California car drivers and their passengers will always be vulnerable when the vehicle must be maneuvered in traffic among commercial trucks and buses. These large vehicles cannot stop instantly, and a big rig driver who is distracted for only a brief moment can be caught unaware if a light turns red. Coming to a sudden halt in front of a semi can have severe consequences, including the possibility of suffering personal injury or even death.
According to a report by the California Highway Patrol, a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 17 in Los Gatos led to road closures that lasted for more than five hours on a recent Monday evening. While some victims suffered personal injury, one driver died at the crash scene. Authorities say 938 collisions happened on this highway in 2016, the highest in 13 years.
The California Highway Patrol closed off most of the westbound lanes of Highway 4 in eastern Contra Costa County for approximately three hours on a recent Wednesday morning. This was done after a multi-vehicle crash that occurred shortly after 8 a.m. It followed an earlier collision between a motorcycle and a car in which no one suffered personal injury. However, this caused backups on the already congested highway.
Public investment in infrastructure appears closely tied to pedestrian and bicyclist safety, according to a new study. Researchers compared fatality rates in 46 U.S. regions with each region’s ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’ and ‘Walk Friendly Community’ rankings and found a surprisingly large difference between the safest and most dangerous communities.