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JUUL  and Vaping Lawsuits 

Vaping and e-cigarettes burst upon the scene several years ago with too little research and consideration of the potential dangers of using these devices. Some proved defective in their construction, with battery fires resulting. Other dangers are posed by the very chemicals that the devices are intended to deliver to their users. As a result, lawsuits against JUUL are moving forward and against other makers of these devices. JUUL, however, is the largest producer of these devices, and therefore the primary target of litigation. Some of the litigation is targeted at defects in products that do not function as intended. Other litigation focuses on products that function exactly as intended – addicting adults and children to nicotine.

Marconi Avenue Accident Involves Two Vehicles

A traffic accident involving two vehicles and resulting in an injury happened in Sacramento on May 6 and was reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The collision happened at around 4:13 in the afternoon along Marconi Avenue between Eastern and Greenwood avenues involving a Toyota Corolla and a Cadillac. The collision left both eastbound lanes of Marconi Avenue blocked, and the vehicles had to be towed due to damage. One person was reported as suffering a minor injury in the crash. The accident is being investigated by the CHP to find out how it occurred and to place fault.

Focus on Motorcycle Safety this Month

Spring has definitely sprung in Northern California. Great weather means more motorcycles on the roads. The National Safety Council (NSC), the country’s leading non-profit safety advocacy group, promotes Motorcycle Safety Month to remind motorcycle riders and passenger vehicle drivers that they share the responsibility of making roads and highways safe for motorcyclists.

Three-Vehicle Crash on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Results in Two Fatalities

A suspected drunk driver has been placed under arrest in Stockton following the death of two women in a traffic accident on May 2. The Stockton Police Department reported that the three-vehicle accident occurred shortly after 6:00 a.m. along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard with its intersection at Wilson Way. Two women, ages 47 and 54, were killed in the collision. Although they were rushed to a hospital for medical attention, both died there later. 

State Route 99 Off-Ramp Accident Injures One Person

A two-vehicle accident in Sacramento caused an injury to one person on May 6. The crash occurred along northbound State Route 99 on the 12th Avenue off-ramp at around 6:30 a.m. in the North City Farms area. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) police report said the accident involved a white sedan and a Dodge van. 

Auburn Intersection Accident Causes Injury

On the afternoon of May 3, 2021, a major injury accident that required vehicle occupant extrication occurred at the Auburn intersection of Bell Road and Quartz Drive. The collision took place at around 2:45 p.m., and all lanes at the intersection were blocked for a period of time following the crash.

Another Fatal Accident on Highway 70

On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 4, 2021, two people were killed in an accident on Highway 70 when their vehicle hit the rear of an SUV, then lost control and collided with a tree. The deceased parties were identified by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as a 20-year-old male and a 17-year-old male. Later reports indicate that the two young men were brothers from the Olivehurst area. 

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in March to require auto manufacturers to install technologies aimed at preventing drunk driving as standard equipment in all new vehicles. The HALT Act was introduced by U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan), Kathleen Rice (D-New York), and David McKinley (R-West Virginia). If the bill passes, the U.S. Department of Transportation will issue a requirement that drunk driving prevention technology must be installed in all new passenger vehicles.

Eastbound U.S. 50 Traffic Affected After Accident With Multiple Injuries

Major injuries were reported in a multiple-vehicle accident that occurred in Rancho Cordova on May 5. The car accident happened around 11:49 a.m. along eastbound U.S. 50 just east of Sunrise Boulevard. Multiple vehicles involved in the crash included, according to the incident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a Ford Mustang, several Hondas and a Toyota Camry. 

Accident on Olive Avenue Near Livingston Results in a Fatality

A head-on crash on May 2 caused the death of a driver when his vehicle collided with a Peterbilt pulling a utility trailer. The collision happened around 12:42 in the morning along Olive Avenue near Cressey Way, east of Livingston. The incident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) stated that the driver, identified as Jose Nunez, a 42-year-old resident of Winton, crossed the double yellow line on the road in his Honda Civic and struck the Peterbilt head-on. 

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