It can happen in the blink of an eye. One second you're on your way to work; the next, you're sent lurching forward, the sound of crushing metal in your ears.
Around 4:20 a.m. today, authorities shut down State Route 78 in San Pasqual after a semi truck overturned.
Last month, a 101-year-old man was hit and killed by a 91-year-old woman in a Southern California crash. Both of the people involved in the pedestrian accident were well-known public figures in their city of Burbank, making the events of the fatal crash even more difficult for community members to come to terms with.
It goes without saying that Tax Day can be stressful. But according to a new study, that added stress can manifest itself in an unusual way: by increasing the occurrence of fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Any of our San Diego readers who have been paying attention to news stories and government releases in the past year will likely be surprised by the fact that teenage drivers are among the most dangerous motorists in the country. For many years, the primary cause of the increased auto accident risk among teen drivers was a lack of driving skill and experience.
Although this accident did not take place in California, our San Diego readers may well be saddened and shocked to hear of a grievous motor vehicle accident that happened in late February. A family of four, returning home from the hospital with a newborn baby boy, was hit head-on by a driver who had crossed lanes into oncoming traffic. Tragically, the fatal accident left three of the four dead with the 2-day-old newborn as the sole survivor of the crash.
In 2004, two sisters were killed in California when their rental car crashed into a semi-truck. A later investigation revealed that the car that the women had rented was under a safety recall for a power steering fluid, but that the rental car company had not complied with the required repairs. That failure to repair the vehicle set off the chain of events that would result in the fatal auto accident, which began when the car's leaking power steering fluid caught fire and caused the women to lose control of the vehicle.
Last week, a San Diego man received a criminal sentence of one year in a work furlough program in connection with a drunk driving accident that left a young woman with severe injuries. The man, who reportedly pleaded guilty to driving drunk last fall, was also sentenced to five years of probation and a five-year suspended jail sentence that will be imposed if he violates the terms of his probation.
Late last month, Lindsay Lohan again made headlines a California woman filed a personal injury lawsuit against the actress. In the suit, the plaintiff alleged that she had been hit by Lohan's car while she walked through an intersection. The auto accident suit was the second of its kind to be filed against Lohan last month. In sum, Lohan has defended against four personal injury lawsuits in the past few years, as well as multiple criminal charges for driving under the influence.
It is not really surprising that teenagers are involved in a disproportionate number of car accidents in California and throughout the U.S. But according to two new studies, the driver's inexperience is not solely to blame for the high accident rate. Teenage drivers are most likely to be involved in car crashes when they have other teenage passengers in their vehicles.