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One person was killed and four others were injured in a multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 17, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver of a Ford F-550 was traveling north when he lost control, veered through a gap in the center concrete wall and collided with three vehicles traveling in the opposite direction – a Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Camry, and Kia Sedan. The impact from striking the Kia was so strong that it rip the roof open and the woman was ejected. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The F-550 rolled onto its roof and came to a rest on the shoulder of the highway.

The CHP said they do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, but the crash remains under investigation. Even before the investigation is complete, we encourage the family of the deceased woman, as well as those injured in the crash, to consult an experienced attorney who can help them obtain fair compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and more.

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A North Carolina volunteer firefighter was struck and killed by a pick-up truck while cleaning storm debris.

Around midnight on October 8, firefighters were dispatched to the site of a tree blocking the roadway. While two firefighters were clearing the debris, a pick-up truck slammed into one of the men. The truck then struck the victim’s vehicle, which crashed into the fire truck. The firefighter died instantly. The fire department said that he was wearing a safety vest, turnout gear and the emergency lights on his vehicle were illuminated, and the emergency lights were illuminated on another patrol car and truck at the time of the crash.

The driver of the truck has been charged with felony by death of a motor vehicle, driving while impaired, no operator’s license, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to reports. He told police that he had smoked a joint earlier in the day, but that he was not impaired at the time of the crash.

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A Kentucky couple and their two grandchildren, a six-month-old and a three-year-old, were struck head-on by a camper that broke loose from a truck. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene; the six-month old died a few days from acute intracranial trauma.

All that is current known about this bizarre crash is that the driver of the truck had recently bought the camper and he and his father were going on a camping trip at the time of the crash. The truck driver told police that just before the crash that he heard a pop and then saw the camper through his side-view mirror as it headed toward the victim’s vehicle. “The camper struck the front of the vehicle and it just kind of imploded upon impact,” he said.

The family of the deceased child said that when the time is right, they plan to work to ensure regulations are enforced to prevent what happened to their family from hurting others. There is no word whether they will be filing a lawsuit.

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Suffering a personal injury in an auto accident is bad enough, but when the insurance company refuses in bad faith to negotiate or settle a claim, the impact can be devastating. Here is a case where an insurance company put their bottom line profits over their obligation to honor a contract. While the plaintiff eventually won her case, it took nearly four years.

A 41-year-old woman was a rear-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck from behind by another car. The impact caused the Altima to strike another vehicle stopped in front of it. The passenger was treated and released at a local hospital. Although she complained of low-back pain, the woman was not diagnosed with a cervical intervertebral disc herniation and bulge until years later. Eight months of physical therapy and two epidural steroid injections did not prove successful; a neurosurgeon recommended spinal surgery.

The woman filed a lawsuit against her insurance company seeking payment of underinsured motorist benefits. Allstate disputed damages, arguing that the woman’s cervical conditions were entirely pre-existing and had no relation to the accident. After a four-day trial, the jury found in favor of the plaintiff; she was awarded $1.2 million in unspecified damages.

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After an auto accident, everything can seem complicated, but applying for lawsuit funding is not one of those things.

A mother of two was on her way to work when she was hit head on by a drunk driver. She was trapped in her car for nearly an hour and was not responsive when was first found. The woman was rushed to the hospital and required immediate surgery. All her major organs were pushed into her diaphragm. Her lung was punctured by a broken rib, her spleen had to be removed, and her pelvis, tibia and one foot were broken. More surgery is likely, followed by rehabilitation and months of being able to return to work.

Many auto accident cases are resolved quickly without the need for a lawsuit and litigation in court. However, some cases cannot be settled, often times because the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable offer until required by a jury to do so. Even when the defendant admits fault, the insurance company often delays and defends the claim.

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An 18-year-old California teen lost his life and five of his classmates were injured Friday afternoon when the pick-up they were riding in ran off the road and rolled several times down a 150 foot embankment. One of the injured teens is in critical condition with a spinal injury; the other four teens suffered moderate injuries. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash is still under investigation.

This auto accident is a reminder that inexperience driving, coupled with distractions, can greatly increase the risk of a serious or even deadly accident.

A study by the AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that nearly 60% of teen crashes involve distracted drivers. The most common distractions are interacting with passengers, using a cell phone to talk or text, and looking at something in or around the vehicle such as the radio or a billboard. In fact, loud conversations and horseplay between passengers are bigger distractions than technology. This is a main reason many states issue graduated, first-time licenses that restrict the number of youth passengers with a teen driver. The graduated system helps young drivers by limiting these high-risk driving situations, increasing adult supervision and extending the educational requirements of the novice driver.

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There are many contributing factors in many auto-pedestrian accidents, with driver inattention being the most common cause.

A woman is recovering after being hit by a car in Kenosha, Wisconsin. According to police, the woman was walking in the roadway outside of the crosswalk when a driver spilled coffee on himself and collided with her. The woman was taken to a local hospital with a head injury but is expected to be fine. The driver was issued a citation for inattentive driving. The crash is still under investigation.

Insurance companies will sometimes try to reach a quick settlement and limit recovery to the lowest possible amount. As the investigation continues, the injured victim should consult an experienced personal injury attorney to understand her legal rights before considering any settlement offer.

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Prescription drug use (and abuse) is a rising factor in auto accidents across the United States. Drowsiness, slowed reaction time, and disorientation are just a few side effects of prescription medications that can affect a person’s driving abilities.

A man driving the wrong way crashed head-on with a vehicle that carried a mother and two children. Police said the car’s computer showed the man was driving at up to 70 mph at the time. The woman sustained foot, leg and neck fractures, according to reports. Her three-year-old daughter suffered a broken collar bone, while her two-year-old son suffered cardiac arrest and permanent brain damage. The negligent driver was also hospitalized with serious injuries.

Tests revealed that the man benzodiazepine, a prescription drug that can induce sleep and hypnotic states, in his system at the time of the crash. He did not have a prescription for the drug. He was charged with aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm.

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After an auto accident, victims have a lot to worry about – from physical injuries and medical bills to unpaid time off from work, car repairs, and insurance negotiations. We all want to believe that working with the insurance company will be easy, but that is typically far from the truth despite, hearing “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”

A Florida woman has filed an auto accident lawsuit against a vehicle owner and State Farm alleging negligence.

On October 18, 2016, the woman’s vehicle was struck by another driver, leaving her with serious injuries. The woman said that as a result of the collision, she has endured great physical pain and mental anguish, and incurred medical bills and expenses. She filed a lawsuit holding the vehicle owner and State Farm responsible. The complaint alleges that the driver (who is not the vehicle owner) negligently operated the vehicle and State Farm allegedly failed to pay all covered losses resulting from the accident.

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After tearful testimony, a Virginia Beach man was sentenced for killing a woman in DUI crash.

In April 2016, a 23-year-old woman preparing to complete her first year of medical school lost her life to a drunk driver. Last month, the negligent driver was sentenced to 6 years in prison, and he will remain on probation once released.

Police said the 39-year-old man was driving a Toyota RAV4 when he rear-ended a Dodge Caravan stopped at a red light. The impact pushed the van into a car. Three people in the minivan, including the young woman were taken to the hospital. The woman died a short time later. The driver of the van and the rear-seat passenger were treated and released. The driver of the SUV was treated for minor injuries, while the driver of the car refused medical treatment.