The Bay Area is settling in to summer. The weather has been cooperating; school is out or will be out soon, and family trips are in the works. This part of California has a reputation for being laid-back, but we know better. We may not be blue suit and red tie types, but we work […]read more
A South San Francisco man was among the dead in a recent wrong-way accident near Sacramento — the fourth wrong-way crash in 2015. Three people in all died in that accident, bringing the total number of lives lost in wrong-way accidents this year to 14. Both state police and lawmakers are wondering if this is […]read more
We are continuing our discussion of the Feb. 24 collision between a commuter train and a heavy-duty pick-up truck at a road-grade crossing near Oxnard. Of the 28 people injured, four were reported in critical condition. Earlier this week, authorities announced that one of those victims, the engineer of the Metrolink train, had died from […]read more
No one was killed but dozens were injured in the Feb. 24 accident involving a heavy-duty pickup truck and a Metrolink commuter train. The accident happened between the Southern California cities of Oxnard and Camarillo, less than an hour away from the site of the 2008 train crash in Chatsworth that left 25 dead. The […]read more
Don’t believe it for a second if someone tells you that money isn’t a factor in important ballot initiatives. The Los Angeles Times reported recently that last November’s Proposition 46 fight cost both camps about $70 million altogether. More than 80 percent of that came from opponents of the measure — the winning side. Prop […]read more
If you watched the second (and last) season of “Smash,” a television show about putting on a Broadway show, you may remember the death of one of the characters. He was walking the streets of New York, singing his heart out, when he heedlessly stepped into the path of an oncoming car. The show’s writers […]read more
A few weeks ago, we were talking about the high rate of fatal bicycle accidents in California (see California tops all other states in cyclist fatalities, posted Oct. 30). That study, from the Governors Highway Safety Association, found that adult males — that is, adult males in California and Florida — accounted for more fatalities […]read more
California had more bicycle accident fatalities than any other state from 2010 to 2012. Worse, perhaps, is the fact that the number of deaths rose by 23 percent during that period, while national totals increased just 16 percent. California also outpaces the nation when it comes to how many traffic deaths involve bikers: Nationwide, 2 […]read more
Do we sound like a broken record? We wonder, because we try to take every opportunity to encourage safe driving, motorcycling and biking behaviors. More and more, two-wheeled vehicles share the roads with sedans, semis and SUVs, and so many traffic accidents involving motorcycles or bicycles are avoidable. When it comes to avoiding accidents, though, […]read more
In an accident between a car or truck and a bicycle, chances are that the bicycle will lose. The motor vehicle is heavier and faster, and it has four wheels (or more). Bikes may be more maneuverable, able to respond quickly to avoid a collision, but they haven’t the bulk of a car, and they […]read more
Parents are funny about their kids and sports. Even in laid-back California, you hear about parents who push their children to be better and better, to outshine everyone else on the field. Other parents are just happy their kids are running around outside and having fun. There are probably as many reasons parents allow or […]read more
The NFL has done the math and come up with what the court believes is the right answer in the concussion class action filed by former players and their families. Now, the judge overseeing the settlement has ordered the league to show its work. In a ruling on Sept. 8, the judge ordered the league […]read more
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