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Pedestrian, 51, Critically Injured After Being Struck by Taxi Cab in Newport Beach

Friday, February 8th, 2013

NEWPORT BEACH, California (Feb. 4, 2013) – A 51-year-old man was critically injured after he was struck by the driver of a black 2003 Ford Crown Victoria Taxi Cab as he attempted to cross East Coast Highway, according to a press release issued by the Newport Beach Police Department.

The pedestrian, who was hit by the taxi about 7 p.m., was taken by ambulance to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he was listed in critical condition.

The 54-year-old driver of the taxi remained at the scene of the pedestrian accident and spoke with police who did not suspect drugs or alcohol as a factor in the collision.

Witnesses are asked to call the traffic Investigator Scott Grecco at (949) 644-3747 or email at .

Newport Beach Pedestrian Accident

Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) a driver must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, said Attorney West Seegmiller, a California and Las Vegas wrongful death attorney. Also, drivers are required to slow down when a pedestrian is in the roadway and be alert for any crossings.

“There are exceptions in the law, however, such as pedestrians are required to watch out for their own safety,” Seemiller said. “This means they cannot suddenly leave a curb and walk or run into the path of a vehicle. Also, pedestrians should not unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”

However, if a pedestrian does step into the roadway suddenly the driver must still make every effort to safely stop or avoid hitting them whether it’s a marked or unmarked crosswalk, Seegmiller said.

Newport Beach Personal Injury 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 that helps people who are hurt because of someone else’s negligence,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “A personal injury attorney will make sure that evidence is collected and an investigation is conducted to ensure your rights are protected after a car crash.”

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, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries, police brutality and more.  The firm has offices in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Supected Drunk Driver Arrested After Skateboarder, 14, Killed in Placentia Accident

Monday, January 14th, 2013

PLACENTIA, California – Police are seeking to find witnesses to a crash that killed a teenage boy who was allegedly riding his skateboard Friday night on Rose Drive, just north of Castner Drive, according to a report by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

About 8:49 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2013, Anthony Duran, 14, was struck by a suspected drunk driver in a pickup truck who was traveling northbound on Rose Drive. Paramedics responding to the scene of the crash transported the injured boy to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, but he died the following day at 9:40 a.m., the coroner said.

The Placentia Police Department reportedly arrested the driver on DUI charges, but he was later released as police investigate the circumstances surrounding the skateboard accident, the Orange County Register reported.

Impaired drivers driving under the influence of alcohol who were involved in fatal crashes in 2010 were nearly four times as likely to be driving at night (37 percent), than in the daytime (9 percent), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Additionally, there were 211 children killed in drunk driving crashes, but 62 percent of those or 131 deaths were to children who were riding with the impaired driver, the NHTSA reported.

According to the coroner report, however, the preliminary results indicated the boy was “retrieving his skateboard from the roadway when the accident occurred.”

Police are gathering evidence and investigating the circumstances that led to the skateboard accident to determine liability, but witnesses who saw the crash are needed to help in the investigation, police told the Register.

Witnesses are requested to call Officer Joe Connell at 714-993-8258 or Officer Mike Moore at 714-993-8179.

“There are no words that can lift the burden of grief and sorrow this young man’s family and friends are experiencing right now,” Attorney West Seegmiller said.  “The thoughts and prayers of our entire staff are with them as the cope with such a terrible loss.”

This article was sponsored by the Seegmiller Law Firm. Our attorneys offer anyone who has been injured or has lost a loved one in an accident a free consultation to discuss whether you may have a case against a negligent driver or other individual. Call 1-855-ASK–WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with an attorney.

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Miguel Chavez Ceja, 75, of Santa Ana Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

Friday, January 11th, 2013

SANTA ANA, California (Jan. 10, 2013) – Miguel Chavez Ceja, 75, of Santa Ana was killed Thursday morning when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking with a cane on Orange Avenue just south of Stanford Street, according to a press release issued by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

The Orange County Register reported that the Santa Ana Police Department are searching for the driver who is driving a dark, blue 1995 BMW 740 iL based on evidence gathered at the scene of the crime. The vehicle, which struck Ceja about 6:40 a.m., would likely have damage on the left front and side. The vehicle also was missing the driver’s side mirror.

Many hit-and-run drivers are eventually caught by police and charged with felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter in cases where the victim dies. Under California law, a driver who hits another vehicle or person is required to remain at the scene and render aid to them by calling 911.

Orange County Pedestrian 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.

“It is our mission, not only win our client’s case, but also to help prevent this type of accident from happening to anyone else,” Seegmiller explains. “We are a victim’s law firm. 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, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries, police brutality and more.  The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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David Yoak, 38, Identified as Pedestrian Killed in Newport Beach Crash

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

NEWPORT BEACH, California — Pedestrian David Yoak, 38, was identified Tuesday as the man struck and killed by a taxicab on East Coast Highway at Reef Point Drive on Saturday, according to a press release issued by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

According to Newport Beach police, Yoak was walking near 8086 East Coast Highway about 7:50 p.m. on Saturday night when a taxi driver crashed his van into him for unknown reasons. Yoak was transported by paramedics to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he later died at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.

The taxi driver was not arrested following the crash, however, police are still investigating the pedestrian accident to determine exactly what happened.

Newport Beach History of Deadly Crashes

Indeed, this stretch of Coast Highway has been the scene of other deadly crashes including a fatal crash this year in May, 2012. Duy Nguyen, 24, of Santa Ana was allegedly speeding and lost control of his red Honda. Nguyen veered into opposing traffic and crashed head-on into the driver of a black Aston Martin near Reef Point Drive. The 47-year-old fem ale driver in the other vehicle suffered major injuries in the crash.

Another deadly crash took place here in July 2008. Mario Frassetto of Mission Viejo was killed when he lost control of his 2000 Yamaha motorcycle while riding in the southbound lanes of Coast Highway near Reef Point Drive. Frassetto struck a guardrail after he veered off the roadway causing him to be ejected from the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the Newport Beach motorcycle accident.

Police investigate traffic accidents in an effort to determine what happened and who may be at fault for a collision, but a wrongful death attorney takes the investigation a step further. The attorneys at the Seegmiller Law Firm typically head up their own investigation into a car accident that includes preserving evidence to determine if there were any defective automotive parts in a vehicle, examining the accident scene for dangerous conditions and checking cell phone records for calls made at the time of the crash.

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 to win justice 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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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.

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