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August 2017 Archives

Choosing Safe Halloween Costumes For Your Kids

Halloween falls on October 31, but the costume planning and costume selection process may take days, weeks or even months. It can certainly be a lot of fun seeing your children get excited and creative about costumes, and there are many opportunities for bonding and making memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

IIHS study reveals the value of crash avoidance technology

California residents are likely aware that many modern cars and SUVs are fitted with sophisticated accident avoidance technology. Features like lane departure warning systems and blind spot alerts use sensors and radar arrays to monitor road conditions and warn drivers of impending dangers, and a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that more than 50,000 traffic accident injuries could be prevented each year if all vehicles were so equipped.

Law to prevent truck accidents challenged by Congress

California state law currently recognizes the risk of having a fatigued driver in a large commercial truck by requiring more rest periods for drivers than under federal law. However, two of California's representatives to the U.S. House are looking to overturn any state's ability to enhance roadway safety with more breaks than are federally mandated.

Autonomous vehicles face many challenges

The U.S. Department of Transportation has noted that human error plays a role in about 94 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents around the country, and the figures suggest that even the development of sophisticated electronic automobile safety systems has done little to make the nation's roads safer. However, many technology experts and road safety advocates believe that self-driving cars, which have been tested in California for some time, could one day eliminate accidents caused by human recklessness and negligence entirely.

Inventors take on drowsy driving with sleep detecting wearable

A long drive in California could cause a driver to nod off behind the wheel and get in a wreck. To alleviate the problem, a company called Creative Mode is raising money for a wearable called Steer. The inventors' Kick starter campaign has already gained 100 people willing to fund the device, which vibrates or shocks a person after detecting biometric signs of drowsiness.

The High Incidence Of California Pedestrian Accidents

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.