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CVSA International Roadcheck 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 Roadcheck 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.

Poor urban design blamed for spike in pedestrian deaths

California is known for having heavy traffic, and pedestrians face an increasingly dangerous environment. A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association showed that pedestrian deaths from traffic accidents around the country rose 11 percent in 2016 compared to 2015. This spike in fatalities exacerbates the dangerous trend that produced a 12 percent increase in fatal pedestrian accidents between 2006 and 2015.

Motorcycle accident trends

California motorcyclists may be interested to learn that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,976 motorcycle fatalities in 2015. The number was an 8 percent increase over the previous year, where there were 4,594 fatalities. However, there were 88,000 reported motorcycle injuries in 2015, a 3 percent decrease from the previous year.

A fatal California accident involved a semi carrying hot oil

A 71-year-old woman from Seaside apparently caused a chain reaction, which resulted in a three-vehicle accident during the afternoon of April 30. She was driving a 2012 Mazda eastbound on Highway 46 close to the Cholame "Y" when, according to the California Highway Patrol, the Mazda wandered into the westbound lane. The female driver of the Mazda died in the subsequent crash, and her name was not initially released by the CHP.

Pedestrian safety tips for seniors in Coachella Valley

While any type of accident involving motor vehicles can be devastating, it can be especially catastrophic when a pedestrian gets hit. If you live in Coachella Valley, you should know that this area sees significantly more pedestrian deaths than the national average. Seniors 65 years old or older are especially at risk.

The High Incidence of California Pedestrian Accidents and Their Devastating Effects

Pedestrian accidents are a distressing and prevalent issue in California. Across the nation, pedestrian deaths represent nearly 15 percent of automobile accident fatalities, and California leads the nation in this horrifying statistic. In 2015, the number of pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents in California was at 23 percent.