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June 2017 Archives

Survey finds aggressive behavior among drivers widespread

Some California motorists may be among the 90 percent of drivers who reported in a 2016 survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that they are concerned about the threat that aggressive drivers present to their safety. At the same time, the survey found that about 80 percent of the respondents said that they had become angry or aggressive behind the wheel in the past year.

How to react after an accident caused by another driver

Whether an individual is involved in an accident in California or any other state, there are protocols that he or she should follow regardless of who is at fault. The first thing that someone should do is take a deep breath before confronting the other driver. He or she should try to remain calm even if the other driver flees the scene or is otherwise uncooperative after causing the crash.

Ankle injuries resulting from hazardous premises

A California resident who slips and falls while on someone else's property is at serious risk for suffering ankle injuries. Even minor ankle injuries can cause a person to suffer serious pain and experience limited mobility in the joint. Victims may have the grounds to file a claim against the owner of the property.

The importance of insurance for amusement parks

While California residents may enjoy rollercoasters because of the thrills that they provide, insurance companies are more focused on the liability risk that they create. At the Emerald Glen Park at Dublin, a 10-year-old boy suffered cuts and scrapes while after being thrown from a water slide onto concrete. The ride had only been open for about 90 minutes when the incident occurred, and parts of the park had to be shutdown afterward.

CVSA International Road check safety blitz gets underway

Truck drivers in California and around the country can expect more scrutiny between June 6 and June 8 as law enforcement agencies take part in the annual International Road check safety blitz conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The nonprofit organization says that the goal of the effort is to protect road users and prevent truck accidents by encouraging compliance with and enforcing federal safety regulations.

Traffic fatality rates for vehicles

Motorists in California may be interested to know that SUVs and pickup trucks both have vehicle fatality rates that are better than the industry average, according to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The results of the study showed that the overall driver fatality rate for all passenger vehicles was 30 per million registrations for models dated from 2011 to 2014.

Sleep apnea a factor in truck driver accidents

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision not to hear a case by a truck driver who alleged that one of his carriers impeded against his rights by forcing him to undergo sleep apnea tests is sending waves throughout the trucking industry. The decision may lead to more screening requirements in California to determine if drivers suffer from the condition.