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November 2019 Archives

Truck accidents: the five chief causes

California residents who are involved in a truck accident should know that such accidents normally arise for one of five reasons. The first is driver error, and this cuts both ways. In fact, studies show that as much as 81% of all truck crashes involving driver error can be pinned on passenger vehicle drivers, not truckers. It's no secret, though, that truckers, pressed as they are by deadlines. often drive drowsy or speed.

Some of the consequences of distracted driving

While most Californians realize that it's dangerous to drive while distracted, they might be surprised to learn how deadly it can be. According to the National Safety Council, roughly nine people die every day in the U.S. because of distracted driving. About 100 people are injured in vehicle crashes every day because of the same problem.

Trucking fatalatilies reach 30-year high

According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities resulting from trucking accidents are the highest they've been in 30 years. In 2018, more than 880 occupants of large trucks died in accidents on roadways throughout California and the rest of the United States. A significantly higher number of individuals died as drivers or passengers in other vehicles involved in accidents with large trucks.

Dog bites may lead to life-threatening infections

Not all dog bites are gravely serious in nature, but in some cases, what starts as a dog bite has the potential to progress into something far more dangerous. In certain instances, a dog bite may lead to a highly serious, and even potentially life-threatening, type of infection known as Capnocytophaga. While not all cases of Capnocytophaga prove life-threatening, about three out of every 10 people who develop serious infections ultimately die because of their conditions.

Lowering the risk for car crashes in winter

California drivers will want to prepare themselves for winter road conditions. Though it may not happen as often as in other states, winter weather will cause the roads to become wet, icy or snowy. With this comes a loss of traction, longer stopping distances and a higher risk for cars spinning out of control.

Woman killed by homemade pipe bomb at gender reveal party

Party hosts in California and around the country are finding novel ways to ensure that their gatherings become the talk of the neighborhood, but celebrations can quickly become deadly when inexperienced individuals fool around with incendiary devices. The guests at an Iowa gender reveal party learned this painful lesson recently when a device that was designed to hurl pink or blue powder into the air exploded with incredible force.

Drowsy driving rises after end of daylight saving time

Most drivers in the U.S. know that drowsy driving is dangerous. Yet 27% of drivers in AAA's 2018 Traffic Safety Culture Index admitted to driving at least once in the past 30 days in such a state that they could hardly keep their eyes open. Drivers in California should know that drowsiness is a factor in some 328,000 crashes every year, nearly a third of which involve injuries. Around 6,400 drowsy driving crashes each year are fatal.