Imagine you suffer a catastrophic injury in an accident that wasn't your fault. You're no longer able to work and earn an income for your family. In fact, you're so injured that you can't even take out the garbage or complete other simple tasks around the house. Your family needs to pick up the slack and it's difficult for them.
According to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers are using their phones less often to make calls. However, this doesn't mean that drivers in California have put their phones away completely. Instead, individuals are more likely to send an email or a text message while a car is in motion. Specifically, research shows that a driver is 57 percent more likely to be seen texting or emailing as opposed to making a call.
Sleep deprivation can affect drivers in a way similar to alcohol. The National Sleep Foundation says that a driver who is awake for 24 hours will act like one with a blood alcohol content of .10; a person is legally drunk at .08. Yet a AAA survey found that nearly one person in three had at least once in the previous month driven in so drowsy a state that their eyelids were drooping.
A 19-vehicle car accident on the 15 Freeway left 35 people injured on the morning of Jan. 16. According to officials, the weather was foggy and the accident happened on the 15 Freeway southbound. Law enforcement was unclear about how many people were taken to California hospitals following the pileup but said that the majority of people involved declined going to hospitals.
In the early morning hours of Dec. 28, a wrong-way driver caused a three-car crash on a California highway that led to three deaths. The crash occurred on the northbound 5 Freeway transition road to the northbound 14 Freeway in Sylmar.
Truck driver fatigue causes many truck accidents in California and across the U.S. As a result, some truck drivers are turning to stimulants to stay awake. However, experts say this solution is dangerous and could lead to more accidents.