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Fatal crash on Southbound 15 involves semi-truck, stalled car

The Southbound 15 freeway was closed recently after a fatal crash in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 16. The wreck involved a semi-truck that crashed into a stalled vehicle. All lanes on the southbound part of the freeway were closed as police investigated the crash and cleaned up debris from the scene. One person was killed in the accident, but other than that, we don't have much in terms of details for this story.

Obviously that is going to lead to some speculation, but there are important speculative points to make. For example, given the hour of the crash, it is reasonable to ask about the mental state of the semi-truck driver. Was he or she tired or fatigued? Was he or she asleep at the wheel? Was he or she drunk or intoxicated in some way?

2016 Halloween Safety Tips For Kids, Drivers, and Trick-or-Treaters

With Halloween around the corner, it is important to recognize what we can do to prevent and reduce the chances of causing an accident. As both pedestrians and drivers, we each need to take responsibility for our safety, and for the safety of our communities. In this blog, I plan to highlight some important steps we can all take to make Halloween of 2016 the safest yet. 

California Earthquake Tips: Driving During An Earthquake

Here in California, the threat of a devastating earthquake is always looming. While many other states have other serious natural hazards and potential for disasters, earthquakes are unique in that you cannot effectively forecast and avoid an earthquake. Yes, seismologists can roughly forecast and predict, but at the end of the day, the earth rumbles spontaneously when under stress. Given the most recent earthquake warnings I thought I should take the time to explain to everyone what to do if you are caught driving during an earthquake.

5 Things Safe Drivers Should Always Carry In The Car

If you are involved in an accident, stranded on the side of a highway or in an unfamiliar neighborhood, you should always have certain comforts and tools to help get you back on the road faster. To help you all get started, I decided to create a list of the 5 things I always have in my car, regardless of where I am driving.

So many accidents occur everyday, and the victims need help

Motor vehicle accidents are ubiquitous. They happen all the time, and as such, they can all blur together. Few people bat an eyelash when they hear about a car accident on the news, because these wrecks are far too commonplace now. That in and of itself is  rebuke of road safety today, but more to the point it exemplifies the need for people to understand what to do in the wake of a car accident.

One of the most important things you can do after a car crash is consult with a personal injury attorney, especially if you suspect -- or the police suspect -- that one of the other drivers involved was negligent or reckless. In this regard, Scott J. Corwin has the ability to help people who are suffering after a car accident.

Nearly 5,000 people died in pedestrian/car accidents in 2014

Everyone is a pedestrian. It is a facet of life that we don't often think about, but when you consider the incredible risk that pedestrians take on every time they walk on the sidewalk and cross the street, it becomes a crucial facet. Pedestrians have no safety equipment; they have no padding; they have no seat belts; they just have themselves. And when they are hit by a motor vehicle, they often suffer terrible or even fatal injuries.

There are also many people who are bicyclists. Again, this is an activity that we may take for granted, but being a bicyclist is dangerous as well. Much like pedestrians, they have almost no padding or protection to help them when a vehicle strikes them. And much like pedestrians, they can suffer terrible or fatal injuries when they are involved in a motor vehicle accident.

What happens when two cars collide - a science lesson

Imagine a crash dummy test in slow motion. You see the car accelerating toward the stone wall. Then, in a matter of seconds, you see everything "accordion." If the car was 12 feet long, within two seconds it may shorten to 9 feet in length. That's the power of gravity, of objects in motion.

Isaac Newton figured all this out long before the first car rolled off the assembly line. Without gravity, colliding cars would bounce off one another softly like beach balls. With gravity, mass and acceleration combine to pack an enormous wallop.

Force equals mass times acceleration

In an accident, brittle substances like glass and metal instantly transform. The windshield dissolves like an Alka-Seltzer. The solidity of the engine under the hood is so great that it does not accordion. Though these substances have considerable tensile strength, they are no match for the shockwave passing through the automobile, then impacting the occupants of the cab.

Is Under-Insured Motor Vehicle Coverage Necessary in Los Angeles?

Even if you are insured for collision and injury, are you truly covered? Let's look at the following scenario. As a law-abiding Californian, you carry collision and liability coverage and you are rear ended while driving your child to school. The back of your car sustains significant damage and both you and your child have significant lower back and neck pain. After calling 911 for transport for both you and your child, you exchange insurance information with the driver who hit your car. After the emergency room visit, you hire an attorney to represent you in your claim against the liable driver.

What Info Must I Exchange After A Car Accident?

Knowing what to do after an auto accident can help reduce your stress when someone hits you. When you find yourself in an accident, you need to know what information you need to give out, collect and later report to the DMV or your insurance provider. Fumbling around in a potentially scary and stressful situation will only make matters worse. Friends and family ask me all the time what information they are required by law to give the other party involved so I thought I should outline it for everyone else.

Odd crash leaves nine hurt as driver plows through parking lot

A couple of weeks ago, a man drove through the parking lot of the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre and struck many pedestrians and eventually crashed into a police car. The crash is still under investigation by the police. Nine people were injured in total, five of which needed to be hospitalized as a result of the crash. Four of those who were hospitalized suffered serious injuries.

The central question here is "why did this crash happen?" The police don't believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash. So what factors could have been involved? Was the driver intoxicated due to drug use? Was the driver distracted? Was he asleep? Did the vehicle have a mechanical malfunction?

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