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HESPERIA, California – Sergio Marin, 32, of Fontana died early New Year’s Day morning in a head-on car crash with another vehicle on Cottonwood Avenue, according to a press release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner Department.

About 1:44 a.m., Marin was traveling in the wrong direction in the southbound lanes of Cottonwood Avenue when his 1994 Honda Civic collided head-on with a 1997 Acura carrying two adults and three juveniles, the coroner and the Press Enterprise reported. Marin died at the scene of the two-vehicle crash, but the five victims in the other vehicle were transported to different nearby hospitals with serious injuries, the Press Enterprise reported.

“New Year’s Eve night is one of the most dangerous times to be traveling,” said Attorney West Thomas, founder of the Thomas Law Firm. “My condolences to the family of the man who died and prayers to those who survived that they fully recover from their injuries.”

Those who are injured in traffic accidents due to someone else’s negligence may recover compensation for their medical costs, lost wages and other financial losses in a personal injury lawsuit against the driver’s insurance carrier. Studies have shown that victims who are represented by an attorney typically recover roughly 3.5 times more in compensation than those who work directly with an insurance adjuster, Thomas said.

Witnesses to the New Year’s Day car accident are asked to contact Deputy Kevin McCurdy at 760-947-1500.

San Bernardino County Car Accident Statistics

There were 203 people killed and 7,910 injured in traffic accidents in San Bernardino in 2010, according to the latest statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.

Statistics show that 75 of those killed were involved in alcohol-related crashes, 33 deaths from pedestrian accidents, 26 motorcyclist deaths and eight bicyclist deaths. Most of the injuries were also alcohol-related (860 injuries), followed by motorcyclists (436 injuries), pedestrians (392 injuries) and bicyclists (305 injuries).

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Vanessa Rosales Killed, Five Injured in Crash Involving San Bernardino Police Vehicle

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

VICTORVILLE, California – Vanessa Rosales, 38, of Adelanto was killed and five others injured after a sheriff’s deputy allegedly caused a chain-reaction crash involving three vehicles Sunday night just a few miles from the Southern California Logistics Airport, according to reports by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner Department and The Press Enterprise.

Rosales was a passenger in the 1991 Honda Accord traveling on Air Express Way, roughly a quarter of a mile west of Village Drive about 7:58 p..m. The sheriff’s deputy was driving a patrol car in the same eastbound lanes, according to the Press Enterprise report. After the police cruiser rear-ended the Honda the vehicle was pushed into the westbound lanes where it was hit head on by a Mercedes Benz traveling westbound.

Rosales was transported to Victor Valley Community Hospital where she died of her injuries a short time later at 8:44 p.m.

A minor also traveling in the Honda suffered moderate injuries in the crash. Paramedics transported the child by helicopter to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Immysha Smith, who was driving the Honda, suffered minor injuries in the crash and received treatment at a hospital.

The driver of the Mercedes, Jennifer Tompkins, the deputy and the juvenile prisoner also suffered minor injuries in the three-car crash.

According to the Press Enterprise, the deputy was transporting a juvenile prisoner to Apple Valley Juvenile Detention Center at the time of the crash.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Major Accident Investigations Team is investigating the incident.

“Typically the driver who rear-ends another vehicle is considered negligent under California law and ultimately will be liable for injuries or the wrongful death of anyone involved in the crash,” said Attorney West Thomas, a San Bernardino County personal injury attorney.

Anyone considering a lawsuit against a government entity must act quickly to reserve their rights as there are shorter statutes of limitations or time limits for filing a claim, Thomas said. Also, before you can even file a claim against a government office you have to give them notice that you are going to file the claim.

“It’s a complicated process, however, in the case of a wrongful death it’s important that the victim’s family can obtain justice for their loved one,” Thomas said.

San Bernardino County Car Accident Statistics

There were 15 people killed and 309 injured in traffic accidents in Victorville in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. San Bernardino County reported a total of 203 killed and 7,915 injured the same year.

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.

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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 and we want to help them. We know it is an especially difficult time for those clients who are families of those who have been killed in a car crash. Our law firm is not only compassionate, but we have a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

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