Fullerton Area Vehicle Accident Blog

Study shows high risk for teens to be in a car accident

When car accident research is conducted, the goal is to determine how and why these crashes happen and, if possible, take steps to reduce their frequency. Given the number of crashes that occur in California for a variety of reasons, this information can be beneficial. One recent study that utilized statistics accrued from multiple sources including AAA, California Highway Patrol and others found that new teen drivers age 16 to 17 are three times as likely to be in a fatal accident when compared with adults.

Because these teens are free for the summer and out on the road, the number of accidents increase. They are also more likely to be in an accident with serious injuries. The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is called the "100 deadliest days" for teen drivers. This is due to the rise of 15 percent in accidents with teen drivers vs. the other months of the year. In the last five years, there were more than 1,600 deaths with teen drivers during the 100 deadliest days.

Accident investigation ongoing after car hits people on sidewalk

Any auto accident will carry with it certain risks for people to be injured and killed. This is what makes them so dangerous. It is when these car accidents involve people who are simply standing on a sidewalk that there can be an exponential amount of damage to the victims. Not having the protection of being in another vehicle and getting hit at a location where people are expecting to be safe adds the surprise factor into the equation. Being aware of the consequences and knowing how to take steps to pursue compensation is imperative after this kind of crash.

A late-afternoon car accident in which the vehicle went onto the sidewalk injured at least nine people. The accident happened not long before 4:00 p.m. The people were standing near a restaurant when the accident occurred. Eight of the nine people were hospitalized. One man, 44, was said to be in critical condition. A 30-year-old man and two women, 18 and 28, suffered serious injuries. Two men, 51 and 39, were said to be in fair condition. A 29-year-old woman was also in fair condition. An accident investigation is ongoing to determine how the accident came about. The driver is being questioned by police.

Spine fractures are very serious injuries

Back and neck injuries are common when you are involved in a car accident. One of the injuries that is possible in these cases is a spine fracture. Car crashes account for around 45 percent of spine fractures. Because fractures in arms and legs are so common, many people tend to downplay the severity of a spine fracture.

A spine fracture, which is also known as a broken back, can lead to very serious complications.

Motorcycle accident can occur due to rider stunts on the road

There are many motorcycle enthusiasts in Southern California and they must share the road with drivers of conventional vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Most simply go about their business and do not engage in behaviors that place themselves and other drivers in danger. However, there are some who behave recklessly and place people at risk of being in a crash. An accident with a motorcyclist is generally perceived as being due to motorcycle unawareness or a violation by a driver, but motorcycle riders can sometimes take part in certain activities that can cause cars to crash.

One group is known for performing stunts on the Southern California roads. It is not simply that they are placing themselves in danger - one recently died when he fell after standing on the seat of the motorcycle as it was moving - but they are also placing other people on the road at risk by making themselves something to avoid rather than share the road with. According to the California Highway Patrol, there was a recent incident in which up to 30 motorcyclists forced traffic to slow on the freeway as the bikers took turns doing stunts.

Teen arrested for DUI after auto-pedestrian accident

During the summer in Southern California, there will be many teens on the road. Their inexperience can make them a danger to other drivers and pedestrians who are also on the road. Compounding these dangers is when the teen driver is operating the vehicle recklessly and under the influence. When there are pedestrian accidents, regardless of the cause, there can be severe injuries and even death. Those who have been in an auto accident as a pedestrian need to know how to seek compensation through a legal filing for all they have lost.

An alleged drunk driving and speeding incident led to multiple injuries including two pedestrians. The driver of the vehicle was underage and unlicensed. The car was speeding when it crashed into a pole and hit two teenage males who were on the corner. According to the law enforcement investigation, there were open containers of alcohol in the car. Three teens who were in the car and the pedestrians were hospitalized. Two were 15 and two were 16. The driver was placed under arrest.

States with legal marijuana have increase in car accidents

California recreational use of marijuana was legalized in the fall of 2016. While that was viewed as a victory for those who believe its use to be harmless and up to the individual, provided they are of legal age, there were still concerns that it could lead to other issues. Law enforcement made certain to emphasize that a car accident while high on marijuana would be viewed similarly as a drunk driving accident. This matter was studied in the context of other states that legalized marijuana, and it was found that there has been a rise in crashes in those states.

The Highway Loss Data Institute found that Washington, Colorado and Oregon had a rise of 3 percent. The study does not say that the rise in accidents was linked to drivers who used marijuana. It looked at the fatality statistics on highways in these states.

Study: risky behaviors for car accidents prevalent in California

A car collision can happen anywhere regardless of the statistics and the perceptions that accompany certain locations. However, there are certain locations where the numbers show that it is fundamentally more dangerous to be on the road. Los Angeles and several other areas on California are statistically considered some of the most dangerous areas in the U.S. A study from QuoteWizard Insurance conducted the research and provided this information.

The study sampled more than 2 million data points from last year. Incidents were weighted for all 75 metro areas based on the percentage of occurrences. The number of accidents in each city, the traffic citations, speeding citations, and driving under the influence were accounted for in the calculations. The citations that were calculated varied from people going through red lights to using a cellphone while behind the wheel.

A simple fracture isn't simple for the victim

The violent impact of a car crash can lead to a host of injuries. While some people can walk away with nothing more than scrapes and bruises, some victims of car crashes have much more serious injuries. One injury that is possible is a broken bone.

Broken bones, which are referred to as fractures in the medical world, vary in severity. If you have a fractured bone, you need to seek medical care right away. For a person who has a broken bone, understanding a few points about them might help them to understand what happened and what lies ahead.

Drunk driving accidents are prevalent in California

California is the most populous state in the country. So, it should come as no surprise that we also have the most drivers on the roads - and the most car accidents. The cause of these car accidents vary, from traffic violations to distracted driving. But, there is one cause of car accidents that should never happen: drunk driving.

Drunk driving is probably the most common criminal offense in California, with approximately 200,000 people arrested for this crime each year. While being arrested for DUI can certainly have a harmful impact on a person's life, just think of how devastating it is when a drunk driver causes an accident in which another person is seriously injured or, in the worst-case scenarios, killed.

Driver drifts out of lane, strikes motorcyclists, kills 1

Drivers in passenger vehicles need to be aware of motorcycles on the roads. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, and the results can be deadly.

According to a recent report, on June 3 a husband and wife who had been riding their motorcycles near Lakeside, California, pulled over to the side of the road around 9 p.m. Soon afterward, a 1998 Ford Taurus being driven by a 64-year-old man apparently drifted off of the road and struck them both. The 37-year-old woman and her 32-year-old husband were both thrown from their motorcycles. The husband suffered what was described as "moderate" injuries in the collision. His wife, unfortunately, died at the scene.

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