In recent years, there has been a significant increase in car accidents involving military veterans in California and throughout the country. A 2006 study found that returning troops were 75 percent more likely than civilians to be killed in auto accidents. Further, the study found that military veterans were 148 percent more likely to be killed in a motorcycle accident than civilians.
Last month, nine children and two adults were injured when a 100-year-old man backed his car onto a sidewalk outside of a California elementary school. Although no one suffered life-threatening injuries in the car accident, it has caused a reignition of the ongoing national debate on elderly drivers. Now, some traffic safety advocates are questioning whether older Americans should undergo additional driver's testing and closer monitoring in order to keep their driver's license past retirement age.
Last week, San Diego's famed Comic-Con festival was the site of a tragic pedestrian accident that resulted in the death of a fan who had been waiting in line for a hotly anticipated panel for the final installment of the "Twilight" movie series.
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.
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce will reportedly take a leave of absence following a series of car accidents that took place in Los Angeles last weekend. The incidents were reportedly caused by Commerce Secretary John Bryson previously-unknown health issues, which also motivated his decision to temporarily leave his government position.
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.
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.
After a serious accident, you are likely to be transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. In the most severe cases or when an accident occurs in a remote location, you may be transported by helicopter. It might not occur to you until you or a loved one is involved in a serious car accident or suffers a serious injury, but a new study shows that how you travel to the hospital could make a difference. Interestingly, these methods of transport can have an impact on the level of care you receive and the likelihood of survival.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the United States, a month in which state transportation and law enforcement agencies work to spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and to enforce state distracted driving laws. The ultimate goal of the month is to reduce the number of auto accidents, injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving - most of which are entirely preventable.
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.