Antioch Mayor Helps Save Man’s Life After Car Crash

Wade Harper, Mayor of Antioch, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area, is being praised as a hero after his efforts earlier this month helped save a man suffering from serious injuries related to a high-speed crash with a work van on California’s Highway 4. Harper, passing by the wreck after a city council… Learn More »

Traffic Fatalities Up Despite Vision Zero Safety Pledge

Portland traffic fatalities are up for 2016, marking an increase of almost 33% compared to this time last year. The increase occurred despite Portland City Council’s pledge of “Vision Zero”, a plan to reduce and eliminate traffic deaths nation-wide. Mayor Charlie Hales and Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick issued statements in response to the increase, noting… Learn More »

Gresham Woman Collides with Train, Suspected of DUI

As reported by the Oregonian, a 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving earlier this month, after crashing into a MAX train late one Tuesday night. The woman, Taylor Fast, is facing DUI, criminal mischief, and reckless driving charges. Witnesses to the crash told officers that Fast had driven through a red light while making a turn… Learn More »

Oregon’s Traffic Deaths – Biggest Increase in 50 Years, Up 27 Percent

“Americans take their safety on the roadways for granted”, says Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. And after the statistics released on traffic accidents for 2015, we’d have to agree. The Council estimates that 38,300 people were killed on U.S roads, with an additional 4.4 million seriously injured. Making 2015 the deadliest… Learn More »

Walk safely: How to be a good pedestrian

Walking to work. Jogging down a busy street. Even just walking through a parking lot. At one time or another, we are all pedestrians. Unfortunately, it seems like we hear about a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle on an increasingly regular basis. It begs the question: how many of these crashes could have been… Learn More »

“Vision Zero”: there’s a big hole in the plan to eliminate Portland traffic deaths

“Vision Zero” is a traffic safety project that aims for the goal of zero traffic fatalities. It’s been adopted by cities worldwide – and now includes Portland, Oregon. It’s a wide-ranging plan, with heavy emphasis on public education and prioritization of safety. Vision Zero Safety Pledge:  I will behave safely and courteously at all times… Learn More »

Is a driver responsible when a “sudden medical emergency” causes a car crash?

Recently, a driver who reportedly experienced a “sudden medical emergency” jumped the curb and hit 2 people on the sidewalk of the Burnside Bridge in Portland. One of the pedestrians was fatally injured. In May, a Vancouver man died after suffering from a medical emergency and crashing on I-205. In April, a 61-year-old semi-truck driver… Learn More »

Lawsuit filed for car crash death caused by dangerous tire

As reported by the Associated Press (AP), attorneys Tom D’Amore and Douglas Oh-Keith of D’Amore Law Group filed a lawsuit on behalf of a young woman who died in a car crash caused by a dangerous, defective tire. Ivon Carina Barajas-Orozco, her husband Heriberto, and their three-year-old son wanted to visit Heriberto’s grandfather in Chicago.… Learn More »

3 lessons from a real pedestrian accident

Laura Bliss was walking through a crosswalk when she was struck by a car making a left turn. A writer and editor, Bliss wrote a first-person account of what she learned from this experience. The full story is here, but what stands out in her account are the mistakes she made after that crash. Here… Learn More »

Why your car insurance rates are going up

Rate hikes and the “loyalty discount” myth Allstate quietly announced that auto insurance rates are going up, starting in June 2015. The company claims the price hike is due to an increase in car accidents and resulting accident claims. In other words, people paying for a service – insurance – are punished when they actually… Learn More »