Orange County drivers should understand the risks of being involved in an accident when they get behind the wheel of their vehicle. According to data from the insurance industry, on average, a driver will file claims related to motor vehicle accidents about once every 18 years. Moreover, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that over 10 million auto accidents occur in the United States every year, which comes out to more than 27,000 per day. Again, this highlights the risk of any average driver being involved in an accident on any given day.
The public relies on emergency responders when bad things happen, but that doesn't necessarily mean that emergency responders are infallible. A drunk driving fatality in Yuba County underscores the fact that the people who put their lives on the line every day can be as fallible as those they help.
An auto accident usually happens due to recklessness or negligence, and those who are injured or killed are often innocent bystanders who also happen to be traveling the same road. There are times, however, when people with good intentions put themselves and others in harm's way.
The National High Traffic Safety Administration has finally enacted a long-awaited regulation that will require all new model cars to be equipped with back-up cameras. This will include all cars, trucks, and buses. For some reason trailers, which can and do pose a serious safety risk when backing up, are exempt from the rule.
A new study has found that the number one cause for traffic fatalities in the United States may be underreported, despite the already staggering numbers of drunk driving deaths on record each year.
Data from the first part of 2013 suggests that a recent trend of increasing traffic fatalities for pedestrians may be reversing. In a review of accident data by the Governors Highway Safety Association there was an 8.7 percent decrease in pedestrian death in the first part of 2013 when compared with the same time period during the previous year. To be more precise, in the first part of last year there were 1,985 pedestrian deaths while the first half of 2012 involved 2,175 fatal pedestrian accidents. Data for the second half of 2013 is not yet available.
A woman has been arrested in connection with a wrong-way car crash that killed six people in California. The woman is a 21-year-old mother of one who was said to have been going about 100 miles per hour while traveling eastbound on the westbound lane of the highway when the crash occurred. The woman suffered from some serious injuries as well and was hospitalized following the crash.
The field sobriety test has an 88 percent success rate at identifying drivers who are under the influence of alcohol but only a 30 percent success rate for those who are under the influence of marijuana. The different effects of THC on the body when compared with alcohol and other types of drugs is the main culprit here, leaving police without the proper tools to identify those who are a potential safety hazard to others.
In our last post we discussed a fatal accident that occurred in California recently. The accident involved a child who was at an intersection and a driver of a private taxi. The family of the girl who died in the crash has decided to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and the company he worked with, Uber, which connects passengers with commercial drivers via a smartphone application.
A California family is asking for damages for the wrongful death of their six-year-old daughter who was hit and killed by a commercial driver. The driver is an independent contractor for the smartphone app Uber, which helps people call a private car or taxi to pick them up. The family says that at the time of the crash the driver was using the Uber application to see if there were any requests for a ride in his area and that as a result the company should be held responsible for the crash.