A 25-year-old man was seriously injured in a San Diego car accident when a car door hit his bicycle. According to a 10News report, the bicycle accident occurred on University Avenue in North Park, the night of September 28, 2011. The bicyclist was travelling westbound at the time a 35-year-old man opened the door of a parked Dodge. The bicyclist was knocked to the ground and sustained severe head injuries. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.
September 2011 Archives
Injuries can be unexpected, but if you know the right people to call, namely a Santa Ana personal injury lawyer, you can be sure that you'll be taken care of. Always being prepared is a good way to make sure you and your family are always safe in case of an accident. The streets of Santa Ana, at times, can be dangerous and fraught with hazardous conditions.
Personal injury can come in many forms, some you might not even be aware of. Personal injury isn't limited to but can include:
Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Romaine, 35, was seriously injured in a Riverside car accident after he lost control of his motorcycle while trying to avoid hitting a car that made an unsafe lane change. According to a news report in The Desert Sun, the motorcycle accident occurred near the intersection of Cook Street and St. James Place in Palm Desert, the afternoon of September 26, 2011. Romaine was travelling north when a car began to enter his lane. He attempted to avoid the car when he struck a pickup truck driven by 41-year-old Juan M. Chavez. Romaine was thrown from his motorcycle and he suffered a broken collarbone, partially deflated lung and several broken ribs.
A 62-year-old woman was killed in a San Diego car accident after she was hit by a vehicle while walking in a marked crosswalk. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the morning of September 27, 2011 on Eighth Street, between Burden Drive and Arcadia Place, in National City. Officials say a 25-year-old Navy sailor was driving to work in a Honda sedan when he struck the woman who was in the crosswalk. The woman died before she could be taken to a hospital. Alcohol or drugs are not believed to have been a factor in this fatal crash.
A 31-year-old truck driver was killed in an Orange County car accident after he was struck by a vehicle on the shoulder of the Interstate 5. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal accident occurred the morning of September 26, 2011 on the 5 Freeway, near Avenida Vista Hermosa, in San Clemente. California Highway Patrol officials say the driver of the Freightliner commercial truck had pulled over to the right shoulder due to a mechanical problem.
The man got out of the truck and was standing on the left side of the big rig when a BMW traveling in the number four lane drifted to the right shoulder, and sideswiped the left side of the truck, before hitting the truck driver. The man was fatally injured. The driver of the BMW, a 64-year-old San Diego man, has not been arrested pending an official investigation.
Joseph Castro, 20, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident which officials say involved a suspected drunk driver striking an embankment. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the fatal DUI collision occurred at the corner of Kimball and Hellman avenues in Chino, during the early morning hours of September 24, 2011. Victor Martinez, 22, crashed a Cadillac Catera in which Castro was a passenger. Other passengers – a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl – were also hospitalized with major injuries. Martinez has been arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.
A Long Beach Police Department officer was injured in a car accident after his motorcycle collided with a Cadillac, the afternoon of September 19, 2011. According to a news report in The Long Beach Press Telegram, the motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of California Place and San Antonio Drive in Long Beach. The officer was travelling west on San Antonio, with his motorcycle lights flashing, when the 85-year-old woman driving the Cadillac began to make a left turn and struck the motorcycle. The officer sustained moderate injuries in the collision. The 85-year-old driver sustained minor injuries and her male passenger was unharmed in the crash. She has not been cited for the accident as the collision remains under investigation.
Huntington Beach, California is sandwiched in between the popular cities of Newport Beach and Long Beach and is located in Orange County, California. Known as surf city, and with the wide influx of tourists and other industries, traffic accidents, including truck accidents have disproportionately scarred the statistics in Huntington Beach. Often times, these collisions are preventable. If you were involved in a truck accident in or around Huntington Beach, California, you can contact the Huntington Beach Truck Accident Lawyers for free advice and information about your claim for compensation.
By law, trucking companies are required to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations concerning their trucks, equipment and their drivers’ hours on the job. The California department of transportation also oversees the adoption of regulations regarding the safety of commercial motor vehicles such as big rig trucks. Yet many preventable causes of truck accidents continue and include:
Keith Westhaver, 28, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after his motorcycle was struck by a Ford Expedition making a U-turn, the morning of September 20, 2011. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Highway 138 in Phelan. Westhaver was riding a Honda 600RR motorcycle on the highway when the Ford made a U-turn in front of him. The motorcycle and the SUV collided and Westhaver was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. It is not clear if the SUV's driver will be cited in connection with this fatal collision.
A 24-year-old woman was killed in a Los Angeles car accident involving a hit-and-run driver, who officials say, was under the influence of alcohol. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on Los Robles Avenue in Pasadena during the early morning hours of September 18, 2011. The woman was riding her bicycle with her boyfriend at the time and had fallen down on the roadway. A car, driven by 21-year-old Nicholas Avila, struck her and then fled the scene. The victim died from her injuries at a nearby hospital. A witness to the hit-and-run accident assisted the authorities in finding the motorist. The suspect now faces charges of leaving the scene of an injury accident and driving under the influence.
A man riding a moped was injured in a Los Angeles car accident after he was struck by a sedan and carried 100 feet on the car's hood. According to a City News Report, the moped was rear-ended on Santa Monica Boulevard, near Serrano Avenue, early morning on September 20, 2011. The rider was stuck to the car's hood and carried 100 feet before he fell to the ground, as the driver fled. A witness followed the suspect and alerted police. The driver was arrested not far away from the scene of the crash and is facing felony hit-and-run and possible drunk driving charges. The victim was transported to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment.
John Cameron, 49, was fatally injured in a Riverside car accident, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver, the night of September 16, 2011. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Blackwell Boulevard in the unincorporated area of Lakeland Village, near Lake Elsinore. Cameron was transported to an area medical center where he died from his injuries. Witnesses have described the vehicle involved in this fatal hit-and-run crash as a Ford F-250. California Highway Patrol officials say that the truck may have damage to its right front fender. Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact CHP officials at 951-506-2000.
A woman was injured in an Orange County car accident when her silver Toyota Camry was involved in a collision with a Jeep Wrangler and a white Ford van. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the car crash occurred on the southbound 5 Freeway, near the Brookhurst Street exit in Anaheim, the morning of September 15, 2011. Two cars initially hit into each other as they merged into the same lane. It is not quite clear how the third vehicle was involved or if anyone other than the female driver of the Camry was injured.
"The Orange Crush," or the intersection between the 5, 57, and 22 freeways has been the cause of thousands of traffic accidents for citizens of the city of Orange. In 2006 alone there were 913 traffic-related injuries which resulted in eight deaths. This convergence of three major freeways isn't the only danger in Orange, but it's certainly the biggest.
The Orange Circle, which plays host the Orange Circle Street Fair every year also creates logjams of traffic and pedestrians. Add alcohol to the mix and you have a powder keg of injuries waiting to happen.
A woman was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after the Mercedes she was driving veered off the roadway and into a parking lot. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the fatal car accident occurred on Victory Boulevard, near Owensmouth Boulevard, in Woodland Hills on September 14, 2011. For unknown reasons, the Mercedes hit an Acura sedan, before striking a light pole and crashing into a tree at a shopping mall. The vehicle was completely totaled and the female driver and the female passenger had to be extricated from the car. The driver did not survive the crash. The passenger sustained serious injuries. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the crash.
A 36-year-old woman walking her dog was critically injured in a San Diego car accident after she was struck by an out-of-control pickup truck. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the injury pedestrian accident occurred in a residential neighborhood at the intersection of Valle Verde Road and Dorset Way in Poway, the morning of September 13, 2011.
Officials say a 58-year-old man was driving a pickup truck north on Valle Verde Road when he lost control of the vehicle, hit a street sign at the intersection and then the woman. There were apparently no witnesses to the accident, and officials are trying to determine how it occurred. The woman suffered severe injuries including head trauma. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the pickup has not been arrested pending an official investigation.
Imagine that you are driving down the freeway and you encounter a big rig truck weighing in at 80,000 pounds. Now imagine that the big rig has an exhausted driver who drifts into your lane. The weight of the truck increases the force of the crash significantly compared to a car vs. car collision. After an accident like this, your car could crumble like a soda can leaving you with catastrophic or fatal personal injuries.
Oversized loads, exhausted drivers, and unsafe driving practices are a few common threats that have the potential to cause a truck accident. To combat these dangerous scenarios California law has a number of regulations that truck drivers must follow. In California, state regulations require a truck driver to rest for certain periods of time in an effort to prevent fatigue. There are a number of other safety guidelines that you and your attorney will need to know when fighting against a negligent truck driver. Having a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer on your side will help ensure you receive a fair settlement after a California truck accident.
Three people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident involving three vehicles colliding on the freeway. According to a City News Service report, the serious injury accident occurred in the eastbound lanes of the Ventura (101) Freeway in Tarzana, the night of September 11, 2011. Two of the victims were severely injured and were extricated from their vehicle by emergency crews. They have been listed in critical condition. The third victim has been listed in fair condition. It is unclear what caused the collision, but a witness at the crash site stated that the vehicle containing the critically injured victims came to rest along the guardrail and another vehicle ended up in the fast lane.
Eugenio Lopez, 33, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after his 2007 Yamaha motorcycle struck a Toyota pickup. According to a City News Service report, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on the 110 Freeway, near Adams Boulevard, in Los Angeles, during the early morning hours of September 10, 2011. The pickup truck had crashed into the center divider before the motorcycle hit it. The victim's bike ended up underneath the truck and both vehicles burst into flames. The authorities report that the collision may have resulted from the motorists attempting to avoid a mattress that was lying on the roadway. Lopez was killed in the accident, while the three occupants of the pickup truck sustained minor injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
A 33-year-old woman was seriously injured in a Riverside car accident after she was hit by a vehicle, the night of September 6, 2011. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Cactus Avenue and Commerce Center Drive in Moreno Valley. A Honda Accord had exited the 215 Freeway onto Cactus when it struck the woman. The victim was severely injured in the crash. It is not clear at this time if the 22-year-old female driver of the Honda will be cited for the collision.
Savino Pilarski, 39, and Roy Sekerez, 48, were both injured in a Los Angeles car accident after their pickup trucks collided head-on. According to a news report in The Signal, the serious injury accident occurred on Vasquez Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, the morning of September 7, 2011. Officials say Pilarski let his 1997 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck drift off the roadway before overcorrecting and turning into oncoming traffic and striking Sekerez's Ford F-150 pickup truck head-on. One of the drivers was ejected from his truck. Pilarski sustained major injuries and Sekerez suffered moderate injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
A brand new car accident mobile application called Car Accident SideKick has been released and is now available in the iPhone app store! The application is basically a sidekick or guide for if you happen to find yourself in a car, truck, motorcycle, or even pedestrian accident. There are several key items that need to be recorded during an accident, and this new application helps you organize those items in a professional and efficient manner.
Some of the items you can record using the new application include:
Ten people were injured in an Orange County car accident involving two vehicles, the afternoon of September 5, 2011. According to The Orange County Register, the serious injury accident occurred at the intersection of Santiago Canyon and Jamboree roads in Orange. Police say a Toyota van was turning left at the intersection when it collided with a Volkswagen sedan. The impact of the collision caused the van to flip over. Eight of the victims suffered moderate injuries while two were critically injured. The victims included four children. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident.
Cyrus Cisneros, 2, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident when a car struck him and his grandfather, the evening of September 2, 2011. According to a KTLA news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Apolena Way and Quito Way in Palmdale. Cyrus and his grandfather were crossing the road when a car turned the corner and struck them. The toddler suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead shortly after the crash. The 60-year-old grandfather was hospitalized with injuries, but he is expected to survive. The 49-year-old male driver told the authorities that the sun had temporarily blinded him. An investigation is ongoing.
Nathaniel McClain, 25, was severely injured in a Ventura car accident after a car turned in front of his motorcycle. According to a news report in The Ventura County Star, the motorcycle accident occurred on Highway 33, near Mahoney Avenue, in Oak View, the morning of August 31, 2011. McClain was riding his motorcycle in the southbound lane of the highway, when Kay Robey, 69, made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist. McClain attempted to avoid a collision, but ended up striking the right rear end of Robey's vehicle. McClain was thrown off his motorcycle in the accident. He was transported to a local hospital with spinal injuries and possible broken ribs. Robey was uninjured. An investigation is ongoing.
When a motorcycle is involved in a California traffic accident the rider can become seriously injured. In 2006, 13.10 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes. Motorcycle accidents resulted in 72.34 fatal crashes per 100,000 according to The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It seems to me that as motorcyclists we need to learn how to avoid these fatal motorcycle accidents and ensure we are properly protected incase it does happen.
One way you can help to avoid an accident is through visibility. A number of California motorcycle accidents happen every year because a driver fails to see a motorcyclist. To increase your visibility, try implementing the following.
- Wear reflective clothing
- Use bright colored jackets and helmets
- Purchase a bright colored motorcycle
- Use your headlights (day or night)
Trucks can weigh ten times or more than passenger vehicles which are already considered to be a weapon on wheels in the wrong hands. Due to negligent practices by the trucking industry including hiring overworked and exhausted employees to carelessly letting them drive trucks with faulty or sub par parts have caused statistics like these to arise in our state.
Although only 3% of vehicles are trucks, they account for over 12% of all auto accidents. Every 16 minutes, a truck accident occurs in the U.S. The victims in the passenger vehicle are 50 times more likely to die from injuries than the truck driver due to its sheer mass.
Cheryl S. Hightower, 65, of Hesperia, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident, after officials say her motorcycle was struck by a driver who ran a stop sign. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of North Shore and Greenway drives in Big Bear City, the morning of August 31, 2011. California Highway Patrol officials say Hightower was driving a 1997 Harley-Davidson Dyna FXD west on North Shore when a Jeep Grand Cherokee that ran a stop sign at Greenway hit her. Hightower died at the scene. The Jeep's driver, identified as Walter B. Campbell, was uninjured. An investigation is ongoing.