April 2010 Archives

April 30, 2010

Arrest Made in Fatal Sacramento Car Crash

California Highway Patrol officials this week arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with a Sacramento car accident, which killed 45-year-old Christine Ingle and badly injured three others. According to a KXTV news report, Travis Moore has been charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony reckless driving in connection with the car accident, which occurred on February 16, 2010.

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April 29, 2010

Seven Injured in Modesto Area Car Accident

Several people in an SUV were injured in a Modesto car accident after a 27-year-old driver drifted into opposing lanes of traffic and struck the SUV. According to a news report in the Merced Sun Star, the major injury collision occurred the evening of April 15, 2010 on 16th Street, near Ashby Road in Merced.


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Michael Hollenhorst was driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla east on 16th Street when it crossed over to the westbound lane and struck a 2004 GMC Yukon driven by 35-year-old Luis Gordiano. The SUV then went into a concrete pillar on the side of the roadway after the initial collision. Damian Gordiano, 15, who was in the front passenger seat, and 6-year-old Miguelito Valencia, who was in the back seat, sustained major injuries. Four other passengers in the Yukon, including three children sustained minor injuries. Hollenhorst also suffered minor injuries. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash, officials said. An investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to everyone who was injured in this crash, especially the two children in the Yukon who were seriously injured. I wish them both the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.

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April 28, 2010

What Happens When People Stop Yakking and Start Acting?

Things get done -- even in the state legislature!

A case in point is AB 2059 which would require car rental companies to be vigilant in processing claims against their insured customers who reside outside of California. AB 2059 is sponsored by the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), the valiant advocates of consumer protection who don't just sit around and talk about the way things "should be" but rather take action to protect the rights of Californians.

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April 28, 2010

Bicyclist Critically Injured in Ventura Car Accident

Jesus Esparza Delgado, 65, was critically injured in a Ventura car accident after his bicycle was hit by a vehicle, whose driver then fled the scene. According to a news report in the Ventura County Star, the major injury collision occurred when Delgado was riding his bike south on Nardo Street in Saticoy, the afternoon of April 26, 2010. A driver heading north on Nardo turned left and struck Delgado who was in the crosswalk at Wells Road. California Highway Patrol officials said the impact from the collision threw Delgado into the car's window and then into the roadway. He was apparently not wearing a helmet.


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April 27, 2010

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in San Diego Car Accident

A 43-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured in a San Diego car accident after he was struck by a female driver who officials believe was talking on a cell phone at the time of the crash. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the major injury collision occurred the evening of April 24, 2010, when the motorcyclist was riding north on Comstock Street, near Comly Street, in Linda Vista.


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April 26, 2010

Houston Maritime Lawyer Gives Comprehensive Information about Oil Rig Blast

My good friend and Houston maritime injuries lawyer, Brian Beckcom, has put up an informative and comprehensive news web site about the April 20, 2010 Transocean oil rig explosion. One of the most significant oil/rig platform accidents in recent years, this one caused 17 injuries. More than 100 workers arrived ashore on a lifeboat about two days after the blast. Eleven oil rig workers are still missing. Officials are in the process of investigating what went wrong and how this tragedy occurred.

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April 25, 2010

17 Workers Injured, 11 Still Missing after Major Oil Rig Explosion

The U.S. Coast Guard has called off its search for 11 workers who have been missing since an explosion on an oil rig off the Louisiana coast on April 20, 2010, according to an Associated Press news report. The blast rocked the Deepwater Horizon rig leaving 17 injured and 11 still missing. More than 100 survivors made it ashore on a life boat two days after the blast. The oil rig was owned by Transocean Ltd. and was under contract to oil giant BP for exploratory drilling. Officials are still looking into what caused this horrific blast.

My heart goes out to the families of the missing workers and those who suffered serious personal injuries in this oil rig explosion. I sincerely hope and pray that those workers are safe and will return to shore soon. I also sympathize with the families of the more than 100 workers who must have been through a nightmare for the two days after the blast, until their safe return. I wish the injured workers the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep all these workers and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

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April 25, 2010

Orange County Motorcycle Crash Injures Man

A motorcycle accident in Garden Grove caused severe injuries to a 52-year-old man the afternoon of April 20, 2010, The Orange County Register reports. The injury crash between the motorcycle and a taxi cab occurred at the intersection of College Avenue and West Street. Garden Grove police say the taxi was traveling west on College and the motorcyclist was headed north on West. The rider was ejected on to the roadway and suffered leg injuries. Police say alcohol or drugs are not suspected in this crash.

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April 24, 2010

Man Injured in Orange County Car Accident

An Orange County car accident that occurred the afternoon of April 19, 2010 has resulted in injuries to one of the drivers. The Orange County Register reports that the crash happened at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Rio Vista Street. A Dodge Dynasty sedan struck a Ford Ranger pickup truck, which was stopped at the middle of the intersection to make a left turn. The pickup truck rolled over to its side. However, its driver was uninjured. The driver of the Dodge suffered injuries to his hand. Anaheim police are looking into who caused the crash

It is indeed fortunate that no one sustained catastrophic injuries in this car crash. I wish the injured victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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April 23, 2010

San Francisco Lawyer Fatally Injured in Muni Bus Collision

Scott Whitsett, 49, was killed in a San Francisco pedestrian accident after being hit by a Muni bus in the city's Financial District the morning of April 21, 2010. According to a news report in The San Francisco Examiner, Whitsett had just stepped off the curb and onto the pavement of Mission Street, near Beale Street, when a Muni bus struck him. The impact of the collision pinned him under another Muni bus that was stopped at the intersection. Firefighters had to use hydraulic lifts and other equipment to extricate Whitsett. He was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries and died shortly after the accident.

My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved Scott Whitsett. I offer my deepest sympathies to them, especially to his grieving family members. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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April 23, 2010

Choosing a Good Special Needs Trustee

A special needs trust can be created to ensure that a beneficiary with a mental or physical disability will have access to property that supports his or her livelihood, in the case that governmental benefits are lost.

Sometimes a personal injury award, won by the beneficiary or someone close to him or her, can be funneled into a special needs trust. This fund will then act as a financial protection for the beneficiary, but needs to be overseen by a special needs trustee.

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April 22, 2010

Woman Killed in La Habra Bicycle Accident

Annette Ferrin-Rodgers, 49, was killed in an Orange County car accident after she was struck by a bus while riding her bicycle at the intersection of Beach and La Habra boulevards, in La Habra. According to a news report in Whittier Daily News, Ferrin-Rodgers was in the crosswalk when a Foothill Transit bus that was making a left turn on La Habra, the evening of April 20, 2010, hit her. There were no passengers in the bus. The driver apparently told officials that he saw "something" in the crosswalk, but it was too late to stop. Ferrin-Rodgers died at the scene.


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My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved Annette Ferrin-Rodgers for their devastating loss. I offer my deepest sympathies especially to her family. Please keep them in your prayers.

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April 22, 2010

What You Need To Know About Drunk Driving In California

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a very serious criminal offense. A DUI conviction may result in substantial jail time and severe fines and fees. Being arrested for a DUI is just the beginning of a long process. Other than the criminal case you will face, you must also answer to the Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”), which will attempt to suspend or revoke your driving privilege.

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April 21, 2010

Dog Bite Incident Injures Animal Control Officers

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Two Mendocino County animal control officials were injured in a dog bite incident even as they responded to reports of vicious pit bulls chasing people in a local neighborhood the morning of April 9, 2010. According to an article in Lake County News, the county sheriff's officer received a 911 call from neighbors who said they were being chased by the dogs near the intersection of Laughlin Way and North State Street in Redwood Valley.

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April 20, 2010

San Francisco Car Accident Injures Five

Five people were injured in a San Francisco car accident after a taxi driver ran a red light at an intersection and triggered a chain-reaction crash, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. The injury collision occurred the afternoon of April 19, 2010 at the intersection of Powell and Pine streets. An Arrow Cab ran a red light at the intersection as it traveled south on Powell Street, and struck a PT Cruiser.


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April 20, 2010

What Can You Recover In An Auto Defect Case?

An auto defect case can have a dramatic effect on you and your family. After a defective auto accident there are a number of different damages you can collect. Keeping a good record of these damages will be important in settling your case.

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April 19, 2010

Los Angeles Dog Attack Injures Two

Two people were hospitalized with injuries after a dog bite incident in the Hyde Park area of South Los Angeles, Fox News reports. The dog attacks involving three bullmastiff dogs occurred early morning on April 16, 2010 in the 4000 block of Slauson Avenue near West 58th Place. Eyewitnesses told news reporters that they heard someone screaming for their life. They saw a woman surrounded by three large dogs. A motorist who had stopped to help the woman was also attacked and bitten. Police officers who responded took one dog and shot another. Animal control officers caught a third dog.

My heart goes out to the two victims who were apparently seriously injured in this brutal dog attack. Another news report states that each of the dogs weighed about 100 pounds. These were large dogs. I hope that the dog bite victims have not been severely injured and pray that they recover quickly and completely.

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April 18, 2010

Woman Injured in Los Angeles Car Accident

A 20-year-old woman sustained injuries in a Los Angeles car accident after her vehicle was struck by a van at an Irwindale intersection. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that the injury collision occurred the evening of April 12, 2010, when the woman's Chevy Malibu was struck by a Chevy Astro van at the intersection of Cypress Street and Irwindale Avenue. The Malibu was traveling east on Cypress and the Astro van was heading west on Cypress. The collision occurred as the van's driver attempted to turn left from Cypress to Irwindale. The Malibu's driver was injured. But officials say they are not life-threatening injuries.

I'm glad to hear that neither one of the drivers sustained major injuries. I wish the injured driver of the Malibu the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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April 17, 2010

Pit Bull Attack in San Bernardino Causes Major Injuries

A Victorville woman was seriously injured in a dog bite incident after she was mauled by two pit bulls while walking out to get her mail. The San Bernardino Sun reports that the brutal dog attack occurred the afternoon of April 2, 2010 near the intersection of Barrington Street and Fuschia Lane. San Bernardino sheriff's officials saw the victim on the street as the dogs were attacking her. Police had to shoot and kill the pit bulls because of the dogs' hostility and aggression toward neighbors who came to help as well as emergency personnel who were attending to the injured victim.

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April 16, 2010

Northridge Car Accident Seriously Injures Two

Two women who were dining at a restaurant were seriously injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a driver lost control of her car and crashed into the Northridge eatery. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the crash occurred the afternoon of April 12, 2010. The 20-year-old woman who was driving a Nissan Altima told police that she lost control because a van cut her off.

Officials have not yet determined if this driver mistook the gas pedal for the brakes as she tried to avoid a collision. But what she ended up doing was accelerate right through the glass front of the restaurant. The two women who were eating in the restaurant sustained major injuries and were taken to a local hospital. Another male diner also suffered minor injuries from the flying glass. The driver and her two passengers were not injured.

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April 16, 2010

Advice for Choosing a Special Needs Trustee

There are many options when it comes to choosing who will manage a special needs trust. Some of these include trust departments of banks, legal, counsel, professional fiduciaries, non-profit corporations, family members and close friends. It is important to note that special needs trusts are subject to frequent changes in policies regarding distribution and require hard, time-consuming work from the trustee. For these reasons, the trustee for the special needs trust you are concerned with must be responsible, professional, and able to act in the best interest of the beneficiary.

Family members, though well-meaning, are often inexperienced or too busy and might not be the best choice. It can be quite risky to have a trustee with the potential to make mistakes unless they seek professional guidance when it comes to trust handling and distribution.

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April 15, 2010

San Diego Car Accident Injured Bicyclist

A bicyclist sustained injuries in a San Diego car accident after he was struck by a minivan. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the collision occurred in the 2700 block of Kurtz Street the morning of April 14, 2010. The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. The collision reportedly occurred in the Midway District of San Diego. Police are investigating the incident.

I hope the bicyclist in this case has not sustained serious injuries. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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April 15, 2010

John Bisnar Receives Outstanding Achievement Recognition by WeTip

"It's our privilege to honor John Bisnar with the Outstanding Achievement Award based on his extraordinary efforts and exemplary service in the field of crime prevention and WeTip support," said Susan Aguilar, CEO of WeTip, a leading anonymous crime reporting service non-profit organization. "John epitomizes what it means to have a giving spirit, to put ideas into action to help victims of violent crimes, and to make a difference in the community. It's support like this that enables organizations like WeTip to prevent crimes and save lives."

John Bisnar, partner of the California personal injury law firm, BISNAR | CHASE (www.BestAttorney.com), will be presented this award at the 37th annual WeTip National Crime-fighting Conference on Friday, April 23, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Ontario Airport. The recognition honors his dedication to crime prevention and the collaboration he has worked on with WeTip to launch the Hit-and-Run Reward™ program. This program is designed to offer cash to witnesses who can provide information that leads to the arrest of those who have caused an accident and fled the scene. Witnesses can provide information anonymously, by phone (800-6-Hit-N-Run) or through the Hit-and-Run Reward™ program website.

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April 15, 2010

Your First Step To Recovery After A California Car Accident

Someone who is seriously injured in a car accident in California can have tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. They can have a huge amount of loss wages and may have a permanent injury that affects them their entire life. They need to recover the money from the people who are responsible.

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April 14, 2010

Fatal Los Angeles Car Accident

A 42-year-old Riverside woman was killed in a fiery Los Angeles car accident the night of April 12, 2010 on the 5 Freeway in Glendale. According to a news report in the Daily Breeze, the crash occurred in the southbound lanes of the freeway near Glendale Boulevard. Three people were taken to area hospitals with major injuries. The woman who later died was in cardiac arrest. A 35-year-old man was in serious condition with a possible head injury and burns. A girl, about 6 years old, suffered burn injuries to her legs. Preliminary reports from California Highway Patrol officials indicate that a vehicle may have stalled and was struck by another vehicle. An investigation is underway.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim in this crash for their tragic and devastating loss. My heart also goes to the man and the little girl who were seriously injured. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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April 13, 2010

DUI Car Collision Leaves One Dead

Bruce Bone, 42, was killed in a car accident after his vehicle was struck by a suspected drunk driver who was travelling the wrong way on Highway 50, close to the Red Hawk Casino in Placerville, the night of April 7, 2010. According to a news10 report, the fatal car accident occurred when 55-year-old Theresa Ghersanich drove her Toyota SUV east in the westbound lanes of the highway and crashed head-on into Bone's vehicle. Bone sustained fatal injuries. Ghersanich was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Bruce Bone for their tragic and devastating loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to his grieving family members. They will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.

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April 12, 2010

Two Killed in Suspected DUI Collision

Two people were fatally injured in a car accident the morning of April 10, 2010 after their vehicle was hit by a suspected drunk driver on Highway 41 in Kings County. According to a news report in the Visalia Times Delta, police arrested Ruben Lopez, 65, in connection with the fatal car collision that killed two persons, ages 87 and 63. California Highway Patrol officials say Lopez was driving a 1994 Chevy Silverado south on the highway, near Newton Avenue, when the vehicle entered the northbound lanes. The Chevy then, struck the left front end of an oncoming 1997 Pontiac Grand Am. Both the occupants of the Grand Am died at the scene. Lopez sustained major injuries and was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence.

I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of these two people who were killed because another driver chose to drink and drive. Tragic! Please keep their grieving family members in your thoughts and prayers.

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April 12, 2010

How to Use a Special Needs Trust

Special needs trusts are guided by different policies in each state which can drastically affect how the trust may be used. It is important that a reliable special needs trustee manages the trust in accordance with policies and uses proper discretion when distributing the trust. Setting realistic and reasonable expectations regarding the trust with the beneficiary are also advised, so everyone is on the same page.

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April 11, 2010

Ventura Injury Car Accident Caused by Suspected Drunk Driver

Two people were injured in a Ventura car accident after a man who was reportedly under the influence and trying to get away from the scene of a hit-and-run collision, crashed into their vehicle. The Ventura County Star reports that the accident occurred the morning of April 2, 2010, when John Allen Wilson, 47, rear-ended a vehicle occupied by its driver and a 3-year-old child near River Street, in Fillmore. Wilson was apparently trying to flee the scene of an earlier hit-and-run accident on Santa Fe Street. Wilson is facing DUI and hit-and-run charges. The driver and the child were taken to an area hospital, but the extent of their injuries is unknown.

I hope that the injured victims in this case have not suffered major injuries. I wish them the very best for a speedy and full recovery. They will be in my prayers.

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April 10, 2010

MTA Bus Accident in Los Angeles Injures Three

Three people sustained injuries in a Los Angeles car accident involving a Metro bus and another vehicle in Northridge. Fox News reports that this injury crash happened in the 17900 block of West Lassen Street the morning of April 5, 2010. The driver of the other vehicle was critically injured while the MTA bus driver and a passenger in the bus suffered minor injuries. Officials are looking into the cause of this accident.

I sympathize with the victim who sustained critical injuries in this crash. I hope and pray that this injured victim makes a speedy and full recovery. Please keep all the injured victims of this crash in your prayers.

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April 9, 2010

BISNAR | CHASE Sponsors Walk Like MADD 2010

The California personal injury law firm, BISNAR | CHASE, has recently announced that they will be a corporate patron and water sponsor for 2010 Walk Like MADD. The event will take place on Saturday, May 8 in Huntington Beach, California and is designed to support Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in their programs for victims of drunk driving and the prevention of drunk driving.

BISNAR | CHASE staff are currently involved in raising money for the event and will participate in the 5K walk to provide water for participants. The firm's involvement also looks to educate people about their legal rights as victims of drunk driving accidents.

"We're proud to be a sponsor of such an important event and a supporter of MADD, an organization that works tirelessly to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking," said John Bisnar, founder of BISNAR | CHASE. "The statistics involving drunk driving crashes are staggering. That's why we felt it was so important to get involved with the Walk Like MADD 2010 event, to give something back to our community and to educate victims of drunk driving crashes, to help them seek justice against offenders and to recover monetary damages for injuries and wrongful death."

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April 9, 2010

Pit Bulls Attack and Disfigure Unattended Infant

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A 6-month-old infant was severely injured and disfigured in a dog bite incident on April 3, 2010, after he was left unattended in an apartment with two pit bulls. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the brutal dog attack occurred when the 22-year-old mother of the baby -- Carrie McKinney, left the baby in an infant carrier on the floor, in a room at her friend's apartment. A pit bull and pit bull mix attacked the baby severing his testicles. The dog's owner is identified as Doug Ritchey. Officials say the dogs tore off the baby's diaper and bit his scrotum. The baby was transported to a local hospital, but his condition is not clear. The incident is being investigated by police and child protective services.

My heart goes out to this little baby for what he has gone through. It is not clear if he has sustained life-threatening injuries. But it is clear that these injuries will affect him for a prolonged period of time, if not, for the rest of his life. This child will certainly be in my prayers.

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April 8, 2010

Be Aware of Your Rights in the Case of a Personal Injury Accident

Could you be victimized by an insurance company? Here is an unfortunate yet typical story that happened when a women was involved in a car accident and an insurance adjuster came calling. It has been discussed on the Pennsylvania Injury Law Report website and asks the question: What happens when the insurance adjuster knocks on your door with a release and check in hand? The information in the following story is vital to anyone who has been involved in an accident.

A married woman with two children is involved in a car accident in which she is driving alone. Her vehicle is hit by another driver who ran a stop sign. The other driver admitted it was his fault. The woman suffered bruises and neck and back pains. She goes to the hospital to be treated for her injuries and is prescribed a narcotic pain medication as well as advised to see her family doctor.

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April 8, 2010

Man and Small Dog Injured in Long Beach Dog Attack

A man and his pet dog sustained serious injuries in a Long Beach dog bite incident involving a pit bull, The Press Telegram reports. The brutal attack occurred the night of April 6, 2010 near Livingston Drive and St. Joseph Avenue, in Belmont Shore. Officers who responded to the call saw the man who had visibly suffered several dog bites on the ground holding his small dog, which was also severely injured. Officials contacted the pit bull's owner at his home, to have him surrender the animal to the custody of Animal Control officials.

However, when the owner brought the pit bill out, it escaped out of its collar and charged a woman and her small dog nearby. Officers tried to subdue the dog, but the dog was unaffected and charged toward them. They then had to fire their weapons, striking the pit bull multiple times and killing it. The man, who had initially been injured by this pit bull, was transported to a local hospital as was his small pet. Both are expected to recover.

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April 7, 2010

Irvine Police and Fire Officials Apprehend Arson Suspect

Irvine police apprehended a person this week, who they suspect is responsible for a series of recent arsons. The suspect was detained and arrested after he apparently, set another fire in a trash dumpster at a local elementary school. According to a news release issued by the Irvine Police Department, city police started working with the Orange County Fire Authority after a rash of incidents occurred over the last few days, including five suspicious fires in the wilderness area of the William R. Mason Regional Park. All the fires had been set in a one-mile radius and involved brush. Police and arson investigators determined that each of these fires was intentionally set. Thankfully, they did not cause any serious personal injuries or structural fires.

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April 7, 2010

BISNAR | CHASE Sponsors Loree Glenn for Lifecycle

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The California personal injury lawyers of BISNAR | CHASE (www.BestAttorney.com) have recently announced their sponsorship of Loree Glenn on her third year bicycle trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles for the Lifecycle event that will take place June 6-12, 2010. The 545-mile ride draws on the abilities and dedication of cyclists to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

"This ride is such a commitment, such a challenge and such a sacrifice," said John Bisnar, founder of BISNAR | CHASE Orange County personal injury lawyers. "Not only are we in awe of Loree's dedication to this cause, we're extremely proud to be her corporate sponsor. We know she's going to do a great job during this year's event and in future ALC rides. We wish her all the best."

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April 6, 2010

Los Angeles Car Accident Claims Teen's Life

Emily Rose Shane, 13 was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after being hit by a car while walking down Pacific Coast Highway, in Malibu, on April 3, 2010. According to an ABC news report, Emily was walking in the 29000 block of Pacific Coast Highway, when a Mitsubishi Lancer, driven by 26-year-old Sina Khankhanian, struck her. Police say Khankhanian, minutes earlier, deliberately crashed his car into a power pole. The collision caused the sport utility vehicle to roll over and strike the girl. Khankhanian has been arrested on suspicion of murder, but officials do not believe he intentionally hit Emily.


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April 6, 2010

Winning Your Auto Defect Case

Finding a skilled auto products liability lawyer is an important part of every auto defect claim. The right attorney may be the difference between winning and losing your case. Winning, however, should not be a major concern if you have hired the right attorney.

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April 5, 2010

New Program Rewards for Hit-and-Run Information

WeTip, a nonprofit anonymous crime reporting service, and the California personal injury lawyers of BISNAR | CHASE have just launched the California Hit-and-Run Reward Program with hopes of lowering the devastatingly high number of hit-and-run accidents that occur in California every year.

"California hit-and-run accidents have reached epidemic proportions," said John Bisnar, founder of BISNAR | CHASE. "The goal of the Hit-and-Run Reward Program is to wipe out California hit-and-run offenses by offering cash rewards to anonymous tipsters who care enough to report these crimes."

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April 5, 2010

San Francisco Muni-Van Crash Injures Seven

Seven people were injured in a San Francisco car accident after a van made an illegal turn in front of a Municipal Railway light-rail train. According to an Associated Press news report, the accident occurred the night of March 31, 2010. San Francisco police officials say four people in the van and three people in the Muni train were injured in this collision. Their injuries are described as not life-threatening. Police say the driver of the van is being investigated for driving under the influence after officers found an open container of alcohol in the van.

My heart goes out to the injured victims of this collision. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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April 4, 2010

Ventura Hit-and-Run Car Accident Injures Bicyclist

Jordan Rapp, 29, sustained major injuries in a Ventura car accident after his bicycle was struck by a driver who turned in front of him the evening of March 23, 2010. The Ventura County Star reports that Rapp, a professional triathlete, was riding his bicycle north on Lewis Road near University Drive, in Camarillo. Officials say, at that moment the driver of the other vehicle turned left, directly, in front of Rapp's bike. Rapp was thrown to the ground in the collision. However, the driver did not stop at the scene. Police are looking for the hit-and-run driver. The vehicle has a shattered left window and possible body damage on the left side. Anyone with information is asked to Lt. Casey Cronin at 805-477-4100 or leave an anonymous tip at 1-800-6-Hit-N-Run (800-644-8678).

I sympathize with Rapp and his family for this horrific accident. Rapp is not only a champion triathlete, but also apparently a kind-hearted man who rode to raise money for underprivileged children. I hope his injuries were not catastrophic and that he can continue being the true champion that he is. Rapp and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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April 3, 2010

Six Injured in San Francisco Area Car Accident

Six people were injured in a San Francisco car accident that involved several vehicles including a large commercial truck. The Gilroy Dispatch reports that the crash involved five vehicles and occurred the morning of March 30, 2010 on Pacheco Pass. A 36-year-old man driving a three-axle big-rig apparently plowed through three vehicles that were stopped for traffic at the intersection. The impact of the crash sent the stopped vehicles into each other. Six people sustained injuries. One woman who was the occupant of a 1996 Buick sustained a broken leg. All injured victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

I sympathize with all the victims who were injured in this crash. I hope they all make a speedy and complete recovery. They will be in my prayers.

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April 2, 2010

Pedestrian Killed in San Francisco Area Car Accident

A 34-year-old woman was killed in a San Francisco car accident after she was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. According to a news report in the Oakland Tribune, the woman was walking at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Berry Avenue, the night of March 30, 2010, when she was struck by a Saturn sedan driven by a 29-year-old man. The man told police that he did not see the woman until the moment the accident happened. Officials say they do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved. An investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of this woman for their tragic loss. Police say the woman may have been a transient. Please keep this victim and her family in your prayers.

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April 1, 2010

Fatal Orange County Motorcycle Accident

A 50-year-old man sustained fatal injuries in an Orange County car accident after his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle on the Ortega Highway. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred the evening of March 30, 2010 on the highway, close to the Interstate 5. California Highway Patrol officials say a Hyundai and the motorcycle were involved in the crash. However, it is not clear whether the driver was injured. An investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of this deceased victim, who has only been identified as a Redondo Beach resident. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved this man. Please keep them in your prayers.

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