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Company Fined $92,000 for Tree Trimmer’s Death

Tree Trimming Accident

Company Fined $92,000 for Tree Trimmer’s Death

A Real Estate investment firm is being fined in connection with a tree-trimming incident that took the life of a landscaping employee last November. Joshua Pudsey, 42 years old, was employed by Three Frogs Inc at the time of the incident. On November 12, 2013, he was working at a house in the 4400 block of Date Avenue in La Mesa, when a section of a 60-foot-tall eucalyptus tree he was helping to remove fell on him and killed him. According to CBS News Channel Eight, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) just issued citations and proposed penalties of almost $92,000 to the real estate investment firm involved.

The Three Frogs company apparently purchases and renovates properties. The Cal/OSHA investigation found that neither the victim nor any other construction laborers employed by Three Frogs had experience or the necessary training to safely remove trees that large. Furthermore, they also found that nobody was provided eye protection, training or safety harnesses for the 80-foot aerial lift they were using to remove the large tree.

Providing a Safe Workplace

One of the labor laws that Tree Frogs was found to be in violation of was the use of a qualified tree-trimmer for removal of trees taller than 15 feet. Since removal of large trees is a dangerous task by unskilled, untrained and inexperienced workers, this safety regulation was put into place to protect employees. Last year, the labor commissioner ordered Three Frogs to halt operations after learning that they failed to provide workers’ compensation coverage to employees. This means that employees were essentially on their own if they were injured on the job site, which was obviously a highly likely scenario given their business practices.

Wrongful Death

When businesses and employers don’t take the appropriate and lawful measures to keep their workers safe, people can get hurt or killed. If you have lost a loved one due to an employer’s negligence, contact an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Surviving family members are often left with expensive medical bills, funeral costs and the pain and suffering that accompanies the loss of a loved one. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Joshua Pudsey.

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Two Injured in Rollover Horse-Carriage Crash

Two Injured in Rollover Horse-Carriage Crash

Serious injuries aren’t limited to automobile accidents and motorcycle crashes. Two men were hospitalized after a rollover horse-drawn carriage crash on Tuesday. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the carriage-rollover crash happened when the horses pulling it spooked and bolted. The driver reportedly lost control of the horses, and the carriage rolled over. The wreck happened just before 2:00 p.m. on a dirt road on the Chamberlin Ranch near Los Olivos.

The two men were ejected from the carriage. At least one of them suffered from serious injuries. First responders were swiftly on the scene, and an air ambulance was dispatched as well. Both victims were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

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Hit-and-Run Crash Injures Pedestrian

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Hit-and-Run Crash Injures Pedestrian

On Sunday, a pedestrian was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the Little Italy area of San Diego. The wreck happened just before 2:00 a.m. on Kettner Boulevard between Hawthorn and Grape Streets. According to CBS News Channel Eight, a small silver foreign car struck the woman as she was attempting to cross Kettner Boulevard. The victim, a woman in her 20’s, was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

The driver didn’t stop, and no information has been released on whether or not they’ve tracked him or her down. The victim reportedly had a fractured eye socket and jaw, but her condition wasn’t considered to be life threatening.

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San Diego Sheriff’s Department Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers

San Diego Sheriff’s Department Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers

Showing their support for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department has been stepping up efforts to catch distracted drivers. Deputies are out in full force patrolling the street for texters, social-media checkers and other distracted drivers. CBS News Channel Eight recently caught up with deputies on Mission Gorge Road as they actively pulled over and cited offenders. According to CBS News, the first offense can set you back $161 plus court costs. Texting while driving isn’t just dangerous, it’s expensive too.

The Equivalent of .08 BAC

Sergeant Scott Hill wants to let drivers know that texting-while-driving is essentially the equivalent of getting behind the wheel with a .08 blood alcohol level. When drivers are looking at their electronic devices and phones, they aren’t looking at the road. They’re not paying attention to the task of driving. They’re visually, cognitively and manually distracted, which is a recipe for disaster. This is like driving blind. Checking a text message or social media app for just a second or two can have devastating and life-threatening consequences for drivers, passenger vehicle occupants, pedestrians, cyclists and other roadway users.

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Last week, we reported on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been publicizing their high-visibility campaign utilizing a number of strategies. Their texting-while-driving public service announcement video is almost difficult to watch. It gives a sobering and serious look at the deadly consequences of texting behind the wheel.

After a Crash Involving a Distracted Driver

If you’re injured in a crash involving a distracted driver, your top priority needs to be your health. Once your immediate medical needs have been addressed, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to get the ball rolling on your case. Hopefully, the increased publicity and law enforcement efforts will help to reduce distracted driving in San Diego and across the state. Even just one glance at a text message can put everybody on the roadway at risk. The best policy is to put down the phone until you safely reach your destination.

Texting-While-Driving PSA

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Three Injured in Mission Canyon Crash

Three Injured in Mission Canyon Crash

On Sunday night, a one-car crash in Mission Canyon injured three people. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the wreck happened just before 8:30 p.m. on the 1200 block of Tunnel Road. Three people were in a Mercedes-Benz sedan that, for unknown reasons, left the roadway and rolled 50 feet down the hillside.

One of the injured victims was able to get back up to the roadway and call for help. The two other injured victims were assisted back up the hill and treated by paramedics on the scene. At least one of them suffered from moderate injuries. All three occupants were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Apparently, this sharp turn is notorious for similar wrecks, but this crash is still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

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Fatal One-Car Crash in San Marcos

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Fatal One-Car Crash in San Marcos

Early Sunday morning, a one-car crash took the life of an Escondido woman. According to CBS News Channel Eight, the wreck happened on State Route 78 at about 2:20 a.m. The victim was driving westbound on SR 78 near Linda Vista Drive when she lost control of her vehicle while changing lanes. Her automobile veered into the right shoulder, overturned and hit a tree. The car came to rest upside down, and the driver was pronounced dead on the scene.

The 21-year-old victim’s identity hasn’t yet been released. Jim Bettencourt, an officer with the California Highway Patrol, said that it was unclear whether or not drugs or alcohol could have been factors in this crash. Very little information has been released on this wreck, which is likely still under investigation. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the victim.

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Cyclist Safety in San Diego and Across the Central Coast

Cyclist Safety

Cyclist Safety in San Diego and Across the Central Coast

Cyclist safety needs to be a top priority in San Diego and across the Central Coast. We’re constantly reporting on pedestrians and cyclists who get struck by cars. Many times, these unprotected cyclists and pedestrians are devastatingly or fatally injured. While there are certainly plenty of ways for cyclists to improve their personal safety, helmets and reflective gear can only do so much when drivers aren’t sharing the road. Distracted driving, impaired driving and other irresponsible behaviors behind the wheel make California roadways dangerous for all commuters.

Bicycle Crash Facts

• In 2011, 677 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
• An additional 48,000 cyclists were injured in 2011.
• In 2010, 623 cyclists were killed in crashes.
• In 2011, 30 percent of cyclist fatalities occurred between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:59 p.m.
• Bicycle trips only make up about one percent of all trips taken in the U.S., but cyclist deaths account for two percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities.

Preventing Bicycle-Related Injuries and Death

Two of the best ways to improve your own personal safety while riding a bicycle is by wearing a helmet and improving your visibility. Flashing lights, reflective decals and fluorescent clothing are all great items for improving visibility. Ultimately, the burden of keeping cyclists and pedestrians safe falls on motorists. A cyclist doesn’t have much of a chance against a 4,000 pound automobile travelling at 45, 25 or even just 15 miles per hour. Drivers need to put down the distractions, pay attention to the road and look out for cyclists, motorcycle riders, other automobile drivers, pedestrians and scooter riders.

After a Bicycle Accident

After any kind of car versus bicycle accident, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can get the ball rolling on your case and stay on top of official investigative developments. Since it’s not uncommon for drivers to report “not seeing” the cyclist before the wreck, it may be necessary to determine if the driver could have been distracted behind the wheel. If you or a loved one has been struck by a car while riding a bicycle, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1-877-231-9970 for a free consultation today.

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Two-Car Crash on Mission Street

Two-Car Crash on Mission Street

On Thursday evening, a crash in Santa Barbara sent two people to the hospital. The wreck happened at the intersection of Mission and Bath Streets. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, a sedan apparently broadsided an SUV at about 5:30 p.m. The SUV flipped over onto its roof in the middle of the roadway. A couple and a young child were inside of the SUV. One passenger from the SUV was transported to the hospital. There is no word on whether or not the child was injured.

The driver of the sedan was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of injuries. Traffic was backed up as crews worked the scene during the evening rush hour. As of Thursday night, the crash was still under investigation. There is no word on the current conditions of the victims involved or the extent of their injuries.

Santa Barbra Rollover

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Cyclist Fatally Struck by Cement Truck in San Marcos

Cyclist Fatally Struck by Cement Truck in San Marcos

On Thursday morning, a cement-mixing truck fatally struck a cyclist in San Marcos. The incident happened at the intersection of Grand Avenue and South Las Posas Road. The collision, which occurred near Palomar College, happened at about 9:30 a.m. According to Fox Five News, the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Very little information has been released about this crash, which is likely still under investigation. Fox Five News also reported that it wasn’t clear who had the right-of-way at the time of the crash. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the victim.

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Silverado Bus and FedEx Head-On Collision

A head-on crash in Northern California involving a bus filled with high school students and a FedEx truck has sadly resulted in the death of 10 people, including the two drivers. Investigators say the FedEx truck crossed the grass median on I-5 in Orland, which resulted in a head-on crash with the tour bus.

According to KSBY, 10 people were killed and 35 others hospitalized. The company who owns the tour bus, Silverado Stages, Inc., is headquartered in San Luis Obispo, so this tragedy hits especially close to home for those of us who live and work on the Central Coast.

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