Articles Posted in Auto Accidents

Drowsy Driving Reported in Riverbank Car Accident

Drowsy driving was reported to be a possible factor in a Riverbank car accident that occurred on the morning of August 6, 2019. The three-car crash occurred around 11:45 a.m. at the intersection of Claribel Road and Albers Road, just east of Riverbank. It involved a white Ford sedan, a silver Ford SUV, and a red Dodge Nitro SUV. The Ford sedan was stopped at a red light at the intersection with the Dodge stopped behind it. The driver of the Ford SUV was approaching the two vehicles from behind and reportedly rear-ended the Dodge as the traffic light turned green. The impact propelled the Dodge into the Ford sedan, causing the Dodge to overturn and land on its roof. Fatigue was believed to be a factor in the crash, based on the statement provided to officials by the Ford SUV driver. Information on the number of people injured and their conditions was not immediately available.

Ford Fiesta Sales Continued Despite Known Defects

The transmissions in Ford Fiesta and Focus vehicles sold after 2010 were known to be defective before production began. Yet, the company introduced its new transmission to the public. Owners complained that the transmission moved into neutral when gears shifted, and the shifting was described as jerky. The defective transmissions also caused the vehicles to bolt into cross streets after stopping and lose their power at highway speeds. Despite evidence to the contrary, Ford has defended its position on the car’s safety and continued selling the cars without major changes, leading to numerous complaints and lawsuits. 

Modesto Man Killed in Broadside Collision

A Modesto man was killed in a broadside collision on the morning of June 17, 2019. The auto accident occurred shortly before 4:20 a.m. at the intersection of Hosmer Avenue and Ninth Street. A man was driving his Dodge west along Hosmer Avenue when he was broadsided by a northbound Toyota. Medical personnel responding to the crash performed life-saving measures on the Dodge driver. He was transported to the hospital for immediate treatment. Sadly, he was pronounced dead during hospitalization. Officials have identified the decedent as 67-year-old Joseph Ventura of Modesto. I would like to express my sincere sympathies to the family of Mr. Ventura during this difficult time.

Child Passed Away Week After Ceres DUI Crash

A child passed away a week after being hospitalized for a Ceres DUI crash. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that a 46-year-old man was driving an SUV and crashed into a duplex along the 1200 block of Sam Street just outside Ceres city limits on June 9, 2019. A 38-year-old Ceres mother and her three daughters were sleeping inside the home at the time of the crash. The mother and her two youngest daughters, ages 3 and 5, passed away a short time after the accident. The eldest daughter, age 10, was airlifted to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento for treatment of serious injuries. Sadly, she succumbed to her injuries at the hospital on June 15, according to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office. We would like to send our healing thoughts and prayers to the family of the mother and her three daughters, who lost their lives in this devastating accident.

Lung Paralysis in an Auto Accident

Lung paralysis can take place in an auto accident and could be a life-threatening injury if not treated quickly. The lungs are one of the body’s vital organs. They take in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. This oxygen is used to power the various cellular functions throughout the entire body. When the lungs expand, the pressure inside of them drops. Air moves into the lungs because of this low pressure. For the lungs to expand, the diaphragm on each side needs to drop. This movement is powered by the phrenic nerve. Some of the ways that the phrenic nerve might be damaged include:

Eight Injured in Ceres Auto Accident

At least eight parties were injured in a Ceres auto accident on the afternoon of June 10, 2019. The crash occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. along the southbound lanes of Highway 99 near Service Road. Two lanes were closed, and traffic was backed up to Briggsmore Avenue in Modesto. Multiple ambulances were called to the scene, including a helicopter for a child who suffered serious injuries. An update regarding the conditions of the eight people injured in the car accident has not yet been released by officials.

Woman and Children Killed in Ceres Crash

A woman and two young children were killed in a Ceres crash during the early morning hours of June 9, 2019. The car wreck occurred around 1:30 a.m. at a duplex located along the 1200 block of Sam Avenue. A 46-year-old Modesto man was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox west on Holm Avenue at a high rate of speed and reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign. The Chevrolet crashed through the fence and backyard of a duplex before colliding with the home. Emergency responders were called to the duplex and found a woman and three girls inside. A woman and two girls, ages 3 and 5, were transported to the hospital where they later succumbed to their injuries. A third girl, identified as a 10-year-old, was airlifted to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento for treatment of serious injuries. An update regarding her condition has not yet been released by officials. The woman has been identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as 38-year-old Mari Luz Jacinto-Hernandez of Ceres. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Ms. Jacinto-Hernandez and the two girls whose lives were lost in this tragic accident.

Vision Changes After an Auto Accident

Vision changes after an auto accident are a severe problem that can have permanent impacts on someone’s quality of life. A traumatic accident can remove someone’s ability to see in the blink of an eye. Some of the possible mechanisms of visual changes in motor vehicle collisions include:

UCL Injury in an Auto Accident

One of the most important ligaments in the elbow is called the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), which can be injured in an auto accident. The UCL plays a key role in the structure and function of the elbow. The elbow is a hinge joint and provides the forearm with a wide range of motion. This range of motion provides the elbow with a great degree of flexibility to perform a variety of tasks. The UCL has several important functions when it comes to the movement of the elbow. These include:

Amador County Accident Fatality

An Amador County accident fatality occurred on the morning of April 1st along Ridge Road, just west of Surrey Junction Lane. A 44-year-old West Point man was driving a 2005 Dodge 3500 pickup truck west along Ridge Road. He approached a section of the roadway that curves to the right for westbound traffic. At the same time, a Sutter Creek man was driving east along Ridge Road in a 2018 Kia Sportage, approaching that same curve. The Dodge reportedly veered over the double solid yellow lines and entered the oncoming traffic lane, colliding with the Kia head-on. The impact of the collision propelled the Kia off the roadway and came to a stop south of the accident scene while the Dodge became disabled in the road and blocked both traffic lanes. Officials said the Dodge driver was uninjured in the car wreck. Sadly, the man driving the Kia succumbed to his injuries at the scene. He has been identified by authorities as 30-year-old Mitchell Hernandez of Sutter Creek. I would like to send my healing thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Mr. Hernandez in their time of loss.