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California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Plaintiffs in Suit Based on Dangerous Condition of Public Property

In a pivotal opinion reversing both the trial and appellate courts’ decisions, a California Supreme Court holding alleviates the burden on plaintiffs bringing a wrongful death action against the government based on an alleged dangerous condition of public property. The issue before the court in this case was whether the Government Claims Act requires a plaintiff to establish that a dangerous condition not only caused a decedent’s fatal injury but also the third-party conduct that brought about the accident. The court held that it did not. In this case, the decedents were in a fatal car accident, in which a collision...

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Prius windshield could have a “ghosting” effect at night

With gas prices hovering near record highs in the San Francisco Bay area, hybrid vehicles are in high demand. This is especially true of the Toyota Prius, which is arguably the most popular hybrid on California roads today. Prius owners boast of needing to fill up only every few weeks, since an electric motor saves gas when idling or travelling at low speeds. Even with the popular fuel efficiency, Prius owners are reporting unusual safety issues. Specifically, they report that the car’s windshield can distort traffic lights (as well as lights from oncoming vehicles) at night. These lights can appear...

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How to stay out of motorcycle accidents

The speed, excitement and sense of freedom that riding a motorcycle brings can be exhilarating. However, with the riding experience comes certain dangers, especially if the bike is not in perfect working order. Bay Area motorcycle owners have their preferences, but a recent Consumer Reports survey shed light on which bikes are the most reliable. According to a study of 4,000 motorcycle owners, Yamaha, Kawaski and Honda fared better than traditional powers BMW and Harley Davidson. Some who were surveyed cited repair costs, high costs of accessories, and premium gas as their reasons for choosing Japanese models. Nevertheless, riders of...

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Bus crash near Yosemite leaves 15 injured

Bus carrying a group of tourists near Yosemite crashed on Saturday. According to a KGO News.com report, the bus was nearing the south entrance on Highway 41 when it lost control on a winding road. It went off the road and crashed down a ravine before hitting a tree. Fortunately, no one was killed in the crash, but 15 passengers suffered injuries as they were reportedly thrown from one side of the bus to the other as it crashed. They were taken to local hospitals for treatment. While the crash is still under investigation, authorities believe that excessive speed played...

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Ferry boat accident creates numerous questions

A ferry boat accident has left one person dead, and another severely hurt. According to an ABC 7News.com report, the MS San Francisco collided with a small pleasure boat on Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred in Racoon Strait, just south of Tiburon. The ferry was on its way back to San Francisco from Sausalito. Authorities believe that the smaller boat was travelling at a high rate of speed before hitting the ferry, but the accident is still under investigation. Onlookers from the ferry, which had about 500 people on board, described a chaotic scene. One witness explained how first responders...

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Could hands-free texting be banned?

Since a law allowing California motorists to dictate and send text messages using hands-free systems, the practice of “texting while driving” has taken on a different connotation. While thousands of Bay Area drivers stuck in traffic every day, using voice-command systems has made communication easier and ostensibly safer. However, if a new lawmaker has his way, the new law could be replaced, and hands-free texting would become illegal. Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) wants to ban all forms of text messaging (manual and hands-free) while behind the wheel. He relies upon a recent Virginia Tech study (the institution that analyzed the...

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Autonomous cars lead to questions of road safety

Cars driving themselves: it sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. But all around the world, car makers are taking steps to turn that dream into a reality. Nissan, Toyota, Audi, and even Google are hard at work creating the first generation of autonomous vehicles. Proponents say that when human drivers are taken out of the equation, safety will improve. Others, however, are uneasy with the thought of allowing humans to step back from the responsibility that comes with driving a car, and fear that without human intervention, faulty machinery could cause a car accident. Car manufacturers are...

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New overlap crash-test results released on new vehicle models

Crash-test ratings released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have historically informed publications like Consumer Reports and have influenced auto buyers as a result. Although the IIHS is not a federal agency, its crash-test results are both respected by motorists and manufacturers alike and are highly-anticipated when new models are released into the marketplace. Until recently, common car accidents known as overlap crashes were not tested for by either the IIHS or federal authorities. Given the prevalence of overlap crashes and the devastating nature of both property damage and injury that result from this kind of impact, this...

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