When a car accident occurs in California, one of the most important steps taken after appropriate medical care is provided is to determine what likely caused it. There are several reasons why this is necessary. Law enforcement officials need to know who to charge if laws were broken. Also, insurance companies and victims or their families need to know who to hold accountable financially and legally.
Excessive speed is killing motorists in California and across the U.S., according to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Making matters worse, federal, state and local governments aren't doing enough to address the issue.
These days, drivers in California and other parts of the United States are doing many things on their phones other than talking. Even though drivers aren't having verbal conversations on their devices as much, they're actually fiddling with them more. This is the main takeaway from an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study that compares survey data from 2014 and 2018.
Drivers in California should make it a point to not get lost in thought while on the road. This is because daydreaming can be one of the most dangerous activities for a driver. However, it can be difficult to avoid boredom while behind the wheel because it's such a monotonous task. While self-driving cars may make it easier to avoid distraction in the long run, it could make distracted driving worse in the short-term.
Shortly after 9 am on January 16, 2019, a 19-car crash took place on the southbound 15 Freeway in San Bernardino County, just south of Oak Hills, causing that side of the freeway to be shut down. Residents of Riverside County may have heard of the event or experienced the traffic jam that it led to. There were no fatalities, but according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, 35 people suffered minor to moderate injuries.
Ridesharing drivers in California often face a major challenge in sleep deprivation. Compelled by low fares and salary incentives, many drivers push themselves past their safety limits. This wreaks havoc on the circadian rhythms of their bodies and endangers both themselves and other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Motor vehicle accidents in California often inflict blunt trauma injuries to people's abdomens. Damage to the liver and spleen can cause heavy bleeding. In severe cases, the victims could die. Researchers analyzed over 50,000 accident victims with liver injuries and found evidence that seat belts played a significant role in reducing the severity of injuries to this vital organ.
California law considers drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 or higher to be legally impaired. This level of alcohol in the blood reduces one's reaction time and sometimes leads to accidents. Nationwide, drunk drivers cause about one-third of traffic fatalities every year.
According to the World Health Organization, traffic accidents are globally the leading cause of death among those aged 5 to 29 as well as the eighth leading cause of death overall. California drivers may be interested to know that those in low-income countries are at triple the risk for a fatal traffic crash when compared to high-income countries. Thirteen percent of all traffic deaths occur in low-income countries.
Residents of California may have heard about external airbags. Many car parts manufacturers are developing the technology, and though it is far from perfect, it may someday become a standard feature. ZF is one manufacturer that's clear about the benefits of external airbags: they can reduce the severity of vehicle occupants' injuries by as much as 40 percent.