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New Study: The Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians in San Diego

Posted on October 26th, 2017

In 2016, pedestrian deaths hit an all-time high in San Diego county with 103 fatalities – 34 percent of all traffic related fatalities. From 2010-2016, there were 7,589 pedestrian involved collisions in San Diego which left more than 430 dead and 7,700 injured. Indeed, San Diego is a dangerous place for pedestrians. But what areas put pedestrians at the highest risk of being hit by a car? To find out, we collaborated with local data analysis and visualization firm 1point21 Interactive. We analyzed over 160,000 collision records and identified intersections where at least five pedestrian involved crashes occurred. These dangerous intersections – 218 in total – accounted 1,428 crashes, 1,488 total injuries and 42 fatalities. In other words, nearly 20 percent of all pedestrian collisions in San Diego county occurred at only 218 intersections. The Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians: Top 218 This list includes all locations where at least five pedestrian collisions occurred during the study period. The Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) takes crash volume and injury severity into account for each intersection. Notable intersections on the list include: #1: University Avenue/1st Avenue, Hillcrest. The most dangerous intersection in San Diego, infamous in the Hillcrest neighborhood for its high congestion, dim lighting,…

Raped in an Uber or a Lyft? Lawyers for Survivors of Rape by Uber or Lyft drivers.

Posted on October 26th, 2017

Face it, if you have been raped by an Uber driver or a Lyft driver, you are far from alone. Though Uber and Lyft are relatively new ways for consumers to interact with service providers, the story of using one’s position to prey on a victim is a very old story indeed. Several points of difference do make it easier for an Uber driver, for example, to rape a passenger he (or she) encounters. First, the Uber driver is driving for an entire shift, meeting one new person after another. Second, the Uber driver is very often one-on-one with the passenger. Third, the Uber vehicle provides privacy in and of itself. Fourth, the Uber vehicle provides an easy and fast way for the driver to get to an even more private place, such as a home or a motel. A fifth point of difference, worth pointing out, is that alcohol may make a victim more likely to be an Uber customer, while also making that same victim more vulnerable. A potential victim headed out for celebration or relaxation and intending to have a few drinks is, ironically, being very smart if she (or he) decides to not drive, but rather,…

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…

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