Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Los Angeles Coroner Ruled Drowning Accident Caused Whitney Houston’s Death

In a recent report released by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office, it declared that Whitney Houston’s death was caused by a drowning accident.

According to the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office, although heart condition and cocaine use greatly contributed to Houston’s death, drowning accident played a major role in the singer’s untimely demise. According to initial investigation results released by the said office, Houston’s heart condition caused blockage in her arteries.

The Coroner’s Office, through their spokesperson, Craig Harvey, said that Houston’s death was described as an “accident” and no foul play or trauma has been found during the investigation.

According to the Coroner’s Office findings, other drugs like marijuana, anti-anxiety drug, muscle reluctant, and anti-allergy were found in Houston’s body. However, Harvey confirmed that said drugs were not a factor to the singer’s death.

Houston’s sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston, said in a news report that though they were glad since the case has been cleared, their family is saddened upon learning about the toxicology results.

Houston died at the age 48 in her hotel room on February 11, 2012, just a day before the annual pre-Grammy party. She was found submerged in the hotel bathtub filled with water.

LA Coroner County officials said that they will be releasing Houston’s full autopsy report in about a couple of weeks.

In some instances of drowning accidents, it’s either the victims themselves or their family whom may file for a claim through the help of Los Angeles lawyers. In Houston’s case, no other parties were involved or have caused the accident but the singer herself. Therefore, the case could be considered isolated or permanently closed since the drowning accident was not caused by other people’s negligence; and, most importantly, that the real reason for her untimely death has been uncovered.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Senate OKs Bill to Curb Fatal Bus Accidents

A bill aimed at avoiding fatal bus accidents has been finally approved by the U.S. Senate. Said bill has been applied in line with the fatal accident that occurred on March, 2007 in Atlanta which claimed the lives of five people.

The bill was drafted and introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Said bill is expected to increase safety requirements for motor coach drivers and companies.

The bill would regulate safety by requiring seat belts and stronger systems to protect passengers of such buses, improve driver’s skills and require non–glass or glazier windows to prevent passengers from being thrown out of the vehicle during accidents.

The bill’s concept stemmed from the previous fatal bus accident that happened in Atlanta on March 2, 2007, which killed 5 members of an Ohio college baseball team.

After several years, the Senate finally passed the bill last Wednesday, but it was not yet approved as a law. It will soon be, after some guidelines or rules and regulations have been created. According to rules, it has to be published first before it can be implemented as a new law.

Brown, through his spokesperson, said that he is anticipating that a similar measure will be included in the bill as it moves towards the House for dispute.

Aside from implementing safety and avoiding road traffic incident, this bill is further expected to save lives of thousands of people.

The said bus accident made the Senate realize that there was a strong need for a new and modified law regarding road traffic incidents since the bus driver in question missed seeing a road exit ahead of time. Consequently, the bus he was driving fell to the highway below and killed 5 baseball team members, the bus driver himself, and his wife.

Though the bus driver has had its negligence, the National Transportation Safety Board still blamed the city for its failure to provide proper stop signs at the area.

The state agreed to pay $3 million to the victims of said bus accident. In fact, it is the maximum legal settlement amount for victims of vehicle wrecks.

Though bus drivers could be extra careful in driving, bus accidents and other road traffic incident undeniably still can’t be avoided.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Proving who is at Fault in a Premise Liability Claim

In a premise liability claim, it is very important to prove who is at fault. Though victims have all the legal rights to file for a claim, premise owners can also deny all the allegations set against them.

Though premise liability claims are considered personal injury claims, they are still different in some other ways. A premise liability claim exhibits its own problems and rare proof issues. The grounds for the claim may include a slip-and-fall accident, tripping on uneven pathway, tripping over improper obstacles, messy equipment, dark stairways and more.

Filing for a premise liability claim is effortless, but proving who is at fault is never easy. A victim cannot win a premise liability claim without evidences and a help from a specialized lawyer for that field.

Here are the two most important pointers to remember in proving who is at fault in a claim:

• Prove that there was an injury sustained from the accident. It is the very first important to prove in a premise liability claim. Take note that in a claim, injuries must be serious. Also keep in mind that a victim should still have evidences to present even days or month after the accident.

• Taking photographs from the incident is necessary. It might not be a good memorabilia, but it would do a lot of help in the litigation process. Some evidences can change or disappear quickly, but photos will never change and can in fact reveal faulty situations that support a claim.

Under the federal law, a property owner or tenant is the one responsible in maintaining their property at a reasonably safe manner for its customers and visitors.

Though premise liability can be considered as a personal injury claim, it cannot be compared to vehicle accidents. In vehicle accidents, the cause of damage is clear and the liability is very obvious while in premise liability claim, issues about liability are always present. This is the case since victims should not only prove that there was an injury sustained, but must also point out the failure of property owner in providing a safe environment.

Skilled premise liability claim lawyers can discover the evidence that a victim need to determine who is at fault in the claim. They are experts in proving that the property owner had noticed the condition of a premise but ignored it, as well as in getting past property owners’ tricks and achieving the right recovery amounts for the claim.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Covina Single Auto Accident Hurts Three Minors

Three minors were badly injured from a single auto accident in Covina in Los Angeles County, California last Friday when the car they were riding in struck a tree.

The victims were said to be students of Northview High School and apparently, they were on their way home from school when the accident occurred.

According to the police investigation, the three minors were traveling east bound on a red Ford Taurus at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon in Edna Place. The car had just passed through the S-turn of the road when the 17-year old girl driver lost control of the car and swerved toward the right side of the road and crashed into a tree.

The said driver and another 14-year old girl sitting on the passenger’s seat as well as the 16-year old boy at the back seat were badly injured. The two girls were rushed to the Hospital via airlift while the boy was transported to the hospital through an ambulance. The conditions of the victims were not immediately released.

Before the Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters were able to free the victims from the wrecked car, they had to use hydraulic rescue tools to free them.

The relationship among the three victims is still unknown during the initial investigation, while the main cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Residents from the neighborhood said that they have witnessed a lot of auto accidents at the same area where the accident occurred.

After this recent accident, the people suggested the city to provide sufficient stop sign and speed bumps to the roadway near the high risk S-turn to avoid further auto accidents.

California is one of the states with a high rate of auto accidents. Such accidents come in different types, each presenting a different percentage of fatality depending on the different factors involved like impact of collision, structural stability and safety mechanism of the car, and place where the accident took place.

Nevertheless, victims of such accident may seek help from a Los Angeles auto accident attorney to analyze possible compensation for any type of the above mentioned collisions.