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Big Trucks, Bigger Risks

LOS ANGELES – Truck accidents are on the rise, and it’s particularly apparent in Southern California where tens of thousands of large commercial trucks barrel through congested freeways and highways every day, a Los Angeles Truck Crash Lawyer said. Some of these trucks can weigh up to 80,000 lbs.,...

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Renting Cars Under Recall

LOS ANGELES –Automotive dealerships are required to pull recalled cars from sale lots until the defective products have been fixed. For the millions of Americans renting cars, that luxury doesn’t come standard. The rental car industry is a $24.4 billion venture. With more Americans traveling, there’s a greater demand...

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Airbags: Even Top-Priced Cars Go Total Recall

LOS ANGELES – Air bag recalls are proving to be as diverse as the American melting pot, even affecting over 800 Ferrari supercars. To try to wrap your head around the recent airbag recalls, imagine how big Los Angeles is. There are more than 12-million people in the Southland....

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Defective Airbags Causing More Injuries

LOS ANGELES – Federal regulators continue to pull more vehicles off the roads, citing airbag problems. Each time, the airbags are linked to the Japan-based Takata Corporation. Since 2008, 14 different automakers have recalled 24 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators. Some of these inflators have been known...

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Traffic Crashes Set 50-Year Record in 2015

SAN DIEGO – Whenever you step in a vehicle, you’re surrounded by safety features: seatbelts, air bags, crash avoidance technology. Cars have certainly undergone improvements over the last few decades but despite these improvements, 2015 saw the largest percentage rise in traffic deaths in the past 50 years, according...

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“Conveyor Belt” of El Niño Storms Halt Drivers

SAN DIEGO – You’ve heard about the Almighty El Niño by now but its full power hasn’t been unleashed… yet. That could change this week and drivers in Southern California should prepare for rain. A lot of rain. Just take a look at satellite images and you can see...

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Gas Leak Capped: What’s Next?

LOS ANGELES – The natural gas leak that drove thousands of people from their homes has finally been plugged, according to a Southern California utility company. A blowout spewed tons of methane gas into the air over the past 16 weeks over the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter Ranch....

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Assistance For Massive Gas Leak Victims

LOS ANGELES – If you live in or have recently visited the community of Porter Ranch, your health could be at risk. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency this week due to a massive gas leak that continues to spew methane and other toxins into the...

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Massive Methane Leak Displaces Thousands in Southern California

A sign indicates stepped up presence of Los Angeles police officers where many people have left their homes because of a massive natural-gas leak in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of the of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, on December 22, 2015. Utility officials in Southern California...

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How “Concussion” Could Be Game-Changer

LOS ANGELES – If you enjoy the movies, you might be looking forward to the premiere of the movie “Concussion,” opening on Christmas Day. On the other hand, you might not because it could change the way the nation views sports and other high-contact activities. For decades, sports were...

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