Bicyclist Struck By Teenage Driver in Chino

44-year-old Francisco Donato was struck and injured in a serious bicycle accident that occurred on October 27, 2011, around 6 a.m. between Chino Avenue and Arvidson Street. According to the Police officials, Donato was pedaling south along the 13300 block of East End Avenue when he was struck by 18-year-old Gerardo Mendez driving a 2001 GMC Yukon. The teen was attempting to pass another vehicle when the collision happened.

Donato suffered serious injuries and was immediately airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment. From the limited information, it is clear that the negligence and reckless driving of the teen driver led to this serious bicycle wreck. The investigation is in process.

Meanwhile, the injured bicyclist should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Bernardino County bicycle accident lawyer who would educate him about his legal rights and assure that the at-fault party is brought to justice.

The injured victim can also file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party to obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs, and other accident-related damages.

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

Pedestrian Killed in Fatal Loma Linda Auto Accident

26-year-old Timothy Joseph Taylor was killed in Loma Linda traffic accident along I-10 that occurred on October 18, 2011, around 9:22 p.m. at the Sun City area of Menifee. According to San Bernardino County coroner’s officials, Taylor was struck by an unidentified vehicle near Tippecanoe Avenue.

Taylor suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital less than 30 minutes after the report was made. From the available information, it appears that the negligent driving of the motorist led to this serious pedestrian accident. The accident is under investigation.

At this time, the deceased’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Bernardino County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options and would assure that the at-fault motorist is brought to justice.

The victim’s family members can also file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault motorist to obtain timely compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of anticipated earnings, and loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.

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

Three Students Struck in Santee Car Accident

Three girls were struck and injured by a vehicle in a serious pedestrian accident that occurred on October 17, 2011, around 8:30 a.m. near Santana High School in Santee. According to the investigating authorities, the girls were attempting to cross the street near the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Carefree Drive when a car struck them. All the girls suffered minor bruises and scratches.

From the limited information, it is not clear as to what led to this accident. The investigation is in process. Meanwhile, the parents of the injured girls should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Diego County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and assure that the at-fault truck driver is brought to justice.

The victims’ parents can also file a personal injury claim against the driver to obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs, and other accident-related damages.

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

Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident Caused by Unlicensed Driver

A mother and her 4-year-old child were struck and injured by a car driven by an unlicensed car driver in Santa Ana on the morning of October 20, 2010. Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said that this Orange County auto accident occurred along the 1200 block of East McFadden Avenue, near Grand Avenue in Santa Ana, approximately 125 miles north of San Diego.

Eric Christopher Woodward, 39, driving a Ford Crown Victoria, veered onto the sidewalk and hit the mother and crushed the child. The impact of the car crash was so strong that both the mother and child were thrown about 20 feet into the air. Bertagna said that the child suffered critical injuries and the mother suffered a broken shoulder.

Woodward lost control of the vehicle, perhaps due to experiencing a grand mal seizure, and in an effort to compensate the curve he struck both the mother and the child leaving them seriously injured. Bertgana said that Woodward was unlicensed due to his propensity to experience seizures. Fortunately, Woodward and his mother riding as her passenger escaped unhurt.

The injured victims can seek a personal injury claim from Woodward to cover the medical costs, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, and other accident related damages. With the assistance from an experienced Orange County car accident lawyer, the injured victims can know their legal rights and obtain timely compensation.

We sincerely hope and pray that both mother and child did not suffer ant catastrophic injuries and that their injuries heal completely.

Church Street Car Accident Injures Roseville Woman

An unidentified 20-year-old Roseville woman suffered critical injuries in a Placer County car accident that occurred on October 17, 2010, around 3:02 p.m. on Church Street in Placer County, 400 miles from San Diego. Roseville Police Department officers said that the injured woman driving her 1989 BMW Sedan failed to negotiate a curve near Circuit Drive.

The BMW failing to take the curve, collided with a tree and then with the Union Pacific Railroad Yard property. The injured female driver was immediately transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment.

Authorities investigating this serious car accident believe that slippery road might have contributed to it. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors behind this car accident. Roseville Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is trying to determine the exact cause of this critical car accident.

It is worth looking into the condition of the road. Is there a proper system to water drainage after a rainfall? Was the overflow system clogged? If it is found in the investigation that an unsafe road leads to this car accident, then the injured victim can seek compensation from road maintenance authorities to cover the cost of treatment of injuries, hospitalization charges, and other accident-related damages.

We sincerely hope and pray that the injured car driver did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and that her injuries heal soon.

Interstate 10 Auto Accident in San Bernardino Leaves One Injured

One woman suffered critical injuries in a two-vehicle car- crash that occurred on October 20, 2010, around 8:06 a.m along Interstate 10 (I-10) in San Bernardino. According to California Highway Patrol officers, a woman complained of severe chest pain after a steering wheel hit her badly in the chest area.

This San Bernardino County car accident slowed down the traffic traveling on Interstate 10 in San Bernardino, approximately 96 miles from San Diego, for some time. The exact cause of this auto accident still remains under investigation. The injured victim here would be well-advised to consult with an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held liable.

It is very crucial for an investigation to start before memories fade and before critical evidence at the collision scene has been removed, washed away, or otherwise altered. If it is found that this car crash occurred due to the negligence of the other car driver, then the injured woman can seek compensation to cover the medical costs and the pain she suffered.

We sincerely hope that the injuries sustained by the injured woman do not prove fatal and that she recovers to her complete health soon.

Indio Hit-and-Run Car Crash Kills Elderly Pedestrian

72-year-old Beverly Glass was struck and injured in a serious hit-and-run car wreck that occurred on October 12, 2011, around 3:30 p.m. on Interstate 10 (I-10) just east of North Indian Canyon Drive. According to the California Highway Patrol, Glass was trying to walk across traffic lanes when she was struck by a black, late model Volkswagon Jetta. The victim was thrown onto the shoulder of the freeway.

The car driver, who is believed to be a 25- year old woman stopped, talked to several witnesses, then got in the car and left the accident scene. The driver has not been cited as yet as the accident is still under investigation. Glass suffered serious injuries and was immediately transported to Desert Regional Medical Center for medical treatment.

From the available information, it appears that the car driver negligent driving and irresponsible actions contributed to this serious pedestrian wreck. Meanwhile, the injured victim or her family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options and would assure that the at-fault motorist is brought to justice.

The injured victim can also file a personal injury claim against the at-fault Jetta driver to obtain timely compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office sincere hopes that injuries suffered by the pedestrian heal soon and do not prove fatal.

Spring Valley DUI Car Accident Seriously Injures Man

One man suffered serious injuries when he was struck badly by a suspected DUI car driver in Spring Valley, an East San Diego County community, on October 16, 2010, around 11:00 a.m. According to California Highway Patrol officer Brian Pennings, Colin Eisner, 33, driving a Ford Contour struck a Toyota Tacoma on State Route 125 (SR-125) close to Jamacha Boulevard.

Pennings said that the Tacoma rolled over several times while the Ford went down an embankment after the crash. The pickup driver suffered serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Eisner, fortunately, escaped unhurt and was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

From the facts of the story, it appears that Eisner’s negligence leads to this major San Diego car accident. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “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.”

If after the initial investigation it is found that Eisner caused this drunk driving auto accident, then he should be responsible for the injured victim’s injuries and other damages. The injured victim is entitled to receive compensation to pay for the cost of hospitalization, loss of earnings, medical expenses, and other accident-related damages.

It would be in the interest of the injured victim to seek counsel from an experienced San Diego auto accident lawyer who would ensure that Eisner is held accountable for the offense he committed.

We hope that the driver of the Toyota Tacoma recovers completely from his injuries and is able to return to his activities and family.

Person Killed in Fatal Inland Train Accident

An unidentified person was found dead on the Rancho Cucamonga railroad tracks on October 14, 2011, around 4:30 a.m. According to the San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials, the deceased was hit and killed by a Metrolink train. Amtrak police are investigating the collision.

From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this train accident occurred. Did the train driver ignore a red signal? Was he distracted? Was the victim negligent and failed to observe safety signals? Was he drunk or attempting to commit suicide by this act? If negligent operation by the train conductor caused this train accident, then the conductor and his employer might be legally required to compensate the deceased person’s family for the cost of funeral expenses, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. The deceased’s family would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Los Angeles train accident attorney who will advise them about their legal rights and options.

Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew the deceased for such a tragic loss.

San Diego Big-Rig Truck Accident Injures Car Driver

A serious San Diego truck accident occurred on northbound Interstate 15 (I-15) when a big-rig truck ran over and ended up on top of a car, leaving the driver seriously injured. According to the California Highway Patrol, this San Diego freeway accident occurred south of Interstate 8 (I-8) in the Mission Valley area of San Diego shortly before 1:30 p.m. on October 19, 2010.

California Highway Patrol officers said that the truck crashed on the top of the car before it came to rest on the center divider. The smaller vehicle was crushed badly and its’ driver suffered serious injuries and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Eastbound Interstate 8 remained blocked for several hours following this truck accident until emergency crew cleared the road around 4:30 p.m. Authorities are still investigating what caused this traffic accident to occur.

From the available information, it is not clear if the truck driver’s negligence or inattentiveness lead to this accident. Now the authorities need to find out what made the truck driver land on the roof of the car. Did he lose control of the vehicle? Was there any automobile malfunction or design issue which contributed or caused the auto accident to occur? Was the truck driver driving under influence of alcohol or drugs? If the driver is indeed found at fault, he may be held liable to cover the cost of medical treatment, hospitalization costs, lost wages, and other accident related damages.

The injured car driver should consult an experienced San Diego truck accident lawyer who could help him acquire fair compensation for his pain and damages suffered. We sincerely hope and pray that the injured victim did not suffer any life threatening injuries and that he recovers completely from his injuries.

Bicyclist Injured In Rancho Bernardo Hit And Run Car Accident

A bicyclist suffered serious injuries in a San Diego hit and run car accident that occurred on October 15, 2010, around 8:00 p.m. According to the San Diego Police, this auto accident occurred on Pomerado Road near the intersection with Caminito Vecinos.

San Diego Police Officer David Stafford said that the injured bicycle rider, a man in his 40s, was riding his bike when he was struck from behind by a car near. The bicyclist suffered a fractured vertebrae, along with several bruises and scrapes. Stafford said that the bicycle rider had a six pack of beer in his bag, had been drinking, and would not provide his personal information to the investigating officers..

The investigating police officers believe that the damaged pieces of the hit and run vehicle will provide some clue about the car and help them trace the owner. From the present facts, it is clear that the hit and run car driver struck the bicyclist, whether or not the bicyclist was impaired or driving carelessly. The bicyclist here has also 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.” This law applies regardless of whether you are operating a motor vehicle or a bicycle.

The investigating officers need to determine why this San Diego motor vehicle accident occurred. From the facts reported, it appears that both the driver and bicyclist share some responsibility for causing the traffic accident. First, the car driver by fleeing from the accident scene showed irresponsible behavior and if found guilty will be held liable, in part, for the cyclist’s injuries. Leaving the scene of an injury accident is a serious violation under California Vehicle Code 20001. The bicyclist, even if partially responsible for causing the accident, can seek compensation for the cost of medical treatment, hospitalization costs, and other accident-related damages. The degree to which the bicyclist is responsible for causing his own injuries will reduce his recovery through the legal theory of comparative negligence.

We recommend the injured cyclist seek assistance from an experienced Rancho Bernardo bicycle accident lawyer who could help him get a fair compensation for the injuries he suffered. We sincerely hope that the injured bicyclist did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and recovers From his injuries soon.

NHTSA Warns Motorists, Repair Shops to Avoid Counterfeit Airbags

After a San Diego car accident, your car may need repairs, including the replacement of the airbags if one or more them activated during the crash. However, not all airbags are created equal. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns car owners and repair shops to use only certified, original parts when replacing or fixing airbags – not generic or counterfeit parts that can cause greater harm.

Some counterfeit air bags look nearly identical to their genuine counterparts. In testing, however, the NHTSA found that the counterfeit versions did not work correctly in many cases. Some counterfeit airbags failed to activate at all, while others ejected pieces of metal shrapnel as they activated, which can cause serious injuries or even death. The NHTSA has not received any reports of actual deaths caused by these defective auto parts to date.

San Diego Auto Defect Lawyers

Automobile Defects Are Hard To Pinpoint, And You Might Not Realize There Is A Problem Until It Is Too Late.

When you buy a car, you expect to be able to depend on its safety and viability to get you from Point A to Point B and through life. However, when there is something wrong with its design or manufacture, that defect can cause serious problems for you and for those around you. These sorts of problems are hard to pinpoint, and you might not realize that there is a problem until it’s too late.

By federal law, automobiles must meet certain basic, minimum safety standards. In addition, automobile manufacturers are required to take reasonable precautions in the design and manufacture of their vehicles. However, big manufacturing car companies like Toyota or Ford sometimes fail to correctly check their cars for maximum safety. As a result, you end up stuck with a “lemon.”

Common Forms of Car Defects

Seatbelt injuries
Brake malfunction
Sudden/unintended acceleration
Tire defects
Airbag defects
Child car seat defects

Who Oversees Automobile Defects?

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the authority to require manufacturers to recall vehicles with safety-related defects or that do not meet safety standards.

That means that the defect (1) poses a risk to motor vehicle safety and (2) may exist in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture.

What if My Car has a Safety Defect?

It is unsafe to drive and the dealer has an obligation to attempt to fix it. If your car is still under the manufacturer’s warranty, there is no charge. If it is no longer under the warranty, you may have to pay out of pocket for the fix and submit the bill to the reimbursement once the recall has been issued.

How Do Defects Happen?

From the moment a car is designed, it has the potential of being subjected to errors that may make it unreliable. Design problems, manufacturing errors, inspection negligence, and repair mistakes may cause a vehicle to become unsafe.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed because of a flaw in your car, you need a specialist to examine the vehicle and check for problems. The San Diego product defect attorneys will conduct design tests and file a claim against the automaker to get you the money you need for your damages and for a safe, new vehicle. Call us to set up a free consultation.

Bicyclist Killed In Fatal Chino Hills Car Accident

27-year-old Omar Gomez was struck and killed in Chino Hills car wreck that occurred on October 12, 2011, around 9:46 a.m. on Carbon Canyon Road in Chino Hills. According to San Bernardino County Sheriff spokeswoman, Gomez was hit by a ’95 Acura driven by a 23-year-old male, who said that he looked away momentarily and then hit the biker.

Gomez suffered fatal injuries and was immediately transported to Chino Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:30 a.m.

The accident is under investigation, though alcohol and excessive speed were not contributing factors. It is clear that and the negligent actions of the Acura driver led to this fatal bicycle wreck. The driver has not been cited as of yet.

Meanwhile, the deceased bicyclist’s family members should seek counsel could from an experienced San Bernardino County bicycle accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options and would assure that the at-fault motorist is apprehended and brought to justice.

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

Pedestrian Killed in Fatal Victorville Car Accident

44-year-old James Emmett Weatherford IV was struck and killed in a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred on October 8, 2011, around 1:11 a.m. on Interstate 15 (I-15) near the Roy Rogers Drive. According to California Highway Patrol, Weatherford was trying to cross the freeway when he was struck by a red 2011 Ford Fusion.

The officers responding to this serious car accident pronounced Weatherford dead at the accident scene. The driver has not been cited as of yet as the accident is still under investigation.

From the available information, it appears that the car driver is responsible for this fatal pedestrian wreck. At this time, the deceased pedestrian’s family members should seek counsel could from an experienced San Bernardino County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options and would assure that the at-fault motorist is apprehended and brought to justice.

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

Big Rig & Bus Crash Closes Highway 12 In Sacramento County

A big rig versus bus accident closed Highway 12 on October 11, 2010, afternoon in Sacramento County. According to the California Highway Patrol, this fatal Sacramento interstate trucking accident involved two other vehicles: a bus and a Chevy Blazer SUV. Stockton CHP spokesman Angel Arceo said that this three vehicle accident occurred on State Route 12 just east of the Sacramento-San Joaquin County line and south of Isleton, approximately 400 miles from San Diego.

Arceo said that the big rig truck and a tractor trailer was traveling westbound when it encountered traffic, tried to slow down, and jackknifed. A transit bus carrying no passengers heading eastbound slammed into the big rig. The female drivers driving big rig and the transit bus suffered critical injuries and were transported to a nearby hospitals for treatment. The big rig truck driver was taken to John Muir hospital in the Bay Area, while the bus driver was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center.

The SUV involved in this truck accident, went down an embankment off the road, but fortunately no one suffered major injuries. This Sacramento truck accident forced closure of Highway 12 in both directions. The roadway reopened after 7:45 p.m.

This news report offers very few details about what caused this three vehicle crash. There are several unanswered questions here. Who caused the accident? Who was at fault? Did alcohol or drugs play a part? Was one of the drivers fatigued at the time of the crash? Was speed or distraction a factor? Was there an auto defect or mechanical malfunction that caused the driver to lose control?

Victims of negligent drivers often face considerable monetary adversities in addition to their physical injuries. In such cases like this one, the truck accident victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and other related damages.

It would be in the best interest of the injured victims to seek assistance from a truck accident attorney in Sacramento County.

We sincerely hope and pray that none of the injured victims sustain any life-threatening injuries.

SSDI Benefits: Increasing Dependence on Disability Will Exhaust Funds by 2016

The combination of increasing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries, fewer beneficiaries terminating their benefits, and a smaller workforce contributing into the fund through payroll taxes has taken a major toll on America’s disability insurance trust fund.

In 2011, the Trustee’s Report concluded that the disability insurance fund would be completely gone by 2018. In April 2012, just one year later, the Trustee’s Report concluded that the fund would be exhausted by 2016. If we keep going at that rate, next year we can speculate that the funds may be exhausted by 2014!

Young Child Struck In Corona Car Accident

An unidentified 10-year-old girl suffered serious injuries in Corona pedestrian accident that occurred on September 30, 2011, around 7:30 a.m. in Corona. According to Corona fire Battalion Chief Mike Porter, the child was crossing Sixth Street at Main Street in the crosswalk when an eastbound vehicle struck her.

The girl suffered serious injuries and was immediately transported to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment from where she was later moved to Loma Linda University Medical Center. It appears that the car driver’s recklessness led to this serious crash. The driver did not stop after hitting the child and instead, fled the scene.

The injured victim’s parents should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County hit-and-run car accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options and assure that the at-fault car driver is brought to justice. The injured pedestrian’s parents can also file a personal injury claim against the motorist to obtain a timely compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes and prays that the injuries suffered by the young girl do not prove life-threatening and heal soon.

What are My Employer’s Duties Regarding Workplace Safety?

In California, workplace safety in most places of employment is regulated by Cal/OSHA, the government agency responsible for enforcing health and safety regulations. When Cal/OSHA regulations are violated, workers can file reports with the agency that will trigger an investigation and correction, if necessary. These reports can be filed anonymously: although Cal/OSHA will know which worker filed the report, the worker can request that their name be kept confidential from the employer.

Under requirements established by Cal/OSHA, employers have certain responsibilities toward their workers. These include:

  • Making employees aware of their rights and responsibilities under Cal/OSHA rules
  • Creating and using an effective written illness and injury prevention program for employees
  • Staying aware of the hazards each employee faces on the job and training each employee to safely approach specific job hazards
  • Correcting any hazardous conditions that may result in serious injuries to employees
  • Never allowing employees to do work that violates Cal/OSHA rules
  • Never allowing employees to be exposed to hazardous substances or conditions without proper protective equipment, tools, or training
  • Never allowing untrained employees to do hazardous work

Employees have the right to point out Cal/OSHA violations and to refuse to do any work that would expose them to a hazardous situation in violation of these regulations. If your workplace is investigated by a Cal/OSHA investigator, you have the right to point out dangerous conditions to the investigator.

If you’ve been injured on the job, don’t wait: call the skilled San Diego personal injury attorneys for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Woman Dies In Linda Vista Pedestrian Accident

57-year-old Tina Vang was struck and killed in a San Diego car crash that occurred on June 18, 2011, around 9:50 p.m. in the 7700 block of Linda Vista Road. According to San Diego Police Officer David Stafford, Vang was crossing the street to her car when she was struck by a Chevrolet Impala traveling southbound on Linda Vista Road.

Vang was immediately transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, where she was later pronounced dead. An investigation is on to determine the exact cause of the accident. It would be interesting for the investigating officers to determine whether the motorist was speeding, distracted, driving under the influence of drugs, or was talking on the phone.

If it is found that the motorist was speeding or driving negligently, then he may be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. The victim’s family members should consult with a San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer who would assure that the at-fault party is held liable and brought to justice. Vang’s family members may be eligible to obtain compensation 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 Vang for such a heart rendering loss.

North Park Bicycle Accident Causes Head Injuries

An unidentified 25-year-old cyclist suffered serious injuries when he was struck by an open car door on September 28, 2011, around 7 p.m. outside 2800 University Ave. According to the San Diego police Officer David Stafford, the bicyclist was riding westbound on University Avenue when a 35-year-old man opened the door of his parked Dodge, knocking the cyclist to the ground.

The biker suffered serious head injuries and was immediately transported to a local trauma center. Based on this news report, it is clear that the car driver’s negligence contributed to this serious bicycle wreck. This is the most basic sense that one exercises when the opening door of cars parked on a road. The car driver should have acted cautiously and looked in both directions before opening his door.

As this time, the injured bicyclist should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Diego County bicycle accident lawyer who would educate him about his legal rights and assure that the at-fault motorist is brought to justice. The injured bicyclist can file a personal injury claim against the motorist to obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs.

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

Bicyclist Killed In Los Angeles Hit And Run Car Accident

A teenager was killed in a Los Angeles County bicycle accident that was caused by a man driving under the influence of alcohol on October 2, 2010, around 2:11 a.m. The teen boy was riding his bike when a 2007 Saturn driven by Shawn Fields, 26, struck him. This car accident occurred at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Chamberlain Street in Pacoima, approximately 100 miles north of San Diego in the San Fernando Valley.

The teenaged boy was thrown off his bike across the intersection. Fields fled from the accident scene but were later tracked down by the authorities with the assistance of witnesses. The injured bicyclist was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. According to officials, Fields was driving under the influence at the time. That could have been the reason why he fled from the accident scene without even stopping to help the injured teenager, who was lying in the middle of an intersection. Fields, if found guilty, will definitely be held accountable both, criminally and civilly for his unkind, selfish, and negligent actions.

Fields, in this case, violated one major law. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”

The family of a victim killed in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing is advised to seek the guidance of an experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer, who will make sure that the family’s legal are protected. The family in such a situation could file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship and other related damages.

We offer our deepest condolences family and friends of the fatally injured teenager who lost his life in this bicycle accident.

Chula Vista Pedestrian Accident Injures Partygoer

One person suffered serious injuries when he was struck by Juan Zermano, 23, with his car outside a party in Chula Vista around 1 a.m. on October 3, 2010. According to the Chula Vista Police, Zermano was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving and assault with a deadly weapon. This Chula Vista pedestrian accident occurred near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Moss Street in Chula Vista, a city in South San Diego County.

Chula Vista police Lt. Fritz Reber said that a 16-year-old boy, who was part of an argument, called his brother, Zermano, to pick him up. Zermano picked up his brother and others and drove away from the argument. He then made a sudden U-turn, drove up on the curb, and struck the victim badly.

The injured victim was taken to UCSD Medical Center for treatment from where he was released after two hours. If Zermano is determined to have been at fault in this case, then he could face not only criminal DUI charges and charges of assault with a deadly weapon (using his truck as a tool to attack and strike the victim), but could also be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages he caused. The injured victim could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other related damages. In addition, if the accident was deemed intentional, then the injured victim might be entitled to punitive damages from Zermano.

We sincerely hope and pray that the injured victim did not suffer any catastrophic injuries and recovers to his health soon.

Porterville Man Suffers Injuries In A Strathmore Car Accident

Joshua Plunk, 32, from Porterville sustained major injuries in a Strathmore car accident that occurred on September 27, 2010, around 6:40 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol, this auto accident occurred when a 2007 Honda Accord collided with the 2004 Ford F-250 which Plunk was driving east of Strathmore, approximately 200 miles north of San Diego.

Plunk was driving his pickup truck eastbound on Avenue 196 when a westbound Accord driven by Dustin Reed, 24, initiated a left hand turn into the path of the pickup truck at Road 256. Plunk suffered major injuries in this car accident and was transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia for treatment. Two other passengers in the pickup truck, Danny Delussa, 38, and Rhett Mason, 29, sustained minor injuries in this car accident.

The Accord driver, Reed, fortunately, escaped unhurt. This traffic collision appears to be caused by an unsafe left-turn initiated by Reed, who failed to yield to the right-of-way to Plunk’s Ford truck. The law that applies to left turns is stated in California Vehicle Code Section 21801: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”

In such situations where another driver is likely responsible for a car accident resulting in major injury to another vehicle’s occupant, the injured victim would be well-advised to speak with an experienced Visalia car accident lawyer about the accident and the victim’s legal rights. An auto accident attorney can help victim acquire compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other accident-related expenses.

We sincerely hope and pray that Plunk, Danny Delussa, and Rhett Mason recover completely from their injuries.