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Travelers warns about summertime distracted driving

The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of a leading provider of property casualty insurance, hosted an event called Every Second Matters™ back in June to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. The institute used new research data to show that the issue becomes more prominent in the summer, so California residents who are planning to take road trips soon should take note.

Data shows an increase in drug-related fatal car accidents

California motorists may be interested to learn that the number of drug-impaired drivers killed in car accidents is on the increase. At the same time, the number of alcohol-impaired drivers killed is on the decrease. However, drunk drivers remain a significant threat.

Technology might help solve distracted driving problem

Developing technologies are beginning to address the distracted driving problem on California roads in new ways. A device called Groove is designed to be installed in vehicles. When the driver gets into the car, he or she plugs the phone into Groove, and the device is connected to the cloud, which lets the person's mobile provider know he or she is driving. Emails, social media updates, texts and other notifications are then blocked by the mobile provider until the person disconnects his or her device from Groove.

Steps to take following a car accident

Even the most vigilant drivers in California can be involved in motor vehicle accidents, and the actions they take in the moments following a crash can either help or harm their chances of pursuing civil remedies successfully. Motorists may try to calm the situation and prevent tempers from flaring, but honesty is rarely the best policy following a crash.

Tesla criticizes news media for covering recent accident

Many drivers in California remain suspicious of self-driving vehicle technology. This may be because Tesla has developed its technology in a regulatory vacuum. While a research paper from the University of Michigan last year suggests that self-driving cars should be test-driven for 11 billion miles before they can be determined safe, Tesla has hardly reached this number. Its Autopilot program has recently been running into problems.

Study finds southern California leads in fatal car accidents

While car accidents can occur anywhere in California, a study found that they occur more frequently in the southern part of the state. In fact, the study discovered that the Devonshire and Reseda intersection in Northridge was the most deadly and dangerous intersection in the state.

Seat belt use reduces severity of liver injuries in car accidents

Drivers and passengers in California who buckle up tend to fare better when crashes occur, especially in regard to liver injuries. A research study of 51,202 liver injury car accident cases from 2010 to 2015 revealed that adult victims who wore seat belts generally experienced liver injuries of less severity and their chances of survival improved.

Afternoon rush hour: the peak time for texting and driving

Drivers in California know that texting and driving is all too common, but they may be wondering when peak texting takes place. According to app developer Drivemode, that peak time is between 3pm and 7pm: the afternoon rush hour. Drivemode came to this conclusion after studying a year's worth of data culled from its own Android app. Records show 6.5 million instances of messaging among 177,000 drivers.