Whether it is a result of a driver operating under the influence of alcohol or an honest mistake by the driver, the number of car accidents caused by wrong-way driving is on the rise in California and throughout the United States.
Halloween is a fun holiday for most children, complete with costumes, trick-or-treating with friends and family, and, most importantly, candy. However, the holiday also carries significant potential for danger to children. One common cause of injury on Halloween is a bite injury inflicted by a dog who becomes spooked after seeing little ghouls, goblins, and Sponge Bob Square Pants ringing his doorbell all night.
Since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan more than a decade ago, the U.S. Department of Defense has provided more than 130,000 hours of cognitive rehabilitation to active duty and retired service members who suffered head and brain injuries during combat. In an effort to better tailor rehabilitative therapies to the veteran and his or her specific injury, the government commissioned a report to determine whether the techniques used to treat these brain injuries were appropriate and helpful.
In honor of the third annual National Teen Driver Safety Week, which is taking place this week in California and throughout the country, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has planned several events to encourage teenagers and their parents to take traffic safety seriously. According to the CHP, auto accidents are the leading cause of death in the U.S. for drivers between the ages of 15 and 20, and teenage drivers are involved in three times as many deadly car crashes than all other drivers.
A member of the San Diego Police Department was killed during a four-accident chain on a California freeway earlier this month. The officer, who was off-duty at the time of the auto accident, was struck while attempting to help a woman who had been involved in the first of the four crashes. Both the officer and the women were killed when they were hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Last month, boating manufacturer MasterCraft filed an appeal in a lawsuit filed against the company by two women who were injured in a boating accident in 2006. In the appeal, the company claims that the boat involved in the accident is a safe vehicle, and that it is not responsible for the women's injuries.
Four wrongful death suits have been filed against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, a race car driver, and race promoters following a tragic race accident that killed eight audience members and injured several dozen others. The accident occurred when one driver in the race lost control of his Ford Ranger vehicle during a turn, and rolled the car into the spectator area during a race held in California on Aug. 14, 2010.
Following a truck accident that took the life of her husband, a widow is working to bring awareness to the alarmingly high number of commercial drivers that operate trucks, buses, and similar vehicles despite being diagnosed with sleep apnea. In 2009, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a recommendation that all commercial truck and bus drivers, airline pilots, and ship captains undergo mandatory sleep apnea testing. However, testing has not yet been made mandatory for drivers in any mode of transportation, and the widow hopes to change that.