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Archive for 2012 Colton pedestrian accident

Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner report

COLTON, California —  Jose Aguilera, 25, of Moreno Valley was killed early Monday morning after he was ejected from his car after it flipped and rolled multiple times on a dirt shoulder at the intersection of Woodson and Reche Canyon roads, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner report.

According to the coroner report, it was just after midnight when Aguilera was allegedly speeding in this residential section of Colton, a community of 52,000 in San Bernardino County.

Speed was indicated as the primary collision factor in 29% of the fatal and injury collisions, according to the 2009 California Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.

“Indeed many drivers travel too fast for road conditions and as a result can lose control of a vehicle, especially as they enter a curve in the road,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm.

Every traffic accident is a tragedy not only for the family impacted by the collision, but by friends, co-workers and acquaintances that have been touched by the victim’s life.

If you have been injured in a car accident we know that this is a difficult time. Most people will be involved in some sort of crash in their lifetimes, but serious crashes can be devastating both emotionally and financially to victims.

For more than three decades, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents as the result of someone else’s negligence. Certainly no amount of money will take away the pain of a victim’s injuries or a family’s loss, but it can help put them back on the road to recovery and in some cases bring justice to those who survive.


The Seegmiller Law Firm can be reached at 1-855-ASK–WEST.  For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more.  The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

COLTON, California – Pedestrian Jeffrey Scott Hemeke, 21, was struck and killed early Friday morning on the eastbound Interstate 10 at the Pepper Avenue overpass, according to a San Bernardino County Coroner report.

The 21-year-old was described by California Highway Patrol officers as a transient from South Carolina. The CHP is investigating the 12:49 a.m. collision to determine its cause, the report said. There were nine people killed and 225 injured in traffic accidents in this city of 52,154 people in 2009, according to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.

California Pedestrian Law

“Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

(c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.

(d) Subdivision (b) does not relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Source: California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report

Pedestrians need to be especially cautious on our roadways because they are more vulnerable to injury or death. There were two pedestrians killed and 12 injured in car accidents in Colton in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. In San Bernardino County there were 39 pedestrians killed and 440 were injured in 2009. In California, there were 598 pedestrians killed and 12,418 injured in 2009, according to the CHP traffic report.

National data compiled by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority shows that pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the United States were up 4.9% in 2010 to 4,280 deaths and injuries were up 19% in 2010 to 70,000 people injured.

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The Seegmiller Law Firm can be reached at 1-855-ASK–WEST.  For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more.  The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.