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Santa Rosa Motorcyclist Brian Michel Johnson, 34, Killed In Hit-And-Run Accident

Police are in search of the driver of an SUV that struck and killed 34 year old motorcycle rider Brian Michel Johnson in Santa Rosa.

Around 8 pm on Feb 4, Johnson passed through an intersection near Calistoga Road when he struck the concrete island, falling off his bike. As witnesses summoned police, an SUV then ran Johnson over in the road, and kept driving. Many reported the driver did not even stop.

Johnson was killed almost instantly.

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Maria Vera, 58, Dies After Her Overturned Car Was Struck By Speeding Big Rig

Police in Palm Desert are investigating a crash that killed 58 year old Maria Vera as a case of reckless driving.

Vera’s car was involved in an initial accident that turned them over on Interstate 10. Both passengers were freed as police attempted to free Vera. At that point, a big rig sped at the accident scene, causing police and witnesses to scatter. The truck then struck Vera’s overturned vehicle, pushing her the length of a football field — killing the mother of four.

The accident scene had been clearly marked, and according to witnesses the truck was traveling faster than 50 mph in the accident zone. The driver had claimed he didn’t see the initial scene, and was detained by police. According to the truck door, it was operated by Rob Mac LLC of Davis, Calif.

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Mitchell Viturino, 61, Of Fullerton Killed By Driver Who Ran A Red Light

Police have identified a man killed early Monday morning in Santa Ana by drivers running a red light, as 61 year old Mitchell Viturino of Fullerton.

Just after 2 AM, a Mercedes was speeding, ran a red light, then broadsided a Ford Mustang driven by Viturino. According to witness accounts, two injured men left the Mercedes immediately after.  Both were treated for injuries, but police have still not been able to determine which one was the driver.

Crews has to use the Jaws Of Life to reach Viturino, but were unable to save his life before paramedics arrived.

Police have not made any arrests as of yet, however their investigation is still ongoing.

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3 Things Nobody Tells You About Traumatic Brain Injury

Taking any kind of head trauma is an awful thing to go through. When it results in traumatic brain injury, it opens up a whole host of issues. Including things you never thought of, like these:


3. Navigating The World Might Become Insanely Difficult — Forever

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With certain forms of TBI, victims will experience a loss of “executive function” abilities. This means difficulties in being able to process information, stimuli, and make decisions based on them. It can also cause issues with concentration, attention, memory, and other basic brain functions we take for granted. Unfortunately, this is often irreversible. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, the things you used to be able to do like it was nothing, are now inordinately difficult. When you used to have a mind like a steel trap, now you can’t remember your own address. This can also be difficult emotionally, as victims try to cope with re-learning basic life tasks that used to be easy.


2. Dealing With The Effects Can Be Physically And Psychologically Exhausting




People living with TBI will find themselves absolutely exhausted and irritable all the time. Everything you used to do that was easy, is now hard. You’re frustrated because you forgot how to do basic things, you’re confused about everything, you’re re-learning basic tasks — it takes a lot out of you. On top of that, you’re depressed because you’re a shell of your former self and can see everyone doing things with ease that are hard for you. That can knock you down pretty hard.


1. Even After A “Milder” Form Of TB, Your Life Will Never Be The Same



There’s nothing easy about life with a traumatic brain injury. Even if you suffer a less-severe type, you’re going to have to deal with the lingering effects. You could be living with chronic pain, hearing loss or tinnitus, nausea, seizures, or depression. On top of that, it’s not cheap to treat TBI, so odds are you’ve got bills piling up and you’re not able to go to work like you used to, so paying them becomes tough.  Because of that one injury, your life may never be the same again.


If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it’s important to speak with an attorney and learn about your rights. Use our form below to schedule your free consultation and learn about your case.


3 Items Every Motorcyclist Should Carry In Case Of An Accident

Most motorcycle riders carry some basic supplies for repairs or first aid. While that’s important, a lot of riders forget some basics that will come in handy in the unfortunate event of an accident. Did you think about these basic items?


3. An Old Camera Or Unused iPod


If you’re in an accident on your motorcycle, there’s a great chance your phone will sustain some damage. Pictures of an accident are important, and an unused point-and-shoot digital camera or an old iPod with a camera on it works as a great back-up. Grab one, wrap it in a rag or towel, toss it in your saddle bag, and you’re set to go.


2. Wrist Identification Bracelet


Cyclists use these on solo rides to inform paramedics and EMTs of their emergency contacts or known medical conditions — and they swear by them. When you’re in a motorcycle accident, your wallet and ID might not be anywhere near you, and there’s a good chance you might be knocked out. Wrist identifiers, like RoadID, are tough, durable, and will stay attached to your wrist through virtually anything. Take a tip from your no-engine brothers and sisters, and strap one of these things on your wrist every time you ride.


1. The Law


You’d be utterly amazed how many drivers are absolutely clueless about the law as it pertains to motorcycles. When it comes to minor accidents, having a printout of the actual law will do wonders in changing an offending driver’s attitude. Print out a selection of the vehicle code (start here), laminate it, and keep it in your saddle bags or even under the seat. It never hurts to keep a virtual lawyer on your bike with you.


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Takata Airbag Recall Gets Even Worse With 2.23 Million Hondas Now Affected

As if things couldn’t have gotten scarier, the Takata airbag recall has now expanded even more, with 2.23 million Honda and Acura vehicles affected.

Recently, a Ford recall had widened the scope of the catastrophe, calling back 5 million vehicles. Now, with this newest recall, even more drivers are affected by the faulty design.

The design of the airbag uses a certain kind of material for the inflator, that over time can cause a reaction that pelts the driver’s face with metallic shrapnel upon deployment. This has caused devastating injuries in a large number of people, and an unsettling number of deaths. While the affected models are eligible for replacement parts, people who have already been injured or lost loved ones are beginning to organize.

The following Honda and Acura models are affected:

2005-2012 Acura RL
2007-2011 Honda CR-V
2007-2016 Acura RDX
2007-2014 Honda Ridgeline
2009-2014 Honda Fit
2009-2014 Acura TL
2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
2010-2014 Honda Insight
2010-2013 Acura ZDX
2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
2013-2016 Acura ILX


This latest batch of recalls underscores the danger posed by the defective Takata airbags. Their widespread use has put a number of drivers in danger, and it’s hard to comprehend how many more defective airbags are out there.

If you have been injured by a Takata airbag, or lost a loved one, it’s important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Use our form below to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, and learn about your rights.


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