California drivers may realize that driving under the influence is a dangerous action that can cause serious and sometimes deadly consequences. On April 25, a driver suspected of driving under the influence was involved in a wrong-way driving collision just south of Yuba City. Highway 113 near Schlagle Road was the scene of this fatal weekend crash in which one of the vehicles involved caught fire.
One person was killed and five more were injured in a multi-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer in San Fernando Valley on April 17. The accident happened around 6:40 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
The intersection of Collins Street and Reseda Boulevard in Tarzana was closed for hours after two people died in a collision between a motorcycle and Honda sedan. Los Angeles police said that the motorcycle hit the driver's side of the car.
An average of 500,000 injuries and 10,000 deaths occur every year because of alcohol-related car accidents. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, which used NHTSA data from 2001 to 2011, an increase in state alcohol taxes could prevent thousands of such accidents in California and across the United States.
On Feb. 20, two people died following a wrong-way crash on Highway 101 near the county line between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Authorities said the crash occurred at approximately 12:50 p.m. Southbound Highway 101 was shut down north of Santa Maria for approximately two hours as authorities investigated the crash scene. It was reopened about 3:30 p.m.
A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in San Mateo County on Feb. 14. The driver who collided with the motorcyclist was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
An accident that took place in San Marcos, California, on Jan. 17 has resulted in the death of a 48-year-old tow-truck driver. The man, along with one other tow-truck driver, was helping another driver with a flat tire when the crash occurred after 7 a.m.
California drivers and passengers may be interested in learning more about whiplash with regard to car accidents. Whiplash can occur during a motor vehicle accident when a collision causes a person's neck to be suddenly jerked back and forth. Whiplash injuries often result in ligament damage in the neck. Muscles and tendons can also sustain damage during a whiplash injury.
Four people were injured in a collision in Contra Costa County on Jan. 6. Police were not sure what caused the head-on crash that left a portion of Byron Highway closed in both directions for over an hour.
A multi-vehicle accident in East Whittier in the early morning of Jan. 1 claimed the lives of two individuals, sources indicate. According to a California Highway Patrol representative, it is unclear whether one of the drivers was impaired at the time of the crash, and the investigation is ongoing.