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SANTA MONICA: Flat Tire Leads to 2-Car Injury Accident on Interstate 405 Freeway at Santa Monica Boulevard

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Mitsubishi Driver Gets Flat Tire and Hits SUV in Santa Monica California — file photo

SUV Hit by Driver with Flat Tire on Interstate 405 Freeway

SANTA MONICA, California (Dec. 31, 2013) – At least one person was injured Tuesday afternoon after two drivers collided on the northbound Interstate 405 Freeway near Santa Monica Boulevard, according to a dispatch by the California Highway Patrol.

About 1:53 p.m., CHP officers responded to the crash involving a white Mitsubishi sedan and a black SUV. Police say the Mitsubishi had a flat tire blow out and the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck the SUV. The crash was blocking the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 lanes of the freeway. Two other vehicles may have been involved in the car accident and one vehicle was reportedly on fire after the crash.

Los Angeles Fire Department emergency workers responded to the crash.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash to determine liability.

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2014 New California Laws to Crackdown on Hit-and-run Drivers, Teenages Who Text and Give Bicyclists More Space

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Hit-and-run drivers, teenage drivers, bicyclists and DUI drivers are addressed under several new laws in California in 2014 — file photo

Roadways Should be Safer Under These New California Laws for 2014

Police will be armed with several new laws this year aimed at making California roads safer for motorists and bicyclists and everyone sharing our roadways in 2014 and beyond.


It’s going to be more difficult for hit-and-run drivers to avoid punishment starting New Year’s Day as this new California law extends the time limit to prosecute these motorists who flee the scene of an injury or fatal accident.

Indeed, under AB 184, the statute of limitations to file a criminal complaint against hit-and-run drivers has been extended to three years and they may be prosecuted for up to one year after the person is identified by police as the suspect.

The new law was proposed by Assemblyman Mike Gatto last year. Gatto, whose district includes Burbank, Glendale, Little Armenia, La Crescenta, Los Feliz and Montrose spearheaded the new law in an effort to help victims obtain justice.

“These hit-and-run drivers are often unlicensed, uninsured and intoxicated,” said Attorney West Thomas, a personal injury attorney. “This law is long overdue and necessary to help assist victims of these crimes who are hurt or the families of those killed by these cowards.”


A recent law that went into operation on Sept. 20, 2013, allows law enforcement officers the ability to issue a search warrant to conduct a blood test on an individual suspected of DUI driving.

Under SB 717 DeSaulnier, police may now draw blood in a “reasonable, medically approved manner” to prove a misdemeanor DUI if the person refuses the test.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a non-profit that has served more than 61,000 victims and survivors of drunk and drugged crashes, some 28 people will die every day in a crash resulting from the actions of a drunk driver.

“MADD statistics show that car accidents are the No. 1 cause of death for teenagers,” adds Thomas, a supporter of MADD and its mission. “Also, roughly 25 percent of all DUI car accidents involve an underage driver.”


Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, teenage drivers under 18 years old will no longer be permitted to use voice-recognition devices such as the Apple Siri to text or send messages while driving.

Under California law, drivers may use the hands-free mode to talk on cell phones while behind the wheel, but this new law will also expand the law to prohibit all drivers from using wireless devices to write, send, or read a texts.

According to the most recent statistics compiled in 2010 by State Farm Insurance there were 12,000 deaths and 330,000 injuries reported from 636,000 accidents in the United States due to distracted driving.

“Drivers are more distracted than ever on our roadways,” Thomas said. “Despite laws prohibiting cell phone use without the hands-free mode, drivers continue to use them behind the wheel.”

Bicyclists Get 3-foot Passing Distance — file photo


A new 2014 California law affecting all motorists aims to make roads safer for bicyclists by providing a 3-foot passing distance.

Under (AB 1371), which takes effect on September 16, 2014, drivers passing a bicyclist must leave a 3-foot space between them and a rider.

However, if it is impossible to allow this space, the driver must slow down to a “reasonable and prudent speed.” Motorists who fail to adhere to the new law could face a fine whether there is an accident or not.

“Bicyclists are the most vulnerable people on our roadways as they ride alongside motorists,” said Thomas. “Many of these types of accidents also involve hit-and-run drivers who leave the cyclist to die in the streets or face huge medical bills for severe injuries alone. This law will hopefully cut down on bike crashes this year and for many to come.”

Fatal and injury bicycle accidents have been on the rise in recent years, according to the most recent statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report between 2007 and 2011. Deaths grew from 125 in 2007 to 131 in 2008, 109 in 2009, 111 in 2010 and 142 in 2011. Bicyclists injured in accident during the 5-year period were as follows: 10,521 in 2007; 11,683 in 2008; 11,993 in 2009; 12,591 in 2010; and 13,567 in 2011.


For more than 32 years, The Thomas Law Firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought to win justice on behalf of clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, medical malpractice and more.  The firm has offices throughout California as well as Las Vegas, Nevada.

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SAN FERNANDO: Two-Car Crash Involving Minor Injuries on I-5 Freeway at San Fernando Mission Boulevard Exit

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2-Vehicle Car Accident on 5 Freeway in San Fernando California — file photo

Driver Crashes into Stalled Pickup Truck on Interstate 5 Freeway

SAN FERNANDO, California (Dec. 31, 2013) –  The driver of a Dodge Magnum crashed into a stalled grey pickup truck in the No. 3 lane of the Interstate 5 Golden State Freeway near the San Fernando Mission Boulevard exit, according to a dispatch by the California Highway Patrol.

About 7:09 a.m., CHP officers reported the two-vehicle collision involving minor injuries that was blocking the Nos. 3 and 4 lanes of the I-5 Freeway. Both vehicles required two trucks to remove them from the scene of the car accident.

“Drivers involved in an injury car accident should seek immediate medical attention,” said Attorney West Thomas, who heads up a family-operated personal injury law firm serving the San Fernando community. “Police will compile a report based on their investigation into this car crash and this report is available within a few days or weeks depending on how serious the accident is. This report will establish fault and liability for the accident.”

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BUTTONWILLOW: One Dead in Head-on Crash on NB Interstate 5 Freeway at Rowlee Road

Monday, December 30th, 2013

One Dead in Car Accident on 5 Freeway in Buttonwillow California– file photo

Driver Crosses Over Center Divider into Northbound Lanes

BUTTONWILLOW, California (Dec. 30, 2013) – One person is dead Monday morning after a motorist veered over the center divider into opposing traffic and crashed head-on into oncoming traffic on the northbound Interstate 5 Freeway just north of Rowlee Road in the San Joaquin Valley, according to a dispatch by the California Highway Patrol.

About 8:50 a.m., CHP officials reported a driver who was heading southbound on the I-5 freeway crossed over onto the northbound side of the freeway and collided with oncoming traffic.  One person was killed in the crash, but there were no further details about who the victim was and if anyone was injured.

The collision shut down both northbound lanes and traffic was diverted to the right-hand side of the freeway around the wreck.

CHP officials are investigating the crash to determine what happened.

“There is an accident report pending for this fatal crash and it will contain an analysis of the collision factors based on evidence collected by police,” said Attorney West Thomas. “The report is typically available within 30 days. The report is very helpful not only to law enforcement, but also to family and loved ones.  We extend our sympathy to the family of the individual who was killed in this crash as they try to piece together what happened and come to terms with such a tremendous loss.”

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MENIFEE: Dionisio Lucero-Gonzalez, 27, of Moreno Valley Killed in Head-on Bundy Canyon Crash

Monday, December 30th, 2013

MENIFEE, California (Dec. 30, 2013) – Dionisio Lucero-Gonzalez, 27, of Moreno Valley, was killed and a woman injured Friday night following a three-vehicle traffic accident at the intersection of Bundy Canyon and Wright roads, according to a press release by CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters.

Lucero-Gonzalez was reportedly the “driver of a sedan that crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a sport utility vehicle,” according to a report by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner.

About 10:23 p.m., the report said that firefighters responded to the accident where they found Lucero-Gonzalez had died of his injuries, however, a woman in a different vehicle had to be cut and rescued from the wreckage at the scene, Riverside Fire reported.

Paramedics quickly transported the injured woman by ground ambulance from the crash to Inland Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Riverside County Sheriff’s reported.

There was a third vehicle involved, but the car suffered only minor damage and there were no reported injuries, police said

Police will continue to investigate this accident and are asking that anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Deputy Cail at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Perris Station, (951) 210-1000.

“Police will investigate the cause of this car accident to determine liability for those injured and killed,” said Attorney West Thomas. “These reports are available typically within a month of an accident.”

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