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Teen Driver Injures Eight Students In Hemet

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/05/2012

Last Wednesday a tragic automobile collision occurred in front of Hemet High School, injuring 8 students while they were in a crosswalk.  According to news reports and the CHP, an 18-year-old driver was traveling faster than 50 mph in a school zone and weaving through traffic when he ran a red light and plowed into a group of about 30 students.   Officials announced just yesterday that the claim of a brake failure by the driver, Daniel Carrillo, was not supported by a full mechanical inspection, which revealed no mechanical defect contributed to the accident.  One of the eight students injured, a 15-year-old girl, remains hospitalized with a severe head injury.  Criminal charges against Carrillo are expected to be filed by the end of this week.

See the Press Enterprise story and CHP news conference HERE.

During the CHP press release regarding the incident, it was revealed that Carrillo had only had his driver's license for 15 days prior to the collision.  While his youth and inexperience were likely contributing factors, this young man's actions would seem to reflect a callous disregard for others.  Because of the reckless nature of his driving, Carrillo could be facing felony charges.  Teen drivers are notorious for making poor decisions behind the wheel, but the actions of Carrillo in traveling more than twice the speed limit and weaving through traffic before running a red light would seem to reflect a level of recklessness rarely seen.  His actions, captured on video, were likely beyond the "reasonable man" standard and well into something approaching intentional misconduct.  Every one of his eight victims will now have to deal with the memory of this horrific tragedy and some may have to live with physical limitations for a lifetime.  

Compensation for the victims of serious traffic collisions should be an important concern for all Californians. When a driver recklessly causes a serious or fatal accident, they should be held accountable for the injuries and damages to the victims and those family members left behind.   An attorney with experience at handling auto accident cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years years of experience handling traffic accident cases.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in an accident caused by a reckless or inexperienced driver?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case. 

 

Motorcycle Accident In Inland Empire Claims Life of 23-Year-Old

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 04/20/2012

A motorcycle accident yesterday afternoon in the Inland Empire claimed the life of a 23-year-old rider.  The accident happened at the intersection of Arrow Route and Almond Avenue in the City of Fontana.  According to the article by the Press Enterprise, a driver was making a left turn from Almond onto Arrow when the collision occurred.  The motorcycle rider, Sergio Moral-Perez, was traveling west on Arrow when the collision occurred, and he apparently died at the scene.    The driver of the car and his passenger reportedly sustained minor injuries.  The investigation into the precise cause of the collision is continuing

See the Press Enterprise story HERE.

While left turn accidents are not uncommon, this one seems difficult to understand.  The intersection where the accident occurred is flat and open.  There does not appear to be any impediment to the driver's ability to see Moral-Perez as he was traveling west on Arrow.  However, since the speed of the motorcycle is unknown, it remains to be seen how much time the driver had to see, perceive and react to the approaching bike.  The greater the speed of Moral-Perez on Arrow the less time it would take for him to reach the Almond Avenue intersection.  Drivers often make decisions based on perception and expectation of speed given traffic conditions and speed limits.  Only a complete accident reconstruction will enable investigators to determine fault for this tragic accident.

Compensation for the victims of motorcycle accidents caused by a reckless or careless driver or should be an important concern for all Californians. When a driver makes an unsafe turn and causes a serious or fatal accident, they should be held accountable. An Orange County auto accident lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling auto and motorcycle accident cases.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in an accident caused by a driver making an unsafe turn?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

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