On Monday afternoon, a truck crashed into a utility pole in San Luis Obispo. According to KSBY News Channel Six, this one-vehicle crash happened on Johnson Avenue, between Ella Avenue and Fixlini Street. At this time, there’s no word on how the crash happened or if anybody was injured.
First responders, AT&T crews and PG&E workers were on the scene, and traffic had to be diverted to nearby roads. Power was also knocked out of a variety of area neighborhoods. A portion of the roadway was closed until sometime after 8:00 a.m. on the following day as PG&E crews replaced the downed pole and worked to restore power to the local community.
An apparent one-car crash left one person seriously injured on Wednesday afternoon. According to NBC San Diego Channel Seven News, the incident happened at about 5:40 p.m. on North 1st Street, near Summer Avenue. At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that a Ford Bronco overturned in a residential area. The Bronco was also towing a ten-foot trailer at the time of the crash, and debris was scattered in a yard where the car came to rest.
At least one person suffered from what were initially described as major injuries. There’s no word on that person’s current condition or the extent of injuries involved. The cause of this crash is still under investigation with law enforcement officials.
In the early hours of Monday morning, a head-on collision in Santa Barbara sent at least two people to the hospital for treatment of injuries. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the wreck happened sometime before 3:00 a.m. on Highway 154, near Windy Gap.
At this time, very little information has been released on how this crash could have happened. We don’t know if anybody was cited or the current conditions of the victims. Thankfully, their injuries were initially described as minor. They were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment though. The cause of this crash is still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes speedy and full recoveries for the injured victims involved in this crash.
On Monday afternoon, a rollover crash in San Diego was caught on a vehicle’s dashboard camera. According to ABC Channel 10 News, the video recorded a white SUV swerving in and out of traffic right before the crash. The SUV hit another automobile, and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The SUV then flipped and rolled multiple times before coming to rest in the far right lane.
Very few details were released on the aftermath of the crash. No injuries were immediately reported, and there’s no word on whether or not the driver of the SUV was charged or cited. The wreck is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.
On Thursday afternoon, a motorcyclist was injured in a collision that occurred near the Vista del Monte senior community. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the crash happened sometime before 3:00 p.m., in the 3700 block of Modoc.
The motorcyclist was headed eastbound when his bike collided with a westbound vehicle turning left. The motorcycle rider, a man in his 20’s, was swiftly taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of injuries. At this time, we don’t know his current condition or the extent of his injuries. The female driver involved was not injured in the crash, but her vehicle was damaged. This incident is still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.
On Thursday night, a pedestrian was struck and injured by a car in San Diego. According to NBC San Diego Channel Seven News, the incident happened just after 8:00 p.m., at College Avenue and Streamview Drive. Apparently, the 60-year-old female pedestrian was crossing Streamview Drive, when a male driver in his 20’s struck her.
Although the pedestrian’s injuries were not considered life threatening by first responders, she did suffer from compound fractures to both of her legs. At this time, the driver has not been cited. He reportedly had a green light in the southbound lane at the time of the crash.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes a full and swift recovery for the injured pedestrian.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release regarding the number-one killer of teens, reckless and distracted driving. Although texting while driving has become an epidemic in California and across the country, deaths associated with distracted driving are 100 percent preventable. The CHP is hoping to raise awareness about the very-preventable number one killer of teens during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and California’s Teen Safe Driving Week (April 1-7, 2015).
Impact Teen Drivers
The CHP is also participating in the Impact Teen Drivers program, which is aimed at increasing education and enforcement efforts associated with teen driving habits. Teens and young adults drivers are some of the most likely drivers to engage in distracted driving on the roadways, even though drivers of all ages engage in distracted driving behaviors behind the wheel. The CHP is emphasizing the importance good decision making for teens drivers and passengers to improve safety.
Distracted Driving in California
• In 2013, 50 people were killed in distracted driving crashes across the state.
• In California, an estimated 4,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted driving in 2013.
• In 2013, 45 percent of Californians surveyed said they made a driving mistake while talking on a cell phone.
• Nearly 70 percent of California drivers surveyed said they had been hit or nearly hit by a driver talking or texting on a cell phone.
• Nearly half of all Californians surveyed said that texting while driving is the most serious distraction for drivers.
Hands-Free Versus Handheld Devices
Although hands-free use of cell phones has been touted as the ‘safer’ alternative to manually manipulating electronic devices, the research just doesn’t back that theory up. When it comes down to it, hands-free devices aren’t necessarily safer than handheld devices. It’s the cognitive distraction that makes texting and talking on phones so dangerous. When you’re behind the wheel, you need to devote your full attention to the task of driving. This is especially important for new and inexperienced drivers who need every bit of attention they can muster to make safe decisions behind the wheel.
On Saturday afternoon, four people were injured in a multi-car crash on Highway 101, in Goleta. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened at about 1:40 p.m., in the northbound lanes. First responders and crews worked the scene and cleared wreckage at the crash site, just north of Fairview Avenue. At this time, there’s no word on the cause of the crash, which is likely still under investigation with authorities.
At least two of the injured victims had to be transported to the hospital for treatment. There is no word on the extent of their injuries, but they were initially described as minor. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes all of the injured victims speedy and full recoveries.
On Monday, a man was killed in a one-car crash in Rancho Bernardo. According to ABC News Channel 10, the incident happened sometime before 3:00 p.m., on Bernardo Heights Parkway, near Avenida Venusto. For currently unknown reasons, the driver’s sedan overturned in the roadway and crashed in to a tree.
The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the wreck, and he was pronounced on the scene. A portion of the roadway was closed into the evening hours as first responders and crews worked the scene. At this time, very few details have been released, and this wreck is likely still under investigation.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased driver.
Having a senior driver in your family doesn’t necessarily mean you have to take the keys away. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a Drive Well Toolkit for elder drivers and their families. It’s not just about taking the keys away. It’s about promoting older driver safety, independence and mobility.
Older Driver Facts and Statistics
• In 2011, there were 35 million licensed older drivers.
• In 2012, 17 percent of all traffic fatalities across the U.S. were among people ages 65 and older.
• In 2012, seniors made up 9 percent of all the people injured in crashes.
• From 2003 to 2012, crash fatalities involving older drivers declined by 13 percent.
• For older pedestrians, 68 percent of fatalities in 2012 occurred at non-intersection locations.
Having “The Talk”
If you’re concerned about your older driver’s safety or the safety of others, it’s time to have the conversation. Prepare yourself to be met with at least some amount of friction or defensiveness. Driving is essentially independence and freedom for drivers of any age, so talking about limiting one’s driving or even quitting all together can be emotional. If you feel unsure about whether or not it’s time to talk to your loved one about safe driving and aging, the NHTSA has a variety of questions that may help. If you answer yes to any of the questions below, it’s time to talk to the older driver in your life.
Is it Time to Have The Talk?
• Does he get lost on familiar routes?
• Are there new dents or scratches in the vehicle?
• Has she experienced any near-miss crashes or crashes recently?
• Do signs, signals or road markings overwhelm him?
• Has the doctor advised limiting or stopping driving due to health issues?
• Does she take any medications that might impact her ability to drive?
It’s important to remember that seniors have been on this Earth, taking care of themselves and others for years. It’s not easy to give up driving or to even set limits on driving, which can essentially mean a loss of independence and freedom for an otherwise independent senior citizen. Providing alternatives and the means and ability to get from one place to another will help the transition go smoothly.