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March 2019 Archives

Weather Channel faces wrongful death suit for deadly 2017 crash

In March of 2017, the stars of the show "Storm Wranglers" were speeding down a highway looking for signs of a tornado when they ran a stop sign and crashed into a jeep driven by a 25-year-old storm spotter. All three were killed upon impact. California residents should know that the mother of the 25-year-old has filed a wrongful death suit against the show's network, the Weather Channel.

Nevada proposes "textalyzer" for confirming distracted driving

California residents should know that in neighboring Nevada, a measure has been proposed that may allow police to use a device called a "textalyzer" to determine if drivers were using their phone prior to a crash. The maker of the device, the Israel-based company Cellebrite, says the device does not access or store personal content. It will check for any user activity, such as if the driver opened a Facebook messenger call screen.

Liability waivers do not always block recovery of damages

Adults and children in California often must complete liability waivers before participating in activities, like athletics, amusement park rides, skiing or school trips. Although these forms seek to exempt businesses and other organizations from paying damages when accidents happen, waivers do not necessarily hold up in court. During legal challenges, the language of the waiver, its scope, and the public interest will guide the interpretation of the contract.

Daylight saving time means drowsy driving, more crashes

Losing one hour of sleep for daylight saving time may not sound like much, but it can really affect driving performance for the worse. Ideally, every California motorist should be sleeping at least seven hours every night. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety warns that missing one to two hours of sleep in a 24-hour period can double one's risk for a car crash.

Daylight saving time and crashes caused by drowsy drivers

Drowsy drivers in California are more likely to cause head-on collisions. According to the American Automobile Association, drivers cause more auto accidents when they miss two hours of sleep. The AAA encourages drivers to get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Statistics show that roughly 33 percent of drivers admit to driving without getting enough sleep. Especially after daylight saving time, Americans need to learn how to drive with safety in mind. Getting adequate sleep is an excellent way to secure road safety.

Multiple factors lead to increased pedestrian fatality rate

The number of pedestrian deaths in the United States rose to its highest number in 28 years in 2018. Pedestrian deaths are taking place in California and throughout the country in part because of distractions caused by smartphones. Researchers say that there could be a link between smartphone sales since 2009 and pedestrian deaths. Alcohol was also a key factor in about half of the accidents that resulted in a pedestrian's death.