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2017 | California Personal Injury Blog

Family Loses Apartment in Fire Caused by Hoverboard

By Brian Chase on December 29, 2017 - No comments

Family Loses Apartment in Fire Caused by Hoverboard

Family Loses Apartment in Fire Caused by Hoverboard

A Milwaukee couple bought their daughter a hoverboard for Christmas even as they were skeptical about doing so after all those reports of fires and explosions. As it turned out, their concerns were justified. The 7-year-old girl’s Christmas gift, the hoverboard, sparked a fire that destroyed their apartment on Christmas Day. The girl apparently got the gift on Christmas Eve. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

E-Cigarette Explosions Continue to Cause Serious Injuries

By Brian Chase on December 29, 2017 - No comments

What's Really in Juul E Cigarettes?

What's Really in Juul E Cigarettes?

Just this month, two men, one in Hawaii and another in Michigan, suffered serious injuries when their respective e-cigarettes exploded. According to news reports, 25-year-old Matt Yamashita of Oahu says he lost four front teeth after his e-cigarette exploded in his face. Around 40 stitches are holding his mouth together. Yamashita will need surgery to have dental implants installed. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

Dashcam Video Shows SpaceX Rocket Led to Pileup on SoCal Freeway

By Brian Chase on December 28, 2017 - No comments

Dashcam Video Shows SpaceX Rocket Led to Pileup on SoCal Freeway

Dashcam Video Shows SpaceX Rocket Led to Pileup on SoCal Freeway

The launch of the latest SpaceX rocket the night of Dec. 22 wasn’t just a rage on social media. According to the Los Angeles Times, it appeared to have resulted in pileups on Southern California freeways as well. A video posted to YouTube hours after SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched from the Vandenberg Air Force base shows a three-car crash as seen on another driver’s dashboard camera and has garnered more than one million views. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

New Year Brings New Laws for California Drivers

By Brian Chase on December 28, 2017 - No comments

New Year Brings New Laws for California Drivers

New Year Brings New Laws for California Drivers

2018 is ushering in a number of new laws for California motorists. Come Jan. 1, there are several laws that will go into effect, which drivers should know about. Here is a list of the new laws that will go into effect on Jan. 1 or July 1, 2018 that could have an impact on California motorists. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Orange County Sees More DUIs and Fatalities During Holiday Weekend

By Brian Chase on December 27, 2017 - No comments

Orange County Sees More DUIs and Fatalities During Holiday Weekend

Orange County Sees More DUIs and Fatalities During Holiday Weekend

Two people were killed on Orange County highways in the first 60 hours of the Christmas holiday reporting period, the California Highway Patrol reports. According to a City News Service article, last year, there were no deaths reported in Orange County during the Christmas holiday weekend. This year, however, was a different story. Officers arrested 39 drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence in Orange County compared with 24 in 2016. …Read the rest »

Posted in: DUI

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.8 Million Ram Pickup Trucks for Rollaway Issues

By Brian Chase on December 27, 2017 - No comments

Fiat Chrysler Recalls More Than 850,000 Dodge Ram Trucks for Steering Failure and Faulty Brakes

Fiat Chrysler Recalls More Than 850,000 Dodge Ram Trucks for Steering Failure and Faulty Brakes

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a vehicle defect recall for more than 1.8 million Ram pickup trucks that could unexpectedly roll away under certain circumstances. According to a report on trucks.com, the problem affects vehicles with gear shifters that are mounted on to the steering column. Those with electronic dial shifters or floor-mounted shifters are not included. The recall will include 2009-17 model year Ram 1500 light duty trucks and 2010-17 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks. The 2011-17 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs are also part of the recall. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

One Death Linked to Recalled Polaris Vehicles That Pose Fire Risk

By Brian Chase on December 27, 2017 - No comments

One Death Linked to Recalled Polaris Vehicles That Pose Fire Risk

One Death Linked to Recalled Polaris Vehicles That Pose Fire Risk

Off-road vehicle maker Polaris issued 15 recalls over the last 12 months many of them to do with fire risks. According to a news report in the Miami Herald, fires caused by these defective vehicles have resulted in at least one death, serious injuries and property damage. The first occur in the 2013-17 Polaris RZR 900 and 1000 recreational off-highway vehicles or ROVs while consumers are driving. This poses a serious danger of burn injuries to both drivers and passengers. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

CHP Officer Killed in DUI Crash on Christmas Eve

By Brian Chase on December 27, 2017 - No comments

Off-Duty Los Angeles Fire Captain Killed in Collision with Caltrans Street Sweeper

Off-Duty Los Angeles Fire Captain Killed in Collision with Caltrans Street Sweeper

Andrew Camilleri, 33, a California Highway Patrol officer, was killed on the job on Christmas Eve after he was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the collision was first reported late Dec. 24 on Highway 880 near State Route 92 and the Winton Avenue on-ramp in Hayward. Officials say a red Cadillac driven by a 22-year-old man was going at a high rate of speed, veered into the shoulder and collided with the CHP patrol vehicle. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Companies Face Age Discrimination Lawsuit Over Facebook Ads

By Brian Chase on December 22, 2017 - No comments

Facebook Faces Class Action Lawsuits Over Data Practices

Facebook Faces Class Action Lawsuits Over Data Practices

Three plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox and several other large U.S. employers for allegedly excluding older workers from seeing job ads on Facebook’s paid advertising platforms. According to a report on RT.com, Linda Bradley, Maurice Anscombe, and Laura Callahan, say hundreds of major U.S. employers and employment agencies routinely exclude older workers from seeing their recruiting ads on Facebook thereby targeting younger workers and denying older workers those job and career opportunities. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Employment Law

iPhone Owners File Class Action Lawsuit Over Slowdown Feature in Older Models

By Brian Chase on December 22, 2017 - No comments

iPhone Owners File Class Action Lawsuit Over Slowdown Feature in Older Models

iPhone Owners File Class Action Lawsuit Over Slowdown Feature in Older Models

Two Los Angeles-based iPhone owners have filed a lawsuit against Apple seeking class action status a day after the company admitted that it slows down older iPhones to prevent unexpected battery-related shutdowns. According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, the plaintiffs, Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, filed the lawsuit in the Central District Court of California. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Class Action


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