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News, safety and legal information for San Diego motor vehicle accident victims

Four people were injured Monday night after a suspected drunk driver caused a three-car crash in Mission Valley. Among the injured, was a pregnant woman.

The chain-reaction collision happened in the 2400 block of Hotel Circle South just after 10pm.

According to San Diego police officers, the 43-year-old alleged drunk driver was driving a truck when it drifted across the roadway, striking a Nissan Versa head-on. A volvo then sideswiped the truck.

A 46-year-old man driving the Versa suffered a laceration to his hand and two passengers were also injured. A 50-year-old man who suffered fractures to his spine, leg and arm, and a 41-year-old pregnant woman who suffered broken ribs and fractured spine.

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Unfortunately, most of us know someone who has answered a text while driving. Cell phones are with us everywhere we go, and they are a major contributor to distracted driving accidents.

But are these types of accidents always reported? No, according to the National Safety Council.

According to a recent investigation of state and federal data, deaths that result from cell phone related accidents are seriously underreported. In a study financed in part by the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, the advocacy group reviewed approximately 180 fatal car accidents spanning the years of 2009, 2010, and 2011, in which there was strong evidence of cellphone usage by the driver. The results found that only 8% of the 2009 crashes were coded as involving cell phones. Even in cases where drivers openly admitted to using a phone during an accident in which someone was killed, roughly half of the cases cited other causes instead.

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Deadly Head-On Crash in North County

Authorities are investigating a fatal head-on crash in North County. It happened Tuesday afternoon near the Lawrence Welk Resort.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a 60-year old woman lost control of her Honda on Champagne Boulevard, veered right, then skidded to the left into oncoming traffic. As the woman’s car entered oncoming traffic, it was broadsided by another car driven by a 70-year old San Diego woman.

The driver of the Honda died at the scene. The driver and a passenger in the other vehicle were taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries.

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Another DUI accident in San Diego County claims the lives of two.

11 years. That was the sentenced handed down this week to a Navy sailor who drove drunk, then struck and killed an elderly couple as they took their daily walk.

Earl Decarlos Smith Jr., 21, pleaded guilty in October to gross vehicular manslaughter.

Police say he was driving east on Old Castle Road in Valley Center early in the morning on July 7th when his 2011 Toyota Corolla drifted to the right and struck the couple as they walked with their backs to traffic. Both victims died at the scene.

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Four people were injured Saturday after construction along I-805 blocked a driver from pulling over to the shoulder.

The accident caused a multi-vehicle pile up near East Palomar in Chula Vista.

Police say a woman experienced car trouble and tried to pull over to a safe place, but cement barriers due to ongoing construction along that stretch of I-805 prevented her from getting to safety.

Her disabled car led to a four-car chain reaction pileup. Officials say one person needed to be pulled from a vehicle. All of the injuries reported were minor.

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San Diego police are investigating a hit and run accident involving a skateboarder. The incident happened Tuesday night in East Village.

The skateboarder is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Meantime, police are looking for a light-colored four-door Hyundai with possible damage to the hood and windshield.

The name or age of the victim has not been released.

As one of San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys, I tell victims of hit and run accidents the at-fault party is typically held responsible for reimbursing injury victims for the costs of the treatment of their condition and any other damages incurred in the wreck. Unfortunately though, when a driver flees the scene of an accident, injury victims find themselves struggling to cover expenses on their own.

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San Diego personal injury attorneys know that school bus safety is of the utmost importance. That’s why the team at the Elia Law Firm, APC paid attention to a recent news report that cited the concerns of a local parent who allegedly witnessed a San Diego Unified School District bus driver writing and reading while at the wheel with students on board.

Myles Cooper says he had just dropped off his daughter at elementary school and was slowly merging onto the westbound Interstate 8 at College Avenue when he noticed the school bus not keeping up with the onramp traffic.

Cooper told 10News, “You can see very clearly the hand of the bus driver holding a paper and a pencil right on top of the steering wheel,” he said.

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As wrongful death lawyers we are often touched by the cases we handle and the stories the read in the news. And this one about the Asam wrongful death case is no exception.

In a case that has made national headlines, a 13-year old girl was awarded $150 million after she watched her family burn to death in a fiery accident on a Los Angeles freeway. The jury found a California trucking company and one of its drivers liable in the deaths of three members of the Asam family nearly four years ago.

Kylie Asam was 9 when she and her 11-year-old brother, Blaine, managed to escape from their family’s mangled SUV after it struck and got caught under a big rig parked on the shoulder of Interstate 210 nearly four years ago. They saw their parents and older brother get burned alive after the vehicle they were trapped in caught fire.

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