Accident News For Attorneys, the Legal Field & the Public
August 25, 2012—Santa Ana, CA—According to the Orange County Register, an overturned Jeep shut down the I-5 connector at the 22 Freeway when it collided with a big-rig semi truck.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the truck accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. at the exchange between the 22 and I-5. A 60-year-old unidentified male was driving the Jeep when he collided with the semi, overturning the car. Witnesses stated that he was strapped into the overturned car with his seat belt in place, but Los Angeles Fire Department rescue workers were able to extricate him safely. He was not conscious when transported to a local hospital, but was breathing at the time.
My sincere wishes for a speedy recovery go out to the victim of this accident.
California Freeways Have High Truck Accident Rates
The accident rates on our major freeways remain high due to very dense traffic patterns and congestion, and large trucks are often involved. According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records system or SWITRS report for 2010, a total of 214 fatalities and 5,065 accidents with injuries involved large trucks colliding with other vehicles. About 13 percent of these fatal accidents involved at-fault truck drivers, while nearly 50 percent of the injury accidents were the fault of the truck driver.
Rollover Collisions are Often Fatal
This victim was fortunate not to be killed instantly in the accident. Rollover collisions are often fatal; in fact, victims are twice as likely to die in a rollover accident as one in which there is no rollover. Seat belt use is often a factor in these types of crashes; overall, people who do not wear seat belts represent the majority of fatal accident victims.
Liability—Who Is To Blame For This Accident?
The CHP is currently investigating the cause of the accident. Witness statements taken at the scene indicated that the Jeep hit the semi, but this may be semantics; the fact that one car hit another does not necessary indicate fault. For example, it may appear to a witness that a car hit a truck when in fact the truck sideswiped the car in an improper lane change. This is a very common phenomenon when semis encounter smaller cars, because the driver’s blind spot may hide a vehicle traveling beside the truck.
A professional truck accident attorney should examine the facts of this case and determine the causes and liability issues involved.
Nancy Gass, a 70-year-old woman from Las Vegas, was killed when the pickup truck in which she was a passenger blew a tire and rolled down an embankment. According to the Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch, the accident occurred on I-15 in Riverside County, just south of Corona. The man driving the pickup, which was towing a trailer at the time of the rollover incident, was taken to the hospital with unidentified injuries. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The couple was reportedly returning home after a vacation in Mission Bay. The accident occurred while the trailer was passing through Temescal Canyon.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Nancy Gass for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. I also offer my best wishes for the swift and complete recovery of the car's driver.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 121 fatalities and 2,615 injuries were reported involving car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County. Also, in Riverside County as a whole, 220 people died and 8,561 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Car Accident Liability Issues
Investigation has made it clear that the cause of the accident was a tire blowout that caused the pickup and the trailer it was carrying to go out of control and roll down an embankment, killing one of the pickup's occupants. However, this leaves other questions unanswered. Was the tire blowout the result of a manufacturing defect or was it caused by poor maintenance on the part of either the pickup's owner or the location where it was last serviced? Were the injured driver and the deceased passenger wearing seatbelts at the time? Was the fatality caused by a crushed roof? Were other vehicles involved in the incident? Did the vehicle have an auto product defect leading to a mechanical malfunction causing the accident?
The answers to these questions will help determine who or what caused this fatal car accident, whether there was any negligence involved and whether anyone should be held accountable for the accident and resulting injuries. Relatives of the deceased victim would be well-advised to retain the services of a reputed auto accident lawyer in Riverside who is experienced in auto product liability issues, particularly rollover, roof crush and seatbelt failure cases. If a vehicle defect – product defect or design defect -- is determined to have caused serious injuries, the manufacturer of the defective product could be held liable. The best California personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive initial consultation to injured victims and their families.
Daniel Colon of Riverside was killed when he apparently lost control of the SUV he was driving, which flipped over a riverbed and landed on its roof in a culvert alongside Highway 79 east of Temecula. According to the Press-Enterprise, the 40-year-old Colon was pulled from the burning wreckage of his SUV by passersby and was transported to Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrietta, where he died. Witnesses say that Colon appeared to lose control after he swerved off the road on a curve and tried to get back on the road, a maneuver that resulted in the rollover accident.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family members and friends of Daniel Colon for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), five people were killed and 384 were injured in Temecula car accidents. During that same year, there were 220 fatalities and 8,561 injuries reported due to Riverside County car accidents. Based on figures from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) from that same year, 58 percent of SUV occupants who were killed in crashes were in vehicles that rolled over. In comparison, 47 percent of deaths in pickups and 25 percent of deaths in cars were in rollover accidents. Read the rest of this entry »
Did you know that the sharpest increase in motorcycle accidents and deaths in the past ten years has been among older riders? While most of us continue to think of motorcycle riders as younger people who are daring and take chances on the road, the facts no longer support this picture. The biggest increases in the numbers of motorcycle purchases, licenses, and accidents have occurred in the over-40 age group. In fact, the average age today of a motorcycle rider injured in a motorcycle accident is 31, and the average age of a motorcycle fatality victim is 42, according to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There are several reasons for this statistical increase in age. First of all, like all other products, motorcycles have steadily increased in price over the years, and many younger riders can no longer afford bikes on their limited salaries. However, older riders who have always wanted a motorcycle are more likely to have the income to support such a hobby. Additionally, older riders are more likely to have leisure time to ride motorcycles as a hobby, while younger riders tend to use their motorcycles as simply a method of transportation. Finally, older riders are more likely to join motorcycle clubs and travel on weekends and vacations by bike than younger people.
California motorcycle accident attorneys study these types of statistics because they know that they will be representing the victims of the terrible accidents that involve motorcycle riders in collisions with other vehicles. It helps these lawyers to know that their victims will largely be drawn from a pool of older, more careful riders rather than the brash younger riders so popular in the public imagination. By studying these statistics, lawyers are able to tailor their handling of cases to suit the facts and utilize this data to their clients' advantage.
Attorneys that specialize in motorcycle accidents will, of course, represent victims of any age. A professional attorney can help you recover far more in damages than you may have believed your case was worth and will protect your rights and interests in any type of accident case. You will find that by hiring a professional personal injury attorney instead of trying to negotiate with the insurance company or at-fault party alone you have made a wise decision that will result in a much better settlement in most cases.
Four people have died as a result of an accident on the 134 freeway in Eagle Rock, in Los Angeles County near Glendale. According to the Los Angeles Times, the accident occurred when a 1999 Ford Expedition hit a raised asphalt strip, rolled over, and fell through the center opening between the two opposing lanes of a highway bridge, plunging 35 feet onto North Figueroa Street. There were six passengers in the vehicle, five of whom were trapped inside the vehicle until police were able to remove them plus a six-year-old girl who was thrown free of the vehicle before the plunge. Three people, including the six-year-old girl and the SUV's driver, were declared dead at the scene. A third died later at the hospital where three of the victims were taken. Two other cars on the freeway were damaged by debris from the LA auto accident, but no additional injuries were involved.
Glendale Auto Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were six fatalities and 725 injuries involving Glendale car accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured in car accidents during the same year.
Causes and Liability Issues
The article does not suggest any reason why the SUV struck the raised asphalt strip and plunged through the gaps between the opposing lanes of the freeway bridge. Did the driver of the SUV lose control? If so, what could have caused this? Was the drivers impaired for some reason, distracted, or driving in a reckless manner? I trust CHP officials are examining these and other issues in order to determine precisely how this crash occurred.
In such accidents, the at-fault driver or negligent driver could be held liable for the injuries and fatalities caused. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims can file what is known as a wrongful death claim. Such claims usually seek compensation to cover medical or funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
Victims of a car accident who are injured by another's negligence can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs as well as loss of earnings, pain and suffering. The
Craig Vann, 45, of Atwaters Village in Los Angeles was struck and killed while crossing Moulton Parkway in Laguna Woods near Mission Viejo on Wendesday, August 10, 2012. According to the Orange County Register, Vann was hit by an off-duty security guard in a marked truck sometime before 9 p.m. Vann was apparently not crossing at a crosswalk and was struck in the right lane just before he reached the curb. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. No charges have been filed so far.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Craig Vann who are mourning his tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
Orange County Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were seven fatalities and 250 injuries involving car accidents in Mission Viejo. In Orange County, 178 deaths and 14,185 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents. Read the rest of this entry »
The following is a guest article from RitterLaw.com
As the world was watching the Olympics, another big news story was breaking in Richmond, California. On August 6th around 6:30 p.m., a leak at a Chevron Refinery released gas into the environment and a spark set off a massive fire. The fire took place in the Refinery's No. 4 unit, but the damage was not contained to just that area. As the fire blazed, it sent massive plumes of black smoke into the air. As this was happening, the air around Richmond transformed into a toxic cloud. Residents who were inside at the time were advised to stay inside. As an indication of the potential seriousness of the air pollution, residents were also advised to duct tape their windows to prevent poisonous air from entering their homes. It is suggested that anyone who has experienced medical issues due to the Chevron fire consult with a San Diego personal injury lawyer. Many individuals have already filed claims against Chevron, which is expected to respond to these claims in the near future.
Those who were outside at the time of the fire suffered from adverse consequences almost immediately. The result has been an astonishing 900 emergency room visits from local residents. Due to the exposure to toxic substances in the air, the 900 or more individuals who visited the emergency room suffered from numerous symptoms, including breathing issues and irritated eyes. Read the rest of this entry »
August 5, 2012-Orange County, CA-The Orange County Register reports that the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred on Wednesday has been identified by police.
Jon Dressler, 27, of Laguna Hills, was killed when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle on southbound I-5 around 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Dressler was ejected from the motorcycle, which apparently burst into flame on impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
My heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Dressler's family and friends.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,800 motorcycle riders are killed each year in collisions. Around 11 percent of all traffic fatalities involve motorcycle riders.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, at least half of all motorcycle accidents involve at least one other vehicle, and 42 percent of those accidents involve a vehicle turning left in front of an oncoming or passing motorcyclist. This suggests that many motorcycle accidents occur because passenger car drivers do not see or register a motorcycle rider in their "blind spots."
What Happened In This Motorcycle Crash
Although police have not released the official cause of the accident, it is likely that this is a case in which a passenger car driver hit a motorcycle rider because he or she did not realize the motorcyclist was in the other lane. This led to the ejection of the rider and his subsequent death. The fact that the motorcycle was on fire leads to a conclusion that the impact was very severe and probably at high speed.
If the passenger car driver is shown to be at fault in this accident, he or she will likely have sole liability for this accident. However, if the motorcycle rider was shown to have also committed error, comparative liability may apply and the victim's family's recovery may be reduced.
It will be very important for a professional motorcycle accident attorney to examine the facts of this case, especially the police report, and determine the true nature of liability in this motorcycle crash. It may be advisable for an accident reconstruction expert to work with the personal injury attorney to show exactly how the accident occurred, and it may also be advisable for the attorney to have access to the witnesses so that he or she can interview them.
If you know someone who has been injured in a motorcycle crash, have them contact Orange County motorcycle lawyers at 800-561-4831 today.
August 7, 2012--Anaheim, CA--Police are investigating a ride malfunction incident that led to minor injuries for a 4-year-old child at Adventure City in Anaheim.
The car in which a father and two small children were riding apparently flipped upside-down during operation, ejecting the occupants. Fortunately the ride was only two to three feet off the ground when the incident happened. The four-year-old was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
According to witnesses, mechanics did not wait for officials to arrive, but were already repairing the car when paramedics and police arrived on the scene. Police state they are investigating the situation.
My congratulations to this father and children on escaping serious injury in what could have been a very dangerous accident.
Amusement Park Accident Statistics
According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, there are approximately 1,200 ride-related injuries per year in amusement park accidents. Only 57 of these require overnight hospitalization due to severe injuries. About 290 million people visit amusement parks each year, so the chances of being injured, even minimally, are very small—around one in nine million.
California Amusement Park Accident—No "Free" Ride
No one is sure what happened to cause this amusement park car to flip over, but the fact that the accident did happen and that there were passengers inside at the time means that the amusement park’s owners are facing a very dire situation. Had this happened when the ride was higher in the air, serious injury or death could have been the result. Fortunately, the ride happened to be so close to the ground that the fall by the father and children was not deadly. The fact that workers rushed to try to fix the problem so quickly also suggests that perhaps they knew the ride would not bear close inspection. This is possibly a more frightening fact than the initial circumstances, as it suggests that the workers are willing to cover up problems with this and possibly other rides.
The amusement park's owners, the people operating the ride, and the mechanics who repair the ride may all be liable for the personal injuries in this Anaheim accident. However, a professional personal injury attorney should carefully examine the police reports regarding this incident. If it can be shown that the owners or mechanics are deliberately covering up dangerous conditions, the company may be liable for additional damages and could face criminal charges as well.
According to reports, every year 1.5 million people are sickened or severely injured by medication mistakes and 100,000 people die. Medication errors include all mistakes involving prescription drugs, over-the-counter products, vitamins, minerals, or herbal supplements. Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers represent those who have been injured, including children, due to medication errors. The most common medication errors include:
• Incorrect dose of medicine
• Giving a mistaken drug to a patient
• Giving out to many prescriptions
• Mixing the incorrect combination of drugs
• Product labeling
Medication errors are potentially lethal for young children. Their bodies aren’t equipped to handle high dosages of medication when their body mass is so low. The Journal of the American Medical Association did a study and found medication errors in more than one out of every 18 prescriptions ordered for children. This error rate is similar to what is found among adult patients, but it is more serious for children. In fact, in cases of the very youngest children, who may weigh more than only a few pounds, a medication error is three times more likely to be potentially harmful. If hospitals took the proper precautions, repeating mistakes like this are avoidable.
To avoid risk of child medication errors, parents be sure to tell the pediatrician the names of all the prescriptions and non-prescription drugs your child is taking. In addition, always as the hospital or doctor to explain clear directions and explanations for any medication he or she is prescribing to your child. This includes name of the drug, correct dosage, what the drug is used for, storage requirements, and any special instructions.
If your child's doctor or pediatrician makes an error when recommending a medicine or there is a medicinal mistake due to the medicine prescribed, you may have means for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Parents of children who suffer injuries due to a medication error should the medical malpractice law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan medical malpractice lawyers about your case.
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