Friday, December 17, 2010

Missing Child Found in Hotel Pool

Every child’s safety should never be taken for granted especially because their curiosity and playful nature can easily get them into accidents.

Guardians must always make sure that children are safe and supervised.

In a recent accident, an 18-month-old boy who was reported missing while they were in a San Francisco hotel was found in a fountain pool.

According to reports, the boy was last seen at the lobby of Hyatt Regency Hotel before he was reported missing by his guardians. As officers arrived, they found the boy around 1:30 pm in the hotel’s decorative fountain pool.

Rescuers tried to revive the boy until the paramedics arrived. He was taken to a hospital but his condition wasn’t immediately released.

Hopefully, the boy will have a quick recovery from this accident though it is very likely that he sustained physical injuries and other conditions he may have to endure throughout his life. His condition would have certainly worsen and he could have died had rescuers found him a little later.

Aside from this, it is very likely that the boy will be traumatized by this incident at his very young age.

So, parents must be cautious in letting kids play near pools. If they allow them to play in these areas, then, they should be supervised and accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

The hotel, on the other hand, should have been more responsible in securing the safety of their guests by installing railings and placing restrictive cordon around areas that shouldn’t be accessed by guests, especially children.

Friday, October 15, 2010

In Search of Clean Water

It is believed that water is one of the few life-sustaining elements in the entire solar system, and it is only found in high volumes here on Earth. For billions of years, nature has depended on water in order to flourish and develop. But then, man appeared and became the dominant force that would shape the world, and indeed he did. In just several thousand years, he drastically changed the face of the Earth, exploiting all its natural resources and tainting the once pure source of life. Now we are beginning to realize that the search for clean water has begun.

In every successful and industrialized city is a river, sea, or lake behind it. World-renowned cities like New York, Tokyo, and London could not have developed into large, bustling cities if not for the help of their adjacent sources of water.

It is just natural to depend on water as a source of food, an area for trade, and a means of travel. What makes everything wrong is when water becomes both the starting and end point of industrialization. Once all the available clean water within an area is exhausted, there is no way to replace it. You cannot suck in all the filthy water in the sea and refill it with clean water, unless you are a god.

In locations where getting clean water is impossible, people just satisfy themselves drinking unsafe water, hoping their bodies are strong enough to fight the disease-causing microbes in it. While adults usually emerge victorious over their microscopic foes, children do not, which results to thousands of deaths.

Unfortunately, six out of ten individuals just wouldn’t care if told this fact, and three will just shake their heads and return to whatever it is they’re doing. Only one may take a step to solve the problem, that is, if he is not part of the second group.

Water is not just a necessity. It is life itself. Numerous cities around the world are already experiencing shortages of clean and potable water as a result of our own ways. But there are still things we can do to reduce the damage. We just have to be aware of what is going on. If we do not act now, more people will perish from this Earth. Eventually, its description as “the only planet in the solar system that has life” may become a myth.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Authorities in Search of Driver Involved in Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

Authorities are looking for the driver who fled after his van, which was carrying field employees, rolled over in unincorporated Sonoma County. The hit and run accident left one dead and three others injured.

According to reports, the Chevrolet Astro the man was driving went over an embankment located along Guerneville Road.

Police said three vehicle passengers who were identified as Ignacio Hernandez-Rubio, 17, Nahum Avendano, 26, Domingo Layata-Mendez, 34, all from Santa Rosa, sustained non-life threatening injuries in the incident.

The teen was brought to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa to receive medical treatment for his broken leg. Meanwhile, the two men were rushed to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital to be treated for lacerations and head injuries.

A male occupant was not as lucky as them. He reportedly died when he was ejected from the vehicle, which rolled over numerous times.

The man was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. His name is being withheld pending family notification.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Woman Dies in Second SoCal Train Crash

A woman died at the scene of a Metrolink train crash in Covina hours after a man was also hit and killed by a freight train in Oceanside early Wednesday morning.

The woman was yet to be identified but it is said that she was trespassing the property and was on a restricted area when she was hit by the train carrying more than a hundred passengers. No one else was reportedly injured in the accident.

The Metrolink train was heading to the Union Station in Los Angeles from San Bernardino. The passengers were eventually transported by bus as the train blocked Covina’s intersection of Glendora and Glenn avenues. The train services continued a few hours after the accident.

Pedestrians should be cautious when crossing train tracks and should never go to restricted areas where their presence is not expected.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Woman Killed in Rollover and Multi-Vehicle Crash

On state Route 125 in San Diego, a 25-year-old woman was killed and two other motorists were injured in a multi-vehicle crash.

The accident happened at about 8:40 AM. It occurred when the female driver suddenly lost control of her Ford Explorer causing her to cross the center divide and meet the oncoming freeway traffic head-on.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the woman’s SUV flipped and landed right on top of a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser, rolled over and collided with a Border Patrol Jeep Wrangler.

The driver of the PT Cruiser, a 48-year old woman had to be airlifted from the scene due to her injuries. An on-duty agent was driving the marked jeep and was taken to Mercy Hospital for further treatment.

The driver of the Ford Explorer SUV however, died at the scene. According to the CHP, preliminary investigation shows that there was no evidence that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the fatal crash.

Driver Error or behavior is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. While generally, people often pin the blame on the road conditions, a car defect or even on the other driver for having caused the crash, the truth is, most car accidents are caused by the driver’s own negligence.

Even if the driver is driving sober and free from the influence of either drugs or alcohol, if he is distracted (texting while driving, putting on make-up, etc.) or drowsy or even just because he is speeding, he may be considered negligent.

When the driver also fails to follow traffic rules and signals, fails to yield, and operates his vehicle recklessly or aggressively, he would likely be held responsible for having caused an accident or collision.

Accidents don’t just happen as an “act of God” – most are often caused by the fault or negligence of people.

If you are injured in a car accident or if you lost someone to a crash, you have the right to recover damages for any expenses or loss you suffered because of it. But don’t expect to get compensation so easily, a lot of defendants (even if they are negligent) would refuse to acknowledge their fault so it would be advisable for you to hire a car accident attorney if you wish to pursue your claim.