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Cops Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers on Super Bowl XLVI Weekend

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Cops Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers on Super Bowl XLVI Weekend

LOS ANGELES, California It may be the New England Patriots vs. the New York Giants on the football field, but out on the streets of Southern California it’s going to be the LAPD vs. Drunk Drivers.

Southern California police departments in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino are gearing up for one of its deadliest weekends on our roadways: Super Bowl XLVI.

 

Indeed, driving on Super Bowl Sunday is the second-deadliest day to be on the road in terms of the number of alcohol-related traffic injuries and fatalities, according to statistics compiled by the Insurance Information Institute.

Drunk Drivers and California Car Accidents

Overall, there were 791 people killed in 2010 in alcohol-related car accidents in California, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Additionally, a study by the Automobile Club of Southern California says that drunk driving incidents are 27% more likely to occur in California on Super Bowl Sunday.

“Superbowl fans who drink need to sober up before driving home,” said West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Keep the party off the roads and designate a sober driver when it’s time to head home or else someone may be seriously injured or killed this weekend.”

It’s an American tradition to gather with friends and family and watch the National Football League’s battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, but alcohol consumption is a big part of the festivities and police departments know it.

In fact, this Super Bowl weekend the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will be conducting sobriety checkpoints targeting drivers under the influence from Thursday through Sunday in an effort to remind drivers not to drink and drive.

If you do drink and drive, be prepared to pay legal fees and fines over $10,000, spend some time behind bars, lose your driving privileges and pay more for automobile insurance.

According to the LAPD, DUI related traffic collisions have claimed 50 lives and injured 3,413 people over the past three years in Los Angeles.  Every year, fatal accidents involving drunk drivers comprise the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, police said.  The police department plans to conduct both DUI Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols.

So if you are planning or attending a Super Bowl party where alcohol will be served, plan ahead and designate a sober driver so you won’t be involved in a deadly car accident.

Have you been injured in a California car accident by a drunk driver? Were you injured in a car accident on Superbowl Sunday? For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured in serious traffic accidents. Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in traffic accidents by drunk drivers and other negligent drivers. Indeed, the car accident law firm has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

Seegmiller is a California Personal Injury Law Firm with a track record of proven results. There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.

Call us today at 1-877-426-0695 to speak with our car accident law firm. Seegmiller Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

LAPD sobriety checkpoints this weekend:

  • February 2, 2011 (Thursday) – DUI Saturation Patrol in Olympic Area from 8 PM to 2 AM;
  • February 3, 2011 (Friday) – Sobriety Checkpoint on Vermont Avenue and 5th Street from 8 PM to 2 AM;
  • February 4, 2011 (Saturday) – Sobriety Checkpoint on Foothill Boulevard at Hubbard Street from 8 PM to 2 AM; and,
  • February 5, 2011 (Sunday) – DUI Saturation Patrol in 77th Street Area from 12 PM to 8 PM.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Tips for Sober Driving on Super Bowl Sunday:

  • Plan activities.  Planned activities like party games, door prize drawings or amateur fortune-telling engage people, make for less active consumption of alcohol and ensure that your friends remember the great event long after the last touchdown was thrown.
  • Avoid mixers.  Mixers won’t help dilute alcohol. Carbonated mixers like club soda or tonic water cause alcohol to be absorbed into a person’s system more quickly. Fruit juice and other sweet mixers mask the taste of alcohol and may cause people to drink more.
  • Designate sober drivers.  As guests RSVP, confirm that at least one person in each group is prepared to be the non-drinking designated driver.
  • Provide plenty of food.  Food helps prevent guests from drinking on an empty stomach, which causes guests to get intoxicated faster.
  • Avoid too many salty snacks.  They tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
  • Offer non-alcoholic beverages.  Give beverage options that don’t involve alcohol to designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol.
  • Respect 21.  Never serve alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age, and never ask children to serve alcohol at parties.
  • Be ready to step in. Despite your efforts, if some of your guests have had too much to drink, drive them home, arrange for a ride with another guest who is sober, call a taxi or invite them to stay over.

–By Susan Schaben

 

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Kyung Namgoong Killed in 91 Freeway Crash with Wrong-way Drunk Driver

Monday, January 30th, 2012

ANAHEIM, California – Despite several frantic calls to 911 altering police to a wrong-way driver in a blue Honda Civic on the State Route 91 freeway, Kyung Namgoong was killed and three others seriously injured as the suspected drunk driver collided with two vehicles early Sunday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and news reports.
Police desperately tried to track down the car prior to the 1:47 a.m. crash, but were unable to find the vehicle in time. They caught up with the wrong-way driver after the crash and immediately arrested him on charges of driving under the influence. Ruben Gurrola, 23, of Pomona crashed into a white Toyota Camry in which Namgoong was a passenger and injured the 58-year-old man driving.
Police arrested Gurrola after conducting various tests on him following the accident, police said. Witnesses reported that Gurrola was driving on the wrong side of the 241 freeway prior to switching to the 91 freeway where the car accident took place just west of Coal Canyon.
Kyung Namgoong, 53, of Buena Park died a short time after the car crash about 3 a.m. at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. Three others Gurrola and his 24-year-old female passenger were transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange and Western Medical Center-Santa Ana with traumatic, non-life threatening injuries, police said in published reports.
In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.
“Sadly we get in our cars every day and never suspect we will be involved in a serious car crash,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Then one day it happens and most people want to know why. Typically car accidents are the cause of some sort of accidental human error, but too many times car accidents are the result of a driver’s recklessness.”
Police investigate every car accident involving a death to determine the cause of a crash, Seegmiller explains. The investigation will seek to find out if either driver was under the influence of alcohol as it was in this case, whether they were distracted or if there were any circumstances that may have led to the crash that were illegal or reckless.
“Families of victims killed in car accidents not only have to cope with the loss of a loved one, but later their lives may be forever changed due to the loss of income and other costs,” said Seegmiller.
Have you been injured in a California or Nevada car accident by a negligent driver? Do you need a California Personal Injury Law Firm? Are you searching for a Nevada Personal Injury Law Firm? For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured in serious traffic accidents. Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in traffic accidents. Indeed, the car accident law firm has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.
Seegmiller is a California Personal Injury Law Firm with a track record of proven results. There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.
Call us today at 1-877-426-0695 to speak with our car accident law firm. Seegmiller Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Louisa Valdovinos, 55, Struck and Killed in Head-On Collision

Monday, January 30th, 2012

WINCHESTER, California —  Police say the driver of a Pontiac Grand Am veered into opposing traffic early Sunday morning and struck and killed Louisa Valdovinos in a head on crash on Winchester Road south of Scott Road, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office.

Two other vehicle occupants were critically injured in the car accident and were transported to Inland Valley Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Louisa Valdovinos, 55, of Menifee, was driving her Toyota Corolla at the time of the 3:50 a.m. crash on Winchester Road.  She was pronounced dead at the scene of the head-on car accident about 4:04 a.m., according to the report.

Responding firefighters were not able to immediately reach Valdovinos and other injured occupants until they cut away portions of the vehicle to access them, according to news reports.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the circumstances of the Winchester car accident to determine the cause and whether there were other factors that may have contributed to the crash. The roadway was closed for roughly three hours for the car accident investigation.

“Sadly we are all at risk of being involved in a car crash every time we driver our cars,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “While most drivers take every precaution to drive safely there can be other circumstances that intervene and cause a crash – other crashes are caused by reckless drivers who are distracted or do not abide by the rules of the road.”

Police departments always investigate car accidents involving a death or serious injuries to determine the cause of a crash, Seegmiller explains. The investigation will seek to find out if either driver was under the influence of alcohol, distracted or if there were any circumstances that may have led to the crash that were illegal or reckless.

“The families of victims killed in car accidents not only have to cope with the loss of a loved one, but later their lives may be forever changed due to the loss of income and other costs,” said Seegmiller, an attorney who handles wrongful death cases.

Have you been injured in a California or Nevada car accident by a negligent driver? Do you need a California Personal Injury Law Firm? Are you searching for a Nevada Personal Injury Law Firm? The Seegmiller Law Firm is here to help you.

For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured in serious traffic accidents. Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in traffic accidents. Indeed, the car accident law firm has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

Seegmiller is a California Personal Injury Law Firm with a track record of proven results. There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.

Call us today at 1-877-426-0695 to speak with our car accident law firm. Seegmiller Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

–By Susan Schaben, The Seegmiller Law Firm

 

 

 

 

Categories : Car Accident News
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Holly Foor Struck and Killed in Head-On Crestline Car Accident

Monday, January 30th, 2012

CRESTLINE, California – Holly Foor, 42, of Crestline, was struck and killed in a head-on crash with another vehicle on State Route Highway 18 Friday night, according to a San Bernardino County Coroner report.

Foor was driving a 2005 Honda Civic northbound on Highway 18 between upper and lower Old Waterman Canyon Rd., at mile marker 11.9, the report stated.  Her car was struck by a southbound 1997 Ford Explorer after it veered over the double yellow line into northbound lanes and struck her head on.

Paramedics transported Foor to St. Bernardine Medical Center where she died a short time later at 6:48 p.m.  The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating the collision.

“Tragically every time we get in our cars any one of us is at risk of being involved in a car crash,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Most of the time some sort of human error is responsible for car accidents.  Sometimes errors are innocent and other times they are reckless.”

Police investigate every car accident involving a death to determine the cause of a crash, Seegmiller explains. The investigation will seek to find out if either driver was under the influence of alcohol, distracted or if there were any circumstances that may have led to the crash that were illegal or reckless.

“Families of victims killed in car accidents not only have to cope with the loss of a loved one, but later their lives may be forever changed due to the loss of income and other costs,” said Seegmiller.

In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.

Have you been injured in a California or Nevada car accident by a negligent driver? Do you need a California Personal Injury Law Firm? Are you searching for a Nevada Personal Injury Law Firm? For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured in serious traffic accidents. Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in traffic accidents. Indeed, the car accident law firm has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

Seegmiller is a California Personal Injury Law Firm with a track record of proven results. There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.

Call us today at 1-877-426-0695 to speak with our car accident law firm. Seegmiller Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

–By Susan Schaben, The Seegmiller Law Firm

Categories : Car Accident News
Tags : car accident law firm, , Crestline, Crestline car accident, Crestline car crash, , hit and run car accident, Holly Foor, San Bernardino County coroner, San Bernardino law firm

Four Dead: Driver Runs Red Light Kills Brothers and Boy Noah Ferrer, 11

Monday, January 30th, 2012

FONTANA, California — A devastating tragedy unfolded on the streets of Fontana Sunday night after the driver of a black Chevy Suburban allegedly ran a red light killing himself, his two adult brothers and an 11-year-old boy riding as a passenger in his mother’s white Honda sedan, according to San Bernardino County coroner and police reports.
Police say a 1998 Chevy Suburban was driving eastbound on Baseline Road when it allegedly ran a red light and collided near Cherry Avenue with a southbound 1998 Honda sedan driving by a 40-year-old Fontana mother. The violent impact of the two cars ripped off the back section of the Honda, according to news reports. Following impact, the Suburban went off the road, hit a Toyota and crashed into a power pole on the southeast corner, according to a coroner report.
Paramedics arriving at the scene immediately pronounced two of the brothers dead at the scene – Ernesto Leon, 35, of Rancho Cucamonga, and Efrain Leon, 39, of Bloomington. The third brother – Gilbert Leon, 37, of Alta Loma, – was transported to Kaiser Hospital where he died a short time later, the report said.
Noah Ferrer, 11, of Fontana, was seriously injured in the crash and taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he died at 12:26 a.m. during surgery, coroner officials said in the report.
The Fontana Police Department is investigating the horrific car crash to determine exactly what they think happened. Police will conduct testing to determine if alcohol played a role in the crash. There were beer cans and firearms found inside the Suburban driven by the three brothers.
Drivers who run red lights are typically held accountable under California laws for their actions if they injure or kill another person in a car crash. Even if the driver dies in the crash a victim may be awarded compensation for their loss from his estate. When a driver gets behind the wheel of an automobile they owe a duty to others on the road to abide by the rules of the road. The standard of care required by drivers is one that the ordinarily careful and reasonably prudent person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances, according to California Civil Code section 1714.
“Drivers who run red lights are not being careful or responsible whether they are distracted by something or if they were in a hurry to get somewhere,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Sadly this car crash is a tragedy for all of the families involved.”
Have you been injured in a California or Nevada car accident by a negligent driver? Do you need a California Personal Injury Law Firm? Are you searching for a Nevada Personal Injury Law Firm? For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured in serious traffic accidents. Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in traffic accidents. Indeed, the car accident law firm has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.
Seegmiller is a California Personal Injury Law Firm with a track record of proven results. There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.
Call us today at 1-877-426-0695 to speak with our car accident law firm. Seegmiller Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.
–By Susan Schaben, The Seegmiller Law Firm

Categories : Car Accident News
Tags : Bloomington, Boy, Brothers, Chevy Suburban, , , Efrain Leon, Ernesto Leon, Fontana car accident, Fontana car crash, Gilbert Leon, Kaiser Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Noah Ferrer, , Red Light, San Bernardino County Coroner Office
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