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  • Bus Crash Near Palm Springs, California Kills 13, Injures 31

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Oct 24, 2016

    13 people died, and another 31 were injured after a tour bus crashed into a tractor-trailer near Palm Springs, California on Sunday, October 23. Officials reported that it’s one of the deadliest crashes in recent California history. According to Jim Abele, Division Chief of the California Highway Patrol, the bus was making a return trip to Los Angeles from the Red Earth Casino when it crashed on ...
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  • California Tour Bus Crash Leaves At Least Five Dead

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Aug 8, 2016

    A tour bus carrying 30 people crashed into a Central California highway sign early Tuesday, August 2, killing at least five people. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the bus crashed at about 3:25 a.m. on Highway 99 in Merced County. According to CHP Officer Moises Onsurez, after the bus hit the sign, the pole ripped through the tour bus, severely injuring the driver. Six passengers ...
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  • Common Causes of Tour Bus Accidents

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Jul 15, 2016

    Tour bus crashes can cause severe injuries, shut down roadways, and disrupt lives. When a crash occurs, it is important to determine the cause. Frequently, the bus driver or the bus company is at fault. There are a variety of ways this happens, including: Mechanical Failure: Tour busses are large and complex pieces of machinery which require timely maintenance to remain in proper working ...
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  • Eleven Killed in San Diego DUI Crashes During "Summer of Shame"

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Sep 3, 2015

    San Diego law enforcement is alarmed and frustrated by a large number of DUI fatalities that have occurred in-county just over the past few summer months. According to the chief of the California Highway Patrol’s Border Division, Jim Abele, officers simply do not understand why drivers would consciously choose to drive while drunk. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says that the list of fatalities ...
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  • San Diego Drunk Driver Will Not See Prison for Serious Crash

    Posted By Craig McClellan || May 6, 2015

    A San Diego Superior Court judge sentenced a driver who crashed into an 18 year-old girl's car, causing her serious injuries , to one year in a work release program, rather than the much longer prison sentence the man potentially could have served. The drunk driving accident occurred in August 20, 2011, and the victim spent significant time in the hospital afterward. The man slammed into the rear ...
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  • New Year's Eve DUI Accidents & Injuries

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Dec 29, 2014

    New Year's Eve has earned the dubious honor of being the holiday with the most DUI arrests made by law enforcement. While many Californians revel in the exciting festivities, drunk driving accidents are almost guaranteed to increase dramatically. Almost one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident at some point in their lives according to statistics. Not only that, but drunk ...
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  • AAA Study Emphasizes Dangers of Drowsy Driving

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Nov 13, 2014

    Most people may not have realized it, but the last week of October was Drowsy Driving Awareness Week. Although there seems to be holidays and weeks for all types of random things, the fact that drowsy driving has its own awareness week says a great deal about the issue of driving tired, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) credits as being a serious problem responsible ...
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  • SeaWorld Drive Closed After Fatal Street Racing Accident

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Sep 17, 2014

    One person was killed and another seriously injured in a street racing accident in Mission Bay on Sunday evening. The incident occurred just after 5pm Sunday. According to San Diego police, two vehicles, a silver Corvette and black Mercedes, were racing westbound on SeaWorld Drive when the driver of the Corvette lost control. The vehicle crashed into a tree near Friars Road. The driver of the ...
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  • Fiery University City Car Crash Claims Driver's Life

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Aug 13, 2014

    A fiery car accident claimed one life early Sunday morning in the University City area of San Diego. According to the San Diego Police Department, the single-vehicle collision was reported at 3:43am. The accident occurred at 7900 Genesee Avenue, south of Nobel Drive in University City. Police have reported that the driver was traveling north on Genesee when he or she made an unsafe right turn and ...
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  • Third Fatal Train Accident in San Diego County in Less Than a Week

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Aug 12, 2014

    A bicyclist was struck and killed by a train in Vista, CA Monday evening, marking the third fatal train accident in San Diego County in less than a week. The incident occurred just after 8pm Monday near Santa Fe Avenue and Woodland Drive. According to witnesses, the bicyclist was traveling eastbound on Santa Fe Avenue, when he approached and then entered the intersection. As the 48-year-old victim ...
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  • San Diego Police Dept Faces $50M Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || May 21, 2014

    The family of a motorcyclist killed in a police-involved collision has filed a $50 million claim against the San Diego Police Department, claiming a patrol officer was at fault for the fatal accident . Details of the police report related to the collision have not yet been released, but public records obtained by reporters described witness reports of the November 2013 incident. Witnesses said a ...
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  • Man Pleads Guilty After Fatal DUI Hit-and-Run Accident in Del Mar

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Apr 16, 2014

    A man charged in the hit-and-run death of a 27-year-old woman has changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on Wednesday. The tragic accident occurred at about 10:15pm on March 28th as the victim and a friend were crossing the street at a crosswalk at the intersection of Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard. The defendant was accused of running a stop sign and striking the victim at a high rate of ...
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  • Buzzed Driving Just As Dangerous, UC San Diego Study Says

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Jan 22, 2014

    "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving ," according to one driver safety campaign run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For many motorists in San Diego and across the count ry, however, this connection isn't one they are likely to make, as many drivers get behind the wheel after drinking – assured that by being under the legal limit, they are still being safe. A new study from ...
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  • California Assembly Passes Limousine Safety Bill

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Sep 11, 2013

    The tragic limousine fire that killed five California women this past May (2013) has spurred the passage of a new safety bill designed to provide limousine passengers with added protection. The California Senate Majority Leader announced that the limousine safety bill, SB 109, was passed in the Assembly this week and will now go to the full Senate for approval. Recalling the Tragic Events of the ...
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  • California skateboard accident kills veteran

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Jul 30, 2013

    A 24-year-old Navy veteran was killed Monday when a car hit his skateboard in a Pacific Beach intersection. According to police, the skateboarder was speeding down a hill and did not have time to stop before entering the intersection at Garnet and Lamont Street. Police will not cite the driver, whom they believe had the right-of-way in this skateboard accident. While skateboard accidents are not ...
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  • Pedestrian Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Aug 27, 2012

    Every eight minutes a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident. Every two hours, one is killed. Pedestrians, defined as those on foot, walking, hiking, jogging and sitting, were involved in 13 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in 2010. According to statistics recently compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) almost 4,300 pedestrians died in car accidents . And ...
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  • Longboarding Behind a Vehicle Can Lead To Fatal Accidents

    Posted By Craig McClellan || May 26, 2011

    The California community has long been familiar with longboarding. Oceanside especially sees large numbers of skateboards, longboards, and other recreational means of transportation on a daily basis. The longboarding culture is a mix of adrenaline and “chill,” the boards can be used for a relaxing cruise down a beachside sidewalk or a terrifying race down steeper urban terrain. Their build enables ...
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  • Fatal accidents claim the lives of three California skydivers

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Apr 21, 2011

    For some people, a fatal accident conjures up the image of a very bad car crash. But fatal accidents are not limited to motor vehicle accidents. In fact, fatal accidents can occur in any number of circumstances. Recently, a fatal accident occurred in the skies above Southern California. Two skydivers collided in mid-air; their parachutes got tangled and both fell 200 feet to the ground. One of the ...
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  • Long Beach community mourns after five die in fatal plane crash

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Mar 17, 2011

    The Long Beach community is currently mourning the loss of three prominent community leaders after a plane crash yesterday morning. The three were among five including the pilot who were aboard a plane when it crashed into the runway at the Long Beach Airport. A sixth individual on the plane suffered serious injuries and is currently in the hospital. Any type of fatal accident is especially ...
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  • Part 1: Fatal Explosion in San Bruno Caused By Poor Welding?

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Jan 26, 2011

    In September of 2010, a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, near San Francisco. Eight people were killed in the explosion, and more injured. The explosion, which occurred at night, also destroyed over 40 homes. The fatal accident caused damage to over 15 acres of land in San Bruno and, according to a previous article by the New York Times, was so intense that officials first ...
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  • Number of Rollover Accidents in California Could Decrease

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Nov 8, 2010

    Everyone knows that a car accident can happen when one vehicle crashes into another vehicle. What some people may not realize is that car accidents sometimes happen in two stages. The first stage occurs when the initial crash happens. In some cases, a second stage happens when another vehicle collides with the initial accident. These second stage collisions are often due to the primary incident’s ...
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  • SeaWorld's Recent Fatal Accident Leads to Important Questions

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Apr 30, 2010

    What was once primarily considered a jaw-dropping, inspiring show that demonstrates a seemingly magic connection between human and animal, the Shamu show now inspires more worry than fascination. The recent February death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau has many concerned with the safety of whale trainers around the country's SeaWorlds and other marine parks. Concern is so great that the U.S. ...
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  • San Diego Zoo Safer Than Ever

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Jan 26, 2010

    San Diego Zoo is now the first zoo in America to be viewable through Google's online street-view feature. Animal lovers can see many of their favorites, including tigers, giraffes and elephants, simply by the click of a mouse (no pun intended). In an interesting way, this new initiative makes the already-safe San Diego Zoo even safer, allowing for viewing of animals from the safe distance of one's ...
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