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Sheena Marie Barker, 52, was killed in a pedestrian accident in Palo Alto after she was struck by a County SamTrans bus. According to a news report in The Palo Alto Patch, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Webster Street and University Avenue in Palo Alto the morning of December 30, 2010. The Cupertino woman was using the crosswalk when a bus making a left-hand turn struck her. Barker died at the scene of the accident. An investigation is ongoing.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Sheena Marie Barker. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic pedestrian accident.

Santa Clara Pedestrian Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 24 were injured in Palo Alto pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 22 fatalities and 466 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Santa Clara County.

What Caused This Fatal Pedestrian Accident?

It appears, based on the news account, Barker was in a crosswalk at the time of this pedestrian versus bus accident. All motorists are required under California law to yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
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Pasadena speed traps never really bothered me, until I witnessed the effects of speeding motorists. Driving by what would have been a safe vehicle, had the driver been going the posted speed limit, and seeing a gruesome distorted hunk of metal, I have come to understand them a bit better. Although the city is making a nice chunk of change from this popular tactic, Pasadena speed traps are put in place to protect people in areas that are prone to catastrophic injury accidents. Getting a ticket is never fun, but I’d take a ticket over a life-changing injury any day.

Statistics from the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) showed that in 2006, 11 people were killed and 1,047 were injured in Pasadena car accidents. When approaching the following areas be safe, and remember that you are not the only person who is in danger when you speed.

Lincoln Boulevard between Mountain and Orange Grove Speed Trap

According to speedtrap.org, a motorcycle police officer will sit on either side of Lincoln and catch speeders. Eight users confirmed that this is a speed trap.
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Two children were injured in a San Francisco car accident, which officials say, involved a vehicle veering into oncoming traffic. According to a news report in The Napa Valley Register, the injury car accident occurred on Highway 29 near Lake County in St. Helena the morning of December 26, 2010. Police believe that Garrett Swanz, 18, lost control of his 1997 Toyota Camry and slid into oncoming traffic. The Camry crashed into 35-year-old Francene Koell’s 2003 Toyota Corolla. Two occupants of the Corolla, an 11-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, sustained moderate injuries in the accident. The cause of this car accident remains under investigation.

My thoughts and prayers are with the young victims of this Napa Valley car accident. I wish them a complete and speedy recovery from their injuries.

Napa Valley Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 13 people were injured in Saint Helena car accidents. During the same year, there were 15 fatalities and 770 injuries reported as a result of Napa County car accidents.

What Caused This Injury Accident?

Based on this news report, it is not quite clear what caused the Camry to veer into opposing lanes of traffic. Was the driver under the influence? Was he distracted or inattentive? Was there some type of malfunction with the vehicle? Did driver inexperience play a part? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine the cause of this car accident.
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Three people sustained injuries in a San Francisco car accident, which involved four vehicles. According to a Bay City News Service report, the injury car accident occurred early morning on December 25, 2010 near the intersection of Lake Merced and Font boulevards. Three people were taken to a local hospital for treatment of various injuries. The nature or extent of their injuries is not known. An investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to everyone who was injured in this car accident. I hope none of them has suffered catastrophic injuries. I pray that they all recover quickly and completely from the injuries they have sustained.

San Francisco Car Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 35 fatalities and 3,577 injuries involving car accidents in San Francisco.

What Caused This Car Accident?

Based on this news report, it is not clear whether this four-car accident occurred at the intersection or near the intersection. There are more questions than answers in this case. Was one of the drivers under the influence? Did one of the drivers fail to yield right-of-way or run a red light? Did driver distraction, recklessness, excessive speed or any other form of negligence cause this injury car accident? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine what occurred here and why.
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A 48-year-old man was critically injured in a San Diego car accident, which police say, was caused by a hit-and-run driver. According to a 10News report, the hit-and-run accident occurred on North Mollison Avenue the night of December 27, 2010 in El Cajon. The man was crossing the road when a gray Nissan Xterra struck him. The man sustained severe internal injuries. The police are searching for the driver involved in this hit-and-run car accident. Police believe the Nissan would now have front-end damage from the accident.

My thoughts and prayers are with the man injured in this terrible hit-and-run car accident. I wish him a complete and speedy recovery from his injuries.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), four people were killed and 43 were injured in El Cajon pedestrian accidents. During the same year, there were 63 fatalities and 998 injuries sustained as a result of pedestrian accidents in San Diego County.

Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident

Leaving the scene of an injury car accident is a morally reprehensible act in addition to being a serious crime. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” In this particular case, the driver of the Xterra struck down the pedestrian and kept going, leaving the critically injured man lying on the roadway. Despicable!
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A 42-year-old man was injured in a San Francisco car accident when a vehicle backed into his motorcycle. According to a news report in The San Francisco Examiner, the injury motorcycle accident occurred in the Sunset neighborhood near 20th Avenue and Taraval Street the morning of December 27, 2010. The man was riding his motorcycle when a white Hyundai backed out of a parking lot and struck him. The Fremont man sustained non-life-threatening injuries. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the man injured in this San Francisco motorcycle accident. I wish him a complete and speedy recovery from his injuries.

San Francisco Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), eight people were killed and 349 were injured in San Francisco motorcycle accidents. Also, citywide, 35 fatalities and 3,577 injuries were reported due to car accidents during the same year.

What Caused This Motorcycle Accident?

If this news report is accurate, it appears that the driver of the Hyundai backed into traffic without properly yielding the right-of-way to the motorcyclist. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21804 (a): “The driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, or from an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic.” Vehicles entering traffic “shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that traffic until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.” I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver of the Hyundai was impaired, distracted or negligent in some other way at the time of this injury accident.
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The top trucking companies are no longer being remembered for their clever commercials. Due to the large number of injuries and deaths reported as results of trucking accidents, an increased number of drivers are consciously changing lanes to keep their distance from these weapons of mass destruction. In light of this new development I found myself checking to see which companies are the largest, and what makes their trucks cause heartbreak to countless people around the world.

Since the most profitable companies are spending the most time on the road, they naturally are responsible for the highest number of trucking accidents. The reasons for these accidents are strikingly consistent, usually having to do with a lack of sleep or intoxication, but what worries me is the enhanced difficulty for truck drivers to handle these vehicles when faced with a situation that warrants an evasive maneuver. The length of time to stop an eighteen-wheeler is 40% greater than that of an automobile, depending on their weight and road surfaces.
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Herceg Vlado, 66, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident when a car struck him as he crossed the street the night of December 23, 2010. According to CBS Los Angeles, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred in a crosswalk on Wilshire Boulevard near 10th Street in Santa Monica. Vlado was using the crosswalk when a car driven by a 19-year-old man hit him. The young driver has not been cited or arrested pending an official investigation.
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What comes to mind when you think of Con-Way Transportation? Hopefully nothing, but for many Americans they feel the heartache of a horrific experience that they will never forget. Every day numerous people come inches away from being involved in a debilitating truck accident. Since nothing actually happens, they tend to ignore it and continue as if they were never in danger. Although we constantly narrowly escape death and serious injury, many aren’t able to and are left to deal with the repercussions of a truck driver’s negligence.

Deadly Con-Way Trends

Con-way, Inc. is a freight transportation and logistics company with businesses in truckload freight services, truckload brokerage, logistics, warehousing, supply chain management and trailer manufacturing. Con-way’s services are used by some 400,000 customers. Its operations employ approximately 29,000 people.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration, from 2005 to 2007 Con-way trucks were involved in over 200 collisions, with over 90 accidents resulting in injury and over 5 fatal truck accidents. Con-way Freight was involved in over 600 collisions, over 200 resulting in injury and over 15 fatal truck accidents.
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Jurgen Ankenbrand, 69, was killed in an Orange County car accident when he was struck by two vehicles while riding his bicycle. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal bicycle accident occurred the evening of December 22, 2010 at the intersection of Brookhurst Street and Villa Pacific Drive in Huntington Beach. The driver of a Toyota 4Runner crashed into Ankenbrand while turning left onto Brookhurst. While lying on the road after the initial impact, Ankenbrand was also hit by a Honda Odyssey. Ankenbrand sustained fatal injuries. Officials are still looking for the driver of the Toyota 4Runner who fled the scene of the car accident.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Jurgen Ankenbrand for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic bicycle accident.

Orange County Bicycle Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 157 injuries as a result of Huntington Beach bicycle accidents. During that same year, there were 10 fatalities and 1,087 injuries reported involving Orange County bicycle accidents.
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