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Designated Drivers Get Free Drink On Labor Day Weekend

Friday, August 31st, 2012

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA –  August 31, 2012 — Motorists celebrating the Labor Day weekend may want to consider chugging back a couple of refreshing mixed drinks such as the Innocent Passion, a Cucumber NoJito or a Virgin Mule before hitting the road.

In fact, this type of drinking and driving is encouraged by the California Office of Traffic Safety. On the OTS’s Facebook page there is a list of non-alcoholic drink recipes featured each month under the heading: the DDrink Mixology Center.  http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS/app_204709949657291

Some of California’s finest bartenders created the list of a dozen virgin drinks designed to keep designated drivers happy and stylish while their friends drink without the need to get behind the wheel.

One local Southern California bartender Ferris Wehbe of Next Door Lounge in Hollywood created the Prohibition drink featured as June’s mocktail. Ingredients are 2 oz watermelon, 1 oz lemon, ¼ oz raspberry gum syrup, two basil leaves, Bunderberg ginger ale and ice.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there were 147 people killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide on Labor Day weekend in 2010, roughly 36 percent of all highway fatalities.  Also, every year some 11,000 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

So this Labor Day weekend designated drivers in Southern California can have one of these drinks for free courtesy of The Seegmiller Law Firm in Irvine. Attorney West Seegmiller, a personal injury lawyer for 31 years and host of the West of Legal talk radio show on KFWB News Talk 980, wants to encourage those celebrating Labor Day weekend to designate a driver by reimbursing them for a drink as an incentive for motorists to drive safely.

“We are hoping to encourage drivers to join in the fun of drinking without the risk of driving drunk,” Seegmiller said. “Many of my clients are victims of drunk drivers and I wouldn’t want one of my five grown children sharing the road with someone under the influence of alcohol this weekend.”

Designated Drivers may mail their receipt (up to $10) from a Southern California bar or restaurant for reimbursement of one of the listed mocktails featured on the OTS’s Facebook page to The Seegmiller Law Firm, 1920 Main Street, suite 840, Irvine, California 92614.

Please include your name, a return address and email and a dated receipt listing the cocktail consumed on Labor Day weekend beginning on Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 3.  The promotion is limited to Southern California and the first 500 receipts received. Also, the equests must be postmarked by Sept. 16 to qualify.

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KERN COUNTY: Head On Crash Major Injuries on SR-119 at Tupman Road

Friday, August 31st, 2012

KERN COUNTY, California –  At least one person suffered major injuries in a head-on crash between a gray, older model Chevrolet pickup truck and a brown sedan on the westbound lanes of State Route 119 Taft Highway at Tupman Road, according to a dispatch report issued by the California Highway Patrol.

The crash, which took place just before 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, closed down the roadway in both directions at 7:03 a.m. Emergency workers responding to the scene of the crash called for a medical evacuation of at least one victim with major injuries.

The car accident was located just a few miles south east of Elk Hills Buttonwillow Airport and a few miles west of the city of Bakersfield.

“Motorists involved in head-on crashes may sustain serious injuries as a result and may need considerable medical attention after a crash,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, a personal injury lawyer serving clients throughout Southern California.

Most victims of car accidents expect their insurance company will take care of their injuries after a crash, but later they find that the insurance adjuster will minimize required medical care and short-change their compensation. There is no cost to contact a personal injury attorney to determine if you have a case against another driver and ensure that you get the treatment required to get your life back on track.

A personal injury attorney will not get paid unless your case is settled in your favor.

For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in traffic accidents or have lost a loved one. 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 for a FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION with our car accident law firm. (Nuestros abogados hablan Español). There is no obligation to hire our firm, but we will help you determine if you need a lawyer. 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, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

© Copyright 2012, The Seegmiller Law Firm. All rights reserved.

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Diane Janett Rozar, 59, Killed in Lucerne Valley Crash

Friday, August 31st, 2012

LUCERNE VALLEY, California – Diane Janett Rozar, 59, of Lucerne Valley was killed after her pickup truck struck a light pole and flipped over on State Route 247 just south of Rabbit Springs Road, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner report.

About 2:41 p.m. on August 28, police were alerted to calls about a motorist allegedly driving erratically on the northbound SR-247 prior to the crash. Rozar’s white 2001 Ford F-150 truck was found upside down and on fire when police arrived on the scene. There was no indication that another vehicle was involved, however, a complete investigation is being conducted by the CHP into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Victorville California Highway Patrol officers responded to the crash and Rozar was pronounced dead at the scene of the car accident.

“Indeed there are many factors that must be investigated after a single-vehicle crash such as this one including whether another driver was involved and fled the scene, dangerous roadway conditions or weather affecting the roadways,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “A personal injury lawyer can help ensure an investigation is properly conducted and the family has its questions answered.”

For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in traffic accidents or have lost a loved.

Call us today at 1-855-ASK WEST to speak with our car accident law firm. (Nuestros abogados hablan Español). There is no obligation to hire our firm, but we will help you determine if you need a lawyer. 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, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

© Copyright 2012, The Seegmiller Law Firm. All rights reserved.

 

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Daughter Witnesses Mother’s Death in Spring Valley Dry Cleaner Crash

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The 20-year-old daughter of a Spring Valley woman who was killed this week witnessed her mother Pamela LeBlanc being struck by a car as they stepped out of the Casa De Oro Dry Cleaners on Campo Road and Bonita Street.

The trauma of the car crash is something LeBlanc’s daughter will likely never forget. As passersby worked feverishly to free her mother from under the Pontiac G6 that struck her, the daughter watched helplessly as her mother was whisked away to Sharp Memorial Hospital where she died about an hour later.

“Family members who witness a close relative such as a child or parent die in an accident will likely suffer ongoing emotional pain and suffering,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, a San Diego personal injury attorney. “This ultimately could affect the young woman’s ability to cope with the pressures of college or work in the future and ultimately her financial stability.”

The Supreme Court of California held in Dillon v. Legg 68 Cal. 2d 728 (1968) that a bystander such as a mother and her daughter who witnessed the injury of her other child in a car accident could sue for emotional distress as a result of witnessing the accident.  Initially, this case was dismissed by the trial court, but the Supreme Court held that a duty to a bystander could be established if a) the plaintiff was near the scene of the crash. b) the plaintiff’s witnessing of the crash led to emotional distress. c) the plaintiff was a close relation of the victim.

On the day of the Spring Valley crash, LeBlanc and her adult daughter were running errands and had just walked out of the dry cleaning business when the mother of two was struck by the driver of a Pontiac G6. The driver crashed into her and the store and landed on top of the woman. Good Samaritans who witnessed the crash including an employee from Sam’s Tune Up auto repair shop eventually freed her from underneath the Pontiac.

“This young lady no longer has the love of her mother or her support as a result of this car crash and it was not her fault,” Seegmiller said. “Her ability to move forward with her life and honor her mother’s memory will take time.”

This article is sponsored by the Seegmiller Law Firm. If we can help you with any legal questions involving personal injury or wrongful death, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with our attorneys. 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 and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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SAN CLEMENTE SKATEBOARD ACCIDENT: Hit and Run Driver in Gold Lexus SUV from Nevada Sought by Police

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

SAN CLEMENTE, California – Hunter Bogert, 16, was struck Aug. 22 by a hit-and-run driver with Nevada license plates while riding his skateboard at Ola Vista and Avenida Santa Barbara streets, according to an article in the Orange County Register.

Police are asking the public to help find the female driver of a gold Lexus sports utility vehicle from Nevada who allegedly struck the skateboarder twice as it rolled through a stop signed on Santa Barbara.

Bogert fell off his skateboard after the initial hit, but was struck a second time as he attempted to get up and the driver fled the scene of the 1:20 p.m. crash. The teenager told KCBS news that he was struck in the back of the head and dragged by the car. His injuries included a chipped pelvis and he is still recovering from the crash.

Conner Covy witnessed the skateboard accident and alerted the driver at the scene that she had struck someone, but the driver took off without stopping to render the victim aid as required under California law.

The Sheriff’s Department’s traffic investigation division is asking anyone with information about the driver or the crash to call them at 949-425-1860.

Skateboarders are considered pedestrians under California law and motorists are required to exercise care when traveling on roadways.

Skateboarding Accident Statistics

In the United States, there were 14,783 children aged 14 years and younger that were taken to emergency rooms with head injuries while engaging in skateboarding in 2009, according to the to an American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) report.

Skateboarding ranks fifth in the top 10 sports-related activities leading to head injuries for children ages 14 years old and younger. The top four sports leading to head injuries in these children were cycling (40,272 injuries), football (21,878 injuries), baseball and softball (18,246) and basketball (14,052 injuries).

Additionally, according to the 2011 USA Skateboarding Fatality Report conducted by Skaters for Public Skateparks, Inc. (SPS) there were 43 reported deaths of skateboarders in the United States in 2011 including 11 in California, four in Texas and three in Virginia. The study showed that only one skateboarder was killed at a skateboard park and the other 40 were in public streets including 30 involving vehicles.

For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented thousands of clients who were injured in hit and run traffic accidents or have lost a loved due to a negligent driver.

For questions about what to do after a car accident call us today at 1-855-ASK WEST to speak with our experienced lawyers. There is no obligation to hire our firm, but we will help you determine if you need a lawyer and steps you can take to help cope with a loss. 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, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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