According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,743 pedestrians killed in the U.S. in 2012 in pedestrian crashes. Of those deaths, 612 fatalities were in California. We had the most pedestrian-crash-related deaths of any state.
Wireless communication has not generally been a boon to safety when it comes to cars. Cell phones have contributed to an epidemic of distracted driving and led to countless car accidents. Drivers talking to others while driving might be a safety hazard, but technology that allows cars to communicate with each other has the potential to be highly beneficial.
When most people hear of an accident caused by a driver who was under the influence, they probably think of a driver who has been drinking. That, however, isn’t always the case. A recent case out of Fresno, California, has to do with a woman who was under the influence of methamphetamine.
A pedestrian who was struck by an Uber driver is expected to survive, according to a statement from a San Francisco police spokeswoman. The car accident was first reported around 9:58 p.m. the night of Aug. 2 in the Polk Gulch neighborhood close to Geary Street and Polk Street. The 56-year-old male driver of the 2012 Mazda was apparently transporting passengers when he suffered a seizure. The man lost control of the vehicle and ended up crashing into a man walking on the sidewalk after hitting three cars parked nearby.
In tackling the problem of distracted driving, are cell phones the first thing that should be discussed? Distracted driving laws are being passed all over the country. Many of them target a single behavior: texting behind the wheel. Texting while driving is a known danger and may be easier to ban than other forms of distracted driving. It is not the only issue, however, that needs to be addressed if the goal is to reduce distracted driving car accidents.
People who are participating in illegal activities aren’t usually paying attention to what is going on around them with the intent of keeping those near them safe. A recent accident in San Francisco shows just how cold and heartless some people can be when they are doing something illegal and end up hurting someone.
So-called “novelty helmets” are increasingly popular among California motorcyclists.
Novelty helmets are motorcycle helmets that do not meet federal Department of Transportation safety standards. These helmets are typically cheaper than DOT-certified helmets and come in variety of fun designs and colors.
The Supreme Court of California recently ruled that advanced Alzheimer’s patients are not liable for assaulting their in-home caregivers.
This ruling extends the established rule that barred nursing home caregivers from suing Alzheimer’s patients for assaults.
The court reasoned that California has a public policy against institutionalizing disabled individuals, and that allowing in-home caregivers to sue Alzheimer’s sufferers would result in more of these patients being placed in institutions.