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Nov 12

Common Causes of Mistaken Pedal Pushes

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English: Photo showing the pedals of my car for use in the article on manual transmissions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you read enough about car accidents,  then you’ll find that often enough the cause of the accidents was usually something trivial. Either the driver was glancing down, thought they had more time before the red or, in some cases, they mistook the accelerator for the brake pedal.  Continue reading →

Nov 12

CHP Wraps Up Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

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English: An advisory sign on Interstate 15 in Utah near Mt. Nebo. It reminds drowsy drivers to get off the freeway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is the last day of California Highway Patrol and the National Sleep Foundation’s anti-drowsy driving campaign aimed at educating drivers young and old about the real dangers of driving while drowsy. Sleepy drivers are thought to have caused 3,600 car accidents in 2010, resulting in 32 deaths and 2,000 injuries.  Continue reading →

Sep 12

Bad Genes in Bad Driving?

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor is responsible for helping brain cells communicate and react to external stimulus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes it seems like bad driving runs in the family. It seems like one driver’s bad habits beget another. The natural explanation could be that learning from a bad driver makes another in turn. However, there was a study in 2009 at University of California Irvine that suggests a gene could be responsible for poor driving skills.

The gene in question is responsible for secreting a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which neurologists may refer to as BDNF. The protein is helpful in communication between cells and also affects memory retention. BDNF is meant to go help in the active areas of the brain during certain tasks like driving in order to facilitate better cognitive response.  Continue reading →

Sep 12

Bad Driver: YOLO Tweets Before Terrible Car Crash

You Only Live Once

You Only Live Once (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

Car crashes caused by bad drivers are nothing new on the road. Drivers on the phone, talking to passengers, fiddling with the stereo, putting on makeup, eating, drinking and just plain being dumb are a regular hazard for the rest of the world to avoid.

A terrible car crash that left five people dead was foretold by Twitter as one of the passengers tweeted YOLO before the car ran a red light in Ontario, California. For the uninitiated, YOLO stands for “you only live once” and has largely been adopted as the justification, hashtag and caption for reckless behavior in young people.  Continue reading →

Sep 12

Gold for Racer Who Lost Legs in Car Crash

Firenze Marathon 2011- Alex Zanardi

Firenze Marathon 2011- Alex Zanardi (Photo credit: unpodimondo)

The car crashes in competitive car racing are the stuff of the legends. The cars are running at top speeds, coming around curves, muscling for position and risking life and limb to see the checkered flag wave on the finish line. Alex Zanardi was no different. The Italian cart racer spent his life behind the wheel.

Zanardi had a successful racing career in the CART circuit through the 90s and pursued Formula One racing later. When he returned to CART racing, he had a rough start. Then in his best race of his return, Zanardi suffered a terrible car crash that nearly took his life.  Continue reading →

Aug 12

Former Billionaire Boys Club Member Involved in Fatal Crash


Luxor (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

A red light run resulting in a two car accident killed a pedestrian near San Francisco’s Tenderloin on August 11. The driver of the red light running cab in question has been identified as Reza Eslaminia, who some may remember from the Billionaire Boys Club scandal.

In the 1980s, the Billionaire Boys Club was the notorious group of young men who turned to murder in order to maintain a lavish luxury lifestyle. Ron Levin and Hedeyat Eslaminia were killed in an attempt steal millions. Continue reading →

Jul 12

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Interstate 15

Piper Pawnee tow plane

Piper Pawnee tow plane (Photo credit: travelling.steve)

Many people have a fear of flying, heights, or being in a small aircraft and then running out of gas. For a small group of people, their plane running out of gas was their scenario on Sunday night, July 22. A small plane carrying four passengers was able to successfully land on a Southern Californian freeway after it had run out of gas. No one was hurt during the incident and thankfully, no personal injury was attained.

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Jul 12

Monsoon Weather Strikes Southern California; Beware of Accidents

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English: La Jolla, California; view from La Jolla Cove to blacks beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have recently been in Southern California, you may have experienced the strange weather rolling in. Earlier this week, the skies were clear and sunny, and Californians were making trips to the beach to take advantage of this summer weather. Then, almost out of the blue, the skies became gloomy and rain began to fall.

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Jul 12

Male Driver Killed on Fourth of July Holiday

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English: Fireworks at the San Jose America Festival in downtown San Jose, California on July 4, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With July 4th gone and past, drivers and pedestrians have survived one of the most accident-prone holidays of the year. Crowded roadways and packed sidewalks contribute to the fact that Independence Day has the most death accidents out of any other day in the entire year. Families traveling to see other relatives, friends visiting friends, and Americans coming out of their homes to watch fireworks add to the hectic status of freeways and side streets. On Wednesday, July 4th, one traveller was not so lucky to escape the accident statistics of this American holiday.

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Jun 12

Big Rig Driver Being Sued After Causing Six-Vehicle Accident

A Chevrolet Malibu involved in a rollover crash

A Chevrolet Malibu involved in a rollover crash (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Big rig crashes can be one of the scariest accidents to be involved in. The mass and weight of a truck can be intimidating and the amount of damage it can inflict is also frightening. Out on the roadways, semis can seem relatively safe if the driver is being careful and attentive to the drivers and passengers around. However, if a truck were to cause an accident or be part of one, the trauma and harm that results can be overwhelming.

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