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Major Injury Motorcycle Crash in Stockton

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to a call of a major injury motorcycle crash in the Stockton area on the afternoon of June 10, 2021. The incident occurred shortly after 1:40 p.m. at the intersection of Gilmore Road and East Shelton Road.

Vehicle Passenger Injured in Collision at Carro Drive Intersection

A Sacramento traffic crash involving two vehicles on June 10 ended up with one person being transported to a hospital. The collision happened at the Carro Drive intersection with Northrop Avenue in the Arden-Arcade area around 6:37 in the morning, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The accident, which occurred between a Toyota and BMW sedan, blocked the middle of the roadway. 

Honda Pilot Crashed Into a Tree

On the morning of Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 34-year-old Lacey Duval, a Chico resident, was killed when the SUV in which she was a front-seat passenger sailed down an embankment and crashed into a tree. The tragic event took place at approximately 8:40 a.m., according to a report from the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The 2009 Honda Pilot was Ms. Duval’s vehicle, but she had let Christopher Carlisle, a 40-year-old Chico resident, drive it. He had a suspended license and was allegedly under the influence at the time of the crash.

Did the Ballot Proposition Impact Personal Injury Liability?

California’s Proposition 22 was passed by voters in November 2020 with a 58.63% “Yes” vote. The proposition re-designates drivers for app-based delivery and transportation companies as independent contractors instead of employees. At the time, almost all the discussion was centered upon the proposition’s expected impacts upon the employee benefits generally required for workers under California law, including overtime pay, sick time, health care, and unemployment insurance in exchange for the greater flexibility — for both the drivers and the companies — of independent contractor status. Another issue that was barely discussed at the time was the possible Proposition 22 effects on Uber and Lyft liability in personal injury claims and lawsuits stemming from traffic accidents.

Accident Involving FedEx Truck in Stockton Area

Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) were dispatched to a call of an accident involving a FedEx truck in the Stockton area on the afternoon of Friday, June 11, 2021. The crash occurred shortly after 2:00 p.m. on northbound Interstate 5 near the Louise Avenue onramp.

Weedkiller’s Future U.S. Residential Availability Uncertain

Roundup™ is a commercial and residential weedkiller that has been available in the United States since the 1970s. For most of that time, it has been the most popular herbicide in use for residential customers. In the late 2010s, thousands of claims and lawsuits have been filed alleging the product resulted in cancers, including non-Hodgkins lymphomas. The first major verdict resulting from these claims was in 2018 in the case of Johnson v. Monsanto, in which a California jury awarded $289 million to the plaintiff on the basis that Monsanto failed to adequately warn consumers about the cancer risks of the glyphosate chemical that is the primary active ingredient in Roundup™. The Bayer pharmaceutical corporation, which had just acquired Monsanto, promptly lost about half its stock value. Combined with continuing claims and lawsuits, these events have left Roundup™’s future in doubt in the American market.

Recall Targets Defective Home Smoke Alarms

Many different types of consumer products may end up being subject to recall for defects in design and/or manufacture. While some of those defects may result in products that simply don’t work as intended for the person who purchased them, other defects may place the user in actual physical danger. And when the product being recalled is one that is specifically intended to keep us safe from other sources of significant danger, the potential for injury or death is even greater. This is the situation involved in a major Kidde smoke alarm recall just recently announced.

Fatal Crash Reported on Road 21 in Madera County

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported a fatal crash on Road 21 and Avenue 7 in Madera County on the morning of June 10, 2021. The motor vehicle collision occurred around 5:00 a.m. and involved a Volvo sedan and a Dodge Caravan.

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