Author: Bob Barber

Tucson child drowns

As reported recently, a 2-year-old boy has become the first drowning victim in Tucson in 2014. The young boy was found unresponsive in a hot tub, inside a gated area surrounding the apartment swimming pool and other leisure facilities.

The unfortunate incident happened during the evening hours, at an apartment complex located near 4200 East Monte Vista Drive. Although the details are still being investigated, similar child-drowning cases resulting in wrongful death are common throughout the U.S. Continue reading “Tucson child drowns”

Arizona Leads The Nation In Work-Related Wrongful Deaths

In another worrisome first for Arizona, a recent report indicates that Arizona suffers the nation’s highest rate of work-related wrongful death, and Tucson seems especially hard-hit. Nationwide in 2013, about 4,500 workers died on the job, and Arizona had more than its share. In fact, during 2013 our state led all others, with an average of more than 8 workplace deaths per million workers.

Of Arizona’s total work-related deaths, nearly ten percent were homicides, about five percent resulted from animal attacks, and the remainder were mostly due to unsafe workplace conditions and other job hazards. Continue reading “Arizona Leads The Nation In Work-Related Wrongful Deaths”

Medical Malpractice Law

“Home Surgeries” & Medical Malpractice

As highlighted in a recent news article, during the past few months Tucson has become a hotbed of medical malpractice and illegal surgical procedures performed by unlicensed or under-qualified practitioners.

Now, after a string of deaths and hospital admissions for botched “home surgeries” and cosmetic procedures in 2014, Pima County authorities are warning area residents to avoid unlicensed operators. Continue reading ““Home Surgeries” & Medical Malpractice”

Wrongful Death

Another Hit-and-Run Wrongful Death of Cyclist

As reported in local news, Tucson has once again been the scene of yet another wrongful death following a hit-and-run accident between an apparently-intoxicated driver and an innocent bicyclist. The victim this time was a 58-year-old Tucson citizen. Although the accident was witnessed and the victim was quickly transported to a hospital, he succumbed to his injuries shortly after admission there. Continue reading “Another Hit-and-Run Wrongful Death of Cyclist”

Tucson Motorists Risk Death From Prank Shooter

According to a recent news article, Tucson police are warning motorists to be on the lookout for a dangerous prankster armed with a BB gun. It seems the miscreant has been cruising highways on the northwest side of the city, shooting at motorists and their cars.

The suspect is described as a scruffy-looking Asian male driving a dark-colored Hundai or Honda sports coupe. Although his motivation remains unknown, his actions are potentially deadly: He appears to be targeting drivers in fast-moving vehicles, and the potential for a fatal outcome is very real. Continue reading “Tucson Motorists Risk Death From Prank Shooter”

Tucson Street Car

Tucson’s new streetcar line: A serious hazard for cyclists

A new map and survey released by the Living Streets Alliance (LSA) in Tucson reveals a staggering number of bike crashes along the route of the new streetcar line.

During the self-reporting period over the past 18 months since August 2012, a whopping 86 bicycle accidents were logged by cyclists. All the cycling crashes occurred when riders attempted to ride alongside the streetcar tracks, or cross them. Continue reading “Tucson’s new streetcar line: A serious hazard for cyclists”

Mountain Man Fall

Tucson man injured in fall from scenic overlook

As reported in local news a couple of weeks ago, a Tucson-area man suffered a significant personal injury when he fell about 30 feet after a guardrail gave way at a scenic overlook spot on Mount Lemmon during his early morning visit to the site.

Pima County Sheriff’s deputies said the 44-year-old man’s injuries were considerable, although not life-threatening. Continue reading “Tucson man injured in fall from scenic overlook”

Ceiling Collapse

Tucson Ceiling Collapse Injures 3

As reported recently on Fox News, three Tucson-area residents suffered personal injuries when a section of ceiling collapsed in a Tucson strip mall. Sources at the Northwest Fire District said the collapse occurred on July 8th at about 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

Four people were sitting in a breezeway outside the offices of the Arizona Department of Economic Security awaiting their appointments when a large section of drywall panels suddenly broke free from the ceiling overhead and fell onto them. Continue reading “Tucson Ceiling Collapse Injures 3”

Personal Injury

Plane Crash Causes Personal Injury

A couple of days ago, the crash of a small airplane during a takeoff from Rimrock Airport caused personal injuries to the two people aboard. The accident frightened local residents, and has some Tucson area residents worrying about the dangers of small planes coming down unexpectedly in neighborhood areas.

The single-engine plane crashed at the end of the runway as it attempted to take off in bad weather conditions during the morning hours of August 13th. Rescuers from the Montezuma Rimrock Fire District (MRFD) responded along with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO). Continue reading “Plane Crash Causes Personal Injury”