Previous posts here have either mentioned punitive damages or have reported on juries awarding punitive damages. Indeed, there are some circumstances that seem to suggest that just paying someone compensation for their losses simply is not enough. For example, car accidents that are caused by a drunk driver, a driver who is going far in excess of the posted speed limit or a driver acting in a fit of road rage are situations that are entirely avoidable. To prevent these sorts of accidents, a driver need only show a minimal amount of courtesy and care for their fellow motorists.
A single vehicle bus accident on Highway 101 in California sent seven passengers to the hospital. While police thankfully described the injuries as minor, it is sometimes hard to tell the full extent of a person's injuries until well after an accident. Some of those transported to the hospital did complain of pain.
Fair or not, teenage drivers have a bad reputation. While some suggest that it is because of inexperience and others speculate that teenage drivers may just lack the maturity to operate vehicles safely, many people in Costa Mesa and the rest of Orange County probably have the idea that teen drivers are often involved and even cause serious accidents.
People in Costa Mesa and other parts of Orange County probably recognize, at least in theory, that they are supposed to observe the speed limits signs that they see posted on the roads.
One might not think of it is often since it rarely grabs headlines, but accidents involving backing one's car up are fairly common. Many people have probably experienced, for instance, the misfortune of bumping in to another vehicle while trying to back out of a parking space or another area where there is not a lot of room between cars.
Our state is one of a few states that has a law which goes beyond just prohibiting texting and driving. In addition to forbidding instant messaging, checking email and searching online, the law of this state also prohibits drivers even from making conventional phone calls with a handheld device like a smartphone. However, even under the threat of fines, many drivers in this state still cannot resist the occasional phone call or quick check of a text message, even though they are driving. According to one report, Californians typically spend between 16 and 18 percent of their total driving time on their phones.
A bus accident on Interstate 405, in the Los Angeles area, left 40 people, including the driver and several passengers on the bus, with injuries. The California bus accident happened in the middle of the day and involved the bus careening into a median after it went out of control. While spinning, the bus also struck at least one other vehicle.
A wrong way accident in the greater Los Angeles area left two people, a mother and her daughter, dead. Additionally, another man is in the hospital recovering from injuries that authorities describes as major.
While distracted driving happens throughout the year, a recent study suggests that it is more common for people to drive distracted during the summer months. Specifically, the study found that, relative to other months, the frequency of distracted driving increases by 10 percent during June, July and August.
Although the freeways around greater Los Angeles can be confusing, it would still take a lot of effort, for lack of a better word, for a person to actually start traveling the wrong direction on a limited access, multi-lane highway like the area's Interstates.