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Roseville Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

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.

Caitlyn Jenner could face charges for fatal crash

On Aug. 21, it was announced that Caitlyn Jenner, who was involved in a fatal car crash in California, could face a manslaughter charge for her involvement. Following an investigation, authorities reportedly determined that she was driving her vehicle too fast, resulting in a four-vehicle crash.

On Feb. 7, 2015, Jenner was driving her Cadillac SUV on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu when she collided with the back end of a Lexus. The impact caused the Lexus to be pushed into another vehicle. The Lexus came to rest in the southbound lane when it was struck by a Hummer. The driver of the Lexus, a 69-year-old woman, died as a result of her injuries.

Research suggests dog attacks are unpredictable

Dog bites are the cause of serious injuries in California every year, especially to young children. Scientists at the University of Liverpool found that dog bites may not be as preventable as previously thought. The team interviewed dog bite victims to learn about what the victims perceived about the attacks in order to learn more about why dog bites occur.

Researchers found that methods that were once thought effective, such as identifying when a dog is acting aggressive, are not enough to prevent a dog attack. Many victims stated that there was no interaction with the dog before an attack occurred. Some victims blamed themselves for the attack rather than the animal, while others who were not familiar with the dog that attacked them blamed the owner.

4 injured in restricted area car crash

On Aug. 2, it was reported that four men were injured in a single-vehicle accident in California. According to the San Diego police, the accident took place near the Summit Avenue and Summit Crest Drive intersection in Santee Lakes at around 7:30 p.m.

A Ford Explorer was driving in a restricted area when it suddenly went off a steep embankment, causing the vehicle to roll several times. Following the accident, one of the vehicle's occupants reportedly called for help using a cellphone. The occupants were then airlifted by a helicopter and were transported to Woodglen Vista Park. From there, they were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. One person was directly flown to a hospital after suffering injuries that were described as being critical.

1 dead and 3 injured in car crash on California bridge

A 28-year-old man who drove his 2012 Mercedes-Benz the wrong way in the eastbound lane of the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach remained in critical condition on Aug. 1. Authorities have not been able to determine why he was driving erratically. Earlier in the day, police had spotted the Mercedes crashing into event barricades at the Special Olympics.

Upon entering the bridge, the Mercedes struck two vehicles, a Nissan pickup truck and a Ford Fusion. Long Beach police reported that civilians assisted in their attempts to rescue the driver in the truck, but the person perished at the accident scene. Authorities have not yet released the name of the victim. The jaws of life were needed to extricate the driver of the Mercedes from the mangled vehicle while flames spread from its engine. The driver of the Ford Fusion, a 21-year-old from San Pedro, also went to a hospital in critical condition. During the rescue efforts, a police officer injured his arm.

California dog bite victims could be awarded punitive damages

California dog bite victims who believe that they are not entitled to punitive damages may find interest in a 2015 Pennsylvania court ruling. The case involved a dog with multiple incidents of alleged past aggression, including an incident in which the owners admitted to failing to restrain the dog after the animal had bitten a child. Neighbors reportedly complained to the defendants about their dog's aggressive behavior and a lack of restraint.

The defendants filed preliminary objections in response to the complaint filed after the dog's most recent alleged attack. The defendants claimed that the animal's past incidences of aggressive behavior were not enough basis for punitive damages. However, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, stating that the case met the basic requirements for punitive damages. The court stated that the owners of the dog failed to minimize the risk to the plaintiffs that they could have reasonable assessed based on the animal's behavior.

Limo safety concerns after recent crash

California is one of the few states to enact safety measures to protect passengers traveling in limousines. After a limo fire killed five women in 2013, California regulators took action by requiring limo companies to install emergency exits and provide safety briefings to their passengers. Now, a deadly limo accident in New York is raising more awareness about crashes involving large limousines.

In July, four women were killed and four others were seriously injured on Long Island when the limo they were riding in was broadsided by another vehicle. At the time, the limo was performing a U-turn, and the driver of the second vehicle was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. The chief of police in Southold, New York, said that there were no airbags in the limo and he is not aware if any of the passengers had seat belts on.

Diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans

California residents may be surprised to learn that 60 percent of the infectious diseases that affect humans originated in animals. Three quarters of all emerging infectious diseases are also zoonotic. Most people are aware of the dangers of zoonotic conditions such as rabies, but there are a number of other conditions that can be contracted by contact with wild animals or pets.

It may come as a surprise to learn that doctors in Florida have linked nine cases of leprosy in humans to armadillos. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is another potentially deadly but rare condition spread by animals, and humans do not even need to have direct contact with the disease's rodent carriers. Sufferers usually contract the disease after inhaling dust thrown up when rodent droppings are disturbed or placing their fingers in their mouths after touching rodent nesting materials or droppings.

The causes of tanker truck rollover accidents

Semi-trucks hauling containers of gasoline, flammable gas or crude oil are not an uncommon sight on California's highways, and they are generally given a wide berth by passenger vehicle drivers. While the vast majority of these commercial vehicles arrive safely at their destinations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that over 1,300 such vehicles are involved in rollover accidents every year. These can rupture cargo tanks and lead to dangerous chemical and fuel spills.

This kind of commercial vehicle accident is sometimes blamed on reckless truck drivers who lose control of their vehicles after taking a sharp turn too quickly, but the statistics tell a different story. More than half of all cargo tank rollover accidents take place on a straight section of road, and speed is only discovered to have played a role about 50 percent of the time. Driver inexperience may also be suspected after a rollover accident, but the FMCSA reports that about two thirds of the truck drivers involved in these accidents each year have 10 or more years experience behind the wheel.


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