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Several Students Killed in Orland Bus Accident

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A FedEx truck crossed over the highway median and slammed into a charter bus carrying high school students on Interstate 5 near Orland, a small city north of Sacramento.

The highway was turned into an inferno, and according to the California Highway Patrol at least 10 people, including both drivers, five of the students, and three adult chaperones were killed.

Many more were injured, and are reported to have escaped through smashed windows.

The collision occurred around 5:30 p.m. on April 10, 2014. The students on the bus were headed to Humboldt State University for their Preview Plus program and many were from the Los Angeles and Southern California area. 

GM Announces Another Recall Amid Consumer Outrage

General Motors issued a second recall yesterday on the eve of its CEO's testimony before a house subcommittee.

The company announced that it will recall 1.3 million vehicles that may have dangers power-steering issues. This follows another recall of 2.6 million cars which have ignition switch issues that have been linked to 13 fatalities.

General Motors Under Fire For Approving Defective Ignition Switches

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The congressional investigation into General Motors continues to make headlines after more information concerning GM's recent recall comes to light.

According to a memo released yesterday, GM officials approved vehicle ignition switches that failed to meet its specifications.

The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce memo relies on testimony from parts supplier Delphi Automotive. The faulty ignition switches can cause cars to shut off unexpectedly and have been linked to at least 13 deaths.

Greene Broillet's Support of the Edgemar Center

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The legal team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP has devoted our professional lives to helping California residents bring positive change to our communities.

Our work has forced many companies to make safer products and we have helped hundreds of people move forward with their lives after being injured.

Our dedication to making Southern California a safer and better place to live does not stop at the end of our workday- we also support a variety of community organizations including schools, philanthropic nonprofits and artistic organizations. One of the local artistic organizations that we are proud to support is the Edgemar Center for the Arts.

Toyota Slammed with $1.2 Billion Penalty For Auto Defects

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Automaker Toyota will reportedly pay $1.2 billion to end a criminal investigation brought by the U.S. government arising out of a defect in its vehicles.

USA Today reports that U.S. District Judge William Pauley III accepted the penalty as part of a deferred prosecution agreement related to reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota cars.

Judge Paley said that the company engaged in "reprehensible" corporate misconduct when it deceived regulators regarding floor mats that could jam under pedals and sticky accelerators.

When is Motorcycle Lane Splitting Not Okay?


Lane splitting is legal in California when done safely.

Lane splitting, also known as lane-sharing, occurs when a motorcyclist rides in the same lane of traffic as a slower moving vehicle.

Although legal, lane splitting is generally only advisable for experienced motorcyclists. Inexperienced motorcyclist are more likely to be injured during lane splitting, although the actions of inattentive car drivers can put even the most experienced motorcyclists at risk.

Lane Splitting in California: Legal and Safe

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Some of the severest traffic-related injuries on California roads arise out of motorcycle accidents.

Motorcyclists do not have any of the protections afforded by a traditional car, and are often at the mercy of inattentive drivers.

Many Los Angeles motorcycle crashes occur during lane splitting, which happens when a motorcyclist shares a lane with a passenger vehicle. Lane splitting, also known as white-lining, typically occurs when cars are stopped at a traffic light and a motorcyclist rides between vehicles to the front of the line.

Asiana fined $500,000 for actions after California crash

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The US Department of Transportation recently issued a fine against Asiana Airlines for failing to help families after the crash of one of its planes in July.

This is the first time that an airline has been fined under a 1997 law requiring "family assistance plans" for major accidents.

Metro Blue Line Train Crashes in Downtown LA


A Metro Blue Line train was hit by a minivan outside of downtown Los Angeles today.

The Bay City News Service reports that at least a dozen people are injured, included two seriously.

The crash happened shortly before 10 a.m. on the 300 block of Washington Boulevard. The Los Angeles Fire Department says that the driver of the van may have blown through a red light before being hit by the train.

Olivia Culbreath's arraignment postponed due to her injuries

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The first scheduled arraignment of DUI suspect Olivia Culbreath was postponed because she was still hospitalized.

The San Bernardino Sun reports that 21-year-old Culbreath remains hospitalized at USC Medical Center, which is why she did not make her Pomona hearing.

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