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Pedestrian killed in motor vehicle accident when hit by pickup

When there is a motor vehicle accident in Sacramento, there is the possibility that people will be injured or even killed. If the accident is between a car and a pedestrian, the percentages of severe injury to the pedestrian are substantial. An accident victim who is hit by a car could suffer catastrophic injuries that might wind up being fatal. This will leave the family coping with the loss of a loved one following the fatal accident.

A late evening crash claimed the life of a 28-year-old pedestrian. According to the police investigation, the pedestrian was crossing the street when a 2006 Ford pickup truck hit him. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment, but died. The driver of the pickup, a 48-year-old man, stayed at the scene of the accident and is being cooperative. The investigation continues to determine how and why this fatal accident happened.

Roller coaster hits branch, four injured

Since the late 1800's the United States has had an unending fascination with amusement parks and the exiting rides they hold within. Today, there are countless parks from sea to sea bringing smiles and thrills to the faces of children and adults alike. Entrance to these lands of wonder vary in price from tens to thousands of dollars depending on the experience sought. Unfortunately, not even amusement parks are immune to mechanical breakdowns, negligence, and accidents.

Six Flags Magic Mountain shut down the popular roller coaster "Ninja" after it hit a tree branch. The branch caused the front car to dislodge injuring four people and stranding others on the track. Although all the injuries from the accident were minor, two of those injured were taken to the hospital for observation. The 22 stranded riders were rescued over the course of three hours by firefighters who had to navigate the coaster and trees surrounding it to reach the passengers. The ride, which promises speeds of 55mph while narrowly missing trees and other obstacles, remains shut down as the investigation into the accident continues.

Civil court may be only option for victim's family

There are two main types of law in the United States: civil and criminal law. Cases based on violations of criminal law are heard in a criminal court while cases based on civil law are heard in a civil court. Another major difference, besides the type of cases each court hears, is the burden of proof each court applies. Criminal courts use the stricter "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard while civil courts use a "preponderance of the evidence" standard, which only requires showing the claim is more likely correct than not in order to win.

The family members of the 13-year-old boy who was shot by a police officer while carrying a pellet gun are emotional after prosecutors announced they would not be filing charges against the officer. Prosecutors made the decision after an investigation into the Northern California sheriff deputy's actions. According to protestors, there was only a 10 second delay between the time officers reported a suspicious person and reported shots fired. The victim's family has called on federal investigators to open their own case and the FBI is reportedly looking into the case for civil rights violations. The family has a pending wrongful death lawsuit in federal court that was put on hold pending the D.A.'s investigation.

Road may have caused fatal accident involving teens, dump truck

The roadways Americans enjoy today are a product of over a hundred years of innovation. Everything from the grade of the street to the materials used to build the roads has changed since their initial creation. Although today's roads are smoother, stronger, and in some ways safer than the roads a hundred years ago, there are still improvements to be made. Even today, roadways play a key part in preventing or causing accidents, whether in its angle of a decline or ability to drain water during a heavy rain.

A California community is sending its support to the families who lost their children to a recent tragic accident. The truck accident occurred last Tuesday night as five teen were returning home from a day at the beach. According to police, a dump truck full of wet cement lost the ability to break while on a curvy off-ramp. The truck ran the intersection and hit a PT cruiser full of teens, pushing them down an embankment and landing on top of the car. It took firefighters two hours to pull the teens out of the car using heavy lift tow vehicles and the Jaws of Life. The accident took the life of two teens and left the other three with serious injuries. The driver of the truck was uninjured.

Law protecting young athletes goes to governor for signature

Sports is one of the few activities that can fill parents with an equal level of pride and apprehension. Competitive sports has long been held as a great tool for teaching valuable lessons to the youth. Not only do players learn the value of hard work, cooperation and sacrifice, but they also learn the sometimes harder lesson of losing and rebuilding. These lessons are common to almost all competitive sports, as is the risk of injury.

A concussion or brain injury received while playing high school sports has the potential to create serious problems later in life. Since concussions can be cumulative in effect, the more concussions a youth sustains, the greater the risk. The bill, if signed, will make California one of the few of a growing number of states who are taking steps to protect the safety of their student athletes. Critics of the bill think that there are already substantial rules in place protecting student athletes, even though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control states that nearly four million high school students suffer head injuries every year. Critics also worry that the reduced full-contact practice time outlined by the bill will place the young athletes at a disadvantage when it comes to recruiting for college athletes. Other critics of the bill worry about untrained people performing the assessment needed for a player to return to active participation.

Mother files wrongful death claim for incarcerated son's death

There are many oppressed groups in the United States. Some groups are looked down upon because of skin color, culture, gender or even their religion, but there are two groups that are inclusive of all those categories that are treated with even more contempt and apathy; the incarcerated and mentally ill. Many of the rights that most American's enjoy are suspended while inside a prison facility. That fact coupled with the lack of knowledge and general apathy toward the mentally ill creates a dangerous situation for the mentally ill behind bars.

The mother of a California man accused of murder has filed a wrongful death suit against the numerous government agencies involved with his incarceration and subsequent death by suicide. It is alleged that during a psychotic break, the young man murdered a taxi driver. The mentally ill man was taken into custody, and at the request of his attorney, he was placed on suicide watch.

Three California students injured in car accident near school

Auto accidents have become so common place in society that many people forget the inherit dangers of driving. Once people forget or disregard the dangers of driving it becomes easier for them to behave recklessly behind the wheel. A person doesn't need to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol to become a danger to others as eating, texting, putting on make-up, or talking on the phone can distract a driver just as much as alcohol impairment, as can be evidenced by a recent injurious wreck.

Three California students are in the hospital after being hit while crossing the street to return to school. The accident occurred early in the afternoon as the trio was walking back to school from their PE class. The driver of the Prius claims that the breaks on the car failed causing him to run the red light where the students were crossing. Two of the students hit were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, while one student remains in critical condition supported by life support. The driver, who was using a rental car at the time of the accident, has been cooperating with police. Police hope the car's black box will shed more like on the accident.

Speed contest between bikers has fatal ending

People have been drawn to speed since before the invention of the motorized vehicle. Boats, horses, bikes and motor vehicles all give humans the ability to travel faster than they can using their own bodies. In modern times, the race for speed has reached the point where humans can now travel many times faster than the speed of sound. The downside to speed, however, is that it increases the chance of having an accident, which can result in serious injuries and even death.

A midday accident recently took the life of one and hurt two others. The accident took place after a Ford Taurus merged in front of two motorcyclists. Although both of the motorcyclists attempted to brake after the car pulled out in front of them, they were unable to stop themselves from colliding with the vehicle due to their alleged speed. The first motorcyclist died at the scene after he hit the driver's side door of the car, while the second avoided a collision with the car by ejecting himself from his bike; both men were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. The driver of the car and the second motorcyclist both suffered serious injuries and were taken to a local hospital.

Federal court rules in case involving man killed by police

States, cities, and municipalities hold a special place in civil law. Suing such an entity comes with special rules depending on the state, such as California's rule requiring a plaintiff to give the city notice prior to filing an actual suit. The extra layer of rules helps to protect the city from frivolous lawsuits and allows them to settle matters prior to entering a courtroom, which can result in saving taxpayers money and freeing up the courts for other matters. Some such rules, however, can have the unintended effect of actually doing harm or preventing people from obtaining just compensation for some government action.

The family of a California man shot and killed by a police officer won a major victory in their wrongful death case against the city of Los Angeles. The 21-year-old autistic man was said to be asleep in front of an apartment building when two officers approached him. While one officer was running the man's identification, the second officer shot the young man three times in the abdomen. Further investigation discounted the shooting officer's statement of events and a jury found in favor of the man's family, awarding them $700,000 for wrongful death and $1 million for pain and suffering. It was the $1 million portion of the damages award that was thrown out by a federal district judge and reinstated by a federal appeals court.

Bill governing young football players moves to California Senate

Sports have long been held as one of the best ways to teach youth valuable and necessary skills such as teamwork, competitive competition and hard work. In the years since its creation, American football has gained a worldwide following. Generations of players have created a rich football culture that is still growing to this day. However, dearly loved American football also can be dangerous sometimes, inflicting lifelong injuries on players.

AB 2127, a bill which is designed to protect young football players from traumatic brain injuries, has moved forward another step and is now on its way to California's Senate. The bill enjoys wide support from medical organizations, as well as from California's Interscholastic Federation, which oversees high school athletics in the state. Bills such as AB 2127 have been passed in 19 states so far, as legislators across the county seek to protect young players from some of the more negative consequences of contact sports. With current research showing that players need not even suffer a concussion in order to suffer long-lasting effects from an injury, rules seeking to minimize harm will have few critics.

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