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Friday, February 27, 2009
Morgan Freeman Sued over Auto Accident
The woman who was with actor Morgan Freeman has filed a lawsuit against him for negligence. She claims Freeman was not paying attention and failed to keep control of the vehicle last August in Mississippi.
In a statement that also denies her romantic involvement with the actor, the woman said the crash has changed her life and that she continues to suffer both mentally and physically. She said, "I sustained numerous injuries. I was unconscious following the accident. I could not take care of myself for several months." She further claims she has not been able to go back to work since the accident.
The woman is seeking compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and permanent physical disability.
Freeman's publicist has said they are confident that the events surrounding the accident will be resolved. However, it has not been made public how much this may cost Mr. Freeman.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an automobile accident, you may seek compensation for a number of things. If you have been unable to return to work, your medical bills may begin to pile up. If you continue to suffer pain, both mentally and physically, it can be difficult to go back to your normal life.
If you suffer any of these, please contact an experienced automobile accident attorney in your area.
posted by Neil at 10:50 AM
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Young Girl Killed by Relative’s Truck
A 20-year-old in a Ford F-150 ran over a three-year-old relative in Modesto, California on Tuesday. The girl, who authorities say was the driver's sister-in-law, died later on at the hospital.
The driver told police he went outside to move his truck and saw the girl playing in the gated front yard. When he moved his truck, he said he felt a bump, and got out to see he had run over the girl.
Every year scores of children are injured and killed in front of their own home, or that of a relative, when they are run over by a vehicle in the drive way. The driver in Modesto was going no more than ten miles an hour when he ran over the three-year-old.
While there are some technologies available, or that are about to be made available, that help to keep drivers from running over what they can't see, they are often expensive to have installed. Things such as motion detectors on vehicles, cameras that show drivers their blind spots, and even beeping alerts that notify those around the vehicle they are moving can be purchased. However, most vehicles do not come with these "luxuries" and so children continue to die as a result.
If your child has been injured or killed by a moving vehicle, and you feel the driver acted negligently, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.
posted by Neil at 9:23 AM
Monday, February 23, 2009
Police Officer Killed by Drunk Driver
A Suffolk County, New York police officer was responding to a call over the weekend when his patrol car was hit by a suspected drunk driver. The officer was responding to a call to assist another officer just after 4:00am Sunday when he was hit by a 2007 Dodge Magnum at an intersection.
The 23-year-old driver of the Magnum was arrested on a DWI charge. He also has an open date for another drunken driving incident he was arrested for on January 4th. The veteran officer killed in the crash had been on the force for 22 years.
Drunk driving kills and injures thousands of people a year in the US. The victims of these accidents often have devastating and life-altering injuries. They may be able to collect compensation for medical bills and other economic factors. The families of those who have been killed may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the drunk driver.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact an experienced injury lawyer in your area.
posted by Neil at 8:19 AM
Friday, February 20, 2009
Six Killed in SUV Accident
Six Bay Area people, including some students, were killed in a single vehicle accident yesterday afternoon. Authorities have said the driver lost control of her Toyota 4Runner and hit a tree on Highway 101 near Los Alamos, California. The SUV then burst into flames.
A witness to the accident said the SUV began to drift to the left, into a dirt divider, and then the driver overcorrected. The overcorrection caused the SUV to leave the road where it began to roll before hitting a tree with its roof. It then spun 180-degrees and came to rest on its wheels. The witness was able to pull the driver out before the 4Runner caught fire.
Two of the six killed were ejected, while the other four were trapped in the burning vehicle. The driver is currently in critical condition in a Santa Maria hospital. Five of the dead were foreign nationals attending school in the Bay Area.
posted by Neil at 1:39 PM
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tractor-Trailer Collision Kills Driver
A tractor-trailer crossed the median on I-77 and plowed into another tractor-trailer in Hillsville, Virginia yesterday. The driver who was hit was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver who lost control of his rig was taken to the hospital. Authorities are still investigating, but witnesses say they say the tractor-trailer swerving just before the accident.
There are many factors that may have been to blame for the driver losing control of his tractor-trailer. The accident occurred just before noon in an area near the Blue Ridge Mountains. This area has winding roads through the mountains. The weather has also been cold and wet, causing ice to build up.
So, weather, location, and time of day could all be factors, just as they are in every accident. However, the size of tractor-trailers can make them extremely dangerous to be around when they lose control. They weigh many more times than passenger vehicles, and are much larger, which takes them longer to come to a stop. Damage to other vehicles when they are involved in accidents with a tractor-trailer can be devastating.
posted by Neil at 8:01 AM
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Lawsuit Filed by Children of Woman Killed in Crash
The attorney for four Manitowoc, Wisconsin children, ranging in age between eight and 15, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two people involved in the accident and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. The children are seeking compensation for funeral and burial expenses. The lawsuit also states the children were "entitled to her aid, society and companionship." The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services was named as the plaintiff in the case.
The lawsuit claims that the two defendants negligently operated their vehicles on February 17, 2006 when they crashed on State Highway 310. The children's 32-year-old mother was a passenger in one of the vehicles, and was ejected. She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. According to the lawsuit, the woman died "after a period of conscious pain and suffering" and the negligence of the drivers.
If you have lost a loved one in an auto accident due to another's negligence, you may have cause to file a wrongful death suit. In the case of these children, the compensation will not only go toward costs associated with the funeral and burial, but toward intangibles such as loss of companionship, bereavement, and other emotional needs.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one and would like to discuss a wrongful death suit, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area.
posted by Neil at 8:22 AM
Friday, February 13, 2009
Explosion Aboard Boat Kills One
One man was killed when the boat he lived on exploded at the Pittsburg, California arena early this morning. The explosion was so great that it consumed the boat and damaged several other boats nearby.
Contra Costa fire personnel received at call just after 1:00am reporting the fire. When they got there, people who live on nearby boats were trying to keep the blaze from spreading. However, four other boats were damaged, one of them heavily.
While the investigation is still underway, it is believed the explosion was caused by an oxygen tank. The damage to the other boats and marina is close to $200,000.
posted by Neil at 8:28 AM
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Two Accidents in Peru Kill and Injure Dozens
Although Peru, like many places, seems worlds away from here, one of the inevitable tragedies we share is vehicle accidents. The difference is that, due to the road conditions and high-mountain passes snaking through the Andes, Peru's road accidents are deadlier due to sheer number. The U.S. loses thousands of people a year in accidents, and we have our fair share of accidents involving buses and trucks, but we don't have near the number of people riding buses on a daily basis that shouldn't be on these roads in the first place.
Recently, a tour bus traveling back to Las Vegas, Nevada, plunged off the road and killed eight tourists. However, in less than 24 hours, a bus in Peru left the road and plunged into a gorge, killing 12 and injuring 39, and two buses hit a semi-truck early Tuesday, killing 14 and injuring 57.
Reading through the news, one can find these incredible pile-ups across the world. This is mostly due to mode of travel. While more people travel by bus in Peru than they do in the U.S., more people travel by motorcycle in the Philippines. And it was recently announced that motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of death on roadways in that country.
What stays the same across the world are the reasons these vehicles crash. There are drivers who drive too fast on unsafe roads, drivers who aren't paying attention, weather, light, faulty mechanics, and more. In this way, victims of accidents across the world share something in common.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, bus accident, or truck accident, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area. You may also find that this lawyer accepts cases nationwide.
posted by Neil at 9:55 AM
Monday, February 9, 2009
13 Injured in Toledo-area School Bus Accident
A school bus and minivan collided on Friday, February 6th, in Springfield Township, Ohio. Thirteen people, including ten students, were taken to hospitals in the area. The school bus was taking the Toledo-area students to the school's aviation center where they were taking part in a program on aircraft mechanics at Toledo Express Airport.
According to police, the bus was traveling westbound on Airport Highway when the eastbound minivan crossed the center of the road and hit the school bus just after noon. The bus was knocked onto its side and sent down an embankment. It is not known why the minivan crossed the center of the road.
The students in the bus ranged in age between 16 and 18. Although none of them suffered life threatening injuries, all of them, as well as the bus driver, were transported to the hospital as a precaution. Both occupants of the minivan were trapped and needed to be extricated by rescuers. They were both airlifted to a hospital in Toledo. The driver has been listed in critical condition, and the passenger has been upgraded to fair condition.
posted by Neil at 7:38 AM
Friday, February 6, 2009
Teens Injured in Collision with Bus
Two Maine teens were injured when the driver of a 1997 Subaru Legacy crashed into the rear of a school bus. The bus had stopped on the side of the road to allow a kindergartener off the bus. The 17-year-old passenger of the Legacy was taken to the hospital with a broken arm and lacerations. The 19-year-old driver complained about pain. She was also taken to the hospital.
The accident occurred in the late afternoon near Waterboro. The bus had pulled over to the side of the road and had its turn signal on, but no flashing bus lights. Authorities have said the sun kept the teen from seeing the bus clearly.
When the Legacy hit the bus, it went beneath it. The accident caused the passenger side of the vehicle to collapse overt the seat. The passenger had to be extricated by emergency personnel.
posted by Neil at 7:24 AM
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Patient Killed when Ambulance Crashes
A man was saved from a burning van in November only to be killed when the ambulance transferring him from the burn center to the hospital crashed in southern South Carolina yesterday.
In early November, the 51-year-old man swerved to avoid an animal in the road. He hit an embankment and the van burst into flames. Passersby pulled him from the van, which was engulfed in flames moments later. The crash victim suffered first-, second-, and third degree burns from his legs to his shoulders.
Then, while being transferred from the burn center, the ambulance ran off the side of the road, hit a sign and a tree, then crossed the highway and hit the median. While both the driver and paramedic only suffered minor injuries, the burn victim suffered injuries to his chest.
posted by Neil at 3:10 PM
Monday, February 2, 2009
Tour Bus Crashes Near Hoover Dam
A bus carrying Chinese tourists crashed on a rural part of an Arizona highway near the Hoover Dam on Friday killing seven people and injuring ten more. Two people are still in critical condition. The bus was returning to Las Vegas from a visit to the Grand Canyon when it suddenly veered right then left on the highway before hitting a median, and rolling at least one time.
Investigators are conducting interviews and looking at the bus to see what may have caused the accident. They will look at the brakes, wheels and mechanical functions to see if any of these played a part, as well as will interview the 48-year-old bus driver. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were clear and calm.
Injuries run the gamut from spinal cord injuries to head injuries to fractures.
posted by Neil at 11:02 AM
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