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Salt Lake Woman Ejected From Truck in I-215 Collision

May 10th, 2013    Posted in Accident News
 

Heavy Traffic on Wet Roads Salt Lake Woman Ejected From Truck in I 215 CollisionSalt Lake City, UT- Three people were injured and one woman was ejected from a truck following a serious collision on I-215 last Saturday evening around 7:15 p.m.

Reports state that the driver of a silver Honda was traveling west when they tried to avoid colliding with a van that had just pulled out in front of their vehicle. While trying to avoid that initial collision, the Honda sideswiped a large Ford pickup truck hauling a utility trailer, Utah Highway Patrol said.

The impact of the collision caused the truck to roll over, ejecting one of the three passengers, none of who were wearing their seat belts.

According to the Deseret News, one of the truck passengers, a man in his 50 was briefly pinned in the truck. The driver of the truck, a man in his 30s was also injured. They were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The passenger that was ejected was a woman in her 20s and she sustained critical injuries. Police did not state what injuries this young woman suffered.

The Honda driver was also suffered minor injuries but was not hospitalized.

Police were forced to close down the westbound lanes of I-215 for a couple of hours while they investigated.

It is unclear what type of injuries the woman who was thrown from the truck suffered, but often in accidents involving an ejection the victims suffer from broken bones, spine and back injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

All of these injuries, especially spine and brain injuries require extensive rehabilitation. The people suffering from these injuries often have to relearn skills that once came naturally. They can be in rehabilitation for months or years.

In the worst cases, personal injury victims can become paralyzed or suffer permanent brain damage. They will never be able to have their former lives back and must adjust to their new lives, which can cause them incalculable emotional distress and anger.

All of these injuries can lead to temporary or permanent disability and can be extremely costly to the victims. People who suffer brain or spinal injuries can expect their medical costs to range in the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Many accident victims find that their immediate and continuing medical costs to reach a million-plus.

An accident victim’s financial problems don’t end with their medical bills. These injury victims are often unable to work or earn a living for weeks or months. Some victims are hurt so badly they will never be able to return to work.

Those who are seriously harmed in a traffic collision have the legal right to pursue the person or person’s responsible for compensation. In most cases, the negligent driver’s insurance company will approach a victim immediately to offer a settlement. If the injuries and property damage are minor then a swift settlement may be appropriate for the victim. However, if the victim has catastrophic injuries they should speak with a Utah personal injury attorney before accepting a settlement.

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Chicago-area School Bus Accident Leaves One Person Dead Children Injured

April 5th, 2013    Posted in Accident News
 

School Bus Accident Chicago area School Bus Accident Leaves One Person Dead Children InjuredChicago, IL- An early morning accident involving a school bus and two other vehicles in Wadsworth, a suburb of Chicago, left one adult dead and over two dozen students injured.

The accident occurred just after 8 a.m. this morning on Route 173 when the school bus carrying 35 students to the Newport Elementary collided with a Jeep Wrangler and a Jeep Cherokee.

The bus, according to the Chicago Tribune may have run a red light, violently slamming into the Jeep Wrangler, which was traveling southbound. Lake County Sherriff Mark Curran said the accident was “close to a T-bone,” adding that the Jeep Cherokee was also hit “very hard.”

The impact of the crash caused the bus to spin out of control; it then struck the Jeep Cherokee then overturned shattering the windows and tossing the children around the bus.

When emergency officials arrived the children had already exited the bus thought the back emergency door. Curran said of accident, “It’s a bad scene,” and described many of the children as “walking wounded,” the Tribune reported.

Twenty-five of the children were loaded on another bus and taken to the Connell Medical Center in Libertyville. Most of their injuries were minor and many of the students were released.

Twelve of the students were sent to local hospitals by ambulance for treatment of more serious injuries, though none of were life-threatening. One girl suffers from a skull fracture and was listed in fair condition.

“Everybody’s alive on the school bus, and obviously we want to pray for the children and hope everybody is fine,” Curran said.

The female school bus driver and the two people in the Jeep Cherokee were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

The bus driver is cooperating with authorities and will have to undergo drug and alcohol screening as required by law following a fatal accident.

The Jeep Wrangler sustained major damage; the hood was crushed and the pushed into the front seat. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the Daily Herald reported.

Police closed Route 173 for a couple of hours so they could conduct their investigation, but have not yet determined the cause of the accident.

According the Tribune one witness told police the school bus driver ran a red light, that police have not officially released the cause of the accident.

Curran said the high seat backs on the bus helped protect the children from serious injury.

Despite the fact that at least a few tragic bus accidents have occurred across the country so far this year, buses have a lower accident rate than passenger vehicles. But bus crashes often end with more injuries simply because they have more passengers.

According to 2009 data from the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, there were 212 fatal bus accidents in comparison to 18,315 fatal collisions involving passenger cars.  Additionally, the FMCA estimates that 15 out every 19 bus crashes can be attributed to driver error or distractions.

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Three California Motorcyclists Dead in Two Separate Collisions

March 27th, 2013    Posted in Accident News
 

Lane Splitting is a Common Practice Among Motorcyclists Three California Motorcyclists Dead in Two Separate CollisionsLos Angeles, CA- Two separate collisions in the Los Angeles area, both involving motorcyclists at roughly the same time, resulted in three deaths and tied up roadways.

One of the accidents occurred Tuesday around 11 a.m. on the 10 Freeway in Monterey Park. The California Highway Patrol said that the two motorcyclists, a man and a woman both 20 years-old, were traveling on the same bike when they attempted to merge off the 710 Freeway onto the 10 Freeway westbound.

The driver was using the right side of the shoulder to pass a tractor-trailer when he lost control in a curve, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

“The motorcycle struck a right curb and both passengers were ejected onto the freeway where a big rig trailer’s rear tires ran them over,” Sgt. Connie Guzman said.

Both of the victims were pronounced dead on the scene. Police were forced to close the 710 merging lanes while they conducted their investigation.

The truck driver didn’t stop but police believe they were not aware that they ran over the two motorcyclists. They are checking surveillance cameras to see if they can locate the driver and are asking the public for their assistance in finding the truck driver.

The second accident took place on the I-15 near Hacienda Heights. The Southwest Riverside News reported that two motorcyclists, riding on separate bikes were, traveling southbound and splitting lanes when traffic ahead of them slowed. The lead cyclist then clipped the rear of vehicle and was thrown off his bike. The other cyclist saw what was happening and swerved to avoid the downed man, but was unable and ran over him. She then lost control of her bike and crashed into a center divider.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene and the woman was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

These two accidents highlight the dangers motorcyclists face, since they have few of the same protections that other motorists have. The injuries motorcyclists endure when they are involved in a collision can be more severe and life-threatening for those lucky enough to survive.

Statistics from the Governor Highway Safety Association showed that in 2010 over 4,000 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents, representing a fifth of all fatal accidents

Like vehicle accidents, there are a variety of driving habits that cause motorcycle accidents. The two incidents highlighted in this story involve motorcyclists, who engaged in risky behavior; lane splitting and passing on the shoulder.

Technically, lane splitting is neither legal nor illegal in California, and recently the California Highway Patrol went so far as to give motorcyclist guidelines on how they can safely split lanes, even though critics say the practice is unsafe.

Lane splitting may give motorcyclists an edge when driving; it gives them increased visibility because there is no vehicle in front of them blocking their view, and they are less likely to be rear-ended. But because cyclists have to share the road with other vehicles, one mistake on their part or another motorist’s part can have tragic consequences and result in death or serious injuries.

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Long Island Boy Killed When Transit Bus Crashes Into Home, How Common Are Bus Accidents?

November 29th, 2012    Posted in Accident News
 

Transit Bus Crashes Into Long Island Home3 Long Island Boy Killed When Transit Bus Crashes Into Home, How Common Are Bus Accidents?Hempstead, NY- A six year-old Long Island boy was killed Tuesday after a transit bus crashed into his bedroom, injuring his older brother.

At about 9:30, as a Nassau County Inter County Express Bus driver was trying to avoid a hitting a pedestrian on Fulton Ave. when the bus  veered of the road, slamming into the front bedroom of a Hempstead home, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Six year-old David Granados was seriously injured and rushed to a local hospital where he later died. His seven year-old brother was also injured, but they were not life-threatening.

Santos Herrera, the boys’ father told NBC4 News, “It was a lot of noise. The bus came and pushed everything into the room.

Herrera told NBC4 News that he tried to save both of his sons, but he could only reach the seven year-old; the younger boy was buried beneath rubble that came crashing down as the bus plowed into the room.

“I went outside and broke a window and picked up Josue but David, I no see,” Herrera said.

Although the driver made evasive moves, the bus still struck the pedestrian, who was taken to the hospital. He suffered from multiple fractures to his skull, ribs and clavicle.

Several bus passengers were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police did not have reason to believe the bus driver was intoxicated or distracted at the time of the accident so they will not face any charges. However, the pedestrian was believed to be jaywalking so police may issue him a citation.

This is the second time a bus has crashed into a home in New York. In early October, the Gothamist reported that a school bus driver, who was DWI, crashed into a home on Staten Island. There were five students on the bus, none of whom were injured. And, luckily, the home was empty when the accident occurred.

On this site we report on bus crashes regularly. And in many instances these bus crashes, whether they are school busses, mass transit busses or tour busses end in tragedy or injuries to many people.

In 2011, tour bus driver Ophadell Williams was driving a tour bus of mostly Chinese men and women from Connecticut to New York. Williams apparently fell asleep at the wheel, lost control of the bus and crashed into a freeway sign just outside of the Bronx. The bus traveled 250 yards on its side before coming to a stop. That accident killed 15 people. (http://accidentattorneysnow.org/trial-begins-driver-killed-15-ny-tour-bus-accident-year)

School buses can be dangerous as well; in late September a school bus crash in Louisville injured at least 48 students. A teenage car driver caused this accident and hit the bus with such force that it was knocked on its side.

The list of bus crashes could go one and can give one the impression that they are more common than they are. The reality is there are significantly fewer fatal bus accidents annually than car accidents. According to a 2009 study, there were approximately 212 fatal bus accidents compared to 18,315 collisions involving cars.

A study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration found that 15 out of 19 bus crashes could be attributed to driver error or distraction. But all busses, school or otherwise are generally more safe that passenger vehicles. Though bus accidents can net more injuries, several people can be hurt at one time as opposed to a regular vehicle accident where one or two individuals incur injuries, you are still less likely to be involved in a bus crash.

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Alcohol Believed to Have Played a Role in a Reno Traffic Accident

November 1st, 2012    Posted in Accident News
 

RENO, Nevada – A rollover accident in Reno resulted in a driver having to be extricated from his vehicle.

The traffic accident took place at around 4 a.m. this morning near the Moana exit on IR580, causing several lanes to be blocked. According to Nevada Highway Patrol, a 1995 Ford utility vehicle was heading southbound on IR580 and when, for reasons yet unknown, the driver steered the vehicle into the temporary attenuator to the Moana off ramp and the vehicle overturned.

The driver, 29-year-old Marcelino Fregososedano, had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to Renown to be treated for minor injuries. Police suspect alcohol was a factor in the incident. Once Fregososedano was released from the hospital, he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

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