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Deadly limo accident happened at dangerous intersection

When people in California hire a limousine, they might not be aware of limousine safety issues. A deadly limousine crash that grabbed national headlines has highlighted some dangers associated with limousines. Locals already considered the intersection where the crash occurred dangerous. Only a stop sign marked the intersection where one state road met another state road at the bottom of a steep hill.

Safety groups consider all vehicle autopilot systems flawed

Partially autonomous systems in vehicles meant to assist drivers and prevent accidents have proven popular with California motorists. Automotive safety groups, like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Thatcham in the United Kingdom, caution people against crediting autopilot features with perfect capabilities. They all require an attentive driver, and some systems should only be used under narrow circumstances.

Recent trends in car crash deaths

Many drivers in California have been involved in a car accident at some point during their lives. Most of these accidents are minor, but car accidents continue to be a significant cause of death every year. According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) fatalities from car accidents decreased from 2016 to 2017.

Over-reliance on car safety tech can backfire on drivers

Technology is changing the way that many California residents drive, and not always for the better. Over-reliance on collision avoidance systems and other safety features can make drivers complacent and a danger to themselves and others. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has analyzed this trend and come up with some startling statistics.

Most drivers believe they are better than average

According to several research studies, most people think that they are better drivers than the average person, regardless of their driving histories. There are many factors that may affect how good a person actually is at driving compared to the average driver, such as age and where a person lives. Drivers in California and New York have been rated as some of the safest ones, despite the reputation of motorists in these states.

Report links distracted driving to phone use

A recently released report about distracted driving appears to confirm what many California residents likely suspect. The study, which was conducted by the workforce management company Motus, discovered that a 12.3 percent increase in motor vehicle accidents between 2013 and 2017 coincided with a 22 percent rise in smartphone ownership. The researchers concluded that American drivers spend more than 100 million hours distracted by phones or other electronic devices each year. They also found that phone distraction is highest on weekdays between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Traffic roundabouts reduce injuries, fatalities

Traffic roundabouts in place of traffic lights could be a lifesaver for some California drivers. In North Carolina, roundabouts are replacing stop signs and traffic lights at rural intersections because they are safer. While intersections with traffic lights have fewer accidents, the crashes that do occur are more likely to be deadly or result in severe injuries. Collisions at roundabouts are more likely to result in only minor injuries.