An 18-year-old man from Oceanside was killed in a San Diego County car accident when his pickup truck rolled over on the Interstate. According to a 10 News report, the fatal car crash occurred on Interstate 5 north of Leucadia Boulevard in Encinitas. Officials say he hit the brakes on his 1992 Nissan pickup and lost control. The pickup veered off the road, hit an embankment, rolled several times and struck a light pole. That pole then fell onto a UPS truck that was traveling on the freeway. The young driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. The 49-year-old UPS driver was treated for minor injuries. It is unclear what caused the crash.
Investigators are looking into whether drugs or alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. Driver error is one of the leading causes of single-vehicle crashes, but there are other factors to consider. Anyone who has lost a loved one in an auto accident would be well advised to stay abreast of the ongoing investigation. Determining the true cause of the crash can help give a family closure and open opportunities for financial compensation. Read the rest »
Sleepiness and fatigue brought on by not getting enough rest at night are key causes of car, truck, and other serious accidents, as many San Diego car accident attorneys have seen. Sleep is so important to preventing motor vehicle accidents that the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently revised its hours of service rules for commercial drivers to reflect the human brain’s need for uninterrupted sleep.
How can you and your family help protect yourselves from vehicle accidents? One way is by celebrating Better Sleep Week. According to a study published last month by the Better Sleep Council, most Americans know what they need to do in order to get better sleep – they just aren’t doing it. Better Sleep Week, May 5-13, is a great time to start. Read the rest »
The U.S. National Safety Council recently released statistics which revealed that motor vehicle accident deaths increased by 5% in 2012. The same 5% spike has been seen in the percentage of accident victims who seek medical help after a motor vehicle accident. The cost of all these accidents and related injuries rang in at the tune of $276.6 billion last year.
At Intraligi Law Firm, we were curious as to the reasons behind these increases, which are the first in the last seven years. This led us to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, Americans are among the world’s most notorious users of cell phones while driving. Sixty-nine percent of survey responders indicated that they had talked on their cell phone while driving at least once in the last month, and 31 percent said they had texted or sent e-mails in that same time frame. As we can imagine, the problem is of even greater concern because these percentages are a lot higher among younger drivers, and we get the distinct feeling that unless something is done to change the texting/calling while driving culture, it will become more and more common. Read the rest »
According to Prevent Blindness America, each year there are about 6,000 eye injuries caused from auto batteries. That does not even take into account skin burns, hand injuries, and other possible injuries from improper use of car batteries. To bring awareness of the dangers of car batteries and share important tips to prevent fatal injuries, October is dedicated as Auto Battery Safety Month.
In our October 2012 Newsletter, we briefly discuss a simple version on how to safely jump-start a car battery. Let’s recap the proper steps and go more in-depth: Read the rest »
59-year-old Juanita Mullin was killed in a rear-end crash that occurred on May 7, 2012, around 10:46 a.m. along Interstate 15 (I-15) deep in the Mojave Desert. According to San Bernardino County coroner’s officials and California Highway Patrol officers, a 67-year-old trucker driving a 2008 International momentarily diverted his attention by looking inside his cab and slammed into the car, causing the Impala to overturn and the big-rig to run off the freeway and end up in an embankment.
At the time, Mullin was either stopped or driving extremely slow with the vehicle’s emergency flashers on. From the present facts, it is clear that the truck driver’s negligent driving contributed to this fatal California motor vehicle crash. At this time, the victim’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Bernardino County car accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights. Read the rest »
Five people suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle wreck that took place on April 11, 2012, around 12:30 p.m. on Highway 79 (SR-79), south of Beaumont. According to Cal Fire, this two-car crash happened just south of the county dump on Lamb Canyon Road.
The injured victims were immediately transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment following this Riverside County auto accident. From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this traffic collision occurred. Was there a loss of control? Was one of the drivers distracted or speeding? Read the rest »
A woman was struck and killed in a severe pedestrian wreck that occurred on February 24, 2012, around 12:29p.m. on Arlington Avenue, west of Fairhaven Drive in the far western end of the city. According to Lt. Eric Charrette, a black pickup crossed the double-yellow line, causing the driver of another truck to veer off the road to avoid the collision. Unfortunately, the driver instead ran into a female pedestrian walking east along the south edge of the street.
Paramedics responding to this serious car wreck treated the victim at the scene and later transported her to Riverside Community Hospital, where she died of her injuries. Read the rest »
One person sustained moderate injuries in a serious DUI car crash that occurred on February 23, 2012, around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of East California and North Santa Fe avenues. According to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Glen Twyman, 25-year-old Robert Jarquin rear-ended the vehicle while driving under the influence and continued on his way until he slammed into a light pole.
The motorist in the vehicle that was rear-ended by Jarquin’s vehicle complained of pain and was immediately transported to Tri-City Medical Center for treatment. Jarquin was later booked into the Vista jail on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving under the influence. Read the rest »
19-year-old Ronald Cole died in a serious multiple vehicle wreck that occurred on February 22, 2012, around 9 p.m. on Highway 74 (SR-74) east of Lake Elsinore. According to the authorities, Cole and his passengers were headed west in a 2004 Honda Civic on Highway 74 in the unincorporated Meadowbrook area when Cole, for unknown reasons, crossed into oncoming traffic.
The driver of another 2004 Civic tried to steer out of the way but the two cars collided head on. The other Civic, driven by 23-year-old Cody Testi, of Riverside, spun across the westbound lanes and came to rest on the shoulder. A Chrysler 300 that was behind Testi’s Civic and the Pathfinder struck debris from the initial crash. Read the rest »
Suzanne Tuberville, wife of the Texas Tech University head coach Tommy Tuberville, is under investigation for a car wreck in Lubbock back in November 2011. Suzanne allegedly ran a red light at 57th and Slide and crashed into a car carrying 73-year-old Nelda Purdy and her husband 87-year-old Ira Purdy. After spending the last 4 months in intensive care, Ira Purdy died this past Friday.
At the time of the accident, Nelda and Ira sustained critical injuries. According to the Purdy’s family attorney, the man never recovered from the significant head injury, broken leg, and broken ribs, which resulted in his death last Friday. Sources say that he was in good condition and very active before the accident. However, with such significant injuries, it is hard to fully recover at that age. Read the rest »