A year after a helicopter that was filming for a Discovery Channel program crashed and killed at least three people in California, the spouse of one of the victims has eventually decided to come out to file a wrongful death claim against said network-giant in behalf of her 15-year-old daughter.
According to recent news reports, Sonya Joubert, mother of the 15-year-old Sofia Donatelli, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Discovery Channel for the loss of her daughter’s father.
Under the said lawsuit, Joubert claims that the helicopter accident that killed Sofia’s father, Michael Donatelli, was as a result of the network’s shocking negligence for allowing a very dangerous flight plan.
Joubert further asserts that aside from the erroneous flight plan, the network also allowed the chopper to fly at low altitudes, over hilly terrain, low lights, poor visibility and in frost condition.
Also, Joubert added that the network should have known that the pilot, who was likewise killed from the incident, was unfit to operate the helicopter.
Previous news reports have it that all people on board were killed, including Michael Donatelli, who was 45 on the time of his death. All victims were part of the production team of an untitled military-themed reality TV show that was supposed to be launched by the Discovery, reports said.
Reports added that the crew was actually filming when the accident happened.
Polsa Rosa has been a favorite venue for most film crews due to the different terrains and airstrips it offers. In fact, the place is sometimes referred to as a “movie ranch”.
Unfortunately, records revealed that a similar incident also happened back in 1982. Few miles away from the ranch, Vic Monroe and two children were likewise killed in an accident during a movie filming.
As of this writing, the Discovery Channel is not yet giving comments regarding the matter according to reports.
More than a year after Usher’s stepson, Kile Glover, died from severe head injury following a jet ski accident, the court has finally deemed the man accused responsible for the kid’s death guilty.
According to recent news reports, a Hall County jury has finally released its verdict on Jeffrey Hubbard who is accused of causing the death of music artist Usher’s step son from his former spouse, Tameka.
In the said ruling, the jury reportedly found Hubbard guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, a boat traffic violation and unlawful operation of a personal watercraft.
It was back in July 2012 when news that Usher’s stepson was declared brain dead as a result of severe head injury, which he incurred after being struck in the head by a man in jet ski, had surfaced.
Kile and his 15-year old companion were in an inner tube that was being pulled by a speed boat in Lake Lanier when the incident occurred. At the time when the young boy was being pulled out of the water, he was unresponsive until he was transported at the hospital where he was declared brain dead days later. On the sixth day, the boy succumbed to death.
He was only 11-year old during the time of his death. Reports said he was on a vacation with his biological father when the incident occurred.
Following the said incident, Usher was said to be torn according to his representatives. Although things went south between him and his estranged wife, Tameka, Usher had maintained a close relationship with the young boy during his lifetime, according to reports.
Hopefully, the R&B singer somehow feels at ease now that the jury has finally laid down its judgment on his late son’s death.
As the icy weather condition in some parts of the country continues, Americans are being advised to stay indoors until the snow plows and the sanding trucks are done with their work.
However, if you can’t avoid driving in bad winter weather, make sure that your vehicle is well-prepared for the bad weather and that you absolutely know how to handle icy road conditions.
Here are few safety driving tips from our Los Angeles car crash attorneys for those who really can’t avoid going outdoor:
• It is better to drive slowly than going in a maximum speed on an icy road. Also, avoid tailgating. Always leave enough space to stop. A space that is three times than the usual between your car and the other car ahead of your vehicle is recommended.
• Brake slowly to prevent the wheels from skidding. Once the wheels have started to lock up, then you could ease off the brake.
• Turn the lights on so that the other motorists can clearly see you. Be sure that your lights and windshield are clean and not covered with snow.
• Keep driving in low gear to keep traction, particularly when driving on hills.
• Don’t use cruise control system to maintain constant driving speed on icy roads.
• Be extra careful on bridges, over passes and frequently traveled roads since they always freeze first even during above-freezing temperature.
• Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks since such vehicles have lots of blind spots. Also, you might encounter worse road condition in front of them than the road behind.
• The most important thing here is that don’t assume that your vehicle can handle all kinds of weather conditions. Even four-wheel drive vehicles can encounter troubles along the way.
Unfortunately, despite the existing traffic laws, vehicle accidents are still among the leading causes of death in the U.S.
The info-graphic below is a representation prepared by one of our best personal injury lawyer herein Los Angeles. The information shown below is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 statistics report. The data are based on the deaths in 2007.
Recent news reports have confirmed that the Los Angeles County Judge, Yvette Palazuelo, issued last January 13 a final rejection of the Jackson family’s request for a re-trial.
Consistent to her previous decision earlier this month, where she tentatively denied the family’s request for a new trial, she once again rejected the request for the last time, affirming that she did not err in her decisions on the case’s verdict form or with the dismissal of a separate negligence claim.
Katherine Jackson along with the King of Pop’s children had filed the said motion for a new trial last December after losing their bid to hold MJ’s concert promoter, AEG Live, liable for the singer’s death last October.
Under their motion for a new trial, the family had argued that the presiding judge used a faulty verdict. They further claimed that the judge likewise erred by refusing them to pursue a separate negligence claim. In addition, they had also cited several other alleged mistakes committed by the presiding judge during the six-month long trial.
Now that the family once again lost their battle, the family’s group of Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys claimed that they will appeal the recent verdict.
Apparently, although it might be over for the presiding judge, but for the Jackson family, it is not definitely over.
More than a week after Honey Boo Boo’s family car wreck emerged, authorities have finally determined who’s at fault in the incident.
According to Milledgeville Police Department, the January 6 truck accident was Sugar Bear’s fault.
Police reportedly told media sources that Sugar Bear made an unsafe left turn in front of a truck when the two vehicles collided.
Media sources were further told that Honey Boo Boo’s family members also admitted that they saw lights on the other vehicle when the incident occurred, contrary to the initial report claiming that the truck was running with its light off.
The ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ stars, were involved in a horrible vehicle accident, which injured everyone in Thompson’s family except Jessica, a couple of weeks ago. In fact, recent reports that surfaced last week have it that Pumpkin was still at the hospital while the rest of the family who were discharged from the hospital earlier, including Honey Boo Boo, remained by her side all along.
Fortunately for Sugar Bear, although the investigations revealed that he is at fault in the incident, he would not be charged with a crime. The incident is now a civil case. Thus, the insurance companies will be the one to take care of everything.
As for the family’s vehicle, it is not yet clear whether the SUV will ever run again.
Drinking on holidays is very common. However, before you raise a glass or two for a cheer, pause for a while and think up, particularly if you are under medications.
Whether you are taking an over-the-counter or prescription drug, it isn’t safe to drink even a single shot of any alcoholic beverage. Thus, calling for a toast during holiday gatherings isn’t a good idea.
Right before the holiday season started, experts have been warning everyone about the dangers of mixing alcohol with medications. They affirmed that some ingredients contained in some drugs can adversely react with alcohol, making the drug either less effective or dangerous.
Experts have further explained that drinking while under medications might have a negative effect on a person’s symptoms or on his or her disease. For an instance, when a person treating diabetes consumes alcohol, that person’s blood-sugar level can be reduced, which can eventually lead to poor control diabetes.
Moreover, alcohol can also intensify the sleep-inducing effects of some medications. It may lead to severe drowsiness, making it too dangerous for a person to drive or use perilous machinery.
Pharmacists have likewise warned the elderly. They claim that older people are at increased risk for drug-alcohol interactions since they often take more medications than younger ones. The interaction’s effect to them may affect their thinking and motor skills. In addition, aging can slows down their body’s ability to break down alcohol. Thus, if an older person under medication consumes alcohol, its effect remains longer in his or her system, making him or her more prone to accidents and injuries.
“Drinking while under medication is most probably one of the factors that caused the increased number of fatal vehicle accidents resulting from driving under the influence (DUI) during holidays. As evidenced by the 2008 statistic released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), holidays are the deadliest days of the year. Though, holidays are understandably the season to be merry, this is also the season when you have to control yourself from grabbing a glass of wine or champagne from the buffet table,” reminded by our law firm’s group of expert personal injury lawyers.
After Paul Walker’s family waived one last good bye to the beloved actor, the real cause of the actor’s death was likewise revealed.
Based on a copy of the actor’s Certificate of Death obtained by TMZ, it was revealed that Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries and not as a result of a direct impact of the collision alone.
Apparently, seconds after the collision, Walker was further burnt to death.
According to the document obtained by TMZ, the time interval between the impact and Walker and his friend Roger Rodas’ deaths were in fact so quick.
Walker and Rodas were both killed after the Porsche Carrera GT that they were riding lost control, crashed into a tree and burst into fire, killing both men last November 30 while both were attending a charity event. Initial investigation suspects that plastic road bumps have played a major role in the incident.
Meanwhile, recent reports have it that the investigation following the Fast and Furious star’s death has taken a new turn.
Accordingly, mechanical experts who work at Porsche from Germany are now heading to Los Angeles in an attempt to finally determine the real cause of the accident. Thus, an injury attorney hopes for a speedy investigation so that family, particularly Walker’s 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, could completely move on.
Last Saturday, the entire world was shocked after news about actor Paul Walker’s horrific death emerged across the globe. Millions of his fans mourned while hundreds of those who live near the accident scene had the chance to offer a prayer vigil for the actor, including his co-star in ‘The Fast and the Furious’ movie franchise, Tyrese Gibson.
According to recent news reports, Walker was killed in a horrific car accident in Santa Clarita, California. He was 40 years old. He is survived by his 15-year-old child, Meadow.
Based on initial investigation, Walker was a passenger of the two-seater 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which lost control and slammed into a tree along the street. As a result, the car burst into flame and killed both Walker and the driver.
Investigators have confirmed that Walker’s long time friend, Roger Rodas, was driving the sports vehicle. Also, they have received tips that the driver of the wrecked vehicle was in the middle of a high-speed street race with another vehicle when the crash occurred. Thus, they are considering speed as a factor to the incident.
Incidentally, the area where the crash occurred has a history of being a popular street racing location in California.
Meanwhile, in a separate investigation conducted by ‘Always Evolving’, the auto shop co-owned by Walker and Rodas, it was found out that a fluid and subsequent fluid trail had caught fire before the skid marks at the accident scene.
The auto shop pointed out that there is a noticeable absence of skid marks until just before the point of impact. Said evidence makes them believe that Rodas didn’t really lost control of the car because if he did, the skid marks would show swerving and not in a straight line as appeared at the accident scene.
Their suspicion was further reinforced by the fire spreading so quickly in the front of the vehicle. Usually, flames would be expected in the rear where the engine is. They claimed that some sort of fluid leak could have triggered the flame.
The auto shop’s team also affirmed that the half a million worth Carrera GT was never modified. In fact, it was rarely driven so they believe that any failure must be a factory defect. The team further defended Rodas’ driving ability. They say that he was a world-class driver. Therefore, they contend that while he might have been over-speeding, as the police have said, the idea that he lost control of the vehicle is absurd.
As initially reported, Walker was in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, for a car show organized by Walker himself and by the charitable organization, Reach Out Worldwide, which he founded four years ago. Accordingly, proceeds of the event will support the typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.
The star’s fans initially have had a hard time believing in and processing Walker’s tragic death. In fact, even our personal injury attorneys initially thought that it was just another celebrity death hoax that has spread in Los Angeles until subsequent news reports from reliable media sources have confirmed it. In fact, for the last couple of days, the actor’s horrific death has become a major headline not only in the U.S. but across the globe as well. “The whole world mourns as it loses an angel,” claimed by the said lawyers who have been fans of the actor’s movie franchise, ‘The Fast and the Furious’.
Slip-and-fall accidents are among the leading causes of injury on both commercial and residential properties. In fact, based on a statistic gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), out of nearly one million Americans who suffer from injuries resulting from slip-and-fall, about 17,000 of them die.
The changing weather does not change premises and businesses owners’ liability. Therefore, in an aim to help property owners and businesses as well, a slip-and-fall accident attorney, serving greater Los Angeles, reminded that great housekeeping and proper maintenance during this time is very important to prevent big losses as a result of slip-and-fall claims.
In addition, he also shared some tips below on how property owners and businesses could prepare for the winter season to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.
Although the weather can impact both outdoors and indoors, obviously, outdoors are the most affected of the. Also, most slip-and-fall accidents commonly occur outdoors. Therefore, start by clearing out hazards outside of your home or your business establishment. It pays to be prepared in advance. Be sure that you are well prepared to conduct a snow removal ahead of time so that the task can be done quickly as possible. Surfaces like outdoor steps, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots should always be free from ice and snow.
Moreover, several outdoor spots like the driveways and parking areas have a blacktop, wherein chances of slip-and-fall accidents are at a higher risk since the ice tends to blend with the surface’s dark color. Thus, it is always advisable to have a bag of sand to take care of the ice immediately while performing maintenance.
During extreme weathers, since it is more difficult for people to walk on blacktops, safety cones and signs must be provided.
Also, since handrails help people to balance when entering or leaving a premise, it is important to give them a good repair all year round.
During the humid season, lighting is likewise important to brighten up the outdoor areas to make it easier for people to see potential hazards. Therefore, it is best to build a proper lighting with a strong structure particularly in icy areas outdoors.
Regardless of how clean and organized your outdoor area is, ice and snow will still be traced into the entrance ways or door ways of your property or business establishment. When the ice or snow melts, it will then create water hazard. Clean the water in such areas as soon as possible since it is the part of the indoor wherein there is heavy foot traffic.
Place extra floor mats near entrance or door ways to encourage visitors to wipe their feet. Aside from preventing slip-and-fall accidents, the good thing about placing door mats is that it can also prevent water from getting in between the cracks of the floor which can eventually lead to damage.
In business establishments, it is always important to put up safety cones to mark possible hazards within the premises.
After-snow preventive measure
Even if you have prepared for the winter season ahead of time, you are likely to encounter new possible hazards as problems start to develop in some areas after the first snow. Make it a habit to check on the premises’ walking surfaces to identify new threats and areas that need to be repaired or salted more often.
Inspect surfaces by shuffling around rather than walking, point your feet out and take very slow little steps to carefully check for black ice, uneven surfaces and unsalted areas. Ice can often hide under the snow so you have to locate those risky areas, remember to mark those spots first before fixing it.
Wear your protective gear
Prevention is always better than cure. If you are a business owner, advise your employees to wear shoes that provide traction like slip resistant shoes or boots. Furthermore, it would also help if you would post information about the proper way to fall around your premise. As much as possible, avoid falling on your knees or wrists. Also, if you could try hard to fall on your side, do it to protect the limb.
Remember, a bit of preventive efforts can help reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents on your property. Being well prepared ahead of time really pays a lot. Have a safe winter season.