An accident on Route 94 in Dulzura resulted in one fatality. The accident occurred when a pickup truck heading east on Route 94 veered across the center line into oncoming traffic. The pickup truck collided head-on with a westbound Nissan Sentra.
Motor vehicle collisions can be a very serious matter. Sometimes, such accidents even result in fatalities. This is one of the many reasons why it is very important for motorists to practice safe and responsible driving when out on the roads.
Earlier this week, we wrote about a series of personal injury lawsuits that are currently pending in San Diego Superior Court regarding a fatal accident that killed three teens and seriously injured another last spring. It is likely that more legal claims will be made by the families of the other victims in the coming weeks.
Last spring, two teens were driving home from a spring break bonfire when they began to race one another on California State Route 52. Before long, their speeds began to exceed 100 miles per hour. Suddenly, one of the teens, a 16-year-old who had only had his driver's license for five months, crashed his vehicle, causing three of his four passengers to be killed and the fourth to be seriously injured. Media reports do not indicate that the driver suffered any major injuries in the crash.
In 2010, an 85-year-old woman was driving in California with her 90-year-old longtime boyfriend in the front passenger seat. About a mile away from their home, the woman made a wayward left turn directly in front of an oncoming vehicle, which crashed into the woman's car. She suffered a head injury, and her boyfriend had a broken pelvis, lung damage and other injuries. About six weeks later, he passed away.
As we told you about recently, U.S. traffic fatalities increased in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the year before. Not surprisingly, pedestrian deaths appear to be on the rise as well. The most recent data available, from 2010, shows that pedestrian fatalities rose 4 percent year-to-year.
When two cars collide, especially if they are traveling at high speeds, just about everything in the vehicles becomes airborne. Unfortunately, that includes people, and it means that passengers who are not wearing seat belts then become a danger not only to themselves but to the other people in the car.
According to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the first quarter of 2012 saw a significant increase in car accident deaths in comparison to the same time period in 2011. The NHTSA is not yet sure of the reason for the unprecedented jump, but it points toward additional data indicating a coordinating increase in the number of miles driven during the time period in question.
The friends of a San Diego graduate student who was killed in a hit-and-run car accident earlier this year have started a movement. The friends are seeking to have the driver in that crash sentenced to jail, instead of to probation as is currently being considered by the California judge presiding over the case.
After a San Diego grandmother was struck by a speeding car and killed, her family is seeking change. They have asked city officials to lower the speed limit, install marked crosswalks, and put up pedestrian crossing signs in that section of the road, in hopes that no one else will lose a loved one there like they did.