201711.27
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Firecrackers or Firearms: A San Bernardino Incident Avoided Injury

            In a recent article from The Press-Enterprise, a San Bernardino man was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and negligent discharge of a firearm. 35-year-old Shannon Deray Donaldson was arrested October 26th after being found in heavy brush near 29th and “D” streets. Police say he was high on drugs with a loaded handgun and PCP in his possession. According to the article, during rush hour traffic that day, police received several 911 calls of a man on a bicycle shooting into the air on the 210 Freeway near Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino. Law enforcement looked around the area for twenty minutes but could not locate the suspect. After a tip from a resident, officers were able to find Donaldson and take him into custody. He’s since been charged, and pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday in San Bernardino County Superior Court, records indicate. However, he was expected to be back in court in November.

            Inland Empire residents would expect similar behavior on the 4th of July as San Bernardino County still allows fireworks sales and discharge, but not in their neighborhood and not the discharge of a deadly weapon. Gang violence and careless criminals with weapons are all around us weather we see them or not, and it is unfortunately unavoidable because of the growing population in troubled demographic areas. Most of us want to ensure our and even our kids’ safety and we would like to be able to go outside without having to worry about a tragic accident happening like the one that could have taken place that day, but as we hear accidents like the one in the article happen more often, it seems almost impossible to feel safe. The more we scan and engage in local crime reports, the more we realize that danger is always just within reach.

The potential for serious injury and traumatic auto and car accidents was increased since this dangerous incident took place so close to a heavily traveled freeway. One unfortunate commuter or bystander struck could have easily resulted in a car accident with pile up or even worse an uncalled for death. Major auto accidents resulting in serious injuries can be costly financial but more importantly with regard to the life of the victims. Also potential for fatal injury can occur, and in those situations wrongful death claims can be filed by the family of the victim.

When serious and or traumatic accidents happen and major injuries result, victims in California have rights. In situations like this, even if the perpetrator is in jail and awaiting criminal charges by the County district attorney, a civil personal injury lawsuit can be filed for injuries and damages within the local civil court. It is important for the victims to do their research, and find an attorney that can expertly represent their clients when pursuing damages for injuries and even a wrongful death. An attorney that will dedicate their full time and skill to their clients is one that will be needed to ensure the best outcome for a victim found in a situation that could be deeply damaging to one’s life.

Justin H. King is an experienced personal injury attorney that represents victims in Fontana, CA. His office, The Law Offices of Justin H. King provides representation for victims involved in serious and traumatic accidents pertaining to auto accidents and wrongful death claims. Mr. King vigorously and compassionately represents his injury victims against insurance companies and he has achieved numerous six and seven figure results for his clients. If you are looking for a personal injury attorney in Fontana, you can visit his website, request a consultation at his office located at 3633 Inland Empire Blvd., # 250 Ontario, CA 91764, or call the following number 1 909-297-5001 for a free consultation.