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Seven Year Old Boy Is Victim of a Hit and Run

By Renee Nordstrand on September 11, 2009

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/sep/11/ventura-police-seek-motorists-in-boys-hit-and/

A seven year old Ventura boy was hit by a car while riding his bicycle on Wednesday night, the Ventura County Star reports.  As he crossed an intersection around 8 p.m., a blue Volkswagen Beetle hit him, knocking the child to the ground.

The boy, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered serious internal injuries and is being treated at the Ventura County Medical Center.  Police are currently searching for the middle-aged male and female motorists who were driving the car.

My thoughts are with this young boy and his family as he recovers.  I hope that with the help of law enforcement and citizen involvement, the motorists who caused this accident can be found and held responsible for their conduct.

 

Five Caltrans Workers Injured by Car

By Renee Nordstrand on September 10, 2009

http://weblog.signonsandiego.com/news/breaking/2009/09/3_caltrans_workers_struck_by_c.html

Two Caltrans employees and three Caltrans probationers have been hospitalized for serious injuries after a car swerved onto the shoulder of the freeway where they were working this morning, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

There is still no word on why the car went onto the freeway shoulder.

 According to legalcatch.wordpress.com, In 2005, 71 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred on major roads, including interstates and freeways.

 

Labor Day Crash in the Central Valley

By Renee Nordstrand on September 9, 2009

http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/57617157.html

A woman was killed this Labor Day weekend when she ran a stop sign while allegedly talking on her cell phone.  She was hit head-on by a truck that had the right of way, ripping her car into two pieces.  No one in the truck was hurt.

In 2007, there were 3,557 fatal accident collisions, according to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.  Cell phone usage is often cited as one of the contributing factors to car accidents that result in serious property damage or personal injury.  Besides avoiding cell phone use, there are several other simple steps you can take to prevent car accidents according to Edmunds.com, such as avoiding tailgating on the freeway, knowing your blind spots, and checking both ways twice before entering an intersection.

Sometimes even the most cautious and conscientious drivers are involved in accidents due to the negligent actions of others.  If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident and you think another party may be responsible, Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand can help. With our decades of experience, we aggressively pursue fair compensation for victims of negligent driving.

 

Metrolink Honors One Year Anniversary of Deadly Crash

By Renee Nordstrand on September 8, 2009

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/sep/08/metrolink-unveils-plaque-to-victims-and-workers/

Saturday, September 12th marks the one year anniversary of the Metrolink crash in Chatsworth that killed 25.

Metrolink has erected a plaque in Union Station near the crash site to honor those who lost their lives in the train accident.

Last year’s accident occurred when Metrolink train 111 collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train.  Preliminary investigation reports disclose that the Metrolink train’s engineer was using his cell phone to text message while operating the train that day.

In an increasingly technologically advanced world, cell phones can often lead to negligent behavior while operating a train, car, or bus.  You can protect yourself and those around you by refraining from writing text messages while driving or operating a motor vehicle.

 

Toddler Attacked by Pit bull

By Renee Nordstrand on September 8, 2009

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/girl-macdonald-bull-2555401-pit-year

A three year old Fullerton girl remains hospitalized after being attacked by her family’s pet pit bull on Monday evening.

The toddler is in intensive care at the pediatric unit of Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, suffering from lacerations and wounds to her face and neck.

The girl’s family said their dog showed no previous signs of aggression.

 

Toddler Killed in Trolley-Bike Accident

By Renee Nordstrand on September 1, 2009

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/07/fouryearold-girl-killed-as-san-diego-trolley-hits-dads-bicycle.html

 A four year old girl was killed and her father injured in San Diego this weekend when her father, who was riding a bicycle with his daughter strapped onto the back in a child seat, was struck by a Chula Vista trolley.  The toddler, identified as Veronica Ramirez, was not wearing a helmet.  By law, bicycle riders under 18 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet while riding on a public road (VC §21212).

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 124 deaths and 10,590 injuries to bicyclists throughout California.

In this incident, the father attempted to steer around the trolley gates after they had lowered and the signals had been activated.  Not only did this action put Veronica in danger, but allowing her to ride without a bicycle helmet also endangered this young girl.

 Many similar tragic bicycle accidents can be prevented by taking precautions such as wearing a helmet or other protective gear when biking.  Following traffic signals is another important step in ensuring bicycle safety.  According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, bicycle riders on public streets have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers and are subject to the same rules and regulations as any other vehicle on the road.

Based on the newspaper report, many of the facts of the accident remain unclear. Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand has the experience and skills necessary to investigate and pursue a case such as this and determine if the City of Chula Vista may be held liable for the incident.  Factors such as visibility and road maintenance may explain how this tragedy took place.  At Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand, we examine all the facts surrounding an incident, so that no one is left without answers.  We will fight hard and leave no stone unturned in pursuing a successful claim.

 

Family of Man Killed in Golf Accident Awarded Large Settlement

By Renee Nordstrand on September 1, 2009

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/schwartz-payne-golf-2508548-course-curb

The family of an Irvine, California man who was killed at an annual golf retreat in 2007 was awarded a $1.5 million settlement this week after a jury found the golf course responsible for the incident that led to his tragic death.

Edwin Payne, 65, was golfing at the Pala Mesa Golf Resort in Fallbrook with work colleagues when he attempted to make a U-Turn at the second hole.  Payne was unable to make the tight turn and lost control of the cart, sending him over a small curb and down a 40 foot slope, eventually plunging off an 80-foot cliff and onto Highway 395.

The golf course had no signs warning golfers that beyond the curb and surrounding foliage lay an 80 foot cliff.

This incident could have been prevented had the golf course taken steps to warn their patrons of the dangerous nearby cliff.

In situations like this the victim’s loved ones and families can consult with experienced personal injury attorneys to pursue legal action.  Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand will prove a company’s responsibility to maintain a safe premise and protect all patrons from harm with prominently displayed signage.  We can help attain fair compensation to cover the damages that come with serious injury or death.

 

Dog Attack in Huntington Beach

By Renee Nordstrand on September 1, 2009

 

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/abrahams-police-dog-2508292-bite-beach

Laura Abrahams, 39, of Huntington Beach, was attacked by a city police dog on May 25 in Parker, Arizona, The Orange County Register reports.  Abrahams sustained 2 cuts and a puncture wound which required between 20 and 30 stitches.

Abrahams has filed a claim for an undisclosed amount.

In California, the dog owner is liable for all injuries inflicted by his dog on a human being even if the owner was not negligent, according to the “strict liability statute”.  California is currently one of the only states that carries a statute regarding dog bites, which was implemented to “…prevent dogs from being a hazard to the community”.  The statute benefits victims of dog attacks, in that liability is automatically placed on the owner regardless of the specific circumstances of a claim.

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Simi Valley Car Accident

By Renee Nordstrand on September 1, 2009

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/jul/27/morning-report-major-injuries-in-simi-valley/

Two people were hospitalized with severe injuries after a suspected drunken driver and four other vehicles were involved in a crash on Highway 118 eastbound in Simi Valley on Sunday evening.

According to a report in the Ventura County Star, the suspected drunk driver had two previous hit and run crashes and the police plan to arrest him on suspicion of felony hit and run as well as DUI once he is released from the hospital.

I wish all those involved in the accident well as they recover from injuries and the emotional trauma of a serious collision.

The driver of the vehicle who caused this crash ought to be punished criminally and civilly for his actions.  The victims of this incident can pursue legal action with a personal injury attorney to receive just and fair compensation for their injuries and damages.

 

Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills Family in Detroit

By Renee Nordstrand on September 1, 2009

http://www.detnews.com/article/20090716/METRO/907160452/1409/METRO

 

Three children and their father died on July 16, 2009 from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in Detroit, Michigan.  According to an article in the Detroit News, the family was using a generator in their basement to power two air conditioners in their home.  The family was using the generator because the power had been shut off in their home after they fell behind on utility payments.

 

According to a spokesman for DTE Electric who was quoted in the Detroit News article, “A generator should never be operated in a home. They produce carbon monoxide and other fumes that accumulate”.

 

Carbon Monoxide is a dangerous, poisonous and odorless gas which is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels.  An article on carbonmonoxidekills.com reports that poor installation or poor maintenance of an appliance and poor room ventilation may lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

If you or someone you know has been exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning, you may be entitled to compensation.  If a landlord, building owner, or employer has not properly inspected the appliances where you live or work and you get carbon monoxide poisoning because of it, it would be in your best interest to contact an attorney experienced in carbon monoxide poisoning cases.  At Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand, we have taken and won carbon monoxide poisoning cases and will help you recover what you deserve.

 

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