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Nanny Saves Child in Pedestrian Accident

While the child was uninjured in the pedestrian accident that occurred earlier this year, Caroline Maurer, the care taker, broke bones in her hands, wrists and arms. A driver made a left turn through a four way stop sign after failing to stop at the crosswalk. While the nanny pushing her stroller yelled stop, the driver failed to notice the pair before colliding in the pedestrian crossing. As Maurer recounted the accident, she explains, "Fox was strapped in and I couldn't get him out." The 2 year old was strapped in his stroller at the time of the accident and Maurer could not free the child due to the injuries she sustained to her hands and wrists. The paramedics on scene told the parents that Maurer had saved the child's life by placing herself between the stroller and the oncoming vehicle.

Not good: The latest stats on motorcycle accidents

New motorcycle accident statistics have been released by the Insurance Information Institute (III). The numbers, mostly from 2015, were compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The numbers are most discouraging.

Ways to avoid a bike accident on Los Angeles streets

The City of Los Angeles has released some guidelines as part of their LADOT Bike Program that they have determined could greatly reduce the incidence rate of bike crashes among area residents.

First, they note that it's always recommended that bicyclists wear both reflective clothing and a helmet when planning to take to the road.

23 Year Old Cyclist Killed on PCH in Hit and Run Accident

Kazumasa Nozaki was killed in a hit and run collision near the Annenberg Community Beach House on PCH around 7 p.m, October 15. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, the driver who struck Nozaki left the scene of the accident, then later returned where he then questioned. Regarding what led to the death of the 23 year cyclist, Lt. Saul Rodriguez of Santa Monica PD stated, "A preliminary investigation revealed the bicyclist was riding his bicycle northbound along PCH. The involved vehicle was traveling northbound along PCH and struck the bicyclist from the rear. The driver is cooperating with the investigation and there have been no preliminary indications the driver was impaired." The accident happened after sundown so the cyclist may have not been easily seen prior to the fatal collision.

A 13-year-old's parents sue Caltrans, Metro Bus for her death

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Oct. 23 against a Metro Bus driver, her employer, and Caltrans. In the filing, a 13-year-old Redondo Beach girl's parents allege that negligence on behalf of each of the defendants resulted in her bicycle accident death.

The lawsuit chronicles how the young teen had been out riding her bike along her friend during the early evening hours on May 5. She had been riding eastbound along Knob Hill Avenue when she arrived at its intersection with the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

Studies show bike helmets significantly reduce injuries and death

A recent study, published in the American Journal of Surgery, suggests that bike helmets can prevent the most profound type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) by at least one half. Helmet-wearing bicyclists experience significantly fewer broken bones to their faces and fewer fatal injuries than their non-helmet-wearing counterparts as well.

While researchers point out that wearing a helmet won't prevent a bicyclist from getting involved in an accident, it may result in he or she suffering only minor injuries. They note that is the same logic that applies to motorists who use seat belts versus those who don't.

A Koreatown bicyclists is struck, killed in a hit-and-run

A 30-something-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed while riding his bike in Los Angeles' Koreatown in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 25. The crash happened in the western portion of the city shortly before 2:00 a.m. The intersection of San Marino Street and Western Avenue remained closed for some time afterwards as police attempted to recreate the crash.

Witnesses to the fatal bicycle crash reported seeing the decedent riding his bike in the southern direction along Western Avenue right before he was about cross over San Marino Street. It's then that they saw a motorist strike the rear end of the man's bike.

Thanksgiving 2017 Driving and Travel Tips

If you plan to travel for Thanksgiving, you may be joining millions of fellow Americans flying and driving to visit friends and family. Unfortunately, time spent in traffic or crowded airport lines can be stressful and counterproductive to enjoy your time away from work. To reduce your stress and avoid a car accident, follow these tips.

Hollywood Actor Motorcycle Crash Changes His Perspective

Gerard Butler, star of the environmental disaster film, Geostorm, was involved in a crash on his motorcycle. According to Butler, he was riding his motorcycle when he was cut off by driver making an illegal u-turn. He told ET that he, "smacked the car, went flying through the air and did a somersault and landed and it hurt a bit." Butler was lucky to come away with 5 fractures in his right foot and torn meniscus. At least, Butler was able to leave the accident with a new outlook on life. He explained to ET that the collision, "made me really appreciate how precious life is because I could have landed any number of ways that would have taken me out." Butler was not embellishing how serious his injuries could have been.

An alleged drunk driver strikes, kills a Santa Clarita Valley mom

An Oct. 6 drunk driving crash claimed the life of a young mother from Saugus. The crash occurred around 11:48 p.m., as the 37-year-old drove home from visiting her twin preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit at an area hospital.

The woman, who was mother to six kids, was driving along Golden Valley Road, fast approaching Valley Center Road immediately prior to the crash. At that same time, there was a 22-year-old, driving in the opposite direction along Golden Valley Road.

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