Samantha Williams, 25, was severely injured in a dog attack in Stockton after she was mauled by two pit bulls. According to a news report in The Record, the dog bite incident occurred in a home in the 1400 block of East Walnut Street. Williams was staying in the room of the house with her close friend, Anthony Morel, 36. At the time of the attack, Morel, who is not the dogs' owner, was at a nearby store. When he came back, he heard Williams screaming out his name. When she came outside the room, he saw that she was bitten by dogs and was bleeding profusely.
Anandre Thomas, 17, is on life support and may have suffered catastrophic brain injuries after a near-drowning accident at a public swimming pool, CBS Los Angeles report. Officials say the swimming pool accident occurred the afternoon of June 12, 2013 at Jesse Owens County Park in the 9800 block of South Western Avenue. Fire officials say four lifeguards were on duty at the pool at the time of the accident. Thomas was not breathing and had no pulse when lifeguards found him. They called for help and started CPR. But his family members say, Thomas was underwater for more than five minutes before lifeguards attempted a rescue.
Two separate swimming pool accidents in Riverside County have left one toddler dead and another critically injured. Zachary Gordon Nahsohn, 2, of Murrieta, died June 4, just a few days after he was found floating in a backyard hot tub in Murrieta. On the same day, June 4, 2013, another 2-year-old girl in Murrieta was in critical condition, a day after she was found in a backyard pool. Police officials arrived at the home and began performing CPR.
The child was in full cardiac arrest, but regained a pulse in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. She remains in critical condition. Officials say the girl was found in the pool after a parent lost sight of her. In Zachary's case, the boy had been playing in the hot tub with other children during a party at the family's home when an adult noticed him floating facedown in the water. He was taken to a regional hospital where he died.
Riverside County Drowning Statistics
Riverside County Injury Prevention Services reports that drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury-related deaths for children ages 1 to 4 in Riverside County. Approximately 86 percent of drowning and near-drowning incidents occur in background pools or spas, the agency reports. According to the agency, nine children, all under the age of 6, drowned in Riverside County in the year 2012. Also, 43 children were involved in near-drowning incidents countywide. In 2011, five children died and 36 nearly drowned in Riverside County.
Preventing Drowning Incidents
It is important for parents and caregivers of young children to remember that drowning is a silent event. Often, you don't hear splashing, crying or screaming. A child can drown in less than an inch of water and lose consciousness within 30 seconds of going underwater. After four to six minutes of submersion a child can have irreversible brain damage because oxygen supply to the brain is cut off.
The best way to prevent these heartbreaking tragedies, officials say, is to take preventive measures. First, adults should always supervise their children when they are near or in the water - be it at the beach, pool, spa or bathtub. Adults should not consumer alcoholic beverages while watching children. Pools must be enclosed with fencing at least 5 feet tall and have self-closing, self-latching gates. Windows and doors leading to the pool area should be equipped with alarms. Learn CPR, first-aid and rescue techniques. If your child has been injured or killed in a swimming pool accident, please contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer to better understand your legal rights and options.
Drunk driving crashes are an epidemic in Orange County and California - even more so in the summer. According to California Office of Traffic Safety, 10 Orange County cities rank among the worst statewide for rates of injuries and fatalities caused by driving under the influence. Of all the cities in the state with a population of 100,000 to 250,000, the city of Orange ranks number one for drunk driving collisions and fatalities. Newport Beach ranks number one for DUI crashes among cities with a population between 50,000 and 100,000. Santa Ana ranks third and Anaheim is at number 10 for worst cities with populations greater than 250,000.
Tips to Prevent DUI Collisions
Taking into consideration these horrifying statistics, it is important to take several precautions whether you are going on a long summer trip:
• If your plans include a gathering where alcohol is served, please make sure that your group has designated a sober driver to take you home safely. If you have trouble finding a designated driver, take a cab or stay at the location of the event, if possible, until you are sober.
• If you have been drinking, do not drive at all. Your ability to operate a motor vehicle can be compromised even if your blood alcohol content is below the legal limit.
• If you know someone who is about to drive away after drinking, take their keys and help them make arrangements to get to their destination. You could help save your friend's live and potentially, the lives of others on the roadway.
• Alcohol is not the only dangerous impairment. Pharmaceutical drugs - even over- the-counter medications - can impair judgment and gross motor skills.
• If you suspect that another driver is driving under the influence, stay clear of them and promptly call 911 to report the driver to the authorities.
• Be alert and watch out for cars driving with headlights off at night, driving considerably below the speed limit or following too closely.
• If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests are sober.
Protecting Your Rights
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver this summer, please get in touch with an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer, who has been successful in financially pursuing drunk drivers on behalf of injured victims and their families. Please understand that you do have legal rights. Drunk drivers can be held criminally and civilly liable for the injuries and damages they cause.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released the top 10 cities where mail carriers are most often the victims of dog attacks. Once again, Los Angeles has earned the dubious distinction of leading the pack when it comes to the most dog attacks on mail carriers. San Francisco was number four on the list while San Antonio and Seattle tied for second place and Chicago came in third.
According to the U.S. Postal Service, in Los Angeles, dogs attacked 69 postal employees in 2012. Nationwide 5,879 postal employees were attacked. Officials point out that in situations where loose dogs roam neighborhoods, mail delivery to the owner's neighbors could be curtailed as well. They also say that letter carriers would like it known when they must come to a customer's door, they would appreciate the dogs being confined elsewhere. Postal workers have reported about incidents where the sight of a postal carrier was so infuriating to the dogs that they would jump right through screen and glass doors.
Dog Bite Prevention Week
In United States, 4.7 million people each year are bitten by dogs, more than half of whom are children, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states. The USPS, the medical community, CDC and the insurance industry are all working together this week (May 19-25), which has been designated as National Dog Bite Prevention Week, to create awareness about preventing dog bites.
Liability Issues in Dog Bite Cases
Under California law, dog owners can be held financially responsible for the injuries caused by their pets. California has a strict liability statute, which holds dog owners liable in dog bite cases. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries and scars and pain and suffering. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. In the case of mail carriers, they can seek workers' compensation in addition to filing a personal injury claim against dog owners.
Before hitting the roadways this summer, it is critical that drivers take a few minutes to check the condition of their tires. Not only do well-maintained tires keep your car safer and help it last longer, but it also helps you save money. It is especially important during the summer travel season that motorists pay attention to aging or degraded tires, particularly when they decide to embark on a road trip.
Tire Failure Statistics
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2004, tire life was estimated to be 44,700 miles accumulated over 3.6 years. This means that one of the first things you should do when buying a used car particularly from a private owner is to determine the age of the tires. What you do not know may seriously hurt you. NHTSA estimates that about 400 fatalities a year are caused by tire failures. In terms of aging, tires exposed to heat and the sun are likely to wear out quickly.
Tips for Tire Safety
Here are some tips to help keep your tires in good shape and your travels safe all summer:
• Pick your tires carefully: Tire selection should be based on the right size recommended for the vehicle and its loading recommendations. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable tire or auto dealer about selecting the right tire for your typical driving patterns. It is also important to buy a tire gauge and keep it handy in your car at all times.
• Checking tire pressure: This should be done at least once per month and especially before a long trip. Under-inflation can cause tire damage, which could in turn lead to tire failure. Use the manufacturer's recommended air pressure listed on the sticker of your vehicle's door jamb or the owner's manual.
• Slow down during wet weather: You reduce the risk of hydroplaning when you drive at a slower speed.
• Rotate your tires: Tire rotation should be done every 6,000 miles. Any misalignment, imbalance or other mechanical problem will be noticed before tires are rotated.
• Vehicle alignment: It is important to have a mechanic check your vehicle's alignment, especially when you notice that your car is pulling to one side when you are driving.
• Check your tire tread: Inspect and measure your tire tread. This is easily done by placing a penny in the tread groove. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, then it is time to change your tires. Also, check the tire sidewalls to ensure that there are no gouges, cuts, bulges or other damages.
• Do not overload your vehicle: Doing so can create excessive heat inside your tires causing damage and leading to tire failure.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective tire, an experienced auto product liability lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please stay safe this summer!
Summer vacation for many is a time to relax and rejuvenate. However, it is also a hectic time when most families choose to travel. Americans tend to try and pack in as much into a short time as possible. This is also true of road trips. If you are driving on your vacation this summer and have a number of destinations and activities planned, at some point, you may find yourself driving while sleepy or drowsy. Many motorists try to drive late at night to avoid congestion on long road trips. This is asking for trouble because it is when a number of drivers tire themselves out. Traffic safety experts have recognized that driving while drowsy is just as dangerous and risky as driving under the influence.
Drowsy Driving Statistics
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), studies show that 37 percent of drivers in 2008 reported having fallen asleep at the wheel. The Council estimates that about 75 million drivers operate a vehicle while fatigued in just a month nationwide. More than one-third of drivers reported in 2008 that they drove while drowsy between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 17 percent said they nodded off between 5 and 9 p.m. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes a year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths.
Risk Factors and Symptoms
Those who are most at risk for driving while drowsy are those who have been sleep-deprived. Six hours of sleep or less triples your risk. If you have been suffering from insomnia, driving long distances without proper breaks, driving through the night when you would normally be asleep, you may be at risk. Those who take sedatives or alcohol also run the risk of falling asleep at the wheel.
You know you are fatigued when you have difficulty focusing, blinking or have "heavy eyelids." If you have trouble remembering the last few miles you drove or missed exits or traffic signs, you may have dozed off. Other signs of fatigued driving include trouble keeping your head up, feeling restless and irritable, yawning repeatedly and drifting away from your lane.
Preventing Drowsy Driving
There are several steps you can take to avoid fatigued driving:
• Get a good night's rest. Experts at the National Sleep Foundation recommend seven to nine hours of sleep per night for adults and between eight and nine hours for teenagers.
• Plan to drive long trips with a companion.
• Schedule regular stops every 100 miles or once every two hours.
• Avoid alcohol and any medications.
• Consume the equivalent of two cups of coffee. However, caffeine is not a substitute for rest or breaks.
As California personal injury attorneys who represent victims of car accidents, we see all too often that a crash is caused by a sleepy or fatigued driver. Please do not put yourself or your family at risk this summer. If you have been injured by a drowsy or negligent driver, please contact a reputed personal injury law firm to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
Hang Vu, 60, died from injuries she sustained in a Westminster car crash after a vehicle struck her at the parking lot of a supermarket. The Orange County Register reports that the fatal pedestrian collision occurred the morning of May 13, 2013 in the parking lot of the A Dong Supermarket at 9221 Bolsa Avenue in Westminster. Police and paramedics arrived at the scene and found two female pedestrians were injured as a result of the crash.
A woman later identified as Hang Vu had been struck and critically injured while she was standing in front of the supermarket. Vu died later from her injuries. The other pedestrian was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of this crash. No arrests or citations have been reported.
Pedestrian Crash Statistics
There were four fatalities and 28 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Westminster, according to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. During the same year, 32 people died and 770 were injured due to pedestrian collisions in Orange County.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the woman was just standing in front of a large supermarket in Orange County's Little Saigon when she was struck by a vehicle and critically injured. There are several questions here. Was the driver of the vehicle under the influence? Was the driver distracted or inattentive? Was there a dangerous condition on the property, which may have caused or contributed to this fatal incident? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
If the driver is determined to have been at fault here, he or she could be held liable for Vu's wrongful death and the injuries caused to the other pedestrian. If a dangerous condition on the supermarket's parking lot caused or contributed to the incident, the property owner can also be held liable. Families of deceased victims can seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. Injured victims and families of deceased victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Westminster personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the rights of victims and their families are protected.
Two people suffered injuries in a Fullerton car crash after two Toyota sedans collided head-on at a street intersection. The Orange County Register reports that the injury collision occurred the morning of May 10, 2013 at the intersection of Bastanchury Road and Morelia Avenue. Fire officials say both drivers were treated at the scene and transported to an area trauma center. The nature and extent of the injured victims' injuries is not known. The investigation is still ongoing.
OC Crash Statistics
There were five fatalities and 665 injuries reported as a result of Fullerton car accidents, according to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Countywide, 100 people died and 13,368 were injured due to car crashes during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the collision occurred at a T-intersection, which is regulated by traffic lights. There are still several unanswered questions here. How did the accident occur? Who was at fault? Did one of the drivers run a red light at the intersection? Did a driver fail to yield the right-of-way? Did speed, impairment or distraction play a part?
California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a) states: "A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown." Also, According to California Vehicle Code section 21800 (a): "The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway."
Fault and Liability
In such cases, the at-fault party can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Injured victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Fullerton personal injury lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.
A knowledgeable lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous intersection 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. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a governmental agency must be filed within six months of the incident.
A motorcyclist was injured in a Santa Ana car crash that involved six other vehicles, The Orange County Register reports. California Highway Patrol officials say that the incident occurred early morning on May 10, 2013 on the 55 Freeway north of the Dyer Road off-ramp. As cars in the left lane were hit in a rear-end collision, other drivers changed into the middle and carpool lanes to avoid the crash.
A vehicle turning into the carpool lane struck a motorcyclist who was on a Yamaha sports bike. The rider was knocked off the bike and ended up pinned under the silver Toyota Tacoma. Passers by were able to lift the truck off the motorcyclist. The man was injured, but is expected to survive. An investigation is ongoing.
According to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 49 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents in Santa Ana. In Orange County as a whole, 19 fatalities and 750 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle crashes during the same year.
Possible Unsafe Lane Change
Based on this news report, it appears that the crash was spurred by a rear-end accident. One of the vehicles turned into the carpool lane and did not see the motorcyclist approaching. California Vehicle Code section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle "shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety."
In such cases, the at-fault or negligent driver can be held liable for injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Santa Ana personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.
Justin Vargas-Smith, 3, died after a backyard swimming pool accident at a relative's home. According to a news report in The Tribune News. Justin was playing near the above ground pool at a residence in the 100 block of Vine Street on May 4, 2013 when he fell in. Police say the boy and his family members had just returned from a local park where they had been celebrating a birthday.
Ten minutes after unloading the car, Justin's mother came out of the house looking for her son. She found him submerged under the solar cover of the pool. Attempts to resuscitate Justin were unsuccessful. He was transported to an area hospital where he died. Justin's parents have been identified as Brittany Vargas and Justin Smith. Police are investigating this tragic drowning incident.
Swimming Pool Accident Statistics
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of injury deaths for young children ages 1 to 4. For toddlers (children ages 1 to 4), swimming pools pose the greatest risk of submersion injury. Nonfatal drowning can cause brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities and permanent loss of basic functions (vegetative state).
Preventing These Tragedies
With Memorial Day quickly approaching, so is summer and the swimming season. It is absolutely essential to take every possible safety measure to ensure that our children are safe:
• Pool fencing: Proper pool fences can significantly reduce the risk of drowning. More than half of all swimming pool drowning incidents involving young children can be prevented by four-sided fencing that completely separates the pool from the house and the yard. These fences should be at least 4 feet high and have self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward with latches that are out of children's reach.
• Swimming lessons: Knowing how to swim can help prevent drowning. But young children should be supervised at all times even if they know how to swim.
• Life jackets: Inexperienced swimmers benefit from wearing properly fitted life jackets and using water rings, tubes or noodles for flotation support.
• Supervision: Adults should supervise children not only to ensure that they are safe in the water, but also to prevent unintended pool access.
Liability in Swimming Pool Accidents
It is the responsibility of homeowners to keep the swimming pool area safe. Our California personal injury lawyers have handled several cases involving swimming pool accidents, where a negligent homeowner or caregiver is involved.
If a swimming pool accident occurs on your property or on your watch, you could be held liable for the injuries or wrongful death. Please make sure you take all the necessary safety steps this summer to prevent a tragic swimming pool accident from occurring - whether it's on your property or someone else's. Have a safe summer!
Summer is just around the corner and for most American families that usually means long road trips and vacations. However, summer is also the most dangerous time for travelers. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) came out with statistics recently that 21 of the top 25 deadliest days for teen drivers in particular fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Distracted driving has been cited as the top reason for car accidents involving teens followed by speeding, inexperience and additional teen passengers. These factors apply to adult drivers as well. In fact, distracted driving is often referred to as an epidemic in our society today. Distracted driving is not only texting and driving. Any type of activity that takes a driver's attention away from the roadway or from the act of driving is distracted driving.
Distracted Driving Statistics
According to NHTSA, in 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010. Also,
18 percent of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
Preventing Distracted Driving
There are several steps drivers can take this summer to avoid a distracted driving crash:
• Turn off your cell phone or try not to answer it. If you need to, check your messages when you stop at a rest stop or pull over if you need to make a call or answer a call. Do not text, check your email or browse the Internet while driving. Statistics show that these are the activities that are most dangerous for drivers.
• When you are traveling on vacation, make sure you set the GPS before you begin driving. Do not try to read a map or change your GPS setting when you are driving. If you must do so, pull over.
• Pay attention to the traffic around you.
• Do not eat or drink while driving.
• Limit talking to passengers. A number of distracted driving accidents occur when drivers turn around to talk to passengers.
• Be careful about getting distracted by children in the car.
If a distracted driver injures you this summer, please contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer who will remain on your side, fight for your rights and ensure that the negligent driver is held liable.
Ana Martinez, 36, was killed in a Mission Viejo car crash, which officials say involved a wrong-way driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred along Santa Margarita Parkway near Los Alisos Boulevard the night of May 7, 2013. Police say the woman was headed north in a Toyota Sienna minivan while a 43-year-old man was going south on the northbound lanes in a Ford truck. The two vehicles collided head-on. Martinez died from her injuries and the man was also transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries. It is not clear why the man was going the wrong way. The investigation is still ongoing.
OC Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 267 were injured as a result of traffic accidents in Mission Viejo. During the same year, 100 fatalities and 13,368 injuries were reported as the result of car accidents countywide.
What Caused This Head-On Collision?
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Ford truck was on the wrong side of the road at the time. California Vehicle Code section 21651 (a): "Whenever a highway has been divided into two or more roadways by means of intermittent barriers or by means of a dividing section of not less than two feet in width, either unpaved or delineated by curbs, double-parallel lines, or other markings on the roadway, it is unlawful...to drive any vehicle over, upon, or across the dividing section."
In this case, there are still a number of unanswered questions. What caused the driver of the Ford truck to go the wrong way on the roadway? Was he intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time? Did he suffer a medical condition? Was he driving an excessive rate of speed? Did reckless or distracted driving play a part? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims can file what is known as a wrongful death claim against the at-fault parties seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. Victims' families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.
A motorcyclist was fatally injured in an Arcadia car accident, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal crash occurred the night of May 7, 2013 in the 200 block of West Foothill Boulevard. Police say the motorcycle was struck by a blue Mitsubishi. The motorcyclist was thrown off his bike and suffered internal injuries and head trauma. He was transported to an area hospital where he died. The driver of the Mitsubishi, possibly a Lancer, fled the scene. There is no driver description available, but officials say the electric blue Mitsubishi sustained damage to the passenger side including a missing side mirror. Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia police at 626-574-5151.
There were no fatalities, but eight injuries involving motorcycle collisions in the city of Arcadia, according to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Los Angeles County as a whole, 74 people died and 2,637 were injured due to motorcycle accidents in 2010. During the same year, 147 deaths and 19,009 injuries were reported as a result of hit-and-run car accidents statewide.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to whose fault the accident was. However, California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) requires motorists to stop immediately and remain at the scene of a crash, regardless of who was at fault. Motorists are also required to exchange information with the other parties and most importantly, get help for the injured victims. It could be something as simple as picking up a cell phone and calling 911. In this case, the driver of the Mitsubishi simple drove away leaving the critically injured motorist lying on the roadway. Outrageous!
Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Responsible
I trust officials will apprehend the suspect and bring him or her to justice. If you have any information about this hit and run crash, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com. Our site allows witnesses to provide an anonymous tip and also become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. This is our way of working with law enforcement officials and the community to help nab hit-and-run drivers and hold them accountable.
Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well advised to contact a reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to inform families about how their car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run crash or in a case where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
Jose Cuevas, 39, was killed in a Los Angeles car crash, which officials say, may have involved street racing. According to news report on KABC and CBS Los Angeles, the fatal collision occurred in the 200 block of West Manchester Avenue the night of April 30, 2013. Police say the driver of a Pontiac was racing a Dodge Charger that was traveling the wrong way on Broadway.
The Dodge slammed into a pickup truck and the Pontiac collided with a Saturn that was being driven by Cuevas. The drivers of the Dodge and the pickup truck were transported to area hospitals. Police are still looking for the driver of the Pontiac and two passengers in the Dodge who fled the scene on foot. In total, eight cars and one bicyclist were involved in the two collisions. A third person was also transported to the hospital, but the nature and extent of his or her injuries is not known. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact LAPD's South Traffic Division at 323-421-2577.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the fatal crash involved a driver who was racing on a public roadway. California Vehicle Code section 23109 (a) states: "A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway. As used in this section, a motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other timing device. For purposes of this section, an event in which the time to cover a prescribed route of more than 20 miles is measured, but where the vehicle does not exceed the speed limits, is not a speed contest."
In addition, the driver of the Pontiac also left the scene of the crash, which is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a). Under California law, motorists are required to stop immediately at the scene of a crash, exchange information with all the parties involved and most importantly render aid to the victims. In this case, the driver did none of the above, but took off leaving several injured victims at the scene. Appalling!
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
I certainly hope officials are able to apprehend this driver and bring him or her to justice. If you have any information about this incident, please visit our Hit-and-Run Reward Program's web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Injured victims and families of deceased victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims and their families how their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where a hit-and-run driver is not found or where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.