Written by: Daun Lee
Multiple reports state that the accident occurred just after 4 a.m. near Woodbridge in the southbound truck lanes. Carlos Aguirre, 24, was driving a Volkswagen Jetta when he slammed into the rear of a tractor–trailer.
Aguirre’s passenger Edgar Galvez, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. His cause of death was blunt force trauma, according to NJ.com.
Aguirre was also injured and flown to a local hospital for treatment.
Police later discovered Aguirre was intoxicated at the time of the accident and have charged him with death by auto and driving while intoxicated, NJ.com reported.
The investigation is ongoing.
This accident is a glaring example of the devastation drunken driving can have, and sadly accidents like these play out every day in the U.S. It one of the leading causes of fatal accidents throughout New Jersey and the nation as a whole accounting for a third of all traffic deaths.
Drunken drivers cause such destructive accidents because they tend to engage in risky driving behaviors that other drivers don’t. Alcohol gives people a false sense of confidence so they are willing to take risks with little regard of how their actions will affect others.
While drunken drivers who cause injury of death to others will face criminal consequences, this is a small consolation for the victims and their families who have to grapple with their grief and take on costly bills. The last thing a grieving family needs is the crushing burden of medical bills and funeral expenses.
Fortunately, the families of fatal accident victims have a course of action they can pursue to recoup their financial losses by filing a wrongful death suit.
A wrongful death suit is a civil suit, in which the plaintiff’s (the deceased’s family members) allege that their loved ones death was unnecessary and the cause of another person’s carelessness or negligence. Drunken driving definitely falls meets those standards of negligence and can be easily proved by an accident attorney.
Individuals filing a wrongful death can seek a damages for their emotional distress and compensation for the bills they incur. Surviving family members are often granted compensation pay their medical bills, funeral expenses, property repair or replacement costs and lost wage. Spouses and children are also eligible for their emotional distress, their loss of companionship and protection. Parents are allowed to seek compensation for their suffering caused by their child’s untimely death. If the deceased was the primary breadwinner in a family, their loved ones can also pursue that driver for their loss of financial support.
A wrongful death settlement can replace the loss a person experiences when they lose a loved one, but it can offer them some relief from the financial burdens they are shouldering. If you have lost a loved one because of a drunken or negligent driver, a Camden County accident attorney will build a fool-proof injury claim to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.
Written by: Daun Lee
Police say 41 year-old Gary S. Hunt was intoxicated when he crashed his black pick-up truck into the rear of a Toyota Camry, carrying five members of a local family, as they were sitting at an intersection in Anaheim.
The impact of the crash demolished the trunk of the Camry and sent the vehicle into an intersection where it was broadsided by another vehicle.
Two girls and one boy were in the backseat of the car and, unfortunately, the boy later identified as Rafael Ramirez age 11 suffered life-threatening injuries. He was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The two girls, one of which was an infant suffered critical injuries, but are expected to recover. The mother and father also suffered minor injuries.
Two occupants of another vehicle involved in the accident also suffered minor to moderate injuries.
According to NBC News, the family had just left a local restaurant and were heading home after they spent the day attending a festival.
One witness told NBC that Hunt got out of his truck and tried to blend in with crowd gathering around the accident scene.
Police have charged him with felony DUI but said he may face additional charges.
The accident is still under investigation.
Losing a loved one, especially at such a tender age, is one of the most trouble events a family must endure. Their pain is amplified by the fact that the loss of their loved one could have been prevented. Not only do accident victims have to deal with the grief of losing someone they love, but they are also left to grapple with the cost associated with an injurious or deadly accident.
Accident victims and those who have lost a loved rightfully expect the at-fault driver to cover their medical, funeral and property replacement costs. But this can be a challenge without having a California accident attorney fighting for them. Oftentimes, these victims are asked accept smaller settlements than they deserve because they don’t know how much they need for their current and long-term medical costs. Some injuries can cause temporary or permanent disability and require intensive rehabilitation.
The costs of an accident can total up quickly, leaving a family struggling under crushing medical debt. The good news is that accident victims don’t have shoulder those financial burdens alone. As an accident victim, you have a right to fair compensation for your injuries and property damage. The at-fault party’s insurance company will approach you early on so they can settle the matter and move one. But you won’t know if the settlement you are being offered is enough to cover all of their expenses unless you consult with a California accident attorney before you speak with anyone else.
Written by: Daun Lee
On Tuesday, Maret “Mack” Burgess was involved in a two car accident on GA 400 just after 1:00 a.m. Details about the cause of the accident have not been reported, but police said Burgess suffered serious injuries as a result of a roll-over accident and was flown to a local hospital where he later died, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Burgess was a field staffer for Governor deals re-election campaign and member of the state Republican Party. His mother is Missy Burgess, half of Atlanta-based Banks and Shane.
After hearing the news of Burgess’ death, Gov. Deal decided to suspend his campaign for a few days to allow his staff to mourn the 25 year-old man’s passing.
“Mack was an incredible young man, smart, hard-working, with a bright future ahead of him,” Deal said. “This is a terrible loss for everyone in our organization and for anyone who knew him. We are going to take some time to grieve and pay our respects to Mack and to the Burgess family.
On Friday another accident in I-75 resulted in the deaths of two women and tied up the southbound lanes for several hours.
That accident occurred just after 1:30 a.m. when a motorist driving the wrong-way hit another vehicle head-on.
Police said 51 year-old Sherry Williams of Atlanta was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of 1-75 in Henry County when she struck a southbound Mitsubishi.
The driver of the Mitsubishi, 23 year-old Christina Rearley of Palmetto, Fla., was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Journal-Constitution. Two of Rearly’s passengers a 15-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl were both injured and taken to Eggleston Children’s Hospital.
Williams survived the initial impact, but died after arriving at Atlanta Medical Center.
Police are still investigating this particular accident, and aren’t sure why Williams entered the interstate going the wrong way. Many wrong-way crashes are simple mistakes on the behalf of the at-fault driver, it may be a tragic mistake but not as serious as the other leading cause of wrong-way accidents, which is intoxicated driving.
In a study by the California Department of Transportation, researchers found that intoxicated drivers were involved in 59.4% of all wrong-way crashes, and a staggering 76.8% of fatal wrong-way crashes in the state between 1983 and 1987.
Wrong-way crashes have a higher fatality rate and cause more severe injuries than other types of car accidents. A Virginia study found that wrong-way crashes are 27 percent more likely to cause fatal injuries. Even victims who are fortunate enough to survive, they will suffer catastrophic injuries that can change their entire lives.
If you have been injured or lost a loved in wrong-way crash, the Atlanta accident attorneys at Adkins Law Firm will advocate for your rights and see that you get full and fair compensation for the injuries you suffered and your emotional distress.
Written by: Daun Lee
Baton Rouge, LA- Driving can be frustrating so it’s easy for motorists to lose their temper and take it out on other motorists. Road rage typically ends in curses and aggressive hand gestures, but there are occasions when enraged motorists take things too far. Such is the case of a Louisiana man who will learn his fate after he killed five people in a road rage accident in 2011.
David Leger will sentenced this week after a jury found him guilty of five counts of vehicular homicide crashing head-on into a car, causing an accident that killed three children and two adults on I-10 in Baton Rouge.
Leger, who was intoxicated was chasing Kelsey Hall as she was traveling along the highway in her dark-colored SUV. During Leger’s trial Hall testified that he began following her closely, then the two became engaged in what witnesses described as a “cat and mouse game” during which drivers’ speeds topped out at 85 mph.
State Police Lt. Doug Cain said at one point Hall was straddling the center line of the interstate to prevent Leger from passing.
At one point during the chase Leger’s truck clipped the rear bumper of Hall’s SUV, causing him to lose control and cross over the center median. After crossing the median, Leger slammed into Fontenot’s vehicle which burst into flames.
Effie Fontenot, 29; and Fontenot’s three children: Keagan Fontenot, 11; Hunter Johnson, 7; Austin Fontenot, 3; along with Effie’s coworker Kimberly Stagg, 19 were all killed in the accident, according to NOLA.com.
According to WAFB, Hall testified in Leger’s trail that she could hear the car’s occupants screaming for help.
Police found a bottle of liquor in Leger’s truck and subsequent toxicology test showed his blood alcohol level was just above the legal limit.
Hall was charged with five counts of negligent homicide for her role in the accident, and in August if 2013 she was sentenced to two years in jail.
Leger is facing up to 30 years in jail for each count.
Accidents resulting from road rage is a growing problem. A simple internet search will yield numerous results for road rage accidents.
In a study, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that between 1990 and 1996 road rage contributed to 218 deaths and 12,610 injuries. Even worse, AAA found that road rage incidents increased nearly 7 percent each year of the survey period, the American Psychological Association reported.
Psychologists believe that people who suffer from road rage are going through an emotional crisis or have deep-seated anger issues.
When an angry driver causes an accident, they are liable for any injuries or deaths that result from their careless actions. Accident victims or the loved ones of those who are killed are encouraged to contact a Baton Rouge accident attorney to assist them with their personal injury of wrongful death claim. Having a practiced investigator and accomplished litigator on your team will assure you and your family is fairly compensated for their pain and suffering.
Written by: Daun Lee
Over the years Harvest Fest, a fall celebration that includes vendors, pumpkin picking and hayrides, has grown in popularity and resident say the traffic around Alstede Farms where most of the activities take place has become unmanageable and dangerous, as Sunday’s accident shows.
According to NJ.com, the accident took place in a driveway near the farm along Route 513 where hundreds of car were parked. Details about how the accident occurred have not been made available, but the Daily Record reported that a two year-old girl, her mother and a family friend were pinned in between two shuttle buses.
The girl identified as Elizabeth Fuehring was killed. Her mother Sarah Fuehring and friend Joanna Alemany were both seriously injured. Alemany told Daily Record her pelvis was crushed and Fuehring’s femur was broken.
Police are still investigating the accident, but residents who live near the farm say the traffic has gotten out of control and it isn’t being monitored properly, according to the Daily Record.
Last weekend, three holiday-themed events across the country ended terribly.
In Maine, a 17 year-old girl was killed and 22 people were injured when a Jeep hauling a trailer for a haunted hayride malfunctioned, causing the driver to lose control and plunge down an embankment into tree.
And in Idaho, a 17 year-old boy acting as a zombie for a paintball ride died after he was run over by a tour bus carrying residents through corn maze.
With fall festivals, corn mazes and other Halloween related events like these taking place throughout New Jersey. Walking at night can be very hazardous for a pedestrians, it happens to be the time when a majority of injurious and fatal accidents occur.
Pedestrians and Halloween revelers should take extra precautions such as carrying flashlights and wearing reflective clothing or strips when walking in the dark.
Drivers also have an obligation to protect pedestrians from harm by being extra vigilant and paying careful attention to the road. If they are careless or negligent and harm a pedestrian, a Camden County accident attorney can hold them accountable and ensure their victims are fairly compensated.
Collisions between pedestrians and cars, trucks or buses often end with the pedestrian taking the brunt of the impact. A pedestrian is more likely to suffer deadly or catastrophic injuries which can be very costly overall. They may suffer and debilitating and life-changing injury, sometimes leaving them unable to work or care for themselves.
If you are a pedestrian and you have suffered and injury in any type of accident you need to contact a New Jersey accident attorney, immediately. They look at the facts in your case and decide the best way for you to pursue your injury claim. The sooner you get assistance with your injury claim, the longer your attorney has to build a strong injury claim and the better your resulting settlement will be.