5-year-old Girls Killed in Car Crash Caused by Drunk Driver

At least two 5-year-old girls were reportedly killed from a car crash caused by a woman who was driving under the influence.

Accordingly, reports said that Arlene Anna Hernandez, 22, was driving eastbound while under the influence when she lost control of the 2005 Kia Sedona that she was driving due to her extreme level of intoxication. The minivan fell down the embankment and then landed upside down in the Otay Lake reservoir.

Meanwhile, Hernandez and the man on the passenger seat of the minivan were able to extricate themselves from the vehicle while the two 5-year-old girls at the backseat were only extricated through the help of civilians and other U.S. Border Patrol agents in the area while the paramedics were on their way to the accident scene.

The children were airlifted to Rady Children’s hospital. However, shortly upon hospital arrival, the two minors were pronounced dead. Investigations identified the man on the passenger’s side as Eric Figueroa, while one of the children who died from the incident was identified as Guilana Figueroa, daughter of Eric. Both were residents of La Mesa.

The other girl was identified as Lesette Silva of Chula Vista, but her relation to the other passengers, if any, was not yet determined.

Meanwhile, Hernandez was jailed and being held on a $400,000.00 bail. She will be facing charges, including four counts of felony, gross vehicular manslaughter, cruelty to minor resulting to injury/death, and driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol/drugs resulting to personal injury.

Basically, car crashes occur as a result of the negligence and irresponsibility of drivers who fail to follow proper rules and regulations while on the roadways. Most often, accidents were caused by stubborn individuals driving under the influence.

Over the years, a Los Angeles automobile accident attorney in fact has been a witness to the significantly growing number of people being injured or killed each year due to drunk drivers.

Another Former NFL Player Wishes to Donate Brain for Brain Injury Study

The former NFL player, Junior Seau, was found dead last May 3 with a gunshot on his chest. According to authorities, apparently, it was a self-inflicted shot. Therefore, suicide was seen as a factor to the incident.

The 43-year-old former football player had a standout career as a Pro Bowl linebacker during his 20 seasons in NFL. He played for San Diego Chargers and exited the league in 2010.

Seau’s suicide served as a reminder of last year’s incident when another former NFL player, Dave Duerson, committed suicide due to his unbearable sufferings caused by brain injury. Duerson left a suicide note, saying that he wanted his brain to be donated to science.

Many speculated that the same reason provoked Seau to end his own life, since the legendary linebacker during his football career suffered a number of hits to the head.

The only difference with Seau’s death from Duerson’s was that Saeu did not leave a suicide note. However, San Diego Chargers’ chaplain, Shawn Mitchell, said that Seau’s decision in shooting himself in his chest led the team, as well as Seau’s family, to a conclusion that the former player definitely wanted his brain to be donated to science for brain injury study.

In an interview, Mitchell said that Seau’s family will allow researchers to study the former NFL player’s brain for possible brain injury and damages.

Aside from the former players who committed suicide, other living players publicly declared that that they also want their brains to be donated for further study to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University once they died.

Last Thursday, at least 100 more players added their names to the growing list of former and current NFL players who filed a brain injury lawsuit against the league.

During his lifetime, Seau never participated in any of the pending lawsuit against the NFL but no one can ever tell if his family in would never raise a claim, particularly if researchers prove that there was evidence of concussion in Seau’s brain.

Football players and boxers are the not the only athletes at risk of brain injury, but hockey players as well. In fact, in the previous years, 28-year-old professional hockey player Derek Boogaard and 45-year-old former NHL player Bob Probert were found to have a trace of brain injury in their autopsies following their death.

Brain injury can actually ruin one’s life, causing paralysis and sometimes death. The condition may be treated, but will take a long period of time and a lot of money. Therefore, victims have to first mount a claim in order to get the right compensation that they need to remedy their illness. Definitely, victims have to make sure that they have the best legal representative, like a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, in raising a claim so that all their efforts would not be wasted.

6 Injured in LA Train Accident Involving Benz

At least 6 people sustained minor personal injuries after a train accident involving a Mercedes Benz occurred in downtown Los Angeles, California March 10. Unfortunately, details about the said accident were revealed only recently.

The accident happened at about 4:20 in the afternoon at Venice Boulevard and Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles, according to a Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division spokesperson.

Witnesses said that the Mercedes Benzbeat a red light. As a result of which, the Benz was struck by the fast approaching Metro train during a test run on a railway. The said railway is set to link downtown Los Angeles to Culver City and is expected to open by the end of this year.

An LAPD spokesperson said that all six passengers, including the driver of the Mercedes, were brought to local medical facilities for treatment of the minor personal injuries they sustained.

Video footages from a TV news helicopter showed that the driver side of the Benz collided against the front of an Expo line train while firefighters were using Jaws of Life to extract the passengers from the Benz.

According to a spokesperson from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, there no immediate information was released about the injuries.

Even photos of the said train accident were not immediately disclosed to the public for some reasons.

In such train accidents, there are existing laws that can determine who shall be held liable, as well as the corresponding settlement for the victims. In such events, Los Angeles injury attorneys are the very best persons to turn to, since train accident claims are absolutely one of their many expertise.

Fake Slip–and–Fall Accident Becoming a Big Business

slip and fall accidentInsurance frauds involving fake slip–and–fall accident claim has become a big business costing American consumers roughly $30 billion a year. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing frauds nowadays.

It is a cost doing great business. If a customer falls, business owners automatically have to pay.

Such fraudulent act is a quick source of income since slip–and–fall accident compensation can sum up to more than $300,000. Business owners often prefer to try to pay the victim with the amount of $500 and even $1000 once a slip–and–fall accident occur even without checking the incident at their security cameras just to make the complainants disappear and avoid further hassles rather than paying the entire $300,000.

A special agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau investigator, Mark Sakalares said that some slip–and–fall accidents seem to be no longer legitimate accidents since some of them turned out to be staged.

He further said that fraud-hungry people smash into some of the small grocery stores trying to get a quick settlement through fake slip–and–fall accident.

In a surveillance video, several cases of fake slip–and–fall accidents were seen telling the real score. A video footage shows a woman pouring cider and puts a piece of fruit on the floor before enacting a fall. In another video, a woman made not only one but two falls after
pouring olive oil on the floor.

Usually, frauds work as a group. In some cases, there is at least one who will serve as a look out while the other one was busy pouring something which would cause a slip on the floor. Some frauds succeed while some were prosecuted. But still, it accounts for 5% of the fraud cases in several states like in North Dakota.

The increasing number of slip–and–fall frauds can be linked to the economic recession way back in 2008. The number of suspicious slip–and–fall accidents reported to the National Crime Insurance Bureau (NCBI) hit as high as 57% nationwide.

Between increased prices at the market and increased insurance premiums, estimate reveals fake slip-and-falls and other insurance fraud cost families about $950 a year.

Due to the sloping down economy, people see a great opportunity to make money even out of a fake slip-and-fall accident.

Statistics from the Centers for Control and Prevention said that over one million Americans suffer from personal injury resulting from a slip-and-fall accident. Apparently, out of this million count slip-and-fall accidents which were proven to be fraudulent. Thus, business owners should take note of this, since slip-and-fall claim is a factor for a business’ resource drain.

Vehicle Accident Case Involving Drunken LA Deputy Settled, City to Pay $5M

Police officers should be more responsible with their actions because they serve as role models to ordinary citizens. This may be accomplished by following rules, which they are also required to enforce.

An intoxicated Los Angeles police officer who collided with another vehicle around three years ago is now causing additional financial problems to the city, since the Board of Supervisors chose to settle the case by giving around $4.75 million to the aggrieved party.

Reports said Deputy Robert Moran got drunk and was driving a city-issued SUV at high speeds when he suddenly collided with a car being driven by Elias Aldana.

Aldana was seriously injured in the crash. It turned out that he was high on drugs at the time of the incident.

Car Accident in Rolling Hills Estates Results in Injuries, Property Damage

A driver who caused a car accident will not only be held liable for the injuries sustained by victims, but also for the property damaged which resulted from the incident.

At least five people were hurt and a nail salon was damaged after a car crashed into it. Reports said the incident occurred along 501 Deep Valley Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.

The driver may be required to provide monetary damages to the victims and the salon owner if it was proven that his or her negligence caused the accident.

Dangers of Cell phones and other Facts about Car Accidents

Statistics show that vehicular mishaps are the leading cause of accidental deaths nationwide but not everyone knows the different factors that increase their likelihood of being involved in these accidents.

Facts about Car Accidents

Facts about Car Accidents

In Twiggy’s blog, she compiled statistics and rates that indicate the probability of being involved in different situations.

I think this list will help motorists better avoid accidents:

Interesting Facts about Car Accidents

1. About 40% of crashes that are fatal involve alcohol. If the accident takes place between midnight and 3am the percentage increases to about 75%.

2. On average 15 pedestrian school children are killed by school buses each year. These deaths tend to take place between 3pm and 4pm on weekdays.

3. Surveys suggest that male drivers cause twice as many accidents as female drivers.

4. Different types of car accidents include head on collisions, rollovers, rear-enders, suicides, side impacts and more. The most deadly of these accidents are the vehicle rollovers.

5. People between the ages of 16-20 face a higher chance of being injured or killed in a car crash over any other age group.

6. Most car accidents actually occur within 5 kilometers from home. There is a common misconception that car accidents occur while travelling to a vacation destination, but this is not the case.

7. Car accidents are the most common and most deadly source of personal injury in the world.

8. Cars that are more prone to accidents are sports cars and hatchbacks. Although cars that have a bigger engine have the greatest chance in being in a car accident.

9. Each year, approximately 300,000 teens are injured in a car crash. In the United States alone 5,000 teens die each year. On average, that equals to 14 teens a day.

10. Your chances of getting into a car crash while talking on a cell phone increases by 400%.

I was shocked to find out how dangerous cell phone-use while driving really is. I mean, I know it is negligent to use hand-held gadgets while driving but I didn’t realize how high it increases the probability of being involved in accidents.

I hope readers will keep these things in mind as I did.

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