This is the time of the year when there are many holidays and we will be celebrating, most often with family and friends.
However, the period of time between Thanksgiving and the New Year can also be the most dangerous days and nights of the year, whether on the neighborhood streets &/or highways.
Unfortunately, we all seem to have more stress from our work, family and societal pressures. Many individuals are tempted to have an alcoholic drink by invitations to lunch or dinner, to parties, and to holiday gatherings that when accepted can at times lead to impaired judgment. It can also be a stressful time due to the continuing and escalating expenses of living; our limited finances; as well as the expectations we impose on ourselves, and others impose on us (even if only because of our perception). Lastly, we are faced with the days getting darker much sooner in the fall and winter, which factor can also increase the risk of accidents.
Given all of the above, during each holiday season we want to be mindful of the safety of our family and loved ones, ourselves and countless others and, therefore, to be extra vigilant when we go and leave places and are on the road.
Investigators have released new information on Sunday’s fiery crash involving a San Diego police patrol car.
According to California Highway Patrol investigators, the crash occurred after a police officer traveling south on Interstate 5 near Palm Avenue drifted onto the right shoulder and struck a sign.
The on-duty officer then turned to the left, hitting a gray Dodge Challenger according to the CHP.
The force of the impact pushed both cars into the center divide.
The patrol car burst into flames. Both drivers were able to get out of their vehicles and were treated for minor injuries officials said.
The names of the SDPD officer or additional victim involved in the crash have not been released. SDPD Officer Dan Lasher gave some details about the officer’s condition to NBC 7 San Diego Sunday.
“He was conscious and talking at the scene, but they were talking about a possible head injury, so he was taken to a local hospital to be checked out,” Lasher said.
CHP investigators said it’s not known why the patrol car drifted onto the right shoulder.
“The UT San Diego reported on January 3, 2013, the death of a 29 year old photographer who was tracking a Ferrari sports car he believed was being driven by celebrity Justin Bieber when he was struck by another vehicle as he was crossing the street in Los Angeles. According to the article, a CHP Officer who had stopped the driver of the Ferrari, who was a friend of Bieber, for speeding tried to warn the Paparazzo since there were no crossings or side-walks at the particular location to put on notice anyone that a pedestrian might try to dart across the street.
While the 69 year old woman who was driving the vehicle that killed the photographer might not have been cited by the officer for driving at an unsafe speed, there may be sufficient facts, such as the time of the day and lighting, to serve as a basis for liability under the circumstances. Often a skilled personal injury lawyer can establish a particular road was unsafe and bring a claim against the municipality or governmental agency responsible for the condition and maintenance. In addition, a wrongful death case can also be made against a driver who is deemed negligent because she was not driving safely given the facts and circumstances and/or the driver lacked sufficient peripheral and/or night vision. An example of the visual elements would be a driver who is not sufficiently competent and/or is unable or simply fails to react to a hazard coming from the driver’s far left or far right, such as the instant case in which the Paparazzo was darting from one side of the street to the other.”