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Costa Mesa Four Car Accident

Costa Mesa was the sad setting for a car collision that turned into a hit and run on Tuesday October 28th. Allegedly the accident was caused by the driver of a red Toyota Corolla being under the influence while he was driving.  Six total were injured in the crash and were taken to the hospital. The incident first started when Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott tried to pull over the Corolla on Harbor Boulevard around 6:15 p.m.  Refusing to stop, the driver kept driving further down the road towards Wilson Street.

From what Greg Scott said, The Corolla kept going and sideswiped a gray Ford pickup heading south on Harbor which was the start of all of the chaos. Then the truck was forced into a head on collision into a Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox was hit so hard it began to spin out and smashed into a Hyundai Elantra that was heading toward the northern side of Harbor, then the Chevy ended off the road and into a local Chinese kitchen. When the fire department got there they inspected the building that had been hit and deemed that the damage was not severe enough to close or condemn the building which was great news for the business owners.

A total of 6 people injured in the car accident. Four of them were taken to the Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo for medical attention. The other two were sent to the UCI Medical Center in Orange. Police made a point to say that thankfully none of their injuries were a matter of life and death situation.

The driver of the Corolla did not get away free. Police arrested the driver and charged him with suspicion of felony driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run. The driver was then identified by police Tuesday night as Jose Chanico-Retana, 35, a resident of Costa Mesa. At this point, the investigation is still ongoing.

Harbor Boulevard was completely shut down in both directions by local police while the crash was cleaned up. Streets were reopened around 7:30 p.m.

It’s extremely unfortunate that accidents like this happen to innocent people like this. If you live in the Costa Mesa area, and you find yourself being a victim in a situation like this, contact a Costa Mesa Injury Attorney.



Tragic Accident In Anaheim End With Man Arrested

Late Saturday evening, Gary S. Hunt was arrested on Sunday October 19th, for suspicion of driving under the influence. Hunt had caused a wreck that involved two other cars in Anaheim California. One of the cars that were involved was a Toyota Camry. The Toyota Camry had a family of five inside of it and was smashed in the rear by Hunt’s Toyota pickup.

The accident happened right before midnight Saturday around 11:58 p.m. at the intersection of North Euclid Street and West La Palma Avenue according to Lt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department.

The two parents were in the front two seats, and the three brothers were all in the back. Their car was stopped at a red light in a southbound lane on North Euclid Street. As they were stopped at the light waiting for it to change, the black truck, which was driven by Hunt, had rear-ended the back of the Camry. The Camry had then been pushed into the intersection (due to the momentum of Hunt’s Toyota pickup) where they were hit by an oncoming Honda Civic that had no choice but to sideswiped the family in the Camry.

The five of them were quickly rushed to the nearest hospital which happened to be the Anaheim Regional Medical Center. When the family had arrived at the hospital, one, the children had sadly lost his life at the age of 10 years old. Later the child was identified as Rafael Ramirez. Extended family members of the victims said that the rest of the family was expected to be okay.  While the passenger the Honda Civic was treated on site of the scene and did not seek further medical attention, the driver of the car was taken to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

Hunt was arrested on site by Anaheim police. The reason for his arrest was the suspicion of being under the influence of drugs and alcohol while driving his vehicle. A significant result of the entire accident. Footage  from local news outlets shows the Hunt being handcuffed and put into the back of the police officers car and appearing to have no injuries from the accident

If you or someone you know live in the Anaheim area and are involved in a car accident, make sure you contact an Anaheim personal injury attorney.

Illegal Immigrant Pleads Guilty In Fatal DUI Accident

Early Sunday morning, 30-year-old Santos Gabriel-Thomas was arrested for aggravated DUI manslaughter after crashing head-on into a Times-Dispatch carrier.  Gabriel-Thomas was previously convicted of DUI a year earlier, yet he has never been licenced to drive in the state of Virginia.  Gabriel-Thomas entered the country illegally from his country of origin, Guatemala.

Gabriel-Thomas was heading the wrong way on U.S. 58 in the South Hill area and had a blood alcohol content of 0.19% when the accident occurred.  Maxey Ann Lynch, 61, was the victim of the head-on collision caused by Gabriel-Thomas and was airlifted to VCU Medical Center where she later passed away.

As well as the aggravated DUI manslaughter charge Gabriel-Thomas faces, he is also charged with DUI second offense and driving without an operator’s licence.  Gabriel-Thomas pleaded guilty of all charges and faces 20 years alone with the manslaughter offense.

Man Arrested After Crashing Into Telephone Pole

Brentwood native Robert Cleaves has been charge with the suspicion of driving under the influence on Sunday night around 11:00 p.m.   Robert was driving East on Concord Road when he lost control of his vehicle and then crashed in a telephone pole which resulted in a massive power outage and damaged lines.

Neighborhoods around the accident were without power till the wires and poles were repaired in the morning.  Robert sustained minor injuries and was treated at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Lightsey criminal law firm understands how difficult life can become after being arrested in a DUI accident in Brentwood.  Call our professional, understanding, and dedicated DUI attorneys who are ready to represent your case today.

Finding the Best Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

The first lesson any lawyer who wants to handle motorcycle crash cases learns is that you can’t handle these cases like car crashes. Liability will nearly always be denied. Even if fault is clear there will be attempts to blame the motorcyclist for “failure to avoid”. This defense can be based on the thinnest of evidence. Unless the case is quickly and carefully documented the evidence to defeat such defenses may be lost.

1. Motorcycle crash witnesses’ estimates of speed are seldom right. Witnesses will overestimate the speed of a motorcycle proportionally to the loudness of the exhaust and brightness of the color. Studies show that even those experienced in this area will place the speed of a motorcycle with loud pipes and bright colors well above that of a drab and quiet bike. For this reason it is important to have a qualified motorcycle crash reconstructionist investigate the crash as soon as possible.

2. Research shows drivers do see you. Other drivers do see motorcycles far more often than believed. Studies show that drivers misinterpret information regarding the motorcycle. They estimate the distance poorly and rarely accurately judge speed. Good defensive riders appreciate this fact and assume they will not be seen, or if seen not given the right of way. Automobilists often claim the motorcycle had no lighting or exaggerate speed to cover their fault.

3. Motorcycle speed can be accurately estimated from crash data. Several methods of estimating impact speed in car v. motorcycle cases have been studied. Skid length, wheel deformation, fork displacement and throw distance all factors into the equation. The length of skid marks, number of tires locked, points of impact and rest and data regarding the roadway all enter the equation and must be documented as soon as possible.

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Personal Injury Lawyers in Sacramento California

Personal injuries usually occur in in some kind of road collision. A personal injury is when damage has been done to your personal body rather then to your belongings.  If you have been a victim to personal injury in Sacramento, California, it is important to contact a Sacramento personal injury attorney as soon as possible because in many cases you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills and the injuries suffered. A few examples of the types of accidents that a personal injury attorney could help you with are:

Not only do personal injuries occur on the road, they also happen in places you would never even think of! In 2008, the 50 sixth-grade students of Hillsboro’s West Union Elementary School were happily taking their class picture on a Friday morning when the bleachers suddenly collapsed underneath them, injuring six of the students. This would also be a case for a personal injury attorney. In another case, a pit-bull named Clifford escaped from a pen that was too small to hold him in 2012. After escaping, he attacked and injured two boys, one of whom received over five hours of surgery to repair a critical artery. The owners of the dogs were liable which made reason for a personal injury attorney to take on the case.

Car Accidents in Busy Cities

Car accidents take place a lot more often in busy cities then on rural country sides.  This is true because of the increase in vehicles, motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Recently In Lindenwold New Jersey, a bus driver took a corner and hit a Honda Civic that was driving on the wrong side of the road. The Civic then spun out of control, hitting a pedestrian that was mowing his lawn. This is not only a car accident, but also a pedestrian accident.

Motorcycle riders should always take more precautions then automobile drivers because just being on a motorcycle is less safe. The motorcyclists’ risk of a death in any kind of road accident is 35 times greater than for automobile drivers. When riding a motorcycle, drivers should always wear proper protective gear and drive safely to avoid motorcycle accidents.

Not only do motorcyclists need to take extra precautions on the road, so do bicyclists. In 2009 alone, more then 600 people were killed while riding their bike. Bicycle accidents can be easily avoided by, wearing the appropriate protective gear, riding in a bike lane,  ride with not against traffic, use lights or bright colored clothing when riding at night time, and always be aware of your surroundings. It is important that automobile drivers are more aware of bicyclists as well and to be cautious when driving near them.

When dealing with any kind of road collisions, it is important that a Car Accident Attorney get involved to help you to get what you need.  Below is a list of accident resources in some of the larger U.S. cities:


Filing for Bankruptcy can help people substantially

Although bankruptcy is usually peoples last resort, it can be a good option if you are not able to meet your financial obligations because of some unforeseen circumstance.  You could get a “fresh start” financially and life would go back to the way it should be.

Filing for bankruptcy starts with a credit counseling course that will need to take place at least 6 months before filing for bankruptcy. Once you have done that and received the certificate needed for completing the course you then go to what is called bankruptcy court. Bankruptcy court is where you will determine the type of bankruptcy plan best suites you. Before going to bankruptcy court, you will want to have a bankruptcy attorney.

Thousands of people file for bankruptcy every year in the state of California. Too many people in the US kill themselves due to having too much debt. In 2012 an elderly couple committed suicide by overdosing on pills because their debt was so high and they were soon going to be evicted. The government provides us with options such as bankruptcy to provide people with no hope a way out.

There are many great bankruptcy attorneys that can help you. Please visit the following web pages if you would like to learn more.

Driving Under the Influence Kills

Drinking and driving is never a good idea, whether you have drank a lot or just one beer. No matter how much alcohol you consume it still affects the way drive. Police are starting to take driving under the influence more and more seriously. If you are showing any signs at all of being intoxicated while at the wheel you will be pulled over and given a breathalyzer test.

In 2012, a woman was found guilty of killing her husband and daughter while drunk driving in Los Gatos, California. She is now facing a prison term of 36 years to life. I’m sure that when this woman left her house she had no intention in killing her family. In just one year alone, nearly 350,000 people will be injured and over 10,000 will be killed due to this preventable crime. That is just one of the many terrible tragedies that have happened because of drunk driving. Not only can drunk driving kill people, but DUI’s are also life altering and can devastate families.

A DUI is when a person driving under the influence is pulled over and has a breathalyzer of .08 or above, they are given a misdemeanor along with large fines and even jail time. However, that is just the penalty for a first DUI. If given a second DUI, things become a lot worse. You are given time in jail, larger fines, your licence is suspended, and an ignition interlock unit or immobilization of a vehicle. A felony DUI is given after more then one DUI offence has occurred. The largest consequence of a felony DUI usually comes after all government punishments have been served. If the person given the felony DUI works for the government or children related jobs, they will be fired and will not be allowed to work in the same field again. Some states allow this charge to be expunged from their record after a certain amount of time but most states will not give any option for having the charge removed. The person would also be not allowed to work at a job that required them to drive to get there. Driving under the influence is a serious crime and is not taken lightly.

If you or someone you know has recently received a DUI, it is important that you contact a DUI Attorney as soon as possible. The following sites offer more information about DUI’s, DUI attorneys, and other criminal charges:

Accidents and Injuries

The first thing that you should always do after being injured in an accident or in some other manner is to look out for your health. However, if you have already done this, then there are a number of steps that you can take that will help preserve your right to file a claim for your personal injuries. These steps are valid in most situations and there is no “right” order to take (note: if you need to file a claim against the government or a government agency, there are other specific steps that should be taken).

  • Collect evidence that can point to who caused the accident, as well as the damage caused by the accident. Photographs are useful here.
  • Write down everything that has happened to you after the accident. This may include things like medical bills, hospital visits, any lost work or wages, etc.
  • Be sure to get the names and contact information of any witnesses that may have observed the accident. Contact these people to confirm their contact information.
  • If you speak to other people that were involved in the accident, be sure to take notes about your conversation.
  • Tell anyone that you may file suit against that you are planning on filing a claim for your injuries and property damage.

If you’ve been injured in an accident you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to ensure you are treated fairly.

Here are some great resources for finding qualified personal injury attorneys: