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West Hollywood DUI Collision Results in Serious Injuries

August 19, 2014
West Hollywood DUI Collision Results in Serious Injuries

Two men were arrested on Thursday after an assault with a belt led to two pedestrians being struck. Police indicate that the entire incident began when two women began laughing at a man vomiting outside a nightclub near North Robertson Boulevard and Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. In response, 23-year-old Joseph Osuna began hitting the women with his belt “for unknown reasons” before getting into a car driven by 29-year-old Hector Hernandez. The two men then fled the scene, intentionally hitting a male and female pedestrian. They were arrested about two miles away. Osuna was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon; Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence.

The two women assaulted with the belt sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The male pedestrian


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Two Boys Mauled In Indio Pit Bull Attack

August 18, 2014
Two Boys Mauled In Indio Pit Bull Attack

Two small children were attacked in a vicious encounter with a pit bull in Indio this week. The boys, ages five and eleven, were mauled in a single incident with one dog on Saturday. The five-year-old boy suffered bite wounds to the back of the head, and the eleven-year-old boy suffered puncture bite wounds to the stomach and hand.

The boys were sent to the hospital after the attack, and the five-year-old was described as in serious, but stable, condition. The eleven-year-old boy’s subsequent medical condition has not been released. The two boys were waiting for a friend around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The mother of the boys’ friend was on the property with the dog and tethered him to a post. The dog, a four-year-old pit bull named Cucuy,


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Deadly San Bernardino Head On Collision Caused by Bickering Couple

Deadly San Bernardino Head On Collision Caused by Bickering Couple

A 66-year-old man from San Bernardino, California died following ahead on accident. Police say that the incident began because a man and a woman in the other vehicle were involved in a heated altercation. There was also a six-month-old infant traveling in the vehicle that contained the arguing couple. Just before this serious crash occurred, the man driving the oncoming vehicle crossed the double-yellow line and struck the vehicle containing the 66-year-old man head on. The couple and the infant are all listed in critical condition following the crash. The other man was pronounced dead at the scene.

How to Avoid Causing a Head-On Collision

There are a few things that you should make a habit of doing while you are driving that will reduce the odds of you causing a head on


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Lack of Bicycle Lanes in Orange County Causing Danger

August 11, 2014

In recent years, many cities in California, including Los Angeles, have become more and more friendly to cyclists. More bicycle lanes are appearing, and there has been a concerted effort to increase awareness of bicyclist’s rights and rights of way. However, this trend has lagged in Orange County, and the figures on bicyclist injuries and fatalities help illustrate the need. If you are in a bicycle accident, it is important to know your rights – the rules of the road are not the same for bicyclists and motorists.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

The most recent statistics available from the California Highway Patrol illustrate a rising trend. Since 2007 both fatalities and injuries have increased steadily, with one slight dip in fatalities in 2009. Nationwide, bicyclist fatalities have mirrored that trend –


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Juvenile Bicyclist Fatally Injured by Pickup Truck

July 29, 2014
Juvenile Bicyclist Fatally Injured by Pickup Truck

A pickup truck fatally injured a boy who was riding his bicycle at a San Bernardino County, California, freeway off-ramp. The bike accident occurred on the eastbound side of I-210 at Del Rosa Avenue, and as a result of the accident, the ramp was closed for more than an hour. According to a California Highway Patrol Officer, the victim was a 12-year-old boy who was not wearing his helmet at the time of the accident. According to a police officer investigating this accident, there are still a lot of unknowns involved. The officer said, “It’s undetermined who had the light. And we don’t know if (the boy) was in the crosswalk. We heard he was with another juvenile. The other (youngster) was riding behind him, but didn’t see much of anything.” After the accident, paramedics rushed the injured


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Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Risk of Dementia

Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Risk of Dementia

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are catastrophic injuries that have long-term consequences. For many years, researchers have suspected that brain injuries dramatically increase the risk of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and accelerate the onset of symptoms of dementia.

A new study of veterans helps confirm these suspicions. According to research published recently in the journal Neurology, veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be at a high risk of developing dementia sooner. They were 60% more likely to develop symptoms of dementia compared to persons who had never suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The study was based on an evaluation of 190,000 veterans who were 68 years old on average and had no symptoms of dementia. When these veterans were followed over a period of nine years, they found that out of the 1,229 vets


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Drowsy Drivers Less Likely to Buckle Up

Drowsy Drivers Less Likely to Buckle Up

Car accident lawyers in California have always known that drowsy driving is a much neglected factor in car accidents in the United States. However, a new study yields interesting results. The study finds that persons who are likely to drive while sleepy are also much more likely to drive without wearing their seatbelt.

The study was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results were reported recently in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. According to the CDC, drowsy driving is linked to 7,500 fatal accidents every year. Between 2009 and 2010, more than 2% of adults surveyed admitted to having fallen asleep at the wheel, at least once in the past month.

The CDC report investigated predictors for drowsy driving and found that sleep deprivation, obviously, was a major


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Oversized Truck Caused Washington State Bridge Collapse: NTSB

July 24, 2014
Oversized Truck Caused Washington State Bridge Collapse: NTSB

An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that last year’s collapse of an Interstate 5 bridge in Washington state was caused by an oversized truck that struck components of the bridge while it was crossing.

The agency was investigating the incident in which the bridge, which was originally built in 1955, collapsed into the Skagit River. The accident occurred in May 2013. The truck, which was traveling on the bridge, had struck several sections of the bridge with drilling equipment that it was towing. Fortunately, there were no fatalities in the accident, even though two vehicles on the bridge fell into the river. Three injuries were reported.

During the course of its investigation, the NTSB found that this was not a rare incident on the bridge. Several trucks traveling with large


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Concord Man Gets One-Year Sentence for Dog Attack

July 17, 2014

Only July 8, Steven Hayashi of Concord, California was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the 2010 mauling death of his two-year-old step-grandson, Jacob Bisbee. Hayashi was found to be culpable in the boy’s death, having left the house while knowing his wife, the boy’s mother, was asleep. Hayashi’s dogs attacked Jacob when he wandered into the garage, causing severe damage in less than five minutes.

Mr. Hayashi was convicted on criminal charges, but he also could have been brought up on civil charges, though his wife declined to do so. Under California law, the owner of a dog that bites a third party is strictly liable, or liable regardless of their actual fault or intent, and regardless of whether or not the dog has any history of violence. Thus, even if Mr. Hayashi


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Calimesa Woman Hit by Car While Walking on Freeway

July 15, 2014

Last week, a 23-year-old woman of Calimesa, California, was struck by a moving vehicle when, for unknown reasons, she walked into the middle of the highway.  The car accident occurred at 9:48 p.m. on Interstate 10 just west of County Line Road. The vehicle failed to stop and the force of the collision threw the pedestrian onto the shoulder of the highway. The pedestrian sustained major injuries and was treated at the scene before being transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center. This was a hit-and-run accident, so any witnesses to the collision are being asked to call the California Highway Patrol San Bernardino Area at (909) 383-4247.

How You Can Recover Damages if You Are Hit by a Car

A victim of a car crash will typically be able to seek damages from the wrongdoer


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