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September 2019 Archives

Parents surveyed about distracted teen driving

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death for teenagers in California and around the country, and many young drivers crash when they are distracted by friends or cellphones. Strict graduated driver's license programs are designed to reduce the risks, but the primary responsibility for teaching teenagers how to behave responsibly behind the wheel still falls on their parents. Researchers from the University of Michigan recently asked about 900 parents about their road safety concerns, and more than 40% of them said that teens traveling in groups, loud music and cellphone use were among their biggest fears.

El Paso shooting victims sue Walmart for inadequate security

On Aug. 3, a Walmart Supercenter in El Paso became the site of a mass shooting. One of the families affected by it has now filed a lawsuit against Walmart, claiming that it could have prevented the incident with on-site active security. California residents should know that in cases involving violent acts on another's property, plaintiffs must meet a high standard when it comes to the burden of proof. This lawsuit may change things.

Drivers can take precautions in foggy driving conditions

Weather conditions in California can change the safety of a particular road or highway very quickly. Drivers should be especially aware in dense fog or other extreme weather conditions that reduce visibility. Motorists who must travel in fog should drive at lower speeds because they will not be able to see the road or other vehicles as well. Reducing speed gives the driver more time to react to objects and other vehicles on the road.

ADAS prevents backing crashes, lane change crashes and more

Advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS, come with many safety benefits for drivers in California and across the U.S. General Motors conducted a study with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute that shows what those benefits are like, and though it is focused on GM vehicles, its results are echoed by other studies. The study involved 3.8 million GM vehicles made between 2013 and 2017.

2 mass shooting survivors sue Walmart for inadequate security

Stores in California and nationwide have a legal obligation to maintain reasonably safe spaces for customers and visitors. A married couple that survived a mass shooting at a Walmart on Aug. 3 believes the store failed to provide proper security. The husband and wife have filed a lawsuit against the retailer claiming that the store should have employed armed security guards.

Red-light running crash fatalities hit 10-year high

A report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that in 2017, the number of deaths arising from red-light running crashes reached a 10-year high. A total of 939 people in California and across the U.S. were killed in such crashes that year. This also constituted a 28% increase from 2012. Of the victims, just over a third were the offending drivers; the rest were passengers or drivers in the other vehicles.

What can be done about drunk driving

Alcohol consumption impairs one's thinking, judgment and reactions. Drunk drivers will find it difficult to stay in their lane, perceive how fast they are going or apply the brakes in time. That's why intoxication raises the risk for a crash. Drunk driving crashes, both in California and elsewhere, often end in fatalities. Every year between 2006 and 2016, the number of such fatalities exceeded 10,000.