Medical Care and Compensation for Injured Children

When a child has been in an accident, the effects of an injury may not become apparent for some time, because the child is still developing physically and mentally. For this reason, it is important to obtain a thorough and accurate medical diagnosis. You should also consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Sariol Legal Center is a firm that is dedicated to helping injured people obtain the medical care and compensation they need to rebuild their lives. We have extensive experience representing children and teenagers who have been injured in accidents, as well as wrongful death cases.

Our firm advocates tenaciously for our clients, working hard to obtain the best possible result in every case. For a free consultation about your case, contact Sariol Legal Center.

Orange County Attorney for Minors in Auto Accidents

The founder of our firm, Frank Sariol, has more than 20 years of experience representing accident victims and their families. Frank and his staff will undertake a comprehensive legal effort designed to obtain results for you. Working closely with your child’s doctor or other medical experts, we will determine the medical care and services your child will need, now and in the future. We will also examine the impact the accident will have on your child’s potential earning capacity, and we will place a value on his or her pain and suffering for inclusion in your claim. Sariol Legal Center will work diligently to build a strong and successful case for you.

Get Legal Help Today

While the stature of limitations on a child injury case does not start until the age of 18, it is important to obtain legal help as soon as possible. Much has to be done to document the accident and evaluate your child’s future medical needs. Sariol Legal Center will act quickly on your case, seeking maximum compensation and the medical care your child needs.

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For a free consultation about a child accident case in Southern California, contact Sariol Legal Center.

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Using Cell Phones While Driving is as Bad as Drunk Driving

According to, in 2012 alone over 3,300 people were killed from crashes related to distracted driving. 421,000 people were estimated to have been injured from distracted driving related crashes in the same year.  Fatalities happen every single day across America and the cause is distracted driving. This data does show that drivers are safer then they are not distracted:

  • In crashes that were fatal to drivers under the age of 20, 10 percent of the drivers were revealed to have been distracted at the time of impact.
  • Drivers between age 20 and 29 made up the highest portion of distracted drivers that caused fatal crashes, at 27 percent.
  • Texting or using a mobile device while driving is estimated to divert your attention for five seconds at a time. If you are traveling at 55 mph, five seconds is enough time to drive the length of an entire football field.
  • In a given day, an estimated 660,000 drivers will be using their cell phones or a similar electronic device while driving.

Consider the following study by psychologists at the University of Utah.  A virtual-reality car was driven 3 times:

  1. Subject was talking on a cell phone, holding the phone in their hands
  2. Subject used a headset
  3. Subject had a few drinks, enough to put them over the .08% limit.

So how did they do?

The researchers found that when the subjects talked on the phone—either holding it in their hands, or using a headset—they showed the same signs of impairment, and to similar degrees, as when they drove drunk. Here is the actual summary:

We used a high-fidelity driving simulator to compare the performance of cell-phone drivers with drivers who were legally intoxicated from ethanol. When drivers were conversing on either a hand-held or hands-free cell-phone, their reactions were sluggish and they attempted to compensate by driving slower and increasing the following distance from the vehicle immediately in front of them. By contrast, when drivers were legally intoxicated they exhibited a more aggressive driving style, following closer to the vehicle immediately in front of them and applying more force while braking. When controlling for driving difficulty and time on task, cell-phone drivers exhibited greater impairment than intoxicated drivers.

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We fight for your rights

If you have been in a serious accident caused by unsafe road conditions or the negligence of a government employee, you have the right to claim compensation for your medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. However, you must act quickly to protect your ability to obtain compensation. You have ONLY SIX MONTHS from the date of an accident to file notice that you intend to sue the government.

At Sariol Legal Center, we provide vigorous representation in cases involving unsafe road conditions, construction zone accidents and other mishaps caused by public employee negligence. Our firm is results oriented, and we act with determination to win for our clients. We represent clients in cases involving:

  • Faulty highway design
  • Construction zone accidents
  • Accidents caused by state, county and municipal vehicles
  • Poor placement of road signs, guardrails and median fixtures
  • Negligence by public employees
  • Other unsafe road conditions

For a free consultation with a California defective roadway accident attorney, contact Sariol Legal Center.

Obtaining Maximum Compensation

Frank Sariol, an experienced Orange County attorney representing car accident victims, will direct an aggressive legal effort on your behalf. Our firm will visit the site of the accident, and working with a professional accident reconstruction specialist, we will document how the accident happened and who was responsible. We will also identify all of your losses, seeking full and complete compensation for you.

Remember, you have only SIX MONTHS to file notice in a case involving dangerous road conditions or public employee negligence. Get legal help today.

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Contact Sariol Legal Center for a free consultation about an accident on a public highway or street.

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9 Facts About Driving Under the Influence

Did you know that Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and roughly 1/3 of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance. Via here are some facts about driving under the influence:

  1. Impairment is not reliant upon the type of alcohol consumed, rather the number of drinks over a certain period of time. Despite myths and misconceptions, coffee, a cold shower, or exercise will not make a person more sober; only time will.
  2. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.
  3. Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Offer to be your parents’ designated driver to ensure that everybody gets home safe.
  4. For drivers under 21, the U.S. has a No Tolerance policy that does not allow any alcohol to be in the blood system while behind the wheel. The consequences could include expensive fines, loss of license or jail.
  5. Someone is injured in a drunk driving incident every 120 seconds.
  6. Between 50 to 75% of the people who have had their licenses revoked due to driving under the influence drive illegally without their license.
  7. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and roughly 1/3 of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance.
  8. Since the early 1980s, alcohol-related traffic deaths per population have been cut in half with the greatest proportional declines among persons 16-20 years old.
  9. Kids and teens who get involved with alcohol at a young age are 7 times more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lives.

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Car accident? Don’t panic! Increase your chances of winning a claim with these tips

Auto accidents are one of the most common reasons for the death and injuries of Americans. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been 2,791 fatalities caused by traffic accidents in 2011. This means a 71-fatality increase from 2010. While this may be a relatively low increase, a car accident lawyer points out that this is the first time that there is an increase in vehicle crash fatalities recorded since 2007.

More than the loss of lives, automotive crashes have caused millions of dollars of damage to property. This is why a California auto accident lawyer wants to remind everyone that anybody can file a personal injury claim after falling victim for such mishaps. However, to successfully win your claims you have to present enough and strong pieces of evidence to back up your claim when you file for one. But how do you prepare for the filing of your complaint?

To increase your chances of winning your claim, your first actions after the accident happened will be critical. So how can you ensure your victory should you file a claim?

  • Call the police immediately.
  • Get immediate treatment for your injuries.
  • Give accurate and complete information about the accident to the authorities. 
  • Get the names and contact details of the other party.
  • Talk to your insurance agent.

Have you been in an auto accident? Call us today at Sariol Legal Center for a free, no-obligation quote to see what compensation you can obtain.

Man critically injured while vandalizing divider on the 55 freeway

An alleged tagger was struck by a vehicle along the southbound 55 Fwy at Chapman in Orange. The Santa Ana office of the CHP began receiving calls of taggers painting the center divider of the 55 Freeway. Moments later they got calls that one of the taggers was hit by  one of more cars. Arriving Officers found gravely injured 21 year old male on the shoulder of the freeway. He had been dragged out of lanes by another male tagger that was with him. The 21 year old was taken to the Trauma Center at OC Global Hospital in Santa Ana. It appears that the vehicle(s) that struck the tagger may have fled the scene.

The Santa Ana office of the CHP began receiving calls of taggers painting the center divider of the 55 Freeway. Moments later they got calls that one of the taggers was hit by one of more cars. Arriving Officers found gravely injured 21 year old male on the shoulder of the freeway. He had been dragged out of lanes by another male tagger that was with him. Photo Credit: OC Register

This incident is still under investigation. The 55 freeway is known to be a high traffic area and early Sunday just past midnight a man was struck on the southbound 55 near Chapman Avenue.

Two men were apparently vandalizing a center divider on the freeway. One of the men, 21 year old  Juan S. Espinoza of Orange was involved in this hit- and-run, according to California Highway Patrol. The 21 year old was taken to the Trauma Center at OC Global Hospital in Santa Ana with severe injuries to his right leg and head. . It appears that the vehicle(s) that struck the tagger may have fled the scene.

11 Million Vehicles Affected By Volkswagen Recall

This year Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and Volkswagen AG received notice from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Justice and the California Air Resources Board informing VW that those agencies had determined that some of our 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI vehicles do not comply with applicable emissions regulations.

The vehicles included in the notifications include:

  • VW Jetta TDI (Model Years 2009 – 2015)
  • VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (Model Years 2009-2014)
  • VW Golf TDI (Model Years 2010-2015)
  • VW Golf SportWagen TDI (Model Year 2015)
  • VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
  • VW Passat TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)

As environmental protection and sustainability are among Volkswagen’s strategic corporate objectives, the Company takes this matter very seriously and is cooperating with the investigation.

“Volkswagen is committed to finding a remedy as soon as possible. We want to assure customers and owners of these models that their automobiles are safe to drive, and we are working to develop a remedy that will meet the expectations of the government agencies.”Michael Horn, President and CEO  – Volkswagen Group of America. “Owners of these vehicles do not need to take any action at this time. Once we have information regarding a remedy, consumers will be notified.”

VW stopped advertising their latest TDI models while they seek government approvals. To determine whether your vehicle has been affected by the 2.0L TDI emissions issue, enter your vin –>

Halloween and Fall Back is one of the most dangerous weekends of the year

Halloween is one of the most dangerous days of the year and it is important to be prepared. Last year 4 pedestrians were killed on halloween night and this year the prediction is higher.

By now you have the pumpkins carved and kids costumes ready, but have you given them a safety talk? It is important to take the time to sit the kids aside and go over safety rules as well as be prepared if you are driving on halloween. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the evening hours tend to be the deadliest time on the road and for pedestrians.

To stay safe, on Halloween, NHTSA offers the following tips:

For Motorists

  • Use caution while behind the wheel.
    • Slow down and be alert in residential areas.
    • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
    • Eliminate distractions so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive sober or get pulled over.
    • Always designate a sober driver and plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night if you plan on celebrating Halloween with alcohol.
    • Use your community’s sober ride program or take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
    • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
    • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

For Pedestrians

  • Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
  • Help keep kids safe.
    • Children out at night and under the age of 12 should have adult supervision.
    • Kids should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
    • Choose face paint when possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
    • Decorate costumes with reflective tape and have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights.
    • Always cross the street at corners, using traffic sign and crosswalks, and look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

Last year in Orange County, California four little girls were killed. They were in the crosswalk when a fast-moving Honda CR-V plowed into them, then sped away, according to police and witnesses.

It was the first of two fatal incidents involving pedestrians in Orange County on Halloween. Some 10 miles away in Irvine, about 30 minutes after the girls were hit, a 65-year-old man was trick-or-treating with his 4-year-old son when a Mazda struck them. The man was killed; the boy was rushed to a trauma center, where he was in critical condition.

Please be careful, prepare your children, take a flashlight and wear bright clothes. Have a safe and happy halloween!


OnStar activates a kill switch and ends chase

The dealership that owns this brand new chevy corvette was relieved when they were able to retrieve their stolen vehicle using a service OnStar offers.

The incident began when a man walked into Bunnin Chevrolet to test drive a white Corvette Stingray and ended up taking off in the sports car. A surveillance image shows the Chevrolet Corvette being driven off the lot in Culver City. About 2 hours later, and after officers lost track of the Corvette, the vehicle was located in Riverside County with the help of OnStar. The suspected thief was taken into custody when OnStar deployed the kill switch, which stopped the car. OnStar offers a Stolen Vehicle Assistance service which includes remote ignition blog and stolen vehicle slowdown.  

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