United claims you can fly the friendly skies however it appears that as long as you're on the ground all bets are off! In a video most of America has seen, a man with a ticket was removed after he had legally boarded a United passenger jet Sunday. Do you suppose it ever occurred to this customer the best way to get arrested was to buy a plane ticket, show up on time and board as instructed? In case you haven't heard United demanded four passengers disembark the flight they were on because United oversold the flight. After they asked for volunteers it boiled down to a lone passenger who refused to leave. The passenger who was forcibly removed by security guards was also a physician. The video is on youtube.com for all to see.
Recently a child in Southern California was injured by a piece of debris after a drone collided with a tree. That piece of debris hit the child as she was in a stroller. In another incident a small child in the United Kingdom was rendered partially blind by a drone that was being flown by a family friend and the friend lost control.
In what can only be called a horrible idea, a California Legislator has written a bill to allow the last call in bars to move to 4am. This bill would allow each municipality to decide what their last call should be and in no event could it be made earlier than the current 2am last call time.
If you decide to walk someplace for your health you may want to reconsider once you listen to recent studies and look at the actions of the City of Sacramento. Sacramento recently embarked on what they have termed "Vision Zero Sacramento". Vision Zero is a traffic safety initiative whose aim is a roadway with no fatalities or serious injuries. Vision Zero rejects the notion that traffic crashes are simply "accidents," but instead preventable incidents that can and must be systematically addressed.
Anyone looking for a safer alternative to smoking may be well advised avoid e-cigarettes based on recent events in the news. While many people using this product want to avoid the harmful effects of nicotine they may be seriously underestimating other dangerous aspects of using this product.
Many of us are aware that 36 people died in Oakland in a warehouse fire. The fire happened in a building nicknamed the "Ghost Ship". Our sympathy and prayers are extended to both the victims and families of those that perished in the fire.
The California Contractors State License Board recommended suspension or revocation of Segue Constructions license alleging they willfully disregarded plans and ignored standards when building the apartment complex near U. C. Berkeley. The result of their negligence lead to the death of 6 students and severe injury to at least 7 more students.
Our Senior Partner was watching an NFL game over the weekend when one of the coaches on the sideline was unexpectedly hit by an opposing player out of bounds. While the collision was unintentional the potential for serious and permanent injury was very real. Let's look at a couple of the factors involved in this accident.
Jet Blue is something called in the law a "Common Carrier" and that simply means it's an entity whose business involves transporting people or goods from one place to another for a fee. In California even amusement parks are considered to be Common Carriers as are trains, busses, taxis, Uber and Lyft. Common Carriers are held to the highest standard of care because they are transporting passengers for money and need to be extra careful and they may be held liable for damages if a plaintiff can prove negligence.
Common Carriers offer their services to the public under the authority of a regulatory body, which sets standards for safety and other passenger concerns. Commercial airlines like Jet Blue for example are expected to adhere to regulations set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Common Carriers are required to exercise the highest degree of care and diligence in the safety of their passengers and/or cargo. Their failure to warn passengers about potentially dangerous conditions expose carriers to legal action. For example, an airline like Jet Blue may be held liable for a passenger's injuries if the pilot failed to turn on the fasten seatbelt sign after noticing and flying into an area known to have heavy turbulence.
Liability for failure to warn comes down to the question of whether a reasonably careful operator would have known or should have known about the dangerous condition. Therefore, Jet Blue is being sued for injuries as a result of severe turbulence and for failing to exercise the care and diligence expected of a reasonably careful operator.
In this particular instance 24 people were transported to the hospital after the Jet Blue flight from Boston To Sacramento was forced to divert and perform an emergency landing to tend to the injured aboard. The facts support that the pilots flew into severe turbulence even after the FAA warned of such turbulence and a CNN Weather anchor revealed that the sort of turbulence the Jet Blue pilots were flying into could have been seen on both Radar and visually from the cock pit.
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Hitting the gas when you mean to hit the brake happens to just about every driver at one time or another. It may happen due to distraction or just because you weren't paying complete attention to what you were doing. The reality is this lapse could be enough to result in a serious car accident. Review what we've written about these accidents and ways to prevent them.