Dinwiddie Accident Splits Fire-Truck in Half

Early Sunday morning a North Carolina driver was traveling on I-85 in his semi when he slammed into a fire engine that was blocking the interstate while they were tending to an accident that occurred shortly before.

The crash took place around 1:00 a.m. as fire and emergency personnel was assisting an another accident just off the right side lane. “It’s the first time I’ve seen a cab knocked off a fire truck before,” retired firefighter Jack Sullivan said.

Investigators were surprised that there weren’t any fatalities because of how destructive the collision was. Emergency crews are regularly trained oh different ways to stay safe when it comes to responding to accident scenes.

It’s very fortunate that no on has been severely killed or even hurt in the crash. If you or a loved one have been charged a reckless driving offense in Dinwiddie, contact the law office of David A.C. Long today.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured While operating a company vehicle in California?

If you were injured while operating a company vehicle in California, contact our experienced personal injury law firm right away. Car accidents can take place at any given moment and can cause severe physical and financial damages. Here are two scenarios for those who have been involved in an accident while operating a company vehicle.

If you were responsible for the accident

Although you might have been at fault for the crash, you could still suffer severe injuries that could require emergency room treatment, hospital admission or even surgery and rehabilitation. You could be out of work for months. Imagine what the consequences would be for you and your family. As long as you weren’t on some frolic or a detour that wasn’t work connected, you should be covered under the California Workers’ Compensation Code.

If you’re that seriously hurt, you’ll want to retain a personal injury attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in workers compensation law to represent you right away. Otherwise, you’re just not going to get the benefits you deserve. The job of the adjuster assigned to your case is to save the insurer money on claims by paying as little as possible. That’s what they’ll do. We know how to get you the highest amount of benefits possible.

If another driver was responsible for the accident

Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, you could still receive workers’ compensation benefits while proceeding against the person who caused the accident in a civil lawsuit for damages. This is called a “third party case.” It’s almost always the preferred course of action because, in a civil court of law, you’re permitted to seek other damages that the Workers’ Compensation Code doesn’t permit.

A settlement or award in a civil lawsuit can be significantly higher than that of a workers’ compensation settlement or award. Nobody is allowed two recoveries off of the same case, so the workers’ compensation insurer might have to be reimbursed, but there are ways of compromising the amount they claim.

Workers’ compensation law is complicated. Pursuing a civil injury case along with the workers’ compensation claim adds to the complexity. Our dedicated Orange County injury law firm offers a free legal consultation and case evaluation on any motor vehicle crash.

Woman Accused Of DUI And Killing Grandmother

Katie L. Ellison, 21, has been accused of drunk driving and hitting a 55-year-old Texan woman, killing her, and seriously injuring her husband. Ellison is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at the El Cajon courthouse.

Ellison is suspected of causing a September 25 incident that killed Lorraine Kennedy, from Brenham, Texas, and critically injuring David Sandel, her husband. The victims were attending their grandchild’s birthday party in Lakeside, according to reports.

Several witnesses reported to CHP investigators that Ellison was driving without her lights on and was indefinitely speeding on the 12200 block of Woodside Avenue around 8 p.m. when she hit Kennedy and Sandel as they were crossing the street after enjoying dinner with family.

One witnessed claimed one of Kennedy’s sons attempted CPR on his mother until paramedics came. Kennedy was driven to a hospital, but died shortly afterward from blunt force trauma, authorities stated.

Ellison suffered critical injuries when her Toyota Yaris struck Kennedy and Sandel. A witness claimed Ellison was lying in the roadway after the incident and bystanders were assisting her. Authorities have no released whether she was wearing a seatbelt.

She was driven to UC San Diego Trauma Center.

According to the 2013 Annual Report of Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions in California, 3,104 peopled were killed, along with 2,853 fatal collisions, in 2004 the number was 3,772. Fortunately, the number of fatal collisions in the past ten years have significantly declined but any loss of lives, especially in the thousands, are extremely sorrowful.

If you or a loved one have been in an accident in Oceanside, contact an experienced and professional personal injury attorney from the law offices of Guldjian Law APC. Personal injury lawyers specialize in assessing your accident to determine whether you were wrongly accused or insufficiently paid.

Guldjian Law has successfully represented additional cities in the San Diego County such as Chula Vista, Carlsbad, and El Cajon.

California Motor Vehicle Accidents

There was 156,909 injury collision in California during 2013 according to the California Highway Patrol.  Their 2013 Annual Report of fatal and injury traffic collisions is a stark reminder of how many lives are affected each year by motor vehicle accidents.  Some additional statistics from the report include:

  • 3,104 Individuals Killed (1,597 drivers, 591 passengers, 752 pedestrians and 164 bicyclists)
  • 223,128 Individuals Injured
  • 2,853 Fatal Collisions

According to the report, a fatal or injury traffic collision was reported every 3 minutes and 17 seconds somewhere in California!  On average, one person was killed every 2 hours and 5 minutes, and one person injured every 2 minutes and 21 seconds as a result of a traffic collision.  For each person killed there were 72 individuals injured according to the CHP data.

Motorcycle accidents resulted in 463 deaths and 11,946 individuals injured in 2013.  According to the CHP 65.7% of motorcycle drivers were at fault in fatal collisions.

These are sobering statistics from the California Highway Patrol and reminds us that traffic accidents occur frequently in California and can have devastating consequences.  Many people do not know where to turn if they or a loved one are involved in a serious accident.  An experienced California personal injury attorney should be contacted as soon as possible after an accident to ensure the best possible outcome after an accident.

Below are a few links to helpful online resources if you’ve been involved in a California accident:

 

New Budget Deal Could Cost Some Retirees Up To $50,000

There is a change in how individuals can file and collect Social Security benefits in the new budget deal being kicked around by the White House and Congress.   The change has to do with what is called the “File & Suspend” procedure.  Most people have not even heard of the procedure, so what is “file and suspend”?

A person files for Social Security retirement benefits at full retirement age, but then suspends payment of them. By filing for benefits, that person’s spouse and dependents are eligible for retirement benefits at the time of the filing. And by suspending the benefits, the person can still earn delayed retirement credits that increase the future retirement benefit by 8 percent per year until age 70. source: cnbc.com

The budget legislation calls the procedure an “unintended loophole” because it allows individuals to obtain benefits meant for 70-year-olds  earlier.

If the budget deal passes, then the change would only affect retirees who file for benefits in the future, and wouldn’t take effect for 6 months after the budget passes.

You can visit your local Social Security office to learn more information.  Search online for “social security office” to find the nearest office.

Below are some links to some of the most searched for social security resources: