The results of a recent California study of unlicensed drivers are sure to prove controversial in the debate about undocumented immigrants. Unlicensed drivers, many of whom are undocumented immigrants, are apparently three times more likely to cause a fatal accident than all licensed drivers.
When cars get into collisions with trains, catastrophic injuries are often the result for the occupants of the much smaller vehicles. One recent California train accident caused fatal injuries to a woman who was only in her mid-20s. At last report, officials were still investigating the exact factors surrounding the train collision and the woman's potential wrongful death.
In the age of texting-while-walking, it should come as no surprise that pedestrians have forgotten how to look twice for cars before crossing the road. Usually, however, their multiple senses will tell them that a car is approaching, causing them to jump back in time to avoid a pedestrian-and-car accident. As cars change, however, so do our abilities to perceive them.
Pedestrian deaths in the wake of auto collisions can be hard for surviving family members to deal with after losing a loved one. This can be especially true in the case of an auto collision where a driver speeds away after the accident rather than trying to help the pedestrian that they have struck. One California County saw 25 pedestrians killed in car accidents in 2012.
Many Americans are familiar with the concept of "black box" data from news coverage of commercial airlines crashes. This technology, an important feature of airplane safety for decades, tracks numerous aspects of a vehicle's performance and operation. These records allow investigators to review what went wrong to cause a crash.
Holidays are generally unusually dangerous times to drive on California roads and Thanksgiving is historically one of the worst. More fatal traffic accidents happen during that holiday than any other day of the year.
With millions of Americans on the roads to visit family and loved ones in California and around the country, Thanksgiving Day is one of the most dangerous days of the year to drive. Many travelers are pressed for time and driving long distances on unfamiliar roads, raising the chances of deadly accidents.
Distracted drivers claim the lives of many Californians every year. Although the risks of driving and texting are attracting more and more attention, some drivers ignore the obvious dangers and wind up harming other motorists.
A Brentwood roadway was closed for almost two and a half hours after a recent three vehicle crash. The California car accident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on a recent weekday in early November. A 21-year-old driver was headed southbound when he inexplicably lost control of his vehicle, veered in to the northbound lane and bounced off of a guardrail.
Fatal car accidents can have a particularly traumatic impact whenever they claim the lives of young victims. One recent California car accident resulted in what seems to be the wrongful death of a 20-year-old actress best known for her role in the remake of "Bad News Bears," a Hollywood classic. That young actress, Sammi Kane Kraft, lost her life after the vehicle she was traveling in rear-ended a big rig and was then hit by another vehicle.