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4/20 marijuana holiday linked to increased car crash deaths

With recreational marijuana legalized in California, people need to be more aware than ever that the drug impairs driving abilities, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The same agency, however, notes that it can be hard to pinpoint the number of car crashes that were caused by marijuana use as drivers tend to combine the drug with alcohol consumption.

Drowsiness a major cause of crashes, says AAA study

In California and the rest of the U.S., drowsy driving is a major hazard. A CDC study reports that more than a third of adults in America get less than the typically recommended seven hours of sleep a night. U.S. government statistics say that only 1 to 2 percent of crashes are caused by drowsy driving, making it considerably less dangerous than DUI or distracted driving. However, a new study says the percentage may actually be higher.

Murder charges follow suicide attempt

A California woman is being held on a $1.5 million bond and has been charged with second-degree murder after reportedly attempting to commit suicide by driving head-on into freeway traffic. Her actions killed a 29-year-old medical student, but a broken leg was her most serious injury. The woman went to jail after being released from the hospital and remains behind bars in Shasta County.

Distracted driving could soon be even more expensive.

Texting and driving in California and elsewhere has always been dangerous, but now insurance companies are gathering data to use in setting premiums. Insurance giant Allstate, through its Arity subdivision, is monitoring smartphones while cars are moving and may soon seek to implement that data into underwriting decisions.

NHTSA announces summit to combat drug-related DUIs

For many California residents, alcohol is the main culprit for driving under the influence. However, drugged driving has skyrocketed recently due to the national opioid epidemic and increased legalization of marijuana. This surge has led the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take additional steps to combat DUI by controlled substances.

New report recommends ways to reduce speeding deaths

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a report on the danger of speeding and what can be done to eliminate it. Drivers in California, as elsewhere, may be aware that traffic deaths have increased over the past few years. The trend isn't due to drunk drivers or drivers playing with their smartphones; rather, the blame is entirely on speeders.

Timeliness is important when reporting a car accident

California motorists often have to worry about their safety when they get behind the wheel. Car accidents are unfortunately all too common, whether due to distracted drivers or other kinds of negligence. When a car accident has taken place, it's never convenient. More than that, it can be devastating, causing severe injuries. However, when a driver is involved in a crash, it can be unclear about how the followup needs to be handled in order to meet the requirements of law and insurance policies.

Avoiding road rage

Road rage is very common in California and in other parts of the country. However, there may be ways to avoid drivers who are experiencing road rage and diffuse the situation before it leads to disaster.

Insurance claims for accident victims of ride-hailing services

California residents rely on drivers hired through Uber or Lyft for transport more than ever before. Because the companies operating the ride-hailing services generally are not responsible for the damages resulting from their workers' accidents, passengers or other parties harmed in a crash must turn to the driver's insurance policy.

Drowsy driving is one of several main causes of crashes

When drivers in California take to the roads, auto accidents are always a concern. The number of car accidents across the United States has increased in both 2015 and 2016, and they total over 6 million annually. Researchers are examining car accidents and their causes in order to understand the issues that contribute to crashes. These studies use both detailed investigation of past accidents and technology to track drivers on the road today.