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ORANGE COUNTY, California – Three pedestrians were killed in separate traffic accidents around Orange County including a hit and run crash where the driver later returned to confess the crime, according to reports by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

Gary Skaggs, 61, was killed Saturday night as he crossed North Rose Drive at Alta Vista about 9:19 p.m. Placentia. The Orange County Register reported that Skaggs ignored signs warning not to jaywalk as he stepped into traffic about 300-feet from a designated crosswalk.  Paramedics responding to the pedestrian accident transported Skaggs to UCI Medical Center in Orange where he later died at 9:55 p.m.

A second unidentified pedestrian died the day after they were struck by the driver of a taxi cab near Reef Point in Newport Coast.   On Saturday, Sept. 29, the person was crossing the roadway at 8086 E. Coast Highway about 7:48 p.m. when they were struck by a driver in a taxi van. The victim was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where they were pronounced dead the following day on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 4:45 p.m.

Harvey Mayo, 65, of Fountain Valley was struck early Sunday morning just after midnight by a hit-and-run driver on Newhope Street and Southpark Avenue in Fountain Valley.  The driver later returned to the scene of the crash about an hour later to turn himself into police. Police arrested Ricardo Gomez, 38, of Costa Mesa, on felony charges of hit-and-run as well as having outstanding warrants, according to the Register. Mayo died at the scene of the crash about 12:25 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Police told reporters that they do not believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you have any information regarding the death of Harvey Mayo you are asked to call police at (714) 593-4484.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Pedestrian accidents have been on the rise nationally. 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.

Locally, pedestrians killed in traffic accidents, however, dropped in 2010 to 32 killed compared to 41 in 2009, according to the2009 and 2010 California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Reports. Also, the number of people injured was also down in 2010 to 770 pedestrians suffering injuries compared with 864 injured the previous year in 2009, the report said.

Liability for a pedestrian accident will depend on the circumstances of each individual case, said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. Under California law, both pedestrians and drivers are respectively required to take precautions when entering a roadway or where pedestrians are present.

“Motorists must yield the right of way to pedestrians even if the pedestrian is illegally crossing outside of a sidewalk, however, the liability for the crash may fall on both parties,” Seegmiller said. “A driver, for example, may have been driving too fast or found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In such a case, the victim and the driver may share the responsibility for the crash.”

Indeed, our courts have ruled that when two parties are both somewhat at fault for a crash that they may share liability for damages. Under the concept of comparative negligence, lawyers in California who represent a defendant may claim a victim was partially at fault for an accident, however, a court would simply determine on a percentage basis how much the victim was at fault and reduce compensation for damages accordingly. In other words, if they are equally at fault for a crash the victim would receive 50 percent of what a jury awards in a verdict.

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Man Killed in Train Accident Personal Injury Law Firms Report

Friday, December 9th, 2011

PLACENTIA, California — The driver of a white Toyota sedan was struck and killed Friday by a Burlington Northern freight train near Anaheim at Rose Drive and Orangethorpe Avenue, police officials said.

The train accident took place about 8 a.m. after the man’s vehicle attempted to cross the train tracks prior to being struck. The train pushed the Toyota sedan about 300 yards down the tracks, police officials said. Responding Orange County Fire Authority officials attempted to free the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene of the train crash. Other officials responding to the cargo train accident included Anaheim, Fullerton and Placentia police and fire officials.

Railroad tracks in both directs were closed as well as Miller Street, Tustin Avenue and Jefferson Street following the train accident so that police and fire officials could investigate what happened. Officials are not sure why the passenger vehicle was on the train tracks.

The United States Department of Transportation reports that there are roughly 5,800 train crashes annually involving vehicles at railroad crossings with approximately 600 people killed and 2,300 injured.

“Many drivers do not realize that a heavy freight train traveling at about 50 mph may need up to one mile stopping distance,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Some train accidents at railroad crossings can be the result of malfunctioning crossing arms or inadequate warning systems. Train accidents should always be investigated to determine the cause of the train crash.”

Have you been injured in a train accident? Was a family member killed in a train accident? 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 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 train 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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