Freeway traffic and mattresses can create a dangerous combination. Late in the evening of Feb. 13, 2015, a mattress that apparently had been dropped by an unknown vehicle caused a fatal accident on the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana. Four vehicles were involved in the car crash and one of the other drivers was killed.
Have you ever wondered just how common car accidents and car accident fatalities are? In 2012, there were 30,080 fatal car accidents in the U.S. There were a total of 33,651 fatalities caused by car accidents in the U.S. in 2012. The national car accident fatality rate totaled 10.7 deaths for 100,000 individuals. Additionally, car accident mortality varied by state.
We have all heard about the dangers of distracted driving and texting and driving in the news or in everyday conversations. Distracted driving is a serious concern in the United States today and texting while driving is a significant contributor to distracted driving. According to research, texting and driving creates a 23 time greater risk of a crash than driving while not distracted.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are significant injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. In 2010, 2.5 emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths were attributed to traumatic brain injuries. TBIs account for approximately 30 percent of injury-related deaths and Car accidents account for nearly 15 percent of TBIs.
Auto accident damages can be extensive and a difficult consideration for families to face during a challenging time. A hit-and run-accident recently claimed the life of a woman in Los Angeles on Christmas. The 61-year old victim died at the scene of the hit-and-run accident. Family members of the woman noted that she left behind a daughter. The woman was struck by another vehicle as she stood alongside her vehicle which was parked in the shoulder of the roadway. The force of the auto accident sent the woman into nearby lanes of traffic. The hit-and-run driver fled the scene of the accident. Authorities are searching for a dark-colored pickup truck with front-end damage. Police noted that the accident investigation continues.
The torrential rains that hit Southern California last weekend caused all kinds of havoc, from power outages to mudslides to flooded streets. In addition, numerous auto accidents were attributed to the storm.
California law requires that all drivers carry insurance on their vehicles, including liability coverage to pay for any claims caused by the driver injuring another person in a car accident. Unfortunately, a lot of California drivers have no insurance, in violation of the law. Many others carry only the minimum required by law, which is generally not enough to cover damages in a case of serious injury.
In the immediate aftermath of an auto accident, it's normal to feel shock and confusion. Yet some of the things you do and say at the accident scene can have a bearing on any future injury claim you may have. Here are a few things you should try to do - and some things you should avoid doing - right after a car accident. This information is general in nature and should not be considered legal advice.
There are over 24,000 licensed drivers in California. Every driver has something on their mind, whether it is a fight with their spouse, an important presentation at work or an upcoming Caribbean vacation. Unfortunately, a large number of drivers are even further distracted by other things, such as food or their cell phones, resulting in many car accidents per year that result in serious injury and even death.
Car accidents in the Los Angeles area are a regular occurrence. Many times, a car accident may yield some minor injuries or no injuries at all, however, accidents can turn tragic when a victim is severely injured or killed by a negligent driver.