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Driver Purposefully Hits Motorcycle Trying to Pass

21 Dec

Happy Holidays from your friends at the GoLaw Legal Network.  We hope you and your family have a Joyful, Healthy & Safe season celebrating with your friends and loved ones. Thank you for the chance to be a “digital friend” on our social networks, and thanks also to GoMotorcycleCrash.com for sending us this month’s Safety Video Blog: Texas Driver Purposefully Swerves to Hit Passing Motorcyclist.

Road Safety or Self Defense?

When we first watched the YouTube Video linked below, and saw through the eyes of the helmet camera cruising down the road on a bright sunny day, we found it very hard to believe. We all must be reminded me to Remain Alert, and to Always Drive Defensively.  No amount of Motorcyclist Safety School, however, can prevent another driver from committing negligence and poor judgement. In this case, it appears to be an intentional act of wrongdoing which caused this motorcycle/vehicle collision.

AutoBlog.com reports: “Two wrongs definitely don’t make a right, especially on the road when lives are at risk. A motorcycle rider and his passenger in Texas were on the receiving end of that truism Saturday when a car they were attempting to illegally pass hit them, perhaps intentionally. Eric Sanders was riding on his motorcycle with his girlfriend Debra Simpson when they came up on some traffic, WFAA reported. Sanders says the driver was traveling 20 miles under the speed limit. They tried to pass the driver in a no passing zone, but that’s no excuse for what happened next. The slow-moving car suddenly swerved into the motorcycle, sending the bike and its riders skittering across the blacktop.”

VIDEO: Driver Purposely Hits Passing Motorcyclist

According to Fox8.com: “Authorities are investigating after a car veered into a motorcycle on a rural North Texas road, an incident captured on video that left two people injured. The crash happened Saturday on a two-lane road about 5 miles north of Granbury, TX. Eric Sanders, the driver of the motorcycle, contends the car’s driver swerved intentionally. He suffered abrasions, and his girlfriend was taken to a Fort Worth hospital with a broken wrist and deep arm lacerations.”

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING VIDEO IS GRAPHIC AND CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE… PARENTAL GUIDANCE ADVISED…

YOUTUBE Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L13Z7Aa7ZXQ

Published by Bikes_vs_Cops on Oct 17, 2015

Negligence or Attempted Murder?

Eric Sanders, the driver of the motorcycle, contends the car’s driver swerved intentionally. A video shows the motorcycle passing a car, which then veers left over a double yellow center line, upsetting the motorcycle and sending the riders into the roadway.

YOUTUBE Video Pt1:

Published by Mayhem Street-bikes on Oct 17, 2015

Video courtesy of : Eric Sanders

YOUTUBE Video Pt2:

Motorcycle Road Rage and Attempted Vehicular Homicide

The Fox8.com team continues the report:

“The second motorcyclist, who captured the accident on his helmet cam, confronted the driver who can be heard on the video saying ‘I don’t care’ when asked what he was doing and why he hit the motorcyclist.”

“The 68-year-old William Crum of Granbury was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Each felony count carries a punishment of two to 20 years in prison if convicted.”

GoLaw.com associated attorneys have many years experience in getting valuable settlements and awards for people injured in many different types of injury causing events including bike accidents, car wrecks, motorcycle crashes, public transportation injuries, semi truck accidents, slip & fall, and wrongful death.

The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

Car Crashes Caused by Distracted Driving

31 Oct
Happy Halloween, to all of our friends!  As the holiday season approaches, we at GoLaw.com hope you have a fun and stay safe. Thank you to AAAAccidentDataCenter.com and GoPersonalInjury.com for this month’s Driving Safety Article: Friends or phones: Distracted driving leads to 6 out of 10 teen crashes
Friends or phones: Distracted driving leads to 6 out of 10 teen crashes
New idea for keeping teens safe: lock them up until they’re 25.
OK, maybe that’s not reasonable. But in a new report published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, analysis of nearly 1,700 videos finds that 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes with teen drivers are caused by a distraction—either friends or phones. The foundation calls it “the most comprehensive research ever” into distracted teen driving. Teens in the U.S. have the highest crash rate of any group, and the AAA report shows that distraction is a much bigger problem than previously realized. Forbes writes,
For the study, researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in 1,691 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied. Previous estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that distraction is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes, the group said.
This is a jump from 1 in 10 to 6 in 10, indicating a huge public safety issue. While most countries have a minimum driving age of 18, the U.S. minimum age remains at 16 (or 15 with learner’s permit). While many states have enacted laws about how many teens can be in a car at once, this research indicates that more states may want to follow suit—or pursue stronger laws—in the future. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that, on average, graduated licensing reduces teen crashes 10-30 percent, and they even have a calculator where you can determine how graduated teen driving laws could lower rates of teen fatalities in your state.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S., and the AAA report is telling us that most of them may be preventable through tougher restrictions on teen driving. Will legislators listen?
YouTube Video by AAA: Distracted Teens Crash Causation
New research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety into distraction and teen crashes. (Courtesy AAA)
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A new study exposes a disturbing trend among teen drivers. AAA reports distraction was a factor in nearly six of 10 moderate or severe accidents involving teenagers. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. Wyatt Andrews reports from Washington with the sobering statistics.
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Dogs Attack NY Artist

15 Sep

Animal attacks can cause serious life threatening injuries. At GoLaw.com we have been helping people like you recover for medical bills, wage loss, plastic surgery and pain & suffering since 1980. Thanks to GoPersonalInjury.com for finding this weekend’s safety article by CNN and the NY Daily News who reported the story of a New York Man Attacked by Dogs.

New York woman arrested after pit bulls maul man

New York (CNN) 

A pair of pit bulls left Francesco Bove so badly mutilated that a priest read him his last rites outside a New York church. “I think I’m going to die,” the bloodied 62-year-old artist told the priest, Bove’s son recalled Saturday. “But the priest made him promise that he will fight until the end.”

The gruesome attack Friday was captured on video from the window of a tenement in the Bronx. The pit bulls are seen clamping onto Bove’s arms with their jaws, shaking their heads violently, dragging him several feet toward the curb.

Good Samaritans try to stop the assault — swinging a chain at the animals, spraying them with water. They attempt to encircle Bove, but the dogs swerve around to continue the attack. Still, the people probably helped save Bove’s life.

“I got to the hospital and he was in pieces,” Bove’s son, Anthony Bove, said, describing gaping holes in his arms, a severed ear and the other split in half, and lacerations all over his body.

The horror began when the dogs’ owner, Cynthia Oliver, 55, exchanged words with the victim, said NYPD spokeswoman Detective Annette Markowski. Oliver was holding the pit bulls and dropped the leash, she said. The dogs attacked.

But Anthony Bove said his father told him there was no altercation, no words exchanged.

Francesco Bove was walking to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church when one of the dogs pounced, followed by the other, according to the son.

“The dogs started biting,” Anthony Bove said. “He’s trying to push them away. They overpower him.”

Oliver was taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation before she was arrested on eight counts of assault and two counts of reckless endangerment, Markowski said. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney.

In the video, another man steps in to help after Bove is knocked to the ground. The man uses his hands and legs, trying to keep the dogs at bay, but the animals find their way back to Bove.

The good Samaritan is knocked down. Screams are heard. “Let him go!” someone yells.

At least eight people on the street try to help as the pit pulls drag Bove away from the small crowd.

A woman can be heard off camera. It seems she is frantically calling 911. “These two dogs are outside attacking this man!”

One man is seen firing a stream of water at the dogs with a hose. Bove lies in a pool of blood.

“Hurry up, these dogs are attacking a man!” the woman yells off camera. “He’s in the street bleeding!”

Man viciously attacked by pit bulls in Bronx; owner arrested (graphic images)

NY Daily News

KENNETH WILLIAMS/VIRALHOG | NY Daily News

Two pitbulls attack a man in the Bronx as a bystander tries to pull them off using their leashes.

Graphic cellphone video shows the dogs relentlessly lunging at Bove as he writhed on the ground in the middle of the street. Good Samaritan Emilio Ortiz, 46, tried to help, but the dogs kept at it and dragged Bove to the curb, their teeth clamped on his arms.

Police said Bove and the first man who jumped in to help — an unidentified 46-year-old male — were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital. The younger man, who suffered lacerations on his arms, was later released, according to Anthony Bove. Francesco Bove, an artist and restoration expert from Brooklyn, is in stable condition after undergoing surgery, according to his son. His severed ear was reconstructed. He will have another operation on Monday.

MICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Bove has stayed positive and joked to his son that at least he hadn’t been attacked by a lion.

“My father joked, ‘If those were two lions, I wouldn’t have made it,'” Anthony Bove said. “He’s a really tough guy.”

The elder Bove suffered nerve damage in his hands and hasn’t been able to move his fingers, according to the son.

“He’s an artist and does high-end restoration,” Anthony Bove said. “He’s very passionate about his art. If he couldn’t move his hands I don’t know how he would take that psychologically.”

The pit bulls are now in custody of animal control authorities, Markowski said.

That worries the Boves, who own a pit bull named Gina as well as five cats.

“My father feels terrible that the dogs are probably going to be put to sleep,” Anthony Bove said.

“The pit bull is not an inherently evil dog. But … these pit bulls might have been trained as guard or attack dogs. He remembers the dogs licking his blood off the ground. They wanted to finish the job. That’s very disturbing to him.” CNN quoted.

The NY Daily News added: The attack was apparently not the first by the dogs. A neighbor, Marguerite Gauthier, 55, said one of the dogs bit her on the leg early last year, requiring her to get a tetanus shot. “The dogs are vicious,” she said, adding, “”When I go out, I always look to make sure they’re not around.”

Meanwhile, Bove underwent five hours of surgery Friday night and is expected to stay in the hospital at least a week to undergo another surgery to move a nerve from his leg into his arm, his son said.

Bove… even showed some compassion for Oliver, who has been arrested 37 times since 1987, mostly on drug offenses. “She was a petite, weak lady. (The dogs) were dragging her wherever they go and she couldn’t hold onto (the leash),” he said. The two pit bulls were taken to a city Animal Care and Control facility, and may have to be euthanized, officials said. They may have treated him like a chew toy, but Bove is worried about the fate of his attackers. “I’m so sorry that they’re going to put them down,” Bove said.

* Caution: Images May Be Disturbing *

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The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

Motorcycle Safety Video by CHP

31 Aug

#VIDEO: Listen to real-life stories of Motorcycle vs Car Accidents on Highway 99 and hear actual CHP 911 Emergency Calls in “Motorcycle Safety – Thrill? Or Buzz Kill?” an Informational Video by the California Highway Patrol YouTube Channel.

“Motorcyclists need to be aware of the added danger they’re in every day. 

This video will show you how to ride safer, and arrive alive.” – CHP

The California Highway Patrol promotes safe motorcycle riding. This video contains graphic views of the results of some motorcycle collisions. It’s goal is to warn motorcyclists of the dangers that exist on the road. If you’re a motorcycle rider, you owe it to yourself to be careful.

The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

VIDEO: Safe Motorcycle Riding Tips

29 Jun
Watch this excellent Motorcycle “Behind the Handlebars” Safety Video by BlinkyCab on YouTube!
HOT TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDING SAFETY:
1.) DISTANCE
Always keep enough distance in front of your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you.  It is also good to keep “Space Cushions” in the lanes to your left and right so as not to get boxed in by traffic.  Keep Safety Space around you and your bike at all times.
2.) LANE POSITION
Because a Motorcycle is smaller than a car, you have a choice of choosing between three (3) positions of your lane: left, center, and right.  Choose your safest lane position by paying close attention to traffic and your surrounding environment. Generally, It is best to avoid the center of the lane as it may be slick or slippery since that is where most vehicles leak fluids.
3.) BLIND SPOTS
Stay out of the Blind Spots of other drivers on the road.  Many vehicles have an area of the road that is difficult to see from the driver’s position.  These “Blind Spots” are usually about 45 degrees behind the driver’s left and right sides, and should be avoided by Motorcyclists.  Always make sure the other drivers on the road can see you!
4.) SHOULDER / MIRROR CHECK
Use the Shoulder and Mirror Check technique early and often to check your blind spots so that you can remain aware of vehicles driving close to you and your motorcycle. Make it a habit to check before changing lanes… EVERY TIME!
5.) SPEED
Every road has a speed limit.  Always obey the posted speed signs.  Drive Smart.  Drive Safe.  Arrive Alive!
6.) EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Don’t get comfortable with how other cars and trucks on the road might be driving.  Always Drive Defensively.  Protect yourself at all times by staying alert and safe!
7.) UNSAFE LOADS
Unsafe Loads: Be alert for pickup trucks and Big Rigs that may have loose loads and unsecured items. A ladder or a loose box could cause a very serious collision for a motorcycle or scooter.
The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoMotorcycleCrash.com and http://GoLaw.com.

Motorcyclist Drug Under A Truck And Survives

1 Jun
Thanks to http://GoMotorcycleCrash.com for a dramatic and heroic True Story of a group of Good Samaritans who helped rescue a Southern California Motorcyclist that was trapped under a moving Truck on the 1st day of this Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  As reported by #ABC7Eyewitness and CBS Los Angeles: a Motorcyclist was hit by a car while changing lanes on the eastbound 91 freeway, just west of the 71 in Corona, CA. Another driver, who thought he saw a bumper being drug beneath the vehicle, flagged down the truck driver so they could rescue the motorcyclist. Fortunately, the driver of the motorcycle received only minor injuries because he was wearing protective clothing and a quality helmet. 
A motorcyclist was rescued after being trapped under a pickup truck in Corona, CA, May 1, 2015. 
BYRON HOLEMAN/CBS LOS ANGELES
VIDEO: #DrugUnderATruck 

CBS Los Angeles tracked down the man who shot the video.
“I walk up to the guy, I put one knee down, I can see he’s kind of groggy, everybody gets out, we’re trying to figure out how to help him out, do we lift the car up, do we get jacks?” said Byron Holeman, one of many who came to aid the cyclist.
According to witnesses and Corona Fire Department Spokesman John DeYoe, the motorcyclist was trapped and drug under the red Ford F-150 truck at freeway speeds. Another witness and rescuer included a local firefighter, Andrew Hubbard, who got a jack and was able to help lift the truck off him with the help of some Good Samaritans. Incredibly, the man was pulled free and hospitalized with only minor abrasions, DeYoe said.

Holeman said once paramedics were called, he started recording the rescue scene, which he then posted to Facebook. As of Memorial Day May 25th, the viral Facebook video had been viewed more than 7,226,000 times.

**Warning, the following video may be disturbing for some to watch.**

//

So I’m commuting home today in the famous 91 freeway traffic. I see a pick up truck east bound just past Green River dragging what I thought might be a bumper. I take a closer look and realize it is a human body underneath the truck.  #Abc7eyewitness
Posted by Byron Holeman on Friday, May 1, 2015

Amazingly, the man escaped the ordeal in Riverside County with only minor injuries, largely thanks to his protective gear.
Screenshots from a video showing the rescue of a motorcyclist by a group of concerned citizens. Credit: Byron Holeman.
An ambulance arrived on the scene a short time later. The man, who was in full protective gear, suffered only minor injuries, but was taken to a local trauma center as a precaution. This story underscores the importance of staying alert while driving, and being extra careful to watch out for Motorcyclists. Thanks to the Good Samaritans and the Motorcyclist’s protective equipment for the positive conclusion to this serious event.
The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.
Sources: abc7, cbs los angeles, localnews7, facebook, patch, youtube

MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY MONTH

30 Apr

As the weather is getting warmer, many people will be taking to the open road on their motorcycles.  Since the Month of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, your friends at GoLaw.com and MyMotorcycleCrash.com have put together a few Tips about how to stay safe out there on the road.

Whether you drive a Honda or a Harley, a street bike or a road bike (or a street legal dirt bike), it is always important to remain alert and drive defensively.  The Motorcycle Driving Safety page on the NHTSA website reminds motorists “to safely ‘share the road’ with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists… (and) to always ride smart and sober.

Motorcycle Fatality Statistics

A June 2014 study on Motorcycle Traffic Safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that:

  • “In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes—an increase of 7% from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011. There were 93,000 motorcyclists injured during 2012, a 15% increase from 81,000 in 2011.“
  • “In 2012, motorcyclists accounted for 15% of all traffic fatalities, 18% of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities, and 4% of all occupants injured. Of the 4,957 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, 93% (4,625) were riders and 7% (332) were passengers.”
  • “Motorcycles made up 3% of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2012 and accounted for only 0.7 percent of all vehicle miles traveled. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2012, motorcyclists were more than 26 times likely than passenger car occupants to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 5 times more likely to be injured.”
  • “Per registered vehicle, the fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2012 was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants. The injury rate for motorcyclists was about the same as the injury rate for passenger car occupants.”

Helmet Use and Effectiveness 

NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,699 motorcyclists in 2012. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 781 lives could have been saved.

According to a May 6, 2014 article by the LA TIMES, the NHTSA found: “There were 10 times as many unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities in states without universal helmet laws, compared to states with universal helmet laws, in 2012.”  Kendell Poole, GHSA chairman, added: “By far, helmets are the single most effective way to prevent serious injury and death in the event of a motorcycle crash.”

That’s good news since motorcycle deaths had been steadily rising for ten years between 1998-2008, according to a January 11, 2013 UT San Diego article. “California’s annual motorcycle death toll peaked at 560 in 2008”, perhaps because of the downturn in the economy, then began rising again in 2011.  “An official with the California Office of Traffic Safety reported that most fatal motorcycle accidents happen on the weekends when people often take to the open road for pleasure, rather than during weekday commutes.”

The Los Angeles Times article quotes “Dr. James Hedlund, a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official who authored the study: “More universal helmet laws, reduced alcohol impairment, better motorcycle rider training and licensing, and more driver awareness of motorcycles could all help to cut motorcycle rider deaths.”  According to Hedlund: “There is a mathematical correlation between helmet laws and rider deaths: ‘When helmet use goes down, rider fatalities go up,’ he said.”

“Driver education would also help”, Dr. James Hedlund said. “A high percentage of fatal motorcycle accidents occurred ‘when a car [driver], typically, doesn’t see the motorcyclist and turns left in front of the motorcycle’.”

The California Highway Patrol “also strongly encourages all motorcycle riders to sign up for the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, which is administered by the CHP as California’s official motorcycle safety and training program. The Program offers courses for new and experienced riders. Find out more about the California Motorcyclist Safety Program.”

California residents who find themselves injured in a motorcycle crash or who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident may wish to research their options for filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. A civil action may provide an accident victim the opportunity to pursue monetary damages in court that may help cover medical bills, lost income, funeral costs and other related expenses.

The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.