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Man in California sues Uber after car accident

A man who tragically lost both of his legs in a serious vehicle crash is suing ride-share program Uber, as well as the driver who apparently hit him. The 23-year-old California man was struck by a vehicle after assisting his Uber driver in moving his stalled vehicle off the road. It is unclear at this time whether the other driver involved in the car accident will face criminal charges in addition to the civil suit filed by the victim.

According to the lawsuit, the man was riding in an Uber vehicle on March 7 when the vehicle ran out of gasoline. The driver attempted to coast onto the shoulder, but the car came to rest in a freeway lane. When both men exited the vehicle to push it off to the side of the road, another driver lost control and struck the passenger. The force of the impact destroyed his legs, both of which had to be amputated. 

Automobile AI is advancing swiftly, but will it ever be 100% safe?

The world is shifting to predominantly digital platforms across all industries. In the automobile industry, there is significant change in the way cars are created and operated. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the user interface of vehicles, as well as the way they drive.

3 teenagers victims of fatal car accident

Three teens visiting from out of state died in a tragic crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. California authorities in Huntington Beach confirmed the fatal car accident happened around 1 a.m. the morning of March 29. A 27-year-old individual has been arrested in connection with the accident, under suspicion of drunk driving. 

According to the accident report, the three teenagers, who have not been identified pending a coroner's report, were stopped at a traffic light in the early morning when their vehicle was rear-ended. The force of the impact between the two vehicles was so traumatic it sent the teens' car into the middle of the intersection, where it caught fire. The driver, along with two passengers, were pronounced dead at the scene when authorities arrived, and a third passenger was rushed to a local hospital in unknown condition. 

Motor vehicle accident kills 5 in California

Five people, three of them children, were pronounced dead following a serious car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway, as reported by local news sources. California Highway Patrol has confirmed that five people were involved in the single-car motor vehicle accident. No charges are likely, as all occupants of the car including the driver were killed, but legal recourse may be available to the families of the deceased. 

Police are still puzzled as to how the accident occurred. California authorities have confirmed that an SUV was traveling southbound on Highway 1 when, for reasons unknown, it pulled into a dirt turnout before driving directly off a cliff. The vehicle fell some 100 feet into the rocky shore of the Pacific Ocean, killing all five passengers on impact. The relationship between the individuals in the car, including the three children, is not yet known. 

Are Self-Driving Cars Helping or Hurting?

49-year-old woman was walking her bike across the street when a self-driving Uber vehicle going 40mph failed to stop, leaving her with fatal injuries. An Uber test-driver was behind the wheel, but police say there is no significant evidence of the vehicle attempting to stop. The National Transport Safety Board is opening an investigation.

Improper Use of Technology Puts Motorists at Risk

Technology poses a threat to the safety of both drivers and passengers. People become distracted by texting, using social media, or even attempting to make a phone call without using a hands-free device. Digital technology is designed to make everyday tasks easier and more efficient, but if used improperly, can put those on the road at risk. In order to be a safe driver and careful passenger, use technology properly behind the wheel.

1 dead, several hurt in fatal car accident

Tustin was the site of tragedy on March 23 after a serious rollover crash claimed one life and sent several others to local hospitals. Police and firefighters in Orange County were on the scene of the fatal car accident that killed a teenage boy. So far, no charges have been filed in connection with this California tragedy, but the investigation is still ongoing. 

Very little is understood at this time about the nature of the accident or what caused it. However, it has been confirmed that the crash took place around 2:50 p.m. across from an apartment complex. Only one vehicle was involved in the crash, a luxury vehicle driven by one of the occupants. Police have not determined which of the individuals in the vehicle was driving at the time of the crash. 

3 fatalities in serious crash in California

Three people have been confirmed dead following two separate pileups on the evening of St. Patrick's Day, according to Palm Springs Police. California authorities are still investigating the car accidents that caused the three fatalities, and have said the first of the two may have been caused by drunk driving. So far, no charges have been filed. 

In the first accident, which took place sometime after 8 p.m., three vehicles were involved. The details of the accident have not been publicly reported at this time, but it has been confirmed that one driver was killed and another driver was injured. Police believe alcohol was involved in this accident, but it is not clear if the 25-year-old male driver who died was also responsible for the accident. 

Massive motor vehicle accident seriously injures at least 1

State police responded to a serious accident they believed involved some 10 to 15 cars on Highway 5 the afternoon of March 3. California Highway Patrol reported the motor vehicle accident necessitated the closure of the highway going both ways. It was also reported that MediFlight helicopters were used to transport injured parties, who are still in the process of being identified. No fatalities were reported in the immediate aftermath of the accident. 

It is unclear what caused the accident, which took place just after 2 p.m. However, police noted that hail had been reported in the area, which may have played a role in the pileup. Apparently, several vehicles collided in both the northbound and southbound lanes, causing massive damage and injuries going both ways on the highway. 

Teen Sentenced for Drunk Driving and Live-Streaming a Fatal Accident

A 19-year-old drunk driver who live-streamed a car crash that killed her 14-year-old sister is sentenced to more than six years in prison.

Obdulia Sanchez, 19, pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter, due to drunk driving and endangering the life of a minor. This under aged teen was driving while under the influence and recorded live-stream video to social media.

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