Parents sending their children to daycare often spend a lot of time screening potential providers. They want to ensure that they are sending their children someplace that makes safety a top priority. One can only imagine the horror and dismay over having a child injured while in the care of someone else.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than 200,000 children are hurt at daycare facilities each year. While most are playground injuries, there are considerable risks inside and outside the buildings where children are present. Childcare centers and nurseries are held to high standards in protecting children from harm. This article will explain some of the common injuries children suffer, highlight some of the responsibilities childcare centers have under California law, and explain the legal standard for seeking damages for childrens injuries.
In Silicon Valley and around California, news stories recounting serious accidents involving semi trucks or other large commercial vehicles are too easy to be found. Take for example the crash in September 2015 near Goshen that claimed the lives of two victims and injured another three. ABC30 notes that the trucker failed to slow down and stop when other vehicles did the same in a construction zone. Several signs were posted warning drivers of the construction.
On Interstate 80 in Nevada, another fatal truck crash occurred in the dark hours of an early Sunday morning. KTVN.com reported that the truck driver hit a guard rail after going off of the road. His efforts to correct failed as he flipped his truck. A passenger in the rig died after being thrown from the vehicle.
The Contra Costa County District Attorneys office recently announced charges against a 70-year-old man who allegedly lost control of his pick-up truck while driving drunk, hitting and killing a female pedestrian.
Ruel Sasser faces three felony charges: vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08 and driving under the influence while causing injury.
We often hear about the dangers associated with distracted motor vehicle drivers and the accidents and injuries that they cause. Studies show that a driver who is talking on a cell phone, texting, looking at a GPS and even listening to music is not using the full attention required to safely operate a vehicle and, unfortunately, severe injuries and death have been the result of this inattentive driving.
Now lawmakers are focusing on a new danger, distracted pedestrians. In our age of technology, its not just drivers who are constantly using cell phones and iPods. Pedestrians frequently use this technology as well. People enjoy exercising outdoors, most commonly running and biking, and they listen to music to pass the time; block out the city noise; take their mind off their difficult physical exertion for a while.
From 2005 to 2009, fatalities linked to distracted driving rose from 10 to 16 percent, according to Distraction.gov, a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportations National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Major automakers acknowledge this trend through advertising and public relations campaigns that emphasize a commitment to driver safety. For example, Ford Motor Company sponsored high school driving clinics and a $25,000 prize for the best music video supporting its Driving Skills for Life theme. General Motors joined Oprah Winfrey in sponsoring a No Phone Zone Day in April, while a BMW ad campaign called Dont Text and Drive was similarly focused. Finally, a public education campaign by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers attacked the issue with OMG: Get the Message posters on clinic waiting rooms around the country.
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