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DUI may have been the cause of a early morning accident in Pacific Beach. It happened just after 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Morrell Street.

Officials say a driver going north on Morrell ran a stop sign and broadsided a patrol car, forcing it to spin around. Both the driver of the car and the police officer were taken to the hospital for injuries.

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Our San Diego car accident attorneys have a message for drivers: If you have been in an accident and have suffered from a personal injury – you need to call your insurance company.

Whether or not you feel your insurance company has your best interests at heart, you will have to deal with them sooner or later. Take heed, though, since those agents tend to try to save their companies as much money as possible – you should speak with an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer before you settle a claim out of court.

Here’s a checklist of what to say to your insurance company after an accident:

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As one of the leading group of San Diego personal injury lawyers, we understand the importance of summertime safety. With more than 10-million residential swimming pools across the country, and another 310,000 public pools – swimming pool accidents are inevitable. Unfortunately, some can be fatal. Every day, roughly ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children under the age of 15. In fact, officials say drowning ranks 5th among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the nation.

While swimming is great for exercise and a wonderfully refreshing summer activity, adults need to be mindful when children are around. For infants and toddlers, an adult should be in the water and within arm’s reach, providing “touch supervision.” For older children, an adult should be paying constant attention and free from distractions. The supervising adult must know how to swim.

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Ford Recall Involving Possible Fuel Leak

Possible fuel tank leaks have prompted Ford to recall 465,000 cars and SUVs. Officials say the fire risk from a fuel tank leak is serious.

The world-wide recall affects the Ford brand’s Fusion, Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Police Utility and Police Interceptor.  Also covered are the Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ. All the vehicles are from the 2013 model year. Ford says a connector from the fuel tank to the fuel line is the source of the leak. Customers could smell gas or see a leak on the ground. The company says no fires or crashes have been reported because of the problem.

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San Diego DUI arrests are always high during long holiday weekends, and this past Memorial Day weekend was no exception.

The California Highway Patrol say its officers arrested 55 suspected drunk drivers from Friday evening until early Monday morning. While the number of the arrests is high, authorities say it is three fewer than last Memorial Day weekend.

The CHP also reports there were no major San Diego car accidents over the long holiday weekend.

Source: CBS , KFMB-TV

As a law firm with experienced San Diego car accident attorneys, we know that car accidents are always unexpected. In fact, according to the National Safety Council more than 10-million car accidents occur each year in the United States. They are a sad reality – and in most cases, can be avoided.

Unfortunately, many people simply do not know what to do after they have been involved in a car accident – especially if they are injured. In most cases people start to panic and this may result in further injury and loss of evidence. Keep in mind, usually after a car accident, medical needs need to be address, a police report filed, an auto insurance company notified, and an experience San Diego car accident attorney called.

Having handled many, many San Diego car accident matters, I can tell you there are myths and misconceptions about what to do after an accident. Here are some of the most common:

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Drunk driving is believed to be responsible for a deadly head-on car accident in Santee over the weekend. Police say a 30-year-old man – who is suspected of driving under the influence – drove the wrong way on state Route 52, causing a head-on crash.

The man – identified as Matthew Leonardo –  was killed, four people – including three children –  in the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with major injuries.

According to officials, Leonardo died at the scene and “had the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage about him.” Toxicology tests are underway to determine if Leonardo was, indeed, driving under the influence.

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San Diego Concussion Testing and Clinics

Concussions are a very serious personal injury, especially for children involved in afternoon sports.

As local San Diego area high schools and colleges become more aware of concussions in children, some sporting programs are now requiring concussion baseline testing.

Concussion baseline testing happens in the pre-season and is conducted by trained San Diego area health care professionals. The tests are used to assess a child’s balance and brain function – including learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention or concentrate, and how quickly he or she thinks and solve problems. Baseline concussion tests also check for the presence of any concussion symptoms. Results from baseline tests can be used and compared to a similar exam conducted when an accident has resulted in a suspected concussion.

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