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Alleged Brake Failure Causes Fatal Crash in Phelan

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/26/2014
A vigil was held last night for two teens who were killed in a horrific truck versus auto accident that occurred in Phelan on Tuesday. According to KTLA News, the collision happened shortly before 11:45 p.m. when a dump truck ran a stop sign at the intersection/exit of southbound Interstate 15 and Highway 138.

Motorcycle Officer Badly Injured in Crash with Truck

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 10/08/2013
This morning a police officer aboard a motorcycle in Ontario was badly injured when he collided with a tractor trailer. According to KABC News, the officer sustained serious injuries and had to be airlifted to a hospital.

Don't Be Afraid to Fight a Big Truck in an Accident Case

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 10/15/2012
Nothing perhaps could even be more horrible in an accident than being injured, right? You might turn incapacitated and lose your work and normal life. And it's worst that this has already happened to many victims in a truck accident wherein injuries are a common ingredient of wrongful deaths. But then it's absurd to presume such as always inevitable because an accident isn't automatic; it's a direct consequence of negligence. You may agree with that, but nevertheless, what you are interested int

Multiple Truck Accident Kills Driver

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 10/12/2012
On Saturday morning a catastrophic accident occurred on the Wyoming Highway. According to Wyoming State Patrol the four truck accident was in part caused by difficult road conditions and bad weather. One of the drivers in the deadly 4 truck crash had slowed because of an earlier crash that was blocking the highway. As he was slowing, his trailer was clipped by a second rig. A third truck collided with the second truck and then caught on fire. Irakli Metskhvarishvili, 38, of Bensalem, PA was the

Fatal Big Rig Accident On 210 Freeway

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 05/24/2012

Early this morning one person was killed in a fiery crash on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar.  According to KTLA news, the accident involved a big rig and a driver traveling the wrong direction on the freeway.   The crash reportedly happened at about 2:15 a.m. on the westbound 210 at Roxford Street.  A UPS truck hauling two trailers was heading westbound when it encountered a compact sedan traveling the wrong way. The truck driver's evasive action was unfortunately unsuccessful, and the two vehicles collided.  Both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles by emergency personnel, but the sedan driver was pronounced dead at the scene.  The truck driver was said to be OK.

See the KTLA story and photographs HERE.

This tragic accident is difficult to understand at this point.  There does not appear to be a logical explanation for the "wrong way" driver's actions.  When auto accidents occur because of a driver crossing into oncoming traffic or driving intentionally into opposing traffic, one of the first things that comes to mind is whether the driver was intoxicated.  From the news story above, we don't have any information a to what the driver was doing before apparently entering the freeway traveling the wrong direction.  This could have been an accident caused by something as simple as a momentary lapse of judgment.  However, collisions such as the one above are more frequently the result of intoxicated driving or attempted suicide.  It is now up to the CHP to do a complete accident investigation that will almost certainly include a medical/emotional profile on the sedan driver.

Compensation for the victims of serious or fatal traffic freeway accidents should be an important concern for all Californians.   When a driver negligently or intentionally 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 Orange County attorney with experience at handling auto accidents can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years years of experience handling freeway and other traffic 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 negligent or reckless 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.

Car Collides With Metro Train Injuring Six

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 03/19/2012

 On Saturday afternoon, six people were injured when a car and a Metro train collided.  According to KTLA news, the accident happened at about 4:20 p.m. at the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Flower Street in Los Angeles.  Reportedly, witnesses to the accident have said a black sedan drove through a red light and was then struck by the train.  The driver of the sedan had to removed from the vehicle by emergency rescue personnel before being transported to the hospital.  Five passengers in the car were also taken to the hospital for treatment of what has been described as minor injuries.  The Metro train operator suffered only minor abrasions.  

See the KTLA news story and photographs HERE.

While train versus vehicle accident are, thankfully, rare, they do happen with some frequency in the Los Angeles area.  In fact, a Metro train and a truck collided at the same intersection back on September 5, 2011.   While this could be little more than a coincidence, the intersection where these two accidents happened appears somewhat troubling.  The view of drivers and train operators may be somewhat obscured by the buildings, fences, and trees in the area.  Beyond that, there are a number of freeway onramps and a one-way street near the accident sites, perhaps adding to the confusion of drivers.  While a full blown investigation has yet to be completed, it is possible the roadway configuration somehow contributed to the happening of this accident, along with driver error.

Compensation for the victims of automobile versus train accidents caused by a careless driver and/or a dangerous roadway should be an important concern for all Californians. When a driver operates their vehicle in violation of the law, they should be held accountable.  A personal injury lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years years of experience handling automobile accident cases caused by unsafe roads and negligent drivers.  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 involving a train and an automobile?

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.

 

 

Truck Versus Train Crash In Nevada Leaves Six Dead And Many More Injured

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 07/10/2011

A Nevada trucking company vehicle reportedly crashed through crossing gates and into an Amtrak train on Friday, June 24th.  According to news reports, the the train was en route from Chicago to Emeryville, California when the accident occurred in Churchill County, Nevada.  The train was apparently carrying approximately 200 passengers Friday morning when the big rig plowed into one of its cars, killing the driver and five people on the train, as well as injuring about one hundred others.  A driver working for John Davis Trucking Co. of Battle Mountain was at the wheel of the tractor-trailer combination when the accident occurred.

See the Associate Press/MSNBC report HERE.

According to the news reports, the train was traveling at about 78 miles pert hour when the accident happened.  While it may take weeks, if not months, to determine the crash, initial news reports suggest the crossing gates and signals were operating correctly at the time of the collision.  Since the accident occurred at about 11:25 a.m. and visibility was described as clear, it is easy to imagine that driver inattention or fatigue could have caused this accident.  However, it is also possible the driver had some sort of medical condition that prevented him from reacting to the gates and presence of the train in time to avoid the accident.  Obviously, the faster the big rig was traveling the less time the driver would have had to perceive and react to the situation ahead of him.  There was a report that 320 feet of skids were left by the truck at the scene, but it was not clear if those were skids leading up to the point of impact or those from the big rig being dragged some distance by the speeding train.  In any event, it does not appear the Amtrak train would have had sufficient opportunity to avoid this collision, given its speed and the reported conduct of the truck driver.

Compensation for victims of truck driving accidents, caused by a driver’s negligence, should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a driver operates their vehicle carelessly and strikes a another vehicle, especially one carrying a large number of passengers, they should be held accountable.  An Orange County trial lawyer with experience at handling truck accident cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a truck accident?

  • 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.

Woman in Desert Hot Springs Killed By Loose Trailer

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/03/2011

According to a story in the Press Enterprise, a 47-year-old Desert Hot Springs woman was killed Wednesday when the car she was driving was hit by a flat bed trailer that had broken loose from its tow vehicle in Palm Springs.  Riverside County coroner's officials identified the victim as Maria Herminia Quinones-Medrano.  She reportedly died at the scene of the 7:06 a.m. wreck along North Indian Canyon Drive, 680 feet south of Train Station Road.

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_webtrailer.10d220b.

As a matter of California law, any operator of a motor vehicle towing a trailer or another vehicle has an obligation to make sure the tow is done safely.  This requirement generally requires that the driver perform a safety inspection before each trip, ensuring that:

  • The pin securing the ball mount to the receiver is intact.
  • The hitch coupler is secured.
  • Spring bar hinges are tight with the safety clips in place (load equalizer or weight distributing hitches).
  • Safety chains are properly attached.
  • The electrical plug is properly installed.

The specific requirements for towing particular trailers varies according to the type of trailer, conventional, cargo, fifth wheel, etc..  The general guidelines can be found at the California Department of Motor Vehicles website. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl648/dl648pt12.htm Logically, a violation of these guidelines may be presumed to be negligence on the part of the motor vehicle operator.  In addition, absent very unusual circumstances, the fact that a trailer comes loose during normal operation may create a legal inference of negligence, a doctrine known as res ipsa loquitur.  Assuming there were no unusual circumstances involved in the case above, it may be presumed the vehicle operator either failed to comply with the DMV guidelines or there may have been a defect in one of the trailer or motor vehicle components intended to secure the trailer.  For example, a coupling or chain could have failed (through no fault of the vehicle operator) because of a design or manufacturing defect.

 

Compensation for pedestrian victims of traffic accidents, caused by a driver’s negligence or a product defect, should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a driver operates their vehicle carelessly or a safety product fails to perform as expected, the responsible party should be held accountable.  An Orange County trial lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 19 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a trailer accident?

  • 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.

Multiple Fatalities in 210 Freeway Collision

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/03/2011

According to news reports, at least two people were killed and several others injured in a traffic collision that shut down the 210 Freeway on Thursday night.  Emergency personnel responded to the scene at about 6 p.m., and the incident reportedly occurred in the eastbound lanes at Mountain Avenue.  At least nine vehicles and a tractor-trailer combination were involved in the fiery collision.

One person was apparently declared dead at the scene of the accident, prompting call and response by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office.   The cab of the big rig was completely blackened by fire, and several other vehicles were also destroyed by fire.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation, and initial reports seem to rule out the possibility of drugs or alcohol being a factor. http://www.dailybulletin.com/rss/ci_16653819?source=rss

When horrific collisions like this occur on California freeways, it is a reminder to all of us who get behind the wheel that nothing should be taken for granted.  Through no fault of a driver, a cascade of unfortunate circumstances can unfold in just a second, causing serious, permanent injury and even death.  While negligence likely played a role in the happening of this accident, it was probably the fault of no more than one or two of the drivers involved.  Consequently, in all likelihood there are at least seven innocent victims in this tragedy, not to mention their friends and families who will have to deal with the aftermath.   While perfect justice cannot be achieved (since we cannot undo all of the harm and loss of life), it is important that the victims in a situation like this are compensated and the responsible party or parties held accountable.  Our civil justice system is premised on these ideas compensation and accountability, intended to bring about a fundamental fairness necessary to maintain the civility we have all come to expect.

Compensation for victims of auto/truck accidents, caused by someone’s negligence, should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a driver operates their vehicle recklessly and/or recklessly and causes a serious traffic collision and injuries or death, they should be held accountable.  An Orange County trial lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 19 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been involved in a freeway collision caused by another’s neglect?

  • 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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