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Pedestrian Ernest Clark Struck Killed by Big Rig on I-10 Freeway

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Source: Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner press release

INDIO, California – Pedestrian Ernest Clark, 84, Moreno Valley was struck by a semi-tractor trailer truck Tuesday night as he stood next to his stopped sports utility vehicle at the shoulder of the westbound Interstate 10 freeway near the Cactus City Rest Area east of Indio, according to a press release by the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner.

Clark was struck about 10:45 p.m. on the freeway just west of Frontage Road. Paramedics responding to the scene of the pedestrian accident transported him by Mercy Air Ambulance to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs where he died of his injuries about 12:40 a.m.

The report did not indicate why Clark was parked on the side of the road, but California Highway Patrol is investigating the pedestrian accident to determine what exactly happened.

“Pedestrians on freeways are extremely vulnerable to being struck by cars,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “It’s always safest to remain in your disabled vehicle until help arrives at the scene whether you are on a freeway or other roadway.”

Police officers will gather evidence using photographs, skid marks and other calculations to determine how the accident happened and whether the driver or the pedestrian was at fault in this tragic crash.

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 two pedestrians killed and 21 others injured in car accidents in Palm Springs in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. In Riverside County 39 pedestrians died and 370 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.
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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.

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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.

 

 

 

Source: San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office and news reports

SAN DIEGO, California —  The driver of a tan Honda Civic sedan struck and killed 62-year-old Gabriela Alexandrescu at a marked crosswalk at the intersection of Reynard Way and Redwood Street in the Middletown area of San Diego City, according to a Medical Examiner’s report.

Police told a news reporter that Alexandrescu was on her way to purchase a lottery ticket at the Clover Leaf Market on Reynard Way at the time of the crash.  The driver who struck her about 9:25 p.m. failed to yield the right of way for the pedestrian at the crosswalk, police said in the press release. The woman had severe head trauma and was transported to University of California San Diego Medical Center where despite aggressive resuscitative efforts she died about 10:22 p.m., the report said.

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.”

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 injured in car accidents in San Diego County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miguel Angel Villegas-Cota, 22, Struck Dead Running onto Interstate 10 Freeway

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Source: San Bernardino County Coroner press release 

RIALTO, California – Miguel Angel Villegas-Cota, 22, of Rialto, was struck and killed early Saturday morning by a tractor trailer truck as he ran southbound across the westbound Interstate 10 freeway, according to a San Bernardino County Coroner report.

California Highway Patrol officers reported that Villegas-Cota was driving a black 2007 Honda Civic and was rear-ended by a silver 2002 Nissan Frontier pickup truck in a collision about 2:06 a.m., but for unknown reasons got out of his Nissan and ran across the freeway into traffic, the report said. The collision and fatal truck accident took place on the westbound Interstate 10, west of S. Riverside Avenue.

Miguel Angel Villegas-Cota’s name was released Thursday following notification of his family. The CHP is investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragic truck accident to determine exactly what happened.

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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.

Tags : freeway crash, Miguel Angel Villegas-Cota, , , Rialto, Rialto pedestrian accident

Pedestrian Killed on Empire Avenue By Bob Hope Airport in Burbank

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Source: Burbank Police Department and news reports
BURBANK, California – A pedestrian was struck and killed Saturday afternoon on West Empire Avenue near the south side entrance of Bob Hope Airport, Burbank Police Department told newspaper reporters.
The pedestrian, who was described as a man in his 50s, died at the scene after he was struck by a car driven by an 18-year-old man. Police have not cited the man as they are still investigating the cause of the accident. It was determined by police that the driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, car accident law firms have learned.
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.”

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 report. 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.
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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.

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