It is hard to precisely identify exactly what causes a motor vehicle accident. This is because they happen all the time and under such varying circumstances. There are so many moving parts in any individual accident -- the speed of the vehicles, the setting of the crash, the mindset of the drivers involved, the time of day, the weather -- that pointing to any single factor does a disservice to the idea of fully investigating a crash.
A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about the rising fatality number in the state of California when it comes to car accidents. They have been on the rise since 2010, and now a new report from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that this rise isn't specific to California or any given state -- it is a national problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
An unfortunate and uncommon set of circumstances led to a fatal wreck that ultimately involved seven vehicles, claimed one life, and left multiple other people with injuries. The fatal crash occurred because of another crash that happened on Highway 4 last week. That wreck was minor in nature and no one was hurt. However, it backed up traffic on the highway and caused a chaotic scene.
In 2006 and 2007, California had a problem with traffic fatalities. 4,240 people died in traffic accidents in 2006, with 3,995 perishing in these wrecks the following year. It was in 2008 that the state really began to push that number down, and by 2010, the number of traffic fatalities per year fell below 3,000. It remained below that threshold until 2013, when it crept just above that limit to 3,107 fatalities in the year.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are two groups of people that are vulnerable out on the road. When cars collide with them, any pedestrian and/or bicyclist is likely to suffer terrible injuries. These injuries could change their lives forever, or leave them suffering and in immense pain for an extended period of time. And when this happens as a result of negligence on the part of a motor vehicle driver, then the legal consequences must reflect that.
A fatal crash today on Interstate 680 in Fremont, California left one person dead and the police investigating the crash. It appears that the driver of a smaller car crashed into the back of a semi truck, causing the fatal circumstances that left one dead in the sedan. Few details were released about the crash, probably because the police have not concluded their investigation into the matter. Little else is known about the crash.
Whenever you hear the common phrase "car accident," it is understandable to immediately think of a small, compact car. Not many people will think of a truck or a large vehicle when they hear this phrase, but that doesn't mean the possibility is absent from their mind. It is just that the phrase invokes an immediate thought of a smaller vehicle.
The Governors Highway Safety Association released a report recently that shows a few alarming statistics, as well as place the spotlight on California for fatal pedestrian accidents. The report found that California, New York, Florida and Texas combined to account for 42 percent of pedestrian deaths in the first half of 2016. This is mostly due to the size of these states and the populations they contain.
A fatal crash that involved a tour bus and two other vehicles has left 26 people with injuries and one woman dead, as well as many people wondering how this crash happened. It does not appear that there were any extreme weather conditions that contributed to the wreck, and the company that owns the tour bus had no recorded crashes in the last two years. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said they are looking into the crash, as are the police.
On the morning of January 31, at least 40 vehicles were involved in multiple crashes on Highway 198 in Kings County. The cause was dense fog, with visibility reported by the National Weather Service (NWS) at about 50 feet.