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Bill Beckwith, a carpenter and co-host of the hit HGTV home improvement show, “Curb Appeal,” died from injuries suffered in a San Francisco motorcycle accident. According to a Reuters news report, the 38-year-old Beckwith died after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Oak and Steiner streets in the city’s Lower Haight neighborhood the night of December 2, 2013. The circumstances of the crash are still not clear. Police said the driver stopped and cooperated with officials.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members, friends, co-workers and fans of Bill Beckwith. They will be in my thoughts and prayers. Reuters reports that Beckwith, the founder of BBDesignBuild, a construction company, co-hosted “Curb Appeal” for two seasons. …Read the rest »
Four people were killed and one person was injured in an Orange County car accident early morning on December 7, 2013, which officials say, may have been caused by a lethal mix of speed and alcohol. According to a KABC news report, the fatal car crash occurred on South El Camino Real near West Avenida Valencia. The deceased victims were identified as 25-year-old Pablo Vargas Diaz of San Juan Capistrano, 26-year-old Martin Junior Nieto of Laguna Niguel and 27-year-old Lucia Garcia Solis of San Juan Capistrano. The identity of the fourth victim has not yet been released. …Read the rest »
For the last three years, the Newport Beach personal injury law firm of Bisnar Chase has been participating in a turkey giveaway in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank. We continued what has become our Thanksgiving tradition this year as well with 1,000 turkeys donated to the Food Bank.
Actor Paul Walker who shot to fame as the star of the street racing franchise, “Fast & Furious,” sadly and ironically died in a fiery crash in Santa Clarita on November 30, 2013. According to a CNN news report, the 40-year-old Walker was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by a racing team partner, Roger Rodas. The Porsche went out of control, slammed into a light pole and burst into flames in an office park. Both Rodas and Walker were killed in the crash. Officials have said that high speed was a factor. They have ruled out the possibility of this crash being the result of a street race.
As of today, the LA county coroner has ruled that Walker died of traumatic and thermal injuries.
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Ford Motor Co. announced this week that it is issuing auto defect recalls for fire dangers in some Ford Escape SUVs. According to a report in Detroit News, Ford is recalling nearly 140,000 2103 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines in the United States and 161,333 worldwide. The fires, officials say, are caused by overheating of the engine cylinder head, which can crack and leak oil. Ford said it had received reports of 13 fires including one in Canada as a result of the engine issue. At least 12 other fires were reported in 2012. Those incidents were linked to a November 2012 Escape recall caused by coolant fluid leaks due to overheating. …Read the rest »
One in four motorists reported being so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open while driving in the past month, according to recent survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study shows that motorists aged 19 to 24 were most likely to report driving dangerously drowsy at 33 percent while the oldest drivers ages 75 and above and the youngest (ages 16 to 18) were the least likely to report having done so in the previous month at 22 percent each. According to the study, 95 percent of drivers believe it is somewhat or completely unacceptable to drive when they are so tired that it is difficult to keep their eyes open.
Symptoms of Drowsy Driving
A 2010 study conducted by the AAA Foundation showed that 17 percent of fatal crashes, 13 percent of crashes resulting in hospitalization and 7 percent of all crashes requiring a tow, involve a drowsy driver. Here are some warning signs by which drivers can tell that they are sleepy or drowsy:
- The inability to recall the last few miles traveled.
- Difficulty keeping your eyes open.
- Feeling that your eyelids or head are very heavy.
- Drifting out of your driving lane or driving on the rumble strips.
- Repeatedly yawning.
- Missing traffic signs or running red lights.
Tips to Stay Awake
With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, it is important to remember the following tips to ensure that you are not drowsy while driving:
- Don’t start your driving after a heavy meal.
- Schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles.
- Travel with an alert passenger and take turns while driving.
- Avoid foods or medications that can cause drowsiness.
- If you are chronically fatigued or have trouble getting rested, consult a sleep specialist.
- Caffeine can help you stay alert and awake temporarily. But don’t count on caffeinated beverages to keep you awake
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
An article on NPR talks about an invention where you can wear a bike helmet and still look perfectly coiffed. Say goodbye to uncomfortable chin straps and helmet hair. Hovding, the “invisible” helmet is the brainchild of Swedish designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin. Instead of wearing a shell, which is the traditional helmet, this invisible helmet is an airbag – one that is tucked away in a collar that cyclists can fasten around their neck. When the collar’s internal sensors detect a specific combination of jerks and jags, which means that an “accident is happening,” the airbag deploys sending out a head-hugging air cushion in a tenth of a second. …Read the rest »
Three people were injured in a Newport Beach car accident involving two vehicles. According to a news report in The Daily Pilot, a green Honda CRV was traveling west on West Coast Highway the morning of November 16, 2013 when the driver lost control and went over the raised center median. The Honda entered opposing lanes of traffic and crashed head-on with a white BMW near the Arches Bridge. A passenger in the BMW and the driver and passenger in the Honda were taken to an area trauma center with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. …Read the rest »
Before we make a purchase online or signing up for something online, most of us hit the “I agree” button in a hurry. We all know we’re supposed to read the Terms and Conditions before we hit that button. But, really, who does? The website Kleargear.com, which bills itself as the seller of “office toys for geeks,” slipped in a clause in its agreement telling buyers that those who post negative comments online about them will be fined $3,500. …Read the rest »
More defective airbags have been recalled than ever in 2013 compared to any other year in the United States, according to a news report on AOL Autos. Over the first nine months in 2013, automakers have recalled more than 6 million cars because of possible hazards related to airbag malfunctions. These faulty airbags have injured motorists and in at least one case, killed a driver. During serious car accidents, airbags have at times failed to deploy. In other cases, airbags have deployed when they were not supposed to, in some instances, spraying shrapnel at the occupants when they exploded.
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