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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Motorcycle Accident Leaves Arkansas Mayor Critical

The mayor of Greenland, Arkansas, John Gray, was critically injured in a motorcycle accident over the weekend as he was returning from Jasper with a friend. Gray reportedly lost control of his Honda Rebel, hit the guardrail and flipped into a ravine. Gray suffered a broken leg, broken pelvis, and lost a significant amount of blood. He was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition.

Charlie Brooks, who was with Gray at the time of the accident, says Gray was 200 to 300 yards in front of him and only traveling about 35 mph when he hit the guardrail while going around a curve. Brooks says Gray hadn't been riding motorcycles for very long, but wasn't inexperienced either.

Gray was wearing a helmet, which probably saved his life.

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

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posted by Neil at 7:51 AM

Monday, October 27, 2008

Crash Kills Four Cheerleaders

An auto accident killed five people, including four cheerleaders late Friday night in Tennessee. The four cheerleaders had just left a high school football game where they had been cheering.

According to police, the SUV in which the four girls were traveling hydroplaned on a wet, foggy road and then flipped on its side. The SUV then collided with another car before bursting into flames. None of the four girls were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident, and at least one of them was ejected. One person in the other vehicle was killed, and another passenger reportedly lost her unborn child due to injuries sustained.

Due to their high center of gravity, SUVs are more likely to roll over than are other vehicles. Add driver inexperience, a wet highway, and not wearing seatbelts, and this tragedy had all the hallmarks for what experts, adults, and the media tell the population every year are some of the biggest driving risks.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident or SUV rollover, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area.

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posted by Neil at 1:53 PM

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tanker Truck Explodes in California

A car entering southbound I-880 in Oakland, California, cut off a tanker truck and caused the driver to lose control at about 6:15 am this morning. The tanker, carrying hundreds of gallons of fuel, rolled over and began leaking fuel, which then ignited. Police report the driver and three others in another vehicle were able to escape without injuries.

The tanker was fully involved before firefighters were able to put the flames out. The fire became so intense that asphalt on the highway began to melt. As a result, the southbound lanes of I-880 will be closed until sometime Thursday. Although only the surface of the highway was damaged, construction crews will grind down the concrete and add temporary asphalt.

The tanker was carrying an estimated 8,600 gallons of fuel when the accident occurred. The Coast Guard is investigating whether any of the fuel spilled into the Oakland-Alameda Estuary. Storm drains near the accident were sealed off as a precaution.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 1:34 PM

Monday, October 20, 2008

SUV Rollover Kills Five

An SUV rollover on a Florida Turnpike killed five people Friday night. There were eight people in the Ford Expedition travelling from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale for a religious event, when the rear tire apparently blew. The driver lost control near the Lake Worth service plaza and the SUV rolled into a 15-foot-deep canal with its roof down. The dead include three young children, the driver and a passenger. Two other children are still in the hospital and one person has been released. Police say that of the five who died, only the driver was wearing a seatbelt.

Authorities say alcohol was not involved in the accident, and that it is possible that the tire treat separated. There have been several lawsuits filed as a result of blown tires and SUV rollovers. Lawsuits involving the Ford Expedition target the vehicle's design. Those involved allege the top-heavy design affects vehicle handling, and weak door latches and an absence of laminated safety glass does not keep passengers in the SUV in rollover accidents.

The SUV involved in Friday night's accident jumped a cable barrier installed in 2007 along the turnpike, and other roads, to keep vehicles from flipping into canals that run alongside the pavement.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an SUV rollover accident, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 8:26 AM

Friday, October 17, 2008

Police Investigating Anaheim Slip and Fall Death

A 14-year-old Anaheim, Florida teenager apparently slipped and fell from his sister's moving car on Monday, October 13th. The boy was with two 15-year-old friends and all three were sitting on his older sister's Suzuki Forenza. The teen's sister then started to drive away. Police say the teen either tried to jump off the trunk, or slipped and fell. He hit his head on the pavement.

Police were called to investigate the injury due to its suspicious nature. It may also have something to do with the claim that the three teens were tagging commercial property with graffiti about half an hour before the accident. After paramedics were initially told the boy slipped and fell off his sister's vehicle, doctors said his injuries were inconsistent with a slip and fall accident. Authorities are looking into whether to bring charges to the teenager's sister in connection with the death.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area.

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posted by Neil at 11:10 AM

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Five-Year-Old Sitting on Grandmother's Lap Killed in Accident

A five-year-old boy was killed and his grandmother is in critical condition after the car they were in crashed into a house in a Sacramento County, California suburb on Tuesday. The boy was allegedly sitting on his grandmother's lap at the time of the accident. She was driving the 1996 Toyota Camry at a low speed when it hit the house 40 feet from the street. The boy's other grandmother says the boy should have been in the back seat. "As far as I am concerned, she killed him."

Airbags deployed during the automobile accident, but there was no car seat for the boy found in the Camry, and his grandmother was not wearing her seatbelt. While the grandmother is being tested for drugs and alcohol, the police do not think that was a factor in the crash. However, she was driving on a suspended license.

The police have once again had to state the obvious: that it is unsafe to drive with a small child in the front seat or on your lap.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 7:36 AM

Monday, October 13, 2008

Boat Accident Kills Three on St. Clair River

A boating accident on the St. Clair River killed three people and seriously injured a fourth. The injured woman was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital for surgery. The dead include the survivor's husband, and boat owner, and another couple.

According to police, the 21-foot fiberglass boat collided with a dock around 9:40 pm Friday, October 10th. One of the victims was thrown from the boat and into the water upon impact. Witnesses to the crash pulled out the others and said there was "a large quantity" of beer and wine on the boat. They also detected the smell of alcohol on the victims. Police say that though there were lifejackets aboard the boat, none of the passengers were wearing one. The boat was reportedly heading home when they crashed at a high rate of speed. However, an investigation into the accident is ongoing.

The dead couple, identified as Scott Jay Gearhart and Barbara Janet Gearhart, leaves behind a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old.

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

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posted by Neil at 1:08 PM

Friday, October 10, 2008

23 Students Injured in School Bus Accident

A school bus carrying 23 students flipped Friday morning in Havelock, North Carolina. All 23 students were taken to area hospitals, but authorities say that none were seriously injured.

The bus was taking the students to Roger Bell Elementary School when the driver apparently swerved to avoid hitting a dog in the road. The school bus then went into a ditch where it flipped onto its side.

School buses are still the safest way to transport students to and from school and, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are the safest motor vehicles on the road. However, like most buses in the US, they do not contain safety belts. In accidents, such as this one, there is a good chance that students will be thrown off their seats and around the bus. The NHTSA told Congress in 2002 that cost and drawbacks of installing seatbelts in school buses outweigh any benefit they might have.

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 12:26 PM

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Two Dead in Accident Caused by Elderly Driver

An 85-year-old driving her vehicle the wrong way on I-44 near Joplin, Missouri hit another vehicle head-on killing both drivers. The 70-year-old driver of the other vehicle is reported to have pulled out to try and pass a tractor trailer when she was hit.

The accident occurred ten minutes after police first received a report of a driver heading the wrong way in the westbound lands. Just before the accident, another driver was forced off the road by the wrong-way vehicle. That driver suffered minor injuries.

While many accidents have been caused by wrong-way drivers, this particular accident may raise the question of when are people too old to be driving. Should an 85-year-old woman still be allowed to get behind the wheel? What about a 70-year-old? Or is this simply a matter of both vehicles being in the wrong place at the wrong time? After forcing a vehicle off the road just before the accident, one might think the elderly driver would have pulled over. Or maybe this is just wishful thinking.

Research done on age-related driving and accidents has shown that there is an increased risk of accidents when people hit 65. Though age and the way one feels is certainly subjective (an 80-year-old may be in better shape to drive than a 60-year-old), senior citizens are required to go through more driving tests than younger drivers are – at least in some states. Other states mandatory driving tests have been shot down by senior citizen lobbying groups, such as AARP, who find the tests discriminatory.

Though different state and government agencies can try different things to try and screen out older drivers who may be more likely to cause an accident due to their age, the nation needs to come to terms with the fact that the aging Baby Boomers will still have their licenses and their cars for many more years. More elderly drivers may mean more age-related auto accidents.

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

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posted by Neil at 10:08 AM

Monday, October 6, 2008

Casino Bus Crash Kills Ten in California

A bus on its way to a casino crashed north of Sacramento, California Sunday night killing ten and critically injuring at least 30. According to one witness, the bus cartwheeled in the air before rolling into a ditch. Victims were either ejected or crushed in the bus accident.

Police say the bus drifted onto the side of the road for half a mile and then the driver overcorrected, which flipped the bus. The driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police believe he was on medication.

Adding mystery to the bus accident, the bus was without a valid license plate, and it is unclear exactly who owns the bus. The bus was sold over two years ago; it dates back to the 1980s and does not have seatbelts. At least 12 people were ejected in the accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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posted by Neil at 7:53 AM

Friday, October 3, 2008

Van and Truck Collision Kills Seven

A state van carrying applicants for prison jobs collided with a tractor trailer carrying wood products this morning on a rural highway near Montgomery, Alabama. All seven people in the van were killed in the fiery head-on collision. The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The accident occurred on an isolated stretch of the highway just before 6 am about 20 miles from Montgomery. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause since early reports are varied. The charred van was overturned and beneath debris from the truck. Police say the only identifiable parts of the van were two tire rims.

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

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posted by Neil at 1:14 PM

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Five-Year-Old Mauled by Pit Bull

A five-year-old girl was mauled by a pit bull in Simi Valley, California on Tuesday, September 21The five-year-old and her mother were visiting friends of the family when the attack occurred. The girl was in the backyard with the friend's 13-year-old daughter. The pit bull mauled the girl when she "bumped into" the dog.

After hearing screaming, the girl's mother rushed into the backyard and tried to get the 35 pound pit bull off her daughter. The girl suffered severe wounds to her face and neck and lost a large amount of blood before anyone could get her to the hospital. She was revived at the hospital, but died three days later.

The girl's mother doesn't blame anyone for the attack and says it was simply "a terrible accident that should never have happened." The pit bull was being cared for and was not the family's where the attack occurred. The dog was taken to quarantine and will most likely be euthanized.

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

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posted by Neil at 8:28 AM

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