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Texas civil claim against GM to proceed despite attempts to have the case thrown out

General Motors attempted to derail a suit filed against them for defective ignition switches that allegedly lead to the death of 19-year-old Zachary Stevens (Texas). During the trial, jurors were mistakenly shown copies of the wrong key  as evidence. GM argued that the plaintiff intentionally presented the incorrect key to mislead the jury. However, Judge Robert Shaffer, who presides over the case, ruled that the mistake was insufficient to throw out the case. Rather, he stated that he would inform the jury members personally about the error and allow them to take it into account while deliberating. The trial is still underway.

GM has spent $2 billion dollars to date fighting allegations about their faulty ignition switches. Stevens’ case is the first that the company has been unable to get dismissed.

If you’ve suffered a personal injury as a result of either a corporation or individual, you deserve the right to take legal action. Contact our personal injury attorneys at Ritter & Associates by calling (619) 296-0123.


Bus crashes in California, four die

A charter bus crash on the northbound lane of Highway 99 between Atwater and Livingston in Merced County, California last Tuesday, August 2 resulted in four deaths, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to preliminary investigations, the bus was traveling along the highway when it veered off the freeway and crashed into a pole that sliced the vehicle almost in half.

The deceased were identified as 57-year-old Fernando Ramirez and 64-year-old Petra Carillo Ruiz, a Mexican married couple who were going to visit a daughter in Pasco in Franklin County, Washington and 58-year-old Avalon, California resident Jose Morales Bravo, whose wife was hospitalized due to injuries she sustained in the crash. The fourth victim was identified only as a 38-year-old man whose identity will only be revealed after the authorities had been able to contact his family through the Mexican consulate, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said.

Driver fatigue is suspected to be the cause of the accident and the attorneys here at Ritter & Associates urge any commercial drivers to take breaks as necessary to keep passengers and other drivers safe. Our thoughts go out to all of the victims and their loved ones.


Santa Barbara two-vehicle accident shuts down highway

A two-vehicle accident occurred around 12:20 p.m. on Friday, August 5 in the northbound lanes of San Antonio Creek Road along Highway 154. The collision near Santa Barbara resulted in one individual sustaining critical injuries.

According to preliminary investigations made by the California Highway Patrol, a recreational vehicle and at least one other automobile collided with each other along the highway. The driver of the passenger car is the one who sustained serious injuries. Highway 154 was shut down in both directions following the incident. Captain Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said the injured driver was trapped inside his wrecked car and then taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital by an ambulance from American Medical Response. The people inside the RV were not harmed during the incident.

Our attorneys at Ritter & Associates are committed to securing the financial compensation that our personal injury accident clients need for recovery. If you sustained injuries in a personal injury accident in San Diego or another area of California, we are able and willing to provide legal assistance to you. Call our offices today at (619) 296-0123 to discuss your legal options.


Daycare Facility Regulations in California

The state of California has numerous regulations in place when it comes to the operation of childcare facilities. Be that as it may, reports still abound of children getting hurt while at daycare. Children are commonly exposed to injury due to inappropriate behavior of their attendants, negligence in supervision by the attendants, and improperly maintained playground equipment.

In order for a personal injury claim against a daycare center to be successful, the plaintiff must be able to prove that the injury the child suffered was foreseeable by child care providers.

If your child was harmed by defective products or because the people attending them are negligent with their supervision, get in touch with the attorneys at Ritter & Associates in San Diego. If anyone puts your child or multiple children in danger, they deserve to be held accountable for their negligence. Find out more by calling our offices today at (619) 296-0123 to discuss your legal options.


Two personal injury claims settled by the San Diego City Council

The San Diego City Council agreed during the third week of July to pay $450,000 for the settlement of two personal injury claims.

$375,000 of the total amount will go to Garrett and Pam Slavin, who incurred serious injuries, including bone fractures, when a Nissan SUV crashed into them while they were on a Harley Davidson motorcycle in 2013. The couple claims the city is partially at fault because the area was not properly striped. Meanwhile, $75,000 of the total amount will go to Jose and Elba Rios, who claimed that they were hurt in their home in 2012 by police officers who responded to a call of a domestic disturbance.

A serious personal injury accident can change your life at the snap of a finger. Not only will you be saddled with expensive medical bills, you will also have to contend with being physically impaired and having no capability of earning your daily wages. Get in touch with our attorneys at Ritter & Associates if you were the victim of a personal injury accident in San Diego by calling our offices today at (619) 296-0123.


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