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October 29, 2012

Van Nuys Car Crash Leaves Three Injured

Three people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a pickup truck T-boned an SUV at a Van Nuys street intersection. According to a City News Service article, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Woodley Avenue early morning on October 29, 2012. Police say the traffic signal at the intersection was not working when a red Ford F-250 pickup truck and a Nissan Pathfinder entered the intersection at the same time. The Pathfinder was cut in half and a passenger from the SUV was extricated from the wreckage. She suffered a broken wrist. The drivers of both vehicles were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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August 7, 2012

Oil Spill Results In Clogged "Arteries" on Freeway

July 30, 2012-Santa Ana, CA-Southbound I-5 was closed all morning Saturday due to an
unusual "oil spill" on the highway.

California Highway Patrol reports that around 6:00 a.m., a large truck carrying boxes of
canola cooking oil dropped its cargo across the highway near Southbound 55, spilling
gallons of the oil across the highway.

Apparently not realizing that the oil had been spilled, the truck driver kept traveling,
leaving behind the slick mess that other drivers quickly plowed into, skidding off the
road and onto medians and shoulders.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the accidents, although several cars were
damaged. Caltrans soon arrived with super absorbent substances to soak up the oil.

However, lanes remained closed and traffic clogged the freeways until at least 10:30 a.m.
that morning.

My sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to any of the victims who suffered minor
injuries, and my congratulations to all the drivers on avoiding serious injury.

Accident Statistics

Spills with large trucks are not uncommon on our highways. According to the United
States Department of Transportation, in 2007 there were 2,250 dangerous spills on
highways as opposed to only a handful in the air, on the water, and by rail combined.

Transporting goods by highway remains the most potentially dangerous way of moving
dangerous materials because of the crowded conditions of most roads and the potential for
serious accidents.

What Happened In This Accident

Fortunately, this accident seems more comical than frightening. Although the potential
for serious injury was present, only minor injuries and some property damage resulted.

However, when considering the potential for a very serious and dangerous situation, this
accident becomes far more sobering. If the substance on this truck had been a hazardous
chemical or dangerous material, this accident could have resulted in numerous injuries
and even deaths. The area around this very busy intersection could have been shut down
for a long period of time, strangling traffic patterns in Orange County. The potential
for serious damage and loss is very high.

Liability Issues

The truck driver may have liability for this accident if the spill was caused by his or
her negligence. However, the owner of the cargo may also have liability, as well as the
people who loaded the truck in such a way that the spill occurred. The State of
California or City of Santa Ana may also be liable if it can be shown that something in
the roadway caused the spill.

If you encounter a situation that results in an accident due to someone else's
negligence, you need to call Santa Ana Truck Accident Lawyers at 800-561-4831. We
have over 30 years of experience in the complex California truck laws and can send
investigators out in as little as an hour to the scene of the truck accident in Santa
Ana. We're here to help.

July 23, 2012

Elderly Man Killed in South Pasadena Pedestrian Accident

A 71-year-old man was killed in a Pasadena car accident after a van struck him as he was crossing a roadway. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal pedestrian collision occurred at the intersection of Pasadena Avenue and Arroyo Drive the morning of July 22, 2012. The man was crossing Pasadena Avenue in a marked crosswalk when a van struck him. Police say the driver failed to yield the right of way to the pedestrian who was in a marked crosswalk. The elderly man succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. The driver, a 77-year-old man, has not been arrested, but was issued a citation for vehicular manslaughter. The district attorney will decide whether to file charges based on the evidence presented by the police.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of this pedestrian accident victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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July 6, 2011

Bicyclist Killed in Los Angeles Hit-And-Run Car Accident

Personal injury attorney in Los AngelesGeorge Loudon, 32, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in the Daily Breeze, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on Vista del Mar south of Hyperion Way in El Segundo, the early morning of July 4, 2011. Loudon was heading north on his bicycle when a car struck him from behind. Loudon was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Officials say limited visibility on the street may have been a factor because the bicyclist was wearing dark clothing and the accident occurred before sunrise. Authorities are searching for the driver responsible for the crash.

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June 13, 2011

Bicyclist Taken By Ambulance From PCH, Newport Beach Bicycle Accident Scene?

Orange County personal injury lawyerWas there a serious bicycle verses auto collision on Pacific Coast Highway, in Newport Beach this morning, June 12, 2011 at about 10:45 am? Did a bicyclist out for a Sunday morning ride on north PCH have some type of accident or medical emergency?

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February 27, 2011

U.S. Marine Killed in San Diego Motorcycle Accident

Mark Paul Thompson, 27, was killed in a San Diego motorcycle accident after he lost control of his 2008 Honda motorcycle and crashed. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal injury accident occurred the afternoon of February 21, 2011 in the 16000 block of Highland Valley Road in Ramona. Thompson was riding his Honda motorcycle when he lost control and was thrown off his bike. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are investigating the cause of this fatal motorcycle accident.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mark Paul Thompson for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

San Diego Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 51 fatalities and 1,081 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in San Diego County. Also, during the same year, 246 people died and 13,527 were injured as a result of San Diego County car accidents.

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December 15, 2010

Riverside Car Accident Involves Right-of-Way Issues

 Riverside Car Accident Involves Right-of-Way Issues

Five people were injured in a major Riverside car accident that may have been caused by one of the drivers failing to yield right-of-way. According to a news report in The Desert Sun, the injury car accident occurred at the intersection of Pierson Boulevard and Highway 62 in Desert Hot Springs the night of December 12, 2010. Police report Rigoberko Landeros, 73, who was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram, failed to yield right-of- way to 20-year-old Joseph Michael Schabow Jr., who was driving a Toyota Tacoma. The two vehicles collided and five people suffered injuries. One person was critically injured, three sustained moderate injuries and one person suffered relatively minor injuries.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone injured in this Riverside car accident. I wish them all a complete and speedy recovery from their injuries.

Riverside Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and seven were injured in Desert Hot Springs car accidents. In Riverside County as a whole, 220 deaths and 8,561 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents during the same year.

Right-of-Way Issues

At this intersection, which is apparently monitored by stop signs, drivers on Pierson must stop and yield the right-of-way to motorists on Highway 62. California law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and proceed with caution.

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February 2, 2010

Newport Beach Car Accident Victim Alleges Dangerous Roadway Condition

Brandi Lynn Sutton, a 24-year-old woman, who suffered serious injuries in a Newport Beach car accident, has filed a claim against the city for a dangerous roadway condition. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Sutton was in a crosswalk at the intersection of West Balboa Boulevard and 26th Street when she was hit by a taxi. Sutton says that the crosswalk was poorly lit, causing the accident. She broke both bones in her lower leg and suffered a concussion, knee, back and elbow injuries.

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October 21, 2009

Ventura Car Accident Kills Woman

Laura Hanson, 49, was killed in a Ventura car accident the morning of October 19, 2009 on Highway 33, the Ventura County Star reports. Her 8-year-old son, who was a passenger, sustained injuries that appeared to be minor, California Highway Patrol officials said. Hanson was driving south on the highway when her SUV began to fishtail and crashed off the freeway south of Nye Road. The SUV then rolled down a wooded embankment and hit a tree. Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene and her son, whose name was not released, was transported to an area hospital. Both Hanson and her son were wearing seatbelts. Investigators say Hanson was driving out of the Edison Drive curve at 35 to 40 mph when she crashed. The highway was also wet at the time, officials said.

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January 1, 2009

Dangerous Baldwin Park Freeway Intersection Source of Several Truck Accidents

Many are saying that a poorly designed freeway transition at the 605 and 10 freeways in Baldwin Park has caused many dangerous big-rig accidents. According to this news report in the Pasadena Star News, since July 27, 2008, at least five trucks have tipped within a few hundred feet of a transition road between the two interstates. A look further back in time shows a similar record, with truck after truck overturning at that same interchange.

The 605 and 10 interchange is also apparently the 19th busiest freeway interchange in California. About 438,000 vehicles use it daily. California Highway Patrol officials are saying that truck drivers simply need to slow down to avoid chaos at that interchange. Big-rig drivers say these California truck accidents occur because of other “rude drivers.” But the obvious question that jumps out here is: Why do big rigs specifically topple at this interchange?

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November 16, 2008

Family Files Suit Against Monterey County for Hazardous Roadway

The family of Anthony Nicholas Narigi is suing Monterey County for alleged design flaws on South Boundary Road. Narigi, a 21-year-old Salinas man, was killed in a rollover accident on July 22, 2007 outside Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The suit also alleges that the 2002 GMC Yukon Denali in which Narigi was a passenger, had design flaws and that it was modified before it was purchased. Our source for this blog is a news report in the Salinas Herald.

Narigi was killed in the 7/22/07 rollover crash when he and his 18-year-old brother Dominick John Paul Narigi were driving from the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix races at Laguna Seca. The younger brother suffered serious injuries in the accident. Although California Highway Patrol officials initially said alcohol played a role, prosecutors later said there was no evidence to show that Dominick Narigi was drinking or intoxicated. The lawsuit alleges Dominick suffered permanent physical and emotional injuries as a result of road design and vehicle suspension defects.

The road where Narigi was driving was a recently paved roadway with inadequate signs, according to court documents. The lawsuit also states that the SUV’s lifted suspension was held in place by leather straps, which broke and threw the vehicle on its side. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors denied a claim for $6 million from Dominick Narigi and his parents, Roxane and John Narigi.

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September 24, 2008

Trabuco Canyon Motorcycle Accident Caused by Dangerous Roadway

Marc Anthony Daneo, 48, died in a Trabuco Canyon motorcycle accident on Sept. 21 after he lost control of his Harley Davidson and struck a tree on Live Oak Canyon Road.
According to an article in The Orange County Register, Daneo, a Lake Forest resident, is not the first motorcycle rider to suffer fatal injuries on this roadway. Apparently, the narrow road is filled with memorials for people who have lost their lives in various auto accidents along the scenic, yet dangerous Orange County roadway.

Daneo was reportedly riding a Harley Davidson south on Live Oak Canyon when, for some unknown reason, he lost control of his motorcycle. Daneo went down with his Harley, slid along the roadway and hit a tree on the right shoulder of the road. The spot where Daneo lost control of his Harley on Live Oak Canyon, just south of Shelter Canyon Road was known to be particularly treacherous.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Marc Anthony Daneo and the families of other motorists who have suffered tragic losses as a result of this dangerous roadway.

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September 15, 2008

Dangerous Intersection in La Verne Continues To Claim Lives

Residents in one La Verne neighborhood say that the city made a big mistake by not putting a permanent traffic signal at a dangerous intersection, which continues to claim the lives of innocent victims. Most recently, 86-year-old Hugh McCrabbe of San Dimas who was killed Sept. 8 in a three-car collision at the intersection of Fruit Street and Baseline Road. Resident Mike Manson says the city has simply not taken crash statistics on this dangerous roadway seriously. Our source for this blog is an article in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

McCrabbe reportedly failed to yield to oncoming traffic. He was then side swiped by another vehicle and pushed into a third vehicle. McCrabbe was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Neighbors call this intersection a “deathtrap.” Some neighbors say the intersection needs a traffic light. Others say the city should lower the speed limit there from 40 mph to 25 mph.

But the bottom line in this case is that the city had the information about this dangerous La Verne intersection and did not take steps to prevent accidents. City officials say they now have funding to get a traffic light there within the next six months, but residents like Manson are skeptical.

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