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.
After suffering a car accident, victims understandably have a lot on their minds. They may have large bills to pay and, in some cases, they may be dealing with serious injury and could be facing the prospect of lost wages and time off from work. Perhaps even worse is the uncertainty of the future, as people wonder whether they will face persistent or recurring medical problems as a result of their injuries, and how they can afford to pay for ongoing medical treatment.
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.
Car accidents are a fact of life on California's busy streets and highways, and even the most defensive driver may find themselves on the wrong end of a nasty car crash from time to time. In addition to the risk of personal injury, people who suffer car accidents have to go through the enormous hassle of dealing with insurance companies, the police or highway patrol and finding a competent person to repair or replace their vehicle. All of this costs time and money and can leave a busy person in a difficult position.
People in California and across the United States were shocked to hear that actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was barely clinging to life after a horrific truck accident in June. The accident occurred when Morgan and his entourage were stuck in traffic, and a truck came barreling into the back of their limousine bus. Morgan suffered serious injury, but after numerous surgeries and procedures, he should ultimately recover from the horrible car accident. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for his friend and fellow rider, James McNair, who died in the crash.
People who call San Diego home know that the Marine bases, as well as the soldiers and personnel who work there, have been a longstanding cornerstone of the culture and economy of the city and the surrounding areas. But shockingly, new statistics show that the Marines stationed at these area bases present an unacceptably high risk of injury or death to themselves and others whenever they get behind the wheel on California roads.
San Diego residents love their dogs, often thinking of them as part of the family. It can be easy to forget about the possibility that a dog might bite a person, leading to serious injury.
People in San Diego may have heard about a rash of dog attacks around the area lately. In late June two pit bulls attacked an older woman and her pet Chihuahua as they were walking around their neighborhood in the Harbor City neighborhood of Los Angeles. The dogs rushed at the woman and her pup before they had a chance to protect themselves. As the woman tried to scoop up the tiny dog, the two pit bulls mauled and killed it
There were many news stories in San Diego this month about a young man from Zimbabwe who, as a child, had his face completely shattered by a bomb in his home country. The man suffered the freak accident in 2007, when a friend handed him a detonator they had found on the way home from school.