Carlsbad Auto Accident Pins Woman Between Two Cars

An elderly woman sustained serious injuries when she was pinned between two cars in a driveway on September 19, 2010, around 1:15 p.m. The injured victim was helping another elderly woman back out of her driveway near the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and Celinda Drive in Carlsbad when this auto accident occurred.

The injured woman became trapped between two cars and suffered serious injuries to her head and torso. At present, it seems that the inattentiveness of another elderly woman driving along the street might have lead to this car crash. Under California Vehicle Code § 21901, drivers cannot disregard pedestrians standing or walking in roadways. They must avoid an accident by stopping or turning out of harm’s way. If it is found that the woman driving her car along the street was at fault, after the Carlsbad Police perform their initial investigation, then they might be held liable for the injuries the woman standing in the street suffered. She might also be held liable to pay compensation to the injured woman for her medical costs and pain that she suffered.

We hope that the woman injured in this traffic collision recovers fully from her injuries and that no long term damage has been suffered. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her.

Lake Elsinore Man Killed in Fatal Hit-And-Run Pickup Truck Crash

49-year-old John Cameron was killed in a serious hit-and-run truck accident that occurred on September 16, 2011, around 8 p.m. at Grand Avenue and Blackwell Blvd in the unincorporated area of Lakeland Village. According to Riverside County Coroner’s office, a truck described by witnesses as a Ford F-250 traveling north struck Cameron and fled from the accident scene.

Cameron suffered life-threatening injuries and was immediately transported to Inland Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 8:45 p.m. Based on the limited information provided in the news accounts, the family of the deceased may be eligible for compensation. Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious violation under California law. California Vehicle Code 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.”

At this time, the deceased’s family members should seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County hit-and-run pedestrian accident lawyer who would help them learn about their legal rights and options and obtain compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of anticipated wages, loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.

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

Toddler Injured by Falling Television in San Marcos

A toddler was injured by a falling television on September 19 around 1:45 p.m. in North San Diego County. According to a NorthComm dispatcher, this accident took place in 500 block of Autumn Drive in the San Marcos area.

Medics responding to this serious child injury accident immediately airlifted the toddler to a trauma center to receive immediate medical attention. Our personal injury law office prays that the young child recovers from his injuries soon.

In every child injury case, initial investigation should be focused to determine whether the injured child’s heedlessness contributed to the accident. A detailed investigation will help officers to determine the exact cause of the accident. No matter what caused this accident, the biggest concern for everyone should be getting the child medical treatment as soon as possible.

Riverside County Motorcycle Accident Injures Rider

An unidentified motorcyclist sustained serious injuries when he lost control of his motorcycle and went down a road near Aguanga in Riverside County, approximately 88 miles from San Diego. This motorcycle accident occurred on Sage Road on September 6, 2010, around 2:30 p.m. According to California Highway Patrol officers, the motorcyclist apparently lost control and skidded off the right shoulder of the road.

The injured motorcyclist declined to go to a nearby hospital for treatment. His crumbled bike was later towed away to clear the road. California Highway Patrol officers are investigating the cause of this motorcycle accident.

If this traffic accident occurred due to the bad condition of the road or any mechanical failure, then the injured biker needs to know his legal rights from an aggressive Riverside County motorcycle accident attorney. The injured victim is eligible for compensation to cover his medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering, if this accident was not his fault.

Corona Freight Train Accident Injures Pedestrian

A young woman believed to be in her early 20s suffered serious injuries in a train accident that occurred on September 14, 2011, around 3:38 a.m. northwest of Magnolia Avenue and Neece Street in Corona. According to Sgt. Adam Roulston, the pedestrian suffered bumps, bruises, and a four-inch gash on one leg and was immediately transported to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment.

There is limited information about the accident and there is a possibility that the train driver may be responsible for the accident. Did he ignore a signal? Was he distracted and did not notice the pedestrian? The injured woman should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate her about her legal rights and options and assure that the at-fault train driver is brought to justice.

As for now, the injured pedestrian can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault train driver to obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital 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 pedestrian heal soon.

Car Runs Into San Bernardino Home

A 71-year old woman and her 43-year old son suffered serious injuries when a Nissan Titan veered into their home on September 14, 2010, around 1:40 a.m. According to California Highway Patrol officers, the pickup truck crashed through the bedroom and living room of the victim’s home in Victorville, located approximately 100 miles from San Diego in San Bernardino County.

Fortunately, six to seven people sleeping upstairs escaped unhurt. The pickup truck driver, though, suffered minor injuries in this truck accident. The Fire Department crew that responded to the accident scene shored up the house to prevent it from collapsing. Hopefully it will not be “red-tagged” as uninhabitable and torn down.

From the present facts it appears that the negligence and inattentiveness of the truck driver caused this accident. Investigating officers need to find out whether the truck driver was driving under influence—which he most likely was given the nature of this auto accident and the time of day–or was distracted. If it is found that the truck driver was negligent, then he will be responsible to pay compensation to the injured victims for medical costs, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and the damage done to their house.

Poway Pedestrian Hit by Pickup, Critically Injured

A 36-year-old Poway woman suffered serious injuries in a truck wreck that occurred on September 13, 2011, around 11 a.m. on Valle Verde Road at Dorset Way in Poway. According to Sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Vengler, the woman was walking her dog when a small pickup truck veered into her path.

The pickup driver, a 58-year-old Poway man, was going north on Valle Verde Road and lost control of the vehicle. The truck hit a street sign at the intersection and dislodged it. The pedestrian suffered several injuries, including a serious head injury, and was immediately transported to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido to receive medical treatment.

The injured woman should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Diego County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate her about her legal rights and options and assure that the at-fault motorist is brought to justice. A detailed investigation into the exact cause of the truck accident is underway.

As for now, the injured pedestrian can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault pickup driver to obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital 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 pedestrian heal soon.

Pedestrian Struck in Victorville Train Accident

An unidentified 32-year-old man was struck by a BNSF train on September 8, 2011, around 7:41 a.m. near Bear Valley and Ridgecrest Roads, less than a mile west of Victor Valley Community College. According to San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials, the pedestrian suffered major injuries.

The injured pedestrian was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center to receive treatment for the injuries suffered. 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 that he did not notice the pedestrian? Or was it the man who failed to observe safety signals? Was he unable to calculate the distance between him and the approaching train? If negligent operation by the train conductor caused this train accident, then he could be held financially responsible for the injuries caused to the pedestrian. Investigating officers need to determine what led to this serious pedestrian wreck and who is at fault.

The injured victim should seek counsel with an experienced San Bernardino County pedestrian accident lawyer to obtain compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other related damages.

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

When Using Mechanical Equipment, Pay Attention to Amputation Injury Risks

Amputation injuries involve the removal of a body part, limb, or digit. These injuries are more common in some settings than others. For instance, workers and others who use mechanical or powered equipment face an increased risk of amputation injuries, according to studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides a number of guidelines for using mechanical equipment in the workplace, but amputation injuries may happen in a home workshop as well.

The United States has about 151,000 mechanical press operators, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). About 20,000 amputation injuries are suffered nationwide each year, and about 2,000 of these, or 10 percent, are suffered by mechanical press operators. These workplace accident include both amputations that are directly caused by equipment and amputations that must be performed medically when a limb is not but is injured too badly to save.

Rialto Hit-And-Run Car Wreck Kills Young Skateboarder

13-year-old Jonathan Olagues was killed in a Rialto hit-and-run car crash that occurred on September 4, 2011, night in the 400 block of Home Street in Rialto. According to the investigating officers, the boy was riding a skateboard eastbound in the street when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle.

The motorist who struck Olagues fled from the accident scene. Unfortunately, the skateboarder suffered critical injuries and paramedics pronounced him dead at the accident scene.

It is indeed an unfortunate thing that due to a negligent driver, a young child lost his life. Investigating officers need to find out whether the motorist was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or was speeding. Anyone of these could have well been the reason why the motorist fled the scene without even stopping to help a critically injured teenager, who was lying in the street, exposed to further danger.

The motorist, if found guilty, should definitely be held accountable both criminally and civilly for his cruel, selfish, and negligent actions. The driver in this case violated the law the California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) which 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.”

Olagues’ family members would be well advised to seek the guidance of an experienced San Bernardino County hit-and-run auto accident lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that the family’s legal rights and best interests are protected. The deceased’s family members can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault motorist to obtain compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of anticipated earnings, loss of love and care, and other accident-related damages.

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

Baby Killed In Huntington Beach Car Accident

A 31-year old woman along with her 11-year old daughter, and her 3-month old daughter, Ruby Gould, were struck by a car while trying to cross a marked crosswalk in Huntington Beach. This fatal pedestrian accident occurred on September 7, 2010, at the intersection of Croupier Drive and Springdale Street, approximately 91 miles from San Diego in Orange County.

According to Huntington Beach Police, a Toyota Tundra that stopped to let the pedestrians cross the street was rear-ended by a speeding Chevy Tahoe that failed to stop at the intersection.

The force of the traffic collision pushed the Tundra into the crosswalk, striking the three pedestrians. Unfortunately, Ruby was killed, while the mother and young girl sustained severe injuries. The boy who was walking along with the group escaped unhurt. The investigation of this car accident is pending.

Based on the present facts, the Chevy Tahoe driver will probably be found at fault for failing to stop at the intersection and provide the right of the way to the pedestrians as required by California Vehicle Code Section 21950. This California law holds that drivers must give the right of way to pedestrians in marked crosswalks and at an intersection. Violation of this law may entitle the injured woman for compensation to cover the cost of funeral arrangements for Ruby, cost of hospitalization and treatment of injuries, and other related damages.

We express our sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved the toddler for such a tragic loss. There is nothing as tragic as the loss of a child. It is just too painful to imagine. We also sincerely hope and pray that the injured victims are able to recover to their complete health soon.

NHTSA Extends “Smart Car” Testing Another Six Months

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently extended a testing program for self-driving cars. The program was initiated in August 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the collection of data on the safety of these vehicles and their systems. Many skilled San Diego personal injury attorneys have followed the testing closely, since the technology offers both benefits and concerns when it comes to driver safety.

Although the testing has been extended, the NHTSA said it has no plans to extend its decision-making when it comes to allowing self-driving technology. By the end of 2013, the agency plans to use the test results to decide whether the agency will encourage development of self-driving vehicles, demand additional research into their safety and efficacy, or both.

The purpose of the extended testing is to examine how the technology works on motorcycles and how data is transmitted between vehicles and local structures, according to researchers. These findings should help the NHTSA make a decision on whether to pursue self-driving technology in heavy vehicles like commercial trucks and buses.

One major focus of the testing is to examine whether self-driving vehicles perform better than human drivers when it comes to avoiding crashes. The test uses more than 2,800 cars, buses, and trucks, which can “talk” to one another wirelessly. They can also “talk” to traffic lights, intersections, curves, and other road sites. By transmitting data to one another, the cars “learn” one another’s position, speed, and direction, which allow their onboard computers to predict travel paths and, if necessary, avoid crashes.

How to Keep Kids Safer on Bikes

Children all over San Diego are headed back to school this month, and many kids will make their way to and from school on their bicycles. Bicycling is a great way to get needed exercise while also enjoying the crisp fall weather.

Whether your child is just learning to ride or has been bicycling for many years, you can help kids stay safer on their bicycles by following these safety tips, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • Always wear a helmet. Helmets play a key role in preventing or reducing the severity of accident injuries. Choose a bike helmet for each child that fits properly and has not been damaged by a previous crash or other force.
  • Adjust the bicycle to fit the child. When the child stands over the bike, there should be one to two inches between the child’s body and the top bar of the frame for a standard bicycle and three to four inches for a mountain bike. The seat should be level front to back, and the seat height should be adjusted so there is a slight bend at the knee when the child pushes the pedal to its lowest point.
  • Dress to be seen. A brightly-colored vest or jacket with reflective strips will help motorists see kids on bicycles more easily, reducing the chances of a crash. Remind children that just because they can see a car does not mean the driver of the car can see them.

If you or someone you love is hurt in a bike crash, don’t wait: call the focused San Diego bicycle accident attorneys for a free and confidential consultation.

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.

San Diego Bicyclist Dies on North Torrey Pines Road

An elderly man cycling in San Diego County died last week while out on his ride. His identity had not yet been released, but he was known to have been riding his bicycle south along North Torrey Pines Road when he died, and had apparently experienced a medical problem, which was to blame for his death, according to San Diego Police Department officers who reported on the matter.

Police had received a call around 10:45 a.m. the day of the accident last week about a solo bicycle accident along North Torrey Pines Road just north of Callan Road, and found the man alone and on the pavement when they arrived. The official cause of death is still pending an autopsy to be conducted by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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

San Diego City Council Takes on Pedicab Accidents and Injuries

The highly publicized death of a San Diego tourist by a pedicab driver last month has given way to new regulations being put in place on pedicab drivers by the San Diego City Council, who met on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, to re-regulate many of the rules.

The council approved a long list of changes that they find will help to improve safety as well as protect the customers. The Council also was adamant that they were not done with the regulations, and would be making more as they continued to research and find what was best to improve the entire oversight.

New regulations will cap the number of pedicabs allowed to operate in high-traffic zones and will require drivers to display fares in a prominent location. It will also ban the three-wheeled bikes from sidewalks and streets with speed limits of more than 25 mph, unless they safely use a bicycle lane. They will no longer be allowed to take up metered parking space and must carry proof of insurance and require their passengers to wear seat belts. All regulations will be taking effect in 30 days.

Many pedicab owners are very upset about the new laws, as it is projected to hurt their business by having to cut their workers by as much as 60 percent. Currently, 430 pedicabs are legally registered to operate in San Diego, and 817 people have received operator permits to drive the pedicabs within the past year. You can read more about the San Diego City Council’s hearing and proposed new laws to regulate pedicab safety in this SignOnSanDiego.com story.

If you or anyone you know has ever been injured or killed in a San Diego pedicab accident, please contact San Diego personal injury lawyer and the San Diego injury attorneys.

San Diego Boy Hospitalized After San Marcos Scooter Crash

A 12-year-old San Diego County boy ran a stop sign while riding a scooter, which resulted in a minivan vs. scooter accident in San Marcos, producing devastating results. A sheriff’s deputy reported that the boy was airlifted to San Diego’s Rady’s Children’s Hospital for treatment.

The boy had been riding the popular Razor scooter along with two other boys on Pommel Way southbound at 7:45 p.m. on July 25, 2009, when they went through a stop sign at Palomarcos Avenue, and he collided with a minivan that was crossing through the intersection at the time. The driver of the minivan had attempted to avoid collision, swerving and successfully missing the first two boys, but struck the third, inducing a serious head injury and possible traumatic brain injury (TBI) to him.

Father of Chula Vista Girl May Face Charges in San Diego Trolley Accident

Earlier this week, we posted a story about this fatal San Diego trolley accident in Chula Vista where 4 year-old Veronica Ramirez was killed. She had been riding on a bicycle with her father when they approached the trolley crossing at L Street. According to witnesses, the guard arms were down and the warning lights were flashing when Veronica’s father decided to ride around the guard arms in front of the oncoming trolley.

It wasn’t a contest.

Veronica was airlifted to Rady’s Children’s Hospital in Kearny Mesa to treat her ultimately fatal traumatic brain injury (TBI) and head injury. Her father was taken via ambulance to treat a fractured pelvis.

San Diego Border Patrol Agent Shot in Chula Vista Attack

Last Friday, federal investigators were on a mad hunt to find the suspect involved in the shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was shot in the head in Chula Vista. Unfortunately, the suspect has left only a confusing trail of evidence.

Agent Robert Rosas, a 30-year-old married father of two was killed around 9 p.m. last Thursday when responding alone to a suspected border incursion near Campo, a town in rural, arid terrain in southeastern San Diego County. He was shot in the head and in the body and was dead by the time backup agents arrived, according to Keith Slotter, a special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego bureau.

Orange County Jury Awards Injured Construction Supervisor $4.7 Million After Being Struck by Commercial Truck

Orange County Jury Awards Injured Worker $4.7 Million After Being Hit by Commercial Truck

On July 28, 2009, an Orange County jury awarded a severely injured construction supervisor $4.7 million after he was struck by a commercial truck while supervising the installation of a natural gas pipeline in Orange County. The 36 year old man was left with severe injuries that made him disabled and restricted his physical abilities.

The underlying commercial truck accident occurred on December 8, 2006, while the plaintiff was supervising the installation of a natural gas pipeline when he was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by an employee of the defendant making a lunch delivery. The defendant was a franchisee of three El Pollo Loco restaurants. The defendant driver had pulled from a stop sign into the intersection in front of an approaching Toyota 4-Runner. Neither driver saw the other before the collision. After both vehicles struck each other, the Chevy was propelled into the plaintiff, causing severe injury, including a shear fracture of the pelvis and a massive injury to the left shoulder. Total medical care costs exceeded $405,000 and the plaintiff lost $63,000 in income. He underwent three surgeries to stabilize his pelvis and beat two separate bouts of MERSA following the surgeries.

As a result of the accident, the plaintiff was forced to give up his field supervisor position in favor of a sedentary job as an estimator for underground construction. There was no claim for future medical care since the experts on both sides agreed that no medical treatment would improve the plaintiff’s condition. The medical evidence was also largely undisputed. The plaintiff was relegated to a largely sedentary lifestyle following the auto accident. He could not lift over 20 pounds, had difficulty walking over half a mile, and could not sit or stand for prolonged periods. Prior to the car accident, plaintiff was in excellent health and had a very active lifestyle with his wife and two children.

The defendant driver pointed the finger at the driver of the 4-Runner and did not take responsibility for his own role in the accident.

After a jury trial, the jury rejected the argument that the driver of the 4-Runner was negligent and concluded that it was not reasonable for him to anticipate that the driver of the Chevy would enter the intersection when it was unsafe. The jury awarded over $405,000 for past medical costs, past wage loss of over $63,000, past “pain and suffering” of $2,000,000, and future “pain and suffering” of $2,250,000 for the remaining 40 years of plaintiff’s life.

Congratulations to the plaintiff on receiving a fantastic and well-deserved victory. We wish him and his family the best in the future.

Valley Center Man Killed in San Diego County Bicycle Accident

On July 21, 2009, a bicyclist was fatally injured on a rural road in North San Diego County when the bike he was riding was struck by a pickup truck.

The victim, Angel Guadalupe Galvez, 37, had been cycling southbound along Cole Grade Road in Valley Center as the 1992 Chevrolet pickup approached from behind, around 8:15 a.m. according to California Highway Patrol. As the driver tried to pass Galvez just by Fruitvale Road, the struck intercepted the bicycle. Medics that had arrived on the scene took Galvez to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, where Galvez, a Valley Center resident, was pronounced dead a short time later.

4 Year Old Killed, Father Injured, After Bicycle Hit by Trolley

A 4 year-old girl, identified as Veronica Ramirez, was killed and her 34 year-old father injured when the bicycle they were riding was struck by a San Diego trolley in Chula Vista on July 26, 2009.

The Chula Vista bicycle accident occurred on westbound L Street near Industrial Boulevard. According to witnesses, the trolley signals were already activated and the barriers were lowered when the young man attempted to cross the tracks as the trolley approached. The trolley struck the bicyclists, sending them flying about 40 feet.

The young girl was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital but died a short time later from her head injury. Her father was taken to UCSD Medical Center with a broken hip and internal injuries.

San Diego Families May Be Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits

Disabled Californians who qualify may receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits from the federal Social Security Administration (SSA) may also find that their family members qualify for benefit payments in certain circumstances. However, the total amount of benefits family members can receive due to another family member’s disability are typically capped.

Benefits may be available to certain family members, including:

  • Spouse: Your spouse may be able to receive benefits once he or she reaches age 62, or if he or she is caring for your child under age 16, or your disabled child of any age.
  • Former spouse: A former spouse may qualify for benefits based on your work record if you were married at least 10 years, the former spouse is at least 62 years old, and the former spouse is unmarried and does not qualify for benefits on his or her own work record.
  • Children: Children, stepchildren, and adopted children may qualify for benefits under your name if they are under age 18, under age 20 and in college, and unmarried.
  • Disabled children or adult children: Children who are disabled before age 22 may qualify for benefits under their own name, regardless of whether they became disabled before or after they reached legal adulthood. Before age 22, a young person does not need to have a work record in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance.

Our experienced San Diego disability attorneys can help you and your family get the disability benefits you need. Contact us today for a free, confidential case evaluation.

El Cajon Hit-and-Run Leaves Bicyclist in Hospital

A hit-and-run accident in El Cajon recently sent an injured bicyclist to the hospital and police on a search for the driver involved in the accident, according to a recent article from UT San Diego.

The bicyclist had just left a house on Sumner Avenue when he tried to cross the street at the Oro Street intersection. According to witnesses, the driver of a car traveling down Sumner Avenue did not stop in time to avoid hitting the bicyclist.

The man was knocked off the bicycle and onto the side of the road. Witnesses reported that another person got out of the passenger seat of the vehicle and checked on the bicyclist briefly before getting back in the car and leaving. The driver was not seen getting out of the car.

The injured bicyclist was taken to a local hospital for treatment of traumatic brain injuries and fractured ribs. Investigators did not say whether or not the bicyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the California bicycle accident. Traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent disabilities, including difficulties with memory, concentration, communication, learning disabilities, and chronic head pain, balance problems, or difficulty with motor skills. Fractured bones, such as broken ribs, can also cause long-term health problems that need ongoing care.

If you’ve been injured due to a hit-and-run driver, you don’t have to fight for compensation alone. A knowledgeable El Cajon hit-and-run accident victim lawyer can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Man Injured After Attack at San Diego House Party

A San Diego house party on July 18, 2009, turned dangerous when a man in attendance there was knocked unconscious before he left in the early morning hours, according to police. The Rancho Bernardo assault occurred around 5 a.m. when the assailant insulted the victim’s girlfriend at the party that was held on Grassy Trail Drive.

After the insult, the girlfriend threw her drink on the man and he pushed her. The woman’s boyfriend then grabbed the assailant and told him to leave immediately. Although the man left with his friends, they waited outside for the couple to leave. When they did leave, the attacker reportedly punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground. The assailant did not stop there, however, as he stomped on the man’s face and then fled. The man had to be taken to the hospital by his friends for serious injuries, although they were not believed to be life-threatening. You can read more about this San Diego assault and battery in this SignOnSanDiego.com story.

If you or anyone you know has ever been injured or killed in a San Diego private property injury please contact San Diego personal injury lawyer and the San Diego injury attorneys.

San Diego MTS Worker Shot on the Job

A San Diego Metropolitan Transit System security officer was reported to be in stable condition in the hospital following a shooting attack on his life when he was shot twice while at the Grossmont Trolley Station in La Mesa late July 18, 2009.

The shooting happened at 10:15 p.m. when an unidentified man shot the worker with a semiautomatic pistol, and then took the gun and two spare magazines from the officer’s belt. The attacker was not found even though a search was conducted with both police dogs and a helicopter. Trolley services at the station were suspended until 3:40 a.m. the following day for the police investigation. Riders were instead transported by bus. MTS officials report that security has been enhanced as a direct result of the incident.

Study Shows Driving While Texting More Dangerous than DUI

The results of a study conducted by the Automobile Association of America has shown that driving while texting (DWT) increases the likelihood of being involved in a car accident by a staggering 50 percent. A similar study also showed that DWT was considerably more dangerous than driving while under the influence (DUI).

One of the studies simulated driving with a light turning red on the dashboard to show a car stopping suddenly in front. Results showed that it took longer and required a much greater distance for a DWT driver to stop than a DUI driver. According to this particular scenario, texting is significantly worse than being drunk when operating a motorcycle or motor vehicle.

While the rate of auto accident deaths due to DWTs increases, researchers at the University of Utah have developed a device they named Key2SafeDriving which blocks all cell phones in a car that has its ignition turned on. This program would allow calls to 911 and other special numbers the override the disarming. DWTs is a significant problem not only on freeways and streets but on train and trolley tracks as well. Recently in Southern California, a commuter train engineer ran a red light while texting and caused a train crash that killed 25 people and injured 130 others.

Desert Hot Springs Bike Accident Leaves Child Injured By Car

A 4-year-old child was seriously struck and injured in a Desert Hot Springs car accident on July 14, 2011, around 8:49 p.m. at Palm Drive and Dillon Road. According to Riverside County Fire Department officials, the kid was riding his bicycle when a motorist struck him at an intersection.

This news report offers very few details about what caused this injury crash. There are several questions here. Was the motorist speeding? Was he distracted or fatigued? Did alcohol or drugs play a part? Where were the parents of the child at this time? We trust that the investigating officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine how or why this car collision occurred.

The injured child’s parents should seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County bicycle accident lawyer to know about their legal rights and obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs. A child injury lawyer would assure that the at-fault car driver is apprehended and brought to justice.

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

Understanding the True Danger of California Vehicle Fires

Car accidents in southern California are a well-known source of injuries, but a fire caused by an accident or a defect in the vehicle’s design or manufacture can also cause serious harm or death. One way to help protect yourself and your family from the risks of vehicle fires is to be informed about the risks.

California vehicle fires account for one in every six fires in the state, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. However, this number does not count the thousands of car accidents fire departments respond to even when no fire occurs. Defective parts, maintenance, or repairs are the most common cause of U.S. vehicle fires, along with other types of accidental fires.

The majority of highway vehicle fires – 84 percent – start in passenger vehicles, like cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs. Of these, 62 percent start in the vehicle’s engine. About one-third of engine fires end up killing at least one person in the vehicle.

Vehicle fires are more likely to cause a death when they are the result of a crash. In 57 percent of car accidents that caused a vehicle fire, at least one person suffered fatal injuries in the U.S., according to the Fire Administration.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a fire in a motor vehicle, the knowledgeable San Diego burn injury attorneys can help you find out exactly what happened and hold any negligent parties responsible. For a free case evaluation, call our office today.

San Diego County Hit-and-Run Claims Bicyclist’s Life

A hit-and-run accident in San Diego County recently left one bicyclist with fatal injuries, according to an article in The Sacramento Bee.

The bicyclist, an 18-year-old man from Escondido, was riding in Rancho Santa Fe when he was struck by a truck driven by a 19-year-old student from Del Mar. The impact damaged the truck’s headlight and tire. According to investigators, the driver of the pickup truck pulled over after the accident to adjust pieces of the broken headlight and to pull strips of rubber off the damaged tire. He then drove home on what remained of the tire, leaving the severely injured bicyclist behind.

According to the Bee, prosecutors in San Diego County are proceeding on criminal charges against the truck’s driver. California’s criminal courts have the power to handle hit-and-run cases, but an additional suit can also be pursued in civil court in order to compensate an injured person or that person’s family directly after a hit-and-run accident. While the county prosecutor makes the decision to pursue a criminal case, an injured person or his or her family makes the decision whether or not to pursue a civil one.

Bicyclists have the same legal rights to use the road as motor vehicles, but their greater exposure means they are more likely to suffer serious injuries if a crash occurs. An experienced southern California bicycle accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you need, so you can focus on getting well. For a free consultation, call us today.

Fatal San Diego Car Accident Kills Motel Worker

An unidentified 60-year-old motel worker in El Cajon was struck and killed in a serious car accident that occurred on July 14, 2011, around 1 p.m. at the Villa Embasadora on 1556 E. Main Street. According to authorities, a 75-year-old female motorist accidentally pressed on her gas pedal by mistake, plowing into a motel maid and pinning her against a wall.

Authorities responding to this auto accident pronounced the victim dead at the accident scene. The elderly car driver was in the parking lot when she stepped on the accelerator instead of the break and killed the maid.

From the available information, it is evident that the negligent actions of the motorist led to this serious crash that claimed one life. The driver, as well as possibly the motel, may be held responsible for the maid’s wrongful death. The family of a deceased car crash victim can file a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.

An experienced San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer will be able to better advise the victim’s family about their legal rights and obtain suitable compensation as well.

Alcohol Use a Common Cause of California Boating Accidents

Boating and alcohol use can be a deadly combination. According to the California Department of Boating and Waterways, 25 percent of all boating-related deaths involve alcohol use. Having a sober driver for your boat is every bit as important as having a sober driver for your car – and if you choose to drink and boat, the stakes are just as high.

Although the legal limit for being under the influence of alcohol is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, studies show that a person’s ability to operate a boat safely may be impaired at as low as 0.35%. Just one drink can raise your BAC to this level, or even higher if your body weight is quite low. It takes about one hour per drink to sober up, or longer if you have a slow metabolism.

At a BAC of 0.35%, a person’s judgment and coordination become impaired. Judgment and coordination are two essential requirements for operating a boat safely. You must be able to determine where obstacles, docks, and other boats are, and pilot the boat so that it avoids colliding with any of these things. Impaired judgment makes the first one difficult, and impaired coordination makes the second one more difficult.

Unfortunately, even if you choose to boat sober, you can’t control the decisions of other boaters who can cause an accident. If you’re injured in a California boating accident this summer, the experienced California boating injury attorneys can help. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.