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One woman’s crusade to stop truck underride accidents (3 of 3)

Welcome back to our third and final post on truck underride accidents this week.

As we stated previously, truck underride accidents have been a major problem on American roads for several decades, though it is a problem that has largely been ignored by regulators. However, one woman -- with the help of social media -- has finally convinced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to review and consider revising truck underride guard regulations.

The woman was severely injured and tragically lost her two teenage daughters in a 2013 truck underride accident. Since recovering from her injuries, the woman has been fighting for stronger regulations in effort to prevent other families from going through what she has been through.

One woman’s crusade to stop truck underride accidents (2 of 3)

Welcome back. This week we are discussing truck underride accidents on our blog.

As we stated in our last post, truck underride accidents have been going on for decades, but the issue seldom gains national attention.

In fact, the last time truck underride accidents were in the national spotlight was in 1967 when actress Jayne Mansfield and two other people were killed after their vehicle slid under a tractor trailer. Following Mansfield’s death, safety officials tried and failed to implement tougher regulations for underride guards. Soon the issue, once again, fell below the radar.

One woman’s crusade to stop truck underride accidents (1 of 3)

If you have ever been driving behind a tractor trailer you may have noticed two vertical steel bars that extend from the fame of the truck and connect with a horizontal steel bar. This feature is known as an underride guard and has been required on the backs of most large trucks and trailers since the early 1950s in effort to prevent truck underride accidents.

Unfortunately, the underride guards are not always effective and thousands of Americans have been seriously injured or have lost their lives after striking the back of a semi-truck and sliding underneath. When they work effectively, underride guards can prevent cars from sliding under the truck while also igniting air bags, crumple zones, and seat belts.

Could this product help prevent distracted driving accidents?

When we think about distracted driving, we often think about the distractions that are caused by cellphones such as texting, emailing, surfing the Internet or talking. While, indeed, these are all dangerous distractions, a cellphone isn’t the only thing that takes a driver’s eyes off of the roads.

In fact, something as simple as reaching for a tissue while driving can be just distracting enough to cause a serious car accident. The problem is there isn’t a great place to keep a Kleenex box in a vehicle and they always seem end up on the floor and out of reach.

'Drive sober or get pulled over' this holiday season

California police often crack down heavily on drunk drivers over the holidays by participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, and this year is no different.

As we discussed in a past article on our website, safety officials say that drunk driving incidents may increase by as much as eighty percent over the holiday season thanks to booze-filled celebrations, which often results in a spike in fatal drunk driving accidents in the state.

Several fatal accidents plague northern California's roads

Last week was a deadly one on northern California's roads. According to reports, the California Highway Patrol had six unrelated fatal car accident investigations going as of Saturday afternoon in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Gate reported.

The rash of fatalities began on Thursday evening when a 23-year-old San Lorenzo man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Hayward. The accident, which involved one other vehicle, occurred at D and Atherton streets around 6:20 p.m., officials reported.

Did driver fatigue cause Northern California fatal bus accident?

Last week, we discussed the fatal charter bus accident in northern California that left a 33-year-old man dead and 30 others injured. Since then, federal officials have been investigating the crash to determine what caused the bus to drift off of the freeway and flip on the morning of Nov. 23.

The bus, which was traveling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington, was about 100 miles south of the Oregon border when the accident occurred, and interestingly, had just been involved in a minor accident about 50 miles earlier.

At this point, investigators believe that driver fatigue may have contributed to the crash. 

What to do after your child has been injured in an accident

In our last post, we discussed a new study on head injuries in children that was conducted by researchers at the University of California’s Davis School of Medicine and published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study showed that falls, car accidents and bicycle accidents are predominant causes of head injuries in children. While these serious accidents can sometimes be prevented with safety measures like helmets and seatbelts, that is not always possible when a negligent third party is involved.

Study identifies most common causes of head injuries in kids

Parents have to accept that they can’t keep their children safe from all injuries; bumps, bruises and scrapes are just a part of growing up. However, new research shows that more serious accidents, such as falls and car accidents, can lead to serious head injuries.

The research, which was gathered by University of California’s Davis School of Medicine and published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that falls accounted for 77 percent of head injuries in children under the age of 2 and 38 percent of head injuries for kids between 2 and 12. 

Northern California tour bus accident kills 1, injures dozens

One person was killed and 30 others were injured, some critically, in a tour bus accident in northern California on Sunday.

The tour bus was reportedly on its way from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington, when it coasted off of the freeway and overturned around 7:30 a.m. about 100 miles south of the Oregon border.

It was also reported that the same bus had already been involved in another accident about 50 miles earlier on the same trip. During that accident, the bus reportedly ran into a Denny's restaurant, but no one was injured.

Accolades & Memberships

Attorney Chris Kreeger is accomplished and well respected in the California legal community. Below is a short list of some of his accolades and memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Sacramento Consumer Attorneys (President 2003; » Board of Directors 1997)
  • Sacramento County Judge Pro Tempore
  • El Dorado County Judge Pro Tempore.
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