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Motorcycle accident statistics

In California, many motorcyclists are injured or even killed in accidents each year. The problem is not just limited to the state, as motorcycle crash-related injuries and deaths occur across the nation. Due to having less protection on motorcycles, riders are more likely to be injured or killed when their motorcycles are involved in collisions.

In order to combat the higher likelihood of serious injuries, motorcyclists are advised to wear helmets. While helmets do help save lives, they are not always effective in preventing fatal head injuries in motorcycle collisions.

California accident caused by wrong-way driver

Three motorists were injured by a wrong-way driver on San Francisco's Bay Bridge on Nov. 8. Drugs are suspected, according to a representative of the California Highway Patrol, and an investigation into the accident is ongoing at the time of reporting.

All motorists involved in the crash were transported to San Francisco General where they were evaluated. According to officials, one of the motorists was described as suffering serious injuries.

Man facing manslaughter charges after Halloween hit-and-run

Police in California have reported that a 31-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with a hit-and-run accident that claimed the lives of three teenage girls who were out trick-or-treating on Halloween. The man is facing a raft of charges including three counts of vehicular manslaughter. His bail was originally set at $500,000, but it was increased to $1 million on Nov. 3. The man faces up to 17 years in prison if convicted. The fatal motor vehicle accident took place on Fairhaven Avenue near Old Grand Street in Santa Ana.

According to a Santa Ana police report, the three girls were struck and killed as they crossed Fairhaven Avenue in a marked crosswalk near Fairhaven Elementary School. Witnesses described the black SUV to responding police officers, and the damaged vehicle was discovered abandoned in a nearby parking lot. A subsequent investigation led police to an area motel where the man was taken into custody.

1 killed, 1 injured in California head-on collision

The California Highway Patrol reported that one man was killed and another suffered multiple injuries as a result of a head-on crash that occurred on Oct. 24. The crash reportedly occurred around 10:05 p.m. on Highway 44 around Millville Plains Road.

Authorities believe that alcohol was a factor when a 35-year-old Palo Cedro man who was driving a 2002 Ford pickup truck west on the highway crossed the center line. After crossing it, he allegedly struck a 68-year-old Shingletown man's 2011 eastbound Subaru Impreza head-on.

1 driver dead after 2-trucks collide on major freeway

Officials with the California Highway Patrol report that one man is dead following an accident involving a truck towing a trailer and a semi-truck in Stockton on Oct. 31. No one else was injured in the fatal semi-truck accident.

According to the report, the crash transpired on the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 and on Highway 4 of the Crosstown Freeway when the operator of a truck that was towing a trailer suddenly lost the ability to control the truck and smashed into a semitrailer. The force of the collision sent the semitrailer plummeting off highway's northbound lanes and into an embankment where it struck a tree head-on. The driver of the semitrailer died from the injuries he suffered in the crash. It was not clear if the driver died at the scene or if the driver was first taken to a nearby hospital. The other driver involved was not hurt.

3 Californians killed when speeding driver hits bicyclist

An auto and bicycle accident turned fatal for three Sacramento residents on Oct. 23. Authorities from the California Highway Patrol reported that a female bicyclist was killed when a male Chevrolet Tahoe driver collided with her at Howe Avenue and Birney Way. Witnesses reported that the SUV was speeding at a minimum of 50 miles per hour as it suddenly changed from the southbound to the northbound lane of Howe Avenue.

The 53-year-old bicyclist riding against traffic in the northbound lane. She was struck and thrown 100 feet away from her bicycle when the Tahoe driver veered into the same lane. The SUV then caught fire after it struck a nearby tree in Belleview Park.

What should I do if I have an auto accident?

When an individual is involved in a car accident within the state of California, it is important that they perform several actions to ensure the best possible outcome. Initially, the most important step to take is to assess the situation and find out if anyone is hurt. If there are injuries involved, call 911 immediately. An individual trained in first aid techniques should provide reasonable assistance until first responders arrive on the scene. Also, if the accident occurred on a busy street, take precautions to warn approaching motorists of the potential hazard. This can involve setting flares or warning signs.

Once the injured are cared for and the situation is in hand, the next step is to gather as much information about the accident as possible. Because the DMV limits access to information after the fact, it's vitally important to get names, contact information and insurance details at the scene. Try to get brief testimonials from any witnesses to the car collision. Also, a quick diagram of the accident along with make and model descriptions of the vehicles involved will help an attorney show fault in any future related court proceedings and will ensure proper compensation for any pain and suffering.

Hearing delayed in California car crash case

A court hearing for a 49-year-old woman in California was postponed until Oct. 31. The woman was allegedly under the influence of drugs when she caused an accident on Aug. 12 around 6:30 p.m. on Fiesta Island. According to authorities, she drove into a crowd of roughly 20 cyclists and hit 10 of them while driving at an estimated speed of 30-35 miles per hour. She is facing charges of driving under the influence and being in possession of meth.

Witnesses say that the woman got out of her car after the crash and was acting erratically and yelling. Witnesses also say that the woman appeared to be under the influence. Police say that after she was taken to the hospital, a baggie of meth was found inside of her body.

Major crash between 2 big rigs and a car reported

The California Highway Patrol reported that a major collision involving two semitrailers and a car occurred at 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 7. The wreck was located near Le Grand on the southbound lanes of Highway 29. Officers from the Merced station responded to the accident scene.

The two trucks were traveling next to one another on the highway. A 42-year-old man was driving a 1999 Kenworth in the second lane, while a 63-year-old man was driving a 2012 Feightliner big rig in the first lane. Both truck drivers were traveling at 55 mph. Allegedly, the 42-year-old man suddenly moved over into the first lane, striking the 2012 Freightliner before moving back into the second lane. The Freightliner's driver then reportedly lost control, his truck turning sideways before overturning.

Woman detained in fatal hit-and-run collision

A 45-year-old Arroyo Grande woman was taken into police custody and charged with multiple offenses for her role in a fatal hit-and-run collision with a bicyclist that occurred on Oct. 2 in Nipomo, police said. The accident occurred around 11:15 a.m. on Los Berros Road when the woman allegedly rear-ended the bicyclist with her Honda Accord, causing him to suffer serious head injuries despite wearing a helmet. The 48-year-old bicyclist died from his injuries.

Following the collision, witnesses say the woman attempted to flee the scene. A witness called 911 and followed the woman's vehicle, cornering her with the help of other motorists until police could arrive. The witness told the 911 operator that the woman's vehicle had a large dent in her windshield along with significant front-end damage from striking the bicycle. After being cornered, the woman repeatedly asked to be let go, according to the witnesses.

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