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Most People Need a Lesson in Boating Safety

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It was a beautiful Fourth of July day to be out on the lake with friends, in our rented boat, at least that was how it started.  We were just a bunch of dumb 20 something-year-olds, dancing and drinking without a care in the world.  Then, out of nowhere, some dumb teenage kids, racing jet skis, must have decided to try and see if they could, one-by-one, launch themselves and their jet skis over our above average size vessel.  It should not have taken a genius to realize that this was a horrible idea with quite possibly disastrous outcomes in its future.

We, on the boat, did not realize what they about to do, let alone what they had planned to do, until the first brave, yet also stupid, soul tried to launch himself over our boat, but missed and landed in my sister’s lap.  His jet ski slammed into the water and sent a huge wave our way that almost capsized our boat, at least it felt like it would.

Once we realized that this was just the first of four idiots out there with the same plan, and after we got over the shock of a surprisingly not drunk or half-baked teenager landing in our boat, we next tried to wave off, frantically, by the way, the next wave of teenage stupidity.  There is no way in heaven or hell that the next one could have possibly thought that our waves and yelling were signs of encouragement.  But, bless his probably big heart because he did it anyway.  It all happened way too fast, and they’re way too many other boats around, for us to try and move our boat and avoid all of this chicanery.

I don’t know if he forgot to lift the jet ski, or did get as good of a running start as his other friend over here, but this guy never even left the ground.  He plowed right into us, causing a jet ski sized hole to form right in the middle of our boat.

We didn’t really even bother to look to see if he was alive.  That was his friends’ job.  Instead, we, the boating party, scrambled around for the life jackets, which we learned too late were non-existent on this vessel.

While fully acknowledging that we were about to sink, we all jumped overboard.  Fortunately, we can all swim because we’re all not morons and know basic life skills.

Nearby boats help us into their boats, and gave us towels.

The kids that still had their jet skis picked up their friends and scurried away.  Fortunately, other boat owners out here saw what was happening and called the coastguard, who was waiting for them amidst the crown of party boats.

Needless to say, both this set of juveniles and the people who rented us the boat, who did not give us enough life jackets and recommended this particular spot to park our boat, will be hearing from our parents’ very powerful and very expensive attorneys.

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Civil suit strikes West Sacramento

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Kentaro Inoue, a professor at The University of California, Davis, met a cruel death last summer after he was dragged 45 feet by a Waste Management garbage truck. Inoue’s lawyer is now filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Waste Management for damages related to the incident. An article in The West Sacramento News Ledger highlighted the details of Inoue’s gruesome experience.

The professor, a 48-year-old man, was commuting to UC Davis on his bicycle from his home in Sacramento on August 31st, 2016. As reported by the West Sacramento police, Inoue was wearing a helmet and riding in a bike lane as he headed westbound on West Capitol Avenue. Craig Michael Tivey, a driver for Waste Management, was driving a large trash truck in the same area. At the time of the accident, Tivey was at a stop on Poplar Avenue waiting to turn right on red a light. Inoue rode through the intersection and in front of Tivey’s truck just before Tivey turned right onto West Capitol Avenue. At this point, Inoue was in the bike lane directly to the right of the truck and Tivey sped up to pass the bicyclist.

Upon arriving at the El Rancho Mobile Park in West Sacramento, Tivey took a sudden right turn and caused a collision. Inoue crashed into the truck on the right side when the garbage truck abruptly passed in front of his path. After the incident, Tivey told the police “he had heard and felt something” at the time of the accident. However, he assumed he was experiencing engine problems because his truck was in need of repair. A janitor tried to get Tivey’s attention so he would stop his vehicle, but it was too late. Tivey killed Inoue by dragging him 45 feet into the driveway of the mobile park.

Agnew & Brusavich is representing Amy Brown, Inoue’s wife, in a lawsuit against Tivey and Waste Management. They claim Tivey was negligent for mistaking the accident for engine issues. Tivey is also facing vehicular manslaughter charges brought by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. He says his truck’s mechanical problems caused his failure to recognize that he hit Inoue. According to Bruce Brusavich, “Waste Management was grossly negligent in the maintenance of its truck, and it cost Kentaro his life. Tivey had written up engine problems, but if they had been promptly resolved, Kentaro might be alive today.” Tivey will face a separate criminal jury trial on September 25, 2017.

The attorneys at Amerio Law Firm hope this lawsuit will hold Waste Management accountable for their gross negligence. When reckless drivers cause accidents, they should be held responsible for the damages they cause. Losing a loved one is a painful experience that is made worse when their death was preventable. We hope this Sacramento personal injury lawsuit offers community awareness and helps to prevent future risk of serious injury or death caused by negligent drivers.

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