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October 2015 Archives

Three injured, 1 killed in crash with police cruiser

In our last post, we provided a summary of the law that governs lawsuits against government agencies to recover damages for the torts of public employees. Now, a recent auto accident in West Hollywood provides a practical example of the kind of incident that might prompt such a lawsuit.

Can a government agency be sued for its torts?

News media in the Los Angeles area frequently carry reports of automobile and truck accidents that involve vehicles owned and operated by the state, the county or the city. For example, a recent news story involved a county police car and a pedestrian fatality. Such an incident raises the question whether and under what circumstances may a government agency be sued when one of its employees may have been at fault for a truck or car crash.

Metrolink to use diesels at both ends of trains for added safety

This blog has followed the consequences of the deadly truck-train collision in Oxnard in February 2015. The latest installment involves a decision by Metrolink to run diesel locomotives at both ends of commuter trains to improve safety.

Safety of highway guardrails becomes subject of controversy

One of the most common roadside sights is the ubiquitous metal guardrail. Now, this mundane safety device has become the subject of sharp controversy for its alleged failure to prevent - and indeed worsen - some kinds of auto accidents. Safety tests now underway in the California desert are being attacked by the guardrail manufacturer as unnecessary and inaccurate, while others claim that the manufacturer changed the design to save money but instead made the guardrails less safe.

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