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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Child Dies when Boat Capsizes

A gust of wind caused a Hobie Cat sailboat to capsize near the Saugatuck River channel entrance in the Long Island Sound on Tuesday, August 26. An 18-year-old sailing instructor and three young children were all thrown into the water. Three-year-old William Howell and six-year-old Andrew Howell survived, but their cousin, three-year-old Alexandra Vitale, died.

Authorities say children had life vests on, but may have been in the water for nearly 20 minutes waiting for someone to rescue them. Another boat found the instructor and one child clinging to the capsized boat, called in a mayday and then assisted in the rescue. When Alexandra was finally pulled from the water, she was unresponsive and CPR was administered on the way to the hospital where she died.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, please contact an experienced boating accident attorney in your area.

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posted by Neil at 11:31 AM

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Two Killed after Hit and Run

A teenager riding as a passenger in an SUV and a motorcyclist were killed in an accident on Monday in Zanesville, Ohio, which may have been the result of a hit and run just before the collision.

Authorities say that a driver involved in an accident just before 2:00 pm left the scene and was chased by motorcyclist, David Bailey, who had witnessed the accident. Though Bailey was not involved in that accident, he gave chase in an attempt to get the driver's license plate number. He was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed when an SUV driven by Susan Jones attempted to make a left turn. Bailey then struck the passenger side of the SUV.

Bailey died at the scene, and the passenger of the SUV, Megan Custer, died later that night at the hospital.

The driver who allegedly left the scene of the first accident was identified as Randall William Heaghen. Heaghen has been interviewed, but has not been charged with anything.

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posted by Neil at 1:52 PM

Monday, August 18, 2008

Three Killed in Massachusetts Crash

Three people were killed in an accident on Route 8 in Massachusetts on Friday afternoon near the Connecticut border. Four cars total were involved in the accident. Three of them were from Connecticut, and one from New York. The road was closed at the border between Massachusetts and Connecticut.

According to Massachusetts State Trooper John Zielinski, a man in a 1999 Chevy Blazer traveling southbound crossed the double yellow line and entered the northbound lane, where he sideswiped a 2006 Jaguar. The Blazer then completely entered the lane and hit a 1993 Chevy pickup truck. A 2007 BMW then rear ended the pickup truck. The driver of the Blazer and two men in the pickup truck were killed at the scene.

Authorities from both Massachusetts and Connecticut have been investigating the scene of the accident. It is still unclear what caused it.

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posted by Neil at 11:29 AM

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Traffic Deaths at Record Low

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported today that 2007 can boast the lowest amount of traffic deaths in over a decade. Traffic fatalities dropped 1,600 from 2006 to a relatively low 41, 059. This fatality rate is 1.37 for every 100 million miles traveled, and therefore the lowest on record. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters states the reasons for the drop include "safer vehicles, aggressive law enforcement and [NHTSA] efforts."

California saw the lowest decline with 266 fewer deaths than 2006, but the largest percentage decreases were in South Dakota and Vermont. On the other hand, deaths in North Carolina increased 121 from 2006. Also disappointing for Secretary Peters is that motorcycle deaths have increased for the tenth straight year.

Reasons for the increase in motorcycle fatalities may be attributed to the massive increase in riders and in miles traveled. Because fuel prices are high, many people have traded driving their car or truck for a motorcycle. The inexperience of the riders may also play a part in the fatalities. Officials said they plan on an aggressive anti-drunk driving campaign set to launch before the Labor Day holiday.

President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Adrian Lund believes the drop in deaths is due to the economy. Again, gas prices were cited, although they really didn't begin to increase until this year, but the general sluggishness of the economy was also mentioned. Lund believes nest year's fatality rate will drop again.

This report comes amid another report that Americans are driving much less than they did at this time last year, or any year, since the oil embargo of the 1970s.

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posted by Neil at 1:41 PM

Friday, August 8, 2008

Texas Bus Crash Kills 14

Fourteen members of a Vietnamese church group were killed when their bus crashed in Sherman, Texas today. Police are unsure how many were injured, but 40 others were sent to the hospital, with at least six in critical condition.

The bus was traveling from the Houston area to a religious festival in Missouri when a tire reportedly blew. The bus tipped onto its side and skidded along a guard rail that spans a bridge before leaving the highway.

The injured were taken to several north Texas hospitals, as well as one in Durant, Oklahoma. Fire Chief Jeff Jones says that he saw crushing wounds and that very few of those on the bus were walking wounded.

This accident occurred less than a mile from the spot where a truck crossed the median and killed ten people about five years ago. This is the worst bus accident in Texas since a bus carrying nursing home residents caught fire and exploded as they were fleeing Hurricane Rita. Twenty-three died in that accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, please contact the Accident Lawyers Network to find an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 12:27 PM

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Florida Accident Kills Two Teens; Two More Injured

An auto accident just after midnight on State Road 60 near Plant City, Florida, has killed two teenagers. Two others are listed in serious and critical condition respectively. According to authorities, the two vehicles, a 1999 Jeep Cherokee and a 1996 Ford Ranger were driving side by side when one vehicle apparently clipped the other. The Ranger left the road and hit a tree, killing 17-year-old Nicolas Marcotrigiano. The Cherokee hit a fence, then a tree and overturned. The top of the SUV was ripped off, ejecting 15-year-old Hailey Weatherly. Both Weatherly and Marcotrigiano were the drivers of the vehicles.

Brandon Simonds, 17, the passenger in Marcotrigiano’s vehicle is in critical condition. Amelia Gold, 16, the passenger in the SUV Weatherly was driving, is in serious condition. None of the teens were wearing their seatbelts, and Weatherly only had a learner’s permit.

Florida law states that a licensed driver who is at least 21-years-old much be in the front seat with the person who has the learner’s permit. Furthermore, driving restrictions apply, where a motor vehicle may only be driven during daylight the first three months after receiving a learner’s permit, and then only until 10:00pm after. A 17-year-old driver cannot drive between 1:00 and 5:00am unless accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21-year-old, unless they are driving to or from work. The accident happened at roughly 12:15am.

Questions about Cause

While inexperience and darkness may have played a role in the accident, investigators do not believe speed was a factor. What’s more, Mary Smude who lives near where the accident occurred, states that there have been a high number of fatal accidents within a one-mile stretch of the four lane highway in front of her house. She states that most of the fatal accidents occur in the westbound lanes, at night, and sometimes when the road is wet. These factors were all in play early Monday.

Hundreds of thousands of people are killed and injured every year in auto accidents. Many of them are teens who do not yet have a firm grasp on their driving ability. While some states have increased the driving age, or added more rules to those between 15 and 18, kids have a way of getting behind the wheel and doing things that are sometimes dangerous or foolish – as well as not yet knowing what they can do due to inexperience. Some of these things may have been the reason both Hailey and Nicolas lost their lives on August 4, 2008.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact the Accident Lawyers Network to find an experienced injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 10:38 AM

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