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June 2019 Archives

Advocacy groups want carmakers to tackle drunk driving

Drunk driving accidents in California and around the country claimed 11,000 lives and left 200,000 road users injured in 2017, and advocacy groups including Mothers Against Drunk Driving are calling on carmakers to step in and do what lawmakers and public awareness campaigns have failed to accomplish. Intoxicated drivers remain the leading cause of road fatalities in the United States, but these groups believe that autonomous safety systems and devices that prevent vehicles from operating when drivers have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher could eliminate the threat they pose.

Recovering from a spinal cord injury

While the paralysis resulting from a spinal cord injury can never be totally reversed, the patient may experience a decline in the severity of the injury. California residents should know that the American Spinal Injury Association has an impairment scale that goes from A to D with A denoting the greatest level of impairment. There are cases where spinal injury victims may go, for example, from an AIS classification of C to D.

5 hazards you may encounter during your next shopping trip

If you love to shop, Palm Springs is the perfect place for you. After all, without traveling far, you can browse through both boutiques and big box stores. You can also take advantage of a seemingly endless number of dining and entertainment options. Still, you do not want your shopping outing to turn into a nightmare. 

How new car features are saving lives

A 2018 study from J.D. Power has shown that new vehicle safety features are saving lives. Whether automotive fatalities will ever be reduced to zero is another matter, but more than half of surveyed new car owners have said that safety features like blind spot alert, backup cameras and automatic emergency braking helped prevent a crash in the first 90 days of ownership. California drivers may be interested to hear more.

Roundabouts can reduce serious accidents by up to 75%

The vast majority of intersections in California are controlled by traffic lights or stop signs, but studies suggest that building roundabouts instead could prevent thousands of deaths and injuries each year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration, reconfiguring traditional intersections with roundabouts reduces collisions resulting in injury by as much as 75% and fatalities by as much as 90%.

Summer means higher accident risk for teen drivers

Emergency personnel in California and nationwide know that the Memorial Day holiday launches a period of heightened risk for drivers. Teen drivers have an especially bad record during the summer months. A lack of driving experience coupled with more time driving raises the chances of teens getting into crashes.

How property owners can maintain a safe parking lot

All business owners in California and across the U.S. have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment for entrants. What's important to remember is that this environment extends to the parking lot. If owners neglect this duty, they may be held liable for any injuries that a customer or employee incurs in this area.