Several Lives Claimed from Inland Empire Accidents

In two days, April 29 and April 30, 2012, I read about four traffic accidents causing four deaths in the process.  I found this tragic loss of life terribly disturbing. Looking at each of the accidents, the mechanics of these accidents were so different from each other.  Look to see what I mean.

1. April 29, 2012:   Fontana, California.  A 25 year old pedestrian walking west on Citrus Avenue, near the intersection with Jackson Street, lost his life after being struck by 2006 Ford van traveling north on Citrus.

2. April 30, 2012: San Gabriel, California.  A man was killed while walking along San Gabriel Boulevard north of Sheffield in an area that was extremely dark.  The driver of the vehicle, Michael Munoz, that struck the pedestrian, Zhong Yi Cheng, apparently did not see the pedestrian due to the area being so dark.  There was also some concern that the intersection was not properly marked or did not have proper stop signs.

3. April 30, 2012: Barstow, California.  A 24 year old woman from Fort Irwin was killed in a head on collision along Fort Irwin Road, south of Kolath Road.  The car within which she was traveling apparently crossed into on coming traffic and collided with a 1996 Honda.  The driver of the Honda, Diore Trammell of Apple Valley suffered major injuries in the accident.

4. April 29, 2012: Angeles Crest Highway.  Two motorcycles were in an accident which resulted in the death of Junior Estuardo Quic-Ortiz, 30 years old.  Mr. Ortiz apparently lost control of his motorcycle, was thrown off the motorcycle and then he struck a second motorcycle which was traveling eastbound.  The other motorcycle rider, Patrick Ramirez of San Dimas, was also injured in the accident when he was thrown from his motorcycle.

While not all this terrible accidents result in wrongful death claims, the tragedy remains with the loss of these young lives.  For those who were injured in the accident may have claims of their own against the insurance companies that may have provided insurance coverage for this type of accident.

If any person has been involved in an accident, they should always consult an attorney to verify their rights for recovery to pay for the medical expenses, loss of earnings, property damage and pain and suffering damages.  The Inland Empire Law Group is centrally located to handle cases in Fontana, Barstow, San Gabriel or anywhere along the Inland Empire highways and roadways.

Call for a free consultation.  (909) 481-0100.


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About dhratty

I have been a practicing attorney in the Inland Empire in California since 1987. Having grown up in Claremont and Upland, now being a resident of Rancho Cucamonga, I have grown to love our communities of the Inland Empire. My goal is to provide the best legal services I can to those who live and work in the Inland Empire communities. I also seek to provide back to the community through voluntary service and support for local organizations and charities. I run a law practice in Rancho Cucamonga by the trade name, Inland Empire Law Group. This practice focuses on representing injured victims from the negligence of others. I also operate David H. Ricks & Associates, the litigation arm of my business that handles all injury litigation, business litigation, construction litigation, and real estate disputes. My websites include, and

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