Four people, including two young children, lost their lives in a car accident outside of Placerville last Saturday.
The sky had already darkened over two-lane Highway 50 when the accident occurred. Initial reports indicated that a Toyota Prius struck a Toyota Sienna after crossing the center line.
Three of the Prius’s four passengers were killed in the wreck. They were aged 39, 38, and 8 years old. The vehicle’s only survivor, a 10-year-old girl, was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. There were five passengers in the other vehicle, one of which, a 4-year-old girl, was killed. The remaining passengers survived with seemingly minor injuries. However, there is still a possibility they will discover injuries months from now in relation to this accident.
Investigators plan to examine the computers on board the vehicles to compile more information about what happened in this tragic accident. The data pulled from the computers can help indicate if any of the drivers in the accident were speeding or otherwise reckless.
This accident serves as a grisly reminder of the importance of safe driving habits. To help prevent these kinds of accidents, the California Department of Motor Vehicles offers important driving tips.
If you have been hurt in a car accident because of the irresponsible actions of another motorist, an auto accident lawyer may be able to help you recover damages for the injuries you sustained.
Trucking companies have an obligation to public safety to ensure that their vehicles are properly maintained and do not present a significant safety hazard to other motorists on the road. When an 18-wheeler is in an accident, it is especially dangerous due to the vehicle’s sheer size.
As part of its “Brake Safety Week” last month, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspected thousands of trucks across the United States and Canada. Brake Safety Week is a yearly campaign that enforces trucking regulations while also serving to raise awareness of the dangers of defective brakes.
It’s imperative for a commercial truck’s brakes to be in good condition because they have more momentum than smaller vehicles, making it more difficult for them to come to a complete stop. Neglected brakes can increase the chances a truck driver will be in an accident.
This year, the CVSA inspected thousands of trucks, and found a staggering amount of them had violations that were severe enough to put the vehicle out of service (OOS). The CVSA reports that as many as one in seven, or 15.3 percent, of trucks it inspected as part of Brake Safety Week had such violations.
For this year’s Brake Safety Week, the CVSA inspected 21,255 trucks. Of these, 1,993 were put out of service for simple brake adjustments and 1,664 were removed from service for bad brake components. These figures have all increased from last year’s inspections, which were higher than the previous year’s as well.
These inspections are critical for keeping trucking companies from neglecting their duty to maintain their vehicles. The program has inspected more than 2.6 million brake systems since it began 15 years ago.
This weekend, 3 people were killed and 4 were injured in a tragic boating accident at Puddingstone Lake in Los Angeles County. The reservoir was closed on Sunday as county officials investigated the accident.
According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the accident occurred at around 4:20 p.m. on Saturday when 3 people riding a jet ski collided with a powerboat. Officials are unsure of whether the boat struck the jet ski or the jet ski crashed into the boat.
Witnesses to the accident told officers that the boat appeared to hit the jet ski. Investigators determined that the boat’s operator was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.
The three women on the jet ski were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The 4 people who were injured in the accident were passengers on the boat. All were treated for minor injuries and later released from the hospital.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and friends.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal bicycle accident that occurred along Highway 113. The accident took the life of a 57-year old Ryde, California resident.
Reports indicate that the accident occurred just before 2 p.m. on Sunday near Cook Lane in Dixon. The bicyclist was riding northbound along the highway when a 21-year old driver hit him from behind.
The bicyclist was wearing a helmet, but officials say it was broken when they arrived at the scene of the bicycle accident. Paramedics were unable to save the man and pronounced him dead at the scene.
The accident is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.
Our utmost sympathies go out to the victim’s family after this tragic accident.
San Diego Harbor Police report that a bicyclist suffered minor injuries in an accident in downtown San Diego.
The bicyclist was riding near the intersection of Hawthorne Street and North Harbor Drive when he was struck by a vehicle and knocked off of his bicycle.
According to Police Corporal Jonathan George, “Once [the driver] realized they made contact with the bicyclist, they stopped, rendered aid as well as other witnesses and waited for us to come and interview them about the accident.”
The driver called 9-1-1 after the bicycle accident and paramedics arrived shortly after to take the bicyclist to a nearby hospital. The bicyclist’s injuries were described as being minor and not life-threatening.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in San Diego, contact the San Diego motor vehicle accident lawyers of Ritter & Associates at 619-296-0123 and set up an appointment to meet with one of our attorneys today.