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Roseville Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Fatal California pedestrian accident launches investigation

A fatal accident in Escondido, California, left one pedestrian dead. The pedestrian was an 18-year-old resident of Escondido, and despite attempts made to save his life, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were dispatched to the scene of the accident at 8:50 p.m. on Feb. 6.

According to an Escondido police lieutenant, the fatal pedestrian accident involved an 86-year-old female driver. The motorist was driving a 2008 Toyota Corolla when she struck the pedestrian, who was traveling northbound on San Pasquel Valley Road, according to the police lieutenant. It is not clear how fast the driver was going at the time of the accident, or whether the pedestrian was crossing the road at an intersection.

California trucking accidents and defense strategies

California residents may be interested in the various aspects of the defense for a truck driving accident. There are numerous questions that occur to a truck driver the moment after an accident, including concerns about the damage to the truck and the professional ramifications of the accident. It is crucial for attorneys to develop a relationship with their truck driver clients as soon as possible so they can answer these questions and address related fears. A team approach is essential to a solid defense.

During the course of a trial, the truck driver is the most visible motor carrier representative and often the most essential witness. The jury will assess the truck driver's actions both before and after a trucking accident when making a decision about the case. It is important for the attorney and truck driver to work in conjunction to develop a strong defense and provide expert information to the jury.

Fatigued driver involved in California crash

Authorities say that a bus driver admitted that he was tired just before colliding with safety barrels and rolling through a divider on U.S. 101 in San Jose on Jan. 19. The accident resulted in two deaths with an additional eight people being transported to the hospital. One car was damaged when it hit debris from the crash, but the driver was not injured. There were 20 people on board the Greyhound when the accident occurred.

Police say that the driver stopped in Gilroy prior to the crash to get some caffeine in an effort to stay alert. One passenger said that the driver was nodding off just before the crash took place. Although the driver said that he was tired before the accident occurred, authorities say that the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Volvo promises safer cars in future

California drivers may be interested in learning that Volvo has said that by 2020, they aim for people in their cars to be entirely safe from fatal accidents or even serious injury. Volvo is planning to use some of the technology that is being developed for self-driving vehicles to make their cars safer. Some of the technology is already in their vehicles. For example, adaptive cruise control brakes if necessary and adjusts speed based on distance from other cars.

Cameras on vehicles can detect speed limits on road signs as well as those that warn about hazards ahead. Furthermore, they can tell if drivers are drifting in their lanes or if pedestrians are nearby. They can even warn about animals on the road, such as deer.

California motorists in danger of fatigue wrecks

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, auto accidents caused by fatigued drivers merited sufficient concern to be included on the agency's yearly list of outstanding transportation safety problems. Although the list, which was released in January 2016, also featured carryovers from the prior year, such as the need for operators to be medically fit and avoid substance impairment, safety observers said that highlighting fatigue marked a new focus in safety standards.

NTSB officials said that the development of its 2016 "Most Wanted" list of safety improvements reflected a number of contemporary transportation safety issues. One ex-chairperson noted that even though vehicles are increasingly equipped with technology and safety features, approximately 35,000 people continue to perish in roadway accidents each year. She also lauded the fact that the agency was finally addressing the problem posed by impaired and tired drivers.

Car hits van in fatal California car crash

Four people were killed and three people were injured in a car crash that took place around 2 a.m. on Jan. 10 in Chula Vista. Police say that an Acura was speeding when it ran a red light and crashed into a van near Industrial Boulevard and Main Street. The Acura was going south on Industrial when it hit the Honda Odyssey going westbound on Main.

The impact sent the Acura careening off of the van and into a light pole, which sheered it in half. Three people inside of the car were ejected from the vehicle and later died at the hospital. The fourth deceased individual was also in the Acura as well as one of the critically injured victims. Two people inside the van at the time of the crash also suffered injuries. Police did not say whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

Importance of slowing down in light snow

During the winter, California motorists need to be aware that light snow or ice may be very dangerous. While many drivers fail to slow down when snow or ice is light or when it first starts, a lot of accidents occur in such conditions.

Perceptions of motorists can play a major role. People may not realize that the road has become slick, and they may thus not slow down like they should. Meteorologists warn that as little as an inch of snow or a light glazing of ice is enough to cause accidents.

Uber car involved in deadly wrong-way crash

The California Highway Patrol reports that officials were called to Highway 1 in Pacifica near the Paloma Avenue overpass for a fiery crash. The accident was first reported at 2:39 a.m. on Dec. 25.

According to the collision report, the driver of a Toyota Corolla was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 1. The vehicle crashed head on into a Nissan Maxima, which was being driven by an Uber worker and was transporting a passenger. Following the impact, the Corolla caught fire, and the driver died.

Deadly crash leaves 4 Secret Service agents seriously injured

California residents who are following the 2016 presidential race may be interested in knowing about an incident that occurred in New Hampshire on Dec. 29, 2015. News sources reported that a head-on collision involving the Secret Service left one person dead and six others injured. According to sources, four agents, who were reportedly on-duty at the time of the incident, were among those who were seriously hurt in the crash on New Hampshire's Route 16. Authorities did not release the identities of the agents.

Although several White House contenders are campaigning in the state, it is unclear as to who the agents were protecting at the time of the crash. Following the incident, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement expressing her sadness and concern for all the victims and their families. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy confirmed that although injuries sustained by the four agents were serious, they did not appear to be life-threatening.

Driver kills one and injures over 30 pedestrians

The flashing lights of emergency personnel added to the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip when a woman drove her vehicle through crowds on the sidewalk near the Paris Las Vegas hotel on Dec. 20.. The popular vacation destination for many California residents was turned into a scene of frantically running people and medics tending to the injured.

Authorities have confirmed the death of one pedestrian, and 37 more people required medical attention with seven people suffering critical injuries. Police subsequently arrested the driver after she turned herself in at a nearby hotel.


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