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California residents may be interested to learn that the former mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young, was slightly injured in an accident in which a cement truck fell on top of his car as well as that of another driver. The man in the other car reportedly suffered serious injuries when both cars were crushed by the falling truck.

According to reports, the cement truck driver ran a red light and was allegedly driving too fast for conditions at the time of the accident. After losing control of vehicle, the truck fell on the two cars and spilled diesel fuel on the roadway. While Mr. Young reportedly was treated at the accident scene and then taken to the hospital as a precaution, the other man suffered serious injuries to his head and hands.

Authorities did not release the identity of the cement truck driver, although they did state that he was cited for failing to obey the traffic signal and with driving too fast. In addition to being the former mayor of Atlanta, Mr. Young was heavily involved with the civil rights movement and worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was also an United Nations ambassador and is currently 83 years old.

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California residents may be interested in an emerging technology that one day might prevent accidents involving motorcycles. The vehicle-to-vehicle communication system is being tested now on some automobiles, but the time may come when it could be used to prevent motorcycle accidents.

The U.S. Department of Transportation began a pilot test of the communications technology with 3,000 Michigan vehicles in August 2012. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is now doing paperwork to extend this technology to sport utility vehicles, cars and pickups. This technology allows a vehicle's on-board sensors to communicate with other vehicles equipped with the same technology. Information the two vehicles share can include speed of the vehicles and distance between them, and whether one car is about to change lanes or make a left turn. Drivers are then alerted and can take action to avoid an accident.

One of the major causes of motorcycle accidents is motorists not seeing motorcycles until it is too late to avoid an accident. If the new technology can be applied to motorcycles, experts say it could dramatically reduce the number of motorcycle accidents, especially those involving left turns at intersections, multi-vehicle crashes and rear-end collisions. The sensors could warn inattentive drivers that a motorcycle is nearby.

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Posted on in Motorcycle Accidents

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.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the effectiveness of helmets in preventing fatalities is approximately 37 percent. In 2012, the agency estimated that helmets saved 1,699 motorcyclists who were involved in serious accidents. By studying fatal motorcycle crashes, NHTSA estimated that if all of the motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 781 people who died might have otherwise lived. In 2012, 59 percent of those killed were using helmets while 48 percent of passengers who died were wearing them. Use of Department of Transportation-approved helmets stood at only 60 percent by riders.

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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.

When the Kenworth's driver re-entered the second lane, he allegedly struck a 1998 Saturn being driven in the lane by a 42-year-old man. The driver of the Freightliner truck suffered serious injuries while the other truck driver and the car's driver both suffered minor ones. The Freightliner's driver was transported by emergency personnel to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto for treatment. Both lanes were closed for several hours while troopers investigated and cleaned up the scene. Additionally, a nearby rail track was also closed as debris from the collision landed on the tracks.

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A car accident that occurred in Los Gatos on July 10 left a 25-year-old man dead. According to the report, the incident took place in the northbound lanes of Highway 17 near the Lexington Reservoir when a semi-truck collided with 10 other vehicles. Failed brakes might have contributed to the crash, but the owner of the truck stated that a safety check was conducted on the truck the morning of the accident and that the California Highway Patrol had conducted an inspection two weeks prior.

The driver of the semi-truck involved in the crash stated that he was unable to stop his truck when he came upon traffic because of the steepness of the grade, which was approximately 6 percent, and the weight of the two dirt-filled trailers that he was hauling. When he attempted to use the brakes, they emitted smoke and failed to reduce the truck's speed. He stated that his followed his training and steered the truck into the guardrail to try to stop it.

In addition to the fatality, seven other individuals suffered injuries that ranged from critical to minor. The person in critical condition had suffered a laceration to her liver, and the other six suffered injuries that were less serious. The 25-year-old Santa Cruz man who died had been ejected from his car during the collision.

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In Blythe, California, a truck caused a highway accident that tragically left four motorists dead. The highway accident occurred when a truck spilled a load of pipes in the road. A bus traveling the same road struck the pipes, the driver lost control of the bus and then the bus rolled down an embankment. The highway accident caused the bus to overturn, killing four and also injuring several more people.

The pipes fell off of the truck just moments before the bus passed through. The truck driver had lost control of the vehicle after drifting into the dirt, and then he jackknifed. At least seven of the people on the bus had to seek medical treatment for serious injuries and 14 others had minor injuries. It is not known what caused the pipes, some as long as 50 feet, to come loose from the truck.

It is known that the truck driver had drifted in the dirt after trying to pass slower vehicles. Because the highway has no lights, the bus was unable to see and avoid the impact with the pipes. Neither driver was hurt in the accident, but at least two passenger vehicles were impacted by the pipes in the road before the bus hit them.

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California is one of a handful of states to have what is commonly referred to as lane splitting. The practice of lane splitting pertains to a manuever made by an individual on a motorcycle in which they effectively drive down the center of two lanes of traffic. Motorcyclists are allowed to engage in lane splitting when certain traffic conditions apply that warrant the use of the maneuver.

While considered safe and effective when enacted properly, the manuever is not without risks. Some motorists have been guilty of trying to prevent or obstruct a motorcyclist from passing. Not only is blocking a motorcyclist who is attempting to lane split illegal, it's also extremely dangerous and can result in serious motorcycle accidents.

A 20-year-old California woman was recently killed in a fatal motorcycle accident when the 21-year-old driver of the motorcycle on which she was a passenger was forced to suddenly stop. The accident occurred as the motorcycle was traveling about 30 MPH through standstill traffic. As the motorcycle approached an intersection, a truck that was hauling a trailer was blocking the motorcycle's passage.

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Posted on in Car Accidents

For the parents of teenage drivers, perhaps their worst nightmare is their teen getting into a car accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven teens die every day from car accidents. These accidents can cause serious injuries, or even death, and can change lives forever.

Recently, a Jeep SUV driven by a teenage driver crashed into another car on the highway, and flipped over onto the shoulder. Three teens were in the Jeep, and one was injured. The driver of the other car was not injured in the accident. Authorities stated that the driver "made an unsafe turning movement," and said that it did not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved.

Drivers of all ages are held to the same standard when it comes to liability in a car accident: they must have exercised reasonable care under the circumstances. Failing to meet this level of care, such as by speeding or not using turn signals, can constitute negligence. If that negligence causes damage to someone else's property, or causes injury to another person, that driver could be held liable.

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With the beginning of the holiday season, traffic will undoubtedly increase with people traveling to visit family and running holiday-related errands. The day after Thanksgiving, often called Black Friday, marks the beginning of holiday shopping, which can be a fun family activity. However, as any San Jose car accident attorney knows, a serious car accident is always a risk on high-traffic days.

A San Bruno family is mourning the death of two sisters in a Black Friday car crash. The SUV in which the girls were riding crashed into a California Highway Patrol vehicle that was pulled ov er on the shoulder, then rolled over several times. The two sisters who were killed were thrown from the vehicle. The rest of the vehicle's occupants, the parents and two other sisters, became accident victims as well, and are still receiving treatment in local hospitals. Authorities state that it is unclear what caused the SUV to hit the highway patrol vehicle, but that they do not suspect that drugs or alcohol were involved. The family had been on their way home from shopping in Gilroy when the accident happened.

Drivers must exercise reasonable care when driving otherwise they may be deemed negligent, and thus potentially liable for injuries caused to others. A determination that a driver was acting negligently involves consideration of several factors, including whether the driver obeyed traffic signals, whether the driver was speeding and whether the driver acted appropriately for the weather or amount of traffic.

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Fans and loved ones of former professional baseball player Frank Pastore have been hoping for a miracle since he was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in Southern California last week. The Nov. 19 crash left Pastore with serious head injuries and he remains in a coma.

According to officials with the California Highway Patrol, the former major league pitcher, who now hosts what is arguably the largest Christian talk radio show in the U.S., was on his way home from radio station KKLA that Monday night when the accident happened. As he was riding his motorcycle in the carpool lane of the 210 Freeway in the area of Duarte, a car that was traveling in an adjacent lane suddenly sideswiped the bike, causing him to lose control. He was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on the pavement.

Now, more than a week later, the 55-year-old's condition is relatively unchanged. He remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit, and doctors are unsure what to expect in the coming days, weeks and months. His family members are asking for prayers from his listening audience and his baseball fans.

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At one time, the fun and colorful scooters known as Vespas were mainly popular in Italy, where they originate, though now Vespas have gained popularity in the United States. However, riders of these brightly colored scooters share many of the same risks as motorcycle riders, and an accident involving a Vespa may result in serious injuries.

College students often find them attractive and a useful means of transportation around campuses, particularly in temperate climates such as in Santa Clara and San Jose. But their appeal -- and the risk of injury -- is not limited to young people. A 66-year-old man was recently riding a Vespa on the highway when he lost control. The man was attempting to make a turn, when he crashed into the side. At impact, he was thrown from the scooter. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

Vespa scooters have many of the same characteristics of motorcycles that make them both attractive and fun, but also potentially dangerous. Like motorcycles, Vespas are motorized, though they often do not have the same capacity for speed and power. Vespas also lack a protective metal frame and safety mechanisms such as seat belts and air bags, that protect passengers in cars. Additionally, both Vespas and motorcycles are smaller than cars, making them more difficult to see on the road, particularly in poor weather.

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A surprising and alarming trend is appearing in the urinalysis results of some safety industry workers Americans trust most. More and more of these workers are failing their drug tests.

Recent results show that truck drivers, bus drivers, rail operators and even pilots are flunking their drug tests and performing their jobs under the influence of illegal drugs. The problem is that these employees work in the safety industry and are responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of people's lives.

Recent studies conducted by Qwest Diagnostics show, in random drug tests throughout the country, that drug and alcohol use have dramatically increased, including a 33 percent increase in positive cocaine results. The U.S. Department of Transportation has also added heroin and ecstasy to the list of drugs for which it screens transportation workers. The worry is that increased use of drugs and/or alcohol on the job leads to an increase in accidents and injuries.

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As anyone who has been in a car accident can attest, collisions between vehicles can happen so quickly and be so traumatic that it's hard to later piece together the details. "It all happened so fast" is a common response to questions about what exactly happened and whose fault the accident was.

Determining what happened can be even harder when young children are involved, and the consequences can be more serious because children are physically more vulnerable. Both of these factors raise the stakes when it comes to seeking compensation for injuries.

Recently two children were seriously injured in separate accidents in the San Jose area. In the first crash, a 2-year-old boy was walking with his grandfather when they were struck by a minivan. The grandfather died and the boy suffered traumatic injuries. Although he was expected to survive, he isn't expected to provide his own account of what happened and it will be up to the minivan driver to tell the truth about what happened.

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An accident can happen in the blink of an eye. Even if a motorist is paying attention on the road, another driver's negligence can be the cause of a crash. This is especially true for motorcyclists. A motorcycle accident can happen for a number of different reasons, one being a lack of awareness by other drivers.

California Highway Patrol was called the scene of a motorcycle crash that occurred south of Fresno. A motorcyclist had been riding on the highway and was coming up to an intersection. The driver of a pickup truck apparently did not see the motorcycle and pulled out into the intersection.

The collision occurred in the early hours of the morning. When the pickup pulled out in front of the motorcyclist, he had little time to react. According to the report, the motorcyclist attempted to swerve out of the way but was unable to avoid hitting the truck.

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According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, last year saw the largest number of motorcyclists on the road than any year prior. This year is likely no different. Even in California there seem to be a lot of motorcyclists on the road enjoying the weather and the freedom from riding.

But unfortunately, with the growing number of motorcycle enthusiasts taking to the road, the California Highway Patrol is seeing an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents. In fact, just recently several motorcycle crashes occurred in a short amount of time that resulted in two deaths and one rider seriously injured.

One motorcyclist was killed after he lost control of his bike and ended up on the side of the road. Another biker died from crash-related injuries after his motorcycle slammed into a post. In that same period of time, a third motorcyclist was severely injured after crashing his motorcycle while on a ride with his wife. But even with the risk of getting into a serious accident, the number of motorcyclists is actually growing across the country.

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Many California parents enjoy watching their children play Little League in the summer. This sport is intended to teach children about teamwork and competition, while giving them a venue to run off all the energy they have. While Little League baseball seems harmless, accidents can happen and children can get hurt.

Imagine sending your child off to Little League practice only to get a call that he or she has been hit in the head by a baseball. You may wonder what happened but your thoughts ultimately rest on whether your child is okay. Unfortunately you find that the hit cause a serious brain injury and your child may be dealing with the injury for the rest of their life.

Four years after this scenario actually happened to a young boy, his mother recently filed a lawsuit against her county's Little League organization as well as the coach of the team. Regulations require that the children wear a helmet, which the boy was not when he was hit with the baseball. The lawsuit alleges negligence - had the young boy been wearing the helmet, the severe injury may not have occurred.

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This past fall, a young teacher was killed after a school bus crashed into her vehicle. According to the article, the bus driver had not been paying attention. Traffic had come to a halt and the bus driver slammed on the breaks when she finally noticed the cars in front of her. But her reaction was too late and the accident resulted.

The young teacher was seriously injured in the crash and was transported to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, her injuries were so severe that she died 10 days after the crash. A month after the crash, the young teacher's family sued the bus driver and school district for wrongful death. Just recently, a settlement was reached.

The teacher's husband and daughter received a multi-million dollar settlement for the loss of their loved one. Other members of the teacher's family were also awarded monetary compensation.

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The investigation is likely still ongoing to determine what exactly caused a driver to crash head-on into another vehicle. The car accident occurred on Monday in Salinas, California. Seven individuals sustained injuries and were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.

A family of five was driving down the road when another car that was going in the opposite direction crossed into their lane, hitting them head-on. Among those injured were a 4-year-old little girl and her grandmother. California Highway Patrol and emergency responders arrived at the crash scene to help the victims and investigate the accident.

As a precautionary step, the road was closed down to make sure that no other issues such as toxic spills or fires occurred. Investigators are still trying to figure out why the car crossed into oncoming traffic. It appears that speed was not a factor, nor was the driver intoxicated at the time.

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Getting into a car accident can have far reaching implications, sometimes permanently changing the course of one's life. If the injuries are severe, the car accident victim may have to deal with the injuries for a long time. The impact can be even greater if the accident was fatal.

Because of the concern regarding teenagers in car accidents, the California State Automobile Association is focusing efforts on teen driving this summer. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that more than 7,000 teenagers were killed in car accidents during the summer over the course of five years. And now that school is out, there will be more young drivers out on the road again.

Statistics also show that the number of fatal car accidents involving teen drivers is greater in the summer months than during the typical school year. To address these high numbers, the NHTSA has identified several factors that attribute to teen driving accidents:

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