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Two types of child safety seats recalled after crash test failure

After a baby-sized crash-test dummy was sent flying from an automobile during testing, parents have been issued a high-risk warning. The crash demo of that particular test shows that certain child safety seats can come apart during a crash and send a baby through the windshield of the vehicle. Another seat by the same brand was also recently proven to fail. Parents in Los Angeles may want to take note of the subsequent recalls.

The Recaro Chair was the latest recall issued after the video was made public. But another child safety seat, the Recaro Optia, is showing similar issues. With both seats, the car seat clicks into a base that is hooked to the car's seat by seatbelts. But the car safety seat in these particular products doesn't stay connected to the base during an accident. 

Child suffered neck injuries, others killed in big rig crash

According to recent reports, two people have been killed and several others, including children, were seriously injured in a crash that involved an 18-wheeler. The California Highway Patrol reports that a six-year-old suffered neck injuries, and another child was harmed in the wreck, which also injured four other people. It is unclear at this time what caused the driver to lose control of his truck.

The big truck was said to have swerved across two lanes of traffic, jack-knifed, and came to rest in the highway. It was reported to have been moving into the southbound transition from the westbound lane when the driver inexplicably lost control. Before crashing into a concrete divider wall, the truck rammed through a metal guardrail and crossed lanes of traffic.

Driver charged in California bus accident that killed 4 people

After driving with apparent extreme fatigue and using his cell phone repeatedly during the drive, a bus driver has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in an accident that killed four. The man is also accused of failing to keep his records accurate, entering false information into his log book, and driving over the law-allowed time limits for the state of California, all of which could have contributed to the bus accident. Over the last two years, he had been given at least seven citations for violations.

The 58-year-old man was driving the bus early one morning in August 2016 when it swerved and hit a signpost on the highway. According to the report, the bus was split almost in half by the pole, killing four people and leaving many more with injuries; some of which were severe enough to require the amputation of limbs. The bus was said to have held 49 passengers.

Is The PAC-12 Doing Enough To Prevent CTE?

With the latest results from the Boston University, many players, fans and football officials are wondering how these findings will impact how pros and children play alike. For those who have not read the study, Boston University researchers found 110 cases of CTE in the brains of 111 deceased football players. CTE is not necessarily caused by a single big hit or one concussion event. CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is accrued over numerous blows to the head over a lifetime. The degenerative disease is ruthless as victims slowly lose memory, control over their temperament and impulse. Currently, there is not a definite connection of how concussions relate to the development of CTE and lead researchers are attempting to fully understand any connection. So, what are football organizations doing to prevent these diseases from developing in younger players

Several injured in horrific wrong-way auto accident

At least eight people were reported to have been injured in a wrong-way collision recently. According to the California Highway Patrol, the auto accident started as a head-on crash that happened just after 8 p.m. The car that caused the wreck, a gold Honda, was said to have been stolen.

The gold car flew down the highway, proceeding east in the westbound lane. It soon crashed head-on into a van, also made by Honda. The van had seven people in it, according to the report. The ages of the passengers in that van ranged from 1 year old to 61 years old.

BlueLA Carsharing is Live in Los Angeles

Ride sharing seems to be the wave of the future whether that entails people driving the vehicles or advanced computers. The city of Los Angeles, hoping to keep up with the demand for affordable ride sharing, is starting its own program in some of it's lower income neighborhoods. Angelenos over the age of 18 with a valid driver's licenses will be able to participate in BlueCalifornia, featuring a fleet of 100 electric vehicles. 

Single mom killed in fatal car accident

Three cars were involved in a horrific California crash that took place in Los Angeles. The fatal car accident, which occurred just after 2 a.m., took the life of a young single mother. Police say that alcohol and drugs may have been involved and that one driver appears to have been speeding.

A man, reportedly in his 20s, was said to have been driving at excessive speeds when he crashed into another car. The driver of the second vehicle hit a third one, which was driven by a young woman in her 20s. That car was slung into a tree with such force that the driver was killed.

5 Tips to Avoid Overheating in the Summer Heat

This summer season has started off hot, with record-breaking temperatures recorded across the Southwest. Los Angeles is no exception to this scorching heat wave. Angelenos were encouraged to stay indoors to avoid heat-related illnesses, as thermometers rose into the hundreds. Such intense heat is not only a human health hazard-it can have dangerous consequences for your car as well. Especially in Los Angeles, where commuters often travel long distances in stop-and-go traffic, hot weather can easily cause your vehicle's engine to overheat. Luckily, there are a few easy things drivers can do to prevent their vehicles from overheating.

How to deal with road rage incidents

Road rage makes the highways less safe for everyone. Even if a motorist is not directly involved, a recent road rage incident in California demonstrates how they can be caught up in the aftermath.

A terrifying road rage incident in California made national news when it was caught on camera by a car passenger traveling nearby. The video, made available on NBC4 News in Los Angeles, shows a motorcyclist kicking a car as he drives down the freeway. According to the man who filmed the incident, the driver of the car had just cut the motorcyclist off during a lane change. The car's driver responds to the kick by swerving wildly, nearly crashing into the motorcyclist. Instead, the car hits the freeway median barrier and ricochets back through the lanes of traffic, careening into a pickup truck and causing it to flip. The motorcyclist drives away down the freeway as the pickup truck comes to a rest upside down.

What is loss of consortium?

To suddenly lose a loved one to a car accident in Los Angeles would likely be a devastating blow to anyone. When you have suffered such a tragedy, many may view the extent of your loss as being the financial support he or she might have provided. Yet what about the emotional support you had come to except from your loved one? Ultimately, being deprived of that may be more devastating than any income he or she might have provided. The question then becomes if you are permitted by law to seek compensation for such a loss in the same manner that you can attempt to recover lost wages and support.

The loss of one’s care and companionship is referred to (in legal terms) as loss of consortium. It recognizes the emotional toll that a loved one’s sudden death can leave. Specifically, you may face challenges such as:

  •          Not having the added support to maintain your home and property
  •          Being deprived of your loved one’s advice and solace
  •          No longer being able to enjoy an intimate relationship with your spouse or romantic partner
  •          Having to raise your children without the assistance of another parent
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