Participating in an extreme sport requires you to take a certain degree of risk of death or injury. When you are skydiving with an established extreme sports company, however, you should not have to worry about faulty equipment or unsafe conditions. It should be up to the company taking you up to ensure that everything is working properly before you jump out of the plane. Unfortunately for a 75-year-old grandmother, the company she chose to dive with gave her a defective parachute.
Alarmed at the increasing number of fatal commercial bus and truck accidents, federal safety regulators have been cracking down on companies that they know to have poor safety records. The American Bus Association has approved of this move, because they say most bus companies follow the rules, but certain unscrupulous cut-rate companies in operation make the roads less safe for everyone.
A woman who survived the recent collision in Nevada of a semi-truck and Amtrak train says that she almost was one of the victims. She awoke in the train car she was assigned to and spent the morning meditating and praying. Then she left the car to clean up and change and then headed toward a car at the back of the train. According to the Contra Costa Times, soon after walking away from her car, the woman watched the semi-truck slam into the train car she was supposed to be in.
Lawsuits have been filed against the Battle Mountain, Nevada, trucking company by Amtrak and by victims of the recent fiery collision of a semi-trailer truck and a passenger train in Nevada. Amtrak has sued the trucking company for negligence. According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Reno by the National Railroad Passenger Corp. against John Davis Trucking Co.
On Friday, a semi-truck crashed into an Amtrak train, killing at least six people and injuring more than 80. The crash happened about 70 miles from Reno, Nevada. Investigators are still going through the remains of two train cars that were destroyed in the fiery crash and may discover more victims in the process. A few people are still unaccounted for, but may have not been on the train at the time of the crash, since train passenger lists aren't as strict as plane passenger lists. One of those killed was the 68-year-old train conductor.
One of the stars on MTV's hit "Jackass" franchise died in a fiery car accident early Monday morning. Ryan Dunn, 34, was killed in the crash. His passenger, a 30-year-old Iraq war veteran, also was killed. Dunn's car left the roadway around 2:30 a.m. and crashed through a guardrail. The car then crashed through woods and into a tree and caught fire. Both Dunn and his passenger died of blunt force trauma from the crash and thermal trauma from the fire. Police say that Dunn was speeding at the time of the crash and believe Dunn's Porsche was going up to 140 mph.
Car accidents are a common occurrence in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. Car accidents frequently result in personal injury issues that require car accident victims to seek compensation in court. There are many contributing factors to car accidents in the Las Vegas area, including driver distraction, reckless driving and intoxication. Any car accident can result in a lengthy civil litigation involving insurers and criminal litigation against the driver who caused the accident.
A recent wireless trade show brought together innovative companies from around the country, some that are working to develop new technologies to try to stop drivers from texting behind the wheel.