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Major Accident in Azusa

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On Monday, in Azusa, California a young child was killed a numerous others were injured after being involved in a car accident.

The crash involved two smaller vehicles, a truck, and a transit bus and occurred at 8:40 p.m. on Citrus Avenue at Gladstone Street. Police arrived at the scene; however, a nearby resident was the first to assist the victims.

Daniel Romero lives down the street from the location of the accident and ran out to help after he heard a loud crash. He attempted to give CPR to the 4-year-old girl before medical examiners arrived.

The girl whose identity has not been released was a passenger in one of the two vehicles, but police are not completely sure which at this point. She was airlifted to a hospital, but unfortunately she could not be saved.

Additionally, two adults and two children were injured and transported to a hospital. Two bus passengers suffered minor wounds and only one was taken to the hospital; the other was treated on the scene.

The cause of the accident is still under heavy investigation. Police found children’s seats in one of the cars, but they are not sure whether they were secured correctly or if that was the victim’s vehicle.

The conditions of the injured passengers are also unknown at this time, but no further fatalities have been reported. This accident is incredibly unfortunate for the community and for all of those involved.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney who will assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.

Young Motorcyclist Killed in Accident

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In Chino, California, a 23 year old man was killed in an accident.

On Sunday morning, Irving Razo-Thomas was riding on the westbound side of Riverside Drive when his bike hit a curb. He was thrown off of his 2004 Honda bike around 9:15 a.m.

After the accident, the Chino Police Department and medical examiners arrived at the scene. Razo-Thomas suffered numerous serious injuries. He was transported to Chino Valley Medical Center by ambulance.

His wounds were too severe and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. At this point it seems that no other vehicles were involved, but authorities are unsure what caused his bike to hit the curb.

Anyone with information regarding the accident is urged to call the Chino Police Department.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Chino motorcycle accident  lawyer who will assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.

Major Delays for Los Angeles Commuters

Freeway Bridges

Freeway Bridges (Photo credit: Franco Folini)

On Tuesday morning, numerous freeways were impacted by accidents that created intense traffic jams, delays, and even closures on the major highways.

In Glendale, the Interstate 5 Freeway and the 134 Freeway were forced to a halt after a big rig overturned near Griffith Park late Monday night.

The accident occurred at 11:50 p.m. The truck was traveling southbound on the 5 and was carrying green peppers. It rolled over and subsequently blocked two lanes and the connection road from the eastbound 134 onto the 5.

California Highway Patrol responded to the crash to investigate. There were no injuries reported; however, the mess took some time to clear. The lanes were not reopened until 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and then the transition road was available once more about 15 minutes after.

The cause of the accident has not been determined at this time.

Slightly outside of Los Angeles in Perris, California, an accident took place that closed down all lanes of the southbound 215 Freeway.

This accident happened Tuesday morning around 7:30 near D Street. A vehicle was towing a mobile home that then hit a bridge and fell off of the truck. The mobile home created a large obstruction for fellow travelers, forcing CHP to shut down the freeway all together.

The bridge with which the home collided was under construction at the time of the accident. Because of the further damage that has occurred, the freeway will be closed for at least 24 hours to make appropriate reparations for safe travel.

This accident is still being inspected by CHP and it is unclear at this point whether there were any injuries.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the 215 Freeway and to use the alternate State Route 74 from the Interstate 15 in Corona.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer who can assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of severe injury or fatality.

Hundreds of LA County Residents Face DUI Charges

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4th of July Fireworks 9 (Photo credit: puffclinty)

The Fourth of July is a holiday filled with festivities and celebrations that honor America’s independence. Though all of the events appear harmless enough – backyard BBQs, beach days, evening fireworks – many dangerous consequences arise from the merriment.

In Los Angeles County over the weekend, nearly 500 people were arrested for driving under the influence in order to prevent such disastrous outcomes. Authorities have claimed that this many people were apprehended between Thursday and 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

Local traffic enforcement operations were responsible for the 490 DUIs. In an effort to keep the streets safe from those who choose to drink heavily and drive home, many systems were put in place throughout the county that practiced zero tolerance.

According to the reports, last year during the same period, 343 arrests were made. Either more people are choosing to break law, or the police are becoming more stringent against the dangerous motorists.

Though the amount of arrests made may seem like overkill, it is for the good of Los Angeles residents. Accidents that are caused by drivers under the influence are more frequent and cause more damage than those caused by other factors.

Los Angeles can only assume that lives were saved this weekend because so many people were taken off of the roads.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, whether it was caused by a drunk driver or something else, contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney today. Our lawyers will assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.

Fatal Hit and Run Accident in Compton

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Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Bell 206 Jetranger helicopter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A man was killed on Tuesday evening in Compton, California after a vehicle ran him over and dragged him under the car for some time. The driver fled the scene and s/he has yet to have been found.

The accident occurred around 8:45 p.m. at the intersection of Alameda Street and Oak Street. The victim has not been identified; however, it has been reported that he was a 65-year-old male. He was dragged 75 feet before being released by the vehicle.

According to witness reports, the driver did not stop at the intersection and continued to drive northbound on Alameda Street before turning onto Pine Street.

The Los Angeles Police Department is still searching for the driver, but it has been stated that s/he was driving a white sedan, possibly a Pontiac or a Chevy. There was significant damage to the car.

The accident is currently under investigation and the police are looking to nearby businesses that may have surveillance footage of the incident. If anyone has any information regarding the driver or the accident, please contact the authorities.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Compton car accident lawyer who can assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.

Alleged Drunk Driving Accident Kills Two

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English: A California Highway Patrol unit on the scene of a car accident on Interstate 280 near Menlo Park. Photographed on October 19, 2005 by user Coolcaesar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Early on Saturday morning, two victims were killed after a car smashed into a big rig. The driver of the vehicle was supposedly under the influence.

The accident took place at about 2:50 a.m. on the southbound side of the 405 Freeway at Rosecrans Avenue. According to the police report, a 2008 Toyota, in which the two victims were riding slammed into a big rig and then was hit by a Volvo.

The driver of the Toyota and another passenger were taken to the hospital for moderate injuries; the other two passengers were declared dead at the scene. The conditions of the two survivors are unknown at this time.

The alleged DUI driver is Marvin Arriola, 30. He has been arrested on suspicion, but was treated for his injuries first.

Injuries were reported for the driver of the Volvo as well, but the big rig operator was unharmed.

The two 25-year-old victims have been identified as Stefanie Ramirez and Rene Romero from Compton, California. The cause of the accident has been identified as the level of Arriola’s intoxication and the high speeds at which he was driving.

The scene of the accident, including the Rosecrans off ramp and right lane of the freeway were closed for a large chunk of the morning while California Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney who will assist you with identifying negligence, filing claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.

Bicyclist Injured in Hit and Run Accident

Bicycle after collision, Scott and Haight

Bicycle after collision, Scott and Haight (Photo credit: Salim Virji)

On Wednesday in Gardena, California, a cyclist was badly injured after being hit by a vehicle. The driver is now sought by the police after he left the scene of the crime.

The accident occurred around 10:00 a.m. on El Segundo Boulevard. Police responded to calls from witnesses and found the victim of the accident lying in the street. The victim has been identified as Jessie Dotson.

The 60 year old victim sustained head injuries and was immediately taken to a hospital. His condition at the time of the accident was extremely critical; however, whether he has improved or not at this point is unknown.

Dotson was riding to work when he was hit. The driver has been described by witnesses as a Hispanic man likely in his 40s. He was driving a dark-colored compact vehicle with a number 5 on the license plate (the entire plate was not recorded).

The accident caused the vehicle’s windshield to shatter, so the search may be made easier for authorities.

Anyone with information regarding the accident or the missing driver should contact the Gardena Police Department at (310) 217-6183.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Gardena bicycle accident attorney who can assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injury or death.

Los Angeles Opposes Taxi Competitors

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Even if you have never used or heard of them, there are small businesses out there in Los Angeles that are trying to ensure safe driving at a cheaper rate than cab companies. Their names are steadily becoming known and their convenient, user-friendly business plans are hard to ignore; but the city has sent them cease and desist notices after complaints came from taxi operators.

Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar are three start-up companies that aim to easily and safely transport passengers, while charging less than what cab companies do. The three companies received official letters from Los Angeles’s Department of Transportation stating that they must stop their activities because they are operating an automobile-for-hire without a permit.

Travelers who use the three companies for rides express their convenience and price over anything else. Each one has an application that can be downloaded to smart phones; and riders can hail a car, share their location, and pay the fare all with the app.

These letters have shown the business owners and the residents of Los Angeles that the city is backing the taxi companies and attempting to disband the new, innovative start-ups. Using cabs in Los Angeles can be such a hassle for residents, as they continually become lost, pick up the wrong passengers, or do not accept credit cards.

This is not the first roadblock that the companies have faced. Last year, each company was fined $20,000 for “operating as passenger carriers without evidence of public liability and property damage insurance coverage in effect and on file with the CPUC” and “engaging employee-drivers without evidence of workers’ compensation insurance in effect and on file with the CPUC.”

After the fine, Uber made agreements with the CPUC and the violations were no longer valid. The company has previously had two class action lawsuits filed against it from limo and taxi cab drivers; and was recently successful against the limo companies in New York City.

Los Angeles claims that the issues regard improper permits. Similar to the previous fines that the companies received last fall, the city is demanding that they stop their work because the cars and drivers do not have the appropriate permits to drive others in exchange for payment.

Though these letters have been issued to the companies, it is unknown whether it will actually make a difference for now. They all still strive to make their businesses work, and they have created a fairly large support of loyal customers. This conflict will not be resolved quickly – the companies need to be properly regulated; but the city should be promoting new business ideas rather than cutting them down before they gain any real progress.

Fatal Accident in Poway

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English: A Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) ladder truck – no. 27. Vehicle is a ‘tractor drawn aerial’ with separate rear wheel steering. A two image stitch Русский: Пожарная машина №27 лос-анджелесского Пожарного Департамента. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A major accident occurred Thursday morning in Poway, California. There are few details regarding the accident at this point, but police have reported one fatality.

The collision took place around 4:00 a.m. A fire truck was heading out to respond to a medical emergency that had been called in the northern San Diego County area.

A Honda was also on the road in the early hours. The two then collided in an intersection. As the Honda is significantly smaller than the truck, the driver and passenger were at much more risk for injury than the firefighters.

A female passenger of the vehicle was killed immediately after the impact. The male driver was injured and taken to the hospital. His current condition is unknown; however, at the scene, his injuries were deemed severe.

The firefighters were all fine after the accident, and did not report any injuries.

The cause of the accident, the cause of death, or the type of injuries that the driver sustained has not been reported at this time. The accident is still under heavy investigation.

This accident is quite tragic. No matter the severity of the crash, having two cars so diversely sized creates very dangerous situations.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact an Poway car accident lawyer who will assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injuries or death.

Fatal Accident in Hollywood

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Early Tuesday morning, a person was killed after experiencing an accident in Hollywood.

The crash occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Highland Avenue near Melrose Avenue. The accident involved only one vehicle – the one in which the victim was driving.

The identity of the driver has been revealed as Michael Hastings, an award-winning journalist and war corresponded.

According to the police reports, Hastings lost control of his car and it rolled over. It then struck the center divider and ran into a tree. The vehicle then caught fire and it was immediately enveloped in flames.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this point; however, it is likely that speed was a factor. Highland Avenue around the crash was closed for a time to investigate.

Michael Hastings was a well-known journalist, writing for BuzzFeed and Rolling Stones magazine. He also wrote the books The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan and I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story.

He was 33 years old. His death is a great loss to the journalism community.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will assist you with identifying negligence, filing insurance claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of serious injuries or fatalities.