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As most California drivers know, some days are better than others for driving. In general, many of these days are associated with national holidays or other days where it can be expected that there will be more drivers on the road. However, some of the days may be more unexpected than others.

National holidays are always going to be more dangerous for drivers than other days. For example, on Memorial Day weekend, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are approximately 400 driving fatalities every year. New Year's Day, St. Patrick's Day and July 4th also sees a number of fatalities. For these three holidays, alcohol consumption appears to be a leading factor in any car accidents that occur. Thanksgiving and Christmas are also dangerous due to the number of drivers on the road. Many drivers during these two holidays also often drive while stressed, which potentially leads to more aggressive driving.

Other days where driving can be more dangerous may be more unexpected. For example, the start of daylight saving time, when many drivers lose sleep, the number of collisions rises. Collisions also rise on Black Friday and NFL game days. This may be due to the number of vehicles on the road or to aggressive driving. Finally, the number of car accidents appears to rise on Friday the 13th, though it is not known why.

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The California Highway Patrol and Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office were on the scene of a deadly accident that occurred in the community of Aptos at about 8 p.m. on March 1. Alcohol bottles were found at the scene of the crash, and DUI is a possible factor in a fatal head-on collision in which the 22-year-old driver of a Mercedes was killed. There were seven people in the vehicle designed to seat five, and none of the occupants were wearing a seat belt according to authorities. A 19-year-old woman and 18-year-old man riding in the front seat along with a 16-year-old girl riding in the back seat were all pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened when the westbound driver of the Mercedes was allegedly driving recklessly on Freedom Boulevard. He suddenly crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 56-year-old man. According to a spokesperson for the CHP, the driver suffered severe injuries and remained hospitalized at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center the following day. There were no passengers in the pickup truck.

Also hospitalized in critical condition were an 18-year-old year-old female and a 21-year-old male passenger from the Mercedes. A third survivor from that vehicle is a 17-year-old female. She suffered the least injuries in the wreck but remained a patient at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Authorities involved in the accident investigation had not been able to get any information from the girl regarding the circumstances surrounding the wreck.

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A Feb. 17 accident left one dead and one seriously injured in Chollas View. The 2 a.m. incident occurred as a 32-year-old man lost control after he attempted to travel from I-805 onto Route 94. The dark Nissan truck flipped after slamming into the guardrail on the outer edge of the ramp.

After the truck overturned, a Toyota Matrix driven by a 37-year-old individual collided with it. This individual reportedly experienced major injuries as a result of the collision. The truck's driver, meanwhile, expired at the scene of the serious car accident. Authorities indicate that there is no suspicion of drugs or alcohol causing this car wreck. The accident resulted in a shutdown of the on-ramp for several hours.

Authorities typically conduct an investigation after a major accident to identify potential causes. In some cases, impaired driving or excessive speed can contribute to a crash. In other cases, exhaustion or health problems may contribute to a driver's error or inability to maneuver safely. It is even possible that an obstacle in a road or a manufacturer's defect in a vehicle can have deadly results as an accident occurs.

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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.

All of this information will come in handy when seeking compensation through an insurance claim. If the other driver was negligent or at fault, their insurance will be responsible for repairing any damage to the vehicles and paying for medical expenses. In some difficult cases, a lawyer may be required to ensure proper and full compensation.

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During the afternoon of Sept. 13, a motor-vehicle accident happened in Manteca, California, that killed one 16-year-old female and caused serious injuries to her 45-year-old female relative. The latter victim was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento in critical condition.

The fatal car accident occurred on Highway 120 when the 26-year-old male driver of an eastbound Dodge Caravan hit the Mercury Grand Marquis driven by the 45-year-old. The Mercury caught fire after the force of the impact from the Dodge caused it to crash into a Lexus. A news release from the California Highway Patrol said investigators did not believe that drugs or alcohol were factors in the wreck, but authorities reported the van was traveling too fast for the slow traffic conditions at the time.

The van's 26-year-old driver and a passenger are from France, and each suffered minor injuries in the accident. A passenger in the Lexus was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries, and the driver suffered minor harm.

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A fatal accident occurred on Aug. 9 in Azusa when a 1997 Honda Accord traveling the wrong way on the freeway ran head-on into a 1992 Nissan. The 19-year-old driver of the Nissan died at the scene. He was from El Monte, and his 16-year-old girlfriend, who suffered injuries in the wreck, was transported to County-USC Medical Center. There was no further word on the extent of the girl's injuries.

This car accident happened in the westbound lanes of the freeway around 3:30 a.m. The two occupants of the Honda left the scene on foot, but police found the individuals two hours later and took both into custody. A California Highway Patrol spokesperson reported that the 24-year-old driver of the wrong-way vehicle was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and he was arrested.

The westbound lanes of the freeway were closed for about four hours while authorities investigated and cleaned up the accident. Documents found in the Honda led police to the suspect.

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Many people here in San Jose know how important it is to establish fault after an injury-causing accident. That’s because, by establishing fault you also establish who is liable for those injuries. If another driver was negligent behind the wheel, they or their insurance may have to pay compensation to an injured person. In the event that the crash was caused by a mechanical failure, the vehicle’s manufacturer could be held liable and would then have to pay compensation.

But as you may already be aware, there are some cases in which an at-fault driver may not want to admit to negligence and may instead blame the accident on a mechanical failure. This can complicate things because now law enforcement must prove whether this statement is true or not. Discovering the truth becomes an important piece of the police investigation because, as we hinted at above, it will determine who the accident victim holds accountable for their injuries.

This is probably the case for the recent pedestrian accident that happened in North Hollywood. Some of our readers may have already heard about the crash that seriously injured three Oakwood School students. The three female students were stuck while crossing the street after PE class. The 48-year-old driver of the vehicle that struck the girls claims that his brakes failed, which caused him to run a red light before hitting the teens.

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Imagine that you are a parent of a child who was injured in a car accident. You learn from police that the driver may have been speeding at the time of the crash. Since speeding is considered reckless driving in most states, you know that the driver could be held liable for your child’s injuries. But what do you do if the driver is killed in the crash? Are you still able to seek compensation and gain closure from the accident?

It’s these very questions that are currently facing the parents of four California teens who were injured in a rollover crash in Corona this month. According to initial police reports, it’s believed that the 20-year-old driver of the car may have been speeding when she lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. After leaving the roadway and colliding with trees and a utility box, the car rolled over.

Three of the teens suffered non life-threatening injuries. One of the other teenage passengers remains in critical condition at this time.

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There are certain groups of people who are viewed as worse drivers than the rest of us. Younger people, particularly teenagers, fall into this category. Traditionally this perception has been due to their limited experience operating automobiles, but in the last several years the use of cell phones and other distractions may have actually emerged as the more dangerous aspect of teenagers behind the wheel. Older people, especially senior citizens, are also viewed by many people to be a greater risk on the road. However, this is one category of drivers where the perception may not be reality.

According to a recent report, drivers on the road today who are over the age of 70 are less likely to be involved in a car accident. And, if they are involved in an accident, they are less likely to be killed in the crash or suffer serious injuries.

These findings are the result of a comprehensive study that was recently completed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Not only do these findings take the spotlight off of senior citizens as potentially dangerous drivers, but the data flies in the face of what researchers had speculated would happen as America's population aged - more accidents with more injuries for drivers and passengers.

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Although car accidents are just about a daily occurrence in San Jose and throughout the nation, most collisions fortunately do not result in serious injuries. The most common accidents could be labeled as the classic "fender-bender," which may lead to a police report and an exchange of insurance information, but not much else. Unfortunately, however, drunk driver accidents are also common, and the major difference with these types of crashes is that accidents victims more often than not do suffer from serious injuries, and in many cases these accidents involve a fatality.

That was the case in a recent San Jose car accident, in which an alleged drunk driver is said to have been the cause of a crash that led to the death of a 19-year-old man. The victim, a San Jose resident, was said to have been driving a Volkswagen on Highway 85 on January 30 when he was struck from behind by Nissan being driven by a 27-year-old man.

The reports indicate that both vehicles flipped over and were heavily damaged in the crash. The 19-year-old was removed from his vehicle and transported for medical care, but he died at the hospital. The 27-year-old driver also required medical attention, but it appears that his injuries were not that serious. He was arrested and could be facing felony driving while intoxicated charges.

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