San Diego settles lawsuit over officer sexual misconduct for $795,000

The San Diego City Council has agreed to pay $795,000 to settle a lawsuit by a woman who was sexually assaulted by a former police officer while he was on duty.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

The allegations in this suit were egregious to say the least.  This officer was in charge of DUI arrests in and around the Gaslamp District of San Diego (a main hub of bars and restaurants near downtown).  His modus operandi was apparently to pull over young women under the guise of a driving under the influence arrest and then use his authority to gain sexual favors from the women.  Sexual assaults perpetrated by any person are reprehensible but, they are particularly despicable when conducted by a law enforcement officer under the color of authority.

http://www.victimslawyer.com/sexual-assault-abuse-attorney/

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What documents or evidence should I bring with me the first time I meet my attorney?

Phoenix, Arizona Personal Injury Lawyer, Chris Zachar of Zachar Law Firm answers your personal injury questions. Visit http://www.zacharassociates.com to liv…

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Good advice for persons interesting in hiring a personal injury attorney on what they need to bring to the initial consultation with the lawyer.

http://www.victimslawyer.com

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How To Do A Simple Car Safety Checkup

Whether you drive every day or just every so often, your car needs attention just the same. What should you look for? What should you do? Here are some tips on how to do a simple car checkup.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Great information in this infographic about checking your motor vehicle for safety issues.  Mechanical failures in cars contribute to far too many motor vehicle accidents causing personal injury and death each year.

See on www.thecarconnection.com

The Danger Zone of South Van Ness

Mission Loc@l By Heather Mack When Mark Morey wanted to know how often people were speeding past his South Van Ness home, he didn’t rely on mere estimates. The 49-year-old Mission resident equipped…

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

This stretch of South Van Ness in San Francisco is like many urban intersections throughout California.   High volumes of motor vehicle traffic and pedestrians in a congested space is always trouble if motorist do not comply with California laws.  The two, prinicipal vehicle code sections in play here are as follows:

  1. California Vehicle Code 22350: The so-called “Basic Speed Law” provision requires drivers to travel at a safe speed (no matter what the speed limit is) based upon all roadway conditions.
  2. California Vehicle Code 21950Mandates that drivers of motor vehicles must yield the right of way to pedestrians lawfully within a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

The bottom line is that drivers need to be aware of persons traveling on foot especially in and around busy urban intersections.  Someone’s life may depend upon it!!

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You Call Them “Rest Stops”, New York Calls Them “Texting Zones”

The noble rest stop: an oasis of the interstate where weary travelers can relieve themselves, grab a soda, and do a few jumping jacks to perk up for the long drive ahead.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Anything that will encourage people to stop texting and driving is good in my book.  I wouldn’t mind seeing California try something similar.

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Can traumatic brain injury impair a child’s working memory? | Science Codex

New Rochelle, NY, September 26, 2013—Traumatic brain injury (TBI) during childhood can have long-term effects on cognitive and psychosocial functioning, including poor academic achievement.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Traumatic brain injury can have long term consequences especially in children whose brains are not fully developed at the time of the traumatic event.  This study indicates that working memory loss may be one of those severe consequences.  For this reason, it is important to have children seend by neurologists and/or neuro-psychologists after any head blow including those sustainedin car accidents, pedestrian mishaps and other similar events.

Glotzer and Sweat LLP – Los Angeles Brain Injury Attorneys 

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Family of MTA bus driver killed in downtown L.A. crash with tow truck files lawsuit

The family of a longtime MTA driver killed when a tow truck plowed through a red light and into her bus is suing the estate of the other driver, the towing company and the bus manufacturer.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

It is a shame that the driver of the bus had given so many years of service to MTA without incident and, then, in an instant, the driver is killed.  Tow trucks and other commercial vehicles are often on schedules which lead to negligent operation of their vehicles (in this case traveling at an unsafe speed and running a red light).  It is not unusual to sue both the driver and their employer.  What is slightly out of ordinary for this suit is naming the bus manufacturer.  This will require proving a defect in the bus itself that caused or contributed to the incident or the level ofimpact resulting in a wrongful death.

See on www.latimes.com