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Car Accidents Archives

Vehicle safety ratings may be outdated

California consumers who are in the market for a new car often start their search by looking at a vehicle's safety rating. Vehicles are rated from one to five stars, and products that have higher safety ratings tend to be more desirable than those that have lower ones. Cars began to receive such ratings in the 1970s, and the current system was put into place in the 1990s.

Determining drivers' liability in multi-car crashes

California drivers, even if they have never been in an accident before, can guess how hard it is sometimes to determine who was at fault in a crash. Some forms of negligence are hard to prove, such as inattentive driving. The difficulty is even greater in multi-vehicle crashes where perhaps more than one driver is to blame.

Suspected drunk driver behind two crashes, one of them fatal

At around 8 p.m. on Jan. 23, a California driver traveling westbound on Pearblossom Highway steered right and onto the shoulder of the road, striking and killing a woman who as walking her dog in the 7600 block. The male driver fled the scene and shortly afterwards caused a multi-vehicle crash in Palmdale that injured seven people.

Governors' agency seek action on repeat DUI offenders

Drunk driving was involved in 29 percent of all car accident fatalities in 2018. Although this was the lowest percentage in 26 years, the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) is seeking action on dealing with the threat posed by high risk drivers. The GHSA holds these motorists responsible for a disproportionate number of these deadly auto accidents.

Wrongful death claim filed for police pursuit

Deadly car crashes are not limited to the actions of a reckless, distracted or drunk driver. The family of a women who was killed in a car accident by a driver fleeing police filed a legal action against the Long Beach police. The victim's family held police partially responsible for her death.

Distraction blamed for self-driving Uber crash

The future of self-driving vehicles partially stalled after a report from the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) report of a deadly 2018 Arizona collision of an Uber vehicle and a pedestrian. The NTSB's report criticized the lack of federal and state regulation of autonomous vehicles in its investigation of this car accident.

California police start teen distracted driver enforcement blitz

The combination of teen drivers and distracted driving can make the roads in California treacherous. Because texting and driving and other distracted driver behaviors have become so commonplace, law enforcement is actively trying to tamp down on the practice. First, they tried educational means. Now, they are planning to crack down on teens who drive while distracted with an enforcement blitz. This is a good step, but not everyone can be caught and cited. With that, there will be auto accidents with injuries and fatalities due to this issue. People who have been hurt or lost a loved one should be cognizant of how to recover compensation.

Two fatal car crash incidents kill pedestrians in Los Angeles

Since Los Angeles is a city that often requires people to use their vehicles to get back and forth and many people decide to avoid that by riding a bicycle or walking, there are often auto accidents between cars and pedestrians. The vulnerability of pedestrians is inherent. When hit by a car, they can suffer a litany of injuries and even lose their lives. To make the situation worse, many drivers will decide that they will flee rather than make sure the person who was hurt gets the help needed. This makes it a hit and run. After these accidents those who were hurt or lost a loved one should remember their rights and protect themselves by finding legal help.

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