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Catastrophic personal injuries: some observations, central points

There are two immediate observations that might readily come to mind for some people regarding just compensation -- which primarily means money damages -- for personal injuries suffered because of third-party negligence.

First, it is simply a truism that money alone can never fully compensate for an injury -- often an enduring and debilitating condition -- that is caused by another individual's reckless or even wanton conduct. No reasonable person would ever dispute that.

Update on U.S. train safety requirements: not everyone's on board

The initial paragraph in many train safety-related stories commences with Chatsworth, the California town where a tremendous collision between two trains in 2008 took the lives of 25 people.

We follow that lead in this post, given one immediately galvanizing and important effect that resulted from the catastrophe. Namely, that was sharp scrutiny in the U.S. Congress that ultimately led to legislation being passed that requires both freight and passenger trains to implement sophisticated crash-avoidance technology.

Seemingly, no end in sight for beleaguered air bag maker

The mantra "no news is good news" must certainly resonate with clarity at the Japan-based headquarters of the Takata Corporation, an air bag manufacturer with product installed in scores of millions of vehicles across the globe.

Unfortunately, stories surrounding Takata have been front-and-center fodder in media outlets internationally for some time now. The angst of the company's principal executives seems certain to continue.

Driver says tired prior to fatal California bus rollover

As we note on our personal injury website at the law firm of Scott J. Corwin in Los Angeles, public transportation providers (taxis, train, planes, buses and so forth) "are held to a higher degree of responsibility than ordinary motor vehicle drivers."

And that is for good reason, of course, as we point out in an online discussion of common carriers and passengers' expectations regarding their operation. Individuals who hand over money and leave the driving to a paid professional reasonably assume that they are in safe hands.

Material, growing concern: keyless ignitions, carbon monoxide

Following is a truly scary hypothetical to ponder.

Imagine that you start your car in the garage with a keyless ignition device that is now popular and commonplace with millions of vehicles. And then, suddenly, just as are you about to leave for work, you remember something you forgot to do inside your home.

Center receives government grant to conduct spinal cord research

It's always exciting to hear of new developments occurring in the realm of spinal cord injury research.

It's also necessary to temper enthusiasm, though, and to be clinically minded -- although ever hopeful -- regarding potential breakthroughs.

Sad update on Takata air bag flaws, recall

The use of ammonium-nitrate inflators in vehicle air bags was flatly a horrible idea at its inception, and that sad fact has been amply borne out many times since the incorporation of such inflators in products made by a leading global air bag manufacturer.

Readers of our personal injury blog in California and elsewhere might know something about those inflators and the Japan-based Takata Corporation, which has churned out air bags using ammonium-nitrate inflators for years. In fact, scores of millions of passenger vehicles around the world have Takata air bags installed.

California DMV dictate on driverless cars: too much a reining back?

We noted in a recent blog post that it is difficult to predict when California safety officials will remove all regulatory obstacles concerning the development of driverless cars being worked on by Google and other auto companies.

We further noted in that post that, "Google executives are growing impatient."

Star struck: NHTSA plans changes for vehicle safety rating system

It's a safe bet to say that virtually every potential car or passenger-truck buyer entering a dealership and browsing through its many aisles of new offerings soon becomes star struck.

The reason for that is, of course, that federal safety regulators have long employed a safety standard that evaluates vehicle performance based on a star rating.

Considerations regarding Google's driverless cars

Although legions of people across the country have an innate curiosity concerning self-driving cars, of course, scrutiny of such vehicles is comparatively intense in California, and for understandable reasons.

For starters, the major player in the driverless-car stakes is Google, and that company was founded in California and has its headquarters in the state, with the so-called Googleplex being home to thousands of workers in Santa Clara County.

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