Accident News For Attorneys, the Legal Field & the Public
September 25, 2012—Sun Valley, Los Angeles, California—ABC News reports that a man and woman who were waiting for a bus at a Sun Valley location were hurt badly in a pedestrian accident when a car slammed into the bus stop.
The couple was seated on a bench located at Sheldon Street and San Fernando Road about 10:30 a.m. when a Chevrolet Camaro hit the bus stop bench. According to police sources, three people were in the car along with a case of beer. The driver and one passenger fled on foot, but were caught by police a short distance away.
All the passengers were detained and the driver was booked for felony DUI. The victims are expected to make a full recovery, although they were badly injured and required immediate medical treatment.
My best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to the victims of this bizarre accident.
Pedestrian Accidents in Los Angeles Often Involve Alcohol
The Los Angeles Police Department estimates that at least 25 percent of all bicycle or pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles involve a driver who is drinking. This is probably a conservative estimate, as the police may classify certain accidents under other categories that are, in reality, alcohol-fueled pedestrian injury crashes.
Most DUI pedestrian or bicycle accidents happen at night, but as this story shows, the middle of the morning is apparently not off-limits for DUI drivers to cause mayhem and damage. What makes this accident so different from the “normal” DUI pedestrian crash is that is not only happened mid-morning but the victims were not in a crosswalk or in the street but seated at a bus stop.
What Will Happen to the Driver and Passengers?
Although the driver has already been charged with felony DUI and will probably face hit-and-run charges for leaving the scene, it is more difficult to determine what will happen to the passengers. Clearly they were involved as one of them also fled the scene, but because they were not driving the charges will not be the same, nor will the liability.
Liability Issues When More Than One Person Involved
It is very difficult to establish liability for anyone besides the driver of a vehicle, but it is not impossible. In many cases, bartenders, waiters, or friends who have supplied someone with alcohol knowing that person would drive have been found liable for injuries caused by that driver. A professional California pedestrian attorney should examine this case to see if multiple individuals may be responsible for the injuries sustained by the victims.
September 12, 2012—Moreno Valley, CA—Moreno Valley Police and Instant Riverside reported that a collision between a 36-year-old man on a mini-bike and the driver of a minivan resulted in serious injuries for the bike rider. This motorcycle accident took place on Indian Avenue near Summerfield drive around 8:30 p.m. on September 2.
Paramedics responded and treated the mini-bike rider who was transferred to the hospital with critical injuries. The Accident Reconstruction Team has been asked to investigate the collision. The occupants of the van were unharmed.
My sincere wishes for a speedy recovery go out to the victim in this accident.
Mini-Bike Accidents Similar to Motorcycle Crashes
While only 46 of the total 4,935 crashes reported in 2006 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for two-wheeled motorized vehicles were mini-bikes, the types of injuries sustained in these crashes is often similar. Mini-bikes have one advantage over motorcycles in that they do not reach the high speeds that can often lead to death or serious injury for motorcyclists. However, low-speed impacts can have many of the same results whether the rider is on a mini-bike or a full-sized motorcycle. About two-thirds of all motorized bike crashes are the fault of a passenger car driver.
Accident Reconstruction May Point To Cause
The fact that the Accident Reconstruction Team was called in to investigate this crash may mean that officers have doubts about the cause of the accident. Often, when witness statements are taken, they are either conflicting or do not agree with the physical evidence at the scene. When this happens, police departments have the option of calling in experts to reconstruct the events leading up to the accident and give a ruling on the cause of the crash. In this case, it is likely that the primary witnesses were the minivan driver and passenger, so the police may have wanted additional confirmation of the accident causes before making any charges.
If the minivan driver was responsible for the accident, it is likely that he will have liability for the rider’s injuries. If the mini-bike rider caused the accident, the idea that the driver will be held liable is less likely. Liability will hinge on the findings of the accident reconstruction team.
A professional motorcycle accident attorney should advise the rider about how to collect damages if the driver of the van was indeed at fault.
An accident occurred in Patterson early Wednesday morning involving a car, a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler that resulted in the death of two men.
According to Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle, George Williams, 69, of Patterson, attempted to cross U.S. 90 at Veterans Drive in the early morning when his 1999 Buick crashed into a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Ronnie K. Milton, 54. Williams’s car spun across the median into oncoming traffic where it was again struck by a 2007 Volvo 18-wheeler, LaSalle said.
An unharmed witness, Andrea Ducre of Patterson said the accident was, “Like an explosion that was how it was.”
Williams was pronounced dead after being taken to Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City. Milton was pronounced dead at the scene.
With offices throughout the state, Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers represent individuals in Patterson and throughout Louisiana who have been injured. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in St. Mary Parish or anywhere in Louisiana, contact the attorneys at Dudley DeBosier for a free consultation.
An Orange County Sheriff's Deputy lost control of his motorcycle and crashed in Santiago Canyon Thursday morning, suffering serious injuries. According to the MSNBC Web site, the Rancho Santa Margarita deputy was taken to Mission Hospital. The cause of the injury was dangerous conditions resulting from water on the road believed to have come from private property, either as the result of private irrigation or a pipeline leak. The deputy was traveling southbound on Santiago Canyon Road at the time. According to the California Highway Patrol, the motorcycle slipped sideways and the deputy was thrown off the bike. His injuries are described as moderate to major. The accident occurred at 7:30 in the morning.
My heart goes out to the injured sheriff's deputy in this Orange County motorcycle accident. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP's 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), two people were killed and 44 were injured due to motorcycle accidents in the unincorporated areas of Orange County. During that same year, there were 17 fatalities and 735 injuries sustained in motorcycle crashes throughout Orange County.
According to this report, the cause of the accident was a wet roadway that is believed by the California Highway Patrol to have been the result of either private irrigation or a burst water line. Depending on the circumstances and the degree of negligence involved, the individual or entity responsible for these dangerous conditions could be held liable for the accident and the injuries resulting from it. Injured victims in such cases and their families can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. It would be a good idea for victims to preserve the vehicle so that an expert can thoroughly examine it for defects, malfunctions and other evidence. Motorcycle accident victims and their families would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.
A multiple vehicle collision Sunday around noon resulted in the death of two Baton Rouge men. State police suspect speeding was a factor in the collision.
State police said, Kenneth Cavin, 19, of St. Francisville, lost control of his 2006 Ford pickup traveling northbound on Hwy. 61 resulting in the vehicle crossing the median and becoming airborne.
Cavin, collided with a southbound 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis, taking the life of driver Willie Ross Sr., 84, and passenger Jonas Ross, 81. The truck struck the top of the vehicle resulting in the two men being pronounced dead at the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner. Read the rest of this entry »
The majority of bicycle accidents in California go unreported, so it is hard to say what is the main cause or how many there are. On the other hand, despite the frequent crashes, bicycle crashes are slightly similar to motorcycles crashes. The main cause of a motorcycle fatality is that cars are not looking for motorcyclists, so cars do not see them when driving as much as when they see other cars. Bicyclists can be hard to see when driving.
A bicyclist can behave like a car in the way that they can ride in a lane, stop at stop signs and stoplights, and follow all the same rules of the road. For this reason, cars are always driving next to them and many of the times cannot see them.
Many bicyclist accidents happen with large groups of bicyclists. A band of bicyclists might all be sharing the bike lane. This makes driving interesting for the driver in the right lane as he or she can see the bicyclist but are even more interested in passing them. Because drivers do not always stay exactly in their lanes and bicyclists have a tendency to move out of the bike lane, an accident is bound to occur.
Bicyclist accidents can be fatal. Depending upon how fast the driver of the other car is going, a slight touch from a car to bicycle could send the bicycle flying off their bike. For this reason, a bicycle is like a pedestrian in the way that he or she has the right of way.
When bicycle accidents are reported, they are usually fatal. If you or a loved has been in a fatal bicycle accident, you should report it to the authorities and consult with a personal injury attorney who will represent you or a loved one. By scheduling a free consultation, an attorney will assess the who is at fault for a collision and how much compensation will be receive for the damages inflicted upon you or your loved one. If you are worried about money, contracting a personal injury attorney is the best decision as you are not required to pay a fee until or unless your case is won.
August 29, 2012—Orange, CA—ABC News reports that two people were injured Tuesday in a multiple-car accident that involved a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s patrol car.
The accident occurred around 9:15 a.m. at the Chapman Avenue exit of the Santa Ana Freeway when a Nissan Versa apparently sideswiped the deputy’s vehicle. A Dodge Ram was also involved in the collision and had front bumper damage, but it was unclear exactly how the accident happened.
Both the pickup’s driver and the driver of the Versa were taken to area hospitals with undisclosed injuries. The deputy was not injured.
My sincere wishes for a speedy recovery go out to the injured parties.
Accidents That Involve Police Vehicles Are Common and Can Be Deadly
According to the Los Angeles Police Department’s records, an average of one police vehicle per day is involved in some type of collision. Most of these collisions are relatively minor, but many of them involve death and injury to officers, suspects, and innocent bystanders. Police chases are one of the primary causes of police vehicle crashes, but these vehicles are also frequently hit by careless drivers and occasionally collide with other vehicles due to police driver negligence.
Whose Fault Was This Accident?
While the police have not released any definitive information on this accident, the physical evidence is interesting. Both the sheriff’s vehicle and the Nissan had “sideswipe” marks, according to the reports, and the pickup had front bumper damage. That would suggest that either the deputy or the driver of the Nissan was attempting to change lanes and hit the other car, and that the pickup driver rear-ended one of the vehicles in an attempt to stop. Of course, until the official report on the accident is released, it will be impossible to tell exactly what happened.
Depending on which vehicle sideswiped the other, either the driver of the Nissan or the deputy may be liable for this accident. If it is the deputy, the sheriff’s department may also have liability issues. The driver of the truck, if he indeed rear-ended one of the vehicles, will also be liable for damages sustained in that collision. It will take the expertise of a professional car accident lawyer in Orange to unravel the various layers of liability that may be present in this case.
In a letter to President Obama, Gov. Bobby Jindal reported 700,000 Louisiana residents had power outages.
NPR's Russell Lewis says "transformers are exploding like popcorn, sending bright flashes of light into the sky."
According to the Entergy power company, it may be days before all the power outages up and running. Read the rest of this entry »
Did you know that large truck accidents are often fatal for the victims riding in passenger cars? Unfortunately, the size and weight of these vehicles means that those in cars have little chance of escaping serious injury if they collide with a large truck weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Garden Grove truck accident lawyers help these victims and their families recover payments for their injuries and get justice when they have been hit by the driver of a large vehicle.
By definition of the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, large trucks are classified as vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds without additional cargo and are designed to transport goods. Without large trucks, most things would not get moved; however, they can be very dangerous when they are fully loaded; weights can exceed tens of thousands of pounds, and the force behind these vehicles can be deadly when they strike a passenger car, bicyclist, motorcyclists, or pedestrian.
The goods carried on these trucks can also be dangerous if they are thrown into the road during an accident. Often, loosely-tied cargos can be ejected during a wreck, becoming shrapnel that strikes those on sidewalks and passengers in cars. Sometimes the spray of wreckage from a truck can be as deadly as the initial impact and can affect those who were not even involved in the accident. Read the rest of this entry »
August 23, 2012—The death toll in a Sunday night car accident on the 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock has risen to four after one man died of injuries in an area hospital, according to ABC News sources.
One woman and a 6-year-old girl remain in critical condition. The California Highway Patrol states that the child was ejected during the accident and she did not appear to be wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
The crash happened Sunday when the driver of an SUV lost control after a tire blew. The car rolled over, ejecting the little girl, then plunged over 30 feet off the freeway onto a secondary road below. The driver, another woman, and an 11-year-old girl were all pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while the older man, woman, and child were transported to local hospitals. Read the rest of this entry »
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