Residents in Southern California may have heard about the latest arrest of rap music mogul Suge Knight, who now faces a multitude of serious criminal charges including murder after he allegedly ran over two men in a parking lot.
Many people in California have household pets, and an overwhelming favorite in many homes is a dog. In fact, more than half of all households in the U.S. have a pet, totaling over 80 million homes across the nation. Though most people could never imagine their beloved dog ever attacking or biting a person, such incidents can and do happen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have studied this common problem and concluded that some 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog every year.
Imagine for a moment you are playing with your children at a public park or green space, when out of nowhere a vicious dog begins attacking yourself or your children. Such shocking and violent attacks have happened far too often in California, leaving adults and children with serious physical and emotional scars that can last a lifetime. The California Legislature has specifically recognized the serious problem these dangerous animal attacks pose to the public, and as such, they have gone to great lengths to establish a system of laws and regulations which attempt to curb the danger, but also adequately penalize those whose pet animals cause injury or death to others.
People in San Diego may have heard about an unusual accident that occurred in the Mountain View area earlier this month, when a driver struck a man who was directing a funeral procession, causing him serious injuries. The driver then jumped out, abandoning his vehicle at the scene of the crash and escaping on foot.
When it comes to assessing fault and liability for accidents and injuries in California, there are a few concepts that people should be aware of when deciding about whether to file a civil lawsuit. California's civil tort laws hold that a person is responsible whenever they act negligently, or fail to act if they owe a duty of care to someone, but their duty to compensate the victim is limited to the amount of fault they are responsible for.
People in San Diego know that the law can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to drunk driving, especially when those drivers cause property damage or even injure or kill another person. In addition to strict criminal penalties for DUI, drunk drivers who harm another person are open to tremendous civil liability. With the help of an experienced California personal injury attorney, car accident victims may be able to obtain significant monetary damages for their losses. But this civil and criminal liability doesn't always stop with just the driver; it may extend to the person who allowed him or her to drink in the first place.
People in California know that dog bites are a fairly common problem in many parts of the state, as people in all types of neighborhoods often possess pets that have the propensity for violent or aggressive behavior. Some are trained attack dogs, some are dogs who are bred for violence and some are otherwise well-mannered pets who react unfortunately to stressful situations or people. Regardless of the type of dog, any owner of a dog who bites or otherwise inflicts injury on another person is probably going to be held liable for the damage the dog causes, unless the victim is trespassing on private property when the attack occurred.
Dogs can be a wonderful companions, protectors, and lifelong friends, but unfortunately in the hands of an irresponsible owner, a dog can also be a deadly menace. That is why California has laws specifically geared toward imposing liability upon dog owners when those dogs bite another person under certain circumstances.
People in San Diego may have heard about a disturbing hit and run car accident that began at a local fast food restaurant and left one man clinging to life and another in handcuffs. According to police, the hit and run took place at the victim's house after an altercation took place in the drive through line, when the suspect and another driver followed them out of the parking lot and accosted the man at his home.
People in San Diego may have heard about a car crash that occurred on northbound Interstate 805 earlier this month. While a wreck like this may not be terribly uncommon, what occurred in the wake of the accident was truly remarkable.