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Car Accident on Highway 92

A single-car accident closes Highway 92 in both directions on Tuesday evening. According to Mercury News, a car went off the road and down an embankment on westbound H-92 just west of I-280. The closed highway detoured drivers onto H-35 and I-280.

Initial reports indicate that only one person was injured and that no other vehicles were involved. Few details are known about the person’s injuries or whether or not drugs or alcohol could have been factors in this single vehicle accident.

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Improving Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety in California

Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

Improving Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety in California

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press released about the federal grant they received to improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety across the state. The yearlong program being funded by the grant will seek to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety through increased safety enforcement and awareness through educational opportunities and public awareness campaigns.

California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Enforcement and Education Project II

From October 1, 2014 to September 20, 2015, the CHP will be conducting the California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Enforcement and Education Project II. CHP officers are going to be conducting enhanced enforcement patrols across the state. There will also be public awareness campaigns to get the word out about pedestrian and bicycle safety. Educational opportunities will include traffic safety rodeos, educational presentations relating to good pedestrian, bicyclists and motorist behavior. Additionally, the CHP plans to distribute materials related to cyclist and pedestrian safety.

Bicyclist Crash Facts

• In 2012, more than 800 bicyclists and pedestrians were killed in California.
• Over 27,000 pedestrians and cyclists were injured in California in 2012.
• In 2010, 800 bicyclists were killed in the U.S.
• An estimated 515,000 cyclists were injured in 2010.
• Annually, 26,000 of these cyclist injuries to children and adolescents are traumatic brain injuries treated in emergency rooms.

Pedestrian Safety Facts

• In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in crashes across the U.S.
76,000 pedestrians were injured in the U.S. in 2012.
• Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a traffic crash on each trip.
• Pedestrians age 65 and older accounted for 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths in 2012.
• In 2012, more than one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 in a traffic crash were pedestrians.

After a Bicycle or Pedestrian Accident

Accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists can be devastating for victims. They’re incredibly vulnerable roadway users. Even with safety gear, helmets and safe walking and riding behaviors, they can be come catastrophically injured or killed in crashes involving motor vehicles.

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SMPD’s Distracted Walking Campaign

SMPD’s Distracted Walking Campaign

The Santa Maria Police Department is currently trying to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted walking. They’ve released public service announcements (PSA’s) to help educate pedestrians about the safety risks involved with texting while walking.

KSBY News Channel Six reported on the department’s new PSA’s. Sure, everybody knows that texting while driving is dangerous, but what about texting while walking? Officials with the Santa Maria Police Department are quick to point out that pedestrians are their own best safety advocates.

You can’t always count on drivers to be paying attention. In fact, you shouldn’t. Remaining vigilant while walking is an important part of improving your personal safety as a pedestrian. Not all cars recognize pedestrian safety or give the right of way when they’re supposed to.

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Elderly Driver Crashes into Sushi Restaurant

Elderly Driver Crashes into Sushi Restaurant

At least one person was injured when a car crashed through the front of a sushi restaurant in Grantville. According to ABC News Channel 10, the incident happened just before 5:00 p.m., on Monday. An elderly driver crashed right through the front of Kimmi’s Sushi on the 5100 block of Mission George Road. First responders had to free a person who was pinned between the restaurant’s wall and the car. She was rushed to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Thankfully, this wreck happened a half-hour before the sushi happy hour, when the restaurant would have been much more crowded. This was apparently a case of hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal. Police officers on the scene did report that the driver would be getting a DMV evaluation for driving abilities.

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Jeeps Recalled for Rupturing Fuel Tanks

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Jeeps Recalled for Rupturing Fuel Tanks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding the recall of certain Jeep models. Apparently, there is a problem with fuel tanks rupturing, even in seemingly minor crashes. At this time, Chrysler has nearly 400,000 repair parts available for the recalled models. They’ve also reported that they will continue to manufacture these replacement parts until the consumer demand has been met. Chrysler is recalling an estimated 1.5 million vehicles due to the faulty fuel tank.

Jeep Models Being Recalled

• 2002 – 2007 Jeep Liberty
• 1993 – 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Rupturing Fuel Tanks

The recall of these Jeep models has to do with the potential for rupturing fuel tanks. The last thing you want to happen in any kind of car accident is a fuel tank explosion, leak or fire. This defect is particularly dangerous even when vehicles are struck from behind at low to medium speeds. This means that a minor fender bender could end in a catastrophic fiery crash. Unfortunately according to Chrysler, only about 3 percent of the vehicles have been fixed.

Getting Your Jeep Repaired

If your Jeep is being recalled, contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-247-9753 for repair service information. Getting your car repaired as quickly as possible needs to be a top priority. You don’t have any control over the distracted driver that rear-ends you at an intersection. This defective fuel tank could put you and your family’s life in great danger.

Checking Recall Status on Your Car

If you don’t have one of the Jeep models in question, but you still want to know if your vehicle is under a safety recall, there are a few different ways you can check. First, you can contact your vehicle’s manufacturer. They might have customer service numbers available at their websites or recall information already online. You can also use the NHTSA’s free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) lookup tool at Safercar.gov. Whether a recall is being conducted or not, if you think a defective part has caused your wreck or put your life in danger, contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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Santa Maria DUI Enforcement

Santa Maria DUI Enforcement

In an increased attempt to reduce injury-causing and fatal drunk driving crashes, officials with the Santa Maria Police Department have recently stepped up their DUI enforcement efforts. According to KSBY News Channel Six, the police department conducted roving DUI saturations patrols from 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night to 3:00 a.m. early Sunday morning. They made three arrests during this operation, including two suspected DUI arrests and one arrest for a felony warrant.

Additionally, they also issued seven citations during the roving patrol operation. Although they setup a sobriety and license checkpoint on North Broadway, they didn’t make any arrests there. The Santa Maria Police Department has been able to step up their DUI enforcement efforts thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Fatal Multi-Car Oceanside Crash

Fatal Multi-Car Oceanside Crash

On Sunday morning, a series of crashes in an Oceanside neighborhood took the life of one person and sent at least two others to the hospital. According to ABC Channel 10 News, a Ford pickup truck struck a vehicle on State Route 78, before exiting the freeway and striking a Kia on Vista Way, killing the 29-year-old female driver.

The force of that impact sent the Kia crashing into a Toyota Tundra, whose driver reports that the Ford truck was speeding at the time of the crash and never even hit the brakes. The Ford also struck a Chevrolet pickup truck, which crashed into a driveway, hit another truck and damaged a home. Very few details about the crash investigation have been released, and there’s no word on any potential charges.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased.

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CHP to Reduce Motorcycle Crashes Across the State

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CHP to Reduce Motorcycle Crashes Across the State

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release to get the word out about their “Have a Good Ride” campaign. They are hoping to reduce the number of injury-causing and fatal motorcycle collisions happening across the state. They have been awarded a motorcycle safety grant to improve motorcycle safety through education and increased awareness over the next year.

Public Outreach

Although the number of motorcycles in California continues to grow, riders remain one of the more vulnerable roadway user groups. The “Have a Good Ride” campaign is being funded by a grant from California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The CHP is hoping to improve their safety through a variety of educational initiatives geared towards riders and other motorists.

Motorcycles in California: Just the Facts

• From 2011 to 2012, there was a 4.8 percent increase in motorcycle-related fatalities in California.
• There was an 8.2 percent increase in motorcycle injuries in California in 2012.
• Between 2001 and 2008, over 34,000 motorcyclists were killed across the country.
• During that same time period, an estimated 1,222,000 people were injured in motorcycle crashes.

Have a Good Ride

The “Have a Good Ride” program will run from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. In May, the CHP will be conducting a month-long “Motorcycle Safety Awareness” program. They will be educating motorcycle riders and other motorists on ways to keep the roadways safe for everybody. There will be a heavy emphasis on “sharing the road” to prevent injury causing and fatal accidents to riders and other roadway users.

After a Motorcycle Accident

Even seemingly minor motorcycle accidents can send riders to the hospital or worse. If you’re in the hospital and out of work, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. Often times, injury-causing and fatal motorcycle accidents happen when other motorists aren’t safely sharing the road. If drivers are too busy texting to pay attention to the road, they’re putting motorcycle riders and other roadway users at great risk. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1 (877) 231-9970 for a free case consultation today.

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Fatal Crash in San Luis Obispo

Fatal Crash in San Luis Obispo

On Monday morning, one-car crash took the life of a man in San Luis Obispo. According to KSBY Channel Six News, the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on Highway 101. The one-vehicle crash took the life of 67-year-old William Felix Jr. from Nevada. For currently unknown reasons, his Honda CRV left the roadway and slammed into a tree.

The crash, which happened just north of Prado Road, is still under investigation with authorities. Very few details have been released about this fatal wreck or what could have caused his car to leave the roadway. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mr. Felix.

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Semi Truck Jackknifed on I-15

Semi Truck Jackknifed on I-15

Earlier this week, a semi truck jackknifed on Interstate 15 in the Mission Valley area. According to ABC Channel 10 News, the incident happened at about 3:40 a.m. in the northbound lanes, near Interstate 8. Apparently, the big rig began slipping and sliding on the wet roadway and then crashed into the center divider.

Other vehicles were also involved in the crash including another tractor trailer and a box truck. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported on the scene. Northbound lanes of the roadway had to be closed until sometime after 7:00 a.m. as crews worked to clear the scene. There’s no word on whether or not any citations were given.

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