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New Vehicle 5-Star Safety Rating System Tests Impact Against Poles

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has updated its current 5-Star Safety Rating system. Until recently, almost all vehicles received either a 4-star or 5-star safety rating which basically made the rating system ineffective. Recent upgrades and additions to the safety test have been introduced which make it much harder to receive a 4-star or 5-star rating.  For example, the previous rating system would evaluate a vehicle on how safe it was for occupants during a roll-over, side-impact and frontal crashes. Now the NHTSA has implemented a pole-crash test as well, in which the side of the car is impacted by a narrow stationary object such as a pole. In addition, a new “roof strength” test during a roll-over crash as well as use of different sized dummies and more crash data collection have made the 2012 5-star Safety Rating much harder to live up to.

Some surprising examples of how cars have fared with the new 5-Star Safety rating roof-strength test are small cars such as the Smart Car Fortwo, which exhibited a surprising ability to withstand up to five times its weight. One of the worst cars tested in this category was the Chevrolet Aveo. Some examples of cars which received 5 stars for the 2012 Safety Rating are the 2013 Toyota Camry, 2013 Toyota Prius, 2013 BMW 328-I sedan and the 2013 Nissan Leaf. Cars which received poorer ratings were the 2012 Fiat 500 (only 2 stars), and the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe (just 3 stars). It is interesting to note that the smaller sized cars can score very high or very poor, regardless of the stereotype that small cars are usually less safe.

The 5-Star Rating System can be found on the window stickers of all new 2012 vehicles as well as on the SaferCar.gov website. According to KBB.com, the following new cars have high safety ratings for 2012 and are also ideal for families; The Chrysler 300, Toyota Prius V, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Suburban, Kia Sorrento, Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback, Ford Flex, Honda Odyssey, and  the Volkswagen Passat. The more stars on the new car sticker window, the safer the vehicle, and the less chance of injury. West Seegmiller, Founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm said anyone who has been in a car accident knows the importance of safety. “Sometimes we are so taken by how a car looks that we overlook poor safety ratings,” Seegmiller said. “It’s important to make the safety rating a top priority when buying a car because your life can literally depend on it.” For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented thousands of clients who were injured or killed in various types of accidents.

Call us at 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with our personal injury law firm. The Seegmiller Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, San Diego and in Las Vegas, Nevada

Llámenos hoy mismo al 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) para hablar con nuestra firma la ley de accidentes de coches. Nuestros abogados hablan español. Firma Seegmiller Ley tiene oficinas en California, incluyendo su sede en Irvine. También contamos con oficinas fuera del Condado de Orange para servirle a usted en Beverly Hills, Los Ángeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside y en Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Categories : Legal news
Tags : 2012 Fiat 500, 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2012 Safety Rating, 2013 BMW 328-I sedan, 2013 Toyota Prius, 5 star vehicle rating system, car accidents and pole, car accidents and stationary objects, Chevrolet Aveo, Kia Sorrento, National Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan Leaf, Smart Car Fortwo

Driver Hits Toddler in Stroller at Fullerton Crosswalk

Friday, June 29th, 2012

FULLERTON, California — An 88-year-old man struck an injured a 2-year-old child in Fullerton on Thursday after he allegedly rolled into a crosswalk hitting the child who was in a stroller, according to the Orange County Register.

Officials said the accident occurred at about 11 a.m. at the intersection of Yorba Linda Blvd., and Deerpark Drive. According to the report, the man was driving a Lexus when he hit the stroller  the carrying the child the mother walked in the crosswalk. The impact of the collision threw the child out of the stroller and into the roadway.

The injured child was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange due to head trauma he suffered as a result of the impact, the report said.

An off duty firefighter had to follow the elderly driver who continued driving slowly after he hit the stroller, according to the Register. Officials said they will investigate the accident and determine whether the man is fit to drive.

Elderly drivers 65-years-old and older in the United States were involved in 1.3 million car accidents in 2009 including 7,300 that resulted in fatalities, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Senior citizens accounted for only 8.3 percent of total accidents in 2009, but they represent some 15.6 percent of the 211 million drivers in the United States.  They are involved in their fair share of fatal crashes accounting for 15.2 percent of fatal accidents.

Overall elderly drivers are typically some of the safest drivers on the road statistics show and they are involved in the least amount of DUI-related accidents, the report said.

“Most older drivers are some of the safest driver son the roads, but there may come a time when their mental or physical abilities require that they no longer drive a car,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, Founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “It’s really a decision that must be made on a case-by-case basis.”

Elderly drivers are not the most dangerous group of drivers on the road, the report said but they are involved in the greatest percentage of accidents that don’t involve some kind of impairment.

Although there is no law that states persons of a certain age can’t drive, their families or close friends should have a discussion with them if they believe it is no longer safe to operate a vehicle, Seegmiller said.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a crash that caused an injury or the death of a loved one the Seegmiller Law Firm can fight to get you the justice you deserve. For roughly 30 years the Seegmiller Law Firm has been fighting for victims who are injured due to negligence of drivers. Although compensation will not heal all of the emotional or physical wounds it will help to rebuild your life after such a tragic event.

–Josh Francis

Categories : Car Accident News
Tags : Deerpark Drive, fullerton car accident toddler injured, fullerton crosswalk accident, fullerton law firm, fullerton lawyer, , toddler struck in stroller, yorba linda boulevard

RIVERSIDE, California – One person is dead early Friday morning after their car went off the road and fell down an embankment roughly 100 feet below the eastbound 60 Moreno Valley Freeway at Gilman Springs Road, California Highway Patrol reported.

The CHP reported finding the overturned vehicle down in a ditch about 5:30 a.m. There were no further details reported about whether any other victims were in the car or if any other vehicles were involved.

Riverside County Car Accident Statistics

There were 203 deaths and 7,974 injuries reported due to car accidents in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.

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.

If you have been involved in a car accident and have been injured we know that this is a painful and confusing situation. We offer our services to help you and your family get on the road to recovery both physically and financially. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented thousands of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.

Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in traffic accidents. Our staff is compassionate and understands the pain its clients are going through and we want to help them. We know it is an especially difficult time for those clients who are families of those who have been killed in a car crash. Our law firm is not only compassionate, but we have a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

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 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) 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 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Llámenos hoy mismo al 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) para hablar con nuestra firma la ley de accidentes de coches. Nuestros abogados hablan español. Firma Seegmiller Ley tiene oficinas en California, incluyendo su sede en Irvine. También contamos con oficinas fuera del Condado de Orange para servirle a usted en Beverly Hills, Los Ángeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside y en Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

 

RIALTO, California (RIVERSIDE COUNTY) – A tractor trailer tanker truck overturned early Friday morning spilling fuel in the westbound lanes of the Interstate 10 San Bernardino Freeway near the Cedar Avenue, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

According to news reports, a Toyota Camry allegedly struck the rear of the parked truck and caused it to flip on its side just before 3 a.m. Police issued a SigAlert early this morning as traffic was reduced to a single lane during the early morning commute.  The report did not indicate whether there were other vehicles involved or if anyone was injured in the truck accident.

Riverside County Car Accident Statistics

There were 203 deaths and 7,974 injuries reported due to car accidents in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.

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.

If you have been involved in a truck accident and have been injured we offer our services to help you and your family get on the road to recovery both physically and financially. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented thousands of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.

Call us today at 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with our car, motorcycle and truck 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 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Llámenos hoy mismo al 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) para hablar con nuestra firma la ley de accidentes de coches. Nuestros abogados hablan español. Firma Seegmiller Ley tiene oficinas en California, incluyendo su sede en Irvine. También contamos con oficinas fuera del Condado de Orange para servirle a usted en Beverly Hills, Los Ángeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside y en Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

 

 

LAKE ELSINORE, California – Two motocross riders were transported to a local hospital with major injuries following a collision between their two bikes at Lake Elsinore Motor Sports Park at 20700 Cereal Street, according to a CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department press release.

Fire fighters and paramedics responded to the collision about 10:21 a.m., the report said.

“There is an inherent danger involved in riding motocross bikes, however, there is still a duty among riders to exercise reasonable care when riding together on a track,”  said Trent Evans, a dirt bike rider and associate at the Seegmiller Law Firm.  “Also, riders who participate in this sport assume the risk of injury, but that doesn’t preclude the owner of the facility from making sure the track is safe for riders and there are no dangerous conditions that could potentially harm riders.”

Riverside County Car Accident Statistics

There were 203 deaths and 7,974 injuries reported due to car accidents in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.

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.

If you have been involved in an accident and have been injured we know that this is a painful and often difficult situation. We offer our services to help you and your family get on the road to recovery both physically and financially. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented thousands of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.

We know it is an especially difficult time for those clients who are families of those who have been killed in a car crash. Our law firm is not only compassionate, but we have a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

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 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with our car and motorcycle 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 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Llámenos hoy mismo al 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) para hablar con nuestra firma la ley de accidentes de coches. Nuestros abogados hablan español. Firma Seegmiller Ley tiene oficinas en California, incluyendo su sede en Irvine. También contamos con oficinas fuera del Condado de Orange para servirle a usted en Beverly Hills, Los Ángeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside y en Las Vegas, Nevada.

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