In recent years, state and local legislatures and law enforcement agencies in California and throughout the country have debated the potential safety ramifications of elderly drivers. Namely, safety advocates are concerned about the common risky behaviors displayed by older drivers, such as slower response times and increased confusion. However, those who believe that older drivers should be allowed to keep their driving privileges now have some new information on their side.
Last week, San Diego residents may have noticed that there were more motorcyclists on the road than they normally see. This is because June 20 was national Ride to Work Day, an event aimed at promoting and encouraging motorcycle riding with the overarching goals of saving on energy costs, reducing road congestion, and increasing the enjoyment and pleasure that biking brings. It is estimated that some 300,000 Americans commute to work on motorcycles.
There are many reasons that a dog will suddenly attack a person or another animal. Fear, uncertainty, abuse, or misguided attempts to protect an owner are all common causes of dog bites. It is difficult to determine who should be blamed in these sad situations: the dog, the owner, or the victim who may have provoked the animal? Were there any signs indicating that such an attack was possible or even likely?
More than 4.7 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. In fact, statistics reveal that every 40 seconds, someone is seeking medical attention for a dog bite. The medical costs associated with medical treatment for dog bites amount to a whopping $165 million a year.
A car accident can happen in the blink of an eye. Just ask the parents of a 17-year-old California boy whose vehicle struck a boulder and flipped last Sunday night. One moment, the boy was simply riding along Vista Vince Drive in Ramona, but soon after he was in critical condition at a local hospital. So far no further information is available regarding his condition, but reports show that the victim suffered an injury to his head.
Did you know that this week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week? Every year the Center for Disease Control designates a full seven days to focus on raising awareness about the dangers posed by an animal attack. According to a recent article published by the Huffington Post, over 4.5 million people suffer from a dog bite injury each year-almost one-fourth of which require hospitalized medical attention.
Communities entrust school bus drivers with an important responsibility: protecting their children's safety as they go to and from school every day. One busy school bus could carry 40 or more students, and for the duration of the ride all of these young lives are placed in the hands of their bus driver. For this reason, school bus drivers need to be especially careful to practice safe driving habits and remain vigilant behind the wheel.
A San Diego police officer and father of two was badly injured in a traffic accident last week while riding his motorcycle to work. The 47-year-old officer, who has worked with the San Diego police force since the early 1990s, was broadsided by the driver of a 2000 Honda Civic at the intersection of Palo Alto Court and Borden Road.
California pet owners are legally responsible for the actions of their animals. Essentially, it is the owner's civil duty to ensure that their pet does not pose a threat to anyone around them. If a domesticated animal does attack another person the medical consequences can be very serious, especially if the animal has not received the proper vaccinations. In addition to the physical injuries an animal attack victim may sustain, the emotional trauma of the attack can also leave long-lasting scars.
The 66-year-old San Diego driver who rammed his car into several pedestrians on a La Jolla sidewalk will soon be facing a jury of his peers in California court. Attorneys are in the process of choosing the jury who will decide whether or not the driver is guilty of the charges placed against him, including felony reckless driving, hit-and-run, and three counts of driving without a valid license.