July 24 , 2012 In: Car Accidents

Two Injured in San Francisco Car Accident

Four people were injured in a San Francisco car crash, which officials say, involved a collision between an ambulance and a sedan at a street intersection. According to a news report in The San Francisco Chronicle, the injury crash occurred at the intersection of 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue the afternoon of July 20, 2012. Police say the ambulance, which was responding to a medical call, collided with a Volkswagen sedan. Among the injured were an ambulance intern and the driver of the sedan. Two others escaped without injuries. Officials say the American Medical Response ambulance was traveling east on 16th Street with lights and sirens on when it collided with the white sedan, which was southbound on South Van Ness. Police do not believe that the driver of the sedan ran a red light at the intersection. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Crashes Involving Ambulances

Between May 1, 2007 and April 30, 2009, there were about 466 crashes involving ambulances and other vehicles, which resulted in 982 injuries and 99 fatalities, according to a report published by the National Institutes for Health (NIH). Persons in other vehicles involved in collisions with ambulances were the most likely to die as a result of these crashes. Also, the report found that in cities, intersections are particularly dangerous locations for ambulances.

Laws Relating to Emergency Vehicles

Based on this news report, officials say that the driver of the sedan had the green light at the intersection, but that the ambulance was responding to a medical call with its lights and sirens on. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21806, when an emergency vehicle approaches, "the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection and thereupon shall stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed."

Fault and Liability

If it is determined that the driver of the sedan was at fault, then, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. If the ambulance driver is determined to have been at fault, then, the driver and his or her employer, in this case the ambulance company, can be held liable for the injuries and damages to the victims. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation from the at-fault parties for damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

William Alfredo Garcia, 18, was killed in a truck accident after his vehicle hit the rear of a stopped tractor-trailer. According to The Press-Enterprise, the fatal crash occurred the afternoon of July 20, 2012 near Nexus Way and Valley Boulevard in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County. California Highway Patrol officers found Garcia trapped behind the wheel of a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta that had driven under the back of the truck's trailer. He was freed from the wreckage and transported to a Fontana hospital where he died shortly afterward. Another occupant of the car was hospitalized with unknown injuries. The cause of this fatal wreck is under investigation.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and friends of William Alfredo Garcia who are grieving his tragic and untimely loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them. I also wish the injured victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Crash Statistics

According to CHP's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 83 fatalities and 1,704 injuries involving car crashes in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County in 2009. Also, countywide, 223 people died and 7,870 were injured as a result of traffic collisions, during the same year.

Truck Underride Crashes

Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what led to this fatal truck accident. There are several unanswered questions here. Where exactly was the tractor-trailer stopped at the time? Why was the big rig stopped at that location? Did the large truck have a rear guard to prevent underride crashes as required by federal law? Read the rest of this entry »

An Ontario nursing home was neglecting its residents, putting their health and safety in jeopardy, according to a report released by the California Attorney General's task force. According to a news report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Plott Nursing Home at 800 E. Fifth Street, was among 14 nursing facilities in California that showed signs of neglect, abuse and wrongful administration of medications.

California Department of Public Health, which oversees and licenses nursing homes, reported that Plott Nursing Home received 39 "initial survey deficiencies" in 2011, but a majority of those allegations were unfounded. The allegations that were substantiated involved two that dealt with administration and records keeping. The nursing home's administrator has called the report "blatant lies" denying all allegations. Read the rest of this entry »

The California attorney general has found nursing home neglect and fraud in elder care facilities to be widespread in the state. According to the Los Angeles Times, a recent report released by nursing home advocacy group, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), says inspectors observed several instances of neglect and abuse in California nursing homes. There were cases of bed sores not being treated properly, patients being chemically restrained with dangerous, psychotropic drugs and alarming instances of poor hygiene including patients being left in their own urine and feces for hours.

Health and Safety Issues

The report also found that nursing homes were out of compliance with nurse-patient ratios and were fraudulently billing for services that were never performed. California Attorney General Kamala Harris sent investigators to nursing homes between January 2010 and March 2012. These inspectors discovered a number of health and safety issues. These cases are under review by the Department of Public Health. Harris has said that action will be taken against negligent and fraudulent nursing homes. The nursing homes that were inspected included several in the Los Angeles area including Golden Cross Health Care in Pasadena, Sunrise Convalescent Hospital in Pasadena and Motion Picture and Television Fund Skilled Nursing Units in Woodland Hills. Read the rest of this entry »

A 56-year-old man suffered major job injuries after a piece of machinery crushed him at Haas Automation in Oxnard. According to The Ventura County Star, the industrial accident was reported the afternoon of July 16, 2012 in the 2800 block of Sturgis Road. When fire officials arrived, they found the man crushed within the machinery. The equipment was removed from the man and he was transported to an area hospital for treatment of multiple injuries. Officials are still investigating this workplace accident.

My heart goes out to the worker who has been seriously injured in this industrial accident. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. He and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Equipment-Related Deaths

According to the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), 326 workers died in 2010 as a result of suffering job-related injuries statewide. Of those, 43 died because of getting crushed or hit by objects and/or machinery. Read the rest of this entry »

Nissan North America is issuing a vehicle defect recall for about 12,000 Nissan Juke small SUVs due to defective rear seatback latches. According to Consumer Reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is stating that certain models of the Juke SUV have rear seat back latches that may fail during a frontal collision, increasing the risk of injuries to rear passengers.

NHTSA says this safety issue is related to "incomplete weld penetration" of the rear seat latches, which are designed to lock the seatbacks into upright position. This vehicle defect affects more than 11,000 of the vehicles in the United States. About 700 vehicles in Canada are also being recalled for the same problem. Nissan is expected to notify vehicle owners by the end of July. When the recall begins, local Nissan dealerships will replace the faulty rear seat strikers at no cost to owners.

Injuries Caused By Seatback Failure

Seatback failure can cause catastrophic or even fatal injuries to vehicle occupants. Seatback failure occurs when automakers manufacture seats that are not equipped to withstand impact during a car crash. Even in a low-speed collision, seatback failure can cause the entire seat to disconnect from the vehicle and either eject the passenger or collide with another passenger. Some of the common injuries suffered as a result of seatback failure include bone fractures, head injuries, internal organ damage, scarring, disfigurement and spinal cord injuries. According to NHTSA, three out of four people ejected from a vehicle will be fatally injured. Read the rest of this entry »

A 13-year-old boy and a 61-year-old man were injured in separate Los Angeles County auto accidents after their bicycles were struck by vehicles. According to a news article in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the first collision occurred the night of July 15, 2012 near Cerritos Avenue and Hanks Street, involved a 13-year-old boy. The teen was riding across Cerritos Avenue when a Toyota Camry, which was traveling southbound, struck him. The man driving the Camry was not injured. The teen suffered serious injuries including a possible broken leg.

The second collision occurred the afternoon of July 16, 2012 in the 700 block of North Pasadena Avenue. Police say the 61-year-old bicyclist was south on Pasadena Avenue when he was struck by a van, which was also southbound. The bicyclist suffered serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The van's driver, a 73-year-old Glendale man, was not arrested. Both accidents are still under investigation.

My heart goes out to both of these injured victims. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 23 injuries involving bicycle accidents in Azusa in 2009. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 22 people died and 3,725 were injured as a result of bicycle crashes during the same year. Read the rest of this entry »

Riding season is upon us and for many Michigan motorcyclists it means a time for group riding or organized rides. A group ride can be defined as any group of two or more motorcycles riding together. Organized rides are normally composed of a ride leader and sweep or drag rider who rides at the back of the group. Group riding is fun for many Michigan motorcyclists but no matter how comfortable a motorcyclist may be it is important that bikers understand the safety tips for riding in a motorcycle group.

Safety Tips For Riding In A Motorcycle Group

The motorcycle accident lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are providing tips for motorcyclists on riding in a Michigan motorcycle group. When riding in a motorcycle group it is important that you follow certain riding standards for safe group riding. Here are some tips recommended by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation: Read the rest of this entry »

Theodore Sipma, 66, of Buena Park, was killed in a Los Angeles County truck accident after his tractor hit another big rig on a freeway transition. According to a news article in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal truck accident occurred the morning of July 16, 2012 in Irwindale. Sipma was northbound on the 605 Freeway heading toward the eastbound 210 Freeway when he struck the rear of a 2012 Peterbilt semi-trailer that was parked on the shoulder of the transition road.

The impact of the crash caused Sipma's tractor to overturn onto its roof. Sipma died from his injuries. The driver of the parked truck, identified as 62-year-old Dennis Brummett, was not injured. Officials are looking into why Sipma's truck drifted to the shoulder before colliding with the rear of the trailer. No arrests have been made pending an official investigation.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family members and friends of Theodore Sipma for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Read the rest of this entry »

July 13 , 2012 In: Car Accidents

Los Angeles Police Chase Ends in Injury Crash

A police chase ended in a crash in Los Angeles seriously injuring two people. According to a CBS news report, the injury collision occurred the morning of July 12, 2012 at the intersection of Compton Avenue and Imperial Highway. The suspect, who was being pursued by police officers, struck two cars causing one - a pickup truck - to overturn, as well as a head-on collision to the other - a van. The victim in the pickup truck - a man in his 30s - was conscious and breathing, but suffered a cut to his head. The driver of the second vehicle suffered neck and back injuries. Both injured victims were transported to area hospitals. The suspect was arrested. The investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

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