Quite simply, every time you get behind the wheel you risk being in an accident. While you may try to be a safe and conscientious driver, you cannot control when others decide to drink and drive or run a stop sign - thus putting your life in danger.
In honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs May 17-23, the United States Postal Service (USPS) recently released a list of the top 30 cities for dog attacks among postal workers and letter carriers. In total, 5,767 postal employees were involved in dog attacks last year.
High speed car accidents occur often on our San Diego freeways. On July 3, 2014, a fatal car accident claimed the life of a 60-year-old Oceanside resident. Alicia Rodriguez Banuelos was killed when the vehicle she was travelling in was involved in a collision on South Bound 805 in San Diego. Ms. Banuelos died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the accident. Vehicle accidents such as this are often fatal due to the high speed at which the vehicles involved are travelling.
A suspected hit and run on Saturday, June 5, 2014, resulted in the wrongful death of a San Diego woman. The body of 27-year-old Amber Schei was found on Saturday morning in the bushes on the side of Nimitz Boulevard in the Ocean Beach neighborhood in San Diego. Responding medical personnel pronounced her dead at the scene due to multiple blunt force injuries that are characteristic of a wrongful death hit-and-run. Ms. Schei is survived by her mother Tammy Wilson, and her 10-year-old daughter.
San Diego prides itself on being one of the finest cities in the world. Unfortunately when it comes to dog attacks on United States Postal Service (USPS) workers, San Diego is one of the worst. The nation-wide ranking of most dog bites involving United States Postal Service workers for 2013 was released last month, and once again San Diego has some of highest incidents of dogs attacking postal carriers. San Diego ranked 4th on the list with 53 dog bites.
A 4 year old boy who sustained severe dog bites has a lot to be thankful for, after a bystander's heroic act of bravery fended off the dog thereby preventing further injury to the boy. The remarkable part of the story is the brave bystander being a tabby cat. The cat, named Tara, was captured on security camera on May 13 when she pounced on a dog that attacked her 4-year-old owner Jeremy Triantafilo. The video, which has garnered 21 million views on YouTube, shows the dog biting and attempting to drag the boy. Within seconds, Tara leapt onto the dog, and in a flurry of hair and nails chased the canine away.
A San Diego man who was the victim of a suspected wrongful death died at a hospital on April 24th after being found unconscious in the street by his San Carlos house. The man has been identified as 52 year old Jackie Clinton Jackson Jr.. San Diego police are investigating the death as a possible hit-and-run. A neighbor called police about 5:10 a.m. after seeing Mr. Jackson at the foot of a driveway on Beaver Lake Drive, east of Cowles Mountain Boulevard. Mr. Jackson was on the ground between two parked vehicles and was unresponsive when medics arrived. Mr. Jackson was then transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he was overcome by his injuries and died hours after admission.
All too often, San Diego parents receive the horrific news that their child was killed in a car accident. On April 17, 2014, the parents of 14 year old Dana Jean Morofski received that terrible information. This child lost her life in a chain reaction of car accidents on South Mission Road, in Fallbrook, California. She was in the front passenger seat of a Honda Civic. For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the Honda. The vehicle crossed the double yellow lines of the roadway and struck an on coming Nissan Titan truck. The Honda then spun sideways into the southbound lane and was struck on the passenger side by a Toyota pick-up truck.
GM has released new details about another serious defect in their vehicles leading to personal injury lawsuits. According to GM, ignition switches in certain vehicles can deactivate in a collision, causing the airbags to, in turn, deactivate. The force of the crash actually turns the vehicles' airbags off and prevents them from deploying. This increases the chance of serious personal injury and wrongful death.
A serious bicycle accident occurred on Monday, April 7th in Rancho Bernardo. A 72 year old female drunk driver struck a 62 year old bicyclist and then fled the scene. The 72 year old drunk was driving a Hyundai northbound on Pomerado Road when she collided with the bicyclist. The bicyclist suffered a fractured spine, head injuries, and fractured ribs. An investigation later revealed that the automobile driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.