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Vehicle AccidentMonica Castorena, 29, was killed in a Mission Viejo motorcycle accident early morning on July 25, 2015.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash between a Toyota Prius and a Kawasaki motorcycle occurred at the intersection of Alicia Parkway and Olympia Road.

Police say the motorcyclist was pronounced dead and the driver of the Toyota Prius was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No details were available regarding the Continue reading →

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Embassy Suites AccidentStephanie Martinez, 3, of Las Vegas, fell five stories to her death at an Anaheim hotel while on a Disneyland vacation with her family.

The incident occurred the evening of July 20, 2015 at the Embassy Suites in the 3100 block of East Frontera Street.

Police say the girl either squeezed through the bars of the railing at the hotel or climbed over it and fell from a fifth-story walkway.

Officials said Stephanie’s family was staying at the hotel and some of the family was Continue reading →

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Charter Bus AccidentA California state lawmaker has proposed sweeping bus safety reforms recommended by federal officials who investigated a fiery bus crash in Northern California that killed eight people including five Los Angeles area high school students who were on a college tour.

According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, Senator Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens, has introduced legislation that requires charter bus operators to conduct safety briefings and to have labeled emergency exits like those on airplanes.

Lara has said he hopes these mandates will provide bus passengers a Continue reading →

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Bicycle AccidentPriscilla Vallejo, 13, was killed in a Santa Ana bicycle accident after she was struck in a crosswalk by a Santa Ana Unified School District’s box truck.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred the morning of July 13, 2015 at the intersection of West Edinger Avenue and South Center Street.

Police say Vallejo was riding her bike in the crosswalk when the truck, which was making a right turn, struck her. Vallejo died at the scene. Police do not believe speed or alcohol played a role.

No charges or citations against the driver have been reported. The investigation is ongoing.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Priscilla Vallejo for their tragic and heartbreaking loss.

According to the report, Vallejo died a few days before her 14th birthday. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 206 injuries reported as a result of bicycle accidents in Santa Ana.

In Orange County as a whole, 13 people died and 1,441 were injured due to bicycle accidents during the same year.

What Caused This Fatal Crash?

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the box truck did not see the teen riding her bike in the crosswalk. Officials have ruled out speed or alcohol as factors. But, there are still a number of unanswered questions here.

What caused the driver to ignore the girl on the crosswalk? Was he distracted or otherwise negligent? Was there a dangerous condition at that intersection, which may have caused or contributed to the incident?

Liability Issues

In this particular case, even if the driver is not charged or cited, if he is determined to have been negligent, both he and his employer can be held financially responsible for the girl’s death.

In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.

A Santa Ana personal injury attorney can also help determine whether a dangerous or defective roadway caused or contributed to the incident.

If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.

The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

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Bicycle AccidentA bicyclist was hospitalized with injuries after being struck by a car on San Joaquin Hills Road.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the car versus bicycle accident occurred the morning of July 12, 2015 in the westbound lanes of San Joaquin Hills and Beaulieu in Newport Coast.

The bicyclist was reported to have been in stable condition and was expected to survive the injuries. The man who was driving the car Continue reading →

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American Staffordshire Terrior Dog AttackThree children were hospitalized with injuries after a dog attack in Temecula the afternoon of July 11, 2015. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the dog attack occurred at a home in the 40000 block of Chantemar way.

The three children, ages 15, 14 and 4, suffered injuries to their arms. Witnesses told police the dog, an American Staffordshire Terrier, mistook children playing as aggressive actions and attacked one of them.

When the other siblings tried to rescue the first victim, they Continue reading →

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Propane Tank ExplosionTwo men suffered burn injuries after a propane tank they were trying to refill exploded the afternoon of July 3, 2015.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred at a propane-filling station in the 12500 block of Western Avenue in Garden Grove.

The men, one an employee and another, a customer, suffered burn injuries described as “moderate” on their arms and legs.

They were transported to an area trauma center.

The filling station has notified the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

But the department has said it will not Continue reading →

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Car AccidentSergio Lugo, 23, Juan Jesus Gutierrez, 26, and Guillermo Enrique Belman-Sanchez, 22, were all killed in a San Juan Capistrano car accident following a violent head-on crash.

According to a KTLA news report, a Ford Focus traveling northbound on Camino Capistrano collided with a Black Honda Accord.

Officials say the Ford was traveling at a high rate of speed, crossed over double yellow lines and collided with the Honda, which was traveling Continue reading →

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Pedestrian AccidentMara Garcia, 13, was killed in a Huntington Beach pedestrian accident after a car struck her.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred the night of June 13, 2015 at Pacific Coast Highway and Ecology Way near the entrance to the Bolsa Chica State Beach.

The driver, a 62-year-old Huntington Beach man, remained at the scene.

When police arrived, the girl was unresponsive and not breathing. She was transported to an area hospital in critical condition where Continue reading →

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California Car AccidentNicole Brown, a 25-year-old Rio del Mar woman who was struck in a hit-and-run crash on June 13, 2015, may never walk again, her family members have said.

According to a news report in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the incident occurred when Brown was standing on a sidewalk with a friend outside her home near Treasure Island Avenue and Winfield Way.

California Highway Patrol officials said the driver of a Volvo XC90 drove on to the sidewalk, struck Brown and fled.

Driver Still at Large

The force of the collision sent Brown flying through Continue reading →

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