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  • Pothole Sends Driver Flying 50 Feet Down a Ravine

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Feb 23, 2017

    A driver lost control of their vehicle and flew 50 feet down a ravine in San Diego on Wednesday, February 22, after reportedly hitting a pothole in the road. According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), the crash occurred a little bit after 10:45 a.m. at 54 th Street and Montezuma Road. SDPD officers and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) successfully rescued the driver and expect ...
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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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  • Dangers of Truck Tire Blowouts

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Aug 31, 2016

    Whether or not you’ve seen a tire burst in person, you’ve likely seen the chunks of rubber lining the freeways up and down California. We’re still in the heart of truck tire blowout season, which lasts from mid-May through early October. During these months, the warm weather heats up tires on every vehicle, and increases the chance an existing fault leads to catastrophic failure. These tires are ...
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  • Dangers of an Improperly Loaded / Overloaded Truck

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Aug 29, 2016

    Large trucks, “18 wheelers,” can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, and around 34,000 pounds of that comes from the trailer and cargo. While being able to carry so much cargo is undeniably valuable for both shipping companies and the locations receiving the goods, that’s still around the weight of 10 passenger cars. If these massive trailers aren’t loaded properly, the driver can very ...
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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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  • 15 Things You Should Do After a Car Accident

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Jan 18, 2016

    So You’ve Been in a Car Accident. Now What? You have probably heard countless pieces of advice over the years on how to avoid getting into a car accident ...but what happens when you actually are in a crash? How can you be prepared to respond perfectly in the event of an accident? The truth is, you can’t . While you can do your best to exercise caution, be a defensive driver, keep a “safety kit” ...
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  • One Killed, Two Injured in a North County Head-On Collision

    Posted By The McClellan law Firm || Oct 28, 2015

    This past Saturday, a woman was killed in a head-on collision that took place on Old Highway 395 in North County. Two men suffered severe injuries in the accident and were taken to the hospital for treatment. The incident occurred just before 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. A 45-year-old man driving a 1992 Nissan began to drift into the other lane, crossing over the double yellow line. The vehicle crashed ...
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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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  • 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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  • Ridesharing May Be Safer Than Taxicabs

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

    In many urban markets across the United States, ridesharing services are gaining popularity against traditional taxicab companies. Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft use the driver's own personal vehicle to shuttle passengers to their locations. Taxicab drivers use company cars to transport riders. Many of these taxi companies, concerned about the competition that ridesharing services bring ...
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  • Driver Survives 50-Foot Plunge from Freeway Overpass

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Sep 24, 2014

    A man suffered serious injuries but survived after his truck careened off a freeway overpass and fell more than 50 feet before hitting a building and falling to the ground. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident was reported just before 3pm Sunday. It took place at the connecting overpass from the westbound Interstate 8 to the northbound Interstate 805 in Mission Valley. ...
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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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  • 3 Pedestrians Struck by Vehicle in Carlsbad, CA

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Jul 23, 2014

    Three pedestrians were hospitalized Saturday after being struck by a motor vehicle on the old coast highway in central Carlsbad, CA. According to Carlsbad police, the accident was reported just after midnight on Saturday in the 3200 block of Carlsbad Boulevard, north of Walnut Avenue. Fire paramedics from Carlsbad and Oceanside and Carlsbad police responded to the call. One pedestrian was ...
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  • Taxi Driver Killed in Double Hit-and-Run Accident near Old Town San Diego

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

    A taxi driver lost his life in a double hit-and-run accident on Interstate 5 near Old Town San Diego early Saturday. The incident occurred around 2:30am on the I-5 South between Old Town Avenue and Washington Street. First, the taxi cab was struck by a wrong-way driver traveling northbound on the southbound freeway. The driver fled the scene, but according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) ...
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  • Wet Weather Driving Safety Tips

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Apr 1, 2014

    With rain this morning and more expected tomorrow morning, now is a good time for a refresher on safe driving tips during wet weather. Taking a few preventative measures can reduce our chances of causing or being involved in collisions. Be sure to slow down. Particularly in the first few hours following rainfall, when the roads are most likely to be slippery, be sure to adjust your speed. Driving ...
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  • Tour Bus Crash Sends 10 To Hospital

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Sep 3, 2013

    A brake failure appears to be the cause of a tour bus crash that sent 10 people, 9 passengers and the driver, to the hospital over the weekend. The bus accident occurred as the group was on its way to a casino in northern Sand Diego County. All of the people injured were treated at Palomar Medical Center and are expected to make full recoveries. The investigation into the incident has not yet been ...
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  • NTSB Recommends Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication Technology

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Jul 26, 2013

    This week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made a recommendation to the United States government that could prevent many fatal car accidents if implemented. The recommendation involves a new technology called "vehicle-to-vehicle" communication, which allows automobiles to "communicate" with each other up to 10 times per second. The technology—which the National Highway Traffic ...
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  • Reporting Your Boating Accident

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Jun 24, 2013

    Like with car accidents , California requires boaters to report serious boating accidents to the state. The state uses the information to analyze boating accidents and make safety recommendations to reduce the number of accidents. The reports are confidential and may not be used in any criminal prosecution or civil litigation. Boaters must report the following accidents to the Department of ...
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  • Should Texting While Driving Increase Insurance Premiums?

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Jun 6, 2013

    CarInsurance.com recently did a survey of 1,000 drivers. It asked: How would you screen drivers for car insurance? The results? Most people said they would penalize drivers who broke traffic laws by increasing their premiums—including those ticketed for texting while driving. In fact, maybe even more shocking, nearly 73% of drivers said that they would penalize those pulled over for texting while ...
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  • California Asks: How Should We Regulate Driverless Cars?

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Apr 25, 2013

    Google Inc. has tested its driverless cars on California roads for a few years now, and it expects to make the cars available to consumers by 2020. With more than 400,000 miles clocked, there has been only one accident. Yet, even if there was only one accident per 400,000 miles, if everyone rode an autonomous vehicle, there could be more than 800,000 car accidents every year.* While that may sound ...
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  • Injured In A GoCar Accident?

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Apr 19, 2013

    They are touted as "the cure for the common tour," GPS-guided cars that allow tourists to get around San Diego on three-wheeled bicycles with motorcycle engines. GoCars launched in April 2004 and have since exploded as part of the San Diego tourism industry. Yet, while GoCars can be fun, they can also be dangerous. The cars are bright colors, but they are also small, low to the ground and ...
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  • Distracted Driving Initiatives in California

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Mar 21, 2013

    In our last blog post, we discussed the culture of distracted driving in the U.S. What are we doing to change this culture and make our roads safer for all drivers? Two initiatives to fight distracted driving in California made the news recently. The first initiative is a bill before the California legislature that would strengthen texting while driving bans for teenagers. The bill, SB 194, would ...
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  • CDC Study Finds U.S. Drivers Are Most Distracted Drivers

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Mar 19, 2013

    We all know that too many Americans drive distractedly, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows just how great the problem is. U.S. drivers, it seems, drive distractedly much more often than European drivers. In fact, while 20.5 percent of UK adults admit to driving while talking on a cell phone at least once in the last month (which may seem like a lot), 68.7 percent of ...
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  • Lane-Keeping Technology Could Make Roads Safer

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || May 29, 2012

    What if your car told you that it was time to take a break? Imagine if you were driving along and suddenly a voice piped up, "Warning—rest now!" Drivers of new vehicles made by manufacturers like Ford may find themselves hearing similar messages in the near future. Lane Departure Prevention The safety measure, often called "lane-keeping technology," uses cameras on places like the car's rear-view ...
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  • When Should Drivers Avoid Animals on the Road?

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || May 23, 2012

    Most California drivers are familiar with the desire to swerve out of the way of an animal that finds itself on the road. Often drivers will veer out of the way of an animal in an attempt not to injure it. However, in trying to avoid hitting an animal, drivers may lose control of their cars or hit other motorists, causing damage to vehicles, bodily injury and even fatal accidents . In 2009, the ...
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