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Vehicle Kills Pedestrian at University High School

A pedestrian involved in an Irvine car accident near University High School succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a hospital on Monday.

Medicals respondents arrived to the site at approximately 4:30 p.m. to give a 78-year-old man who was struck by a car medical attention.

The pedestrian allegedly ran across the roadway on at Campus Drive and Paseo Montoya and was attempting to cross Campus at the time of the accident. It was during this time that he was struck by the vehicle, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi told reporters.

Concialdi said that the force of the impact threw the man “a good distance.”

He suffered serious injuries at the time of the Irvine car accident and had to be transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he died from his injuries.

Officials want to notify the family of the victim before possibly releasing a name.

The accident remains under investigation. The driver operating the vehicle that hit the man remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. No immediate arrests or citations were reported.

Motor vehicle collisions can happen at any time and when they do happen, those involved are rarely prepared to deal with the issues that surround a crash.  We have seen that most victims lack the experience to deal with an insurance company on their own to get the fullest compensation possible and are often left exploited while the insurance company gets claims more revenue.

Insurance companies are trained to pay out as little as possible and if you were not at fault they tend to make you believe that you were responsible for the damages. This is costly and may result in you having to deal with the repercussions of the accident, sometimes for the rest of your life.

We work hard to get clients the highest compensation possible from their Irvine injury case. Using years of experience in handling personal injury cases, we make sure that every case we work on gets thoroughly inspected and receives the personal attention it deserves so that our clients are appropriately compensated for what they are entitled to receive.

Daralaw.com attorneys will fight for you. Don’t be stuck paying for an accident that was not your fault. Call our attorneys today. Call (877)782-3777 for a free consultation that could result in you getting the most compensation.

5-Vehicle Crash Closed Southbound 5-Freeway

A five-vehicle crash forced officials to close the southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway Monday morning. They said that a motorcyclist was injured in the crash.

At approximately 10:35 a.m. California Highway Patrol received reports of the freeway crash and along with firefighters rushed to assist the injured.

The multi-vehicle wreck occurred at the Magnolia Street exit. It involved a motorcycle, two Honda Civics, a Nissan Altima and a Ford Taurus. CHP Officer G. Fithiam, told reporters that the rider of a BMW motorcycle was the only person injured and was taken to a hospital but the degree of the motorcyclist’s injuries were not disclosed.

Officials shut down the carpool lane, left lane, and off-ramp until 11:30 a.m. as CHP officers investigated the site.

There were no reports of arrests or intoxicated drivers, and the crash is still under investigation.

You never know exactly when you are going to be hurt in an accident. You could follow a list of safety precautions, follow the laws of the road, and be aware of your surroundings, but you simply don’t have control over how others operate their motor vehicles. If you do end up getting involved in a collision, you need to have a lawyer on hand that will be able to assist you in your time of need.

Knowing which personal injury lawyer to call can save you many headaches and dollars. When the day comes and you are injured, be in an automobile accident or on a slip-and-fall, you are going to need someone next to you who could help you get financial compensation while you get better. A Fullerton personal injury lawyer can help you gain the compensation you need from insurance companies and parties that are responsible for your injuries.

Depending on the injury, it may be important to get prompt medical attention. For some injuries, the faster a qualified physician takes a look at them, the lesser the repercussions of an injury tend to be. It is common for people who were involved in a collision and were injured, twenty years ago, to complain about the same injury the received then, simply because they did not have timely medical attention from a quality physician.

Don’t hesitate on getting legal help for your automobile accident. There are certain time limits on car accidents and it is important to contact an attorney with experience as soon as possible if you are thinking of filing a claim.

Irvine High School Student Killed in DUI Crash

Marie Johnson was killed in a rollover-DUI car accident at Silverado. Six others were injured. Her friends said that she wasn’t supposed to be in the car, but her phone died when she tried to call someone else to pick her up.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the young high school student was part of a group that was heading eastbound on East Santiago Canyon road towards Silverado Canyon Road just before 2 a.m. Monday to an area called Black Star Canyon.

Johnson, 16-years-old, was a passenger in a Honda Civic that was speeding around the dark canyon. The driver lost control of the vehicle that was traveling at speeds above 70 miles per hour, Johnson was ejected, and the car rolled over before coming to a stop.

That same night another vehicle of friends was in a rollover accident as well and all of its occupants were injured. Those inside alleged that they swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting an animal.

Johnson had just flown into California from a family trip to Hawaii on Sunday night and decided to spend some time with friends.

“I talked to her mom and sisters, and they were very devastated. Everyone was crying,” Jason Liebrand, a family friend who has known Johnson since middle school told reporters.

Investigators believe that the driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Antonio Escamilla was drinking before the crash, CHP Officer Todd Kovaletz said. A box with a cans of beer was found at the scene.

Emergency officials took Escamilla to Western Medical Center Santa Ana. He incurred major injuries in the car accident. Officials say that he will be charged with felony DUI and felony vehicular manslaughter. He graduated from Irvine High School last year.

Johnson was set to start classes at Irvine High School Tuesday as a junior, according to school officials.

The school district planned to have counselors on hand at the start of classes to help students cope with the death of a fellow schoolmate.

“We want to provide a safe place for students where they can go and share their feelings and talk it out, and just be able to process some of these emotions” Ian Hannaigan of the Irvine Unified School District told reporters.

This will be the second time counselors are available on campus. Last May they showed up was after the tragic death of four Irvine High School students and one University High School student who died in a fiery crash. The car that the teens were in slammed into a tree, split in two and burst into flames.

Drinking and driving is not a good idea. Don’t do it.

If you were injured in an automobile accident, contact Daralaw.com today.

Car Crashes through I-5 Overpass Wall, Kills Driver

A man was found dead inside a burning vehicle that had crashed through an overpass wall in Irvine, Sunday night. Investigators are still working to identify the driver of the single-vehicle crash.

Motorists near the scene reported that the crash occurred sometime after 11 p.m. The vehicle crashed through the concrete wall of an overpass and then fell several feet into the middle of I-5.

When firefighters arrived to the scene they found the car engulfed in flames on the freeway’s center divider, Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority told reporters. After working on the situation, fire fighters found a body inside a vehicle. It was the driver, who pronounced dead at the scene.

Irvine Police Department investigators believe that the vehicle had to be traveling “at a speed great enough to break through the wall,” said Lt. Julia Engen. The driver involved in the single-car crash has not been identified yet, she told reporters.

An initial investigation led officials to believe that the driver of the Toyota Matrix had been traveling south in the carpool lane just before the fiery crash.

The driver of the Matrix exited the freeway at Barranca Parkway in the carpool lane where Barranca Parkway intersects the freeway exit in a “T” intersection on the overpass, crossed the roadway and crashed into the retaining wall on the opposite side. At this point, the Toyota Matrix broke through the concrete wall and fencing, and then fell several feet onto the freeway. It landed on the center median away from traffic lanes in both directions of the I-5.

Officials worked hard to clear and investigate the scene but several southbound lanes of the freeway where shut down until 4 a.m. Monday.

Single-vehicle collisions can unexpectedly happen. To lessen the chances of being in collision, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and to follow the laws of the road but even then, a car accident can happen when its least expected.

Victims of car accidents naturally file a claim against insurance companies and expect to get the compensation they deserve to cover the costs associated with the wreck. Unfortunately, insurance companies aim to pay as minimum as possible and take advantage of the victim’s emotional state. They push victims to commit to a meager compensation, which because of their emotional state, often accept and forget to pursue other monetary compensation they are entitled to receive. Instead, insurance companies pocket the money and leave you, the victim, scrambling to find the financial resources you need to cover your costs.

Don’t be left fighting against insurance companies on your own, let one of our Irvine car accident lawyers do it for you and get you the compensation you deserve. Call (877)782-3777 to speak to car accident lawyer near you!

Irvine Car Accident at Fast Food Drive-Thru

A Toyota Camry abruptly disrupted two young men who were about to place an order at a McDonald’s in Irvine. Allegedly while in a drive-thru, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree and the vehicle the young men were ordering from.

William McCarthy, 22, and his cousin Tolga Eren, 25, were sideswiped while inside a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. It was approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday when the two men were waiting to order at the McDonald’s on 5445 Alton Parkway and the driver of a 2003 Camry came up fast behind them, jumped a curb, and slammed into a tree before colliding with their vehicle.

According to reporters, the Camry was damaged on the right front passenger side, bumper and windshield, in addition to the two airbags deploying.

Officials and emergency respondents were called to the scene. When they arrived, medical professionals tended to two women lying on a patch of grass adjacent to the McDonald’s, while police officers interviewed the drivers and witnesses.

Initially there was some confusion as to who was behind the wheel of the Camry. But after reviewing security footage, officials and McDonald’s employees confirmed who the driver of the Camry was.

The driver did not want to give his name to reporters, but he told police that he was an Arcadia resident. He was in Orange County with his wife and was on his way home after having picked up his daughter but they stopped at the fast food restaurant to grab a quick bite.

Police believed the man was not intoxicated or under the influence of any drug at the time of the accident and decided not to file a police report.

“Both of your insurances will handle this,” a police officer told the two drivers.

A young woman was transported to Hoag Hospital Irvine after complaining of some discomfort in her chest area, police said.

The man who did not want to give his name to reporters told officials that he was idle at the drive-thru lane before suddenly pressing down on the gas. He had the option to collide into the car directly in front of him but swerved towards the tree instead.

If were the victim of an automobile accident and were injured, then you need to speak with an Irvine car accident lawyer. You may be eligible for compensation that can cover the cost of you current and future medical bills and the other damages.


Man Injured in Fountain Valley Tutoring Center Crash Dies

Alex Martinez, one of the six people injured in the Fountain Valley Tutoring Center car crash died after receiving life-threatening injuries. Over 200 people showed up to the center to light candles, gather, and say prayers in memory of the 32-year-old who had worked there for seven years, Wednesday night.

At 8 p.m. friends, family, colleagues and pupils gather in front of the Tutoring Club to show their respects for Martinez.

“I lost everything,” Martinez’s younger sister Gwen Martinez said before the prayer. “He was my dad, my older brother. He was the person I looked up to.”

Martinez taught math, science, English and Spanish and helped high school students prep for the SAT at the center. He was a UC Berkeley graduate and was preparing to apply to dental school before the crash took place.

“He was the rock. The big brother to the other tutors,” Tutoring Club owner David Hill, 35, told reporters Wednesday. “The kids loved him. He inspired them to be better and not to settle.”

Here is the story from Monday:

“Officials said six people were injured after a car crashed into a Fountain Valley tutoring center, including the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident, Monday afternoon. Firefighters had to put up reinforcements to prevent the building from collapsing.

At approximately 1 p.m. near Brookhurst Street and Ellis Avenue, the Tutoring Club building shook. A 2011 Buick drove through the front of the afterschool academic program building. It stopped hitting the back of the building while a class was in session.

At least one person suffered cardiac arrests. Firefighters had to extricate a 32-year-old man who was left with life-threatening injuries, along with a 20-year-old who received serious injuries from beneath the vehicle. Emergency personnel rushed both victims to local hospitals.

Additionally, two 15-year-old boys, and a 67-year-old woman received minor injuries in the wreck. The driver of the vehicle, a 6-year-old Huntington Beach resident, was left with minor injuries.

Information from the Tutoring Club website indicated that the building was not yet opened for tutoring services at the time of the crash but between nine and twelve students were in the building at the time of the crash.”

If your loved one died in a car accident you need to contact an Orange County wrongful death lawyer. Call (877)782-3777 for a free consultation and more information.

Midweek Orange County Freeway Ramp Closures

There will be two freeway ramp closures in South Orange County during the work week for road-maintenance work, per a Caltrans announcement made on Monday. These two closures follow the major freeway closures that have occurred over the past two weekends.

Caltrans is scheduled to strip and replace markers on the ramp. Motorists passing through San Clemente on Tuesday and Wednesday area are asked to reroute their course to avoid being stuck in traffic for an unnecessary amount of time.

Detour signs will be in place to alert motorists but if you want to plan ahead here is what you need to be on the lookout for:

  • On Tuesday the northbound Avenida Pico off-ramp will be closed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday the southbound Avenida Calafia on-ramp will be closed between 9 a.m. and noon. And the northbound Cristianitos Road on-ramp will be closed between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The last South Orange County freeway closure took place during the Ortega Highway Bridge demolition. It was part of an $86 million project to build a new interchange for Ortega Highway and I-5.

Although there were no accidents, there was one arrest of a man who drove a car across the California Highway Patrol’s barricade that was blocking traffic from entering the construction area on the freeway.

Traffic can irritate aggravated drivers, which makes for a hostile driving atmosphere. Being prepared to find an alternative route is crucial to reduce your chances of being in a San Clemente automotive accident.

If you are involved in an accident during the closure of the ramps and were hurt, contact a San Clemente injury lawyer for help.  You may be eligible for compensation that can help pay for the damages and injuries you may have encountered in an automotive wreck.

Being in a San Clemente motor vehicle wreck can be devastating physically and financially. If you were seriously injured, chances are you will have to pay hefty medical bills and you may be physically unable to perform your job duties.

Attorneys at Dara Khajavi Law Offices have helped their clients collect millions in compensation over the years. This compensation has helped clients pay for hospital bills, unexpected financial expenses, loss-of-income, and various other expenses.

Don’t be stuck trying to figure out who will pay for your damages after an accident, contact a San Clemente car accident lawyer at (877)782-3777 for a free consultation today!




Moring 6-Vehicle Crash in Irvine

A six-vehicle collision resulted in the closure of the three leftmost lanes of northbound Interstate 5 at Alton Parkway for about an hour Thursday morning. There were ambulances at the scene and at least one person who was reportedly trapped in a vehicle was taken to the hospital. Traffic was slowed to a crawl until the lanes reopened.

California Highway Patrol told reporters that at approximately 7 a.m., officials were called to the scene of the multi-vehicle collision where one person was reportedly trapped.

Emergency officials attend to those who were injured and transported one person to a nearby hospital. The condition of the person who was transported to the hospital has not been released.

Officials reopened the lanes by around 8 a.m. after three vehicles were towed from the scene.

Traffic was backed all for a few miles both ways but has now begun to move.

Authorities are investigating the accident to determine if any of the drivers were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. At this time they have not released a statement regarding the cause of the multi-vehicle collision.

Automotive accidents can happen just about everywhere and at unsuspecting times. It is important to be prepared. If you were in an accident that happened through no fault of your own and were injured, make sure to contact a car accident lawyer in your area, especially if your insurance group expects you to fight on your own.

A lawyer that cares about you and your case will make sure that your automotive damages are fixed and that you are set up with a doctor who will help tend to your injuries.

If you were involved in the Irvine 6-vehicle collision and were injured, make sure to see a doctor. It is important that you get physically evaluated and treated to prevent or reduce future health issues, even if you don’t feel any pain immediately. Adrenaline is the body’s way to reduce pain in an emergency situation and you might not feel pain until the adrenaline washes away.

Working with a lawyer has helped thousands of our clients regain compensation for their vehicle, medical bills and damages. Over the years we have collected millions of dollars in compensation and would like to assist you in gaining compensation that will cover your damages. We’ll step in where the insurance wont.

Don’t be caught fighting an insurance company on your own. Contact a reputable Irvine injury lawyer to fight for you!


Ortega Highway Bridge Demolition Finished in Time

Part of the San Juan Capistrano City officials and community leaders’ $86 million project to build a new interchange for Ortega Highway and I-5 was completed this week on time this weekend. It was the first full closure for Ortega Highway’s bridge and the freeway portion underneath.

The closure of a freeway is enough to turn a sane person crazy but this freeway closure was a success considering that there were no serious accidents reported through people going insane. Those who were planning to travel through the San Juan Capistrano area via the I-5 or Ortega Highway on August 2nd and the 3rd had to reroute to avoid the closure as the south side of the bridge that passes over the freeway was demolished.

Its builders were able to dodge the hefty fines by adhering to the strict time constraints. About 80 percent of the south side of the bridge was demolished Friday night and into the early morning hours Saturday by hydraulic excavators.

Caltrans spokeswoman Cindy Azima told reporters that demolition and clean-up continued the following night and the freeway reopened on time at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

“They had no major issues that arose,” Azima said. “We are very happy with the results.”

Although there were no accidents, there was one arrest Friday night when a car passed through the California Highway Patrol’s barricade that was blocking traffic from entering the construction area on the freeway.

Most of the traffic congestion occurred up until 1 a.m., Azima said.

The completion of this project is by the spring of 2015. It is intended to relieve the traffic congestion at what Caltrans officials call one of Orange County’s worst chokepoints.

If Caltrans failed to abide by the bridge and freeway closure schedule, they would pay fines starting at $1,700 for every 10 minutes during the first half-hour, then $2,600 every 10 minutes for the second half-hour and $3,400 every 10 minutes thereafter.

Crews prepared the southern portion of the bridge for demolition since its closure on June 1st. Over the next several months, that portion of the bridge will be rebuilt. Once that is completed, traffic will be switched to that side, and the process will be repeated on the north side.

Traffic can irritate aggravated drivers, which makes for a hostile driving atmosphere. Hopefully with the completion of this project the amount of car accidents that happen through that area of the city are solved.

Until then, if you are in an accident contact the Dara Khajavi Offices that specify in Orange County injury cases.

Call (877)782-3777 for a free consultation with a San Juan Capistrano car accident lawyer today!

San Juan Capistrano Ortega Highway Bridge and I-5 Freeway Closure

San Juan Capistrano City officials and community leaders have been preparing an $86 million project to build a new interchange for Ortega Highway and I-5 for years. The first full closure for Ortega Highway’s bridge and the freeway portion under it will occur overnight Friday and Saturday. Crews will have to get the job done under the strict time constraints or face hefty fines.

If you are planning to travel through the San Juan Capistrano area via the I-5 or Ortega Highway on August 2nd or the 3rd, you may want to reschedule or reroute, as the south side of the bridge that passes over the freeway will be demolished.

Working approximately eight hours each night, a crew of about 20 people will be gradually chipping away on the old bridge. But first they will have a 2-foot layer of crushed concrete laid under the bridge to protect the I-5, which will be closed in both directions from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

If Caltrans fails to abide by the schedule, they will be facing serious fines starting $1,700 for every 10 minutes during the first half-hour, then $2,600 every 10 minutes for the second half-hour and $3,400 every 10 minutes thereafter.

Crews prepared the southern portion of the bridge for demolition since its closure on June 1st. Over the next several months, that portion of the bridge will be rebuilt. Once that is completed, traffic will be switched to that side, and the process will be repeated on the north side.

Some residents are looking forward to the demolition and planned an unofficial watch party in the parking lot of the McDonald’s on Del Obispo Street, but organizer Jonathan Volzke said he wasn’t sure people were still interested.

“Obviously it dampened some of the enthusiasm when it got split into two days,” he told reporters.

According to Dave Richardson, spokesman for the California Department of Transportation, Caltrans scheduled the demolition over two nights instead of one to make sure they had enough time to get the job done safely.

He anticipates there will be some onlookers but doesn’t expect anyone to stick around long.

“It’s not the most exciting demolition to watch,” Richardson said. “They just peck away at it all night, and it’s loud.”

Construction zones can be dangerous places to drive a vehicle through and you can risk being in an accident. If you are injured in an accident during road construction and want compensation, contact a San Juan Capistrano car accident lawyer for more information.