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.
Although every state has some form of graduated licensing laws for teenage drivers, a new report indicates that stricter laws could save 2,000 lives if implemented universally throughout the country. However, a youth rights association is opposing the move toward stricter laws for teen drivers, stating that such limitations are discriminatory to members of that age group.
Perhaps it's the tryptophan, maybe it's a boring football game, or maybe it's the leisure of a day off from work, but Thanksgiving is a perfect day for taking a long, restful nap. However, for those of us who travel to and from one or many holiday celebrations, that down-time may not be in the cards. As a result, Thanksgiving is a prime day for auto accidents caused by drowsy driving.
Although all-electric cars seem like a thing of the very distant future, that is not the case. Following the popularity of the Toyota Prius and other hybrid vehicles in California and across the U.S., automakers scrambled to develop vehicles run solely off electricity. So far, over 4,000 Nissan Leaf models and almost 3,000 Chevy Volt models have been sold in the U.S., with Ford, Toyota, and Honda planning to introduce electric vehicles in the coming months.
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.
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.
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.
As drivers get older, disease, disability, and the natural progression of aging may severely limit their ability to drive. This is not always the case - often, older drivers remain fully capable of operating a motor vehicle competently and safely. But sometimes elderly drivers can pose a serious threat, to themselves and others, of car accidents, injury, and even death.