"Call me! We have won some
of the largest settlements in California
history - and there is never a fee until
I win your case!"

To most parents, there is nothing more terrifying than letting a teenager get his or her license and start driving. Parents tend to imagine every possible worst-case scenario – the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, a drunk driver hits the teen’s vehicle – and really, they have cause to worry.

Auto Accidents Are Top Cause of Teen Deaths in USA new report states that auto accidents are actually the number one killer of teenagers in the United States, beating out both homicide and suicide. The study, which was funded by the General Motors Foundation, says that both drivers and passengers are at risk.

The report was mostly based off a national survey that looked at 1,000 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19. According to the report’s findings, 2,439 teenagers died in 2012 due to auto accidents on U.S. roads. Of those teenagers, about 56 percent of them were driving at the time, and 44 percent of them were passengers at the time. The study also found that more than half of those killed did not put on a seat belt.

Before you go and take away your child’s driver’s license, remember that this study is totaling the amount of teenagers dead in auto accidents overall. This includes accidents where adults were driving or accidents involving drunk drivers. The study did not research any correlation between texting and calling to the accidents either, but it should be noted that about 40 percent of teenagers in a poll said they had ridden with another teenager who was using the phone while driving.

In fact, adults too are guilty of using their phones while driving. Of those teens polled, half of them said that they had driven with an adult who was using his or her cell phone.

Interestingly, only about 10 percent of teenage passengers said they had driven with a teenager under the age of alcohol or drugs.

While you cannot protect your child from all auto accidents, you can do your best to ensure that they are not driving while texting or doing other unsafe practices while behind the wheel. Need some pointers on how to talk to your children about driving safety? Here’s how:

  • Make sure they know distracted driving is never okay: Firmly establish the rule for driving, which should include never using a cell phone for texting and only calling in emergencies. You should have some sort of punishment in line should your child break the rule. Be very clear and stand your ground.
  • Teach them about the consequences: Show your child just how expensive even speeding tickets can be and remind them that if pulled over, he or she will be paying for the ticket. Make sure they know how much violations for distracted driving can cost.
  • Set a good example: Your teen is watching, even when you think they are playing with their phones in the passenger seat. If you pull out your phone and start texting while driving, you are setting a bad example. How can you not expect your teen to do the same?

The best defense we have against auto accidents is teaching our children how to drive safely. Make sure your child is enrolled in an accredited driving course, and spend plenty of time practicing with them. When they drive with you, hand them your phone, and when you need directions, ask your teen to punch in the address. Show your teen that safe driving is the best driving.

If you have a loved one who has been injured in an auto accident in Sacramento County, you will need a lawyer with experience. Call Moseley Collins at (916) 444-4444 for a free consultation.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444
http://www.moseleycollins.com/

Whenever you see the yellow diamond-shaped sign with two black figures crossing a road, you know you’ve entered a school zone. Typically the speed limit drops, and drivers need to be extra cautious to avoid hitting any parents and children when school is in session.

Are Sacramento School Zones Safe?Whether or not school zones in Sacramento are safe depends almost exclusively on the drivers and the attention to the road. Most research concludes that each year roughly 100 children are killed on their way to or from school, and another 25,000 are injured in accidents around school zones.

Of course, children should be taught how to stop, look and listen when crossing the street, and many school districts employ crossing guards to get children safely across the street. However, neither of those factors excuse a negligent, distracted driver who is speeding through a school zone.

In a recent study that looked at the effectiveness of school zones, researchers looked at over 2,000 accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians and concluded that the most serious collisions happened in mid-block areas, places where no crosswalk or intersection was located. School zones also have higher rates of fatal collisions, but these rates dip as you get farther and farther away from the school zone.

So what can you do to make school zones safer? Follow these tips and school zones will be safer for everyone.

As a driver

If you’re going through a school zone on your way to work or dropping off your own children, there are a few things you should be aware of.

  • California law asks drivers to give the right-of-way to pedestrians when they’re crossing at a legal crosswalk.
  • Speeding through a school zone is highly dangerous and can get you in a lot of trouble.

As you’re approaching a school zone, do your best to remove all distractions from your view and be sure to be extra cautious. Not all children know where to cross the street, and there are some that might try to cut across at another point. If you’re not aware of them, you might hit them.

Take extra precaution and drive a little slower than the speed limit just to be on the safe side. If you were to hit a child while speeding, drive while texting or fail to let the pedestrian have the right-of-way, you might be sued for negligence and be held responsible for damages, which could include hospitals bills and even wrongful death.

As a parent

While there’s no excuse for speeding through a school zone, parents are obligated to teach their children how to safely cross the street.

What to explain:

  • Why it’s so important to cross the street at crosswalks or intersections
  • How to stop, look and listen
  • The importance of looking both ways

It might be harder to make children comprehend how serious auto accidents can be, but regardless, parents should be talking to their children about road safety.

If your child has been hit, he or she is entitled to damages and pain and suffering just as any adult would be. In this case, the child will be appointed a representative, usually the parent, to act on his or her behalf when negotiating a settlement. Most of the time, damages awarded to a child go into a trust, intended for educational purposes, but some funds can also go to pay for medical bills.

You as a parent can also sue for any medical bills, lost wages or potentially pain and suffering, depending on the nature of the accident. Know your rights and next time, drive a little slower through a school zone.

If your child has been hit by a car in Sacramento County, you will need a lawyer with experience. Call Moseley Collins at (916) 444-4444 for a free consultation.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444
http://www.moseleycollins.com/

How cool would it be to never have to drive your car again? Some people are lucky enough to experience this now. They have chauffeurs or private drivers to handle the task, but what about the regular, average Joes out there? What if you never had to worrying about making your morning commute because your car would simply drive you itself?

Self-driving vehicles are quickly becoming the new frontier of technology, capturing the minds of those in Silicon Valley, but the actual implementation of driverless cars might need to wait a generation or two. In a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 48 percent of Americans said that they would ride in driverless cars. More than half of urban and suburban citizens said they were at least interested in this technology, and a whopping 59 percent of college graduates in the U.S. said they would be willing to give it a try.

Before you know it, seeing a driverless car on the road could become part of your normal routine. You might even own one! Here is what you need to know about the driverless car phenomenon.

Who’s working on it?

There are several companies who are working intensely on this technology and say that driverless cars could hit the markets even within the next few years. Keep an eye on:

  • Google: This technology powerhouse launched its first prototype of the driverless car in 2014 and says it may be used publically within another two or three years.
  • Mobileye: This company has mainly focused on crash avoidance systems in the past, but now their focus is shifting to creating the driverless car itself. By 2018, Mobileye hopes to have its cars on the road.
  • Dailmer (Mercedes-Benz): Dailmer has already showcased quite the achievement: the self-driving semi truck. The company further promises to have a self-driving car out by 2020.

With these thoughts in mind, the steering wheel could become entirely obsolete in just a few short years.

The good and the bad

Other than the obvious advantages, like being able to nap on your way to work, having a driverless could drastically cut down on the number of car accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top three causes of death in relation to driving accidents are distracted driving, speeding a drunk driving (in that order exactly). Driverless cars could possible eliminate each one of these threats and making the roads safer for everyone.

At the moment, however, only five states (including California) allow driverless cars on the road. They are illegal everywhere else. Though the driverless semi truck has been created, it cannot legally drive across the country to make deliveries.

There is also the problem of hackers. As these cars will be able to connect to the Internet, they will be open to hackers as well. The hackers could be going after driver information as well as driving habits, as these will be recorded, and could potentially highjack a car as it is driving you somewhere.

When all is said and done, who will be held responsible for accidents? Will the manufacturers take responsibility for any malfunctions and crashes related to their hardware, or will it be up to the driver to remain alert? How will we decide?

More than likely, new laws will be coming into effect to govern how we handle these types of responsibilities and assign fault to one another. We can only guess what the future will bring.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444
http://www.moseleycollins.com/

When a car crash suddenly goes from bad to explosive, there is little you or any other bystander can do about it. One evening around 10 pm in 2002, a California man driving a black Ferrari at high speeds suddenly lost control of his vehicle and went veering off to the left where the car struck several trees on a grassy median and then went into the other lanes before finally stopping. After that horrific crash, the car caught on fire.

Explosive Car AccidentsLuckily, the driver and his passenger were just able to make it out of the car before it was inflamed, and no one else was injured. The Ferrari did not hit any other vehicles.

While rare, cars catching on fire are highly dangerous and definitely something you want to avoid, but do you know what to do if something like this does happen to your car? Let us tell you what you should know if you ever find yourself in this situation. Of course, every situation will be unique, but if you generally know what to do and what not to do, you’ll be ready for the emergency.

If You’re Driving

Noticing a fire in your car while you’re driving it is terrifying, but you can minimize the damage done to yourself and others if you act quickly and try not to panic. Keeping a cool head in this hot situation could save your life as well as anyone else’s in the vehicle.

First, signal right as quickly as you can and pull off onto the shoulder or into the service lane. If you’re signal isn’t working, blare the horn, wave your hand out the window or do whatever else you can to get other drivers’ attentions and get them to move out of your way. They may pull over to help you or at least get out of your way as quickly as humanly possible.

Once you’re in the service lane, immediately switch off the engine and get yourself and everyone else out of your car. Don’t worry about grabbing your purse or even your cell phone, and don’t try to go for anything in the trunk or glove compartment.  You never know when the car may burst into flames or even explode so walk far away from the car and keep everyone at a safe distance. Do not try to go back for something left in the trunk or in another part of the car that might not yet be touched by flames.

As you won’t be able to switch on your emergency lights, try to discourage other motorists who stop to help from parking near your car. Usually the flames are enough of a deterrent, but in situations where the smoke isn’t as noticeable, you may want to try and notify people It may be difficult to have a perimeter set up, but if another car does pull over, ask them to back up and turn on their emergency lights.

Call the fire department and do your best to keep any onlookers or passing cars away from your vehicle. Do not attempt to put any flames out yourself, and if you only see smoke and no flames, do not try to get back in the car and restart the engine. The flames might come into contact with the gasoline in your tank, which will cause an explosion. Stand far away from the vehicle and wait for help to arrive.

As with any car accident, remember that personal property can be replaced. People and loved ones around you cannot.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444
http://www.moseleycollins.com/

Personal injury lawsuits can really do a number on your finances. When you are hit by another driver, usually you will rely on their insurance to pay for the damages to your car as well as any medical fees. If the driver is uninsured, you will probably go after the driver with a personal injury lawsuit, but no matter what, it will cost you plenty of time and energy.

Some states are better than others when it comes to personal injury and safety. WalletHub.com rated all 50 states plus the District of Columbia in order from the riskiest states that will hit your wallet the hardest (#1) to the most lenient states that may save you money but not protection (#51). To judge the level of safety, the site looked at the level of auto insurance required for drivers.

Auto accidents are one of the leading causes for many personal injury lawsuits, and not all states require drivers to have enough insurance to cover damages. That means if another car in the state with the least strict laws hits you, there’s a good chance you will end up paying for your own damages, unless you chose to go after that driver in a personal injury lawsuit.

So what is the riskiest state to drive in? That would be Florida. Florida laws are very relaxed when it comes to making sure its drivers are insured. Of all the drivers in the state, an estimated 23.8 percent do not have enough insurance to be considered legal. In second and third place is Oklahoma and New Mexico respectively.

So where does California rank? Unfortunately, California is tied for fourth place with Mississippi. Motorists need $15,000 to cover bodily injuries or death of one person, $30,000 for bodily injury or death of multiple persons and $5,000 for property damage. The state’s rate of uninsured drivers is at 14.7 percent.

Comparatively, Maine, the safest state, has all but 4.7 percent of its drivers insured, a full 10 percent below California’s rate. The state’s legal amount of insurance needed sits at $50,000 for bodily injuries per person, $100,000 for bodily injuries for multiple people and $25,000 for property damage. Additionally, all motorists need Medical Payments Coverage and Uninsured Motorist Coverage for Bodily Injuries.

But how does insurance relate to a personal injury case? Why should it matter how much a person has for insurance so long as he or she is insured. Let’s say you are driving to work one morning and another driver t-bones your car, totaling your recently purchased vehicle and breaking your left arm and leg. Do you really think $15,000 will really be enough to cover all of your medical expenses? What if a passenger in your car was also badly injured? Would $30,000 cover that?

More than likely, the answer is no. The best course of action is to prepare yourself before you have to consider filing one. Some drivers carry Uninsured Motorist coverage, which will pay for all medical expenses plus lost wages if an uninsured driver hits you as in the scenario described above. This type of insurance is not mandatory in California, but it is in Maine, which is part of the reason why Maine ranked so high on WalletHub.com’s list.

It is unclear now whether or not California will ever make Uninsured Motorist coverage mandatory, but it would sure help in personal injury lawsuits. In the mean time, driver carefully and consider adding this coverage to your policy.

Moseley Collins is a personal injury attorney serving those badly hurt throughout Northern California. There is absolutely NO FEE to discuss your case and there is absolutely no fee unless we win and get you the money you are entitled to. We are on your side and know what to do to get you compensation and justice.

Moseley Collins
980 9th St, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 444-4444
http://www.moseleycollins.com/

An Arroyo Grande nursing home, Casa Rosa Elder Care, is being sued after a 91 year old patient, Claire Trubo, fell and called for help for nearly three hours as she lay battered, bruised and bleeding, before the nursing home attendant woke from a nap and came to her assistance. The suit claims the nursing home is understaffed due to their placing money above patient care in their priority list.

The trouble started in October of 2013 when Ms. Trubo was first admitted to the elder care facility. The staff was made aware at that time of the patients need to be assisted to and from the bathroom. In an instance prior to the fall, the nursing home neglect lawsuit cites she was escorted to the bathroom, only to be left for over 20 minutes before being escorted back. When she brought the matter to the attention of authority, she was told to use the bathroom, i.e. defecate and urinate, in her bed and wait to be cleaned up.  Administration was involved at that point and Ms. Rosa’s family was assured the behavior was unacceptable and would not happen again.

On a separate occasion, two days later, Ms. Trubo rang her buzzer but received no assistance. She waited an additional 20 minutes before walking to the bathroom alone, making it without incident. She used the bathroom and then pulled the assistance chain next to the toilet. Again, she waited 20 minutes without assistance or recognition. She attempted to walk back to her bed without assistance when she fell. With no handrail to grasp and too far from the assistance chain, she yelled for assistance. It was three hours before assistance arrived.

Ms. Turbo struck her head in the fall and was bleeding profusely. Her arm and hip were also injured. Afraid she had broker her hip, she did not attempt to move but instead screamed loudly for assistance. Eventually, another resident with whom Turbo shared the bathroom with found her. This resident also attempted to use the assistance chain to garner help. No one came to her summons. Three hours later, a staff member did arrive but 911 was not called. It took another 7 hours for her to arrive at the hospital.

Ms. Turbo’s claim further states that the negligent staff member was in an empty room asleep at the time of her fall and that he received no discipline. The only action taken was a shift change to an earlier time of day. Another troubling point is the facilities report to the state about Turbo’s fall. It reports that she received only a minor scrape and laceration in the fall. The claim is made that the patient’s fall was due in large part to the lack of appropriately mandated staffing requirements stemming from the administration’s attempt to run a lucrative establishment at the expense of the patient’s care. It is a civil action which is seeking an unnamed amount in punitive damages.

Insurance adjusters in California are merely employees of an insurance company. They are charged with the task of examining insurance claims for payment. They are considered the frontline in the war against the never-ending onslaught of accident claims. It is their job to pay out as little as acceptable. Many are capable, trustworthy citizens but there are some who will go the extra mile to save the company some money, even if it means bilking you out of your reasonable claim for reimbursement.

The most startling fact about insurance adjusters, the fact people must be continually reminded of, is their job is not to make it possible for accident victims to recoup their damages but to keep that from happening whenever possible. They are paid and often given bonuses to save the company from paying as many claims as possible. They meticulously search for any chance to deny each claim that crosses their desk. The reason this fact is so hard to remember is because they are so good at distracting victims from it. They strive to appear kind, caring, well-meaning and concerned for the victim. This is a falsehood.

Tools of the Trade

Insurance adjusters are taught very exclusive tools of the trade to help them perform their job to the best of their ability. These tools teach the adjuster what to say so they are not lying but can make the victim believe he is not eligible for a payment or influence him to take a much smaller amount than he is entitled too. The tricks of the trade are taught early on in an adjuster’s career and they learn to use them masterfully. Keep this tactic in mind and beware if an insurance adjuster applies any of the following tactics in your interview. He may be trying to deny you your reasonable claim for accident remuneration.

Fast Friends

You know that old saying; you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. So do insurance adjusters. If you find yourself thinking about what a funny, smart and awesome guy your insurance adjuster is at dinner one night, he’s got you. They know a compassionate, caring attitude goes a long way with victims in a lot of pain and under loads of stress. They may say something along the lines of “I know how hard this is for you and I’m going to do everything I can to help you.”

Lousy Lawyer Lessons

An experienced personal injury attorney is the bane of every insurance adjuster’s existence. They will attempt to dissuade your trust in your attorney. They may try to make you believe that you will get more money in your settlement without attorney fees or that they only care about their fee. This is an untruth. The vast majority of personal injury victims receive a higher settlement with an attorney fighting for them.

There is a lot people are not aware of about insurance claim adjusters. It is always a good idea to at least consult with an attorney in California before making any decisions in your personal injury case.

The highly publicized medical malpractice case of St. Johns Health Center has finally come to a conclusion. The case involves the elder abuse and general neglect of Ida Waksberg, an 89 year old female patient during a stay in 2009.  A 12 man jury, sworn in on August 18, unanimously found no fault in the hospitals care. Many years of languishing in trial finally saw this case to West District Superior Court located in Santa Monica, where it proceeded to conclusion in a two week trial.

In the initial complaint, the patient’s son filed a case citing inadequate healthcare for his ailing mother when she was admitted in 2009 for hypertension and chest pains and seeking $1.5 million in damages. The plaintiff, the patient’s son, explained that his mother was admitted on a fairly routine visit complaining of pain and discomfort due to chest pains and hypertension. She was admitted for one day for observation. She suffered a fall the day before her discharge and was required to stay for additional medical attention. During the stay she developed a urinary tract infection. A short time later she developed a fatal staph infection. The staph infection developed into endocarditis, eventually travelling to her spine and developing into osteomyelitis.

The plaintiff declared the patients injuries to be a result of the attending nurses negligent care. The hospital claimed all care provided the patient was of the utmost in medical care. With help from nursing and infectious disease experts, the hospital was able to prove they were not negligent. Once deliberation commenced, the jury took only a few hours to reach a verdict.

Cases like this one are increasing across the country at a steady pace. If you feel as if you have experience medical malpractice make sure to document as much evidence, as soon as possible.  It is important to take photos, obtain witness testimony as well as names and address of potential witnesses. Acquiring evidence as soon as possible is imperative. These cases can take years upon years to come to fruition and evidence can become lost over the years.

The most important thing to remember is be aware of your legal rights where medical malpractice is concerned, even if it means consulting an attorney. Statistics show that medical malpractice clients who consult with an attorney receive higher settlement amounts. Medical malpractice can devastate entire lives. Victims of this type of crime must be fully compensated to recover even apportion of their previous life. Responsible lawyers spend years obtaining the knowledge it takes to makes sure their clients receive everything they are entitled too. Defense lawyers are adamant in their struggle to save doctors and hospitals the costs associated with medical malpractice.

Neck and back problems can be hard to diagnose. Often, patients visit their doctors repeatedly for years and are never able to pinpoint the exact reason for neck and back pain. Chiropractic care has been used for centuries and generally thought to be safe. This isn’t to say it is without naysayers. There are many respectable detractors who claim this form of therapy is nothing more than voodoo. Others claim chiropractic maneuvers have been scientifically linked to blood clots, stroke and other neurovascular complications.

While the threat of injury is real, so is back pain and it is often unbearable. So much so, many patients take the health risks and seek the help of a chiropractor. Legal professionals agree all patients should be aware of the exact risks and their rights should injury occur at the hands of the chiropractor before making a decision to proceed with care.

Chiropractic manipulations that result in blood clots, stroke or other neurovascular complication or injury may have been caused by the chiropractor’s negligence. The techniques could have been provided incorrectly or without proper safety procedures to prevent injury. Chiropractic doctors are required to adhere to the same strict level of competence as other medical doctors. They are also required to carry medical malpractice insurance.

Chiropractic care can also cause pain, inflammation and discomfort along the spine. Chiropractors place their hands and fingers along the spine and apply pressure. Patients often hear popping or clicking sounds as joints are pushed beyond their normal frame of motion. If too much pressure is applied problems can arise. The Mayo Clinic, and other leading healthcare officials, have stated that chiropractic medicine is safe and may be as effective as other treatments but there is no clear evidence that it conclusively works. Medical professionals agree that, even for patients who seek no treatment, lower back pain usually clears itself up in a few weeks.

Chiropractic care has other issues to face that causes patient misgivings as well. For instance, it isn’t accepted by many insurance plans. Since chiropractors usually suggest several repeat visits, the bills can get extremely high. Also, many patients simply are not good candidates for chiropractic medicine. People suffering from gout, osteoporosis, bone cancer, or fractures of the bone or joints risk further damage going forward with spinal manipulation.

The key to filing a medical malpractice case against a chiropractor is in the negligence. You must believe and be able to prove the care you received from your chiropractor was below what can reasonably be expected from a professional with the same level of education and training. You must also show how the chiropractic care resulted in the injury.  This can be done using expert testimony, as well as conclusive study results.

Chiropractic injuries are difficult to prove. In order to get a fair settlement, most injured patients must contact a medical malpractice attorney to aid in their legal proceedings. Pain and suffering from these injuries is real. Patients must seek their entitled remuneration.

California is famous for many things but one thing may be more accurately termed as infamous; celebrity car accidents. There is a high concentration of celebrities in this state, so it stands to reason there would be more celebrity auto accidents here but the fact is still dismaying. Often times it is the excesses of success that lead to the accident. Plentiful, drugs, alcohol and little responsibility can be a dangerous combination.  Other times it is road construction, negligent drivers or just dumb luck. Regardless of how it happens, our California roads have taken many famous lives.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker is the most recent celebrity to die on California roadways. He was a passenger traveling with friend, Roger Rodas, who was a Pro-Am racer and also Walkers financial advisor. They had left a charity event in Rodas’s Porsche. While no drugs or alcohol played a part in this terrible accident that left Paul Walker dead and burning in a car on a Hercules Street in Santa Clarita, California, careless, childish drag racing may have. Police have made no connection between the accident and drag racing, although the section of the road the accident occurred on is popular for drifting cars, they did, however, say that speed was definitely a factor. The area was a 45 mph zone. Reports show the car going in speeds excess of 100 mph.

James Dean

James Dean died in one of the most horrific celebrity car crashes of all time. In another Porsche accident, Dean took off in the Porsche Spyder he’d named Little Bastard, in route to a race in Salinas. In an odd turn of fate, he and his passenger, Rolph Weutherich, were pulled over for speeding only a short time before being hit head-on by a truck as it turned left onto the Interstate. While Weutherich received many serious injuries, James Dean was nearly decapitated and died from his injuries.

Darrell Russell and Michael Bastianelli

NFL players Darrell Russell and Michael Bastianelli were killed in a California car accident together. In December of 2005 they were travelling in a Pontiac Grand Prix as Bastianelli drove. The car veered out of control and hit a tree, fire hydrant and bus. Russell was a defensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins.

Montgomery Clift

After leaving a dinner party at the home of Elizabeth Taylor, his costar in Raintree Country, Montgomery Clift smashed his car into a telephone pole in Beverly Hills. A friend of the two, Kevin McCarthy witnessed the accident swiftly ran back to report it to Taylor and her husband. She rushed to his side and tended his injuries, removing a tooth from his tongue as he began to choke on it, before paramedics arrived. He was seriously injured with many cuts, lacerations and broken bones in his face. He was in the middle of film production at the time of the accident, which had to be halted for two months as he recovered and had reconstructive surgery. Audiences of the movie could see the noticeable differences in his face in the scenes before and after the accident. He never fully recovered emotionally and became addicted on pain pills and alcohol.