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Rain Leads to Truck, Car Crashes on San Diego-Area Interstates

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on January 29, 2013 - Comments off

Many experienced San Diego County big rig accident attorneys know how inclement weather can play a role in a large truck or other vehicle crash, and the rainstorms of last week were no exception. During the downpour, several vehicle accidents took place on interstates in the San Diego area.
A jackknife accident involving a tractor-trailer and two other vehicles blocked traffic on Interstate 15 just south of Interstate 8, according to the California Highway Patrol. Jackknife accidents occur when a truck’s trailer can’t stop at the same speed as the tractor, which often happens on wet pavement or when brake problems occur. The trailer’s momentum pushes it into an acute angle with the tractor that looks like a partly-opened jackknife, hence the name.

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Train Accident Claims Man’s Life in Oceanside

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on January 22, 2013 - Comments off

A freight train accident claimed a man’s life in Oceanside recently, according to a news report from NBC San Diego. According to investigators, the man was walking on or near the train crossing at Mission Avenue when the freight train, operated by BSNF, struck him.
At least one eyewitness was present at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 10 p.m. He reported that it looked like the man was trying to cross the train tracks as the train approached. The witness described the train’s whistle blowing and the train braking, but it was unable to stop before the collision occurred.

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Posted in: Train Accidents


Recent San Diego-Area Hot Air Balloon Accidents Highlight Need for Safety

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on January 15, 2013 - Comments off

Every southern California injury attorney has seen injuries that resulted from recreational activities gone wrong. Southern California is one of the world’s most beloved tourist spots, featuring amusement parks, ocean getaways, and other natural sites – but certain activities carry an increased risk of injury.
Two recent accidents involving hot air balloon rides underscore the need to practice safety when enjoying recreational events. The first, according to a report from KESQ, involved a family taking a hot air balloon ride in Palm Desert, California. The balloon crash-landed near the end of the ride, shaking up those in the basket and causing minor injuries to several people, all of whom are expected to recover.

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Posted in: Personal Injury


Pipeline Breaks Present Health, Injury Hazards in California and Other States

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on January 7, 2013 - Comments off

Sixteen spills from oil pipelines have leaked a combined 2.4 million gallons of crude oil into waterways in California and other states in recent years, posing health and injury risks to pipeline workers and residents in the areas, according to an article from The Associated Press. The San Diego injury attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group follow such cases closely, because the injury risks associated with them can be long-reaching and long-lasting.
Since 1993, regulators have paid careful attention to pipeline spills in multiple states, including California. One particular source of concern comes from pipelines that are buried under navigable waterways, like rivers and streams. These pipelines are required to be buried only four feet under the waterway and are required to be inspected for weaknesses only once every five years. If a pipeline near water breaks, leaking oil and other materials can easily contaminate drinking water supplies, posing serious health hazards for those in the area.

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Posted in: Personal Injury


New Year, New Laws: 2013 Laws Affecting Consumers in California

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on January 3, 2013 - Comments off

We want to wish everyone a happy New Year! Now that 2012 is a thing of the past, what can we expect in 2013 as a Californian?
At the turn of the New Year, there were a total of 876 new California laws that went into effect. The new laws range from making picketing at funerals a crime (SB 661) to prohibiting college officials from requesting/requiring students to disclose access to personal social media accounts (SB 1349).

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Posted in: Legislation


Motorcycle Accident on Interstate 15 Leaves San Diego Biker Injured

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on December 24, 2012 - Comments off

A motorcycle accident on Interstate 15 just south of the Scripps Poway Parkway in San Diego left the motorcyclist injured and slowed traffic for several hours, according to a recent news report from CBS 8.
The accident occurred when the motorcycle’s front wheel failed, causing it to swerve and strike the median. The motorcyclist was thrown from the bike during the crash. Rescue workers took him to a local hospital, which has not released a report on his injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the accident.

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Don’t Let a New Year’s Party Turn Tragic: Celebrate Safely

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on December 17, 2012 - Comments off

New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest holidays of the year for parties, which means that it’s also a busy time of year on the roads – especially after dark. Alcohol is a common part of many New Year’s parties, but it is also a common part of many serious accidents.
You can help start 2013 safely for yourself and others by following a few holiday safety tips:

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California’s “Strict Liability” Dog Bite Rule

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on December 6, 2012 - Comments off

SD Dog Attack LiabilityCalifornia is one of several U.S. states that has “strict liability” for dog bites. This rule can have a significant effect on how you and your skilled San Diego County dog bite injury attorney decide to approach your case after a dog bite occurs.
In “strict liability” dog bite states like California, an owner may be held liable for a dog bite even if the dog has never bitten before or the owner had no reason to believe the dog would act aggressively toward others.

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Posted in: Dog Bites


This Holiday Season, Think Toy Safety

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on December 4, 2012 - Comments off

There are few things more fun during the holiday season than watching a child’s eyes light up when he or she receives a prized new toy. For those who buy toys, though, it’s important to keep safety in mind.
It is recommended that shoppers keep in mind the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) safety guidelines for children’s toys in order to prevent defective toy injuries to the best of your abilities.

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Posted in: Dangerous Products


National Sleep Foundation Offers Tips to Prevent Drowsy Driving

By San Diego Injury Lawyer on November 13, 2012 - Comments off

SD Drowsy Driving PreventionFalling asleep at the wheel causes one in every six car accidents in the United States, according to the National Sleep Foundation. That’s why the foundation is supporting National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week this November.
Most drivers are aware of the dangers of driving while drunk, drugged, or texting on a cell phone, all of which can cause a serious accident by taking the driver’s full attention away from the road. Most drivers also realize that it’s dangerous to drive when you’re too sleepy. In a AAA Foundation poll, 96 percent of drivers who responded said that drivers should not be behind the wheel when they are too tired to keep their eyes open.

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Posted in: Car Accidents


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