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Roseville Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Claiming wrongful death for a fatal crash

California residents might be interested in understanding more about why Paul Walker's daughter has filed a lawsuit against Porsche over the late actor's sudden death in a car accident in 2013. Walker died after the 2004 Carrera GT he was a passenger in crashed into a concrete lamppost. Investigators believe the vehicle was traveling up to 94 mph in an area with a 45 mph speed limit.

According to the lawsuit, the family 's investigators claim the vehicle was moving at 63 to 71 mph when the crash occurred. Authorities indicated that the accident resulted from poor driving at an excessive speed, while the lawsuit contends that the vehicle's manufacturer failed to include standard safety components. Specifically, it claims that the Carrera GT was lacking a stabilization sensor system. The lawsuit also claims that the Porsche's seat belt system trapped the actor inside the vehicle, breaking his pelvis and ribs, as he and the driver burned in the resulting fire.

Rabies awareness campaign aims to educate about the deadly virus

People who live in California may have less risk of contacting rabies than those in some other parts of the world, but rabies is a possibility for anyone who comes in contact with animals. Since 2007, Sept. 28th has been designated as World Rabies Day to raise awareness about this deadly disease.

The rabies virus affects mammals. Humans can contract rabies by being bitten by a rabid dog or in other ways. In 2013, a man died of rabies after receiving an organ transplant. The donor was a man who spent much time outdoors but was never tested for rabies. Veterinarians are trained to suspect possible rabies in animals or people who have not been vaccinated and have central nervous system symptoms. Rabies has a 100 percent fatality rate, but the disease is preventable with prompt and proper medical treatment.

Rapper Fetty Wap injured in motorcycle crash

California music fans may be interested to learn that rapper Fetty Wap was injured in a motorcycle crash in New Jersey on Sept. 26, according to media reports. Word of the accident first spread through eyewitness accounts posted on Twitter.

The 25-year-old rapper, who was born Willie Maxwell, was reportedly driving his brand new motorcycle in his hometown of Paterson when he attempted to pass another vehicle and slammed into an oncoming car. Twitter users at the scene reported that he was "responsive" after the collision. He was transported to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. It was unclear whether or not he was wearing a helmet.

How fog and smoke affects road safety

Thick fog and smoke can create many problems for drivers in California. According to a study on fog and smoke-related crashes, traffic accidents that occur in these types of conditions result in more serious injuries than accidents that occur when road visibility is clear. Fog and smoke-related accidents are also more likely to involve multiple vehicles.

One fog-related crash that took place in Florida in 2012 caused the deaths of 11 people. The 19-car pileup occurred just one hour after the Florida Highway Patrol had reopened a stretch of interstate that was shut down because of fog. Before the road was reopened, a trooper had insisted that the foggy conditions were likely to return suddenly and without warning.

Auto recall defects linked with more accidents

California residents may have read media reports about millions of vehicles being recalled due to safety issues such as faulty ignition switches and airbags that can fill cars with flying debris in an accident. A string of fatal crashes around the country led to 64 million trucks, cars and SUVs being recalled, but court records indicate that the number of accidents linked to these issues may be far higher than originally thought.

One such case involves a Pennsylvania woman who entered guilty pleas to a charges including vehicular manslaughter after a 2010 accident claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy. The woman claimed that the ignition switch on her Chevrolet Cobalt had moved to the accessory position prior to the crash, which prevented her from being able to steer or stop the car. The auto accident appeared to be case of reckless driving to authorities, and the woman's claims of mechanical failure fell on deaf ears. She was released in September 2015 after spending three months behind bars.

New pedestrian signal for midblock crosswalks

Pedestrians in California may soon be crossing at midblock crosswalks that have a new mechanism called the HAWK. This is short for the High Intensity Activated CrossWalK, and it is also known as the pedestrian hybrid beacon. It has been shown to reduce pedestrian actions by as much as 69 percent and total motor vehicle crashes by up to 29 percent.

Midblock crashes tend to significantly contribute to pedestrian fatalities due to the speed of cars. When vehicles that are traveling at speeds of 40 mph or more hit pedestrians, over 80 percent of those victims die. However, these types of areas may not have so many pedestrians that a full crosswalk is required. Therefore, the HAWK is a good compromise that increases safety for both pedestrians and drivers.

Accident injuries that are often delayed

When California residents are involved in car accidents, they are at risk for suffering serious injuries that could potentially include broken bones and damage to internal organs. However, there are cases where a driver or passenger may walk away from a crash only to begin suffering from accident symptoms later on. This is because some symptoms can take hours, days or even weeks to show up.

Head and back pain are just some of the accident symptoms that often show up several days after the crash. For example, headaches can be caused by concussions or even a clot in the brain. Neck and shoulder pain, including whiplash, can be very serious as well but may still take some time to show up. Whiplash can result from collisions that occur at speeds as low as 14 miles an hour. Back pain may not be noticed until injured muscles and ligaments tighten hours or days after a crash.

Hand injury due to cat bites

As some California pet owners may know, animal bites account for about 2 percent of emergency room visits in U.S. hospitals. While most of the animal bites are from dogs, 10 to 15 percent are cat bites. According to information from the Mayo Clinic, cat bites are serious and hospitalization may be required.

When a cat bites a human, the result resembles a puncture wound due to the sharp teeth, and the person's wrist and hand areas are involved in 85 percent of such bites. Complications such as infection often ensue due to the anatomy of the area. The tendons and joints, particularly in the hand, are close to one another, making an excellent breeding ground for bacteria. Since cats harbor bacteria in their mouths, infections from cat bites to the hand occur frequently.

Ride shares may lower motor vehicle accident deaths

As California residents know, drunk driving causes many accidents each year. There are alternatives to driving drunk such as taking a taxi or using a car share service such as Uber that might get more drunk drivers off the road and home safely. A study conducted by Temple University points out car sharing advantages to reduce drunk driving incidents.

According to the five-year study, the use of car sharing decreased fatal motor vehicle accidents associated with alcohol by 3.6 percent to 5.6 percent. The researchers think that of the 13,000 deaths per year attributed to motor vehicle accidents where alcohol consumption played a role, 500 lives might be saved annually using car sharing.

Fatigued driving made safer with technology

Many California residents probably remember the 2014 New Jersey motor vehicle accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan. He was a passenger in a limousine that was struck by a Walmart truck driver who had not slept for 28 hours prior to the wreck. The limousine was rear-ended, putting Morgan in a two-week coma and killing another passenger. The wreck would not have happened had the truck driver slowed from 65 mph to 45 mph. It brought extensive publicity to the dangers of driving while sleep-deprived.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 25 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents involve a drowsy driver. People with six hours of sleep or less or who doze off during the day are more likely to fall asleep while driving. Studies show that a person awake for 24 hours is as impaired as a person with a blood alcohol level of 0.10 percent.


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