Fatal Danger Rides Along with Millions of Bus Passengers

By Larry Bodine, Publisher of The National Trial Lawyers The spate of horrific bus accidents in California this year has aimed the spotlight on safety shortcomings of long-haul, mass transit and school buses. On average, 21 occupants in motor coaches and large buses are killed and 7,934 are injured every year in highway crashes, according to federal records. California is seeing a frightening number of bus crashes in 2014: On April 10 a FedEx truck careened across the center median in Orland, CA, north of Sacramento, and slammed head-on into a chartered bus carrying 44 high school students on a college visit. The wreck burst into [...]

By | 2014-08-29T12:56:05-07:00 August 29th, 2014|Bus Accidents|0 Comments

How common is drowsy driving?

Americans like to work hard and play hard. The trouble with this kind of approach to life is that it must be accompanied by a tendency to properly rest up from all that play and all that work. Most Americans are not prone to “rest hard” lest precious time be taken away from work and play. The consequences of this kind of imbalance are numerous, and can include health problems. In addition, it can lead to a staggering prevalence of drowsy driving behaviors among motorists. In recent years, driver fatigue has taken center stage in numerous media profiles, regulatory investigations and safety campaigns aimed specifically at [...]

By | 2018-05-27T13:10:00-07:00 August 27th, 2014|Truck Accidents|0 Comments

What you risk by not stopping for Oxnard school buses

Earlier this month, we wrote about holding negligent parties accountable for harm caused by bus accidents. It is important that victims utilize their legal options in the wake of injurious bus accidents, given that the harm that these accidents can inspire is often costly and long-lasting. However, the ideal scenario is that these accidents fail to occur in the first place. One of the most important tools Oxnard motorists can use in aiming to prevent bus-related accidents is reacting properly when school buses stop to load and unload passengers. When school buses stop, extend their red stop sign arm and flash their lights, it is illegal [...]

By | 2018-05-27T13:10:26-07:00 August 25th, 2014|Bus Accidents|0 Comments

Vititoe Law Group Serves Notice of Intent to Sue Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and EPA On Behalf of Malibu Unites

Notice of Intent to Sue Served vs. District and EPA for Toxic Substances Control Act Violations (TSCA) Westlake Village, CA August 19, 2014 – A notice of intent to sue was served today by Vititoe Law Group and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a non-profit educational and advocacy organization, on behalf of Malibu Unites. The notice gives the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 60 days to remove toxic materials from Malibu Middle and High Schools and Juan Cabrillo Elementary School or face a federal lawsuit. […]

By | 2014-08-19T17:51:55-07:00 August 19th, 2014|Firm News|0 Comments

If you are injured on a bus in or near Oxnard

Earlier this summer, one California bus accident victim had a $15.3 million verdict against a public transit district upheld by a state court. This verdict may seem extreme to some individuals, but the truth of the matter is that when individuals are injured during bus accidents, the medical costs of their injuries alone can add up to millions of dollars. When one adds in the cost of lost wages and pain and suffering, this verdict does not seem extreme in the least. Bus accidents can be disorienting, to say the least. As a result, many bus accident victims may find that in the wake of their [...]

By | 2018-05-27T13:11:20-07:00 August 18th, 2014|Bus Accidents|0 Comments

Etiquette for motorcycles stuck in Oxnard traffic jams

Last month, a traffic-jam etiquette battle began to rage in Oxnard, in Los Angeles and throughout California. Certain areas of California have some of the worst traffic jams in the nation on a regular basis. Many California motorists have become pros at navigating this kind of motor vehicle mess with a relative amount of grace. Others tend to rage behind the wheel every time the freeway begins to resemble a parking lot. Given how frustrating traffic jams can be, it is no wonder that the subject of etiquette in these situations is charged. When the California Highway Patrol removed certain safety guidelines from its website last [...]

By | 2018-05-27T13:13:32-07:00 August 13th, 2014|Motorcycle Accidents|0 Comments

Safety challenges for cyclists in Oxnard and Los Angeles

We frequently write about the hazards of distracted driving. One population in particular seems to be suffering as a result of widespread distraction among motorists in Oxnard and Los Angeles. Unlike motorists, truck drivers and even motorcyclists, bicyclists are compelled to ride the same roads and navigate the same hazards without a heavy-duty motorized vehicle to absorb the brunt of an impact. When bicycle accidents occur as a result of distracted driving, the consequences can be catastrophic. Unfortunately, the executive director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition recently told Los Angeles Magazine that, “To everyone’s peril, it seems that drivers are more distracted now than [...]

By | 2018-05-27T13:14:05-07:00 August 11th, 2014|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Beware the Epidemic of Big-Rig Truck Crashes

By Larry Bodine, Publisher of The National Trial Lawyers Tracy Morgan was lucky to get out alive from the big-right truck crash that put him in the hospital last month. Large 18-wheel trucks going too fast or operated by sleep-deprived drivers kill or injure 5,400 California drivers every year. And it’s getting worse, as fatalities and injuries from crashes with tractor-trailer trucks have been increasing since 2010 in California. Most of them took place in Los Angeles, with the areas around Berkeley, Bakersfield, Fresno, Orange County and Riverside also marked as danger areas for big truck crashes, according to the California Highway Patrol. […]

By | 2014-08-04T11:33:51-07:00 August 4th, 2014|Truck Accidents|0 Comments

Hospital groups contest safety claim made in Senate hearing

During a recent hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, a serious patient safety allegation was raised by a panel of respected leaders on this very subject. This panel asserted that over the past 15 years, patient safety advances have been inconsistent, limited and sporadic in nature. Specifically, the panel noted that since the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s “To Err is Human” 15 years ago, patients continue to die and to sustain serious injuries due to preventable medical errors at devastating rates. Many hospital administrators take issue with this pronouncement. According to Modern Healthcare, numerous hospital groups contend that patient safety [...]

By | 2018-05-27T13:14:53-07:00 August 4th, 2014|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

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