Automobile consumers in California have looked to the federal five-star safety rating system since the 1990s when shopping for new vehicles. The New Car Assessment Program emerged under the strong leadership of a safety advocate while she served at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As part of her current work for the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, this person has written a report criticizing the federal government's failure to evolve the safety rating system in recent years. Europe, Asia and Latin America now put more effort into vehicle safety testing than the United States.
The transportation nonprofit Go Safe Labs has released a report on car accident numbers and rates in 2019. Researchers, after analyzing some 2 million collisions occurring from 2018 to 2019, have come up with a list of the 10 worst cities for accidents. California residents may not be surprised to hear that Los Angeles made the list. It came in third with 19,660 crashes.
Any car accident is upsetting, but it is especially disturbing when multiple cars are involved. One of the largest car accidents in the United States involved 194 cars. Thankfully, there were no fatalities in this incident, but it was likely a legal nightmare afterward. California drivers may wonder how it is determined who is at fault in an accident like this.
A 65-year-old California woman walking her dog was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver traveling west on Pearblossom Highway. The accident occurred around 8 p.m. on Jan. 23. The driver then fled the scene and caused a second accident, this time involving multiple vehicles, in the city of Palmdale. The incident ended in seven people being injured.
After auto accidents, Californians will often be unsure of what they should do next. Medical expenses, lost wages and other problems will frequently arise. While a legal filing is an option to recover compensation for what was lost, a factor that might recede into the background is the statute of limitations to file a claim. That does not diminish its importance.
Red-light running crashes kill hundreds of people every year in California and across the U.S. In 2016, the number came to more than 800, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. More than half of the fatalities are individuals other than the red-light runner: pedestrians, bicyclists, occupants of other vehicles etc.
Every day across the U.S., at least nine people die in car crashes resulting from distracted driving. Most California motorists think of phone use when they think of distracted driving, but anything that takes one's eyes or mind from the road is a distraction. Eating, drinking, or talking with passengers can all constitute a distraction.
Distracted driving is an issue that many drivers in California have to contend with, but it's not just phones and touchscreens that have proven to be distracting. Researchers with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed the safety features on a number of newer vehicles, including the Tesla Model S, Acura MDX, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, and they found that two features in particular can cause many to become inattentive behind the wheel.
California drivers who use car safety systems are at a higher risk for distracted driving, according to a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Researchers have pointed out which systems in particular raise the risk. To arrive at their conclusions, researchers surveyed vehicles like the Tesla Model S, Acura MDX, Honda Accord and Jeep Cherokee.
Despite the dangers posed by drowsy driving, around 45% of people in California and across the country say that they have had difficulty staying awake behind the wheel, according to one study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Every year, around 328,000 car accidents are caused by drowsy driving, many of which are fatal. While drunk driving receives much more attention, the dangers of drowsy driving are similar. People who are too sleepy behind the wheel suffer decreased reaction time and impaired decision-making similar to the influence of alcohol.