In July of last year, a 29-year-old man was killed by police officers after he was stopped at an am/pm gas station. The man was shot by the officer as he was driving away. The officer claimed the man was driving toward him and that he fired the fatal shots to prevent the man from hitting him and another deputy. Those claims, however, didn’t match up with surveillance video and eyewitness accounts.
Being in a motorcycle accident is a horrible experience for anyone. Now, imagine that you are in a serious motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else. You decide to seek compensation for those injuries only to find out that the at-fault driver is blaming you for your injuries simply because you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. For many California motorcycle riders, that probably seems like something straight out of a nightmare.
In 2006, a police investigator in Wisconsin was looking for the cause of an accident that claimed the lives of two teenagers. With the limited resources of a single office looking into a solitary crash, that investigator was able to conclude that a defective ignition switch caused the car to lose power, veer off the road and collide with a guardrail. Because the defect turned the car’s power off, the air bags did not inflate. This was not the first time the defect had claimed a life.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice along with laws and regulations to drivers in the state. Some of this centers around the relationship between drivers and pedestrians, as these types of accidents are both common and potentially deadly. Almost a quarter (22 percent) of the deadly crashes in California are from these types of incidents.
When you think of bike accidents in California, what do you think of first? For many cyclists, the first thing that comes to mind is the way that some motorists can be very inattentive to bikers on the road. Drivers may cut bikes off, veering into the bike lanes, and parked drivers may open their doors into these lanes, blocking the path so quickly that a cyclist cannot avoid an accident.
Two vehicles were recently involved in an accident in California that left one person dead. The accident took place on Interstate Highway 580. It was located in Alameda County, in the eastern portion of the county, and it happened on Friday, Oct. 10. The time that the call came in to the authorities about the accident was 6:50 in the evening.
When a loved one dies because of the negligence of another person, it can be a very difficult thing to accept. You may feel the need to hold the person accountable, including in criminal and civil court. This can be done by filing a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court against the responsible person or entities.
Hands-free technology may be the solution to any number of real world problems, but distracted driving is not one of them. Some distracted driving laws have placed an emphasis on things that take a driver’s hands off the wheel. Texting is a primary example of an activity deemed too dangerous to for drivers to engage in. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a significant difference between distractions that require your hands and those that don’t. Anything that takes your attention off of driving your vehicle is dangerous.
The governor of California has signed a bill into law that now requires drivers to maintain at least a three-foot passing distance between a vehicle and a bicyclist. How can a motorist tell if he or she is allowing at least three feet? It’s about the same distance as opening a passenger car door. This can give a motorist a good idea of how much clearance should be afforded to bicyclists when they are in the same lane as a motor vehicle.
Pedestrians usually aren’t allowed to walk on California interstates, but there might be times when walking on these busy roads might be necessary. Because of that, all drivers have to be vigilant about keeping an eye out for pedestrians. For pedestrians who were injured on the highway or interstate, serious injuries are almost certain. Learning about pedestrian accidents on the highways might help those who are victims of these accidents and their family members.