More than 340 cases of salmonella have been reported since August related to tainted cucumbers distributed by San Diego company Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. Seventy of those cases resulted in hospitalization, and two led to deaths, one in Texas and one here in San Diego. The San Diego victim was a 99-year-old woman who died three days after entering the hospital. Just today her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the distributor. It’s not the only lawsuit the company is facing; last week a Minnesota woman sued for damages after she was hospitalized after eating salmonella cucumbers as part of a salad.
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Why bother getting potholes fixed? Because they can damage your car, but even worse, they can take a life
In an earlier piece about pothole damages and liability (yes, they can take a life) in which I hopefully gave you some good reasons why you need your city to fix those messy potholes, I skimmed over methods of actually how to report the annoying road hazards.
The fact is, the civic minded citizen is spoiled by an abundant choices of reporting tools. Cities and municipalities have phone lines, fax numbers, online services, and a small handful are creating apps or partnering with third parties to make apps. Not all these tools are easy to use or remember, though, and it’s not likely you have your city’s service request hotline in your address book.
Unfortunately, because reporting the existence of a pothole can be a pain, or just tedious, and since there’s no immediate benefit, we don’t do it. We should though because last year potholes caused over $6.4 billion in damages from causes large and small, and that doesn’t take into account bodily harm.
You may think potholes are insignificant. But a small hole can put a deep cut into your pocketbook – and even take a life!
Who would’ve thought that a little hole in the ground could cause so much harm. Safety researchers are estimating that potholes will cause roughly $6.4 billion in damages to cars this year. That’s a lot of cash!
Most pothole damage goes to tires and shock absorbers, but everything from brakes to steering and even your engine can be damaged. Repairs start at $50 but go way up if your engine is involved, and can be a nasty surprise if they go unnoticed until a routine service check.
Consequently, it might be time for you to take a fresh look at potholes. They are not just the little bump in the road you thought they were.
Attention San Diego cyclists –
Trek Bicycles is recalling nearly one million bicycles across the United States and Canada. The part needing replacement is the front wheel quick-release latch, but most accidents caused by the part stem from user error. Even so, Trek chose to take dramatic action. Why?
Being aware of your surroundings is the best way to stay bike safe when you’re cycling in San Diego.
Some bicycle safety tips are repeated enough that you know them by heart: wear a helmet. Have a bike light and a mirror. Wear bright or reflective clothing. Don’t use headphones. Follow the law. But the basics are just a start. Here are five advanced bicycle tips from and for lifetime cyclists when riding on our busy San Diego streets.
Measles has been in the news since December’s Disneyland outbreak. At least one hundred and thirty cases existed in California and the disease spread to Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Washington state and Canada. The majority of California cases occurred in persons over twenty, and San Diego county holds the dubious honor of the third highest measles infection rate in the state.
The Mickey Mouse measles outbreak isn’t the only one, even though the United States officially eliminated the disease in 2000. It’s cropped up sporadically in the last few years, but an upwards infection trend could suggest the disease is making a comeback, with this and last year’s 383 cases in Ohio’s Amish community serving as a nasty reminder of what viruses do to unprepared communities.
Photo courtesy of the Public Health Library.
Another victim to a San Diego hit and run accident was hospitalized with a dislocated shoulder and head injury this week.
Police in Midway say a 44-year-old bicyclist was rear ended by a silver Lexus or Mercedes Sedan (the description of the driver is not clear) while he was heading northbound on Midway Drive around 11 p.m. Witnesses on the scene say the sedan had a dark carbon fiber trim. The driver fled the scene and the victim was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive the collision.
Visibility may be to blame.
A fatal pedestrian accident claimed the life of a man in El Cajon Thursday evening.
Officials say, residents along Dehesa Road west of Sycuan Casino called 911 around 7:20 p.m. after they heard a woman screaming in the road. An elderly woman driving a 1995 Honda Civic collided with a 43-year-old El Cajon man who was allegedly walking in the roadway at the time. The force of the crash shattered both car windows and crumpled part of the roof of the Honda. The elderly couple in the Honda received bruises to their hands and face.
Police are investigating a deadly San Diego car accident involving an alleged drunk driver. Officials say 29-year-old John Mathew Hajosy was killed early Sunday morning when the car he was driving was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver.
According to police, the impact of the accident sent Hajosy’s car over the center media of Route 94, forcing officials to close almost the entire highway in order to get to the victim. Hajosy died at the scene.
Insurance adjusters have been trained to follow procedures that protect the interests of the insurance company. While most adjusters want to fairly settle a claim, the procedures they must follow sometimes tip the scales in favor of the company at the expense of the victim.
The following are four common insurance adjuster tricks that lawyers warn against:
1. “Fairly Addressing Damages”
The impression insurance adjusters try to leave is that they will fairly address your damages. An innocent victim will commonly mistake in believing the insurance company when they say, “we accept responsibility”, and that the offer for their damages will be “fair”.