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Fewer Distracted and Drunk Drivers on California Roads in 2010

Friday, March 30th, 2012

CALIFORNIA – Drivers know it’s wrong to use a cell phone behind the wheel, but at any given time at least 9% of California drivers are texting or talking from the driver’s seat, according to a report by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Police enforcement has stepped up in the past year with hand-held cell phone convictions up 22% from 361,260 citations in 2010 to 460,487 citations in 2011. Texting convictions nearly doubled, up 47% from 7,924 tickets in 2010 to 14,886 tickets issued in 2011, the report said.

“These are preventable deaths,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law firm. “Although we can see progress in recent years there are still too many drivers on the road with cell phones in their hands.”

According to California’s 2011 Statewide Traffic Safety Survey 62% of Californians believe that texting and talking are the biggest traffic safety problems on our roadways.

The crackdown on distracted drivers may actually be working. In 2010, California’s traffic fatalities dropped by 11.9% from 3,081 deaths in 2009 to 2,715 deaths in 2010 – the lowest level since the federal government began recording traffic fatalities in 1975.

Drunk driving has also seen a drop in deaths in 2010 with the lowest DUI death rate ever recorded. Fatal traffic accidents with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or greater dropped by 14.4 % from 924 in 2009 to 791 in 2010.

“Drinking and driving can continue to decline in California if more people participate in preventing drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel,” Seegmiller said.

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This article was written for the Seegmiller Law Firm. If you need a personal injury attorney call the firm at 1-855-ASK–WEST.  For over 30 years, the Seegmiller Law 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 San Diego, and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

 

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Motorcylcist JC Droege Killed in Multi-Vehicle Irvine Crash Casued by Drunk Driver

Friday, March 30th, 2012

IRVINE, California–  Police arrested Leslie Juarez, 27, of Laguna Beach,on suspicion of drunk driving late Thursday night after a multi-vehicle crash that injured several motorists and killed a 32-year-old JC Droege of Santa Ana on the southbound Interstate 405 freeway, according to a report in the Orange County Register.

The motorcycle accident took place about 11:33 p.m. on the I-405 near Sand Canyon, according to California Highway Patrol officers. The woman, who was behind the wheel of a 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse, first crashed into a 2006 Nissan Sentra causing it to spin out of control and cross the freeway into the carpool lane, the No. 1 and 2 lanes of the northbound I-405 freeway.

Next, a driver in a 1995 Toyota Tacoma struck the Sentra. After that  Droege drove his 1999 Suzuki into the Sentra. The motorcyclist died at the scene and the driver of the Sentra was transported to hospital with minor injuries. Juarez suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Hoag Hospital. She was later arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Drunk drivers not only hurt themselves in a collision, but their actions cost American society some $132 billion, according to figures compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.  The figure is based on money spent and quality of life costs to victims of drunk driving as well as costs to both government and employers.

The expense of nationwide sobriety checkpoints, fines, legal costs, court costs, medical costs, property damage, educational costs, preventative costs, etc. has risen from about $1.14 billion reported in 2000, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Drunk drivers who kill others can be charged with (1) Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated (imprisonment in county jail for up to a year; or state prison for 16 months, 2 or 4 years; and not more than $10,000 fine. (2) Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated (Imprisonment in state prison for 4, 6, or 10 years and fine up to $10,000).

Injured victims of drunk drivers or the relatives of victims who are killed by them have the right to sue negligent drivers for damages — and may even be awarded punitive damages in some cases.

The Seegmiller Law Firm will investigate the circumstances surrounding alcohol-related crashes to determine if there are other parties besides the drunk driver who may be at fault for the car accident. Under California Social Host laws, adults who supply alcohol to minors may also be held accountable for your injuries or the death of a loved one. Additionally, employers who provide alcohol to employees for parties, etc., could also potentially be held accountable in some cases.

“Drunk drivers are responsible for roughly a third of all fatalities in the United States,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, host of the “West of Legal” radio show on KFWB News Talk 980. “Victims of these negligent drivers need the support and expertise of an experienced personal injury law firm to help them make these criminals pay for their crime.”

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.


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.

 

 

 

 

 

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TEMECULA, California – Leonel De La Torre, 33, was killed when the vehicle he was driving smashed into a parked big rig on the southbound Interstate 15 freeway near the Winchester off ramp, according to a Riverside County Sheriff coroner report.

CAL FIRE/Riverside County firefighters responded to the traffic collision and used the Jaws of Life to cut and rescue the trapped man, but he died about 10 minutes later at 7:47 a.m., according to a Riverside County fire press release. No other injuries were reported in the Temecula truck accident. There were 11 fire fighters and two fire engines at the scene of the crash.


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, San Diego and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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MORRO BAY, Calif. — A rogue wave reportedly disabled a 34-foot- sailing boat about midnight on Wednesday night leaving two people stranded, but a crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Morro Bay rescued the pair early March 29.

Shortly after the wave knocked over the boat, the vessel apparently righted itself. However, the boat sustained a broken mast and loss of electrical power.

The Coast Guard dispatched two 47-foot Motor Life Boats from Coast Guard Station Morro Bay to the scene of the boat accident.

The boaters were able to anchor their vessel outside Morro Bay harbor, and were then transferred by the Coast Guard to awaiting Emergency Medical Services.

“Fortunately there were no injuries in this boating accident,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Every year there are about 335 boats that capsize and some 180 deaths and 199 injuries resulting from them.”

Indeed, the top five accident types reported are 1. Collisions with another recreational vessel (1,088 incidents); 2. Collision with a fixed object (456 incidents); 3. Flooding/swamping (448 incidents); 4. Skier mishaps (447 incidents); and 5. capsizing (335 incidents).

Certain types of boats are more susceptible to casualties than other boats. Open motorboats were ranked first with 325 deaths and 1,644 total injuries. Personal watercraft ranked second with 38 deaths and 776 injuries.

Have you been injured in a California boat accident? For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured in boat accidents and traffic accidents. Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in boating or traffic accidents. Indeed, the California personal injury 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 offers its services at no cost to our clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best personal injury attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, the death of a loved one, 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 1-855-ASK WEST to speak with personal injury 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 Diego, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

 

 

 

 

RIALTO, California – A 46-year-old Rialto man who died Saturday at Loma Linda University Medical Center nearly two weeks after he was critically injured in a crash did not fall asleep behind the wheel of his 1998 Saturn as previously reported, according to new information received by the Seegmiller Law Firm.

The San Bernardino County Coroner office previously reported the man fell asleep, but our law firm has learned that the man suffered a mild heart attack while driving.

The man was hospitalized after the 8:09 a.m. crash where he struck a 2012 Toyota truck head on in the 2500 block of N. Locust Avenue.

“My heart goes out to the family of this man,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “The initial reports were incorrect about him falling asleep behind the wheel and we are happy to correct the error on our website.”

 

 

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