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Las Vegas- Doris Stoehr Killed while Crossing Street Forces City to Install Crosswalk

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

83-year-old Doris Stoehr was killed Thursday while she was crossing a street near Decatur and Lake Mead boulevards. Stoehr crossed seven lanes of traffic and did not use a crosswalk. Stoehr lived at The Las Vegas Manor Apartments along with many other seniors. Seniors in that complex often need to ride the bus or run errands and the nearest crosswalk is too far away for many of them to walk to. Seniors in the complex have asked the city to install a crosswalk for many years. Since Stoehr’s death, the city is finally listening. Ricki Barlow, the Las Vegas City Councilman stated that Stoehr was one of the more vocal seniors about the issue of a crosswalk being installed. The crosswalk will be installed in three months’ time.

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Source: San Diego County Medical Examiner report.

SAN DIEGO, California – Daniela Lopez, 22, was struck and killed by a car Tuesday afternoon as she was crossing the street near the intersection of Logan Avenue and 49th Street, according to a San Diego County Medical Examiner report.

Paramedics responded to the scene of the crash and initiated advanced life saving measures and transported her to the hospital emergency department. Despite aggressive effort to save her life, she could not be revived and death was pronounced in the trauma unit, the report said.

California Pedestrian Law

“Motorists are required by law to yeild the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway whether they are in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm.

Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950, however, pedestrians also have a duty on roadways to exercise due care for his or her own safety. “No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”

It is incumbent upon a driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk that they exercise all due care and reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian, the law says.

Under no circumstances does the requirement that pedestrians exercise due care does that “relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”

Indeed, drivers are typically responsible to victims of pedestrian accidents and liable for their injuries financially, Seegmiller said.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Source: California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report

Pedestrians need to be especially cautious on our roadways because they are more vulnerable to injury or death. There were 57 pedestrians killed and 937 others injured in car accidents in San Diego County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.  Overall there were 217 fatal traffic accidents and 12,993 injuries in 2009 in San Diego.

In California, there were 598 pedestrians killed and 12,418 injured in 2009, according to the CHP traffic report.

National data compiled by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority shows that pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the United States were up 4.9% in 2010 to 4,280 deaths and injuries were up 19% in 2010 to 70,000 people injured.

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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.

 

 

 

Pedestrian, 22, Struck and Seriously Injured in Costa Mesa

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Source: Costa Mesa Police Department and news reports
COSTA MESA, California — An unidentified 22-year-old woman was struck and seriously injured early Saturday morning after she was hit by a Porsche 944 while crossing Newport Boulevard outside of a crosswalk, according to Costa Mesa police reports.
The pedestrian accident took place about 1:11 a.m. at the intersection of Newport Boulevard near Industrial Way, police said.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital with major head injuries. The male driver of the Porsche was questioned by police, but there was no further information about whether he was cited or not.
The Costa Mesa Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the car accident to contact Police Investigator Rick Cummings at 714-754-5264.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Source: California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report
Pedestrians need to be especially cautious on our roadways because they are more vulnerable to injury or death, car accident law firms advise. There were two pedestrians killed and 57 others injured in car accidents in Costa Mesa in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. In Orange County 41 pedestrians died and 864 were injured in 2009.
In California, there were 598 pedestrians killed and 12,418 injured in 2009, according to the CHP traffic report.
National data compiled by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority shows that pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the United States were up 4.9% in 2010 to 4,280 deaths and injuries were up 19% in 2010 to 70,000 people injured.
California Pedestrian Law
“Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
(c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.
(d) Subdivision (b) does not relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”


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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Hit and Run Driver Seriously Injures 13-year-old Girl in Santa Ana Crosswalk

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

SANTA ANA, California – A hit and run driver struck 13-year-old Teresa Pham riding a bicycle in a crosswalk on Warner Avenue Monday night leaving her in critical condition, according to a press release issued by the Santa Ana Police Department.

The teenager was riding her bicycle north on Greenville across Warner Avenue when she was struck by the driver of an unknown vehicle traveling westbound on Warner Avenue. The girl was thrown to the ground and sustained severe injuries. The driver made no attempt to stop or assist the injured girl.

Motorists passing the scene of the crash stopped to help the injured girl and called for paramedics to come to the scene. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment, but remains in critical condition. According to a Feb. 8 article in the Orange County Register, Pham was wearing a helmet, she suffered cuts and broken bones in the crash and is expected to make a full recovery.

Detectives believe there may have been several witnesses to the crime that left the scene prior to officers arriving and are encouraging them to call the Santa Ana Police Traffic Division at (714) 245-8214.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association, there were 51,000 pedalcyclist injured in traffic accidents in the United States in 2010. Sadly there were also 618 pedalcyclists who were killed in crashes that year, down 1.6% from the previous year’s deaths.

“Drivers who strike a pedestrian or bicyclist and flee the scene of a traffic  accident are cowards and criminals under the law,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Hopefully a witness will come forward with information to help police catch the driver.”

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.

Have you been injured in a California or Nevada car accident by a negligent driver? 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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Teenage Pedestrian Sarah Barahona was Struck and Killed in Garden Grove

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Posted By Pedestrian Accident Attorney

GARDEN GROVE –  The Garden Grove Police Department responded Friday to a pedestrian accident where Sarah Barahona, 18, of Orange, was struck and killed by a van as she crossed Haster Street about 7:13 p.m., according to Orange County Coroner reports.

The driver of the van remained on the scene with the teenager until paramedics arrived and rushed her to UCI Medical Center where she died of her injuries about an hour later, according to the coroner’s report.

The pedestrian accident took place on Haster Street just south of Chapman Avenue. Police say the teenager was crossing the road outside of the crosswalk when the white van struck her. The driver of the van was not drinking alcohol and there was no indication that he was arrested.

“Pedestrian accidents have been on the rise in the United States,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “California, Texas and Florida are the three deadliest states for pedestrian accidents.”

According to the latest statistics compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority the number of pedestrians in the United States who were killed in traffic accidents was up 4.2% to 4,280 people in 2010 and up 19% to 70,000 people injured.

A national study released this week determined that accidents involving pedestrians wearing headphones have tripled between 2004 and 2011.  The study identified 116 cases of death or injury to pedestrians using headphones, but it excluded cases where people were using mobile phones and hands free devices.

The study determined that there’s been a steady increase in injuries and deaths attributed to pedestrians using these devices from 16 in 2004 and 2005 to 47 in 2010 and 2011. According to the study, roughly 70% of the pedestrian accidents resulted in the death of the individual using the headphones. The majority of the victims (67%) in these incidents were young people under 30 years old and the average age was 21 years old. Most incidents took place in urban settings and 68% of the victims were male. Additionally, the study determined that more than half (55%) of the victims were hit by trains.

“Tragically these victims are likely unaware of the danger of wearing headphones and walking on our roadways,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Hopefully this study will bring awareness to individuals and the number of pedestrian accidents will decline as a result.”

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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