Witnesses helped detain a man who officials say caused a hit-and-run car accident in Victorville, the morning of August 4, 2012. According to a news article in The Victorville Daily Press, the hit-and-run collision occurred at the intersection of La Paz and Roy Rogers drives. Officials say witnesses followed the hit-and-run suspect's white Ford truck into the Food4Less parking lot in the 14700 block of La Paz Drive about a block east of where the collision occurred between the truck and another vehicle.

Witnesses held 24-year-old Daevonne Anthony Anderson until deputies arrived to investigate and make an arrest. Witnesses also told police that Anderson swung a champagne bottle at them inside the store. Anderson was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run, receiving stolen property and assault with a deadly weapon.

It is not clear if anyone in the other vehicle was hurt. If that was the case, I wish the injured victim or victims the very best for a quick and full recovery. I commend the eyewitnesses for following this suspect and apprehending him. They are true heroes.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 16 fatalities and 261 injuries occurred involving Victorville car accidents in 2009. During the same year, San Bernardino County car accidents claimed 223 lives and injured 7,870 people.

Laws and Liability Issues

Based on this news account, it appears that the hit-and-run driver not only collided with another vehicle at the intersection, but also attempted to leave the scene. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: "The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident."

In such cases, hit-and-run victims would be well advised to contact experienced San Bernardino personal injury attorneys, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will better advise victims and their families about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the hit-and-run driver may not be insured or have sufficient insurance.

Police Sgt. Martin Bolger was injured in a Chula Vista car accident, which officials say was caused by a motorist who ran a red light and may have been distracted by a cellphone while driving. According to a U-T San Diego news report, the injury collision occurred the night of August 4, 2012 at the intersection of Telegraph Canyon Road and Interstate 805.

Witnesses say Bolger, a sergeant with the Chula Vista Police Department, was heading west through the intersection on a green light when the eastbound driver of a sports car began turning left on a red light to enter the northbound freeway lanes. The cars almost collided head-on. Bolger was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other driver was not injured. Officials believe the female driver of the other car may have been distracted on a cellphone before the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Martin Bolger who has been injured in this incident. I'm relieved to note that his injuries are not life-threatening. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

August 3 , 2012 In: Car Accidents

Motorcyclist Killed in San Diego Car Accident

Matthew Wayne Maroon, 43, was killed in a San Diego motorcycle crash after he rear-ended a car and was then hit by another vehicle. According to a U-T San Diego news report, the fatal collision occurred on the Interstate 805 near Home Avenue the night of August 1, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials say Maroon was southbound on the freeway when a car lost a tire. The disabled car was pulling over to the right shoulder as other vehicles slowed or swerved to avoid it. Maroon collided with one of those vehicles and was thrown from his bile. As he stood up and tried to get out of the way, another vehicle struck him. Maroon was thrown several feet and died on the highway. Officials do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved. An investigation is ongoing.

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

San Diego Motorcycle Collisions

According to CHP's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were nine fatalities and 291 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in San Diego. Countywide, motorcycle collisions claimed 39 lives and injured 989 people during the same year.

Causes and Compensation Issues

Based on this news report, it appears that Maroon's motorcycle rear-ended a vehicle that lost its tire and became disabled. Maroon was then struck by another vehicle as he was walking away from the roadway and tried to get out of the way. There are several questions here. Did the disabled vehicle get out of the way promptly? Did the vehicle have lights on? Was Maroon able to see the vehicle pulling over to the side of the road? Did the other driver have sufficient time to stop before colliding with Maroon? I trust officials are looking into precisely how and why this fatal crash occurred. Read the rest of this entry »

A female motorcyclist was seriously injured in a car crash in San Diego after another vehicle struck her motorcycle. According to a 10News report, the injury collision occurred the night of July 31, 2012 on state Route 52 just west of Mast Boulevard. Officials say a pickup truck and the motorcyclist changed lanes at the same time and collided with each other. The woman was thrown from the bike and onto the shoulder of the freeway. She suffered major injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The driver of the truck was given a routine DUI test, but police do not suspect alcohol was involved. Both the occupants of the truck were not injured.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured motorcyclist. I wish her the very best for a quick and complete recovery.

San Diego Motorcycle Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were nine fatalities and 291 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in San Diego in 2009. Countywide, 39 people died and 989 were injured as a result of motorcycle crashes during the same year.

Laws and Liability Issues

Based on this news account, it appears that the collision between the pickup truck and the motorcycle occurred when the vehicles were making a lane change. California Vehicle Code Section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle "shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety."

In this case, if the driver of the pickup truck is determined to have been at fault, then, he or she can be held liable for the motorcyclist's injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Motorcycle accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of an incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

August 1 , 2012 In: Car Accidents

Head-On Accident in Bakersfield Proves Fatal

Horacio Cabrera, 40, was killed in a Bakersfield car accident after a sleeping driver crashed head-on into his van. According to a news article in Bakersfield Now, the fatal car crash occurred on Highway 184, the morning of July 30, 2012. Officials say 21-year-old Jovanna Salgado of Arvin, fell asleep in her Lexus and drifted into the southbound lane. Her Lexus crashed into the van Cabrera was driving. Cabrera was killed and four of his passengers -- Saul Gomez, Antonio Solares, Johnathan Alonso and Modesto Dominguez -- were injured. Salgado sustained a major injury to her leg. It is unclear if she will face charges for the fatal crash.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Horacio Cabrera following this tragic crash. My thoughts and prayers are also with the many injured victims of this collision. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 23 fatalities and 1,034 injuries occurred in 2009 as a result of car accidents in the city of Bakersfield. During that same year, 129 people were killed and 3,061 were injured in Kern County car crashes. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Robin Vaughan, 60, a retired neurophysiologist was killed in a San Diego motorcycle crash, which officials say was caused by a drunk driver. According to the U-T San Diego, the fatal crash occurred the afternoon of July 28, 2012 on the Interstate 15 near Via Rancho Parkway in Escondido. Vaughan's motorcycle collided with a Dodge Ram pickup truck that was headed the wrong direction on 15 Freeway. Officials arrested 34-year-old Brian Joseph Webb of Murrieta on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. California Highway Patrol officials found open alcohol containers in Webb's truck. Webb has been charged with DUI causing bodily injury, gross vehicular manslaughter and driving with a suspended license.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and friends of Dr. Robin Vaughan who are mourning this terrible loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them. According to the report, Vaughan and his wife, Donetta, are parents of five children and have 15 grandchildren. Vaughan was also a Boy Scout leader for two decades and was active in the Mormon Church. What a tragic loss for his family and the community!

DUI Statistics

According to CHP's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), seven fatalities and 79 injuries occurred in 2009 involving DUI crashes in Escondido. In San Diego County as a whole, 103 people died and 1,754 were injured due to alcohol-related collisions, during the same year.

California Drunk Driving Laws

Based on this news account, the driver, Webb, was traveling the wrong way on the freeway because he was under the influence. Officials have not released his blood alcohol level at this time. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges, as Webb does in this case.

California Penal Code Section 191.5 (a) states: "Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle, where the driving was in violation of Section 23140, 23152, or 23153 of the Vehicle Code, and the killing was either the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, and with gross negligence, or the proximate result of the commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner, and with gross negligence."

Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable

In such cases, drunk drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, can be held civilly liable for the victim's wrongful death. The family of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical costs, funeral expenses, lost future income and benefits and loss of love and companionship. Victims' families would be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of holding drunk drivers financially responsible. For more information about the dangers of driving under the influence, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.

A 31-year-old tree trimmer suffered fatal injuries on the job after he was electrocuted and fell from a palm tree, the morning of July 28, 2012. According to a news article in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the accident occurred in the 1400 block of Orlando Drive in Arcadia. Firefighters arrived at the site and saw a palm tree on fire. The victim, who appeared to have been electrocuted, was harnessed approximately 20 feet up in the blazing tree. The harness burned and the man fell to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police as well as officials with Southern California Edison and the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety are investigating this fatal incident.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of this deceased accident victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Statistics Involving Tree Trimmers

According to the most recent statistics made available by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, from 1992 to 2007, a total of 1,285 people were killed in tree-trimming accidents nationwide. Of these deaths, 42 percent occurred when a person was hit by a falling tree or branch. Another 34 percent were killed by a fall from a tree and 14 percent were killed by electrocution. Read the rest of this entry »

A firefighter suffered leg injuries in a Riverside motorcycle accident after a speeding motorcyclist drove over his foot, the night of July 25, 2012. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the injury crash occurred on eastbound Highway 91 at Van Buren Boulevard. Officials say the firefighter was directing traffic on the highway after another collision. Even as firefighters were trying to treat and transport injured people from the collision, a man on a three-wheel motorcycle began weaving through lanes.

A Riverside fire captain stopped the man as he approached the crash scene telling him to stop. After talking to the captain briefly, the motorcyclist sped away running over the fire captain's foot. The captain's injuries were not life threatening, but he was transported to an area hospital with foot injuries. California Highway Patrol officials stopped the speeding motorcyclist along the freeway and issued a citation.

My heart goes out to the injured fire captain. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. It is indeed fortunate that he was not critically injured. Read the rest of this entry »

Macey Kibbee, a 21-year-old Bakersfield woman who was seriously injured in a Long Beach car crash will receive a $650,000 settlement from the city, The Press-Telegram reports. Kibbee was a student at Calstate, Long Beach, when she was hit while jogging on Dec. 3, 2009 at the intersection of Clark Avenue and Los Coyotes Diagonal. The driver, 44-year-old William Pearce, told police he was traveling south on Clark Avenue at 35 to 40 mph through a yellow light when he struck Kibbee, who was crossing Clark Avenue east on a green crosswalk light.

Serious Injuries Sustained

Kibbee suffered skull and pelvis fractures. Her serious injuries caused her to suffer permanent physical, neurological and cognitive disabilities. Kibbee filed a lawsuit against the city in which her attorneys claimed that the intersection's all-red timing of 1.8 seconds, which is basically the interval before the light turns green after the opposing street signal turns red, is not adequate. Kibbee's past and future medical expenses are estimated to be more than $10 million to $12 million, which city officials say prompted them to settle the case.

My heart goes out to Macey Kibbee and her family members who must have gone through an extremely difficult three years following this catastrophic pedestrian accident. They are in my prayers. Read the rest of this entry »

David Gregory Smith, 52, was killed in a car crash in San Bernardino County after a vehicle struck him while he was crossing the road. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal pedestrian collision occurred on Redlands Boulevard between New Jersey and California streets the night of July 23, 2012. The 36-year-old motorist was uninjured. Police do not believe that alcohol or drugs were involved. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends of David Gregory Smith for their terrible loss. I offer them my deepest sympathies.

San Bernardino Pedestrian Accidents

One person died and 20 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in Redlands in 2009, according to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Also, during the same year, 39 fatalities and 440 injuries were reported due to pedestrian collisions in San Bernardino County. Read the rest of this entry »

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