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Most Dangerous Intersections in California [NEW STUDY]

Posted on November 3rd, 2016

*As part of our commitment to consumer safety, Estey & Bomberger presents the first in our data driven study series: Safety through Numbers.  Each month, with the help of data visualization firm 1point21 interactive, we will take a look at a whole host of consumer safety issues to find out where danger lurks for Californians.  Our first study examines dangerous intersections through out the state.  What are the most dangerous intersections in California? Where are they located? Together with data visualization company 1point21 Interactive, we analyzed over 435,000 collision records to find out which intersections in California are the most dangerous. In our effort, we examined every motor vehicle crash recorded by the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) in 2015.  Taking total crashes, injuries and fatalities into account, we identified and ranked all intersections with 10 or more accidents.  Based on this 2015 crash data, here are the most dangerous intersections in California: Rankings *Intersections with higher scores are more dangerous than those with lower scores. For more information on the scoring system, see our methodology below. Interactive Map Zoom in on any area of the map. Larger circles represent a more dangerous intersection. Hover over any circle to see…

What are the Leading Causes of Burn Injuries?

Posted on October 19th, 2017

With news of deadly Northern California wildfires, citizens are rightfully frightened about the chances of burn injuries. The majority of burn injuries, however, occur right at home, on a normal day. You encounter potential burn risks in your daily life, while you cook or perform tasks at work. Being aware of the leading causes of burn injuries can help you stay safe, with or without the risk of wildfires. Here are the five most common causes. #1. Fires and Flames Contact with fire or flames is the most obvious cause of burn injuries, as well as the most common. About 44% of all burn center admissions result from fires or flames. Thermal burns from contact with fire can cause burns of the first degree all the way to third-degree burns with major deep-tissue damage and permanent scarring. Keep your home safe from fires as much as possible by checking smoke detectors regularly. Hire a professional electrician before turning on little-used appliances such as space heaters, and engage in routine electrical maintenance to help prevent house fires. #2. Hot Liquids Contact with hot liquids and steams are the second most common cause of burns, or scalds. About 33% of all burn center…

6 Human Factors that Cause the Most Car Collisions in CA

Posted on October 16th, 2017

Some car accidents are outside of a driver’s control. You can’t stop a coyote from running out in front of your car or anticipate a major roadway hazard around a blind curve. There are however other accidents in California caused by human negligence that are entirely preventable. They happen because of unsafe driving behaviors. What are the Primary Causes of Car Collisions by Human Negligence? To avoid car accidents and appropriately respond to dangerous drivers, keep these primary collision-causing factors in mind: 1.)  Age – In the state of California, 16-year-olds are almost four times more likely to get into a crash than drivers across all ages. Those in the 16-19 year-old category are 2.7 times more likely to crash. If you see a young driver, you may want to steer clear. Young drivers involved in fatal accidents often engage in unsafe driving behaviors including speeding, ignoring right-of-way rules, and making improper turns. 2.)  Distractions – Our state has some tough rules on cellphone use in vehicles, but unsafe distractions can include more than technology. Fiddling with a radio, digging in a bag, reaching into the back seat, and paying more attention to the radio or a conversation than the roadway can…

5 Common Household Hazards & Injuries to be Cautious Of

Posted on October 16th, 2017

While many people associate serious injuries with car accidents and incidents in public settings, some of the most common and serious injuries take place at home. Injury risks sit in cupboards within reach of small hands; they trip homeowners on stairs; and, they can cause serious burns. If you want to keep your loved ones safe, or are planning on having guests visit your residence, it’s important to be cautious of potential hazards and take precautions to prevent and accidents or potential premises liability situations from occurring at your home. Safeguard Your Home: Five Primary Household Hazards or Injuries Whether you’re baby-proofing for your little one or reorganizing, keep these common household injuries in mind: #1. Poisoning Poisoning is now the number one cause of preventable deaths in America. While the opioid epidemic is largely responsible for the high number of poisonings, household poisoning is also a serious risk – especially for small children. The wrong medication, too much medication, and exposure to toxic substances including drain cleaners and bleach can all results in a poisoning injury or death. To reduce the likelihood of an accidental poisoning, take all medications as prescribed and lock harmful substances away from the reach of…

La Jolla sanitation worker David Strobridge killed by his garbage truck

Posted on October 6th, 2017

22-year-old sanitation worker David Strobridge was killed Monday October 2 in the La Jolla Village alley between Girard and Herschel, off of Torrey Pines. According to San Diego Police Commander Lieutenant Charles Lara, Strobridge was driving his Tayman Industries trash collection truck and emptying dumpsters from the alley into the truck. One of the dumpsters got away from him, and as he attempted to reconnect it to the truck, the unoccupied truck began to move, pinning him against a concrete block wall. The general manager at Tayman Industries, Strobridge’s employer, said it has been a tough week. He said he and his employees miss DJ. Strobridge, he continued, was working a recycle route on Monday and it is normal for employees to go out alone if they’re emptying 120 bins or less. Though Strobridge was freed by emergency crews and taken by medics to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. SDPD Officer Dino Delimitros noted that California’s division of OSHA was called to investigate this fatality; this is a standard investigation in any serious work-related accident. As locals ourselves who drive and/or walk by that alley almost daily, we are so sorry to hear…

pedestrian fatally struck at Encinitas crosswalk collision

Posted on September 18th, 2017

A 61-year-old pedestrian, Carmen Gonzalez, was fatally struck in an Encinitas crosswalk on Friday, September 15, 2017. A vehicle had stopped for the crossing pedestrian at Encinitas Boulevard and Balour Drive; a second driver drove around the stopped vehicle, striking and killing the pedestrian. The victim was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital where she died. The female driver remained at the scene and spoke with deputies, though it is not certain if she was cited. Sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butler indicated that alcohol was not a factor in the crash but the North Coastal Traffic Division of the San Diego Sheriff’s Office is still investigating. If you or your family member has been fatally- or near-fatally-injured by a vehicle collision, please contact Estey & Bomberger, personal injury attorneys, as well as contacting authorities. We, Estey & Bomberger, are a law firm specializing in pedestrian-versus-car accidents. We are located at 2869 India Street in San Diego, 619.295.0035. We offer free, and confidential, initial consultations, and if you choose to hire us you pay only if we recover money on your behalf, we pay all costs (medical and otherwise) up front. Our trial attorneys are aggressive, experienced and compassionate, and we have had…

Clairemont Pedestrian Mary Francel Killed by Fed Ex Delivery Truck

Posted on September 18th, 2017

86-year-old pedestrian Mary Francel of San Diego was killed Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 10:10 am, by a Fed Ex delivery truck driver. Francel had been using a walker, walking westbound on the south sidewalk on Balboa Avenue near Mount Abernathy Avenue, in front of a strip mall. According to San Diego police officer Tony Martinez, the driver said he had not seen the pedestrian. The Fed Ex driver had just dropped off a package at an address on Balboa Avenue, and had been pulling out of the driveway when he hit Francel on the sidewalk. The driver stopped in a nearby parking lot after the collision — he has not been arrested. Though emergency responders arrived, Francel died at the scene before she was able to be transported to the hospital. A stretch of Balboa Avenue was shut down during the investigation. If you or your family member has been injured by, or killed by, a delivery truck or any truck, please contact Estey & Bomberger, personal injury attorneys, as well as contacting authorities. We, Estey & Bomberger, are a law firm specializing in pedestrian-versus-truck accidents. Our office is at 2869 India Street, and our number is 619.295.0035. Our…

LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Rape

Posted on September 15th, 2017

31-year-0ld Giancarlo Scotti, a 10-year employee of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of rape under the color of authority, of two female inmates. He was arrested on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 while on duty at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood. He was later booked at the Norwalk station and released on bail of $100,000. Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell remarked, “Criminal misconduct, especially criminal misconduct that preys upon a vulnerable population, will not be tolerated.” McDonnell went on to say that this case will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. One of the victims reported the sexual abuse to a teaching instructor who works in the jail. Within five hours of the initial complaint, authorities had locked down the scene, held Scotti in custody and arrested him, and began an investigation that revealed a second victim. Sexual abuse is learned behavior, and by the time a sexual predator is caught, it is usually the case that the perpetrator has made a “career” of sexually abusing those under his/her authority. Based on the way similar cases unfold, we expect there to be additional victims of…

Which Is More Dangerous – Drowsy Driving or Drunk Driving?

Posted on September 12th, 2017

We know that we shouldn’t drink and drive. In fact, most of us have probably never gotten behind the wheel when we knew that we’ve had too much. It’s much easier to plan ahead, call an Uber, bring a designated driver, or make arrangements to spend the night. It’s much more likely, however, that you’ve driven drowsy. If you’ve gotten behind the wheel sleepy, you’re not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adults have done it and a third have even fallen asleep at the wheel. Though we’re all guilty of driving while feeling exhausted, it can actually be as dangerous as drunk driving. Falling asleep behind the wheel often leads to serious or fatal injury because the crashes occur at high speeds and without any evasive maneuvering. Similarities Between Drowsy Driving and Drunk Driving Being exhausted has many of the same effects as alcohol. You may experience: Impaired judgement Slower reaction time Reduced ability to determine distances Decreased awareness Unfortunately, it’s difficult to ascertain how many accidents in the United States are due to drowsy driving. There’s no objective way for an officer to determine if a driver was sleepy. While an alcohol-impaired driver may submit…

How Dangerous Is Drowsy Driving?

Posted on September 12th, 2017

We have all heard about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving. Drugs, alcohol, and cell phone use play a role in many serious and fatal crashes in our area. However, drowsy driving can prove to be dangerous, as well. Like drugs or alcohol, drowsiness decreases awareness, slows reaction time, impairs judgment, and increases the risk of crashing. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to determine what percentage of injury causing and fatal crashes involved drowsy driving. Unlike alcohol or drug-related crashes, there is no blood test for drowsiness behind the wheel. This makes it difficult for a police officer to objectively determine if sleepiness played a role in an accident. However, investigators might rely on certain cues to ascertain if a driver fell asleep behind the wheel. For example, if a crash involves only one vehicle, there are no skid marks, and the driver was seriously injured, it’s likely that the victim fell asleep while driving. Causes of Drowsiness There are several underlying possible causes of drowsiness or fatigue. These include: Lack of sleep or loss of normal sleep. Interrupted sleep or accumulation of sleep debt. Long trips leading to fatigue. Undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders. Fluctuating or flexible work schedules. Consumption…

Most Common Types of Car Accidents in San Diego

Posted on September 12th, 2017

Even the most common car accidents can be stressful. As one of the leading causes of injury in the United States, everyone will probably be involved in a car accident sometime in their lifetime. Thankfully, most car accidents only result in property damage and minor injury, though more serious accidents can and do happen every day. Some types of car accidents are more common than others – what are the most common types of car accidents in San Diego? Factors in San Diego Car Accidents It should come as no surprise that the leading contributing factor in car accidents throughout San Diego County is speeding. The second most common is improper turning, followed by failing to yield. Other factors contributing to accidents include failing to follow at a safe distance and drug and alcohol use. Car Accident Statistics in San Diego There were 76 fatal car accidents in 2014, involving 125 vehicles. Of these, only 14 crashes involved someone under the influence of alcohol. There were 150 people involved in fatal accidents, 38 of whom were pedestrians. The majority of all car accidents in San Diego take place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, though they are also common during afternoon…

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