California readers are already very familiar with the risks of texting and other cellphone use while driving. Particularly for teens, being distracted while behind the wheel can have serious consequences and can affect many lives. Recent car accidents around the country have reminded drivers and parents that it is not worth the risk to text from behind the wheel.
A California car accident left supermodel Miranda Kerr in a neck brace this week. Police arrested the driver of the other car and sources indicate that the driver may be charged with reckless driving. It is not clear what circumstances led up to the accident or if the driver who crashed into Kerr's vehicle was speeding, intoxicated, or otherwise violating the law. There are also no details available as to whether the others in the car with Kerr were injured.
Many of our San Diego readers are already aware that self-driving cars are legal in the state of California. This state has been among the very first to allow the autonomous vehicles to drive on the public roads here, largely because of the presence of the technology industry here and the need to allow comprehensive testing in real traffic and road conditions.
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.
This week at the Consumer Electronics Show, carmakers are showing off their latest work on improving the self-driving car. Autonomous cars are now legal in California and one other state, and car companies are eager to show regulators and consumers the advantages of letting a computer take the wheel.
A California teenager is recovering from the injuries she suffered when she was rear-ended by a semi-truck during a foggy morning commute last week. No one else was injured in the crash, and it is not yet known whether the truck driver or anyone else involved will face criminal charges in connection with the accident. In addition, it remains to be seen whether the teen will file a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver or his employer in order to recoup some of her medical costs and other expenses incurred as a result of the crash.
Last week, we began a two-part blog series on the potential healing effects of fish oil on brain injuries. Comprised of omega-3 essential fatty acids, fish oil is believed to help brain trauma patients recover more quickly from their injuries by providing the brain with building blocks for recovery.
In 2010, a 17-year-old boy was driving on a winding road when he lost control of his car and careened off the road. When paramedics arrived at the scene of the car accident, the teen was in a coma as a result of the massive brain injuries he had suffered in the crash. He remained in that coma for several weeks, with doctors able to do little but keep him stable and simply wait for his brain to recover.
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.