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December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Collision Claims 6-year-old Boy

Austin Medina, 6, was killed in a Huntington Beach car accident after a two-car collision. According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Yorktown Avenue and Bushard Street the night of November 27, 2014. Police say Austin was with his mother and 11-year-old brother when his mother's white 2014 Mazda 3 that was northbound on Bushard collided with a silver 2003 Ford Escape driven by a 68-year-old woman.

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October 22, 2014

Victorville Family Calls for Safer Intersection after Fatal Accident

The family of Dollie Wilson is calling for a stop light at the intersection in Victorville where Wilson was hit and killed by another drivers.

According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Lindero Street and Cypress Avenue on October 12, 2014.

Wilson was driving with her family through the four-way intersection, which has two stop signs and is notorious for

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August 22, 2014

Ten Injured after Car Crashes into Los Angeles Area Restaurant

Ten people were injured, one critically, after a vehicle crashed into a Little Caesars pizza restaurant in Pacoima the evening of August 18, 2014.

According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the incident occurred at the 12700 block of Van Nuys Boulevard near the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard.

A white Toyota Rav4 crashed into the restaurant through the front window.

Three of the injured

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July 14, 2014

Three Killed in Los Angeles County Car Accident

Two men and a woman died early morning on July 13, 2014 in a car accident after the vehicle in which they were traveling went off the side of the 60 Freeway in the City of Industry and landed in a construction site.

According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the crash occurred at a construction site near the 60 Freeway at Crossroads Parkway.

California Highway Patrol officials said a while Kia Soul was traveling west on the 60 Freeway when it

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May 5, 2014

Lancaster Car Accident Proves Fatal

A car accident at a street intersection in Lancaster proved fatal for Herminia Espinoza, 57, and Megan Solano, 3, both of Lancaster. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, several others including children were also injured in this crash, which occurred the evening of May 3, 2014 at the intersection of Lancaster Boulevard and 25th Street East.

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March 28, 2014

Seven Injured in Lake Los Angeles Car Accident

Seven people were injured, at least one critically, in a two-vehicle crash in Lake Los Angeles the evening of March 27, 2014.

According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of 165th Street and Avenue S east of Palmdale.

Initial reports state that as many as three people were in critical condition and that the crash involved two vehicles colliding head on.

Some of the crash victims were airlifted to a regional hospital. Two of those victims were children. Four others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials say that the crash occurred on a dark and isolated stretch of road. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Officials say the accident

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February 14, 2014

Report Shows Fewer Children Are Dying In Car Accidents

A new government report is showing that fewer children are dying in car accidents.

According to a CBS News report, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows that over the last 10 years, child traffic accident deaths declined by 43 percent. Health officials say the use of car seats and booster seats drove this decline.

However, sadly, one-third of the children 12 and under who died in 2011 were not buckled up. The CDC report focused on crash deaths of children 12 and under and covered 2002 through 2011 when traffic deaths overall declined to levels not seen since the 1940s.

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December 2, 2013

Three Injured in Perris after Car Crashes into Restaurant

Three people were injured, one seriously, after a car plowed into a crowded restaurant in Perris the afternoon of November 24, 2013. According to a news report on CBS Los Angeles, the injury crash occurred at the Sol y Mar Mexican Grill in the 2900 block of Perris Boulevard. One diner suffered major injuries and two others who were hit suffered minor to moderate injuries. All three were transported to the hospital. Police say the 19-year-old driver, later identified as Mario Balverde, was trying to leave the parking lot when he lost control of the vehicle. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony DUI resulting in injuries.

My thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured in this incident. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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November 22, 2013

Former NFL Player Thomas Howard Killed in California Car Crash

Former NFL linebacker Thomas Howard suffered fatal injuries in a car crash in Alameda, California. According to a news report in the San Jose Mercury News, the fiery crash occurred early morning on November 18, 2013 on the Interstate 880 in Oakland. California Highway Patrol officials say Howard was driving his BMW northbound at speeds as high as 110 mph when he hit the back of a big rig he was swerving to miss.

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October 25, 2013

Couple and Toddler Killed in Fontana Car Crash

A young mother, her boyfriend and her 2-year-old daughter were killed in a Fontana car crash when a driver rammed into their stopped car near a street intersection. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the collision occurred the night of October 21, 2013 near the intersection of Citrus Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. The deceased were identified as Helen Amaya, her boyfriend Shawn Scott and Amaya's 2-year-old daughter.

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October 21, 2013

Two Killed in Separate Santa Ana Pedestrian Accidents

Two people have been killed and two others were seriously injured after being struck by vehicles in Santa Ana within the past week. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, 68-year-old Petra Perez Jimenez died from injuries sustained on October 11, 2013 when she was struck by a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Grant Street and Standard Avenue. Jimenez was pushing a shopping cart in a marked crosswalk when the northbound vehicle hit her. The driver of the Camry, who was driving without a license, remained at the scene. No charges have been filed yet.

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October 11, 2013

One Killed, Several Injured in Fullerton Car Crash

A driver identified as 57-year-old Adrian Davis was killed and several others were injured in a Fullerton crash that involved eight vehicles. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal crash occurred the afternoon of October 10, 2013 near the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Valencia Mesa Drive. Police say Davis, who was driving a yellow Ford F-150 pickup truck, was traveling in the wrong direction when he swerved into lanes on Harbor and struck several vehicles that were stopped at a signal. Davis died from his injuries. Five others were injured, but the nature and extent of their injuries is not known.

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June 3, 2013

Focus on Summer Travel Safety: Driving under the Influence

This is the fifth in a series of five blogs about staying safe during your summer travels and road trips. Read first four posts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

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.

May 23, 2013

Focus on Summer Travel Safety: Tire Safety is a Serious Issue

This is the fourth in a series of five articles that will focus on traveling safely during the summer. Read the other posts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

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!

May 17, 2013

Focus on Summer Travel Safety: Avoid Drowsy Driving This Summer

This is the third in a series of five blogs about staying safe during your summer travels and road trips. Read the other posts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

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.