According to the California Highway Patrol, a car accident involving a Chrysler minivan and a semi-truck caused four fatalities. The incident occurred on US-101 near the 76 truck stop north of Paso Robles around 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 24.
The Napa County Sheriff's Department has reported that a 59-year-old Napa man died following a roadway accident on Dec. 13. According to sources, the two-car accident occurred on state Highway 29. Reports indicate that a 23-year-old Napa resident was driving a Ford F-150 south on the highway at around 5:20 a.m. when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and collided with a northbound 1998 Chevrolet Prizm driven by a 46-year-old Fairfield man. The Ford's driver allegedly hit the concrete divide in the roadway, crossing into the northbound lanes of traffic before striking a guardrail. The impact caused the truck's rear end to rise into the air, smashing down on the Prizm's passenger side.
California residents who were victims of car accidents may suffer from injuries that may have been preventable. When drivers and passengers take appropriate safety measures before getting in their cars, they may be able to prevent some of the most common injuries that occur during car accidents.
California residents may be interested to learn that, according to a recent study, those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries face a high likelihood of being rehospitalized. The study, conducted by the Brain Injury Association of America, found that 20 percent of all traumatic brain injury sufferers are rehospitalized within one to three years following their initial injury. That substantial rehospitalization rate affects not only those with the brain injury, but also their families, caretakers and medical staff.
One bicyclist was killed and another was seriously injured in a Nov. 28 accident that occurred in the vicinity of Nacimiento Lake Drive and Adelaida Road near Paso Robles. The cyclists were struck by a sport utility vehicle operated by a man who admitted to officials that he was distracted immediately prior to the incident, according to the California Highway Patrol.