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One-Car Crash Sends Passenger to Hospital

One-Car Crash Sends Passenger to Hospital

On Tuesday night, a one-car crash sent a passenger to the hospital and resulted in a totaled late-model Corvette. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened just before 8:30 p.m. on Cliff Drive. Apparently, the Corvette was leaving Hope Ranch and heading towards Hendry’s when for currently unknown reasons it left the roadway and went over a guardrail.

The automobile ended up in the bushes above the parking lot. A passenger was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of injuries, and the car was totaled. At this time, officials don’t suspect alcohol or drugs to have been factors in this crash.

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Multi-Car Crash Closes On-Ramp to I-8

Multi-Car Crash Closes On-Ramp to I-8

On Tuesday morning, a multi-car crash had the on-ramp from Interstate 805 to Intestate 8 closed. According to NBC News Channel Seven, the incident happened sometime before 5:23 a.m. Apparently, a silver sedan crashed along the guard rail and was blocking a lane. Another sedan came upon the wreckage and swerved to avoid it. That car spun out, but didn’t hit anybody else.

A third car on the ramp then struck the second sedan before a MTS bus struck the first sedan. Finally, a box truck collided with the third car. At least one person was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries, which were described as non-life threatening. Officials had the on-ramp closed for over an hour as they investigated and cleared the scene.

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Two-Vehicle Crash near Santa Maria

Two-Vehicle Crash near Santa Maria

On Monday, a two-vehicle crash near Santa Maria sent two people to the hospital with moderate to severe injuries. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened just after 6:00 a.m. at Brown and Betteravia Roads. Officials with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) report that a sedan and an SUV were involved in this wreck.

Although very little information has been released about this crash, we do know that the SUV overturned. First responders with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department had to extricate victims from the wreckage. One of the victims was seriously injured, and the other was moderately injured. They were both taken to local hospitals for treatment of injuries, although there is no word on their current conditions. The cause of this crash is still under investigation with authorities.

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Motorcycle Passenger Dies in Wreck on SR 79

Motorcycle Passenger Dies in Wreck on SR 79

On Sunday, a motorcycle crash took the life of the passenger and sent the driver the hospital. According to NBC Channel Seven News, the incident happened just south of Julian. Apparently, a 45-year-old male driver and 53-year-old female passenger on a Harley Davidson were heading southbound on State Route 79 when they pulled up behind a slower vehicle.

When the motorcycle attempted to pass the slower vehicle, which had pulled to the right to allow the motorcycle to go around, another car came around a blind left-hand curve. Since the riders had apparently crossed into the northbound lane briefly to pass the slow vehicle, they were headed straight for the second vehicle, head on. To avoid a crash, the motorcyclist swerved hard and flew down an embankment. Although they were both wearing helmets, the female passenger died and the driver was transported to a hospital in San Diego for treatment of injuries.

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CHP’s Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period

Labor Day 2014

CHP’s Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release regarding their upcoming Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Since the upcoming holiday weekend is well known for parties, backyard barbeques and celebrations, it’s also well known for having an increase in crashes involving impaired drivers. Officials with the CHP will be out in full force across the state in efforts to keep the roadways safe.

The Maximum Enforcement Period

The MEP will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29 and continue until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 2. The CHP’s MEP will also be happening during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” public safety campaign which is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers and costs associated with drunk driving. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow is quick to point out that this Maximum Enforcement Period is designed to prevent tragedies from occurring this holiday weekend.

Labor Day Drunk Driving Facts

• Over 1,200 arrests were made for drunk driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend last year.
• Last year, 49 people were killed in collisions during the holiday weekend, which represented a 40 percent increase from 2012.
• 70 percent of people killed in collisions within the CHP’s jurisdiction were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash
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What to do if You Spot a Drunk Driver

The CHP is encouraging people to call 9-1-1 if they spot a drunk driver this weekend. Before calling, concerned citizens should take note of their surroundings, so they can help dispatchers and law enforcement officials to locate the dangerous driver. Make sure you know what street you’re traveling on, so you can tell dispatchers exactly where the drunk driver is. Although it’s much easier to just not get involved, a simple phone call can help get a drunk driver off the road and potentially save somebody’s life.

Celebrating Responsibly

Party-goers are also encouraged to celebrate responsibly this weekend and all year long. If you plan on drinking, make sure you’ve got a safe ride home planned. Never get behind the wheel after drinking, even if you think you’re okay to drive. Buzzed driving is drunk driving. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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DOT’s Free Online Search Tool for Recalls

Recall Search Tool

DOT’s Free Online Search Tool for Recalls

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about regarding the DOT’s new, free, online search tool for looking up recall information. This is going to be a great tool for current car owners and consumers who are looking to purchase used vehicles or rent cars. People will be able to check a car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and immediately find recall information on it.

Checking the VIN

The NHTSA is offering motorists a quick and easy way to make sure their car or the car they’re about to purchase or rent is safe to drive. The search takes less than a minute. All you do is type the VIN into the search box, type a two-word captcha, so the website knows you’re a person, and click enter. In just a few seconds, you have manufacturer recall information for your specific vehicle at your fingertips. All major automobile and motorcycle brands are included in the database.

Where Can I Find the VIN?

If you’re anxious to find out about any potential recall information on your car, but don’t know where to find the VIN, that’s okay. You can easily find it by looking at the dashboard, on the driver’s side of the automobile or on the driver’s side door on the door post. This is the area where the door latches when it is closed. You won’t see it unless you have the door open.

Staying Up-to-Date with Recalls

Staying up-to-date with recalls is absolutely essential for operating a safe and roadworthy vehicle. Since rental agencies and used car lots can still sell and rent cars to people without having safety recall issues fixed or addressed, this service is absolutely essential for shoppers and renters. Although it would be nice if rental agencies and used car dealers and sellers would make sure safety issues in their cars are addressed, that’s just not always the case. Checking a VIN is a great way to make sure you’re driving off in a safe car. Don’t leave it to chance or just hope that a dealer or rental agency is doing the right thing. Less than a minute’s worth of due diligence could save your life.

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Injury-Causing Crash Involving 18-Wheeler in Santa Barbara

Injury-Causing Crash Involving 18-Wheeler in Santa Barbara

On Thursday afternoon, a crash involving two cars and a semi truck sent at least two people to the hospital. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened sometime just after 1:00 p.m. on Highway 101, near Mission Street.

Very little information has been released about this crash, but we do know that two sedans and an 18-wheeler were involved. First responders with the Sana Barbara City Fire Department were swiftly on the scene. Both drivers of the sedans were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of injuries. The roadway was only closed for about 15 minutes as crews worked the scene. The cause of this crash is still under investigation with the California Highway Patrol.

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Three Killed and Five Injured in Oceanside Crash

Three Killed and Five Injured in Oceanside Crash

On Thursday night, a one-vehicle crash in Oceanside took the lives of three Palomar College students. Five other passengers were also taken to area hospitals to be treated for injuries. According to CBS News Channel Eight, the incident happened just before 11:00 p.m. on State Route 78.

Apparently, there were eight people in a two-door, 2000 Honda Prelude, ranging in ages from 18 to 22 years old. For currently unknown reasons, the car left the roadway, went down an embankment and hit a power pole. CBS News Channel Eight reports that the force of the impact split the car in half.

The driver and two passengers were pronounced dead on the scene. One of the injured victims had to be air lifted to Palomar Medical Center. There’s still no word on why the car veered off the roadway, or why there were so many people in the small car. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased victims, and also wishes speedy and full recoveries for the injured students.

San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com

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DOT’s Plan for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology

V2V Vehicle Communication Technology

DOT’s Plan for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just issued a press release regarding the advance notice of proposed rule making and supporting comprehensive research for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology. The implications of successful implementation of V2V technology are promising. If this technology can help drivers avoid crashes, lives can be saved. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. has been eagerly following the research and development stages of this technology, which could help save thousands of lives.

What is V2V Communication Technology?

Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication technology is basically a system which utilizes short-range communications between automobiles. This means that even if you don’t see it, your car will know if somebody starts to drift into your lane. These “Smart Cars” will alert drivers by issuing either audio or visual warnings. In addition to V2V technology, there are also virtually endless applications for vehicle-to-infrastructure communications (V2I). This means that vehicles will also be able to collect data regarding effectiveness and operability. Traffic signs and signals and traffic flow could also be potentially communicated to vehicles, real time.

Following V2V Research and Progress

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. has been following the developing progress of V2V communication technology research closely. Last year, we reported on the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) 3,000 vehicle research project in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the first phase of this pilot program, data was even collected and evaluated from drivers in Alameda, California.

The Research

The NHTSA reports that initial research is incredibly promising for two safety applications in particular. They estimate that the “Left Turn Assist” (LTA) and “Intersection Movement Assist” (IMA) could potentially prevent up to 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives each year. The LTA works by warning a driver not to turn left in front of a vehicle traveling in the oppose direction, and IMA warns a driver if it is not safe to enter into an intersection due to a high probability of collision. These are just two of the virtually limitless applications of V2V communication technologies.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is quick to point out that this technology could shift the current focus of helping people survive crashes to helping people avoid crashes. At this time, officials with the DOT and NHTSA are gathering input from the general public and stakeholders as they work to deliver a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by 2016.

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Suspected Drunk Driver Strikes Patrol Car

Suspected Drunk Driver Strikes Patrol Car

Over the weekend, a suspected drunk driver side-swiped a parked patrol car in Santa Maria. According to KEYT ABC News Channel Three, the incident happened on Highway 101, north of Palmer Road. Two patrol officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) were investigating an accident when their parked car was struck. Apparently, the driver, Kevin Dawson, was going over 85 miles per hour when his car drifted out of the lane and side-swiped the parked patrol car.

Dawson’s automobile then continued northbound before it struck an embankment and rolled several times. Thankfully, no injuries were immediately reported, but both the driver’s automobile and the patrol car sustained major damage. Dawson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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