Articles Tagged with Fatal Accidents

Recently a man was killed in Natomas after sustaining fatal injuries from a hit and run collision while he was on a bicycle.  This incident occurred on W. El Camino Avenue on the overpass of Interstate 5. It was in the early morning hours when the victim was discovered by a security guard and was pronounced dead at the scene.  There was no information as to the other party involved.

Unfortunately tragedies involving hit and run accidents occur quite  often and with no information available for the responsible parties people often question if this type of collision would be covered through insurance. The answer is yes, hit and run injuries are covered by auto insurance through the uninsured motorist portion of the policy.

Truck driver fatigue  is,  and has been an issue in many  fatal accidents . It is believed to have accounted for approximately ten percent of all fatal car crashes between 2009 and 2011. The safety of commercial drivers deteriorates easily when fatigue is a factor. These drivers have long hours driving trucks and their  work schedules  are irregular. To stay safe, many truck drivers take adequate  off-duty time and frequent short rest breaks while driving.

One study looked at impacts of off-duty time as well as  and short rest breaks on the safety of commercial truck driving. They found that when a driver increased the total rest break time, there were fewer truck-related crashes due to fatigue. In the same way, having more rest breaks helped reduce the number of fatigue-related crashes. Two rest breaks seem adequate in a ten hour trip. More rest breaks don’t seem to add to safety. The duration of the rest break should be about 30 minutes. The rest breaks shouldn’t be too soon after starting the trip because such  breaks would be less effective.