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Two Car Accidents in Oxnard Claim the Lives of Four People

By Renee Nordstrand on November 12, 2009

Two Oxnard car accidents killed four people Tuesday night, the Ventura County Star reports.

The first incident, which occurred when a vehicle carrying three passengers spun out of control and struck the center median and a palm tree, trapped the driver and passengers inside the car.  All three passengers died at the scene and the driver remains in critical condition as of this morning at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.Oxnard,

The second incident involved a 73-year-old pedestrian who attempted to cross the street outside of a marked crosswalk and was struck by a car.  The pedestrian later died at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

Police are still investigating the cause of both of the crashes.  In each incident, there are many unanswered questions that could help determine the cause of the accident.  For instance, did alcohol, drugs, or the use of a cell phone play a role in either incident?  Recent studies have shown that the cause of one-third of car accidents today is distracted drivers.  Oftentimes, cell phone calls or text messaging are the sources of such distraction that can result in deadly accidents.  Other questions to ask are whether there were hazardous road conditions or construction that prevented the drivers from safely operating their vehicles, whether all traffic signals and streetlights were working properly (both accidents occurred after dusk) and whether there where any maintenance problems with either car that hindered the drivers from safely operating their vehicles.  In the case of the pedestrian-car accident, another question to ask is whether or not the pedestrian was hindered from safely crossing the street due to any of the previous circumstances.

As these questions begin to be answered by police investigators, I offer my sympathies and wishes to the families of those victims who tragically lost their lives.

If you have lost a loved one as a result of a car accident and you believe someone else may be responsible for causing the accident, please contact an Oxnard injury attorney today for a free consultation.


Local City Ranks #1 in California for Alcohol-Related Collisions and Hit and Runs

By Renee Nordstrand on September 18, 2009

Oxnard, California has the highest number of alcohol-related collisions and hit and run incidents in California, according to recently published statistics from 2007.

On average, there are ten traffic deaths per year in Oxnard, with at least two of those deaths involving pedestrians.  The Oxnard Police Department cites dangerous intersections, improper signaling, and poorly designed lanes as the cause of many of the accidents.  Another cause, one accompanied by the highest fatality rates, is driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Oxnard Police Enforcement is cracking down on DUIs through checkpoints, saturation patrol, public information campaigns, and community outreach programs.

On August 29, officers from multiple agencies issued a DUI crackdown on Highway 101.  During an 8 hour period, they pulled over 230 drivers for traffic violations, arrested 10 people on suspicion of DUI, and towed 12 cars driven by unlicensed drivers.

With the steps taken by the Oxnard Police Department and other Oxnard agencies, hopefully the city can become a safer place to drive and live.

If you’ve been the victim of an alcohol-related collision or a hit and run incident, you need the best-skilled attorneys to handle your case with experience, analysis, and determination for results.