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Monday, September 29, 2008

Bus Accident Kills Four Students

An accident involving a school bus killed four elementary school special needs students and critically injured the driver on Friday in rural Indiana. Emergency workers say it is one of the worst accidents they have ever seen.

The accident happened around 3:00 pm close to an intersection near the town of Logansport. A moped was turning into the driver's residence when a dump truck behind it slammed on its breaks. The dump truck swerved into the school bus, clipping it. The school bus was flipped onto its side and into oncoming traffic where it was hit by another dump truck. Though all four students were buckled into their seats, the force of the impact killed all of them. Emergency workers and reporters on the scene say the wreckage of the bus was virtually unrecognizable.

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


posted by Neil at 7:46 AM

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tejano Singer Survives Second Crash

Emilio Navaira, the Tejano singer who was critically injured in a bus accident earlier this year, was injured in another accident this week in San Antonio, Texas.

Navaira and his wife were going to the doctor on Wednesday when a pickup truck turned in front of them. After the auto accident, both were taken to the hospital and kept overnight for observation. Navaira's brother said both were fined, but shaken up.

Navaira and his bandmates were involved in a crash on Easter Sunday when their tour bus hit traffic barrels on the highway near Houston. Navaira, who was driving under the influence, was thrown through the windshield.

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


posted by Neil at 8:31 AM

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cell Phone Blamed for Truck Accident

A bus driver and eight students were injured, when a semi slammed into their school bus in Citra, Florida on Tuesday. A 13-year-old student was killed.

The driver of the semi admitted to police that he had been talking on his cell phone when he hit the bus while it was stopped to let students off. The bus had its lights and stop signs out when it was hit. Police say there were no skid marks, indicating the driver did not try to stop the semi before the accident. The bus burst into flames and continued to roll forward.

The school bus had 21 students on it when the accident occurred. Several eye witnesses to the accident rushed to help the students off the bus while it was burning.

The truck was hauling home improvement goods when it hit the bus. The driver owns the trucking company, is the only driver, and has not had any accidents for the last two years. Investigators say it will take up to 45 days to complete the full investigation. Police say charges are pending against the 30-year-old truck driver.

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


posted by Neil at 12:30 PM

Monday, September 22, 2008

Three Navy Sailors Die in Weekend Motorcycle Accidents

Two separate motorcycle accidents over the weekend left three sailors dead in San Diego County. The first accident occurred early on Sunday, September 21, when a motorcycle ridden by two sailors hit a tractor trailer at 65 mph and slid beneath it. The 22-year-old driver was killed at the scene of the accident and the 20-year-old passenger died later at the UCSD hospital.

The third sailor was killed in the early afternoon on the same day when his motorcycle went off the side of the highway. The 34-year-old sailor died at the scene. No other vehicles were involved.

Combine military bonuses with inexperience and the bravado of youth, and you have a recipe for disaster. The military has seen a rising number of its soldiers killed in motorcycle accidents in the last couple of years and are doing what they can to stop it. But when these young soldiers, sailors, and airmen have lots of money with not much to spend it on, and especially for those who have finished their tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, a fast bike may seem like a way to avoid what many consider a more boring existence than they had overseas. Unfortunately, both them, as well as an unsuspecting civilian public, pay the price.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for an initial consultation.


posted by Neil at 12:36 PM

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Search on for Trapped Construction Workers

A retail and residential building under construction collapsed today in suburban Richmond, Virginia and police believe a dozen workers may be trapped inside. A 60-foot section crashed down around noon and 922 dispatchers received several calls that men were trapped in the rubble.

Chesterfield County Fire Lieutenant Matt Coffin said that rescuers are going slowly due to the time it takes to stabilize a collapsed building. He said the search may take hours. Sound-sensitive equipment was brought in to detect movement within the building. It is unknown what caused the collapse at this time.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, please contact an experienced injury lawyer in your area for an initial claim evaluation.


posted by Neil at 2:42 PM

Monday, September 8, 2008

Seven Weekend Accidents Claim Eight Lives over the Weekend in AZ

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, this was a really bad weekend to be on the roads. Beginning early Saturday morning, the weekend saw the deaths of eight people involved in auto accidents in parts of Northern Arizona.

The DPS reports:

  • At 1:30am, a two vehicle crash killed the driver of a Chevrolet pickup
  • At 10:30am, a single vehicle accident killed the driver of a Buick who swerved to avoid another car
  • At 7:14pm, a hit-and-run accident killed the passenger in a vehicle after he was partially ejected
  • Shortly after, a driver was killed when his vehicle went off the road, hit a guard rail and overturned
  • At 9:10pm, a single-vehicle accident killed an occupant of a vehicle that lost control and rolled several times
  • At 9:30pm, another single-vehicle accident involving a Pontiac GTO killed the driver when the vehicle lost control after hitting a drainage ditch and traffic control sign
  • Early Sunday, an accident involving a tractor trailer and several other vehicles killed two

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


posted by Neil at 1:52 PM

Friday, September 5, 2008

Another Crane Accident Claims One Life

An accident involving a crane killed a construction worker on the West Side of Manhattan Thursday as he and others were working to lower the crane. He was working as a crane rigger and on a platform attached to the crane. The platform tilted, causing the worker to lose his balance and fall 400 feet to the pavement below.

This is the third fatal accident involving cranes in New York City this year, and another of many crane accidents that have occurred across the country. In this specific case, investigators are still trying to determine if the platform was anchored properly and why the worker's safety harness he wore was not attached to anything. The safety harness stretches from a worker's thighs and up around their shoulders, and is attached to supports along the building. Investigators have been able to determine that the platform was secured at two points instead of the four it needed. They are also looking into whether the safety railing at the back of the platform, and which the worker fell through, was removed.

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


posted by Neil at 9:24 AM

Thursday, September 4, 2008

UPS Truck Plunges from Freeway

A United Parcel Service big rig plunged 30 feet from a downtown Oakland, California overpass and hit the road below early Thursday morning. The driver was injured, and reportedly lucky to be alive.

The accident is blamed on the 51-year-old driver of a car speeding and then making an unsafe lane change. The vehicle swerved into the UPS truck, causing the UPS driver to lose control. The truck hit the guardrail and flew 50 feet through the air before landing on the roadway below. Landing between two trees probably saved the life of the driver, according to rescue workers.

The driver was taken to the hospital and is in unknown condition. The driver of the other vehicle was arrested for driving under the influence.

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


posted by Neil at 1:16 PM

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