Earlier this week, a crash on South 30th Street and National Avenue seriously injured a woman. The driver of a Mercedes was headed southbound on 30th street and ran a red light at National Avenue. He crashed into a Nissan and fled from the scene on foot. On Monday, the driver, suspected of DUI, was taken into police custody.
Dino Delimitros, an officer with the San Diego Police Department, said that the driver was apprehended on the 3100 block of Logan Avenue after fleeing from the scene. He was arrested on suspicion of hit and run and felony drunken driving. The victim suffered from serious facial injuries and broken ribs. There is no word on her current condition or whether or not anybody else was injured in this crash.
At least two people were injured in a three-car crash in Santa Barbara on Tuesday. The wreck happened after 1:00 p.m. at Hollister Avenue and Magna Vista, near San Marcos High School. One person was listed as having minor injuries, and another person suffered from more serious injuries.
One of the victims was trapped inside of a car. First responders were swiftly on the scene to extract the trapped person. KCOY Central Coast News reports that the California Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the wreck. There is no word on the current conditions of the victims or the extent of their injuries.
NHTSA Announces Rule Requiring Seat Belts on Motor Coaches
A recent press release from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces the final rule requiring seat belts on motor coaches. The rule will require lap and shoulder belts for passenger and driver seats on all new motor coaches and other large buses.
Seat Belt Safety on Motor Coaches Too
We recently reported on the importance of buckling up during the holiday season and all year long. Seat belts are the best way to stay safe in the event of a crash. Finally, the U.S. Department of Transportation has recognized the need for seat belts in motor coaches and large buses too. The NHTSA is hoping this new rule will help to reduce the risk of fatalities and serious injuries involved with motor coach crashes. Since frontal and rollover crashes can result in occupant ejection, restraint of drivers and passengers is a top priority.
From the U.S. Transportation Secretary
Anthony Foxx, the U.S. Transportation Secretary, said recently that “safety is our highest priority.” He went on to speak about the new rule as a “significant step” toward improving motor coach safety.
Just the Facts
• On average, 21 motor coach and large bus occupants are killed each year.
• 7,934 occupants are injured in crashes each year.
• Seat belts can reduce fatalities on motor coaches and large buses by up to 44 percent.
• Properly restraining occupants can also reduce the number of moderate to severe injuries by 45 percent.
The New Rule
The new rule, which amends Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208, is going to apply to new over-the-road buses and to other types of buses with gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) greater than 26,000 pounds, except transit and school buses. Buses that will be newly manufactured after November 2016 will have to comply with this new rule. This means that new buses and motor coaches will be equipped with lap and shoulder belts for all passenger occupants and drivers.
Although this new rule doesn’t impact current motor coaches and buses, buckling up is still the best choice when possible. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor coach or large bus accident, contact the experienced legal team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Buckling up Could Save Your Giblets” campaign is aimed at raising awareness about seat belt usage during the holidays. Buckling up is the single most effective way to save your life and the lives of your loved ones on the road this holiday season. Sadly, because Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, it is also one of the most dangerous.
During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday, 249 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes nationwide. 50 percent of those people killed were not wearing seat belts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that people are least likely to wear seat belts during evening and nighttime hours. Research shows that using a seat belt properly reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
Seat Belts for Safe Travels
According to the NHTSA, seat belts save more than 13,000 lives each year. Seat belts keep drivers and passengers safely contained within their vehicles. There is a misconception that airbags are enough to keep people safe. Nothing could be further from the truth. Without a safety belt, a passenger or driver can be thrown rapidly out of the vehicle in the event of a crash. Getting ejected from a vehicle is often deadly, and survivors may be facing catastrophic, life-altering injuries.
Buckle Up Correctly!
1. Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest, away from your neck.
2. Adjust the lab belt across your hips, below your stomach.
The Right Fit
Seat belts can’t keep you safe if they don’t fit properly, so it’s important to check and adjust any fitting issues before you go anywhere. It may be necessary to get adjusters or extenders from your vehicle’s manufacturer. A properly fitted seat belt is the best way to protect one’s self in the event of an accident. It may be tempting to push that shoulder strap aside, but it’s important to wear the seat belt properly to stay safe.
Don’t forget to buckle your seat belts this holiday season and all year long. It could save your giblets! The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a happy and safe Holiday season.
Charges have been made in the case of an October crash that seriously injured a 24-year-old pedestrian. On October 11th, Brent MacDonald Pella struck a pedestrian in downtown Santa Barbara. On Monday, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Pella. He has been charged with felony DUI with a special allegation of great bodily injury.
The pedestrian, Camden Partridge of Fullerton, was in the crosswalk at the time of the crash. Pella did submit to a breath test and blood alcohol test after the wreck. According to KEYT News Channel Three, his breath test measured .11 which is above the legal limit.
Another pedestrian was fatally struck in San Diego. The incident happened in downtown’s East Village. The victim, a man in his 50’s, was struck in the southbound lanes of 200 14th Street. The collision happened at about 8:45 p.m. on Thursday evening.
David Stafford, with the San Diego Police Department, said that the man was crawling on the roadway for unknown reasons. Channel 10 News reports that the man died at the scene. No information on the victim’s identity has been released. Additionally, there is no word on why the man was allegedly crawling in the street or if anybody else was injured.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is conducting an initiative to address the increased likelihood of being injured or killed by drunk drivers during the holiday season. This time of year has a particularly high risk of drinking and driving incidents due to the increase in celebrations and festivities associated with the holidays. Additionally, there are also more people on the roadways traveling to be with their family members. This initiative aims to reverse this dangerous trend by educating people that “Buzzed driving is drunk driving” and by ramping up enforcement to deter drunk drivers during the holiday season.
The Facts on Buzzed Driving and the Holidays
With the holiday season approaching, it is incredibly important to be on the lookout for drunk drivers.
• In December 2011, 760 people were killed in alcohol related crashes.
• 32,367 Americans were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011.
• 31 percent of these fatal automobile incidents involved drinking.
• In 2010, more than 10,000 people died in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers.
• In some cases, a single drink can impair your driving ability.
Driving while impaired and driving under the influence arrests lead to many lasting consequences including losing one’s license, increased insurance rates, lost wages, court fees, fines, legal fees and often jail time.
Increased Enforcement is also an Effective Tool
The NHTSA wants to send a strong message that if you drive drunk, you will get pulled over. December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014 is an increased enforcement period, and law enforcement will be on the lookout for drunk drivers.
Planning Ahead for Holiday Celebrations
Always have a plan before you start drinking. It is critical to designate a sober driver, or plan on using public transport or a taxi to get home safely. Additionally, it is important to prevent others from driving drunk. If someone you know to be drunk is attempting to drive, help them find a better a way home. If you suspect someone on the road of driving while impaired, contact the local or state police with a vehicle description and location as soon as it is safe to do so. If you or a loved one is injured by a drunk or buzzed driver this holiday season, contact the experienced attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation.
A head-on collision in Santa Maria left one person dead on Wednesday and sent another person to the hospital. The crash happened on West Betteravia Road and Sinton Road. According to KEYT News Channel Three, one of the drivers died on the scene and the other driver sustained injuries. There is now word on whether or not either car was carrying passengers. First responders with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department were on the scene swiftly.
Authorities did report that it was raining at the time of the collision, but there’s no word on the official cause of the crash. The injured driver was immediately taken to the hospital. The injuries were described as moderate, but there is no word on the driver’s current condition.
A 16-month-old boy was fatally hit by a car in Normal Heights on Wednesday. Channel 10 News reports that the child was struck just before 1:30 p.m. on the 4400 block of Wilson Avenue, near Meade Avenue. Initial reports indicate that the daughter of the child’s caregiver ran over the child when she was leaving the house after a visit.
Another child that was being watched by this caregiver, a 10-year-old boy, found the 16-month old child lying on the ground. CPR was performed on the scene, and the child was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he passed away.
The driver’s age wasn’t disclosed to News Channel 10, but they did report that she wasn’t aware that she hit the boy until she received a phone call about the incident later. Officials with the San Diego Police Department’s Traffic Division are still investigating this tragic incident. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of this young boy.