Aggressive, distracted or impaired drivers can cause accidents on any day of the year. However, there are some days when the rate of accidents and insurance claims is higher. For instance, accident rates tend to be higher around an NFL stadium after the home team loses a game. The claim rate increases by an average of 9.4 percent compared to just 3.2 percent if the home team wins.
The California Highway Patrol responded to an accident near Pacoima and Lake View Terrace in the San Fernando Valley on April 17, and one person died in the crash that occurred around 6:40 a.m. near the 118 and 210 Freeway interchange at Foothill Boulevard and Paxton Street. The wreck took place when a big rig veered onto an eastbound 210 Freeway embankment after the driver lost control of the large truck.
California motorists might be interested in learning more about researchers' claims that the fatalities and injuries caused by driving while intoxicated may be reduced by increasing taxes on alcohol. After Illinois increased state taxes on alcohol in 2009, fatal car accidents involving alcohol declined 26 percent. The number of crashes involving drivers classified as being extremely drunk declined by 25 percent, while the number of crashes by drivers impaired by alcohol declined 22 percent.
A 51-year-old male passenger of a taxi was fatally injured in an accident on a transition road on the morning of March 16. The incident took place in Fairfield near the interchange of Interstate 680 and Interstate 80, and reports have indicated that the driver and one other passenger suffered injuries in the crash.
Two people lost their lives in a recent head-on crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Novato. The California Highway Patrol began receiving calls around midnight about a 1995 Toyota Camry station wagon traveling north in the southbound lane of the highway. As the male driver approached the crossing near Redwood Sanitary Landfill, he crashed into a 2013 Nissan Sentra occupied by another male driver and a female passenger.
With 15 prior lawsuits, FedEx faces yet another case in relation to an April 10 crash involving one of the company's trucks and a chartered bus in California. The incident left 10 people dead, including both of the drivers, and also involved a third passenger vehicle. The two occupants of the Nissan Altima were said to have suffered minor injuries after being knocked off of the road by the truck.
Around 6:40 a.m. on Oct. 16, a 26-year-old driver reportedly struck two teenage girls, ages 17 and 16, in a crosswalk at an intersection in Bakersfield. Both girls were crossing the street near their high school, and the driver was allegedly looking in her center console at the time of the accident.
A 16-year-old high school junior and her grandmother were returning from a baby shower about when their 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis was hit by a Dodge Caravan driven by a 26-year-old man. According to a news release issued by the California Highway Patrol, traffic had slowed in that area, but the 2014 Caravan was traveling faster than was safe for road conditions at the time.
Texting while driving is against the law in California, as it is in many other states. But just how effective are these laws at preventing distracted driving accidents? A study published recently in the August American Journal of Public Health addresses that question.
A recent report by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration shows the staggeringly high cost of car accidents in the United States: $871 billion in the space of just one year. During the year in question, 2010, traffic accidents caused 3.9 million injuries and 32,999 deaths nationwide, as well as damage to 24 million vehicles.