Ernestina Rivas Killed in Car Accident

Ernestina Rivas Killed in Car Accident

[San Bernardino, CA] – Ernestina Rivas Killed in Vehicle Crash on Waterman Avenue 

Ernestina Rivas Dies in Multi-Vehicle Crash on Waterman Avenue 

December 21, 2020 – Ernestina Rivas, age 48, passed away on Wednesday evening around 8:15 P.M. Moreover, she died in a multi-vehicle crash that occurred on Waterman Avenue. 
  
Furthermore, the fatal crash happened at the intersection of Third Street. 
  
Initially, Ms. Rivas was waiting at a red light in a Toyota Camry. Also, there was another Camry behind her who was waiting at the light as well. 
  
Then, a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling at an accelerated speed was traveling south on Waterman Avenue. Suddenly, it slammed directly into the car behind Ms. Rivas. 

As a result, a chain reaction caused Ms. Rivas’ vehicle to be pushed into the intersection. Subsequently, her vehicle was pushed directly into the path of a semi-truck as it was turning left. 
  
Unfortunately, Ms. Rivas, of San Bernardino, sustained severe injuries. Sadly, she died at a local hospital sometime later. 
  
Likewise, emergency responders treated the SUV driver who sustained minor injuries. 
  
Afterward, witnesses described to officers what they saw. Additionally, they described how the SUV driver before the crash ran through several red lights at an accelerated speed. 
  
Shortly after, officers arrested the SUV driver, age 27, of San Bernardino for driving under the influence of “an inhalant” thereby causing injury. 

Different Types of Collisions  

Car accidents can happen for many varied reasons.   

There are several dynamics that could influence a vehicle collision.   

Here are a few examples of the diverse types of auto collisions.  

Multi-Vehicle Collisions  

This type of collision often involves many different vehicles.   

What is more, this type of collision primarily occurs on a freeway.   

This type of collision will often yield many fatalities.   

Furthermore, with so many vehicles tightly enclosed together, it can be difficult for rescuers to help.   

Additionally, drivers are often hit from the side in these types of collisions.  

Single Car Collisions  

A single car collision involves only 1 car.   

Still, while the vehicle may crash into a pole, tree, or building, innocent people can be at risk of getting hurt.  

This type of collision can lead to property damages.   

Also, there is a good risk of potentially life-threatening injuries.  

Rear-End Collisions  

A rear-end collision happens when a vehicle crashes into another vehicle that is in front of it.   

Subsequently, the collision may be caused due to sudden deceleration of the vehicle in front of you.  

Additionally, the vehicle in the back accelerating faster than the vehicle in front of it is another example.   

A common injury related to rear end collisions, is whiplash.   

As a result, the driver of the vehicle that rear ends the other vehicle is typically held responsible for the collision.   

However, there are exceptions.  

Sideswipe Collisions  

These types of accidents happen when two parallel cars contact each other.   

Also, the amount of damage can depend on the speed and direction of the vehicles.   

Although, the damage may be minimal, this type of accident can cause one of the drivers to lose control of their vehicles.  

Unfortunately, people can get injured from this type of collision as well.  

Head-On Collisions  

A Head-on collision is when two vehicles hit each other with their front ends.   

Also, hood to hood is one of the most intense types of auto collisions.   

Additionally, the result is quite often deadly for at least one of the drivers.  

Side Impact Collisions  

A side impact collision happens when the front of a vehicle smashes into the side of another vehicle.   

These types of collisions have the potential to have fatal outcomes.  

Furthermore, a common term for this type of collision is called a “T-bone.”  

Due to, the shape of the vehicles forming a letter T. 

What are Some of The Dangers of Speeding?  

Indeed, speeding does not only mean driving faster that the posted speed limit, but it also includes driving too fast on poor road conditions.  

Without a doubt, speeding is illegal. There is no way around it. Furthermore, if you speed, you just might get caught by the local police and receive a speeding ticket.  

Speeding tickets can cost hundreds of dollars, not to mention missed work, and traffic court. Also, your auto insurance costs could increase.  

Another danger of speeding is the environmental element. It is dangerous to speed on wet roads. Plus, speed limits may be set to reduce the environmental impact of another road traffic as well.  

As said by the Ford Motor Company, “Driving a vehicle at 65 mph consumes about 15% more fuel than driving the same vehicle at 55 mph. More fuel consumed means more CO2 released into the atmosphere.”  

The biggest risk with speeding is that you can lose your life. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, “In 2008 there were 37,261 speed-related traffic fatalities in the U.S.”   

Low speed limits are specifically set-in different areas for a reason. Moreover, there are low speed limits specifically set-in different areas due to hazards of speed for the surrounding communities.  

It does not matter who you are, the speed limit applies to everyone regardless of the capabilities of the car or the experience of the driver.  

Furthermore, paying attention to the speed limit will increase a driver’s ability to take and adjust to curves or objects in the roadway. Also, it considerably extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle.   

So, as you can see… there are many different reasons to take the pedal off the metal and slow down!  

Here are 5 Reasons Why Speeding Is a BAD IDEA!  

1.   Ordinarily, the average time it takes most drivers to react to a risky situation on the road is 1.5 seconds.  A driver who is tired, distracted, or has been using drugs or alcohol might take as long as 3 or more seconds to react.  
  

2.   Drivers are twice as likely to kill a pedestrian on impact if they are traveling at 30 mph, then if they are traveling at 25 mph.  

3.   Speeding can escalate your risk of los­ing vehicle control. Moreover, at higher speeds, motor vehicles become more dif­ficult to maneuver.  

4.   There is a direct connection with how fast you are going and the severity of a crash. The faster that you are going, the greater amount of force must be absorbed by the impact in a crash.  

5.  In urban areas, going faster than the speed limit by as little as 3 mph doubles the likelihood of an injury crash. Furthermore, each additional increase in speed by 3 mph further increases the risk.  


To the family and friends of Ernestina Rivas, we at Salkow Law firm cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, and our sincerest condolences go out to you. 


Salkow Law are true advocates that will work with you directly to achieve justice. Insurance companies want to pay as little compensation as they can. They will even try to make your case go away completely. We will fight for you so that does not happen.

Unlike, the law firms you see plastered on billboards and buses, at Salkow Law you will receive a level of personal service long forgotten at the ‘big’ firms. With us you will not be a faceless, nameless case file. We’ll answer any questions you have and make sure you have a full understanding of how the process works.

This is especially true for families that have lost a loved one in an accident. We won’t stop until we’ve gotten you fair compensation to alleviate the financial toll that unexpected devastation brings. 

Call us for a free consultation at (310) 914 – 8484

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