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Bicyclist Fatalities Hit Record High in Huntington Beach in 2012

Friday, January 11th, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California –  Riding a bicycle in beautiful Huntington Beach can be great exercise and fun, but last year the city was one of the deadliest places for a bicyclists to be in Orange County.

It was worst year on record for fatal traffic accidents involving bicyclists in Huntington Beach recorded in the past 10 years.

Indeed three men were killed in fatal bicycle accidents around the city of Huntington Beach, more than all of those killed in the entire county in 2010. It’s also the largest number of bicycle fatalities in the city recorded between 2001 and 2010, according to the most current records compiled by the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.

According to the CHP statistics, prior to 2012 the city of Huntington Beach had had a total of only eight fatal bicycle accidents during the 10-year period between 2001 and 2010. There were no deaths recorded in 2003, 2006 and 2008. There were two deaths in 2005 and the remaining years had only one death each recorded.

Two of the three fatal bicycle accidents in 2012 involved drunk drivers and one of those fled the scene of the crash, but was later caught and arrested for felony hit-and-run.

“Motorists should be especially alert for bicyclists when traveling in Huntington Beach as it’s a popular city for riders, however, sadly it’s also a city that’s a popular place for drinking and driving,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm in Newport Beach.

It’s a fact that Huntington Beach is ranked by the California Office of Traffic Safety as one of the five worst cities for alcohol-related crashes on its list of 53 cities with a population between 100,001 and 250,000 people.

Fatal bicycle accidents are also on the rise nationally too, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There was an 8.7 percent increase to 677 deaths in 2011 involving pedalcyclists compared to the previous year 2010, the NHTSA reported. In the same year, the NHTSA reported that overall traffic fatalities declined by 2 percent to about 32,000 the lowest recorded since 1949.

According to the website bikinginla, which unofficially tracks bicycle accidents reported in the region, there were 74 bicycle fatalities in Southern California in 2012 compared to 70 in 2011.

However, in an effort to cut down on overall traffic accidents, the Huntington Beach Police Department was recently awarded a $90,469 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety in November 2012, according to a press release issued by the police department. The funds will be used to implement a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries resulting from traffic accidents.

Police will use the extra money to undergo specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. The city will have more DUI saturation patrols this year and will specifically target multiple DUI offenders with its warrant service operations.

Police will also be out enforcing motorcycle safety, distracted driving violations, seatbelt and child safety violations and drivers who are speeding, running red lights and stop signs.

Fatal 2012 Huntington Beach Bicycle Accidents

  • FEBRUARY: Bicyclist Ernest Klein, 79, of Westminster was struckby the driver of a gold 2009 BMW 325I sedan as he rode eastbound on Bolsa Avenue just west of Able Lane. Klein was transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange where he died at 11:55 a.m. The 23-year-old Long Beach man who was driving, was cooperative with police and was not cited or arrested following the fatal bicycle accident.
  • JUNE: Bicyclist Roger Michael Lippman, 63, of Huntington Beach died when he was struck by a hit-and-run drunk driver on Pacific Coast Highway. Police later arrested driver Joel Alexander Murphy, 27, of Mission Viejo on suspicion of hit-and-run, driving under the influence, felony vehicular manslaughter as well as  violating the terms of his probation
  • JULY: Bicyclist Kenneth Prevatte, 52, of Long Beach was killed after a suspected drunk driver struck his bicycle as he drove northbound on Pacific Coast Highway near 8th Street. Prevatte died of his injuries at the scene of the 4:19 p.m. crash. Huntington Beach Police Department arrested Becki James, 58, of Huntington Beach for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Orange County Bicycle Accident Attorney

This article was sponsored by the Seegmiller Law Firm. Our attorneys offer a free consultation for prospective clients who have been injured or have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. Call 1-855-ASK–WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with an attorney.

“We are a victim’s law firm,” explains West Seegmiller, an Orange County personal injury attorney. “We don’t represent negligent drivers or business entities. We represent you and your family and make it our job to make things right.”

For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought to win justice for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, bicycle accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries, police brutality and more.  The firm has offices in Newport Beach, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, San Diego, San Bernardino, Sacramento, San Francisco, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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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.

This article was sponsored by the Seegmiller Law Firm. Our attorneys offer a free consultation for prospective clients who have been injured or have lost a loved one in a crash. Call 1-855-ASK–WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with an attorney.

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.

FULLERTON CRASH: Woman, 68, Crashes into Two Vehicles and Drainage Canal

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

FULLERTON, California –  The driver of a sports utility vehicle struck two vehicles and smashed through a fence into a drainage canal Wednesday morning after allegedly mistaking the gas pedal for the brake at Malvern Avenue and Euclid Street, according to a report in the Orange County Register.

The 68-year-old woman was driving a Honda Passport SUV about 8:30 a.m. when she attempted to turn left, but instead crashed into two other drivers that were waiting at a traffic light in the northbound lanes of Euclid Street, the report said. The vehicle reportedly slid down into the canal and was found upright about 20 feet below the street where the crash took place.

There were no reported injuries to people in the two other vehicles, however, after fire fighters rescued the woman she was subsequently transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange for observation, the Register said.

For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in Orange County 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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