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Alcohol consumption not ruled out in fatal crash

Police in California say that alcohol consumption or drug use have not been ruled out as possible causes of a fatal wrong-way crash involving three vehicles on the morning of Aug. 11 in Sonoma County. The accident claimed the life of a 41-year-old Vacaville man and left a 41-year-old Woodland woman seriously injured. The crash took place on Alexander Valley Road near Healdsburg at approximately 10:00 a.m.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal accident was caused by the driver of a Honda Accord who was proceeding eastbound in the westbound lane of Alexander Valley Road near Soda Rock Lane when he came upon an oncoming GMC SUV and Kia sedan. Police say that the driver of the SUV swerved to avoid a head-on collision, but his vehicle still struck the side of the Honda as the two vehicles passed one another. The woman behind the wheel of the Kia was given very little time to react, and she was unable to avoid striking the oncoming Honda head-on.

Speeder causes fatal chain reaction crash

The California Highway Patrol said that a driver who caused a fatal accident on Aug. 8 was driving at an unsafe speed. The chain reaction crash took place in Irvine near the border of Tustin and involved a total of five cars. One person was killed and two other people were taken to the hospital with injuries.

According to reports, the fatal car accident occurred when a 1994 Dodge van was traveling on the 5 Freeway south of Jamboree Road at around 10:30 p.m. As the van traveled at excessive speeds, it struck a car from behind and started a chain reaction. The second car hit a third car and two other cars were hit.

Woman killed while stopped after minor collision

A California woman was killed on July 28 after she had stopped by the side of a road after a minor traffic accident in Petaluma. Before the fatal car accident occurred, the 58-year-old victim was a passenger in a Mazda MX-5 driven by her husband. Petaluma police say that the Mazda and a Ford Explorer had a minor collision at about 3:50 p.m. before both drivers stopped along Sonoma Mountain Parkway.

Following the accident involving the Mazda and the Ford, a Nissan Maxima driver who had seen the accident happen stopped along the road as well. When all of the vehicle occupants were out of their cars, an 86-year-old man driving a Toyota Camry struck the back of the Nissan. The impact of that crash caused the Nissan to hit the back of the Mazda which then hit the Nissan driver and the 58-year-old Mazda passenger.

California man faces raft of charges after fatal accident

A 24-year-old California man is facing a raft of charges including vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run in connection with a July 22 accident in Ventura County that claimed the life of a motorcyclist. He faces a prison sentence of up to 17 years if convicted on all charges. Ventura Police Department officers say that they took the man into custody after he allegedly fled the accident scene on foot and flagged down a passing vehicle.

According to reports, the sequence of events began when the man struck an unmarked police vehicle on Highway 126 in Ventura at approximately 2:00 p.m. Police say that the man's vehicle struck an SUV and a motorcycle as he attempted to elude his pursuers by exiting the highway at South Kimball Road and running a red light. Emergency medical services personnel attempted to revive the badly injured motorcyclist, but their efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Head-on car crash injures 5 people including 3 children

Five people were injured in a two-car accident in California on July 22. The crash took place along northbound Empire Ranch Road in Folsom just before 4:30 p.m. Three of the injured victims were children and two were adults. According to reports, all of the injured victims were conscious and able to speak to medical personnel while they were being taken to the hospital.

Police say that the car accident was caused by a woman who was driving a Chevy Cruze with three children in her car. For reasons that are currently unknown, the Chevy driver left her lane and collided head-on with a woman driving a Kia Soul. Police say that there are many reasons the Chevy driver may have left her lane, but they would not know what caused her to lose control of her vehicle until the investigation was completed.

Facts concerning deadly vehicle wrecks over the last 13 years

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that roughly 32,000 vehicle-related fatalities occurred in California and across the nation during 2013, which is a 31 percent decrease from the year 2000. Compared with other high-income countries such as Sweden, Japan, the United Kingdom and Spain, the United States has not decreased its rate of fatal car accidents nearly as much. The average decrease between the year 2000 and 2013 for these other countries was 56 percent.

The report further noted that the US comes in second place, with Canada coming in first, as the country with the highest number of alcohol-related vehicle crash deaths. In regards to front car seat belt use, among 20 countries, the US ranks as the third lowest country, with Austria in first place and Belgium in second, in the use of front seat belts in cars.

Maintaining product safety and compliance in California

In 2015, 51 million vehicles were recalled because of safety issues. In addition to a recall, companies that release unsafe products could be subject to fines and the loss of contracts. Therefore, it is important that companies know the steps that they can take to avoid these consequences in the first place. One way to ensure a product is safe is to test it before it is released.

Testing may be conducted through a company such as National Technical Systems that offers compliance tests to meet regulatory criteria around the world. In addition to partnering with testing companies, it may be useful to create a dedicated compliance team. This team can be made of outside contractors or employees who already work for the firm. Such a team may be beneficial as they may best understand the specific compliance challenges that the organization faces.

California drivers and the 1.4-million Toyota vehicle recall

Toyota has issued a recall for 1.4 million cars due to the potential of exploding airbags. No deaths have been reported related to the recall, which affects multiple vehicles in its hybrid line. The airbags involved in the recall are located along the side of Toyota vehicles. The steering wheel and passenger-side airbags are not affected by the issue.

The recalled airbags are reportedly welded together and feature two inflator chambers. When the car is left unoccupied for a significant length of time, the weld can crack and cause a separation between the chambers. This can cause the airbag to inflate and potentially shoot pieces of the inflator unit into the occupied vehicle.

Ikea recalling 29 million dressers due to children's deaths

California parents who have Malm dressers or chests in their homes need to know that Ikea has announced that it will be recalling approximately 29 million of them. The dressers and chests are too easy to tip over, and they have killed three children by falling over on them.

Ikea USA's president urged parents to remove the dressers from their homes immediately. He indicated that people can ask for refunds or can request free repair kits to mount the dressers to their walls. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a child is taken to an emergency room after being injured by a falling piece of furniture or a tv on the average of every 24 minutes, and a child dies in such an accident every two weeks.

Preventing tractor-trailer jackknife accidents

While many California residents have heard about accidents or traffic snarls caused by jackknifed tractor-trailers, they may not know what causes articulated commercial vehicles to lose control in this way. The term comes from the shape of a folding pocket knife, and trucks generally behave in this fashion when one or more wheels on either the tractor or trailer lock up.

Most drivers know that control is lost and skidding occurs when car wheels lock up. Tractor-trailers have highly sophisticated air braking systems designed to prevent lock ups from occurring. However, such accidents can still happen in these vehicles. A tractor jackknife occurs when the tractor wheels lock up, and a trailer jackknife occurs when the trailer wheels lock up. Truck drivers can reduce the likelihood of a jackknife accident by decreasing their speed when road conditions are poor and checking their mirrors regularly for trailer swing. This is especially vital when the trailer is empty.

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