Car accidents happen every day in the United States. For many people involved in a car crash, the event is no more than an inconvenience; many car accident victims walk away without injuries. For others, however, the event is life-changing. A serious crash can leave any person involved with permanently disabling injuries. The most serious crashes cause death.
According to data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States saw 30,979 fatal car accidents in 2009. While most of these accidents were one-vehicle crashes, more than 12,000 involved two or more vehicles. Fatal car accidents were most likely to claim the lives of one or more people in the vehicle itself. Of over 33,000 total deaths, 24,000 were suffered by drivers and passengers, while the remaining 9,000 were suffered by bicyclists, pedestrians, and other individuals involved in the accidents. In addition, more than 4,400 motorcyclists lost their lives in car accidents in 2009. » Read More
Teen drivers face one of the highest rates of car accident injury and death of any group of drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If your teen will be driving to school, after-school activities, work, or other destinations this school year, you can help reduce his or her risk of injury by setting some “rules of the road.” The rules should address the major causes of teen driver accidents and be reinforced by clear consequences. Some key points to include in the rules are:
- Always wear a seat belt. Seat belts are the best line of protection against injury in a wide variety of accidents. Require your teen and any passengers your teen transports to wear a seat belt every time.
- Put down the phone. Many states, including California, ban the use of handheld cell phones or texting while behind the wheel. Require teens to put down their cell phones and focus on the task of driving. Teach teens that if they must make or receive a call, they should pull over and park in a safe place first. » Read More
The lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group learned that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that automakers will have one year to change the way they share recall information with affected motorists, according to a recent article in Automotive News. Drivers who don’t know about recalls may continue to drive unsafe vehicles and suffer serious injuries as a result – as many experienced San Diego car accident attorneys have seen.
One of the changes requires automakers to implement a function on their websites that allows customers to search for any recalls affecting their vehicle by inserting the vehicle’s VIN into a search field. The NHTSA has also changed the design standards for recall notices to make them stand out among the vast amounts of other information modern consumers must process. » Read More
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently opened an investigation, based on owner complaints, into sudden and unexpected braking problems in 2007 and 2008 Honda Odyssey vehicles. If a recall is issued to correct the problem, it will affect as many as 344,000 vehicles, according to the agency. A similar recall was issued in March 2013 to deal with braking issues in other Honda and Acura vehicles.
The investigation is based on 22 separate complaints from Honda Odyssey owners who reported that the vehicle applied its brakes without driver action, sometimes quite suddenly. Sudden and unexpected braking can cause serious injuries, even if no other vehicles are involved in an accident. Passengers may be thrown violently forward and backward, causing whiplash or other serious car accident injuries. » Read More
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for creating and implementing a wide range of rules that affect vehicle and driver safety, so when the agency proposes a new rule, experienced car accident lawyers tend to take note. However, some are saying that the NHTSA’s latest proposed rule might actually make drivers and their passengers less safe.
At issue is a rule that would limit the features of in-vehicle infotainment systems that drivers could access when the vehicle is in gear, even if it is not moving. The agency’s goal is to limit driver distraction by eliminating access to features like showing album artwork when a particular song is playing — things that aren’t necessary to operate the vehicle or to navigate and that might distract a driver at a crucial moment, resulting in an accident. » Read More
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released an iPhone app that makes it easy for users to receive updates about vehicle recalls, learn about crash test safety ratings, and more. Just don’t use it while you’re driving!
The SaferCar app is available for free in the Apple App Store for iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A version for Android-based devices is currently in development.
The app gives users access to a wide range of safety topics from the NHTSA, which can also be accessed on the agency’s website, safercar.gov. Just a few of the safety steps users can take with the app include:
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At 8:15 a.m., a 20-year-old female pedestrian was hit by a truck while walking in the intersection of A Street & 10th Avenue on February 27, 2013. According to the police, a male driver in his 30s was driving a red Dodge truck and hit the women while making a left turn onto A Street.
The woman was trapped underneath the truck for a brief moment, which resulted in a fractured pelvis. The truck driver did stop at the scene and the police was able to rule out alcohol and/or drug influence.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatcher stated that the female pedestrian was suffering with life-threatening injuries and was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center for treatment. We all have her in our thoughts and want to wish her family and friends strength during her fight to recuperate from the accident.
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On Friday, Mayor Bob Filner made an announcement at a news conference near the West Grape Street and North Harbor Drive intersection that he has decided to take down 21 red-light cameras in the city of San Diego.
After the announcement, a group of workers immediately began taking down the “Photo Enforced” sign on the Grape and Harbor intersection and continued to take other signs down throughout San Diego.
According to the mayor’s statement, there is no proof that the red-light camera program decreases accidents or increases safety in any way. The San Diego Police Department and California accident database showed that there had not been an accident at that particular intersection since 2001.
It was also reported that the main group ticketed on Grape and Harbor were tourists. Red-light violation tickets may prevent visitors from coming to San Diego again and the mayor explained that San Diego should not welcome visitors with a $500 fine.
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A 47-year-old man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident that occurred on January 20 around 12:28 a.m. in San Marcos. According to the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station, the victim was riding a bicycle in the bike lane when he was struck by an unknown vehicle travelling westbound.
The motorist crossed into the bike lane and rear-ended the bicyclist on East Mission Road. The impact of the collision caused the bicyclist to tip over the handle bars and strike his face on the curb. The injured bicyclist sustained major facial injuries and was taken to Palomar Medical Center for medical treatment immediately. We all send our best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery for the injured bicyclist.
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A 42-year-old motorist was struck and killed in a driving under the influence (DUI) crash that took place on January 20 around 4:10 a.m. in Lakeside. As stated by California Highway Patrol, the victim was hit by a 38-year-old driver. The deceased victim was driving his Chevy Astro minivan, towing his wife’s Toyota Tercel when one of the vehicles experienced a mechanical issue.
The deceased victim got out of his car and was walking back to his wife to talk to her through her the driver’s window when a vehicle drifted along the right shoulder of the road and fatally hit him. The victim died instantly. Our law office sends out our condolences to the deceased victim’s family and friends.
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