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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.

 

 

Teenage Passengers Unlikely to Tell Drivers to Put Down Cell Phones — Survey Says

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. – Teenagers riding as passengers in cars are less likely to speak up about a distracted driver using a cell phone, according to a new survey released Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The study found that younger passengers were less likely than older passengers to speak up about dangerous drivers using cell phones, the report said. Roughly a third of young passengers 18 to 24 years old said they would say something to a driver who was talking on a handheld phone compared to roughly half of drivers 65 and over who said they would speak up.

“There is no excuse to drive distracted,” Attorney West Seegmiller said. “Drivers who are distracted are as dangerous as those who are under the influence of alcohol, but sadly too many people believe they are the exception because they are a good driver.”

The NHTSA survey polled more than 6,000 drivers and found that approximately 90% of respondents consider a driver who was sending or reading text messages or e-mails as very unsafe.

“Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and these new findings show that our youngest drivers are particularly at risk,” said Secretary LaHood. “We’re encouraging young people across America to commit to distraction-free driving, spread the word to their family and friends, and speak up if the driver in their car is distracted.”

Orange County Car Accident Law Firm

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.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident we know that this is a difficult time. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.

Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in traffic accidents. Our staff is compassionate and understands the pain its clients are going through. We know that this is a difficult time for those who have been injured and for the families of those who have been killed. has a proven track record supported by settlements 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 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, San Diego, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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Irvine Police Department Message to Distracted Drivers: We’ll Be Watching you on Thursdays

Monday, February 6th, 2012

IRVINE, California — Gotta text? Gotta make that call and forget to use your hands-free device? If you do it behind the wheel in Irvine on the first Thursday of each month this year be prepared to cough up $156 for a first offense and $279 for a second offense.

Beginning Feb. 2, the Irvine Police Department began stepping up its enforcement of distracted driving by dedicating themselves to ticketing violators who are not keeping their eyes on the road while driving. The police will conduct regular enforcement of distracted drivers on Thursdays in an effort to keep streets safer.

The police department tested the effectiveness of their distracted driver crackdown on Jan. 5 this year and efforts paid off. They issued 182 citations including 136 for distracted driving, mostly drivers using cell phones.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to be involved in an injury related collision. In fact. In 2009, 5,474 people were killed on US roadways and an estimated 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving.

“Distracted drivers had better reconsider picking up that cell phone,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “It’s not worth a huge fine and it’s certainly not worth risking your life or someone else’s life.”
Have you been injured in a California or Nevada car accident by a negligent driver? Do you need a California Personal Injury Law Firm? Are you searching for a Nevada Personal Injury Law Firm? 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 California 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 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 1-877-426-0695 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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