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Car Accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries in California today, and they are preventable in almost all circumstances. Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys blogs about car accidents that happen in Southern California as a way to maintain awareness about the dangers of car crashes and hopefully prevent injuries or deaths from happening in the future.

If you are in need of a personal injury attorney due to injuries sustained in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact Bisnar Chase by calling us at (800) 561-4887, or filling out the contact form to the right!

Suspected Drunk Driver Causes Placentia Injury Crash

By Brian Chase on April 30, 2014 - No comments

At least two people including a suspected drunk driver were injured in a Placentia car accident the night of April 27, 2014. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred at Placentia Avenue and Bastanchury Road. Officials say San Pedro resident, Joseph Maes, 22, ran a red light at the intersection, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into four cars injuring himself and a passenger. Maes and a female passenger were trapped in their vehicle and extricated by firefighters. They were transported to a local trauma center. Both are expected to survive. No one else is believed to have been injured. The investigation is ongoing. Maes was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI. …Read the rest »


California Court OKs Using Cell Phone Map While Driving

By Brian Chase on March 3, 2014 - No comments

someone using the phone gps while driving

While you may get a ticket if you talk on a cell phone or text while driving, you may be let off the hook if you are looking at the map on your cell phone while driving.

According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, that was the conclusion of a California appeals court in Fresno, which for the first time in the state, found that drivers could use maps on their smartphones without risking a hands-free cell phone ticket.

The court’s ruling might elicit a sigh of relief from drivers who have come to rely on cell phone maps and GPS systems. However, this appellate court decision may …Read the rest »


Newport Beach Police Pursuit Ends in Injury Crash

By Brian Chase on February 21, 2014 - No comments

alcoholic drink next to car keysA female driver was seriously injured after a DUI suspect crashed into her vehicle during a police pursuit, CBS Los Angeles reports. Police say the two-mile chase started around 10:30 p.m. February 20, 2014 and ended in a crash at the intersection of Dover and Mariners drives. The driver of a black Mercedes sedan allegedly drove through a stop sign and crashed into a Toyota Prius injuring its driver.

Many nearby residents said they saw the crash occur. Neighbors saw a man “screaming in agony” and said they heard a woman crying. The victim was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. The 43-year-old driver of the Mercedes, identified as Benjamin Scanlan of Newport Beach was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

We hope the victim did not suffer life-threatening injuries in this case. We wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. …Read the rest »


A Car That Knows When You Are Drunk?

By Brian Chase on February 14, 2014 - No comments

blowing a breathalyzerThe day is not far when your friend will not have to take your car keys if you have too much to drink.

Instead, your car may become the decider, judging if you are fit to drive.

According to Insurance.com, researchers are working on developing two different technologies that could automatically detect your blood alcohol content either through your touch or your breath.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently extended its agreement with car makers to …Read the rest »


Suspected DUI Driver Causes Diamond Bar Crash That Kills Six

By Brian Chase on February 12, 2014 - No comments

alcoholic drink next to car keysSix people were killed in a Los Angeles County car crash, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver who had a prior DUI conviction and only a week ago got restrictions on her driver’s license lifted.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Olivia Culbreath, 21, has been accused of causing a multi-vehicle crash on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar that left six people dead.

Officials say Culbreath …Read the rest »


Repeat DUI Driver Crashes into Costa Mesa Home

By Brian Chase on January 31, 2014 - No comments

repeat dui offender crashes into Costa Mesa homeA woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a repeat DUI driver crashed his vehicle into a Costa Mesa home. According to a City News Service report, the incident occurred early morning on January 29, 2014. The vehicle went into the home in the 1600 block of Myrtlewood Street about four feet and ended up lodged between two occupied bedrooms, officials said. The woman who was injured suffered lacerations caused by flying debris. The driver, 26-year-old Lawrence Smith of Costs Mesa, was arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI. Officials say Smith had prior DUI convictions.

The city of Costa Mesa in an effort to reduce DUI collisions will be implementing a DUI checkpoint from tonight through Saturday morning to 3:00 a.m.

It is indeed fortunate that no one suffered serious or life-threatening injuries as a result of this DUI collision. I wish the injured victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. …Read the rest »


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