Monthly Archives: July 2014

California authorities report pedestrian death near casino

A pedestrian was killed outside of a casino in California after being hit by a car on July 28. The fatal pedestrian accident took place at approximately 12:35 a.m. near El Cajon. The California Highway Patrol stated that the crash happened at the Sycuan Casino on Dehesa Road.

The driver who hit the pedestrian had been traveling west on Dehesa Road at a speed of approximately 35 to 45 miles per hour. Investigators said that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, which occurred when a 1996 Chevy Suburban SUV veered right. A 57-year-old man had been standing on the edge of the roadway when he was struck. The driver then reportedly went home. When he was later located by police at his residence, he allegedly said he had not realized that he had struck a pedestrian, although he admitted that he had felt the impact from the crash.

A bystander who reportedly saw the vehicle striking the pedestrian informed the authorities about the accident. CHP officers said that the SUV driver was cooperating with investigators, and it was not reported whether any charges would be pressed against the man. Reports say the victim died at the scene of the accident.

Pedestrians who were injured in a crash may consider speaking with an attorney about the damages that they could recover in a suit against the at-fault driver. When pedestrians are killed in an accident, family members of the decedent may work with an attorney to file a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney may review witness accounts and possibly obtain evidence that could show a driver’s negligence.


California woman sues after being injured in car crash

On July 10 around 7:50 a.m., a 37-year-old woman driving to a nursing class on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz was injured in a crash caused by a truck driver who failed to brake in time and jackknifed on the busy road. On July 17, she filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court against the truck driver and the company for which he works. Her attorneys say that the lawsuit is seeking all current and future costs related to the injuries that she suffered in the accident.

The suit alleges that the woman’s lacerated liver and spinal injuries suffered in the accident were due to the driver’s negligence. Both the driver and his employer are facing claims of being negligent in the driving, hiring, training and supervision of the tractor-trailer.

The woman’s father says that after the accident, she called her mother to say goodbye since she did not think that she would live; she was trapped in her car and had trouble breathing. Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to get her out of the vehicle before she was transported by ambulance to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Although she was initially listed in critical condition at the time of the accident, she was released three days later.

A person who suffers injuries in a motor vehicle accident can face a long period of recovery both in and out of a hospital. If the accident occurred because of someone else’s negligence, the injured individual could take steps to hold the negligent party accountable. A legal action may allow the injured person to recoup the cost of medical bills as well as long-term care costs.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel, “Injured driver files lawsuit in Highway 17 fatal crash“, Stephen Baxter, July 17, 2014

2 injured in San Francisco pedestrian accident

A July 6 accident that happened just before 9 p.m. sent two pedestrians to an area hospital, officials reported. One individual suffered injuries to the head and a broken limb while the other complained of pain, but exact injuries were not noted.

The area in which the incident occurred on Sunset Boulevard is considered to be a dangerous section of the road. A traffic light along with a countdown signal are slated to be installed, and the project has been expedited after a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred in February. At that time, a 78-year-old man died while attempting to cross the notorious street.

Two additional people have suffered injuries so far in 2014 while crossing the street on foot, one a 15-year-old boy. More than 40 such accidents occurred on this stretch of Sunset between 2005 and 2011; part of the reason for the danger associated with the roadway is the six-lane design. The area has been noted for its high level of incidents, and the city is endeavoring to solve the problem.

Reports related to the July 6 incident do not indicate whether the driver involved has been cited. Additionally, available details do not explain whether a crossing signal was used by the pedestrians or whether a traffic signal may have been disregarded by the driver. The record of incidents on the roadway may indicate the need to take aggressive action in holding the city responsible for placing appropriate traffic signals for both motorists and pedestrians along the more than 2-mile stretch of road. Those injured in this incident may want to consider personal injury litigation against the city entity responsible for resolving known dangers.

A lawyer assisting either of these individuals in a personal injury case may use the accident report as a starting point in coordinating such a claim. Additionally, statistics and reports of other incidents on the road in question may be helpful for supporting a claim by demonstrating the pattern of problems in the area.

Source: SF Gate, “Two pedestrians hit by vehicle on Sunset Blvd. in S.F.“, Evan Sernoffsky, July 07, 2014

New initiative focuses on pregnancy-related deaths

California residents might be interested in a recent analysis regarding mother mortality rates jointly promulgated by the World Health Organization and the United Nations. According to the report, two to three women living in the United States die from gestational complications daily. With regard to maternal mortality rates, the report ranks the United States in the latter third of 180 countries and last among developed countries.

Within this context, the pharmaceutical company Merck has reportedly started a $500 million initiative to help abate the issue of pregnancy-related deaths in America. According to a representative for the program, many of these fatal cases occur in low-income communities; for, there appears to be a correlation between gestational complications and limited prenatal care. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poorest city in the United States is Camden, New Jersey. Reportedly, half of the pregnant women in that city do not receive medical care during their first trimester. Moreover, statistics indicate that 30 pregnant women die in Camden for every 100,000 babies born there.

In reality, women in America are sometimes injured during labor. While this may be due to a lack of resources in some cases, medical negligence is to blame in other cases. When a preponderance of evidence indicates that a pregnant woman suffered injuries due to another party’s negligence, the injured victim may pursue civil action against the negligent party.

To be more specific, the injured woman may retain a personal injury lawyer and file suit, seeking financial compensation for damages related to her injuries. In the event that a pregnant women dies on account of another party’s negligence, certain family members of the deceased victim may file a wrongful death claim, seeking restitution for the losses they suffered in connection with the fatal incident.


California hit-and-run driver realesed after posting bail

On June 19, California Highway Patrol received a call at approximately 10 p.m. concerning a pedestrian who had been the victim of a hit-and-run. Officers responded to the scene at State Route 299 in Willow Creek and determined the victim suffered fatal injuries. Police say the 22-year-old Willow Creek man died from blunt force trauma.

Soon after police responded to the incident, another patrol officer identified the vehicle involved in the crash parked behind a local market. Law enforcement officials were assisted by a local K-9 unit and the United States Forest Service, but they were unable to locate the suspect after searching for hours. By examining vehicle information and witness statements, investigators were able to apprehend the suspect the following morning.

The 36-year-old Arcata male was arrested at his residence on charges for hit-and-run, manslaughter, suspicion of DUI and obstructing or delaying an officer. The suspect posted a $100,000 bail bond on June 21 and is no longer in custody at Humboldt County Jail.

Family members of a victim killed in a hit-and-run may consider meeting with a lawyer in order to file a wrongful death claim. A family may be entitled to recover economic damages caused by the accident, including funeral costs, medical expenses and loss of support or services.

Immediate relatives may also be due restitution for non-economic damages that include compensation for loss of society, love and companionship. Spouses and minor children may be qualified for additional damages as well. In some cases, a lawyer could be able to prove that a fatal pedestrian accident was caused by the driver’s negligence.

Source: Times-Standard, “Hit-and-run victim found dead in Willow Creek on Saturday“, Jillian Singh, June 23, 2014

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