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May 2012 Archives

Drowsy driving significantly increases car accident risk

While most San Diego residents would probably think twice about getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks, few would likely hesitate to drive while sleep-deprived. Yet according to research both new and old, both drunk and drowsy driving increase the likelihood of a car accident significantly. So why is drunk driving heavily regulated while drowsy driving seems to not to be warned against at all?

Motorcycle accident fatality rate remains high

In recent years, the number of car accident deaths has dropped dramatically in San Diego and throughout the U.S. However, the fatal motorcycle crash rate has remained steady, and has actually increased in many places. Why is there such a disparity between motorcycle and motor vehicle accidents?

Safety tips for National Safe Boating Week

This week, boating enthusiasts in San Diego and throughout the state and country will mark the annual National Safe Boating Week. To educate and inform boaters of all skill levels, especially in light of the recent fatal boating accidents in California, the United States Coast Guard is offering a list of safety tips aimed to avoid boat accidents, injuries and deaths.

Tips for California parents during Dog Bite Prevention Week

Every year, about 4.7 million dog bites are estimated to occur in California and throughout the country, with more than half of the victims of these bites under the age of 14. To call attention to (and reduce) this large number, the week of May 21-26 has been designated as Dog Bite Prevention Week in the U.S.

Young passengers increase teen crash fatality risk, study says

Between 2000 and 2010, the number of teenagers killed in car accidents in which they or another teen were behind the wheel decreased significantly. Government officials believe that the drop in fatal accidents involving teen drivers was largely the result of graduated driver's licensing laws, which were passed or strengthened by many states during that decade.

Concussions may have contributed to San Diego player's death

Last week, Junior Seau, a long-time member of the San Diego Chargers professional football team, committed suicide in his Oceanside home. Now, many are wondering whether Seau's death was the direct result of the concussions and other brain injuries that he likely suffered during his long football career.

San Diego crash injures four, kills one

Last month, Interstate 805 was the setting for a dramatic scene in which rescuers worked to free the occupants of an SUV as the vehicle dangled perilously over the edge of the freeway. While officials were able to get all five passengers out of the vehicle, the auto accident unfortunately caused one of the SUV's occupants to suffer a head trauma which ultimately led to her death.

Three dead, one missing following California boat accident

At least three people have been killed and a fourth is missing following the third major boat racing accident in California waters in recent weeks. The recent surge in boating accidents has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to suspend all sailboat racing in the Pacific Ocean near southern California for the near future as officials work to determine the cause of the crashes.

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