused permanent urinary incontinence. The patient also stated that she would require surgery every four years in order to change batteries in the implant.

The defense disputed any violations in the standard of care and maintained that the patient’s incontinence was due to her pre-existing multiple sclerosis. The patient asserted that her multiple sclerosis was in remission at the time of the hysterectomy and she had not experienced incontinence for years prior to the surgery.

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Prescription drug use (and abuse) is a rising factor in auto accidents across the United States. Drowsiness, slowed reaction time, and disorientation are just a few side effects of prescription medications that can affect a person’s driving abilities.

A man driving the wrong way crashed head-on with a vehicle that carried a mother and two children. Police said the car’s computer showed the man was driving at up to 70 mph at the time. The woman sustained foot, leg and neck fractures, according to reports. Her three-year-old daughter suffered a broken collar bone, while her two-year-old son suffered cardiac arrest and permanent brain damage. The negligent driver was also hospitalized with serious injuries.

Tests revealed that the man benzodiazepine, a prescription drug that can induce sleep and hypnotic states, in his system at the time of the crash. He did not have a prescription for the drug. He was charged with aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm.

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A 64-year-old New York man was killed after he was hit by a motorists at an Interstate 84 off-ramp.

According to state police, the man was driving a 2014 Ford Fusion when he pulled over to the right shoulder on a sweeping curve and got out of the vehicle. An approaching 2007 Subaru Impreza struck the Ford and then the man. The pedestrian sustained serious injuries; he was pronounced dead at the scene. The 18-year-old driver that hit the pedestrian was not injured, and no charges have been filed. Both cars were towed from the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

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A Cincinnati man is dead after a single-vehicle crash.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the driver of a 2003 BMW 745I went off the right side of the road, striking a fence and tree. He was treated at an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Sadly, his 47-year-old passenger did not survive; he was pronounced dead at the scene. Both men were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The investigation is ongoing, but it is believed that alcohol and/or drugs were factors.

The details of this fatal crash won’t be known until the investigation is complete. In the meantime, the family of the deceased man will struggle to pick up the pieces and move on. An experienced attorney can help them understand their litigation options and rights to seek compensation for their loss.

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Whether a healthcare facility is federally or privately funded, there must be a certain standard of care. When a hospital falls below this level of care, it can be held responsible. For patients who have suffered from hospital negligence in a federally funded facility, there are many more requirements to file a valid claim, and obtaining compensation can be nearly impossible without the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

A medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that a woman died because a federally funded clinic ignored signs of breast cancer.

In September 2013, the woman went to the emergency room because of breast pain. At that time, she advised the ER doctor of a lump in her breast. The hospital, which is not a party to the lawsuit, released the patient with instructions to follow up her primary care physician should her symptoms continue.

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Auto-truck accidents can be serious or deadly for the occupants of the vehicle because of the large weight differential between the auto and the truck.

The driver of a 2000 Ford Taurus slowed down and stopped at a traffic light when the vehicle was rear-ended by a Freightliner tractor-trailer, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol. Both drivers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The child was airlifted to the hospital, where he died a short time later. Both drivers had been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and the child was securely fastened in a booster seat.

Any charges would be pending the results of the investigation. Police have stated that they do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors.

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A medical malpractice or medical negligence claim is one filed by someone who feels they have been a victim of a medical error or mistake. A claim can also be filed by the family of a victim who was injured or died as a result of what is considered a medical error. The best course of action is to consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can determine if there is a viable legal claim.

Two Washington families filed lawsuits against a midwife after one baby died and another was left paralyzed.

One couple alleges that the midwife used excessive traction and pulled and twisted their son’s head and neck during delivery. The mother said when the baby emerged, his face was purple and his right arm was like a “limp noodle.” She claims that a friend who witnessed the birth called 911, but when the EMT’s arrived, the midwife turned them away. The infant received a brachial plexus injury and permanent nerve damage and paralysis in one arm, according to the lawsuit. The child will require care the rest of his life.

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After an auto accident, victims have a lot to worry about – from physical injuries and medical bills to unpaid time off from work, car repairs, and insurance negotiations. We all want to believe that working with the insurance company will be easy, but that is typically far from the truth despite, hearing “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”

A Florida woman has filed an auto accident lawsuit against a vehicle owner and State Farm alleging negligence.

On October 18, 2016, the woman’s vehicle was struck by another driver, leaving her with serious injuries. The woman said that as a result of the collision, she has endured great physical pain and mental anguish, and incurred medical bills and expenses. She filed a lawsuit holding the vehicle owner and State Farm responsible. The complaint alleges that the driver (who is not the vehicle owner) negligently operated the vehicle and State Farm allegedly failed to pay all covered losses resulting from the accident.