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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Car Hits Horse-drawn Holiday Wagon in Virginia

Fourteen people were injured on Tuesday when the wagon they were riding in was rear-ended by a car in Stanley, Virginia. Around 20 people, adults and children, were riding in the wagon that was part of a holiday tradition on benches that had wrought-iron sides and backs.

Police say the driver who hit them was in a Ford Mustang and was not paying attention when it slammed into the wagon. The wagon driver was knocked into a yard and the Clydesdale horses pulling the wagon ran another hundred yards. The wagon hit an electric pole and the horses bolted. The wagon driver and 13 others were taken to area hospitals. The wagon driver suffered internal injuries and another woman has a compound fracture of her leg.

Police have said drugs and alcohol are not suspected at this time, but are unsure why the driver didn't see the wagon. It was equipped with reflective signs and tape, flashing lights, and holiday lights, so it should have been easy to see. This is the first time in the 20 year tradition that something like this has happened.

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

posted by Neil at 7:47 AM

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Three California Men Killed in Auto Accident

Three young men were killed when the car they were in skidded off the road and slammed into a tree on Sunday, November 29. The driver suffered minor injuries. California Highway Patrol believes the 2006 Subaru Impreza was speeding when the teenage driver lost control just after midnight.

A16-year-old and a 20-year-old, died at the scene. An 18-year-old died later at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Friends who knew the group had seen them less than an hour before the auto accident and said they were going "drifting." Drifting is intentionally putting a speeding car into a spin. This is a major part of the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. These same friends, some of whom were involved in drifting, now believe it to be unsafe. At least one didn't believe anyone could die from doing something like this. However, investigators have not determined if drifting was the cause of the accident. The do know that drugs and alcohol were not causes.

The combination of an inexperienced driver, speed, and attempting to perform something seen in a movie are three indicators that will more likely than not lead to an accident. The driver may be charged with vehicular manslaughter, and this is something he'll have to live with for the rest of his life. Still, this is small compared to the families whose sons or brothers were killed.

If you have lost a loved one in an auto accident due to another's negligence, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area.

posted by Neil at 7:38 AM

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