Since Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away, everybody in Los Angeles seems overwhelmed and overly excited for the upcoming feast.
Generally, people from all walks of life, even our Hollywood celebrities, always find time to get along with their family and friends on this special occasion to celebrate and give thanks.
Thus, our group of elite car accident lawyers in Los Angeles wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Also, they want to remind everyone to put safety first while enjoying the feast.
See some tips to stay safe behind the wheel throughout the long weekend:
Don’t drink and drive
Usually, parties are everywhere during the Thanksgiving Day. It may seem fun to have a few drinks. But once you’ve had enough of alcohol in your system, it is absolutely safer to leave your car and call a cab or designate someone who won’t be drinking to drive you home. It pays well to plan ahead before taking your first shot. Remember, based on statistics, Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest days on the road.
So personally, you aren’t drunk or sober while behind the wheel. But you aren’t still guaranteed that you’ll be a hundred-percent safe on the road since a lot of drunk drivers could be possibly challenging the traffic laws. Therefore, it is better to be safe than sorry. Always wear your seatbelt. According to recent statistics, about 70 percent of all injuries and fatalities during Thanksgiving weekend are caused by the injured parties not wearing seatbelts.
Have a re-route plan
For many, Thanksgiving, which usually starts as early as Wednesday, is an extremely busy weekend to travel. As always, expect traffic jams, long delays on airports and freeways. As you anticipate the said circumstances, plan ahead of time. It is either you make a re-route or make your travel schedule accordingly.
Celebrities getting involved in car crashes are just a usual scenario nowadays. It can be due to their fault – driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or intoxicating substance, or could also be due to other people’s negligence.
Unfortunately, not all celebrities who got involved in car accidents have survived. While some escape the incident unscathed, some incurred minor to severe injuries, while others were left lifeless.
Over the years, somewhere in Los Angeles, several injury attorneys therein have witnessed numerous incidents of fatal car crashes that involved some of the world renowned celebrities.
Here are some of the most renowned celebrities who were killed in horrific vehicle accidents:
In 1955, the ‘Rebel without a Cause’ actor was killed in an afternoon crash of September 30. According to previous reports, Dean and his friend was earlier caught over-speeding in his Porsche 550 Spyder the same day that he was struck by another driver who suddenly made a left turn at an intersection in Cholame, California. It was a head-on collision. As a result of which, Dean was nearly decapitated and incurred severe internal and external injuries.
Following his death, his car was dubbed as ‘Little Bastard’, since the curse of his vehicle lived on even years after the actor’s death. Up to present, the mystery behind the wretched vehicle remains unsolved.
In 1967, the said 1950s sex symbol was killed in an early morning accident of June 29 after the 1966 Buick Electra 225 that she was riding ran into the back end of an insecticide truck. Reports said that Mansfield was with her three young children, her boyfriend, and a driver when the incident occurred. The children survived the incident while Mansfield, her boyfriend and the driver died. Police reports revealed that the bombshell was decapitated from the incident.
In 1997, a tragic car crash also claimed the life of the one of this world’s beloved icons. Princess Diana was killed in a car crash along with his friend, Dodi al-Fayed, and the chauffer, Henri Paul. The princess’ friend, Trevor Reed-Jones, was only the survivor of the incident. According to reports, the car that they were riding was speeding when it entered the Paris’ Alma tunnel to allegedly avoid paparazzi. When the royal car veered to pass a car ahead, it lost control and crashed into the tunnel’s wall. Subsequently, when the chauffer tried to regain control of the car, it slammed into the reinforced concrete dividing pillars. The car subsequently bounced back and spun around before eventually coming to a stop, leaving a mangled vehicle.
In 1982, the actress-turned-princess lost her life after she lost control of the Land Rover that she was driving. Her youngest daughter was a passenger of the said car as well when it went out of control as it was negotiating hairpin turns and doors scraping the mountain side on their way to Monaco. The vehicle eventually went over the edge, rolled down the embankment before hitting piles of rock.
Follow-up investigation has revealed that the princess suffered a heart attack while behind the wheel. Media sources claimed that Princess Grace and her daughter were allegedly arguing before the fatal incident.
In 2002, the former TLC band member likewise died in a horrific car crash. News reports claimed that Lopes was driving a rental car in Honduras when the vehicle engaged in a head-on collision. The car lost control and began rolling. As a result, Lopes was ejected and thrown out of the window of the vehicle that he was driving. She died from head injury.
Incidentally, the entire incident was caught on tape since the camera was rolling at the time of the accident. In fact, the horrifying video and controversial autopsy were said to be available online according to media sources.
More than a year after Mayim Bialik was reportedly injured from a car accident in Los Angeles, California, the Big Bang Theory star is now reportedly taking legal actions in connection to the said traffic mishap.
According to recent news reports, Bialik filed a lawsuit after sustaining severe injuries in her hand from the 2012 car crash.
It could be remembered that back in August 2012, Bialik was struck by a Mustang that was turning left in Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles as she was driving her white Volvo.
Previous reports claimed that Bialik sustained severe lacerations on her left arm and her thumb was suffered from severe cut as a result of the crash.
In the lawsuit she filed against the Mustang’s driver who was said to be a tourist and the key people of the rental car company that owns the car, Bialik claimed she suffered nerve damage in the incident.
She is now seeking for unspecified damages, which includes lost wages.
“That must be a staggering amount of lost wages considering that the Emmy awards nominee actress is currently starring on NBC’s “Blossom” at the time of the incident. As for the tourist, that driver probably learned his or her lesson now. The tourist should have been extra cautious in exploring the busy streets of Los Angeles,” said by an automobile accident attorney.
In commemoration of the legendary actor James Dean’s 58th death anniversary, a Los Angeles vehicle accident lawyer recounted several unexplainable incidents surrounding the decedent’s totaled car.
To begin with, the American actor died in a horrific car crash on September 30, 1955. According to previous news reports, the actor failed to control his Porsche 550 Spyder away from another vehicle at a road crossing in Cholame, California.
Dean died from the incident. However, many believed even years after the fatal incident, the “curse” of his vehicle still lived on.
• After the tragic incident that killed the legendary actor, the totaled car was bought by Hollywood’s renowned auto customizer, George Barris. Shortly after buying the wreck, Barris lost one of his legs. He subsequently sold some parts of the vehicle.
• Incidentally, the engine was sold to a physician identified as Troy McHenry, who soon died from a tragic encounter with a tree along his way.
• The vehicle’s transmission was sold to another physician, William Eschrid, who also had a road misfortune but luckily survived the incident despite serious injuries. Eschrid later claimed that his car suddenly locked up when he went into a curve.
• Meanwhile, the two tires of the “cursed” car were sold to a young man, who according to previous reports also compromised his life after both tires suddenly blew out at the same time.
• Also, a kid, who was trying to steal the wrecked car’s steering wheel slipped and severely wounded one of his arms.
• Subsequently, in an aim to put the car in good use, Barris eventually lent the wrecked car to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for a touring display to show the importance of automobile safety. However, a few days after, the garage that housed the car was burnt to the ground, destroying all vehicles that were parked inside except for the said car.
• That still did not put an end to the curse. When the car was put on exhibit in Sacramento, California, it fell from its display and broke a teenager’s hip.
• Well, there is more. As the wrecked car was being transported by a truck, the driver was killed when the wreck fell on him after he was thrown out from the truck by accident.
• Until 1960s, the mystery surrounding the car continued. When the wreck was lent for another safety exhibit in Miami, Florida, the truck that was carrying it way back to Los Angeles mysteriously vanished. Up to these days, its whereabouts are not yet determined, leaving every mystery of its wreckage unsolved.
By the way, based on how previous reports described the car, it was actually called as the “Little Bastard”, with a number 130 on the front, back, left and right side of the car. It has a tartan on the seating.
According to initial reports surfaced last week, guitar legend Carlos Santana was involved in a fender bender after he crashed his car into a parked vehicle in an upscale area of Las Vegas.
Initial reports claimed that Santana was homebound when he drove his car into a parked vehicle along the area of Summerlin in Las Vegas. Also, the police reportedly confirmed that the incident was only minor and further claimed that the incident is not even log-worthy.
However, recent reports opposed the earlier reports.
In a photo taken from the actual incident obtained by the TMZ, it displays the guitarist’s totaled Fisker Karma. The front bumper of the vehicle was destroyed while the airbags were deployed.
Obviously, it was not only a minor accident as the initial reports said.
Moreover, contrary to the initial report that Santana hit one parked car, subsequent reports say that the guitarist actually struck two vehicles before his car came to a stop.
Fortunately for the people involved, no one was injured following the incident. Authorities told media sources that Santana apparently fell asleep behind the wheel that is why he lost control of his vehicle.
So far, it is still unclear whether Santana was driving under the influence during accident since the incident was initially surrounded by false claims. Therefore, it is hard to determine which ones are bogus and which are true unless the law enforcers set it straight, commented by several personal injury lawyers.
Just a few days after the news about Kylie Jenner’s car crash surfaced, here is another traffic mishap incident from the famed clan of the Kardashians.
According to recent news reports, Lamar Odom allegedly rear-ended another car that resulted to a chain reaction collision along Los Angeles freeway.
It was a three-car collision that occurred at around 6 o’clock in the afternoon along 101 Freeway. Incidentally, it was the same freeway where the baller was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) several days after the road misfortune.
Unfortunately for Odom, that incident that could have remained undisclosed from the media but has already gone publicized since the owner of the vehicle that he hit is a reporter for the LA Times.
LA Times reported that Odom’s white Mercedes slammed into the back of his ride near the Gower Street exit. The reported further stated that when he tried to exchange insurance information with the NBA star, the latter was resistant and insisted that the damage “doesn’t even look that bad,”.
The reported further claimed that Odom eventually gave his insurance card bearing his insurance information, but when he gave the insurance card back to the baller, he oddly resisted at first before realizing that he needed the same to drive.
Furthermore, the reporter said that the incident was not reported to the police.
In a brief explanation, a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer noted that car insurance card is highly required in the U.S. The said card must be kept in the vehicle where ever it goes so that in the event of such traffic collisions, the driver can present it as proof of insurance. So far, many states have already started accepting the electronic versions of proof of insurance. However, several states still do not acknowledge the same, the attorney further noted.
So far, recent news reports claimed that the baller was caught splurging into fancy hotels and drugs after he was kicked out from her wife, Khloe Kardashian’s house due to his uncontrollable addiction issues.
Months may have passed following the horrific car crash that involved British singer George Michael, and his wounds may have healed but the “remembrance” of the unfortunate would definitely remain permanently tattooed on his skin unless he prefer to undergo costly reconstructive surgery.
Media sources revealed photos of the former Wham star with a huge scar on the back of his head, and on his left elbow as he stepped out of a vehicle outside his home in London last week.
Apparently, this is the first time that the pop star has publicly sported the permanent effect of the mishap that almost killed him last May.
Michael was involved in a bad rush hour motorway crash along M1 Motorway in Hertfordshire, England, where his body was found soaking in his own blood after the chauffer-driven Range Rover that he was riding fell into a tarmac. Witnesses to the incident have said, because of the serious nature of the accident, that he is lucky to still be alive after the incident.
In his long year of handling such cases of vehicle accidents, a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer understands that getting involved in such freaky accident is a difficult situation especially if you sustained serious physical injury that will leave a permanent mark in your body as a result.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis started her month in bad note after she was reportedly got involved in a car accident on the month’s first day.
Recent news reports have confirmed that the actress and Activia spokesperson was taken to the hospital after a black Yukon SUV that she was riding crashed into a BMW in Venice Beach, California.
She was reportedly treated at the hospital for minor injuries and was later discharged for her full recovery at home. Also, one unidentified person was taken to the hospital, whose injuries were said to be much more serious.
Meanwhile, according to several witnesses, Curtis, while pretty shaken up, called her good friend actress Jodi Foster right after the incident. Just like in movies, the latter showed up immediately to rescue her friend.
During an interview following the accident, a representative for Curtis’ party told media sources that the mother-of-two is now in good condition and that she considers the incident as a perfect example to look up whenever you feel like forgetting why you should always wear seat belt. So far, no one knows if Curtis was wearing hers at the time of the accident.
Jamie is married to the director / screenwriter Christpoher Guest and is blessed with two children, Anne and Thomas. She is best known in her previous movies like Halloween, Freaky Friday, My Girl and House Arrest.
Incidentally, In the Golden State alone, more than 3,000 lives are being claimed each year. In fact, in a data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2009 alone, at least 3,071 people died as a result of California car crash, noted by a Los Angeles automobile accident attorney.
Following the controversy that he was into, the acquitted murder suspect, George Zimmerman, has managed to demonstrate his philanthropic side by rescuing a family after a car accident.
According to recent news reports, while Zimmerman was traveling along a highway in Sanford, Florida at around 5:45 in the afternoon of July 17, he noticed an overturned SUV off the road. As a prompt response, he reportedly sprang into action along with another man. They helped all four of the passengers, two parents and two children, to get out of the wrecked vehicle, according to media sources.
Fortunately, there were no reported injuries following the accident. Meanwhile, officers told the media that Zimmerman was not a witness to the incident and in fact left immediately after contacting the deputy.
Based on initial investigation, the SUV was traveling toward an off-ramp on State Road 417 when its driver lost control. As a result, the vehicle went off the road and rolled over.
Incidentally, this has been a rough month for Zimmerman after he was accused of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin on the night of July 13 but was eventually acquitted of the crime.
Such incident only teaches everyone a lesson. Even though someone had been branded as a villain, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she could never have the chance of being hailed as a hero, reminded by a car accident attorney in Los Angeles.
Almost a month after the award-winning journalist Michael Hastings death, a variety of theories started to come out after the anti-secrecy website, WikiLeaks, has recently revealed Hastings’ email hours before his fatal car crash.
Last week, WikiLeaks has revealed that the author-journalist sent an e-mail to the organization’s lawyer hours before he smashed his 2013 silver Mercedes into a tree and burst into flame in Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, California. It was a single car crash. According to the initial investigation, Hastings’ car was going too fast at the time of the accident. In fact, as a result of the impact, the vehicle’s engine was found 100 feet away from the crash scene shortly after the incident. He was 33.
In his email to WikiLeaks, Hastings wrote that he was working on a ‘big story’ and was going to disappear. He further noted that the FBI was investigating him. In fact, several of his close friends and colleagues were allegedly being interviewed by the FBI. Therefore, he was going to “go off the radar for a bit,” he added. The e-mail’s subject was ‘FBI Investigation re: NSA.’
Subsequently, a variety of conspiracy theories have emerged on the internet, all implying that he was murdered by powerful forces seeking for his silence.
While many associate the incident to a story about a privacy lawsuit filed by Jill Kelly against the Department of Defense and the FBI that he was researching about, the FBI on the other hand has claimed that the journalist was never under investigation by the said federal agency. Also, in a recent report released by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the agency ruled that there was no foul play occurred in the single vehicle crash.
Others have also speculated that Hastings could have allowed someone to hack his car. A prominent security analyst believe that the existing technology nowadays can do some really highly destructive things now, though hacking a car and it’s all easy to do.
Based on several researchers from some universities, it is significantly easy to hack a car’s control system like causing acceleration, taking the brakes or launching the airbags.
So far, the authorities have claimed that it may take a few weeks to determine a real cause of death for Hastings.
Initially, who would have ever thought that a tragic car accident can be this controversial and apparently becoming a big news story on national television and even on the Internet due to different conspiracy theories that surrounds the journalist’s death. Meanwhile, a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer is keeping an eye on the progress of this case after it started to gain significant attention recently.