Some Interesting Facts about Cars That You May Not Know About

The people’s growing interest towards cars usually stem from various sources. There are those who keep themselves updated on the latest motoring news, particularly those that concern their favorite car brands. There are those who have obtained enough knowledge on everything about cars by visiting car shows and, for many car owners, dealing with their vehicles’ issues. From the simple changing of flat tires to the complicated mastery of how engines work, many have been knowledgeable when it comes to cars because of these.

If you are a passionate car enthusiast, then it is definitely advantageous for you to use these pieces of information that you have in eliciting casual conversations with other like-minded people. But then, you might as well equip yourself with further knowledge about cars by taking note of these interesting facts about cars that you may not know about:

  • The first full-scale, mechanical vehicle, or widely regarded as the automobile, was built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in around 1769. Technically, it is an automobile, but it only has three wheels, which makes it a tricycle of sorts.  But the self-propelled mechanism of Cugnot’s invention became the basis and the inspiration for today’s cars.

  • Would you believe that the U.S. only ranked 3rd in terms of passenger cars per 1,000 people? In 2011, the country of Luxembourg in Europe led all nations in that department, followed by Iceland, then the United States, Italy, and Malta. In the lower ranks, Pakistan has the least passenger cars per 1,000 people. It is followed India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Vietnam.

  • Edward J. Claghorn was the first one to be granted the first patent for the safety belt in 1885. However, it only became a standard in front seats in the US in 1963, with the Swedish car manufacturer Volvo making it happen. Prior to this, it was in 1958 when the company’s design engineer Nils Bohlin patented the first 3-point safety belt, which is the seat belt that we wear today.

  • The “window cleaning device” that is widely known today as windshield wipers was popularly credited to Mary Anderson in 1903, although two others, Robert Douglass and John Apjohn were also credited for this very useful car-related invention.

  • The airbag, which is the vehicle safety device that commonly pops out whenever crashes occur, inflates at approximately 40 milliseconds upon impact.

These are just some of the awesome things about cars that you may not know about. Now that you are aware of these little bits of information, you can be even more interesting in front of your peers during your conversations with them.

‘LOL’ Facebook Post following Car Accident Sends Woman in Jail

A Kentucky woman was shocked upon learning that a simple ‘laugh out loud’ (LOL) Facebook post after a hit-and-run car accident would land her in jail.

According to reports, Paula Asher rammed her vehicle into another car carrying four minors in Woodford County, Kentucky last July 20. Asher immediately fled from the accident scene before authorities arrived.

Shortly thereafter, she posted in her Facebook account: “My dumb bass got a DUI and I hit a car.. Lol!” The said teens’ parents saw the said post and subsequently told the court about it. The said post has led authorities to determine that Asher was the missing suspect for the hit-and-run incident.

Consequently, Asher was required to appear on court and during her first appearance, the presiding judge told her to deactivate her Facebook account. However, Asher did not take the judge’s order seriously and ignored it instead.

Therefore, her initial hit-and-run, driving under the influence of intoxicating substance, and possession of controlled substance cases were subsequently joined by another charge of contempt of court.

In her second court appearance, Asher was booked in county jail for 48 hours and in her third arraignment, she confirmed that she had shut down her Facebook account. Also, she asked for an apology for all the people that she has hurt. Recently, Asher reportedly appeared in court but further details regarding the trial were not yet available.

This is another one of a kind case of hit-and-run car accident to keep track of, according to a Los Angeles automobile accident attorney. Until present, laws regarding the virtual world remain vague and awaiting to be addressed properly, he added.

Rock Music Legend Peter Frampton’s Car Struck by Texting Driver

Just recently, 62-year old rock music legend Peter Frampton was reportedly involved in a car accident Tuesday when he was struck by a woman who was driving while using her cell phone.

In his tweet, which is quoted below, Frampton said:

“Texting woman driver just ran into back of me while I was stationary in traffic 101 freeway. Can u say whiplash? People put the phones down!”

Obviously, while the musician’s car was on full stop due to prevailing traffic condition, his car was struck from behind by a woman driver who was then using her mobile phone while driving.

In his subsequent social media musing, Frampton tweeted:

“Back and neck not good. Going to ER after my flight today.”

The musician has a series of concert scheduled dubbed the “Grin & Bear It” tour, which actually started last Friday in Minnesota. Fortunately, despite the injuries that Frampton incurred, he was still able to proceed with his concert tour. In his recent Facebook post quoted herein as well, the musician said:

“The show must go on!!!”

In California, the use of hand–held devices like cell phone and other gadgets is unlawful. In fact, since the law has been carried out into effect, the number of deaths and injuries related to use of hand held devices was reduced.

A Los Angeles injury attorney noted that if a victim of such vehicle accident sustained severe injuries, and other damages emerged from the accident due to the negligence of other person or other parties, then the victim has the right to file charges for the damages and personal injuries.

Cadillac Passenger Dies in Hawthorn Fiery Crash

Before riding a vehicle, you should first make sure that the person driving it is in a good physical condition because your life may greatly depend on it.

A Cadillac passenger has died in a fiery crash which occurred along Prairie Avenue and 120th Street in Hawthorne.

According to police, the driver was moving west at a speed of over 80 mph when he failed to stop at a red light, causing the car to collide with a southbound vehicle.

Because of the impact, the Cadillac slammed into a light pole, which then collapsed.

Reports said the passenger was unable to get out of the car before it caught fire. Meanwhile, the Camry driver was able to get out of the vehicle, but was still injured in the accident.

For more information about auto accidents, you can consult with an expert Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.

Speeding Elderly Driver Dies after Plunging into Creek in Sonoma

Speeding is one of the most common causes of auto accidents. A driver who speeds up has a high chance of losing control of his or her vehicle. In addition, he or she will have a reduced time when reacting to situations around him or her.

An 81-year-old speeding driver has recently died in a solo car accident in Sonoma County.

According to reports, the driver identified as Carolyn Dusharme, from Sonoma, was driving along Fifth Street West at high speeds. Her 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant then swerved off the roadway while passing along the Leveroni Road intersection, said police.

The vehicle crashed into a guardrail, moved through a field, and plunged into Sonoma Creek before it stopped on its side.

The elderly driver died at the accident area. Authorities have not yet determined whether she suffered from any medical condition before the accident occurred.

For more information about car accidents, you can seek legal advice from a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.

Vehicle Accident Case Involving Drunken LA Deputy Settled, City to Pay $5M

Police officers should be more responsible with their actions because they serve as role models to ordinary citizens. This may be accomplished by following rules, which they are also required to enforce.

An intoxicated Los Angeles police officer who collided with another vehicle around three years ago is now causing additional financial problems to the city, since the Board of Supervisors chose to settle the case by giving around $4.75 million to the aggrieved party.

Reports said Deputy Robert Moran got drunk and was driving a city-issued SUV at high speeds when he suddenly collided with a car being driven by Elias Aldana.

Aldana was seriously injured in the crash. It turned out that he was high on drugs at the time of the incident.

Car Accident in Rolling Hills Estates Results in Injuries, Property Damage

A driver who caused a car accident will not only be held liable for the injuries sustained by victims, but also for the property damaged which resulted from the incident.

At least five people were hurt and a nail salon was damaged after a car crashed into it. Reports said the incident occurred along 501 Deep Valley Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.

The driver may be required to provide monetary damages to the victims and the salon owner if it was proven that his or her negligence caused the accident.

Car Passenger Dies after Vehicle Hits Tree in Tulare County

Before you ride in a vehicle, you should first make sure that the person who will be driving it is capable of doing so in order to avoid being involved in an accident, which can claim your own life.

A 22-year-old woman recently died after the car she was riding in hit a tree near Terra Bella in Tulare County.

The woman has been identified by the Tulare County Coroner as Christina Turrey, 27, from Porterville.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers stated that the 2004 Nissan was being driven by a 23-year-old man identified as Jon Andres Garcia, from Terra Bella. He reportedly lost control of the vehicle while traveling along Avenue 88 east of Road 236, causing it to move into an orchard and crash into the tree.

My condolences to Turrey’s loved ones.

Security Guard Killed in Set of NCIS

Production has been suspended for the CBS hit series NCIS after the death of a security guard following an automobile accident on the set yesterday.

The police drama stopped shooting and an actual investigation will be done to determine the circumstances surrounding the fatal incident.

According to reports, a production company van had just finished dropping off passengers on the set of the hit series when the driver suffered a still unspecified medical condition.

As a result, the driver probably accidentally stepped on the gas, which caused the van to take off and crash into a tent on the set and hit the security guard in the process.

The security guard was brought to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The identity of the victim was not released but was described as a 52-year-old man in the reports.

CBS released a statement offering their condolences to the family:

“Everyone at the network, the studio and NCIS is devastated by the news. Our hearts grieve for his family and friends for this tragic loss.”

In the statement, the network also stressed that they are cooperating with the local authorities in Santa Clarita to find out what caused this tragic accident.

More than that, hopefully, the network and the show’s production will take care of the family of the victim.

Instead of waiting for the family to make a wrongful death claim against the company, hopefully they take action immediately and not make it difficult for them.

9-Year-Old Killed in Single Fatal Car Accident in Temecula

We found this heartbreaking story at PE.com.

A fatal single car accident in Temecula claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl and seriously injured her 17-year-old step brother.

The tragedy is that the likely cause of the accident is that their mother was probably under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol when the crash happened.

According to reports, Karen Faye Honeycutt, 41, just picked up her two children Chloe, 9, and Zachery, 8, from Pauba Elementary with her step son Charles Williams Jr., 17.

They were on their way to Great Oaks High where another of her children was studying when Honeycutt lost control of her Jeep Grand Cherokee on Vail Ranch Parkway.

The Jeep proceeded to crash into a concrete light and then slammed into a tree.

Chloe and Charles, who may not have been wearing seatbelts, were thrown out of the vehicle.

Lorraine Yelton of Temecula, who was driving with her daughters, saw the crash and stopped at the scene.

Another person helped Honeycutt while she focused her attention on Chloe, who sustained very serious injuries due to the crash.

As Lorraine felt that Chloe was slipping away she comforted the child by singing to her and prayed for her.

Chloe died in her arms in peace.

That is when their brother from Great Oaks High arrived from school recognizing the crash and witnessing the tragedy that befell his family.

He asked Lorraine why her sister is not talking and deep inside he may already know the answer.

Charles, meanwhile, sustained serious back injuries had to be transported to a nearby hospital with Zachary who sustained minor injuries.

Karen Honeycutt, on the other hand, sustained neck injuries and is being detained in a hospital ward after being charged with suspicion of drunken driving and murder.

She was allegedly moving in vey high speeds and when asked about what happened after the crash, she does not seem to remember.

This prompted authorities to get her tested to see if she was under the influence.

As of writing, there was no information about the test results yet.

For the full story, check “Crash witness recounts girl’s final minutes.”