California residents know that motor vehicle accidents can happen on any day, especially if it is a holiday. They may not realize, however, that other days carry an increased risk of car crashes.
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.
When a California resident is involved in a rollover collision, the resulting injuries can be extremely serious. Rollovers account for 30 percent of all fatal crashes even though they account for only 3 percent of all accidents. Surprisingly, the federal government does not have any regulations in place to regulate manufacturers regarding rollover safety.