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The family of a 29 year old Glendale, Arizona woman who was killed when an amphibious Seal Tours vehicle struck her at a dangerous intersection has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of San Diego. 10News reports that the attorneys representing the family filed the suit based on the dangerous design of a “No Crossing” sign, which was small and off to the side, making it difficult for pedestrians to see.

Reports say that the driver of the Seal Tours vehicle did not see the woman when he made a right hand turn at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway, a notoriously busy intersection of the Embarcadero. According to the police report, the driver of the vehicle sat at about 17 feet above ground; however, Old Town Trolleys, the owner of the amphibious vehicle said that it’s closer to 10 feet.

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San Diego Bay Fatal Boating Accident

Cell Phone Use Distracted Coast Guard Patrol Boat Crewmember

In its investigation of a fatal San Diego Bay boating accident that occurred in December 2009, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently determined that a crewmember aboard the 33-foot Coast Guard patrol boat was using a cell phone. According to a news story, it is not known at this time whether the Coast Guard crewmember was talking on the cell phone or texting; however, the usage was not relevant to the vessel’s operation. An 8-year old boy from Rancho Penasquitos died in the San Diego boat crash that occurred during a boat parade, and five others were injured.

Recreational boating accidents in California can lead to serious injury and even death. While boat crashes involving Coast Guard vessels are relatively rare, this fatal accident has raised concern regarding the potential for distraction among Coast Guard crewmembers.

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An NBC News article reports that 228 million eggs are being recalled by Iowa-based Wright County Egg due to an outbreak of Salmonella. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the eggs have been connected to several illnesses in California, Colorado, and Minnesota. At least 266 Californians and 7 in Minnesota have become ill after eating the contaminated eggs, state health officials report.

The tainted eggs were distributed throughout the U.S. and packaged under the names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp.

In amounting to four times the normal number of salmonella cases being reported, the CDC noted that approximately 200 cases of the strain of salmonella linked to the eggs were reported weekly during June and July. Some common symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 8 to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. Salmonella poisoning is not to be taken lightly since it can be life-threatening, particularly for those who have weakened immune systems.

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The Associated Press recently reported that three teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 have been seriously injured and are in critical condition after being struck by a drunk driver while walking on the sidewalk. The motorist then crashed into a San Diego restaurant and injured two adults sitting inside the establishment. Accidents like these should never occur in the first place.

With thousands of motor vehicle accidents taking place throughout any given year, motorists and pedestrians are already at enough risk of being involved in an accident due to distracted driving and other causes without drunk driving factoring in as well. Approximately 452,595 vehicle collisions were reported in the state of California in 2008. The California Highway Patrol reports that there were 104 alcohol-related wrongful death auto accidents and 2,033 alcohol-related injury collisions in San Diego County in 2008.

It is no secret that the best way to help prevent drunk driving auto accidents in San Diego and throughout the country is to simply not drive while under the influence of alcohol. However, many drivers continue to believe that being “buzzed” does not qualify as being under the influence, and they are wrong. There is no arguing against the fact that alcohol impairs a person’s ability to safety operate a vehicle. Encourage your family and friends to always designate a sober driver or to take a taxi instead of driving after consuming any amount of alcohol.

As a highly skilled San Diego auto accident attorney who has dedicated years to protecting the rights of those injured in a wide range of accidents, including motor vehicle collisions and pedestrian accidents, Steven Elia can help you hold negligent parties responsible. Call 619-444-2244 today for a free consultation and to discuss the details of your case with experienced lawyer Steven Elia.

An accident involving a pickup truck during the California 200 off-road race in the Mojave Desert has left 12 injured and 8 people dead, including 4 men from San Diego. According to a news article on NBCSanDiego.com, the off-road truck lost control during a jump and slammed into the crowd, trapping spectators beneath it and causing others to be thrown to the side. Since the event was held in a secluded location in the Mojave Desert’s Soggy Dry Lake Bed near the city of Lucerne Valley, it took rescue teams over half an hour to assist injury victims.

The California Highway Patrol reported that hundreds of spectators attended the off-road racing event, including children. Various off-road vehicles careen around obstacles and take jumps, reaching speeds of more than 60mph on the 50-mile course. While alcohol has been ruled out as a contributing factor, it is not clear at this time why the driver lost control of the pickup truck.

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