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Will the Proposed Rules Slow Down Bay Area Trucking Accidents?

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Trucking accidents can be devastating because of the sheer size and weight of the vehicles, as well as the potentially hazardous loads that some carry. Many truck accidents are caused by driver fatigue as carriers and drivers strive to work as many hours or shifts as possible to meet deadlines, which often entail bonus compensation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) has proposed a number of measures designed to decrease the number of truck accidents, including one that calls for an amendment to the 34-hour restart rule regarding driver fatigue. In a study of the proposal, the FMCSA...
Truck Accident

What California City is Worst for Traffic Accidents? San Francisco

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]A 2009 traffic accident study by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) revealed San Francisco has more deaths and injuries caused by automobile collisions than any city in California with a population of at least 250,000 residents. San Francisco suffered 3,745 deaths and injuries due to bicycle and motor vehicle accidents in 2009. San Francisco also ranked first for other types of accidents according to the OTS. In addition to the overall top ranking, San Francisco also ranked number one for victims killed and injured for accidents involving: Motorcycles: 293 Pedestrians (all pedestrians): 736 Pedestrians (65 and older):...
Vehicle Accident

Vroom and Doom: Risks and Tips for Motorcyclists

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]California is home to more than 1.2 million licensed motorcyclists and many more car and truck drivers. With so many motorists on the road, it is important for everyone to drive safely. Motorcycle users must be especially cautious because of their increased exposure to injury and the dangers other drivers present, such as when a car turns in front of a motorcyclist. Unfortunately, accidents are common and the number of victims killed or injured in motorcycle-involved collisions has been rising for the past 10 years in California. According to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic-records system, 586 motorcyclists were killed...
Motorcycle Accidents

Traumatic Brain Injury: A Serious Threat to Youth

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results when a physical injury, such as a blow, jolt, bump or even a penetrating object, causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. TBI is the leading cause of disability and death for children and adolescents in America. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 1.7 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries each year, more than 600,000 of these incidents involve children either being seen in emergency rooms or admitted to hospitals. For young people, TBIs can be caused by many things. High impact sports, such...
Personal Injury

Study Finds Decrease in Fatal Work Injuries in California

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released a study finding that fatal work injuries in California decreased from 2009 to 2010. For the hundreds of Californians who suffer work-related injuries each year, however, several legal claims are possible to help them obtain compensation for their injuries, lost wages and rehabilitation. Work Injury Statistics The BLS recently released the preliminary results of its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2010. After comparing the total number of fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2010 with the sum from 2009, the BLS found that the number of deaths...
Personal Injury

Study Discovers Many Teens are Waiting to Get Their License

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]For many teenagers in San Mateo County, getting their driver’s license and being able to drive independently is something they look forward to for years. Although driving can be an exciting time in a teenager’s life, teenagers are at a high risk for being in or causing an accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than drivers 20 years or older. Inexperience and Risk Teenage drivers are inexperienced drivers and are less likely to understand hazardous...
Vehicle Accident

State of California Claims Improved Traffic Safety: Is It True?

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The California Office of Traffic Safety reported the good news that overall traffic fatalities in the state were down by 10.3 percent in 2009, the lowest level since statistics were first kept in 1975. Traffic safety seemed to increase overall, with alcohol-impaired fatalities down by 7.6 percent from 2008. Seat belt usage was up even among teen drivers, and motorcycle fatalities declined for the first time since 1998. The euphoria over the appearance of increased traffic safety, however, must be tempered by the reality that traffic accidents still constitute the fifth-leading cause of death in the nation’s largest state....
Motorcycle Accidents

Sleep AIDS can Affect Driving Ability the Next Day

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Often, when people take sleep aids, they assume that the effects of the medication will have worn off by the time they wake up. Unfortunately, research has shown that is not always the case. Consequently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is stepping up its efforts to ensure people are well-informed about the effects of taking sleep aids. The agency is especially worried about people who take a sleep medication at night and then drive the following morning. In many cases, the effects of the medication have yet to wear off, resulting in people driving while drowsy. Drowsy driving...
Vehicle Accident

San Francisco Bicycle Accidents: The Causes and the Consequences

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Bay Area is well known for its avid cyclists, but is also infamous for the degree of danger that its bicyclists face. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), California is the second-most-dangerous state for bicycle riders, with 109 fatalities in the state during 2008. The NHTSA’s data reveals that nearly 70 percent of all pedal cyclist deaths occur in urban areas. Also, 64 percent of the fatal cycling accidents happen in traffic intersections. San Francisco riders face especially serious threats, as cars, taxis, trucks, SUVs, buses, fellow cyclists and the Muni are frequently the cause...
Bicycle Accidents

San Francisco First in Pedestrian Accidents: 800 Hit Each Year

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s common knowledge that the Bay Area is a particularly dangerous place to drive or cycle. In fact, it has more motor vehicle accident injuries per-mile-driven than any other sizeable city in California, as stated by the Office of Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, the danger does not stop there: San Francisco may be the most dangerous place in the U.S. for pedestrians. On a typical day, two pedestrians are hit by motorists in San Francisco. When a pedestrian is hit by a car they may be lucky to only receive a few bumps or bruises, but most are not that...
Pedestrian Accident