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Daylight saving time often leads to drowsy driving incidents

A recent AAA study suggests that drowsy driving becomes a greater issue in the immediate wake of daylight saving time. Overall, drowsy driving is to blame for at least 10 percent of all car crashes in the U.S. To keep from being another statistic, drivers in California will want to follow a few basic rules.

Learning about soft tissue injuries

The sudden impact of a car accident can jolt the body and cause injuries to the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body. As soft tissue injuries are undetectable by X-ray and hard to diagnose, it's important for California drivers to know what their symptoms are; that way, they can get medical treatment before the healing process is hampered.

Report urges state governors to adopt road safety strategies

Most people who drive in California traffic understand the challenges of avoiding accidents. A report published by the National Governors Association has prepared proven traffic safety strategies for use by state officials. Its authors urge all state governors to take the lead in reducing traffic fatalities.

IIHS report shows benefits of collision avoidance tech

Throughout California and the rest of America, backup collisions are all too common. While there is technology that can help drivers avoid such collisions, it has yet to become a regular feature in new cars. For example, only 5 percent of new vehicles offer rear automatic braking as an add-on.

Modern features that keep drivers safe

Many drivers in California are probably eager for a future of self-driving cars. Tech leaders like Nvidia are producing cutting-edge components, and parts suppliers like Harman International are creating their own futuristic car prototypes. However, it may be years before these become widely available. Moreover, the news can focus so much on the future that it can neglect all the technology that's available here and now.

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.