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May 2017 Archives

Poor urban design blamed for spike in pedestrian deaths

California is known for having heavy traffic, and pedestrians face an increasingly dangerous environment. A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association showed that pedestrian deaths from traffic accidents around the country rose 11 percent in 2016 compared to 2015. This spike in fatalities exacerbates the dangerous trend that produced a 12 percent increase in fatal pedestrian accidents between 2006 and 2015.

Crypto outbreaks on the rise in swimming pools

California residents that enjoy swimming in pools may be interested in learning that outbreaks of Cryptosporidium, a parasitic infection, have been on the rise since 2014. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were twice as many outbreaks reported in 2016 as there were in 2014.

Motorcycle accident trends

California motorcyclists may be interested to learn that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,976 motorcycle fatalities in 2015. The number was an 8 percent increase over the previous year, where there were 4,594 fatalities. However, there were 88,000 reported motorcycle injuries in 2015, a 3 percent decrease from the previous year.

A fatal California accident involved a semi carrying hot oil

A 71-year-old woman from Seaside apparently caused a chain reaction, which resulted in a three-vehicle accident during the afternoon of April 30. She was driving a 2012 Mazda eastbound on Highway 46 close to the Cholame "Y" when, according to the California Highway Patrol, the Mazda wandered into the westbound lane. The female driver of the Mazda died in the subsequent crash, and her name was not initially released by the CHP.

How textalyzers could identify distracted drivers

California residents may have heard of textalyzers, a device that could give law enforcement officials the ability to see if drivers are reading emails, texting or viewing social media sites on their cell phones while driving. However, nearly 40,000 traffic deaths occurred in the U.S. in 2016, and many of them were from cell phone distractions.

Court rules that employer may be liable for a worker's murder

A sobering case out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit may give pause to Californians about workplace injuries and liability. The case centers around a murder of a pregnant Home Depot employee that was committed by her supervisor.