California residents who plan to take their children trick-or-treating this Halloween may wish to remain especially vigilant when crossing busy roads. Accident data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that drunk driving accidents are worryingly common during the annual fall holiday with the hours between 6:00 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 1 being particularly deadly.
The cooler weather will be bringing out locals and snowbirds alike in Palm Springs and the surrounding desert area, meaning more people on the road and walkways. Although most traffic accidents involve vehicles, an increasing number occur with pedestrians. In fact, fatalities among foot traffic have risen 33 percent the last few years, reports the local news.
California partygoers may wonder about the safety of the nightclubs and party sites they visit, especially when elevated floors and balconies are involved. At one clubhouse near Clemson University in South Carolina, the floor collapsed in the early morning hours of Oct. 21 while a party was in progress. Dozens fell down into the basement as the floor gave way, and 30 people were hospitalized after the incident.
Spinal cord injuries can be life-changing for accident victims in California. These kinds of injuries could lead to a loss of sensory function, loss of motor abilities and even paralysis. Many doctors and scientists are researching the causes and effects of these injuries and looking for new treatment mechanisms that could help to restore lost functionality. In one study, researchers at the University of British Columbia found a gene signature that switches on and off in response to spinal cord injuries; it appears to be tied to the severity of the damage sustained.
When people in California hire a limousine, they might not be aware of limousine safety issues. A deadly limousine crash that grabbed national headlines has highlighted some dangers associated with limousines. Locals already considered the intersection where the crash occurred dangerous. Only a stop sign marked the intersection where one state road met another state road at the bottom of a steep hill.
Partially autonomous systems in vehicles meant to assist drivers and prevent accidents have proven popular with California motorists. Automotive safety groups, like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Thatcham in the United Kingdom, caution people against crediting autopilot features with perfect capabilities. They all require an attentive driver, and some systems should only be used under narrow circumstances.
Many drivers in California have been involved in a car accident at some point during their lives. Most of these accidents are minor, but car accidents continue to be a significant cause of death every year. According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) fatalities from car accidents decreased from 2016 to 2017.
Technology is changing the way that many California residents drive, and not always for the better. Over-reliance on collision avoidance systems and other safety features can make drivers complacent and a danger to themselves and others. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has analyzed this trend and come up with some startling statistics.