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California car accidents: 1 dead, 3 injured after hit and run

Pedestrians often enjoy walking on the streets of California as they exercise, shop or travel to their destinations. Most of them never have cause for worry since there are no incidents when they walk. However, when car accidents occur where people are walking, pedestrians are likely to suffer injuries. A recent accident in a Los Angeles neighborhood left one pedestrian dead and three others injured.

Police from Wilmington report that a black SUV had been traveling south on the afternoon of June 9. Another vehicle was stopped at a nearby intersection. To avoid crashing into it, the SUV jumped the curb. According to police, the SUV hit four pedestrians.

National Safety Council: Avoidable deaths rise in July and August

There has been a great deal of attention paid to the dangers of distracted driving, driving under the influence and similar hazards on the road that can cause serious injury in recent years. Texting while driving, drugged drunk driving, as well as general inattentiveness places pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists at great risk for personal injury.

While these negligent and dangerous activities may seem obvious to many people in the Sherman Oaks area, preventable injury and death continues to occur at alarming rates throughout the country. Nearly 27 million people rush to emergencies rooms each year seeking treatment for injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California car accidents: Baby dies after fatal crash

Driving under the influence is never a good idea on California roadways. The penalties can be severe, and more importantly, it is extremely unsafe. Car accidents may more easily occur when someone is driving in an impaired condition. Recently, a baby died soon after her birth as a result of a head-on collision involving an alleged drunk driver.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office reports that a 25-year-old man was driving when his car traveled into oncoming traffic. He crashed head-on into another car, driven by a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy. The woman was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries, but gave birth while she was there. The baby girl born in the hospital died, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

California car accidents: 1 jogger dead, 1 injured after crash

Joggers frequently take advantage of the beautiful California weather as they run outdoors. Many runners jog on the roadways, sharing the space with numerous drivers. While the majority of runners and drivers operate safely together, car accidents can occur. A recent collision claimed the life of one jogger and left another with serious injuries.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department reported that two joggers were running one evening in Vista. According to reports, a driver of an SUV lost control of his vehicle. The SUV, that had been traveling at a high rate of speed, jumped a curb and headed directly toward where the joggers were running on the sidewalk. The vehicle struck both runners before hitting a light pole.

Product liability claim made against convenience store

Consumers in California expect a level of quality in the products they purchase. They also expect the products will perform as promised. When food is involved, it is assumed that the item is safe and suitable for consumption. However, a Sacramento woman is gravely ill after ingesting food she purchased as a snack. As a result, a company faces a product liability claim concerning the incident.

The 33-year-old woman had stopped at a convenience store after work for a snack. She purchased chips and dispensed nacho cheese sauce on them. Shortly after eating them, she began feeling fatigued. By the next day, the woman was experiencing double vision and was unsteady as she walked.

Californa car accidents: Boy killed by alleged drunk driver

Southern California has a wonderful climate that lends itself to numerous outdoor activities. While residents participate in a variety of recreational activities, many simply choose to walk to their chosen destinations rather than use a vehicle for transportation. Unfortunately, car accidents sometimes claim the lives of those walking near roadways. A recent crash resulted in the death of a young Los Angeles County pedestrian.

A 15-year-old boy was crossing the street with two relatives in Lancaster, according to his mother. A driver apparently lost control of a vehicle and began to overturn, per reports from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Reports state that the car flipped multiple times and hit the boy.

California car accidents: Baseball player killed in crash

Losing a loved one is a devastating experience for California residents and others around the country. It is particularly tragic when car accidents involving senseless acts claim the lives of innocent people. A recent car chase turned deadly when a young man died after being injured in a hit-and-run crash.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, a 28-year-old man was driving a sedan and reportedly crashed into a sport utility vehicle driven by a 21-year-old man. The driver of the sedan allegedly fled the scene of the accident, followed by the SUV driver. Both drivers then ran a red light and crashed into a minivan that was making a left turn.

California car accidents: pedestrian killed in Huntington Beach

Many residents in southern California take advantage of the spectacular weather in the region by walking to their destinations. For the majority of the time, pedestrians are safe as they walk. However, when car accidents involve people on foot, the combination often proves deadly. A recent accident in Huntington Beach claimed the life of a pedestrian.

Police report that a 34-year-old woman was driving northbound on Beach Boulevard when she hit a light pole and a traffic light. She also ran into an electrical box before hitting a 55-year-old man who was walking on the east sidewalk. After the wreck, all northbound lanes of the road in addition to the on- and off-ramps were closed.

Transportation researchers studying autonomous trucks, HOS regs

What impact will self-driving big rigs have on highway safety? Can we predict that based on how other technology has affected safety for over-the-road drivers? Will more regulations help, or do cumulative regulations simply become a confusing burden?

These are some of the questions the American Transportation Research Institute think need answering in the upcoming years. The research arm of the American Trucking Associations Federation, which represents over 35,000 motor carriers, the ATRI has been performing crucial transportation and operational research on a nonprofit basis since 1954.

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