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Drowsy Driving Is Drunk Driving

Good drivers don’t drive under the influence. Drunk driving has been highly advertised to the point where most reasonable people are aware of its effects and will make sure to avoid turning the key, most adults drink with friends or at a bar meaning there will most likely be at least one other supervision which is better than none.

‘A car crashed and turned over to its side on Highway 14 after the driver fell asleep at the wheel, Vancouver, WA.’

‘Drowsy driver caused crash that killed two people along Highway 9 near Marysville.’

‘A motorcyclist died Sunday night in an accident on Interstate 405, caused by the driver of a car who fell asleep at the wheel.’

These are few of the many incidents that appeared from a simple google search with the keywords: drowsy driving Washington State. These are harsh results from societal exhaustion. Due to the economy and wealth distribution system; people are working longer hours, a surging increase in sleep apnea and acute insomnia in adults, and high school and college students stay up for in 24-48 hours intermittently to study for tests or finish papers.

Sleep deprivation and automobile use is a fatal combination. There were 10 deaths and 77 serious injuries in Washington during 2013 that were declared caused by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Drowsy drivers are involved in an estimated 21% of all fatal crashes. Nationwide, drowsy drivers have caused 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and more than 100,000 accidents each year, according to the AAA Foundation.

A study by researchers in Australia showed that being awake for 18 hours produced an impairment equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .05, and .10 after 24 hours; .08 is considered legally drunk in Washington state.

The only way to change the mindset and habits about driving without having slept in over 20 hours is to implement laws and penalties, similar to drunk driving prevention three decades ago. Every Washington driver, every law enforcement, every judge needs to fully grasp the seriousness of drowsy driving. There needs to be change.

Drowsy driving kills, injures and shatters lives just the same as drunk drivers do. Ask the family and friends of those lost or injured due to drowsy driving. Just ask my cousin.

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident contact the experienced Vancouver personal injury attorneys from Caron, Colven, Robinson, & Shafton (CCRS) Law. CCRS Law has been successful in representing clients who have been involved in truck, car, pedestrian, motorcycle and other accidents in Vancouver WA.

Deaf Driver On Trial Reckless Driving Comic-Con

The trial of a deaf driver who pummelled into a group of people in the streets of San Diego during the 2014 Comic-Con “Zombie Walk” event, critically injuring a woman, delegations continue Tuesday.

The conviction of Matthew Pocci, currently being prosecuted for reckless driving, will be apparent soon. The case is deciding whether Pocci drove through the Zombie Walk participants out of anger and frustration, or whether he was frightened and panicking, losing control of his vehicle intending no harm.

This Monday, Pocci attended the stand for a final tie, retelling his interpretation of the story. He claims he didn’t believe a sign language interpreter, who assisted with the statements in his police report, understood what he wanted to say when the documents were filed.

“I’m fluent; I use my body, I use my signs, I use my facial expressions for everything, ” Pocci added through an ALS interpreter. “And how he was trying to interpret what I was saying, I’m not really sure that he got everything correct.”

Pocci claims being alarmed after looking back over the police report. “When I saw the police report, I said, ‘I never said that,'” Pocci testified.

Officer Jeff Gross from the San Diego Police Department, the ALS interpreter Pocci refers to, testified that of the incident he was ALS certified after he passed the test 10 before the crash but did not take the necessary classes to have his certification up to date.

Gross explains he thought Pocci signed the word “anger” and asked for clarification in which Pocci spelled out “frustration” by signing. Pocci was “frustrated” due to not being able to communicate with the crowd in his preference.

During Campbell’s testimony, Pocci wiped tears from his eyes as the victim recounted the terrifying ordeal

Prosecutors claim Pocci was angry and impatient when he ran into Campbell at the others, but the defense proclaims Pocci was frightened by the people dressed in zombie costumes and panicked, driving into the

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Motorcyclist Collides With Pickup In Deadly Crash

North Portland Sunday night a motorcyclist died after being in a crash with a pickup truck, according to police.

The motorcyclist was Joshua Michael Terry, and he died later at the scene of the incident at around 8:30 p.m. at the 6100 block of N. Marine Drive. The 20-year-old motorcyclist was accompanied by additional cyclists and were heading east from Kelly Point Park when the collision occurred.

Investigators believe Terry and the others, members of a car and motorcycle enthusiast group called Red Door Meet, were travelling more than 100 mph at the time, evidence concludes one rider performed a wheelie.

When authorities arrived, they discovered both Terry and the 24-year-old driver of the pickup truck suffering from life-threatening injuries. The pickup truck was headed east from Kelly Point Park as well; the truck did a U-turn on Marine Drive. The motorcyclist, Terry, slammed into the side of the pickup, instantly killing him and severely injuring the pickup driver.

The investigation is still ongoing, and no apparent citations have been issued as of now.

Accidents, unfortunately, occur at any time and anywhere. Taking the necessary driving precautions allows you to react accordingly to obstructions, vehicles and weather-inflicted road conditions.

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Accident Involving 19 Marines Leaves 6 Marines Critically Injured And One Dead

Friday, a vehicle rollover accident injures 18 Marines, six of which were listed in critical condition. A multi-ton truck carrying the Marines flipped onto a paved road at Camp Pendleton, killing a 21-year-old corporal who was from Louisiana, according to officials.

Luckily, eight of the troops sustained no injuries, and four were treated and discharged from the medical facilities in San Diego County with no life-altering injuries, the Marine Corps. said. 1st Lieutenant Colleen McFadden said all the 19 Marines were from the 1st Marine Division.

The identity of the killed Marine was released by the Marine Corps. Shortly after the accident in a statement, his name was Bryan Michael Lauw from Denham Springs, Louisiana.

Lauw was an anti-tank missileman from the division’s 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. He served aboard an assault ship in Central America and South America during his career.

“After this tragic training accident, our first concern is for the welfare of our deceased Marine, the injured and their families,” Maj. General Daniel J. O’Donohue, the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, said in a statement Friday. “They are held close in our hearts and prayers.”

The accident remains under investigation. The trucks are commonly used to transport Marines and supplies, however it is unclear whether it hit something, experienced a mechanical failure or was traveling at a high speed that afternoon on Basilone Road. There were no additional vehicles involved in the accident, McFadden stated.

Authorities believed the investigation may take months.

The truck the Marines were in is the workhorse for the Navy and Marine Corps, it carries troops, supplies, and heavy equipment. The Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement is built to travel over any terrain and operate in extreme weather, ranging from minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a deceiving Hulk appearance, as it can ford 5 feet of water, climb a 60-percent gradient and navigate a 30-degree slope. It can also carry 15 tons over the highway and up to 7 tons off-road.

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Woman Dead After Collision in Caroline VA

A Beaverdam woman is dead after a two vehicle crash in Caroline County Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the crash happened on Ladysmith Road and Anderson Mill Road when a truck turned over onto a 2007 Pontiac as it went around a curve and crossed the double yellow line. The truck spilled logs and limbs onto the car and the roadway.

The driver of the truck, 50-year-old Gary E. Hudson, of Unionville, Virginia, was not injured in the crash. He was wearing a seat belt.

The driver and sole occupant of the 2007 Pontiac, Gwendolyn L. Gray, 64 of Beaverdam, Virginia, died at the scene. Police say she was not wearing a seat belt.

Hudson was travelling at unsafe speeds around a corner known to cause accidents. It took crews 3 hours to remove debris from the wreckage, in order to remove Gray from her car.

The horrific accident was caught on tape from a local Supermarket surveillance camera, Gray has just filled her car with gas before the crash occurred.

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Pedestrian Stuck and Killed in Newport Beach

Police have now identified the body of a male that was struck and killed near a major street early Wednesday morning.  Investigators stated that 44-year-old Costa Mesa resident Darin Wells, was found dead early that morning.  It is still uncertain if the 44-year-old Costa Mesa man was hit while crossing the street or if the driver hit him while he was on the shoulder of the road.

Police reported that a female was driving a Audi A3 sedan southbound when she hit Darin Wells.  The female driver stayed at the scene of the accident and didn’t sustain any injuries.  Investigators reported that drugs or alcohol was not involved, and no arrest have been made.

The southbound lanes of Newport Boulevard between Hospital Road and Industrial Way remained closed off while the investigation was underway.  Closures were lifted around 7:30 a.m.

Any accident in Newport Beach can be physically damaging but can also cause financial and emotional turmoil.  If you have been injured in Newport Beach accident and feel that the other party was negligent or responsible, contact our dedicated Newport personal injury attorneys today.

Seattle DUI Arrest News

Research indicates that the State of Washington and the City of Seattle boast the toughest DUI laws in the USA. These cases are cited as receiving the most frequent administrative/ in court activity as well.

Recent institution of 0.08 percent as the driving while impaired designation has resulted in a deluge of detrimental consequences even for residents with no previous criminal record. With or without submission to breath testing procedures, mandatory drivers license suspension is highly possible. Even with no prior conviction, a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge can result in a 90-day suspension following voluntary breath testing and one year for those who refuse to submit to testing.

In addition to those above, a financial responsibility clause comes into play. More commonly known as an SR-22, this can be required for a 3-year period regardless of whether the case is dismissed or receives a favorable outcome. Washington’s Department of Licensing has the power to institute a 7-year background check for the purpose of bringing any prior DUI or DWI issues to light.

Retaining the services of a qualified Seattle DUI attorney is highly advised even in the early stage of your case in light of documentation that must be filed beginning with submission of a Drivers Hearing Request form that must be filed within 20 days of receipt of the pending charge. This filing must include a $375 fee payment.

As of January 1, 2009, the state instituted an Ignition-Lock option that involves a $60 per month fee plus installation costs. This process requires the driver to blow into a breath analyzer prior to starting the engine and at intervals during vehicle operation. Eligibility for this option requires pre-requisite filing of SR-22 paperwork. Under this option, employers of drivers using non-company owned vehicles must request sanction by the Department of Licensing.

Proof of the severity of consequences is evident in the fact that a 1st Offense carries a mandatory 1-year incarceration and up to a $5,000 fine. Mandatory appearance in court occurs within 1 to 14 days following arrest. Even at 0.08 percent and with no prior infraction, 1-day jail time, a lesser fine, probation and license suspension is most often handed down in court. If deemed advisable during adjudication, the minimum time for ankle-bracelet wearing is 15 days. In either case, probation conditions must be precisely adhered to and will be monitored by the Washington DUI Probation Office.

Caitlyn Jenner May Face Vehicular Manslaughter Charges

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department will be presenting to prosecutors evidence that may lead to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against Caitlyn Jenner, who was part of a deadly chain crash on Pacific Coast Highway in February.

Sheriff’s Det. Richard Curry said Thursday that Jenner was driving at an unsafe speed Feb. 7 when her Cadillac Escalade rear-ended Kim Howe’s Lexus, sending it into oncoming traffic, ultimately leading to the 69-year-old driver’s death.

Caitlyn was hauling an off-road vehicle on a trailer and had to suddenly slow as the vehicle in front of her stopped. She was obeying the speed limit, however, she was moving too fast for road conditions that day. Kim Howe died at the scene after Jenner hit her car and forced her into the path of a Hummer approaching in the opposite direction.

Los Angeles County district attorney will review the investigator’s report and ultimately decide whether Jenner will face a misdemeanor manslaughter charge. A single misdemeanor manslaughter charge usually carries a sentence in jail for a year, however legal experts agree a jail term would be highly unlikely.

Jenner has called the crash a “devastating tragedy,” saying, “I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them.”

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Seattle Police Department Arrests 29-year-old Man After Killing Cyclist in Seattle

Wednesday night in a three-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 5 near Boeing Access Road, troopers said.

The collision happened just before 11 p.m. At one point, traffic was completely blocked on southbound I-5. It cleared around 2 a.m. Thursday.

Drivers of the SUV and blue passenger vehicle were arrested for vehicular homicide. A warrant for blood was obtained for both subjects. It appears that road rage along with impairment were contributing factors, trooper Chris Webb said.

Washington State patrol says the driver who caused the crash was driving under the influence; he was among the injured. He is a 21-year-old from Centralia. His passenger, a 23-year-old female from Centralia, was killed.

Multiple DUI Related Accidents Take Place In Seattle

If you are stopped by the Washington State Patrol and charged with a DUI that is an arrest that will cost the DUI driver approximately $10,000 and will make a tremendous impact on your life. If you have been involved in a Seattle DUI accident, and there are injuries or even death, this is a life-altering event both for the driver and everyone else involved. In a case like this, the DUI driver should contact a Seattle DUI attorney or criminal defense attorney immediately. The longer one waits, the more vague details get, so it is imperative to schedule a free consultation today.

DUI Related Accidents

Outside Seattle near Tumwater, early Saturday morning, a DUI accident occurred on I-5 killing one person and injuring others. The accident took place before six a.m. when there was a collision between the two cars in the northbound lanes near milepost 100, reports Trooper Guy Gill. The report didn’t mention the BAC level, but because someone died, the driver is charged with vehicular homicide.

The next night in Seattle, three vehicles were involved in a crash with similar horrific results. There was one death, and three injuries reported according to KIRO-TV news. The accident also occurred on I-5, and State Troopers reported that the driver was a 21-year-old male under the influence. In his car was a 23-year-old female passenger who was DOA.

The DUI driver also injured three other passengers, but both drivers, one driving an SUV and the other in a blue passenger vehicle were arrested for vehicular homicide because the cause of this tragic accident is suspected to be road rage. Washington Statute 46.61.520 states that vehicular homicide will be charged if the person injured dies within three years of the accident, if the driver was found under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was driving recklessly.

A person driving under the influence finds it harder to make quick decisions, and the choices they do make will not be safe ones. When under the influence, it is more prevalent for that person, male or female, to speed, weave through traffic, run stop signs, become distracted and operate the vehicle recklessly. If you have been involved in a dangerous situation like either of these while under the influence, don’t try to handle anything by yourself. Contact our Seattle DUI attorney’s at Dellino Law Group and learn your rights about this crash today.