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CA injury lawyerSport utility vehicles (SUVs) were once associated with ‘soccer moms’ and criticized for being gas guzzlers. Today, the industry has redesigned these vehicles to be more appealing to a larger number of people. Many now offer greater fuel efficiency, smaller overall design, and features such as automatic sliding doors, removable seats, and four-wheel drive capabilities. This makes them a popular choice among families as well as carpoolers and people who use them for hauling objects or taking on camping trips. Unfortunately, the convenience SUVs offer comes at a cost in terms of safety. Despite new advances, rollovers continue to be a problem. These types of car accidents can end up causing serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. The following highlights a recent rollover accident in the Bay Area and some of the common reasons why these accidents occur.

One Killed, Another Seriously Injured by Rollover Accident in San Jose

A rollover accident that recently occurred on State Highway 87 in San Jose has left one person dead and another suffering severe injuries. A call came into police that an SUV had overturned near Taylor Street off-ramp. Investigators report the driver was headed north when he encountered traffic. He swerved to avoid crashing into other vehicles and hit a sound wall at the interchange instead. The SUV he was driving rolled over as a result.

There were as many as five people in the vehicle. A male passenger was reportedly killed in the crash, while a woman was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries. The driver and other passengers were unharmed. There is no word yet on the contributing factors or whether the driver will face any criminal charges.

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CA injury lawyerSummertime is typically when people head out on the road for day trips, long weekends, and extended vacations. It is also the time of year when car accidents and injuries are most likely to occur. A nationwide program known as ‘The 100 Deadliest Days’ aims at raising awareness of dangerous driving behaviors among teens, but it also offers tips adult drivers need to follow to protect themselves and others on the road.

Summer Among Most Dangerous Time of Year for Car Accidents

Summer is one of the most dangerous times of year in terms of serious and potentially life-threatening car accidents. Each year, thousands of people are killed between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. Part of the problem is in the general increase in motorists. In addition to people traveling on outings and vacations, with school being out for the season there are also more inexperienced teenage drivers on the road.

Anytime there is an increase in traffic, the odds for potentially fatal car accident injuries are higher as well. More cars mean more chances for collisions and greater impacts. Among the most common types of behaviors that contribute to car crashes at this time of year include:

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CA injury lawyerThe summer months provide the perfect opportunity for cyclists to hit the road in the Bay area. Warmer weather and plenty of local and statewide events draw enthusiasts from all over. Unfortunately, while there is a large bicycle community locally, there are also a significant number of bike accidents which occur each year that result in serious and potentially life-threatening personal injuries. Before you take to the roads or local trails, take a few minutes to brush up on some simple bike safety tips.

Bicycling in the Bay Area

Residents of the Bay area use bicycles as a means of keeping fit, for transportation purposes, and as a healthy form of recreation. For cycling enthusiasts who enjoy challenging themselves or simply getting together with others, there are numerous events scheduled throughout the summer months. RacePlace provides detailed listings and links to activities throughout the state. Locally, these include:

  • Bike the Bridge
  • Cycle For Life
  • The Annual Bike The Coast

In addition to these activities, there are numerous parks with bike trails to ride on, such as the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, the Lower Guadalupe River Trail, and the busy tangle of bike paths in and around the Golden Gate Bridge. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Collision often turns up for these events, but they encourage members to play it safe and to be aware of the dangers all cyclists face. They report that as many as 700 bicyclists are killed each year in accidents throughout Santa Clara County.

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CA injury lawyerHeavy traffic conditions, such as those common during rush hour in the Bay Area, make car accidents more likely to occur. As cars stretch bumper to bumper and drivers get increasingly frustrated by the wait, minor mistakes can end up causing major damages. A recent collision involving multiple cars and a busload of prison inmates left numerous injuries and blocked a major interstate in San Jose for hours.

Bus Full of Inmates Involved in Multi-Vehicle Collision

Rush hour traffic on a recent Thursday morning in San Jose came to a grinding halt when a multi-vehicle collision closed all southbound lanes on one of the areas major arteries. The accident involved several cars as well as a bus carrying more than 30 inmates being transported from the Elmwood Correctional Facility to the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose.

The scene itself was chaotic, as one of the cars involved burst into flames. As a result, traffic was blocked in all directions for several hours. Once victims were taken to local hospitals and inmates were transferred to another bus, California Highway Patrol was eventually able to open up one northbound lane. There is no word yet on the severity of the injuries or the exact causes of the crash. In situations such as these, it is likely that multiple drivers will share at least a portion of the blame.

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CA injury lawyerAfter sitting in Bay Area traffic during the week, many residents throughout Santa Clara County enjoy going off-road on the weekends and during holidays or vacations. There are numerous places within just a short drive from San Jose where you can buy or rent all-terrain vehicles and enjoy off-road trails. For some, using your own truck, Jeep, or motorcycle may be an option. While off-roading can provide a way to get out in nature and blow off some steam, you need to make safety your primary concern. Recent all-terrain vehicle accidents involving two Bay Area residents emphasize the dangers and the importance of taking some precautions before you go.

ATV Accidents Claim the Lives of Two People from the Bay Area

Located a three hours San Jose, Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is a popular weekend destination for off-road aficionados throughout the Bay Area. One of the most unique of the state parks, it is known for its expansive sand dunes and also for being one of the few parks that allow off-road driving on the beach.

Unfortunately, a string of ATV accidents recently occurred at the park and claimed the lives of two people from our area. One of the crashes involved a Sacramento man who was riding with a group of friends when he was thrown from his ATV. Investigators believe the incident occurred as the result of sudden braking. It came on the heels of another crash which occurred just the week before. A San Jose woman was riding with assorted friends when she crashed from the top of a 25 to 30-foot dune while going up to 60 miles per hour. The ATV rolled several times on the way down the dune. She was taken to a local hospital but later died as the result of her injuries.

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