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March 2016 Archives

Don't Push Your Luck on St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is among the year's biggest drinking holidays. It has also become one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to the number of impaired drivers on the roads. A drunken car crash can be devastating, and possibly even fatal. An arrest for drunk driving can be harmful to a person's career, pocket-book and ability to continue exercising their driving privileges. The California Office of Traffic Safety reminds people that the costs of DUIs run beyond the risk of injury or death to yourself or others. There are car repairs, hospital bills, legal fees, bail, higher insurance rates, fines, court costs, lost time at work, and more.

New research may shed light on fatigue and truck accidents

In March 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine revealed new data concerning how truck driver tiredness might be correlated with accident risk. According to the analysts who wrote the report, prior research had been hindered because it is hard to obtain an unbiased, accurate gauge of how much fatigue drivers suffer from. Analysts say that the new assessment's revelations could help enforce existing measures intended to keep tired drivers off the road, and the report comes on the heels of industry outcry for clearer standards on what constitutes fatigued driving.

Takata hid airbag issues, ruptures caused 10 deaths

California drivers might be surprised to hear that Takata Corporation is under fire from lawmakers for trying to hide issues with its airbags, which have been linked to more than 100 injuries and 10 deaths. At the same time, vehicle manufactures say that the airbag ruptures were caused by a mixture of design, humidity and manufacturing problems and the use of ammonium nitrate, a volatile chemical.