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TUSTIN: Colette Upton, 46, Killed in Pedestrian Accident on SR-55 Freeway

Monday, July 8th, 2013

TUSTIN, California (July 8, 2013) — Colette Upton, 46, of Moreno Valley was killed after being struck by the driver of a pickup truck on the northbound State Route 55 Freeway just north of 17th Street, according to a press release issued by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

About 5:50 p.m., Upton was a pedestrian on the freeway when she was hit by the motorist and died at the scene of the crash.  The driver remained at the scene of the fatal crash, but police did not disclose whether or not the motorist was charged with a crime.

The Tustin Police Department is investigating the collision to determine what exactly happened.

“Our lives are in the hands of other drivers every day we travel on our busy Southern Californian roadways,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “The loss of a family member in a car crash is a tragedy no one should have to go through.”

– The Seegmiller Law Firm

 

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SANTA ANA: SUV Runs Red Light Collides With Van, Both Vehicles Rolled Resulting in Several Injuries

Friday, June 28th, 2013

SANTA ANA, California (June 28, 2013) – A SUV ran a red-light Friday afternoon causing a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of East 17th Street and North Tustin Avenue, according to a dispatch report filed by the California Highway Patrol.

Just before 1 p.m., CHP officers received several 911 calls from witnesses informing them that the SUV ran a red light and collided with a mini-van. The impact was so strong that both vehicles rolled.

There were several injuries, though the extent of them is unknown at this time. Injured persons were transported to a nearby hospital.

The CHP is investigating the accident.

“Those who are involved a traffic accident, whether minor or major, may suffer injuries that don’t present themselves in the moment,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Many of these bumps and bruises worse over the days and need medical attention. This could include back and neck pain, both of which shouldn’t be ignored.”

About The Seegmiller Law Firm

If you have been injured in a car accident in Orange County, The Seegmiller Law Firm may be able to help you. We work hard to obtain justice for victims and their families who suddenly find themselves facing medical bills, funeral costs and lost income due to an unexpected car accident.

The law firm has recovered more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for its clients in counties throughout California. Our attorneys are passionate about defending their clients against insurance companies and corporations who typically attempt to downplay the value of their claim.

Call for a free consultation with one of our attorneys at  or visit our website at theseegmillerlawfirm.com.

Sources: http://cad.chp.ca.gov

(Copyright ©2013 The Seegmiller Law Firm. All Rights Reserved.)

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Fed Ex Delivery Truck Kills Woman, 22, on Nutwood Avenue in Fullerton

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Many Delivery Truck Drivers Under Pressure to Prioritize Speed Over Safety

FULLERTON, California (June 20, 2013) — Chelsea Kashergena, 22, of Fullerton was killed Thursday afternoon after the driver of a FedEx delivery truck driver struck her down as she rode her bicycle through a neighborhood.

The FedEx driver was reportedly traveling northbound on Ladera Vista Drive prior to the fatal 2:15 p.m. crash. Kashergena was headed eastbound on Nutwood Avenue.  The truck driver made a left-hand turn onto Nutwood when for unknown reasons the bicyclist was struck.

“Speed is the priority for these delivery truck drivers, whether it’s FedEx, UPS or another privately-owned service,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, “Pedestrians and bicyclists are most at risk as drivers barrel through residential neighborhoods searching for addresses  in these massive box trucks that are not designed for many smaller streets.”

Indeed, delivery truck drivers who work for large corporations are under high pressure to deliver packages to as many customers as they can in a short period of time. It’s no surprise that the accident rates of these companies are high and injuries and wrongful death actions are common.

Police say the FedEx driver involved in Thursday’s crash remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Additionally, the initial investigation reveals the bicyclist may have had the right-of-way.The family of this young woman will never be the same in the wake of this tragic crash, Seegmiller said.

There appears to be a system-wide failure among many service companies to put the public safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists ahead of the desire for bigger profits at many of these big corporations, Seegmiller said. The drivers of these box delivery trucks typically zip around neighborhoods as fast as possible in order to maintain tight schedules. It’s no wonder the Memphis-based FedEx Corp. is a billion dollar company whose net income grew 40-percent in fiscal 2012 to $2 billion, according to the company’s annual report.

“We as a community here in Orange County should all step up and make sure that something like this never happens to another person,” Seegmiller said. “Putting pressure on companies to put safety ahead of profits would be a start.”
– The Seegmiller Law Firm, Newport Beach, California

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ORANGE COUNTY: Reckless Driver in Mini Cooper Causes 5-Vehicle Crash on I-5 Freeway at Crown Valley Parkway

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California (June 19, 2013) – The driver of a Mini Cooper was reportedly driving reckless prior to a five-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on the northbound Interstate 5 freeway just south of the Crown Valley Parkway on ramp, according to a dispatch report issued by the California Highway Patrol.

About 8:30 a.m., the driver of the Mini Cooper crashed with four other motorists including a black Kia Sol and the pileup was blocking the HOV lane as well as the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 lanes of the freeway, the report said.

A SigAlert was issued about 9 a.m. as police investigated the crash scene and tow trucks removed vehicles and debris from the freeway. The SigAlert was later canceled about 9:30 a.m., the CHP said.

About The Seegmiller Law Firm

If you have been injured in a car accident in Orange County, The Seegmiller Law Firm may be able to help you. We work hard to obtain justice for victims and their families who suddenly find themselves facing medical bills, funeral costs and lost income due to an unexpected car accident.

The law firm has recovered more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for its clients in counties throughout California. Our attorneys are passionate about defending their clients against insurance companies and corporations who typically attempt to downplay the value of their claim.

Call for a free consultation with one of our attorneys at1-855-275-9378 or visit our website at theseegmillerlawfirm.com.

Sources:    http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

(Copyright ©2013 The Seegmiller Law Firm. All Rights Reserved.)

 

 

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HUNTINGTON BEACH: Woman Killed by Suspected DUI Driver Engaged Same Night

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (June 5, 2013) – Just hours before she was killed by a suspected drunk driver, Kelly Blue Morehouse, 25, and her boyfriend Taylor Rolfson, 24, were engaged.

The Huntington Beach couple were on their way to celebrate the engagement with friends about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night when suspected drunk driver Tadashi Mizutani, 68, of Huntington Beach crashed his Lexus into the motorcycle the two were riding on.

Morehouse, who was riding on the back of the bike, was taken by ambulance to UCI Medical Center in Orange where she died a couple of hours later at 11:20 p.m. Her fiancé was also taken to hospital where he was treated for two broken legs, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Mizutani was arrested by police on DUI charges, but he posted bail of $100,000 and was released Sunday morning, police said.

He has a previous criminal arrested dated August 17, 2008 in Orange County, but the offense was not specified in public documents.

In the wake of her death, the family of Morehouse and friends are mourning the loss of the vibrant young woman who worked at the Sugar Shack restaurant on Main Street in Huntington Beach. She is also a graduate of Huntington Beach High School where her mother is a teacher and her father is a retired teacher, according to the Times.  Students and teachers at the high school wore blue on Monday to honor her memory as her middle name was Blue.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Victims of drunk drivers and their families are more common than most of us would imagine. According to statistics compiled by MADD, an estimated one in three people are involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lifetime. Here are some more statistics from MADD’s website:

  • Almost half of all drivers who were killed in crashes and tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their system
  • About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol are repeat offenders.
  • Among persons aged 12 or older, males were more likely than females (15.1 vs. 7.9 percent) to drive under the influence of alcohol in the past year.

About MADD

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 in Sacramento by Candace Lightner, a mother whose 13-year-old daughter was a pedestrian killed by a repeat drunk driver. Just two days before the driver killed her daughter, he was let out of jail on bail for a hit-and-run drunk driving collision and he had two previous convictions for Driving While Intoxicated. Lightner’s mission to end drunk driving through her organization have raised awareness to the problem and deaths have subsequently declined 43 percent in the 32 years since its inception. MADD’s mission statement is: “To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving.”

(Copyright ©2013 The Seegmiller Law Firm. All Rights Reserved.)

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