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Cell Phones and Increases in Motor Vehicle Fatalities

As personal injury lawyers, we have constantly been following legislation and statistics regarding the use of cell phones and their effect on road safety. In many jurisdictions including Ontario, the use of cell phones has been outlawed while driving, forcing drivers to use hands-free technology if they are to make phone calls when on the road.

This shift to hands-free technology has spawned a number of studies, which have attempted to analyze whether these technologies are indeed safer to use than the outgoing hands-on systems, which have been outlawed. Read the rest »

Why Are Motor Vehicle Accident Fatalities Increasing?

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 »

Texas Football Coach’s Wife May Face Manslaughter Charges in Fatal Car Accident

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 »

San Diego Car Crash Injures Child

A boy was struck in a severe car crash that occurred in February 20, 2012, around 5 p.m. in Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma. According to the police, the child was struck and injured at the intersection of Cordova Street and Ladera Street.

The young boy suffered a broken leg in this serious car accident. Medics responding to this severe pedestrian crash immediately transported the injured boy to Rady Children’s Hospital for medical treatment. Read the rest »

Drunk Driver Hits 5 Cars in San Diego DUI Accident

A woman faces DUI charges after crashing her car into at least 5 vehicles on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley early Monday morning.

The drunk driver allegedly hit the first car on eastbound I-8 near Sunset Cliffs, but fled the scene. She crashed into a second vehicle while exiting onto Taylor Street. However, the driver tailed her and phoned the police. The woman was eventually stopped after a head-on collision. Luckily, a passerby stepped in before she could drive away from the accident again. Read the rest »

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Defective Infant Tylenol Drug

J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit are pulling all 574,000 bottles of its grape-flavored, liquid Infants’ Tylenol off the U.S. market because parents are having problems using its redesigned bottles. The company introduced this only 3 months ago in an effort to make measuring doses easier.

17 parents or caregivers have complained that the protective cover on the top of the bottles didn’t work correctly. The plastic cover is meant to act as a flow restrictor, limiting how much of the liquid is drawn into the plastic syringe. When the syringe in inserted into the bottle, it instead pushes the protective cover into the bottle.

J&J’s consumer health segment, McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit, has had about 25 product recalls since September 2009. This recent recall is a huge disappointment to J&J, who firmly believed that the infant Tylenol’s new packaging would limit spillage and “help a mom, dad, or caregiver ensure the correct dosage” because babies are particularly vulnerable to excessive doses of medicine. Read the rest »

Linda Vista Rollover Car Wreck Kills La Jolla Man

A 63-year-old La Jolla man was killed in a serious rollover car accident that occurred on January 2, 2012, around 7:30 p.m. near Osler Street in Linda Vista. According to San Diego police, the Toyota Prius crashed into a tree and rolled over a few times on Genessee Avenue. Medical Examiner’s Office officials found motorist’s body partly outside the vehicle. Officers were unsure if the victim was wearing a seatbelt.

The car driver was immediately transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital to receive medical treatment where he was pronounced dead around 8:14 p.m. Read the rest »

Fatal Yucca Valley SUV Accident Kills Woman

52-year-old Linda Dingman was killed in a tragic car accident that occurred on December 21, 2011, around 6:38 p.m. along Hwy. 247 near Encelia Drive. According to sheriff’s officials, Dingman was hit by a Chevy Yukon driven by 33-year-old Carla McChristian. The victim was wearing dark clothing, which may have been a factor in the crash.

Dingman suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. From the present information, it appears that a possible negligent driving and irresponsible actions of the motorist led to this serious car wreck that claimed one life. Read the rest »

Distracted Driver Hospitalizes Two in Poway

Two people suffered serious injuries in a severe car accident that occurred on December 13, 2011, around 7 p.m. on state Route 67 (SR-67) about a half-mile south of Poway Road. According to San Diego County sheriff’s Deputy Mark Karo, a man driving a large passenger van got distracted and drifted into southbound lanes, sideswiping a trailer-towing truck. As the motorist swerved back into his lane, the van struck the right front end of a sedan headed south.

The driver of the sedan and a passenger suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and were immediately transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The van driver was taken to the hospital but released shortly after. From the available information, it is appears that negligent and distracted driving of the van driver contributed to this serious multiple vehicle collision. Read the rest »

I-8 DUI Accident Hospitalizes San Diego Family

Two adults and two children, a 10-year-old and a 6-year-old, suffered serious injuries in a three-vehicle crash that occurred on December 4, 2011, around 10 a.m. on eastbound side of the freeway near Waring Road on Interstate 8 (I-8).  According to the California Highway Patrol, a Land Rover heading eastbound at about 80 to 90mph clipped a red car, then rear-ended a Lexus SUV, causing it to spin out and go over the center divider of the freeway.

The impact of the collision made the SUV fall 120 to 150 feet down an embankment. Both the adults in the car were immediately transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital and the two kids were taken to Rady Children’s Hospital to receive medical treatment. Read the rest »

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