Monthly Archives: December 2014

Alleged drunk driver causes collision that injures 13

According to law enforcement authorities, an allegedly drunk driver with no license caused a crash that injured 13 people in Alhambra on Dec. 14. Reportedly, the Los Angeles man’s license had been revoked for a previous drunk driving incident.

The 28-year-old man allegedly hit two other vehicles while driving in a residential neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. The force of those collisions supposedly caused the two vehicles to in turn crash into a group of people who were gathered to look at holiday lights in the neighborhood.

The accident happened at Fremont Avenue and Poplar Drive. According to police, the man crossed the center line into the southbound lane, where he then allegedly struck two parked cars. The group of pedestrians was stated to be on the sidewalk when they were struck by the parked cars. The parked cars also had people in them at the time of the accident. Emergency personnel transported 11 people to the hospital for treatment, and one of the injured was reportedly in intensive care. The alleged drunk driver was arrested and is currently in custody in lieu of $130,000 in bail.

When a driver causes a pedestrian accident, the pedestrian is more likely to sustain serious personal injuries than people who are protected inside of vehicles. Pedestrians who are the victims of drunk or negligent drivers may file personal injury civil lawsuits against the at-fault drivers in order to seek compensation for their losses. Through such a lawsuit, people may recover medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, property losses and other assorted damages. Civil lawsuits may be filed whether the driver is criminally charged or not. Civil and criminal proceedings are separate matters and require different burdens of proof. Victims could benefit from speaking to a personal injury attorney about their cases.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “13 hit as they look at holiday lights; driver has DUI history, no license“, Joseph Serna and Veronica Rocha, December 15, 2014

Dealing with jaundice in California newborns

When a baby is born, he or she may have yellowish skin or a yellow color in the whites of the eyes. This happens when the baby’s blood has a higher than normal level of a substance called bilirubin. The yellowing is referred to as jaundice, and it is rarely harmful in a newborn baby. Jaundice may appear right at birth or during the first week or two of the baby’s life.

There are two main types of jaundice in babies. Breastfeeding jaundice has to do with a baby’s ability to nurse if it is breastfed. In some cases, a baby is not able to nurse well, or the mother’s milk is slow to come in. This type of jaundice usually shows during the first week of the baby’s life. Another type of jaundice has to do with how the breast milk reacts with the breakdown of bilirubin. Breast milk jaundice may occur after the first week of the baby’s life — usually during weeks two to three — but persist at low levels for about a month or more.

In most cases, jaundice goes away on its own and does not need treatment. In the event that jaundice is severe, a baby may be exposed to a blue light to help the body get rid of extra bilirubin in the blood. A baby may also be fed up to 12 times a day to promote good digestion, which may flush out extra bilirubin from the body.

If a mother or baby is injured during labor, it may be possible to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. In court or through a settlement, the doctor who performed the delivery or the hospital where the baby was delivered may be held financially responsible for the injury. Any compensation awarded may pay for medical bills, long-term care and any other costs related to injuries suffered during the delivery.

Source: Medline Plus, “Newborn jaundice“, December 17, 2014

Facts relating to bicycle accidents

While California may be a beautiful place for people to enjoy bicycling, there are generally many dangers to the recreation as well. In fact, the activity resulted in about 515,000 bicyclists being injured and nearly 800 fatalities in the United States during 2010, according to a report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For this reason, when it comes to an accident, the risk of death or injury is far greater for a bicyclist than for a vehicle occupant.

Some bicyclists face greater dangers than other bicyclists do. The highest amount of bicycle fatalities affects those between the ages of 15 and 24 years old as well as those who are older than 45 years of age. Moreover, male bicyclists face increased risks of being injured or killed as compared with their female counterparts. Bicyclists from 5 to 24 years of age are at the greatest danger of incurring non-life-threatening injuries stemming from bicycle accidents. In fact, injured bicyclists in this age group account for about two thirds of all emergency visits by patients who have experienced an injury from a bicycle accident.

Besides being a law for children, people who wear a helmet during bicycling can decrease their chances of incurring brain and head injuries during an accident. Bicyclists who use bright clothing and bicycle lights at night lessen their risk of bicycle-related fatalities and injuries because they are more visible to motor vehicles.

In a bicycle accident with a vehicle, the bicyclist may easily suffer severe injuries such as a head trauma. If the motorist caused the accident through negligence, the victim may be able to hold the driver liable for his or her accident-related damages. A California attorney who handles personal injury claims might substantiate the plaintiff’s claims through evidence from police reports and eyewitness accounts. Evidence of negligence may include any citations that police issued to the accused driver at the time of the accident, such as a speeding ticket.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Bicycle-Related Injuries“, December 07, 2014

California bicycle accident kills 1

A collision involving two bicycles and an automobile close to the intersection of Adelaida Road and Nacimiento Lake Drive left one cyclist dead and another seriously injured. The accident occurred at around 3 p.m. on Nov. 28.

An 18-year-old Paso Robles man was driving a GMC Yukon when he swerved to miss a stopped vehicle and crashed into the two cyclists. He reportedly told investigators that he was reaching to pick up his cell phone that had fallen from his lap to the floorboard just before he swerved to miss the vehicle in front of him.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the two cyclists were a 59-year-old Seal Beach man and an unidentified woman. The man was severely injured and was later hospitalized and the woman died on the scene.

Driving while distracted by a cell phone, such as in this case, or other devices can lead to an accident. If a victim of a motor vehicle accident dies and the accident happened because another driver was distracted, then the distracted driver may be held liable for the financial damage the family of the deceased may experience due to the death of their family member. This financial damage can be from lost income the deceased may have contributed to the family, burial and funeral expenses, car repairs and medical costs.

The family may find benefit from contacting a personal injury attorney. A lawyer could help the family recover monetary compensation from the negligent driver in order to cover costs and damage that resulted from the accident. Evidence provided by investigators such as witness testimonies, police reports and accident reconstruction could be used by the family’s attorney to show fault on the part of the defendant.

Source: KSBY, “Cyclist and driver identified in fatal crash near Paso Robles”, Olivia DeGennaro, November 29, 2014

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