It is common to assume that luxury vehicles will fare better in a car accident than a less expensive vehicle. A new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) showed that luxury cars failed front-corner impact tests at an alarming rate. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, only three out of 11 luxury cars from the 2012 model year passed the new crash test. Officials say that most of the vehicles that failed the new front corner test can pass a normal front-end crash test.
Vehicles that failed the new test include BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. In fact, all of those manufacturers earned poor ratings when tested for front corner collisions. Not all cars, however, received poor ratings. The Acura TL and Volvo S60 earned good ratings, and the Infiniti G received an acceptable rating.
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Sophia Pham-Chang, 2, of Diamond Bar was killed in an Orange County swimming pool accident after she was found unresponsive in the bottom of the pool. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the swimming pool accident occurred on South Heath Terrace in Anaheim, the evening of June 26, 2011. Adults and children were all around the pool area but no one saw the toddler fall into the pool. The family administered CPR and emergency crews brought her to a nearby hospital but she succumbed to her injuries that night. Officials say the pool floor was colored black, which may have prevented the adults from spotting the child in the water sooner. An investigation is ongoing.
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A 3-year-old boy suffered injuries in swimming pool accident the afternoon of March 23, 2011. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the near-drowning incident occurred in a backyard pool in the 48800 block of Legacy Drive in La Quinta. The child was breathing and conscious when taken to the hospital. Officials are looking into what caused this near-drowning incident.
It is indeed fortunate that this did not turn into a fatal incident. My thoughts and prayers are with this little boy. I sincerely hope he makes a quick and complete recovery.
Swimming Pool Accident Statistics
According to a 2007 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 3,443 fatal unintentional drowning incidents in the United States. The report also states that fatal drowning is the “second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years.” Nonfatal drowning incidents or near-drowning can cause brain injuries and brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning. Read the rest »
Paul Sniffen, a 6-year-old boy, died in a swimming pool accident during a daycare outing. According to a Bay City News report, the drowning occurred the afternoon of July 26, 2010 at 3979 Mabel Avenue in Castro Valley. Lifeguards tried resuscitating Paul, but were unsuccessful. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Read the rest »
The California personal injury law firm of BISNAR | CHASE was featured in Newsweek Magazine’s special “Interview Issue” under “The Best of Los Angeles Law” section. The Newsweek article clearly captures what this law firm stands for, the high standards we aspire to achieve each and every day our attorneys and staff members show up to work. The article talks about our most significant case, our greatest legal achievement and the innovative things we are doing to help consumers and personal injury victims. Read the rest »
A 4-year-old boy was hospitalized the evening of June 17, 2009 after a swimming pool accident at a Palm Springs resort and spa, The Desert Sun reports. Joe Cahalan, a hotel guest from Orange County, apparently saved the child’s life and carried him from the swimming pool at the Spa Resort Casino, after he spotted the boy underneath the water. Cahalan told the paper that the boy was at least a foot underwater and that he may have been there for 30 or 60 seconds. The child was conscious when firefighters arrived and he was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
It’s not known where the child’s parents were. Apparently, the boy was with two other children, including a teenager. This is the second time in a month that a child has nearly drowned in a local hotel. On May 15, 2009, a girl was resuscitated after nearly drowning at Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage. Read the rest »