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12-Year-Old Child Killed in Rollover Crash on Highway 101 Near Buellton

September 11, 2017

Fatal AccidentA 12-year-old girl from Encino was killed and several other people were injured late Sunday in a rollover crash on Highway 101 near Buellton.

A Lincoln Navigator carrying seven people overturned at about 11 p.m. and came to rest in the center divider, according to California Highway Patrol.

The vehicle, driven by Erasmo Vargas, 35, of Encino, was traveling at 75 mph when the man lost control as the Lincoln Navigator went off the paved road and into the grassy median where it overturned.

A girl who was ejected from the vehicle was declared dead at the scene, according to Mike Eliason, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

In addition to the driver, the vehicle had one other adult, Alma Rosa Vargas, 37, of Encino, who had minor injuries.

Four additional youths, ranging from ages 2 to 7,  in the vehicle were not injured, the CHP said.

The girl ejected from the vehicle reportedly was not wearing her seat belt, according to CHP officers.

The name of the girl who died will not be released until family members have been notified, the CHP added.

Heavy rain was falling in the area at the time of the wreck, the CHP said.

Several other crashes were reported in the area at about the same time, but they were all noninjury incidents, Eliason said.

One lane of Highway 101 was closed for an hour due to the fatal crash, the CHP said.

Alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash, the CHP added.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to someone’s wrongful conduct or negligence in California, you may have a right to a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. James McKiernan Lawyers encourages anyone who may find him or herself in such a difficult situation to contact an experienced Central Coast Personal Injury Attorney at 1-800-200-HURT (4878) for a free case evaluation. We only get paid if you get paid. Our offices are conveniently located throughout California.

At James McKiernan Lawyers, We work tirelessly to deliver accurate news about the California accidents that impact our readers and clients most. Although our goal is to keep people as informed as possible, we’d like to note the information we aggregate is obtained from a wide variety of nonaffiliated secondary sources. These include but are not limited to: Law enforcement agencies, press release, News articles, and websites.

As we publish and share accident information, we make all possible efforts to ensure its correctness, but for the aforementioned reasons, we cannot guarantee that our content is completely accurate. Although we generally respond to inquiries and requests to change, update or amend the content and articles that we publish, we cannot promise that we’ll be able to do so within a given time frame.

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Labor Day Weekend Safety Tips

Labor Day weekend can be a fun way to celebrate the end of summer. One last road trip, camping adventure or just fun in the city is how many Californians welcome in the fall. While Californians set out for some serious fun, it’s important to think about ways to stay safe.

Driving Safety

Often times over Labor Day, drivers forget to be careful on the roads. This carelessness can result in personal injury. Always make sure you avoid drunk driving and use a designated driver whenever you head out for a night on the town. Even if drivers around you aren’t being careful, drive defensively.

Read and Follow the Directions

While it’s not always a lot fun, it helps you read the directions if you’re trying a new activity on Labor Day weekend. Before you fire up the new grill, try out that new jet ski or drive your friend’s four-wheeler, take the time to learn about what you’re doing and how to stay safe. If it’s appropriate to wear a helmet, you should both wear a helmet and make sure that the helmet you choose is certified for what you’re doing. If you have any questions or you’re not comfortable with the activity, make sure that you take the time to learn before you begin.

Supervise Children

Too many Labor Day weekend tragedies happen around bodies of water. It can happen when adults leave children unattended. Tragedy can strike when adults look away for even a short period of time. It’s important to make sure that children have appropriate supervision, rules and life jackets when they’re playing in the water.

Look for Problems

If you head to a public pool or park, it’s a good idea to look for routine maintenance issues. Too often, the people in charge of keeping these places safe don’t do basic things like clear debris. Officials should keep facilities from becoming overcrowded. Even things like a chemical error in a pool can cause personal injury. Checking for obvious errors before you join in the fun can help you prevent a personal injury on Labor Day weekend.

James Mckiernan Lawyers is a personal injury law firm that represents plaintiffs in and around San Luis Obispo.

Is There a Rise in Personal Injuries in the Spring

Is there a rise in personal injuries in the spring? As flowers begin to bloom and sunny skies prevail, outdoor enthusiasts embark on their favorite time of year. The weather lends itself to more activity but with that comes the potential for more personal injury accidents.

Because of that accelerated increase in activity, personal injuries often rise in the spring. The warm weather gets people leaning more toward outdoor activities as opposed to sticking inside watching television or reading.

Perhaps it’s time to clean gutters or do chores around the yard. People are also more apt to be involved in springtime sports. Perhaps a competitive spring personality will opt for a softball, baseball, soccer or flag football league.

Spring also lends itself to other activities like riding bicycles, motorcycles or hiking. All of these outdoor activities could potentially lead to more personal injuries in the spring.

Neck, back, ankle, knee and other catastrophic injuries are some of the potential events possible in warmer spring time weather. Outdoor physical activity can be brutal at times especially without preventative measures. Protective gear for bikes is one example of a way to avoid such personal injuries. A helmet is always a good idea for any bicycle or motorcycle. It can cut down on the full extent of any personal injury should an accident occur.

When riding a bicycle or motorcycle, it’s also good to be extra cautious because drivers may not be paying attention. Drivers also aren’t ready for the heavy influx of new bicycle and motorcycle riders due to the warm weather. That means the number of accidents could be significantly higher in Spring weather. Awareness of bicycle and motorcycle riders is an ongoing issue across the United States and even in San Luis Obispo, California. Motorcycle drivers have to almost be proactive to the extent of making automobile drivers aware of their existence at all times.

For hikers, building up momentum to take the longer and more difficult trails and terrain might be wise initially. This could prevent muscle tears, knee, and back injuries for those trying to push too hard too fast.

Having someone hold the ladder is an obvious protective measure for climbing up to clean the gutters for the first time during the spring.

Too much golf could also lead to some lower back pain or perhaps even a ruptured disc. Perhaps the best prevention is to ease back into the sport with a few light rounds.

During the winter months, people may get cabin fever and simply push their bodies too hard once spring time arrives. Personal Injuries in the spring often result because of that anxiousness to go too fast too soon.

The most important tip is to be careful and use caution as spring starts. It’s just the beginning of the great weather.

James McKiernan Lawyers is a personal injury law firm that can help with personal injury claims if negligence is involved.

Suffered Burn Injuries in an Automobile Accident? Considerations When Calculating Damages

A burn injury can be devastating as it often permanently scars the victim on physical and psychological levels. In many cases, these injuries occur due to serious automobile accidents. Our San Luis Obispo injury lawyers believe that it is essential for you to understand how compensation works with regard to your burn injury claim. Below is a look at some of our considerations when calculating damages in burn injury cases.

Severity Of Burns

The severity of the burns is one of the most important factors in calculating damages in burn injury cases. If the burns are 2nd or 3rd-degree burns, damages will generally be higher than that of 1st or 2nd-degree burns. If a burn injury covers a significant portion of your skin, you may have significant disfigurement which will be factored into the calculation of damages.

The Effects of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are among the most difficult for victims to endure. In addition to the effects of permanent scarring, they may require expensive corrective surgery to repair. Along with the surgery, they may also need psychological therapy to help them deal with the mental trauma.

Burn injuries can cause a victim to suffer excruciating pain when completing basic tasks; the which is a factor when calculating damages in burn injury cases. If an individual is unable to work because of their injuries, they may be entitled to seek damages for loss of income.

It is essential that victims speak to an attorney in order to determine the value of their claim. San Luis Obispo injury lawyers are here and ready to help.We take our role as personal injury lawyers in San Luis Obispo County very seriously. We do our best to ensure that our clients get the help they need. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, contact us at James McKiernan Lawyers as soon as possible to schedule a consultation. You can also reach us at 1-888-442-HURT (2918).

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