Spinal cord injuries are some of the most severe and life-altering injuries that a person can suffer. It only takes a second for a traumatic injury to damage your spine, and the consequences may very well persist for the rest of your life.
The current hours-of-service rules that commercial truckers in California and across the U.S. follow have been met with some criticism. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is currently reviewing about 5,200 comments on these rules, and most are concerned with the mandate that truckers take a 30-minute rest break after eight consecutive work hours.
A multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 1 in California near Santa Cruz caused the road to be closed for more than five hours on Nov. 13. No one was killed in the accident, which involved 20 vehicles and left nine people injured. Two people who were critically injured in the crash are expected to recover, according to an officer with the California Highway Patrol. The same officer said the accident may have been set into motion by a brake failure on the large truck.
On Oct. 30, two people were killed in a multi-vehicle wreck on a California highway. The crash took place at approximately 10:40 p.m. in Hayward.
The California Highway Patrol says that impairment likely contributed to an accident in San Diego Country on the evening of Oct 26 that claimed the lives of both of the drivers involved. The accident, which involved a wrong-way driver, took place on the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 near Rainbow at approximately 11:05 p.m.