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LAKE FOREST, California – Steven David Muller, 29, of Lake Forest was killed Wednesday afternoon after the motorcyclist was struck by a car at Peachwood Street and Palmwood Drive, according to a press release by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department and news reports.

According to the Orange County Register, the driver of a 2010 Acura made a left-hand turn in front of the motorcyclist as he was driving his bike eastbound on Peachwood Drive.  Other news reports indicated the motorcyclist was riding behind a pickup truck and the driver allegedly did not see him as he pulled out into the intersection.

Muller reportedly attempted to avoid the collision and applied his brakes, but the bike slide out from under him and into the left driver’s side of the car. Muller was then ejected into the roadway, the Register said. Police told reporters that the driver of the Acura was cooperative and as of press time had not been cited or arrested.

Emergency workers including Orange County firefighters treated the man at the scene and immediately transported him to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo where he later died shortly after the crash at 12:48 p.m.

The Lake Forest motorcycle crash is under investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s major accident reconstruction team.

Liability Issues in Lake Forest Motorcycle Accidents

Under California law, drivers are expected to exercise a certain standard of care when they are on our roadways and when they fall below that standard they can be deemed negligent. Motorists who fail to yield the right of way to a motorcycle rider would be considered negligent under the law. However, if the motorist responsible for the crash ran a red light or a stop sign and struck the motorcyclist his actions would be deemed intentional as there exists a probability that injury to another could result from this action.

Orange County Motorcycle Accident Law Firm

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The cities we handle include Anaheim, Buena Park, Colton, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lake Forest, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Orange, Palm Springs, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Ana, Torrance, Tustin, Westminster, West Covina, Victorville, Ventura and. Additionally, we have offices to serve clients in Las Vegas, Nevada.

LAKE FOREST: Joy Kelly Killed in Head-On Crash with Big Rig Truck

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

LAKE FOREST, California — Joy Kelly, 52, of Lake Forest died in a head-on collision with a tracker trailer truck Tuesday afternoon after she allegedly drove her sports utility vehicle the wrong way on El Toro Road south of Jeronimo Road, according to a press release issued by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

Paramedics responded to the scene of the 1 p.m. fatal crash, but Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, whose vehicle caught fire, suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mission Hospital.

Police say that witnesses saw Kelly’s silver Mercedes-Benz SUV driving the wrong way on El Toro Road for some distance shortly before the crash with the big rig truck, according to an Orange County Register story. The article said Kelly struck the curb before crashing head-on into the truck. A second woman driving a Toyota Rav4 struck the median in an effort to avoid the truck accident, but she was not injured, the Register story reported.

If you have been injured in an Orange County car accident due to the actions of a negligent motorist it’s important that you take steps immediately to maintain your rights. We know that this is a difficult time for those who have been injured as well as the families of those who have been killed. Our firm has a proven track record supported by settlements and trial verdicts ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

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 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) 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 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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There’s a wave of new technology hitting California roadways — ranging from specialized air bags to smart seat belts — that car manufacturers are hoping will help motorists drive more safely and ultimately reduce the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from car accidents.

For more than a decade, improvements to vehicle safety have helped save lives whether its side air bags cushioning the impact of a collision or rear cameras offering an extra pair of eyes when a driver backs up. Now a new device called the Lifebelt is aimed toward specifically helping parents safeguard their teenage children from driving without a seatbelt.

According to a USA Today report, every day roughly10 teenagers are killed in car accidents in the United States. Teenagers are typically involved in the largest numbers of accidents because of their inexperience and sometime negligent or distracted behavior, the report said.

Lifebelt is a device that prevents drivers from starting the vehicle until their seatbelts buckled up. Additionally, if the driver or passengers unbuckle their seatbelts while the engine is running the radio is shut down and an alarm is sounded until the belt is re-buckled, the company said in a press release. That company reports that 63 percent of those killed in car crashes were not wearing a seatbelt, but more than 170,000 lives were saved as the result of seatbelts in general in the last 30 years.

Other devices that have drastically improved road safety are the addition of side and rear seat airbags in many newer vehicles to prevent passenger injury. A new pedestrian air bag was introduced by Volvo this year in its V40 sedan. The vehicle has sensors inside its front bumpers that will deploy the airbag in a few hundredths of a second, according to a Volvo press release. The airbag shoots up out of the windshield wiper area to cover the windshield where most victims of pedestrian accidents land when they are struck. The airbag cushions the impact in an effort to prevent serious injuries.

Rearview cameras also help prevent backing into a person or another car which is a cause of many accidents in more suburban areas.

Other improvements to vehicles in recent years include enhancements to tires that make the treading more durable to ensure drivers are safe when driving on roads during poor weather conditions.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, LED lights too are contributing to increased safety on the road because they are brighter and turn on faster giving drivers more time to react when they see brake lights.

While the volume of accidents have increased over the decades due to the overall rise in population and increase in car ownership the percentage of accidents that happens in contrast to how many cars are on the road is decreasing.

In 1990 the U.S. Census Bureau reported there were 11.5 million traffic accidents in 2009 that number dropped to 10.8 million. Additionally the number of deaths dropped in that period of time from 46,800 traffic accident related deaths in 1990 to 35,900 in 2009.

While technology is not the sole reason driving safety is increasing and accident percentages are decreasing improvements to cars, its accessories and the roads are making for a safer drive.

“Increased regulation by the government for car manufacturers coupled with increased enforcement of drunk and distracted drivers, has helped make our roadways safer than they were 20 years ago,” said West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm.

While all of this technology and regulation is working there is still no remedy for negligent drivers on the road.

“There’s always going to be someone who gets behind the wheel while they are drunk or otherwise distracted drivers who use their cell phones while driving, but the drive behind efforts to make vehicles safer can also be attributed to successful personal injury lawsuits,” Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm said. “Car manufacturers have been held liable for defects and courts have made them pay injured victims leading to improved safety and technology in all vehicles on the roads today.”

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.

If you are injured, the insurance company may try to settle your claim quickly, however, they do not have your best interests in mind. Some injuries may lead to long-term ailments requiring pain medication, therapy or loss of function. You may require time off work to recover from injuries completely and those costs are not likely part of the settlement they will offer you.

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 )to speak with our car accident law firm. 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.

– Josh Francis

 

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Two Injured in Anaheim Car Accident on La Palma Avenue

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

ANAHEIM, California  –  A man driving a white Nissan Versa reportedly made a left-hand turn in front of a woman in a black Honda Accord early Wednesday allegedly causing a collision that injured both drivers at the intersection of La Palma Avenue and North Blue Gum Street, according to a news report in the Orange County Reigster.

Police reported that the driver of the Nissan was traveling eastbound on La Palma prior to the crash when he attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of the Honda and the two vehicles collided sending the Accord into a second crash.

The two injured drivers were treated by Anaheim Fire paramedics on the scene of the 6:19 a.m. crash and both were subsequently transported to local hospitals including St. Joseph Hospital of Orange for further evaluation of undisclosed non-life threatening injuries, the report said.

“Injuries involving neck or back sprain can be complex and may take days, weeks or even months to fully surface,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “It’s important that Anaheim car accident victims seek medical attention immediately following a crash and make follow-up appointments to ensure proper recovery.”

Orange County Car Accident Statistics

There were 141 deaths and 13,373 injuries recorded in Orange 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.

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.

If you are injured the insurance company may try to settle your claim quickly, but they do not have your best interests in mind. Some injuries may lead to long-term ailments requiring pain medication, therapy or loss of function. You may require time off work to recover from injuries completely and those costs are not likely part of the settlement they will offer you.

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. 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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Driver Jose Ramirez Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Fatal Red Light Crash that Killed Nicole Davenport

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

SANTA ANA, California – More than a year after he ran a red light at a Lake Forest intersection and killed 23-year-old Nicole Davenport, driver Jose Javier Fernandez Ramirez, 21, of San Clemente pleaded guilty today to one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, according to a press release issued by the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

Davenport was killed at 11:10 a.m. on January 14, 2011 after Ramirez ran a solid red light on Bake Parkway and crashed into the passenger’s side of the Hyundai driven by Davenport as she attempted to make a legal left-hand turn on a green light. Ramirez was sentenced to two years in state prison.

“Sadly this young man’s mistake not only claimed the life of an innocent woman, but his actions forever changed the lives of her family and his own,” Orange County Attorney West Seegmiller said.

Although Ramirez was convicted of vehicular manslaughter charges it brought little comfort to the family of the young woman.  Her mother Stephanie Davenport told the court that her children are her soul and that she is missing a part of herself since the loss of Nicole.

Ann Duffin, Nicole’s grandmother described life without Nicole “Since her death, Nikki has missed out on her brother’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, her own and her twin’s birthday, her best friend’s birthday … every holiday … and the list will grow as the years go on. None of us will ever again hear her goofy laugh or see her brilliant smile or hear her high heels clicking down the hall. No one knows what she might have done because she never got the chance. No one knows who she might have met, but we all know that everyone she did meet was impacted by her passing.”

Orange County Car Accident Statistics

There were 141 deaths and 13,373 injuries recorded in Orange 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.

Orange County Car Accident Law Firm

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.

If you are injured the insurance company may try to settle your claim quickly, but they do not have your best interests in mind. Some injuries may lead to long-term ailments requiring pain medication, therapy or loss of function. You may require time off work to recover from injuries completely and those costs are not likely part of the settlement they will offer you.

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 to speak with our car accident law firm. 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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