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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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A 31-year-old woman was killed in a San Diego Motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon. Police say the motorcycle she was riding in the Tecate area struck a truck that had turned in front of her, throwing her from the bike.

The driver of the Ford F-150, an 85-year-old man from Tecate, suffered only minor injuries from broken glass that cut the left side of his face.

Officials say the woman, who was wearing full safety gear, had little time to veer out of his way and broadsided the vehicle on the driver’s side.

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San Diego Road Rage AtttorneyCalifornia is notorious for road rage incidents. Drivers get angry behind the wheel and start driving aggressively. It’s a serious problem because road ragers put both themselves and other drivers in danger of serious accidents… or worse.

While San Diego doesn’t rank the highest in the nation for road rage, the state of California joins New York and New Jersey as being states with the highest incidents of road rage. Wisconsin and Idaho have the fewest.

People with road rage respond differently. Some start driving erratically, others honks their horns, use bad language, wave their fists or make an obscene gesture.

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Police in Chula Vista, CA are cracking down on distracted drivers. On Saturday, 35 people were cited for distracted driving in the police department’s “Distracted Driving Operation.”

According to police, 29 drivers were cited for talking on handheld cellular phones while driving, and six were cited caught texting while driving. Each citation comes with a $159 fine.

The operation was part of an ongoing effort to improve traffic safety in Chula Vista.

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Here’s another reason to think before you post on Facebook.

An Oregon teen posted to his Facebook account that he was driving drunk and hit a car.

According to the Washington Post, two Facebook friends of 18-year-old Jacob Cox-Brown reported the post to police, which read:

“Drivin drunk … classsic 😉 but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P”

Police went to Cox-Brown’s house and were able to match a vehicle there to one that had hit two others in early in the morning. Cox-Brown was arrested and booked into jail for “two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver.”

The article points out that Facebook posts of wrongdoing can lead police to your door. In other words, don’t post anything you don’t want your mom or the police to see – and certainly don’t update Facebook, Twitter or text while driving.

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A 7-year-old San Diego boy had part of his leg amputated Monday after being hit by a car in the Colina Del Sol neighborhood.

Police say the crash occurred just before 4:45 p.m. in the 4300 block of Altadena Avenue. The boy was hit, then dragged by an orange Honda Element after he ran into traffic. Witnesses say they saw the boy running from his house across the street.

“I saw him running toward me and the car hit him and dragged him. I heard a boom and he ran over him; over his leg and his ankle was hanging. His bone was broken,” said witness Melchor Portugal to 10News.

The boy was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital where doctors had to amputate his left leg below the knee.

Accidents happen, and sometimes they can not be avoided. However, if you or your child in injured in a San Diego car accident, please contact an experienced San Diego car accident lawyer, like Steven Elia. Steven A. Elia has years of person injury law experience fighting for individuals and their families after a car accident.

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A truck hit a stopped sedan on Interstate 15 in Escondido Sunday, setting off a multi-vehicle chain reaction and trapping a man inside his burning vehicle.

Police say 47-year-old Escondido man was driving a 2008 Freightliner flatbed truck when he braked to avoid a traffic backup, but rear-ended a 2007 Chevy Malibu. The crash set off a chain reaction, involving two other vehicles. Officers also say the Malibu became wedged under the truck and caught fire, trapping the driver inside.

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San Diego Car Accident LawyerWhen a doctor tells you that you are medically unfit to drive – HEED THE WARNING. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, simply following this directive results in a dramatic drop in car accident numbers; roughly 45%.

The team analyzed data from Ontario, Canada where doctors have been required to report when patients have a condition that impacts their ability to drive safely.  However, very few doctors actually issue such reports.  So in 2006, the province of Ontario began paying physicians for reporting drivers who were medically unfit to drive.  The doctors were paid approximately $36 for reporting a patient and giving the unfit-to-drive warning.

As a result of these warnings, approximately 10% to 30% of the patients had their driving license suspended.  The researchers found that before the drivers received the unfit-to-drive warning, they suffered approximately 4.76 injuries in accidents for every 1000 drivers every year.  However, in the year following the warning, these motorists received 2.73 injuries per 1000 drivers every year.

That is a steep drop of 45%!

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It’s unfortunate, but extreme aggressive driving – also known as road rage – is very common on San Diego freeways and streets.

While there is no specific “road rage” law in effect in California, a driver can be criminally charged for extremely aggressive driving if his or her behavior behind the wheel fits a certain criteria. The charges a person might face for road rage are:

  • Reckless driving.
  • Assault or assault with a deadly weapon.

Both types of charges bring serious consequences.

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