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Roseville Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Motorcyclist killed in California accident

Authorities say that a 22-year-old man was killed when a Nissan Pathfinder turned left into the path of his motorcycle at about 8:20 p.m. on July 17. The crash took place 3400 block of Santa Maria Way in Orcutt when the motorcycle traveling westbound collided with the vehicle.

Police say that the SUV driver was a 31-year-old male who was taken into custody on a charge of driving while intoxicated causing injury or death. While the man on the motorcycle passed away at the scene of the accident, the driver of the Pathfinder was not injured. Authorities say that alcohol likely played a role in the accident, but that they were also trying to determine how fast the motorcycle was going at the time of the crash.

California woman killed in head-on collision

A 28-year-old woman was killed and two other women were seriously injured when two cars struck each other head-on on California State Road 4 in Stanislaus County on the evening of July 14. Police investigating the accident said that it had not yet been determined if alcohol consumption or drug use were contributory factors.

According to a report released by the California Highway Patrol, the woman who lost her life was proceeding westbound on Highway 4 when her Honda Civic crossed the center line and struck an eastbound Ford Focus with a 23-year-old woman behind the wheel and a 41-year-old female in the front passenger seat. The head-on collision took place at approximately 10:45 p.m. near Rock Creek.

U.S. roads more deadly than those of other wealthy countries

While California and the rest of the U.S. have seen a decrease in motor vehicle fatality rates, a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscores that much still needs to be done. The report, which was released on July 6, compared U.S. traffic fatality rates to those of 19 other high-income countries.

The CDC reports that during the 13-year period between 2000 to 2013, the U.S. saw a 31-percent decline in its traffic fatality rates. While this shows significant progress, the average decline by the other countries during the same 13-year period was 56 percent. In Spain, the drop in fatality rates was 75.1 percent.

Injured in a car driven by your best friend!

You're a passenger in a car, accompanying your friend to the mall, to a ball game or to lunch. A shriek of brakes, a crash of metal and glass, and you're the one getting transfused in the ER. Your friend looks on anxiously.

Here's the question:

You've just been injured. The medical bills are going to go out the roof. You love your friend dearly, but what kind of friend files a claim against the friend's insurance policy? The friend's rates will go up. The friend will feel betrayed by you. Or you'll just be too confused to file the claim.

What do you do?

Former police dog attacks man who offers water bowl

On July 3, a man in California was attacked by a dog that had once worked for a law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County. On the night of the dog attack, the 20-year-old victim had seen the German shepherd loose in Eastvale. The man gave the dog some water before the dog put both of its paws on his chest, bit him and dragged him onto the road.

Friends and relatives of the victim tried to help him by delivering blows to the animal. When the dog would not let the man go, some of the witnesses stabbed the dog with steak knives. The dog let go, and the man received hospital treatment for non-life threatening dog bites.

3 injuries and 1 fatality follow Caltrans accident

A California highway was the site of a major accident on Friday, July 1, 2016, involving a Dodge Ram pickup and a Caltrans vehicle. The incident left one person dead, one critically injured and two others with minor injuries. While authorities have ruled out drugs and alcohol as causes of the accident, the reasons for the collision are still unclear.

The Caltrans employees were completing work on a highway guardrail when the accident occurred. Both were wearing their protective equipment, including reflective vests and hard hats. As they finished their work, the driver of the Dodge Ram collided with the rear of the Caltrans vehicle, pinning one worker between the two vehicles and pushing the Caltrans vehicle forward, hitting the other worker as well. The Dodge Ram continued ahead where it ran off the road and overturned in the ditch. The passenger in the Dodge Ram suffered fatal injuries, and the driver sustained minor injuries.

Autonomous driving technology for California trucks

Trucking component supply companies ZF and WABCO have announced the next stage in autonomous driving technology for truckers. The companies have previously released such collision avoidance technology as WABCO's OnGuard braking system and ZF's steering system, but this joint venture blends technology from both lines. The Evasive Maneuver Assist system was announced on June 28 as a progression of existing active braking systems.

One of the most common causes of trucking accidents is when a car stops suddenly and a truck does not have enough time to avoid it or stop before a rear-end collision occurs. EMA technology is designed to alert truck drivers with visual and auditory warnings when a collision is about to take place. If the driver does not react in time, the EMA technology will take over and either brake for the driver to prevent the collision or maneuver around the other vehicle. EMA technology uses sensors to gauge whether adjacent lanes are clear to pass into and how close other vehicles are to the truck.

Driverless cars pose moral "dilemmas"

In the event of an unavoidable crash, should a driverless car be programmed to save as many lives possible? Or instead, should it protect its occupants rather than others? That type of "social dilemma" is being pondered by social scientists, government regulators and manufacturers as the commercial debut of autonomous cars draws closer in California and nationwide.

In a study published in June, researchers surveyed 1,928 consumers on how they would want driverless cars to respond in various crash scenarios. For example, participants were asked what an autonomous car should do if pedestrians dashed in front of it and the only option to avoid hitting them was to swerve into a wall, endangering the car's passengers. Slightly more than 75 percent of the respondents believed driverless cars should be programmed to be "utilitarian" and try to save the most lives, possibly at the expense of its passengers. However, 81 percent said they would rather purchase a car that would protect them and their families in all cases.

Settlement reached in California injury accident

Musician David Crosby agreed to pay a man and his son a total of $3 million to settle a case stemming from a March 2015 accident in California. The accident occurred when Crosby hit the man, who was jogging with his son, with his Tesla after the man tried to give him room to pass. The man suffered a broken leg, arm and shoulder as well as kidney damage.

According to court filings, the man believes that Crosby was intoxicated at the time of the crash. However, a police officer at the scene said that there was no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident. As a result of the settlement, the injured jogger will receive $2.95 million while his son will receive $50,000.

David Crosby settles pedestrian accident lawsuit

California residents may recall media reports in March 2015 concerning a pedestrian accident involving a vehicle driven by the singer and songwriter David Crosby. Crosby's Tesla sedan struck a 46-year-old man who was out jogging with his son in Santa Barbara County. While the former Crosby, Stills & Nash member faced no criminal charges as a result of the accident, a civil lawsuit was filed against the 74-year-old singer by the jogger that claimed Crosby was traveling at an excessive rate of speed and was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Crosby claimed that he was blinded by the sun in the moments before the accident, and a police officer at the scene determined that he was not impaired. The jogger suffered serious injuries including broken ribs, a broken arm, a broken shoulder, a broken leg and kidney damage. The accident took place in Santa Ynez on Baseline Avenue at about 6:00 p.m.

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