Car accident fatality rates are out of control in the United States. When compared to other high-income countries with technology and infrastructure similar to our own, the U.S. seriously outpaces them.
A 30-year-old male motorist entered a no contest plea in a felony hit-and-run resulting in a death case last Tuesday, Sept. 18. He stands accused of having been responsible for having caused a fatal accident along state Highway 1 on April 29, 2017.
The legal limit for most drivers is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent. If you hit or exceed this number, you can get a DUI. There are other situations when you can get a DUI even with a lower BAC -- if it clearly impairs your driving or if you are a commercial truck driver, for instance. However, 0.08 percent is the legal limit.
Driving can get boring, and people will go to great lengths to ease that boredom. A lot of distracted driving accidents happen because someone is intentionally trying to take his or her mind off of driving -- perhaps by talking on the phone or sending a text -- even though that is exactly what causes car accidents.
Victims of car accidents can find themselves in an even worse situation if they fail to properly track all of their medical expenses related to the crash. If you've been involved in any type of car accident in San Mateo, California, you need to keep a good record of every penny spent to care for your injuries, even if they were as minor as some bumps and bruises.
Safety on the road is never a given. Drivers must always take the time to survey the roads and areas around them for possible hazards that may cause collisions. Unfortunately, it often doesn't take a lot for a collision to cause injury, disability or even death.
The Caldecott Tunnel out in the east bay was the site of a bevy of motor vehicle accidents that left numerous people injured. The accident happened around 11 a.m. when a vehicle blew out a tire. It stopped in the right lane of the tunnel and put on its emergency flashers. After this occurred, numerous vehicles crashed into one another as they tried to avoid the stopped vehicle.
It is easy to forget that there was once a time when the motor vehicle accident fatality rate was incredibly bad. It was not an uncommon sight to see the rate above 50,000 deaths per year from 1966 to 1980. For the most part, the rate stayed in the 40,000s, which by today's standards is an incredibly high number. Lawmakers and safety advocates would be enraged if the number was that high.
Imagine that you are driving down the road one day, and you feel a sudden pain in your chest. "That's odd," you think. You're a relatively healthy person who keeps up with his or her doctor's appointments and checkups. So you keep driving thinking it's just a weird shooting pain. But it only persists and gets worse. Soon, you realize this isn't just a random ache or pain -- you are having a heart attack.
In some cases, car accidents are truly accidental. What we mean is: the drivers involved aren't doing anything negligent, and yet the two cars collide. And in many cases, these wrecks aren't serious in nature, though they do cause some damage to the vehicles. Still, the wreck can cause some serious headaches for the people involved.