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Earlier this year in January, a very tragic San Diego DUI case made headlines after a 26-year-old man and a carful of his friends were tragically involved in a high-speed accident, killing three of the men inside. According to the La Jolla Patch (5/21/2015), a bartender who served the men alcohol the night the accident occurred has come forward to share the events that happened that night.

The bartender testified that the men were “visibly wasted” and she had offered the driver a car service which was adamantly declined, she alleged.

Later that same evening, despite alleged hours of drinking, the men left the bar and piled into an SUV. The driver in question approached a transition ramp near the 52 and the 805 freeways in San Diego, speeding along the way. One of the surviving passengers testified that the driver in question began to laugh when he sped up his vehicle; the men inside asked him to slow down just before the accident occurred. Just moments later, the driver lost control of his vehicle, causing the SUV to flip over five times, killing three people at the scene of the accident.

The driver in question survived. Officials say his blood alcohol content (BAC) was between .13 and .19 at the time of the crash. In addition, the driver was also alleged to have smoked marijuana the night the accident occurred.

Prior to that fateful night at the bar, the driver in question and his companions were said to have been drinking at home and later drinking at a second bar where they were kicked out for being too rowdy, reports indicate.

DUI accidents are a senseless tragedy and our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of all involved in this very sad car accident case.

DRINKING & DRIVING… & YOU

Too many young drivers believe they’re indestructible. Unfortunately, in many cases, drinking and driving falls into that same category of invincibility. The naiveté of youth suggests that young people can do anything – even when it comes to drinking and driving. Sadly, many young people think they can drink and drive because they “can handle their alcohol.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

Let’s take a look at what the statistics say. When it comes to drunken driving, data suggests that there has been little improvement in the percentage of alcohol-related traffic accidents from 2001 to 2010 according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, although there has been a slight decrease of alcohol-related highway accidents from 2008 to 2010. Hopefully, these numbers will continue to decline.

Despite the promising data, too many alcohol-related accidents occur on a daily basis. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, three people are killed every 2 hours on account of drunken driving. That figure is just too startling for anyone to ignore.

It’s time to make a serious change.

We urge all San Diegans to be responsible, diligent and proactive drivers this summer – and for the rest of their lives! It’s never been more important to drive safely and soberly. Please, make good decisions as a driver and do the right thing. Everyone’s life depends on it.

DUI CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

If you have been injured in an accident and you suspect the other person was driving while intoxicated, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For a FREE legal analysis of your case, call us today at 1-800-655-6585 and speak to a car accident lawyer now. It costs nothing to hire us and we are San Diego’s most trusted law firm group. Now more than ever, you need a legal team of experts to help you get the financial compensation you deserve. Call today, 1-800-655-6585.

 

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

Children playing and splashing in the pool are the quintessential picture of summer. No one thinks that innocent water fun and poolside games can lead to the tragedy of death. Sadly, though, in the worst case scenario, it can. So when news of a child’s accidental drowning makes headlines in San Diego, indeed it is a true tragedy.

According to San Diego 760 KFMB News (6/16/2015), a 4-year-old boy is being mourned by the local community following the child’s accidental drowning at a local San Diego establishment where he was celebrating a school-hosted pool party.

Reports indicate the boy suffered brain injury as a result of the accidental drowning. He was pulled unconscious from the pool and was immediately treated for his injuries. Sadly, though, the boy did not survive the accident.

Details in the case remain unclear. It is unknown whether the boy had adequate supervision during the pool party or whether lifeguards were on scene.

Donations are being collected to pay for the family’s funeral expenses. More information on donating can be found here.

POOL DROWNING PREVENTION

This is a horrifying story for any parent out there. Something as seemingly innocent as a school pool party should never result in the tragic death of a child. Unfortunately, accidents can happen, though, so it’s up to us to be as diligent and well-prepared as we can be to prevent all unnecessary injuries and deaths.

If you’re hosting a pool party this summer, put these on your essential to-do list.

HIRE A LIFEGUARD

If you are hosting a pool party, you should hire a private lifeguard to ensure adequate supervision of swimming children at all times. Even if there are plenty of adults, the truth is that many people just want to relax and have a good time – without the worry of watching over the pool. While that’s perfectly understandable, it just makes good sense to hire a professional and take the worry out of supervising your children and your friends’ children.

USE COAST-GUARD APPROVED SAFETY DEVICES

Children who are unable to swim should always wear coast-guard approved devices such as a life vest when swimming in pools. Adequate floatation means your child can play in the pool without the worry of going under by accident. If you’re hosting a party, why not buy a few extra jackets for small children who plan on swimming, or even request that parents bring their child’s life vest if they have one.

BE WATER SAFE

In addition to accidental drowning, many accidents occur due to diving in the pool. If the head is struck on the plastered concrete walls of a pool, spinal or brain injury can result. These types of accidents are one of the most common types of pool-related injuries. Be safe and prohibit all kinds of diving in your pool. If you hire a lifeguard, you don’t have to be “the bad guy” and enforce these kinds of rules at your next pool party. Simply have the lifeguard do it and you’re off the hook.

ENSURE POOL CODES ARE UP TO DATE

Nowadays, if you want to put a pool in the backyard, it’ll come with all kinds of new California pool code requirements: reverse gate locks, garage door latches, alarmed doors, plus other safety features. But for those with older pools, all the bells and whistles of safety may not be fully up to code. If you have an older pool, contact a pool company to update it so it’s to code. It won’t cost very much and you’ll have complete peace of mind when it comes to your family’s safety around the pool.

WHEN POOL INJURIES OCCUR

If you or a loved one were been injured in a pool accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and even pain and suffering. Cases like these are complex, so it’s essential to speak with a personal injury lawyer who can ensure all of your legal rights are preserved. Call now and get a FREE legal analysis of your case: 1-800-655-6585.

 

 

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

There’s something very nostalgic about riding a Ferris wheel on a warm summer night and sharing laughs over a game of skeeball and coin toss. Unfortunately, though, a seemingly fun trip to the fair or to an amusement park could turn for the worst when rides go awry.

According to San Diego Union Tribune (6/13/2015), that’s precisely what happened at a popular Northern California theme park earlier this month when two people were injured in a rollercoaster accident.

In one case, an employee sustained serious injury after being struck by one of the amusement park ride trains, and in the other case, a passenger on the same ride sustained a hand injury and was taken to the hospital for evaluation according to reports.

The rollercoaster ride was closed immediately following the injuries and will remain closed until officials are able to fully investigate the accident. Amusement park managers say they do not believe the accident occurred as a result of malfunction.

The day itself was riddled with unfortunate events, though. Earlier in the day, a 10-year-old girl was found unconscious after riding a roller coaster at a separate Southern California theme park. She was airlifted for medical treatment and officials are still determining whether the injury was related to the rollercoaster – a 113-foot looping ride that reaches up to 55 mph, according to reports.

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away in Waterville, Maine, three children had suffered injury after riding a carnival rollercoaster ride. It came apart, according to reports, causing injury to the children shortly thereafter.

SUMMER FUN & A WORD OF CAUTION

We want everyone to have a fun, enjoyable summer. On that note, we also want to remind all parents and children that amusement rides and theme parks – including fairs and carnivals – hold an inherent risk for injury. That’s the unfortunate truth. While we certainly don’t want to spoil your summer fun, we do want to remind you of a few wise words of caution as you enjoy your outings this season.

BE IN GOOD HEALTH

Amusement parks, fairs and carnivals can all be exhausting. The sun, the whirlwind rides and the poor food choices can all lead to a very tiring day. Be sure you and your loved ones are in appropriate physical condition (steady blood pressure, no known heart or brain conditions, etc.) to actually go on rides and partake in the day’s activities. If you have any health issues in question, it’s best to just lay low on the sidelines and avoid rides that could be potentially dangerous to your health.

FOLLOW THE RULES

Maybe you’ve noticed it before… The automated announcement just prior to the ride: “Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts and keep your hands and belongings inside the attraction!” These rules aren’t just common sense – they’re actually very applicable to anyone and everyone on the ride. Also, pay attention to height restrictions, especially when it comes to your child’s safety.

TAKE BREAKS

The hot sun pounding on you and your children is enough to wear anyone out. Take plenty of breaks and hydrate. Wear sunscreen. Rest a little. It’ll make for a more enjoyable day.

WHEN AMUSEMENT PARK ACCIDENTS OCCUR

If you have been injured at an amusement park, fair or carnival, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Whether it was you or your child, speak to a personal injury lawyer who can fight on your behalf to ensure all of your legal rights are preserved. Call us now for a FREE case analysis and speak to San Diego’s most trusted law firm group today: 1-800-655-6585

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

Distraction. It’s unfortunately so common behind the wheel. Anything can be a distraction… the radio, coffee, lunch, makeup, children, and of course the quintessential distraction – the cell phone. Sadly, distraction is one of the most common causes of accidents today.

In a recent news report, we learned that distraction was the alleged cause of yet another San Diego accident, this time involving a bicyclist and a driver who is said to have been tending to her small child when the collision occurred.

According to NBC San Diego (6/16/2015), the tragic accident happened when a driver unintentionally swerved into a bicycle lane, hitting a well-known San Diego executive cycling along Camino Del Sur. Reports indicate the driver was allegedly distracted while turning back to tend to her child.

The bicyclist was wearing a helmet, but tragically, his bodily injury was severe. Although he received medical treatment at a local La Jolla hospital, the man unfortunately passed away.

The driver in question has not been cited for any traffic violations stemming from the bicycle accident, although police officials continue to investigate the accident.

SAN DIEGO: A BIKING CITY

Look no further than our beautiful beaches and city trails aplenty, and you’ll see that San Diego is the ideal city for foot and pedal traffic. With great weather, too, San Diego is the perfect place to get outside and enjoy all the city has to offer. The truth is that, although we love to be outside, we must all understand the possible implications of being a driver, bicyclist and pedestrian in America’s Finest City. In fact, no matter where you live, the risk is eminent – we must share the road no matter how we travel, whether by foot, bike, motorcycle or vehicle.

DRIVER DISTRACTION

Drivers are urged to reevaluate their driving choices and become diligent sharers of the road. The good news is that most drivers are courteous and aware of bikes, pedestrians and motorcyclists. Unfortunately, though, even the most courteous driver can cause serious problems on the road when distraction enters the picture.

As personal injury attorneys, we want to remind all drivers out there to simply put every single last thing down and focus on the road ahead. Your life – and the lives of others – depends on this very important choice. If you must tend to something, simply pull over. It takes one minute to pull over and do what you have to do. Don’t risk “multi-tasking” on the road. Make good choices out there!

WHEN PERSONAL INJURY OCCURS

We often get injury cases that involve bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists – especially in the summer. Unfortunately, in many cases, the driver can be found negligent and the injured party can receive compensation for injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a San Diego bicycle accident, hire a personal injury attorney to fight on your behalf. Now more than ever, you need legal experts on your side. Give us a call at 1-800-655-6585 for a FREE consultation. Call now.

 

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

Recently – and tragically – there has been an uptick in motorcycle accidents in San Diego County. Now that summer is here, we may be hearing of even more tragic accidents as the warmer seasons approach. Sadly, in a recent report, our community is reminded of how important it is to be safe on our San Diego roadways.

According to San Diego AM 760 KFMB (4/22/2015), a motorcyclist was killed earlier last month when he accidentally rear-ended a pickup truck near the intersection of El Norte and North Rose Street in Escondido. Tragically, the rider was thrown off his motorcycle and collided with a big-rig truck.

The motorcyclist tragically died at the scene of the accident.

The truck driver, not knowing what had occurred, did not stop. After investigators searched local businesses where semi-trucks often travel, the driver was found but he was surprised and unaware of the motorcycle accident. Officials did not charge the truck driver.

MOTORCYCLISTS: BE SAFE, BE AWARE

In a previous blog post, we made note of safety strategies that drivers could do to share the road and make it a better place for motorcyclists. Today, as personal injury attorneys, we also want to share common sense wisdom for motorcyclists when it comes to safety. Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to have a friendly reminder.

RIDE AT YOUR SKILL LEVEL

Don’t attempt risky maneuvering – such as lane splitting – unless you’ve got the experience to back up your riding ability. If you’re just starting out on a motorcycle, it’s critical that you ride prudently and cautiously. Don’t go on windy roads if you’re not experienced and don’t ride in stop-and-go traffic if you can help it. Start out slow and build your skills over time.

USE THE RIGHT GEAR

Equip yourself with the right gear including a helmet, padded clothing and even the right footwear. You should never ride without a good pair of heavy, leather boots. Accidentally burning your foot or leg on a hot motor can cause you to instantly jump and react in a spontaneous way. Get the right gear when you get behind the handlebars.

LEAVE SPACE

Just like drivers, you must leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead. Even if you are riding with other motorcycles, leave yourself plenty of space so you have enough time to react. The three second rule is always a safe rule of thumb whether your ride a motorcycle or drive a car but you may need even more time depending on your skill level. Practice in an empty parking lot to get a sense of your bike’s abilities and your skill level. For those with older bikes, practice enough so you don’t jam the brakes. Older motorcycles aren’t equipped with anti-lock brakes, so your bike will jam up in the event you slam on your brakes. Worse, jamming up your brakes will throw you off of your bike in the event of a sudden stop or emergency. Practice your braking skills thoroughly before heading out onto open roadways.

WHEN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS OCCUR

All too often, a rider can be involved in a motorcycle accident that was not his or her fault. In cases like these, it’s important that you speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer that can help you file a legal claim right away. Filing a legal claim with us is FREE. You don’t pay a penny for legal representation until we win your case. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, call us today at 1-800-655-6585 for a FREE consultation.

 

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

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