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FATAL ONTARIO CRASH: Five Men in 20s Killed in Car Accident

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

ONTARIO, California – Five young men were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash into a residence early Sunday morning on South Haven Avenue just south of East Creekside Drive and early reports indicate that speed, alcohol and distracted driving were possibly factors in the crash, according to news reports and a press release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner Department.

All five victims died about an hour after the 1:41 a.m. crash. Jonathan Watson, 21, was reportedly driving the 2005 Nissan Sentra at the time of the crash when he allegedly ran a red light on Haven Avenue before crashing into a home. Some news reports indicated that the driver may have been tweeting while behind the wheel as his passenger’s Tweets reportedly indicated that was the case, but police have not confirmed it.

“Police will investigate whether there were any other factors involved in the crash including other vehicles involved, speeding, alcohol or distracted driving,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, a personal injury attorney. “Attorneys can also conduct their own investigation into the crash and solicit telephone records to confirm whether a driver was texting and driving.”

Marquell Bogan, 23, of Ontario was transported by emergency workers to Kaiser Hospital in Ontario where he was pronounced dead at 2:24 a.m.

The other four victims all died at the scene of the crash. Ervin McKinness, 21, of Ontario died at  2:14 a.m., the report said.

Also killed were Dylan George, 20, of Ontario whose injuries resulted in his death at the scene of the crash. Watson, 21, of San Bernardino died at the scene at 2:36 a.m. due to injuries sustained in the crash. JaJuan Bennett, 23, of Rancho Cucamonga also died at the scene of the deadly crash about 2:32 a.m.

The car crash is being investigated by the Ontario Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Division is conducting an investigation into the deaths.

“As a father of five grown children myself I sympathize with the families of these young men as they cope with such incredible loss,” Seegmiller said. “Hopefully other young people will learn from this in the future as no parent should have to lose a child in this manner.”

The family and friends of the many victims are holding a car wash fundraiser on Sept. 5 through Sept. 8 at Archibald’s Restaurant on 2685 E Riverside Drive.

For more information, you can call Linda at (909) 235-2482 or Fabiola (909) 544-6603.

Ontario Car Accident Statistics

There were 13 people killed and 1,028 injured in car crashes in Ontario in 2010, according to the most recent statistics compiled by the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. Additionally, there were 203 people killed and 7,915 injured in San Bernardino County, the report said.

Ontario Car Accident Attorney

The Seegmiller Law Firm has been handling wrongful death cases in California and Nevada for three decades. Our expert trial lawyers including founder West Seegmiller have a wealth of experience in this area of the law.  Our expert legal team is compassionate with our clients, but our attorneys are aggressive in the courtroom and work tirelessly to settle lawsuits against negligent defendants responsible for the loss of our client’s loved ones.

For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented thousands of clients who were injured in 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 (1-855-273-9378) 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.

 

 

Santa Paula Police Officer Kimberley Hemminger Killed in Crash Involving Drunk Driver

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

VENTURA, California — A longtime Santa Paula volunteer reserve police officer is facing manslaughter and drunk-driving charges after he crashed his 1984 Jeep Wrangler Sunday night and killed a fellow officer, according to the Ventura County Star.

Christopher Blankenship, 44, of Santa Paula was driving a Jeep with three other passengers when he lost control and it rolled over on a private road. No one in the Jeep was wearing their seatbelts including an off-duty Santa Paula Police Officer Kimberley Hemminger, 33, of Oxnard who was ejected from the car and pinned underneath it, according to the CHP.

The accident occurred on South Mountain Lookout Road near Santa Paula in an unincorporated portion of Ventura County at around 9:15 p.m.

Two other women in the car suffered minor injuries, the Star reported.

Blankenship was booked at the Ventura County Jail and was released Monday morning on $50,000 bail, the report said.

“Sadly no one is immune from the effects of drunk drivers, not even police officers,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm.

The loss of a police officer in an accident like this is very tragic for the department as well as the family and the entire community, Seegmiller said.

According to national statistics there are around 150,000 deaths and about 70 million injuries a year as the result of alcohol related accidents.

According to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Report, 23 people were killed by drunk drivers in 2009 or roughly half of the 57 people killed in all crashes reported that year. Also, 392 of the 3,421 total injuries reported the same year were to victims of crashes involving alcohol.

While stats for Ventura County for 2012 are not available the CHP released stats from the recent Fourth of July holiday that reported one fatality and 32 arrests as the result of drunk drivers.

This news article was sponsored by the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm. Our law firm has been an advocate for injured clients for more than 30 years in Southern California.  We have also been advocates for families of victims killed in crashes due to negligent drivers.

It’s important that the family members of those killed in a traffic accident know that they are entitled to compensation for the loss of a loved one if the driver of the vehicle responsible for the death is found negligent.

There is no cost to speak to our experienced legal professionals about your accident until we 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 and support your family in a time of need.

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 Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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Fourth of July: The Deadliest Day of theYear on the Road

Friday, July 6th, 2012

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – This holiday weekend many irresponsible drivers continued the trend of drinking and driving, leading to hundreds of DUI arrests by police cracking down on these dangerous drivers,

However, despite efforts by law enforcement and education about the risks of drunk driving, the Fourth of July is the deadliest day to drive each year.

In Los Angeles County, officials said more than 500 DUI arrests were made during the week leading up to July Fourth.  The Orange County Register reported 78 people had been arrested in Orange County for suspected DUI during a two-day span down from 108 arrests last year in the county. Additionally, the Union Tribune reported 37 DUI arrests in San Diego compared to 69 reported the year before. The county also did not have any fatal crashes during the holiday, there was one last year.

Indeed, the Fourth of July holiday weekend can turn deadly when drivers hit the road drunk. Roughly 40 percent of all fatal crashes on July 4th are attributed to drunk drivers, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers reports. According to National Transportation Highway Safety Administration statistics there were 21 people killed and 1,360 injured over the 3-day weekend in 2009 (July3-5) throughout the state of California.

In 2010 a total of 10,228 people died in drunk-driving crashes, according to MADD. The organization also reported that despite stepped up enforcement drunk drivers are only caught one out of every eighty times they drive drunk.

Despite efforts to curb drunken driving by law enforcement, crashes resulting from these drivers continue to claim lives of the drivers themselves or innocent victims. However, those drunk drivers who do survive the crash face stiff criminal penalties if someone is severely injured or killed in a crash they caused.

This week a Winnetka man who killed a 13-year-old Malibu girl was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Police convicted 29-year old Sina Khankhanian of second degree murder for causing the crash that cost the young girl her life.

Another recent suspected drunk driver faced the judge last month after she ran a red light while trying to evade police and then ploughed into a crowd killing two people, the DA’s office report said. Elba Jimenez, 37, could face life in prison for the deaths if she is convicted. The DA’s office report said she is being held on $2 million bail.

Also in Orange County, a 5-year-old girl was killed this year by a hit-and-run drunk driver who will now face murder charges. A Good Samaritan blocked the car of 33-year-old Jessicah Louise Cowan as she sped away from the fatal pedestrian accident scene, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office reports. She could now face 15 years to life in prison after she got behind the wheel with her blood alcohol level at 0.20, officials said. The legal limit in California is .08.

“Drunk drivers threaten the lives of innocent people on our roadways and there is no excuse for this type of behavior,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm.

For more than 30 years Seegmiller Law Firm has been fighting to get justice for victims of drunken driving accidents. While compensation will not bring back a loved one or heal all of the emotional or physical wounds that an accident may inflict, it will help to rebuild your life and help you to get justice for you or your family.

There is no cost to speak to our experienced legal professionals about your accident until we 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 or 1-855-275-9378  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 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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FOUR INJURED: Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes into House on Kalmai Street in San Diego

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

SAN DIEGO, California – Four people were injured including the suspected drunk driver who was behind the wheel of a car that crashed into a residence on Kalmai Street in the Banker’s Hill area early Thursday morning, according to a report by 10News.com.

At a time when many people were heading home after Fourth of July celebrations, emergency workers were called to rescue the victims who were initially trapped in the vehicle. Police believe the victims were all drinking prior to the crash.

Following the 2 a.m. crash, paramedics transported the victims to a nearby hospital for treatment of undisclosed non-life threatening injuries.

San Diego Car Accident Statistics

There were 217 deaths and 12,998 injuries recorded in San Diego County traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California 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.

“There really is no excuse for drinking and driving, but passengers who are drinking may not always be coherent enough to realize they are putting their own lives at risk by getting into a car with someone who has been drinking,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Those injured in a crash with a drunk driver should know they have rights under California law and the drunk driver is liable for their injuries if they are hurt.”

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.

There is no cost to speak to our experienced legal professionals about your accident until we 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. (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.

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Drugs and Alcohol Traffic Deaths and Injuries Subject of New Forum

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

WASHINGTON –  Overall traffic deaths have declined about 25% over the past five years, but the number of deaths attributed to alcohol or drugs have remained unchanged nationally, according to statistics reported by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Traffic deaths from all causes dropped from 43,510 in 2005 to 32,885 in 2010, prompting the NTSB to call for a two-day forum on substance impaired driving this year called “Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Substance-Impaired Driving. The forum will be held May 15-16 in Washington, D.C. and is open to members of the public.

“There is no other transportation safety issue in America that kills as many people as substance-impaired driving – more than 10,000 last year alone,” said Chairman Hersman. “It’s time for us, as a country, to take a fresh look at this issue. It is a national safety challenge that can be solved.”

Indeed, the forum is seeking to identify actions needed to eliminate related deaths and injuries on American roadways.

“Substance-impaired driving deaths – once about half of all traffic fatalities – still account for one in three roadway deaths,” said Hersman. “When so much progress has been made in other areas of highway safety, why are substance-impaired driving fatalities stuck at one third? And what needs to be done to reach zero?”

Representatives from academia, research and advocacy organizations, industry, and state and federal agencies will serve as panelists for the forum.

In California, however, deaths and injuries resulting from alcohol-related traffic accidents were the lowest in five years in 2009, according to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic report. In fact, there’s been a steady decline every year except in 2006 when it spiked up. There were 1,146 deaths and 17,976 injuries in the state in 2009 compared to 1,420 deaths and 20,912 injuries in 2006, the highest recorded between 2005 and 2009.

“Local police have been cracking down on drunk drivers and certainly these statistics show the effort has been working,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm in Irvine, California.

California alcohol Involved Fatal and Injury Collisions

2005    1,387 deaths    20,581 injuries

2006    1,420 deaths    20,912 injuries

2007    1,347 deaths    20,877 injuries

2008    1,239 deaths    19,659 injuries

2009    1,146 deaths    17,976 injuries

Source: California Statewide Integrated Traffic Report 2009


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

 

 

 

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