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.
According to some 2014 data from the California Office of Traffic Safety, there are some things to happy about and many more things to be upset about. The data from that year in motor vehicle accidents shows that while the number of traffic fatalities declined when compared to 2013, most other significant statistical figures increased.
Four cars were involved in a fatal car accident recently in Brentwood, California, and now the police are looking for answers to the wreck. The crash occurred when a truck crashed into the back of a Ford Fusion. Those two vehicles were then pushed forward into two other vehicles. A man in the Fusion was killed in the wreck, while people in both of the other two vehicles that were enveloped in the crash needed hospitalization. The man who caused the crash, the driver of the truck, did not need hospitalization.