May 2012 Archives
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May 2012 Archives

Investigation Launched into Deadly Bus Defect

The National Traffic Safety Administration recently launched an investigation into a bus defect which may have caused the wrongful death of two individuals. The investigation follows a complaint filed by the company that operates Greyhound bus lines. Greyhound alleges that buses which were made by Motor Coach Industries Inc. have defective drive shafts which could cause accidents.

Teen Dies in Distracted Driving Car Accident While Facebooking

In our last post we discussed the dangers of distracted driving in the context of teens with ADHD. Teens with ADHD are more likely to drive while distracted and are up to four times more likely to be in a car accident than drivers without ADHD.

Study: Teens With ADHD More Dangerous Than Drunk Drivers

Car accidents are the leading killer of Santa Monica teens and most of these accidents are due to driver distraction and inexperience. Studies have consistently shown that teens are more likely than other drivers to crash, especially in their first year of driving.

Safety Advocates Seek Ignition Interlocks for All Drunk Drivers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently issued a study which recommended the adoption of national standards to require ignition interlock devices for all first time drunk drivers. Ignition interlock devices prevent a car from starting unless the driver provides a breath sample. Many devices require period breath samples while the driver is driving in order for the car to remain on. Ignition interlocks have been shown to reduce drunk driving and DUI car accidents in many jurisdictions.

San Clemente woman burned by mysterious San Onofre beach rocks

All of Southern California seems to be talking about the strange incident that befell a San Clemente resident last weekend. The 43-year-old woman sustained second- and third-degree burns when the seven beach rocks she had gathered at San Onofre State Beach inexplicably combusted in her pocket.

Suicide of NFL's Junior Seau brings more attention to repeated brain injury

California football fans continue to mourn and fondly remember Oceanside football hero and former San Diego Charger Junior Seau, who died last week of an apparent suicide. In the midst of grief, many are up in arms because Seau's death seems to follow a pattern of suicides by other NFL players who suffered repeated brain injuries.

Military vets more likely to cause car crashes in first six months back in U.S.

All drivers in California want to assume that other drivers on the road are sensible and are striving to be as safe as possible. But, as a recent study involving military veterans shows, experience can be a bad teacher and can lead to more car crashes.

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