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.
Commercial driving may seem relatively straightforward, but it is not as easy as it looks. Commercial truck drivers need special licenses. There are also medical exams, hours-of-service rules and other necessary regulatory measures.
A car accident in Southern California had a heroic and relatively happy conclusion recently. An SUV was stalled out on a highway late at night after New Year's. With no lights on, the dark-colored SUV was nearly impossible to see by oncoming vehicles. A videographer was on the scene of the stalled out vehicle, and he witnessed two vehicles sideswipe the stalled SUV before on vehicle crashed into it head-on.
What gets lost in the topic of motor vehicle accidents is the word "accident." It has become normalized when you talk about a collision between two vehicles. An accident, in the literal sense, implies an unfortunate event that wasn't intended. In that sense, no one wants or intends to get into an accident. However, it can be tough to reconcile that sentiment when you see people willfully look down at their cellphone when they are driving down the freeway, or knowingly get behind the wheel of a car when they are intoxicated.
Imagine that you leave work one day and you get into your car. You mentally prepare yourself for the commute home -- the long one that it is, it may take your favorite album or song to get through it. As you get on the highway on your usual route home, you come across another driver who seems oblivious to the other vehicles all around them. You soon see why: they are looking down at their lap because they are sending a text on their cellphone to their friend.
As you may be aware, there is an expansion of California's distracted driving laws on the cards, and it will mean that there are more restrictions for drivers and, hopefully, safer roads for everyone. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that bans drivers from using their cellphones unless they have a hands-free device. In addition, there will be added measures that specifically address streaming videos on your cellphone while driving and taking pictures while driving, in addition to other safety measures.
Two unrelated car accidents in the Bay Area exemplify the dangers posed by rollover accidents. In the first accident, only one car was involved. A woman suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash, which saw a vehicle crash into six parked cars and eventually strike her. She was thrown several feet and suffered a traumatic brain injury in addition to other serious injuries. She was hospitalized.
If it feels like every months or so there is a new fad involving your cellphone, that's because there probably is. The latest big trend is Pokemon Go, a mobile game app that lets people explore the real world and catch Pokemon, a video game from the early 1990s. People use the app to locate virtual monsters in an "alternate reality game," but their locations are tied to real life locations.