When our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, they could not have imagined the vast Independence Day celebrations their signatures would create hundreds of years later. We celebrate our freedom with friends and family by attending parades and carnivals, hosting backyard barbecues, getting out on the lake and enjoying firework displays.
This week saw a serious freeway accident in Los Angeles. According to news accounts, a cement truck swerved suddenly across all four lanes of traffic as it was entering the freeway. The truck hit a van and then crashed into a center divider.
California streets can be a dangerous place for pedestrians. According to a new study, many Americans raise the risks of a serious injury by trying to multi-task while walking.
The last post brought an update on the NTSB's investigation into a fatal helicopter wreck that killed three people back in 2011. The NTSB concluded that the pilot made a dangerous and faulty decision to continue the flight despite bad weather for which the copter was not certified.
In a shocking near-miss, two pedestrians and a dog narrowly avoided being run over by an elderly driver. The two pedestrians were not crossing a street at the time-instead, they were walking carefully on the sidewalk in San Rafael.
As our last post introduced, physical injuries are an unfortunately common problem at nursing homes in California and around the nation. Nursing homes often fail to prevent employees from physically abusing or mistreating patients - especially when dementia or Alzheimer's is a factor in the care scenario.
America's population is aging at a rapid pace. In the context of relatively scarce care resources, longer life-spans, and geographically spread-out families, more people are seeking high quality long-term care at nursing homes and other live-in facilities.
Yet another distraction-related crash appears to have injured a California police officer this week. A 17-year-old driver caused a chain reaction crash that ultimately caused another car to hit a motorcycle officer. The crash threw the officer from his motorcycle and hospitalized him with serious but undisclosed injuries.
Many California residents enjoy recreational activities like boating and racing on the open water. Few people expect these events to become deadly, but a recent practice run of a sailboat preparing for the America's Cup led to the death of a 36-year-old sailor. The potential wrongful death occurred after the Artemis Racing sailboat capsized and the man was pinned beneath the boat's wreckage. Reports indicate that the America's Cup leader plans to allow the preeminent race of the sailing world to go on as scheduled.
Drunk driving has been the center of an enormous amount of advocacy and policy research for decades. Despite all of this work, drunk driving is still one of the primary causes of fatal car accidents in California and the rest of the nation. Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced a new proposal that it hopes could help prevent hundreds of these crashes every year: a new standard for drunk driving.