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Four injured in City Heights hit-and-run accident

An out of control Volvo careened into a number of people down University Avenue on Aug. 7. The accident happened at about 2 p.m. when the driver of a white Volvo told officers that she was rear-ended. The other driver fled the scene before any information was gathered.

The initial impact caused the Volvo’s brakes to stop working as the vehicle kept its trajectory down University Ave. She told officers that she lost control of her vehicle at this point and was unable to stop the car.

The Volvo hit a Hyundai Accent before the driver deliberately maneuvered the Volvo into a wall. While attempting to stop the car by forcing it into the wall, the driver also hit an SUV and the two pedestrians.

The driver of the Volvo, a passenger in the car, and the two pedestrians reported some injuries and were transported to the hospital. Upwards of 20 police cars blocked the scene while the full damage of the accident was assessed.

If you were injured in an accident that was caused by a negligent or dangerous driver, contact the auto accident attorneys at Ritter & Associates. Our team of experienced San Diego lawyers are prepared to help you fight for the compensation you need while you recover from your injuries. Call 619-296-0123 today for more information.


Four-car crash results in life-threatening injuries

Three people involved in a car accident on Interstate 805 on July 26 sustained life-threatening injuries, according to NBC San Diego. The accident partially shut down the freeway due four overturned vehicles and extensive injury to the passengers of the vehicles.

Reports indicate the accident occurred just before 4 a.m. near the La Jolla Village Drive exit. California Highway Patrol shut down three lanes of the freeway while clearing the wreckage and providing medical attention to the victims of the crash. This stalled morning traffic for several hours.

One driver was trapped inside of a vehicle at one point and required emergency responders to assist in his release.

The three passengers in critical condition were taken to nearby Scripps La Jolla for medical treatment. There is no word on the status of the patients or the cause of the initial accident.

Reckless driving can result in serious injuries to a driver and other patrons of the road. If you or someone you know was injured due to the dangerous driving habits of another person, contact the auto accident attorneys at Ritter & Associates. Call us today at (619) 296-0123 to begin taking action against those responsible.


Caitlyn Jenner sued anew over California fatal crash

Jessica Marie Steindorff filed a personal injury lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on June 8 against Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, claiming Jenner was the person who caused the multiple-vehicle wreck that killed one person, Business Insider reported.

Steindorff claimed Jenner drove “negligently, carelessly, and wantonly,” causing the pile up on the Pacific Coast Highway on February 7, according to CNN.

The estate of Kimberly Howe, who was killed in the incident, already filed a lawsuit against Jenner for negligence and wrongful death.

Other people were injured in the crash, including Steindorff.

The attorneys at Ritter & Associates in San Diego are dedicated to representing those who have been harmed in automobile accidents through no fault of their own. If you or a loved one has experienced this, our legal team may work tirelessly on your behalf for the financial compensation you need from the person or party responsible. Call our offices at (619) 296-0123 today to learn more.


Three people sustain injuries in Highway 12 vehicular accident

Two individuals sustained life-threatening injuries while one person incurred minor wounds after a three-vehicle accident occurred on Highway 12 west of Potato Slough in the California Delta, according to the Lodi News-Sentinel on April 18.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 40-year-old Castro Valley resident Danny Baker was driving his 2003 Chevrolet with a camping trailer west down Highway 12 at around 7:25 p.m. when he began to attempt a U-turn toward the eastbound lanes. Baker said he failed to see the 2006 Hyundai and 2015 Nissan that were approaching despite checking his side mirrors, so he initiated the turn.

This caused 92-year-old Stockton resident Phillip Paige, the driver of the Hyundai, to crash into the left side of Baker’s vehicle while 53-year-old Spring Valley resident Lisa Williams crashed her Nissan into the left side of the camping trailer.

Paige and his passenger, 57-year-old Spring Valley resident Lawana Vanhook, sustained major injuries, while Williams incurred minor ones.

Our attorneys at Ritter & Associates in San Diego are dedicated to representing accident victims in pursuit of financial compensation from negligent drivers. Call our offices at (619) 296-0123 today to learn about your legal options.


Female pedestrian injured when hit by a car in San Diego

A female pedestrian, who was not named in reports, was hit and wounded by a passing vehicle on the Via de la Valle entrance to northbound Interstate 5 in San Diego, San Diego 6 reported on March 24.

The woman was holding her dog when the pedestrian accident occurred at 5:45 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

A witness’s account suggested that the vehicle’s driver may have been temporarily blinded by the glare of the sun, causing the driver to fail to take notice of the woman.

Our attorneys at Ritter & Associates in San Diego know that the injuries associated with a pedestrian accident can be severe, as people do not have any physical protection against an oncoming vehicle. Although the challenges following an accident like this are great, you do not have to face them alone. Our legal team may help you pursue the financial compensation you need for a full recovery from those responsible. Call our offices at (619) 296-0123 today to learn more.


Two bystanders killed in Chatsworth street racing accident

Twenty-six-year-old Eric Siguenza and an unidentified person were killed when a driver in an illegal street race lost control of his car and hit them, WHBL reported on February 26.

According to reports, the illegal street race took place at around 2:00 a.m. in Chatsworth, near Los Angeles. The driver who lost control of his gray Ford Mustang sports car is thought to be twenty-one-year-old Henry Gevorgyan. Police investigators are still searching for Gevorgyan, who immediately left the scene of the accident after the collision.

In addition to the two fatalities, another person was brought to a hospital with injuries. Sixty people total had gathered to watch the drag race, although all had scattered and dispersed by the time police arrived at the scene.

According to the Los Angeles Times, murder charges will be sought against Gevorgyan by the authorities.

The attorneys of Ritter & Associates are keeping the family and friends of the victims in their thoughts during this difficult time.


Pursuing a Highway Defects Claim

Highways, conducive to higher speeds and heavier traffic, are particularly dangerous to drivers, and are littered with thousands of severe and even fatal accidents every year. Unfortunately, many of these accidents could have been prevented were it not for negligent errors on the part of construction companies or municipal agencies. These parties are charged with the safety and upkeep of San Diego highways, and when they fail to do their job, the consequences can be substantial.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by a dangerous highway defect, you should not hesitate to pursue legal action. A personal injury attorney of Ritter & Associates can discuss the particulars of your situation with you and help decide on the best course of action to hold the responsible parties accountable for your suffering.

Common Highway Defects

There are countless ways in which a highway can be unreasonably dangerous, but some are more common than others. Some of the most common highway defects to look out for include:

  • Potholes
  • Pooling water
  • Sudden shoulder drop-off
  • Lack of signs
  • Lack of guardrails
  • Objects in roadway

Liability for highway defects can be difficult to prove. Therefore, it is advisable to have a personal injury attorney by your side when pursuing a case like this.

Contact a San Diego Personal Injury Attorney Today

At Ritter & Associates, our personal injury attorneys have a broad range of experience in highway defect cases, and we are prepared to help you earn compensation for your suffering and any related expenses. Please call our San Diego offices today at (619) 296-0123.


Cloud-based safety technology to be introduced in Volvos

Somewhere on the snow-laden roads of Sweden, Volvo is testing its new cloud-based safety technology. Intended to warn other Volvo drivers of dangerous road conditions, this vehicle-to-vehicle communication system automatically uploads information gathered by vehicle sensors to a Volvo server. Almost instantly, the Volvo server passes that information on to other Volvos in the area that are also equipped with this same technology.

Incorporating data from wheel sensors and the vehicle’s hazard lights, Volvo’s system will use GPS markers to warn other drivers of potentially dangerous road conditions moments after one of its equipped vehicles indicates its presence. While it’s not likely that anyone in San Diego will be so concerned with black ice, this system can help warn drivers of virtually any hazardous condition by simply turning on their hazard lights.

Volvo’s system is tentatively scheduled to roll out sometime in 2016, but there is considerable interest in the automotive industry to build vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems that are far more complex than Volvo’s. Though the advances made in vehicle safety technology are likely to prevent a broad spectrum of accidents, many of these technologies are still somewhere on the horizon.

For the time being, however, our experienced San Diego personal injury lawyers at Ritter & Associates are prepared to help anyone involved in a vehicle accident to recover the damages they sustained in the accident. To discuss your accident with one of our personal injury lawyers, please call our San Diego offices at (619) 296-0123 today.


Mass transit bus has video recording of Malibu fatal wreck

A mass transit bus’ video recording of the fatal four-vehicle Malibu pileup that involved 65-year-old Bruce Jenner could be the key to revealing the sequence of events that happened to cause the deadly crash, sources said on February 17, according to the New York Daily News.

A source that confirmed the police have a copy of the tape further added that even though the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has yet to complete an assessment of said video, they are hopeful that the video’s contents will enlighten them and pinpoint exactly what happened to cause the death of 69-year-old Calabasas, California resident Kim Howe, who was killed in the Pacific Coast Highway incident on February 7.

Entertainment news network TMZ said the video footage came from an MTA bus heading south on Pacific Coast Highway in the opposite direction as Jenner.

The attorneys of Ritter & Associates know too well the damage and pain that a fatal accident can inflict on a victim’s family. Financial losses should not become one of the challenges a family faces, however, and our legal team may work on your behalf for financial restitution from those responsible. Call our offices at (619) 296-0123 today to learn more about taking action.


Bruce Jenner involved in Pacific Coast Highway fatal wreck

Sixty-five-year-old former United States track and field athlete and current television personality William Bruce Jenner was reportedly involved in a multi-car crash that occurred along the Pacific Coast Highway in California on February 7 that resulted in the death of one woman,

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told People magazine that the Pacific Coast Highway would be temporarily closed and that traffic was stopped in both directions.

Jenner, driving a blue Cadillac Escalade, was reportedly being chased on the highway by paparazzi when he rear-ended a white Lexus. The unnamed driver of the white Lexus lost control of her vehicle and swerved into traffic, where she was then hit by a Hummer. She was killed in the collision.

According to accounts, Jenner appeared to be uninjured after the wreck. He also allegedly passed a field sobriety test. The New York Post said that eight people were injured in the chain reaction car wreck.


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