Teenager Injured in Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Car Accident

A 16-year-old boy was seriously injured in a Los Angeles car accident after he was hit by a vehicle while walking in a marked crosswalk. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the injury pedestrian accident occurred the afternoon of February 9, 2011 at the intersection of Azusa Avenue and Wing Lane in Valinda. The boy was thrown 15 feet from the point of impact and briefly lost consciousness. The driver who struck the boy fled the scene. The injured teen was transported to a local hospital where he is said to be recovering.

Police officials describe the suspect as a Latino man in his 40s and the hit-and-run car as a dark blue Chevrolet sedan, similar to a Caprice or an older police car, with Arizona license plates. The car’s grill was apparently damaged and the passenger side of the windshield was shattered in the accident. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run car accident is asked to call California Highway Patrol’s Baldwin Park office at 626-338-1164.

My heart goes out to this young man and his family for what they are going through at this time. It is indeed fortunate and a relief that he did not sustain life-threatening injuries. I pray for this young victim’s swift and full recovery. 

 Pedestrian Accidents 

 According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 35 fatalities and 295 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Countywide in 2008, pedestrian accidents claimed 214 lives and injured 4,985 people.

 Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident

Based on this news account, the teenager had the light and was crossing in a marked crosswalk at an intersection. The driver not only failed to yield right-of-way to the teen, but mowed him down and did not even stop to look. The driver apparently fled the scene leaving the boy lying on the roadway, unconscious. This is an appalling act of cruelty. This motorist showed a callous disregard for a human life here. Leaving the scene of an injury car accident is a serious crime under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a).

I truly hope this individual is promptly apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If you have any information about this incident, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run reward web site. We, not only offer an opportunity for those with information to leave anonymous tips, but doing so also makes them eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.

Protecting Victims’ Rights

Injured victims and their families in such cases would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims how their car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run car accident where the driver is not identified or in a case where the at-fault driver does not have insurance.…

Is comprehensive car insurance better?

Congratulations for your new car! Now, the first step after buying a car is to get the car insurance done since it is compulsory to have the car insurance by law and also because it will cover your car against all mishaps and keep you and your car safe. Choosing a car insurance policy may be a tough decision for your, which policy to choose, which company to choose, what coverage should be taken Third Party v/s Comprehensive etc. etc. Here we help you with choosing the right policy for your car.

There are basically two type’s insurance policies. One is third party cover and the other is comprehensive car insurance. Let us compare Third Party v/s Comprehensive to help you identify which one is better.

Third Party

This type of car insurance policy gives coverage against third party damage, injury and even death. This is a minimum have policy in India by law under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. This covers and protect the people injured by your four wheeler. However, this policy only covers the personal injury to the people who were found injured by your car accident, but does not cover any damage done to your car or someone else’s car.

Comprehensive Car insurance

A comprehensive car insurance policy covers your four wheeler against the damages done to your car due to accident, natural calamity, theft, fire, and third party. This kind of insurance policy includes the third party coverage too. This type of policy is more popular and is preferred by the people because it gives more coverage. If you compare Third Party v/s Comprehensive, this policy will cost you more than the third party cover but since it offers end-to-end coverage, it will ensure a lesser burden on you at the time of mishap.

If we compare Third Party v/s Comprehensive, there are many benefits of buying a comprehensive car insurance policy, such as:

  • This kind of policy gives you protection against the natural calamities such as hurricane, cyclone, tornado, earthquake, flood If your four wheeler has fallen prey to the result of one of these natural disasters, you don’t have to worry as the insurance company will bear your losses.

  • Sometimes when your four wheeler is parked under a tree or under a lamp post and the damage is caused due to falling objects like a heavy fruit or electrical appliance, it may seriously damage your car. The comprehensive car insurance policy gives you a coverage against the falling objects.

  • The city may experience some terrorist activities and riots, and under these circumstances the damage may be done to your car. This kind of policy will give you coverage against civil disturbances and fire etc.

  • Theft is the most common mishap and one of the prime reasons to buy a car insurance other than the legal reason. Nothing can be more heart breaking that losing out something that is so expensive. But with a comprehensive car insurance policy, you just don’t

Driver Faces Felony Charges After Fatal Yuba City, California Drunk Driving Accident

A Yuba City, California driver can expect to be charged in connection with a drunk driving accident in which two of his close friends were killed.

The accident that occurred on Highway 99 near Live Oak, California on November 16th, is just one more reminder of the needless risks we take with the lives of those closest to us when we drink and drive. The driver in this car crash, 20-year-old Abdul Umar Hay, was returning from an all-night party with his friend Rafael Courtland Walker and Matthew Stephen Fair. Initial reports say that Hay must have dozed off at the wheel, causing the car to zip though a stop sign. A short while later, it was broadsided by a Ford Explorer. The impact of the crash caused Hay’s car to be pushed over into a nearby orchard. Both Walker and Fair were declared dead at the scene of the car accident. Both were 20-years-old.

Hay was the only survivor, and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He can now expect to be charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence causing injury. He doesn’t have a previous criminal record, but could be looking at a minimum of 6 months in prison, if found guilty.

The reactions of Walker’s and Fair’s parents were a study in contrast. Fair’s father remains indignant at the thought of a six-month sentence for the man he holds responsible for killing his son, while Walker’s mother, who is a member of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), insists that prison time is not an appropriate sentence. Last Friday, the families of the two victims took part in a memorial service that celebrated their lives.

You have to understand Richard Fair’s anger. Matthew was his only son and whether the two victims in the car had also consumed alcohol or not, the fact is that only Hay was in charge of driving them home. At 20, Hay is looking at an irredeemable stain on his record. This young man has a lifetime ahead of him, and has voluntarily cast a pall over his ambitions and his future through his negligent actions. Hay will have to deal with a lifetime of guilt for the deaths of his two friends.

Underage drinking continues to be a problem, and is cited as a factor in too many California drunk driving accidents for us to take any debate on lowering the drinking age seriously, as proposed by many college deans. What’s needed to tackle the problem is not lowering the drinking age, and giving every 18-year-old in California carte blanche with alcohol, but a joint effort by parents, college administrators as well as the community. In Yuba City, for instance, many parents including Walker’s mother, Jean Hammonds, believes that the area just doesn’t offer enough recreation opportunities for the young to let off steam. The result is underage drinking binges like the one that took place here, and the tragic drunk driving accidents that result from these.…

Los Angeles auto accident attorney discusses ways to get the best compensation

Los Angeles and Orange County CA are two of the busiest commercial areas not only of California but of the entire country. The number of cars that are driven in these two places is mind boggling. As a result, although no one wants it, the number of auto accidents is quite high. From minor scrapes to major injuries – physical traumas keep happening. For the best in auto accident compensation, consider a Los Angeles auto accident attorney or an Orange County auto accident lawyer.

Auto accidents can happen for many reasons. They can happen due to the fault of the injured driver, the fault of others or due to manufacturing defects. In the first case, when the accident happens as a result of the person who has been injured, then there is really no likelihood of receiving compensation. Any competent Los Angeles auto accident attorney will tell you that. Stay away from the lawyer that makes huge promises and delivers none.

In cases where an auto accident is due to the fault of someone else or due to a manufacturing defect, there is ample chance of receiving compensation. However, retaining the services of just any lawyer is not a good solution.  Instead consider a measured approach to selecting a lawyer.

Selection of a Los Angeles auto accident attorney or an Orange County auto accident lawyer is best made by first examining their credentials, experience and web sites.  Below are several links to important information about lawyers and how to evaluate and examine them.  While most attorneys will say they would have handled auto cases by the dozen, and hence, their expertise is something you can count on, you need to do a bit more checking.  Look at the web sites of the Orange County auto accident lawyer you are thinking of hiring.  Do they have a track record of accident recovery in auto accidents?  Do they offer information about auto accident claims?  Are they willing to share with you the secrets they have learned about auto accident recovery and give free advice?  Do they offer free resources for you to use to help you while you are deciding to hire an attorney?
When evaluating a Los Angeles auto accident attorney, do you see their staff as assistive or helpful? Has the attorney written any books or articles on the subject of auto accidents? Is the office willing to offer you a free conversation without the pressure of hiring an attorney?  If your answer is no, then look at the example links below.

Los Angeles auto accident attorney will have an impressive client list. You can check their profiles on the Internet and with the state bar. An other important  advantage with a specialized Orange County auto accident lawyer is that they will have the resources to access all the necessary data and services you need related to the accident. For any lawyer to succeed, access to resources is very important.

Auto accidents not only cause physical trauma but psychological trauma …

California Pedestrian Accident Statistics

When cars collide with pedestrians, there is high potential for serious injury. Pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem throughout the world. The United States has a particular problem with pedestrian deaths and injuries. About 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 64,000 are injured in motor vehicle accidents every year in this country.

The following represents pedestrian accident statistics for the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

– Pedestrian fatalities account for 11 percent of motor vehicle fatalities.
– Over 180,000 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle accidents between 1975 and 2005.
– Pedestrians comprise the second largest category of motor vehicle accident deaths following occupant deaths.
– On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes.
– On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 111 minutes.
– In 2005 a total of 4,881 pedestrian were killed in motor vehicle accidents.
– In 2005, the per capita pedestrian death rate was 1.6 per 100,000 people.

Generally, pedestrian deaths rates are higher in urban areas. There is a higher ratio of deaths to injuries in rural areas because of higher impact speeds on rural roads. However, pedestrian accidents occur most frequently in urban areas because pedestrian activity and traffic volumes are greater compared to rural areas.

The National Safety Council estimates that 85.7 percent of all non-fatal pedestrian accidents in the United States occur in urban areas and 14.3 percent occur in rural areas.

– Almost two-thirds of all pedestrian fatalities occur on urban roads.
– In 2005, 72 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred in urban settings.

Although a substantial number of pedestrian injuries occur at intersections, the majority of pedestrian accidents occur at locations other than intersections. This is due to higher vehicle speeds and the fact that drivers are not expecting any stops.

– Over 40 percent of the fatalities in 2002 occurred on roads without crosswalks.
– In 2003, 65 percent of accidents involving pedestrians occurred at non-intersections.
– In 2005, 71 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred on major roads, including interstates and freeways.

Statistically, males are more likely to be involved in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident than females.

About 69 percent of pedestrian fatalities are male, and the male pedestrian injury rate is approximately 58 percent higher than for females.

– In 2005, 70 percent of pedestrian deaths were comprised of males.
– In 2003, the male pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population was 2.27 – more than double the rate for females which was 1.01 per 100,000 population.

The vast majority of fatal pedestrian/motor vehicle collisions occur on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in later evening hours.

In 2005, the proportion of pedestrian deaths was much greater on Friday and Saturday. Also, 45 percent of the pedestrian deaths in 2005 occurred between 6 pm and midnight.

– In 2005, 49 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occurred on Friday (17 percent), Saturday (18 percent), or Sunday (14 percent).
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