Riverside Bicycle Crash Injures Bicyclist

An unidentified 20-year-old bicyclist suffered critical injuries in a Riverside bicycle accident that occurred on August 23, 2011, around 7 p.m. at Van Buren Boulevard and Canyon Ridge Drive Road near the California Citrus State Historic Park in the Arlington Heights neighborhood.

According to the Police Officials, the bicyclist was traveling south on Van Buren in the northbound bicycle lane when this crash occurred. The biker attempted to turn onto westbound Canyon Ridge, which took him across traffic lanes and into the path of a northbound GMC.

The injured bicyclist was immediately transported to Riverside Community Hospital to receive medical treatment for the critical injuries suffered.

The bike accident is still under investigation to determine who was at fault and who had the right-of-way. In this scenario, the injured bicyclist should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County bicycle accident lawyer who would educate him about his legal rights and options and help him obtain timely compensation to cover treatment, medical expenses, hospital costs, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes that the injuries suffered by the bicyclist heal soon.

California Dog Bite Injuries: Know the Facts

Dog bite injuries can cause serious physical harm and an overwhelming amount of pain and fear, especially for young children who may come away with a long-term fear of dogs or other animals. Understanding the statistics surrounding dog bite injuries is the first step in protecting yourself and those you love from harm.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 800,000 people in the U.S. need medical treatment for a dog bite each year. Just under half, or about 386,000, need emergency room or hospital treatment for their injuries.

Don’t Leave the Photos to the Insurance Company (and Their Photoshop Artists!)

Often times, people who have had their car damaged in an auto accident do not take pictures of their property damage, instead of leaving it to the insurance company (either theirs or the at-fault driver’s) to document.

Do not fall into this trap!

It is always important to maintain control over any and all evidence that will help your case. The reason why is because you do not want to risk the possibility that the insurance company, in an effort to dampen the evidence against their insured, will use a photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop to alter pictures of your vehicle thereby giving the impression that the traffic collision was not so severe.

Photoshop is a program that can not only reduce shadows, alter colors, but it can also distort images through elongation and airbrushing. Here is an example from an Ann Taylor catalog where the website retouched the photo to make the model look thinner:

If trained professionals can reduce the diameter of a woman’s stomach, torso, and legs, what do you think they can do to that dent in your car’s bumper? Photoshop is a very useful tool in the hands of the insurance company to make small, but significant collisions seem as if no property damage was incurred.

Now, the Courts are realizing that today’s digital images are not the old photographs of old–they can be altered on the fly and very easily. Recently in the criminal case People v. Khaled, the appellate court ruled that a red light traffic ticket must be overturned due to a conviction based upon unsubstantiated photographs taken by a camera at an intersection. The Court ruled that where the prosecution failed to lay the foundation for the photographs by submitting testimony establishing when and how the photographs were taken and that they were not altered. The Court ruled that the hearsay rule will exclude the evidence barring testimony laying out this foundation.

It is good that the courts are finally starting to recognize the ease to which photographic images can be altered and that the old business records exception to the hearsay rule cannot by itself allow for the introduction of photographs into evidence. However, what this should mean to you and to any other member of the public, is that it is better not to even give the insurance company an opportunity to alter photographs of your vehicle. The only way to do so is to make sure that you have taken pictures of your car so that you can keep the insurance company honest.

Three La Jolla Teens Hurt By Suspected Drunk Driver in San Diego Pedestrian Accident

Ronald Troyer, 67, a suspected drunken, injured three teenagers who were walking on the sidewalk in La Jolla on August 21, 2010 around 6:30 p.m. San Diego authorities reported that the three teens, Alani Agurre, 14, Miles Ploger, and Ian Brininstool, whose ages are not known, were walking on La Jolla Boulevard when a speeding Chrysler New Yorker hit them. Two more teenagers walking with them, fortunately, escaped unhurt.

Alani Agurre was carried for about twenty yards on the top of the car’s hood before he was thrown into the glass window of Cass Street Café and was pinned underneath the car. Agurre sustained serious injuries, including a broken arm and a broken pelvis. All three of the teenagers were immediately transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Troyer was arrested later and charged with felony drunk driving causing injury. A complete investigation is being carried out to know the exact cause of this crash. Troyer has a history of drug and alcohol abuse. It will not be a surprise if he is found to be driving under the influence of any one of these.

Under California law, it is unlawful for anyone to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of any drug or alcohol per California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a). Therefore, the injured teenagers are entitled for a compensation to cover the cost of treatment of injuries, cost of hospitalization, and other related damages. Unfortunately, the magnitude of the injuries is very high in this accident. Troyer, who has a history of past drunk driving arrests and is believed to be homeless, probably does not have adequate insurance to pay for the injuries he has caused. The children’s families would be well advised to confer with an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney.

Simi Valley Car Crash Leaves Pedestrian Injured

A 57-year-old unidentified man suffered serious injuries in Simi Valley pedestrian accident that occurred on August 19, 2011, around 11 p.m. in Simi Valley. According to police officials, the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while he was walking across the Royal Avenue near the intersection of Sycamore Drive.

The injured man was immediately transported to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center to receive treatment for fractures to the legs, a fracture to the arm, and other bruises and cuts that he suffered.

There is limited information and an investigation will yield the exact cause of the accident. Investigating officers need to determine how fast the vehicle was traveling, if the motorist was distracted, or whether he was driving negligently. A detailed investigation will help the officers determine the exact cause of this car crash.

The injured pedestrians should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Ventura County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and assure that the at-fault party is apprehended and brought to justice. The injured victim can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver to obtain compensation to cover medical treatment, hospital costs, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, and other accident-related expenses.

Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes and prays that the injuries suffered by the pedestrian heal soon.

Imperial Beach ATV Accident Injures San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy

Two San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies riding all-terrain vehicles last weekend got involved in a crash in Imperial Beach while out on the ATV’s, injuring one when he was catapulted forward off the one he had been riding on.

The two deputies had been on northbound Seacoast Drive near Elder Avenue at 11:35 a.m. on August 16, 2009, when the ATV crash happened, as reported by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jerry Hartman. The lead deputy had stopped the motor vehicle in front of the other deputy just before it happened.

The deputies had been riding on the ATV’s because they were assigned to patrol the beaches. The deputy who had been thrown from the ATV landed on his head and right arm and had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment of the head injury.

If you or a loved one has ever been injured or killed in an Imperial Beach ATV wreck, contact San Diego motor vehicle accident lawyer and the San Diego, CA injury accident lawyers.

Imperial Beach Accident

Two San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies riding all-terrain vehicles last weekend got involved in a crash in Imperial Beach while out on the ATV’s, injuring one when he was catapulted forward off the one he had been riding on.

The two deputies had been on northbound Seacoast Drive near Elder Avenue at 11:35 a.m. on August 16, 2009, when the ATV crash happened, as reported by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jerry Hartman. The lead deputy had stopped the motor vehicle in front of the other deputy just before it happened.

The deputies had been riding on the ATV’s because they were assigned to patrol the beaches. The deputy who had been thrown from the ATV landed on his head and right arm and had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment of the head injury.

If you or a loved one has ever been injured or killed in an Imperial Beach ATV wreck, contact San Diego motor vehicle accident lawyer and the San Diego, CA injury accident lawyers.

Hesperia Bicycle Accident Leaves Victorville Boy Dead

12-year-old Zachariah Houck was killed in a serious bike crash that occurred on August 14, 2011, around 6:41 p.m. at Joshua and Mesquite Street. According to California Highway Patrol Officers, Houck was riding south on Joshua Road when he failed to stop for a stop sign and was struck by a 2000 Lincoln Navigator driven by 51-year-old George Peery.

The boy suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. From the available information, Peery attempted to avoid the boy but could not stop.

There are some unanswered questions about the circumstances of the event. How fast was the driver of the Lincoln traveling? Was there a traffic violation? Did any other factor contributed to this tragic bicycle accident? We trust that the investigating officers are looking into all these factors to determine the exact cause of this bicycle accident.

The bicyclist’s parents should seek counsel from an experienced San Bernardino County bicycle accident lawyer who would analyze all the crucial aspects and assure that the at-fault party is held liable.

Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Houck for such a tragic loss.

South Sacramento Pick-up Truck Accident Injures Two Pedestrians

Two unidentified pedestrians suffered minor injuries in a pedestrian accident that occurred on August 17, 2011, around 6 a.m. on eastbound Elder Creek Road, just west of South Watt Avenue.

According to California Highway Patrol Officers, the two men were walking away from their broken-down vehicle in Sacramento’s south area when they were struck by a pickup truck. Both the pedestrians complained of pain and were immediately transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

There is limited information and an investigation will yield the exact cause of the accident. Investigating officers need to determine how fast the pickup truck was traveling if the motorist was distracted, or if he was driving negligently. A detailed investigation will help the officers determine the exact cause of this car crash.

The injured pedestrians should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Sacramento County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and assure that the at-fault party is apprehended and brought to justice. Injured victims can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver to obtain compensation to cover medical, treatment and hospital costs, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, and other accident-related expenses.

Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes and prays that the injuries suffered by both the pedestrians heal soon

Adelanto Hit-And-Run Car Crash Seriously Injures Pedestrian

A 26-year-old man suffered critical injuries in an Adelanto hit-and-run pedestrian accident that occurred on August 10, 2011, around 1:30 a.m. in Adelanto. According to San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials, deputies found a man lying in the center of the pathway at Rancho and Aster Roads, about 2-1/2 miles west of Highway 395.

The injured pedestrian suffered serious head injuries, possible fractures on his left leg and severe road rashes. The car accident victim was immediately airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton to receive treatment for the serious injuries suffered.

From the available information, it is evident that the reckless and irresponsible behavior of the driver led to this serious car wreck. We trust that this hit-and-run motorist will soon be apprehended and brought to justice. It is illegal under California to leave the scene of any traffic accident and that includes a car wreck. This motorist should have remained at the scene, waited for the authorities to arrive, and helped the injured victim in any way he could; but, he chose to drive away from the scene.

The injured pedestrian should consult with an experienced San Bernardino County hit-and-run auto accident attorney who would educate him about his legal rights and help him obtain a timely compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, and other accident-related damages.

Our law office sincerely hopes that the injuries suffered by the pedestrian do not prove life-threatening.

What are the Deadlines for Filing Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits for those who suffer marked or serious disabilities that are likely to last at least one year and/or result in death. But when applying for SSDI benefits, it’s important to be aware of time limits and deadlines.

The letters and paperwork you receive from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will contain specific deadline dates for filings, requesting reconsideration of a denial, and other actions. However, here are a few initial time limits of which you should be aware.

First, the passing of time might affect whether you qualify for benefits. For most adults, in order to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have acquired at least 40 “work credits,” measured by your earnings from work. Up to four credits may be earned each year. At least 20 of these credits must have been earned within the past 10 years, so the longer you wait to file for SSDI benefits, the more likely it becomes that your work history will not fall within the 10-year requirement.

Next, if you are turned down for benefits after your initial application, you have the right to ask for a “reconsideration” of your case by the SSA. You have 60 days from the date you receive your denial letter to request reconsideration.

Our knowledgeable San Diego Social Security Disability Insurance benefits attorneys can help you stay on top of deadlines and seek the benefits you need. For a free, confidential consultation, contact us today.

Los Angeles Boy Killed As He Crosses Street

A Southern California boy was killed last week when he was crossing a street in Los Angeles. The 14-year-old boy from Inglewood named Semaj Spencer was the tragic victim of this hit and run pedestrian accident. The suspect of the death has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident.

Prosecutors in the case note that 40-year-old Andre Thompson of South Los Angeles had also been charged on Thursday with driving under a suspended or revoked license, which is considered a misdemeanor in California. Thompson has pleaded not guilty to his charges in an Inglewood Superior Court, however. He also reportedly turned himself into the police earlier this week and was subsequently arrested in the death of young Semaj Spencer. The teen boy was struck by the vehicle and killed last Sunday when he crossed the road at Imperial Highway in Los Angeles.

If you or a loved one has ever been injured or killed in a Los Angeles hit and run car accident, contact Los Angeles car accident lawyer and the other Los Angeles injury lawyers.

San Diego Personal Injury Attorney Answers Client’s Question: How Much is My Injury Accident Case Worth?

Prospective clients to our San Diego personal injury law firm often ask, “How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?” It is the most frequently asked question besides, “How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?“.

Our San Diego injury accident law office takes pride in providing as much helpful and useful free information as we can to our personal injury clients and members of the public. We want to make sure the public is as educated as claims adjustors so we all can effectively fight the insurance companies and their hardball tactics.

How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

San Diego personal injury lawyer and car accident attorney answer a common question of injury accident victims: “How much is my injury claim worth?” 

This is the most frequently asked question we receive from potential clients and injury accident victims besides, “How long is my personal injury case going to take?”

San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer Answers Client Question: How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?

One of the most frequent questions our San Diego personal injury law firm receives from prospective clients is, “How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?“.

Our office takes pride in providing as much helpful and useful free information as we can to our personal injury clients and members of the public. Only by ensuring that the public is as educated as claims adjustors and insurance company employees can we help effectively fight them and their hardball tactics.

How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?

San Diego personal injury lawyer and car accident attorney answers a very common question of injury accident victims: How long will my personal injury case take?

Aside from asking “How much is my injury claim worth?”, this is probably the most frequently asked question our office receives.

Costa Mesa Pedestrian Collision Seriously Injured By Drunk Driver

21-year-old Katushka Fischmann of Santa Ana was struck and injured in a serious DUI crash that occurred on August 7, 2011, around 1:45 a.m. at the intersection of Bristol Street and Randolph Avenue in Costa Mesa.

Santa Police reported that Bonnie Yee was driving her Mercedes-Benz north when she struck Fischmann near a crosswalk. Fischmann suffered major head trauma and was immediately transported to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana for treatment.

Police officials later arrested Yee on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. It is indeed an unfortunate thing that due to the negligent and intoxicated driver, a young woman is left in critical condition. Yee will most likely be found to have violated California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) which states that “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”

Unfortunately, the magnitude of injuries suffered by Fischmann is very high and the treatment or recovery time may be long. Fischmann needs to consult with an experienced Orange County pedestrian accident lawyer to learn about her legal rights and options and obtain a timely compensation to cover treatment, hospital and medical costs, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes that the injuries suffered by the victim do not prove fatal.

Fatal Mission Bay Cruise Leads to Death of La Jolla Man

San Diego’s Mission Bay had a deadly even this week when lifeguards and divers found the body of a 28-year-old La Jolla man in the bay on August 9, 2009, over 12 hours after he dove off the Bahia Belle cruise ship with two friends. He did not make it to shore and drowned.

Sean Rae and his friends jumped off of the tour boar during the night time cruise around 12:35 a.m. in the early morning of August 9, according to San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum. The San Diego Police Department released dive teams and joined with the Port of San Diego to search, along with a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, and even with lifeguards from the North County, to all search the waters. Before the body was found, Lerum was worried the area would be too large to search and successfully locate the body.

The Bahia Belle is a mock paddlewheel restaurant-bar cruise boat based at the Bahia Resort, which regularly cruises Mission Bay. Rae lived in La Jolla with his girlfriend.

If you or anyone you know has ever been injured or killed in a San Diego boating accident, please contact San Diego personal injury attorney. You may also contact these San Diego boating accident lawyers online here.

Toddler Killed in San Diego Pedestrian Accident

A three-year-old visiting San Diego for a family event wandered into traffic on Nimitz Boulevard recently, where he suffered fatal injuries after being struck by an oncoming pickup truck, according to a recent article from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The young boy was visiting San Diego with his family, residents of New Mexico, to celebrate the graduation of a family member from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Around 7:30 p.m., the boy wandered out of his family’s hotel room and toward the road. He stepped into the traffic lanes on Nimitz Boulevard near the Rosecrans Street intersection. Unfortunately, the driver of an oncoming Toyota pickup truck struck the boy, causing serious injuries.

Bystanders called emergency medical services, which rushed the toddler to a nearby children’s hospital. The boy passed away in the hospital’s intensive care unit about six hours later. The driver of the pickup truck stopped at the scene and answered police questions. Police have not said whether he was at fault for the fatal car accident or whether criminal charges will be filed.

Car accidents can cause serious injuries, especially to children. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident, the skilled CA child injury accident attorneys can help you with a wide range of tasks, from figuring out what happened to holding any negligent parties accountable for the harm their actions caused. To discuss your situation with us, call today for a free consultation.

Study Finds “Alarming” Rise in Child Injuries Caused by Falling TVs

Injury by falling television set is not the first risk most parents think of when they are child-proofing a home. However, the number of children injured or killed by a falling television set has reached nearly 200,000 in 20 years, and the number of children who suffer injuries each year is climbing, according to a study cited in a recent issue of Insurance Journal.

Children under the age of five years are most likely to suffer injuries in a falling-TV accident, according to researchers. Head and neck injuries, including concussions, are most common. These accidents typically occur when a heavy television is placed on top of a dresser or other piece of furniture. When young children try to use the furniture to pull themselves up or to climb, the television may fall and cause injuries.

In 2011, approximately 12,300 children in the U.S. needed emergency room care after being struck by a falling television. This number was more than double the amount who needed such care in 1990. Between 1990 and 2011, 215 children suffered fatal injuries in a falling-TV accident.

If your child has been injured by a falling TV or another defective product, don’t hesitate to contact a focused San Diego personal injury lawyers. During your free, confidential consultation, we’ll listen carefully as you describe your situation and help you better understand your legal options.

Carlsbad DUI Hit-And-Run Car Crash Kills Elderly Bicyclist

A 64-year-old Arthur John Jacobs of Vista was killed by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run crash that occurred on July 27, 2011, around 9:45 p.m. near the intersection of El Camino Real and Cassia Street in North County. According to Carlsbad police Lt. Paul Mendes, a 23-year-old female driver struck the biker and sped away into an apartment complex’s parking lot.

Medical emergency officers responding to the car crash pronounced Jacobs dead at the accident scene. The female motorist was later arrested on the suspicion of manslaughter, drunk driving, and hit-and-run. The driver did the double felony of not only drinking and driving but also fleeing from the scene of accident. Both these actions are a direct violation of California law.

Jacobs’s family members should consult with an experienced San Diego DUI car crash lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights. hit-and-run bicyclist accident attorney will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent driver is held liable for compensation. Jacobs’s family can file a wrongful death claim and obtain compensation from the at-fault party to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.

Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Jacobs for such a heart rendering loss.