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Toyota Recalls Over 2 Million Cars re Safety Hazard

Toyota Motor announced today that they were recalling 2.2 million vehicles that they manufactured and sold to correct safety hazards relating to gas pedals becoming stuck. Toyota has been struggling with safety concerns in their vehicles since it became known in 2009 that at least one fatal accident occurred when a gas pedal became stuck while the vehicle was in operation. Class action lawsuits are now pending against Toyota with respect to this safety hazard. Toyota has maintained that the sudden acceleration issues do not relate to an electrical flaw, but rather are connected to user error.

Los Angeles Judge set to distribute up to $200 million to Train Crash Victims

More that 100 survivors and families of those killed in a deadly train crash will get to present their claims to a Los Angeles Judge.The Court is set to begin hearing about the impact the crash had on survivors and families of victims in order to determine how to distribute settlement proceeds approaching $200 million. The crash, which occurred in 2008 in Chatsworth California is believed to have been caused by a Metrolink Engineer who was texting moments before the crash. Twenty five people were killed and more than 100 injured. 

Study Identifies Common Causes in Teen Car Crashes

A study conducted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and reported in the latest edition of Science Daily, narrows down the most common errors that lead to teen car crashes. Teens are involved in fatal car crashes at four times the rate of adults. The most common critical errors were identified as follows:

UT Article on distracted driving victim

San Diego Union Tribune Columnist Diane Bell has an interesting story in her column this morning on a local resident named Kay Marien, who was badly injured while jogging in La Jolla when a distracted driver ran her down. Unfortunately for Kay, being run over while jogging was not the end of the story.  After months of surgery and treatment, she was recently , your guessed it, a distracted driver.   Read the article here:

Crash Rates Higher for Teens who Start School Earlier?

A study in the recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows increased automobile crash rates among teen drivers who start school earlier in the morning. A Professor at Eastern Virginia medical school compared teen crash rates between Virginia Beach, VA., where classes start at 7:20 a.m., to those in neighboring Chesapeake, VA., where classes start over an hour later. The results indicated that crash rates were at least 25% higher in Virginia Beach, and the investigation further determined that traffic congestion between the two areas did not account for the different rates. The Professor intends to conduct further studies to follow up on this research and to make conclusions about the ramifications of early start times.

Traffic Deaths in 2010 Drop to Lowest Levels in Recorded History

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that the number of traffic fatalities in 2010 fell to the lowest level since 1949, despite the significant increase in the number of miles Americans drove. According the NHTSA projections, traffic fatalities will be down 3 percent from 2009, and 25% from 2005. Many factors are believed to have contributed to the decrease, including greater safety features in cars, and changes in road design that promote safe driving. Another factor might be the fewer number of miles driven, believed to be attributed to the recession and higher gas prices. 

California Highway Patro Announces Enforcement Priority re Distracted Driving

The California Highway Patrol and other San Diego County Law Enforcement have announced that they plan to step up enforcement of penalties with respect to distracted driving during the month of April. April is National Distracted Driving Month, and the plan is to earnestly enforce penalties against drivers:

Pedestrian Deaths on Rise

A report issued by the Group Transportation for Americacontends that pedestrian deaths and accidents are becoming an epidemic in America, partly due to the neglect of public safety on our roadways and sidewalks. The report, entitled Dangerously Design 2011, has compiled statistics and information regarding pedestrian deaths in the last decade. Some of the findings:

Pedestrian Killed By Suspected Drunken Driver

The statistics I just posted about pedestrian deaths rang a little bit truer as I ran across an article in today's paper about a pedestrian death in Kearney Mesa due to a drunken driver. A 71 year old man was struck and killed on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. when an intoxicated driver smashed into him. The driver was found in a smashed and parked vehicle about 200 yards away from where the dead mans body lay. The driver was found sitting outside his car,clearly inebriated

DUI's Result in Injury and Death

Memorial day is upon us, and the traditional start of Summer is a good time to review some information about drinking and driving. According to the group Alcohol Alert, over 31% of the traffic fatalities in 2007 were caused by an impaired driver. On average, someone is killed by a drunk driver in the U.S. every 40 minutes. These statistics do not include information about traffic accident injuries caused by drunk drivers. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for citizens between theages of 5-34. More than 2 million people were received medical treatment as a result of an auto accident in 2009. Be careful thisMemorial Day! If you need any assistance with respect to an accident or other injury, call us toll free at 1-866-870-2020.

Tragic San Diego Bike Accident

A tragic and hard to fathom accident has killed one cyclist and severely injured another. The accident occurred when an out of control vehicle veered off the 56 freeway, up a 15 foot embankment, through a chain link fence, and onto a dedicated bike lane. The car overturned on the elevated bike path after smashing into two bicyclists, killing one. The bicycle accident happened on the Route 56 bike path at 6:20 a.m. in the morning. The driver claims that she was driving eastbound on the 56 when she saw a vehicle in the far right lane and overreacted, steering her SUV up the embankment and into the bike path.

San Diego Driver Crashes into Bus Bench

A car swerved out of control in the City Heights area Saturday morning, killing a mother, and injuring her son and boyfriend. The trio was sitting at a bus bench on University Avenue, near Euclid. The 71 year old driver reportedly suffered fromsevere low blood sugar, which caused her to lose control of her vehicle. A security camera captured the tragedy. The car, a PT Cruiser, jumped the road and plowed straight into the bus bench. Those that have seen the video say that the deceased mother's last act was to try to protect her son and boyfriend by stepping in front of the out of control car before it crashed.

Elderly San Diego Drivers Cause Auto Accidents

It seems logical, but a new study by Science Daily confirms what most of us already suspect: elderly driver's are less safe and more dangerous on the road. The Science Daily article concludes that even healthy adults with safe driving records are less safe and could contribute to auto accidents and injury. Elderly adults tend tomake more errors when they drive, even dangerous errors such as not checking blind spots or randomly veering across lanes of traffic.

Distracted Driving Accidents Don't Always Result in Tougher Laws

It has been known for some time that "distracted driving" (I.e driving while texting, talking on a cell phone, using a lap top, etc) is a leading cause of car accidents. A new study from Temple University Shows that although the data is staggering about the effects of distracted driving, the penalties vary greatly from area to area, and often don't fit the severity of the crime. The study concludes that use of mobile devices is increasing nationwide, despite laws to penalize distracted driving. The study notes that 11 states have no laws or penalties that restrict the use of mobile devices while driving.

San Diego Study: Buzzed Driving Unsafe

A study published today in the journal Addiction concludes that no amount of alcohol is safe to consume before getting behind the wheel of an automobile. Nationally, most states define driving while intoxicated as a blood alcohol level of .08. Driving with a lower alcohol level, or driving "buzzed," is not a crime in most jurisdictions. The study, prepared by researchers at UCSD, determined than evenlow amounts of blood alcohol contribute to car accidents and crashes. The researchers studied data from thousands of car crashes around the country, and found that a blood alcohol level as low as .01 increased the risk of a crash causing injury by nearly 40%. The study also concluded that as the blood alcohol level increased (although still below the legal limit of .08) the likelihood of an accident and injury also increased. The inescapable conclusion: even small amounts of blood alcohol in a person's system can lead to a much greater risk of a car crash causing injury

San Diego Auto Crash leaves Pedestrian's Body Lodged in Windshield

A La Mesa man was struck and killed by a car on State Route 125 in Lemon Grove early Friday. After he was struck, his body became lodged in the windshield of the car. The panicked driver then kept driving with the body in his car. After slowing down after the crash, the driver decided to head for home, despite the fact that a body was lodged in his windshield. Once the driver reached home, he called the authorities. The crash sounds horrible. The victim's legs were severed in the accident. The driver of the car was determined not to be in violation of any law, and it appears the pedestrian was inexplicably in the middle of the road. 

Should I contact the Police if I have been in a San Diego Auto Accident?

First of all, the most important thing to do after an accident, no matter how minor, is to get out of the way of other traffic, and make sure no one is hurt. If someone is injured, contact emergency medical personnel (911) immediately. If someone is hurt in an accident, California law requires that the police be contacted within twenty four hours. You can report an accident by dropping by a station and filling out a report. You can also fill out a report online at the DMV. You are also required to have a Police report if damage from the accident exceeds $750.For a minor fender bender, where no party is injured, and the damage is less than $750, a Police report is not required. Keep in mind that, when it comes to car repairs, $750 is not hard to reach. Any type of significant dent can easily result in damages of $750. Also, for purposes of dealing with your insurance claim, it is typically a good idea to file a Police report.If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is always a good idea to contact an auto accident lawyer. A lawyer can help you deal with the insurance agencies and get you any financial compensation you deserve.

Bus Crash Kills Basketball Hero

Lorenzo Charles, whose last second dunk gave North Carolina State a stunning victory in the 1983 college basketball championship game, was killed when a bus he was driving crashed along a highway in Raleigh, North Carolina. No passengers were aboard, and the cause of the bus crash was still under investigation. Charles grabbed Dereck Wittenberg's 30 foot shot and dunked it at the buzzer to give North Carolina State the victory over heavily favored Houston. The victory sent NC State coach Jim Valvano rushing onto the court in a scene that is replayed every year during the NCAA tournament. 

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