California and other states are doing a poor job of collecting motor vehicle accident data, according to a new report by the National Safety Council. As a result, it is more difficult for traffic safety organizations to prevent car crashes.
Older drivers in California tend to be more distracted by in-vehicle technology than those who are younger, according to a new study published on July 25. Unfortunately, this problem could increase the risk of getting into a car accident.
California residents may think that the rear seats of their vehicle are safer because they are away from the windshield and dashboard, but this is not necessarily true. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has called rear seats a "danger zone" and has pointed out several areas of deficiency.
Seat belts have saved thousands of lives since they became mandatory safety equipment in all passenger vehicles sold in California and around the country, but the results of a recent study suggest that they protect men far more effectively than they protect women. Researchers from the University of Virginia looked at police investigations into 22,854 front-end collisions that took place between 1998 and 2015, and they discovered that women who buckled up were 73 percent more likely to be injured than men who fastened their safety belts.
According to Allstate Insurance's 2019 Safe Drivers Report, 6 of the 15 cities with the highest rates of car crashes are located in California. In 2017 alone, more than 6.4 million drivers across the country were involved in a car crash according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are a number of factors involved in accidents, ranging from city infrastructure to distracted and dangerous driving. In all cases, people may find themselves suffering from serious injuries as a result.
The Fourth of July is the deadliest holiday of the year for motorists in California and across the United States, according to a study by Value Penguin. In fact, the auto insurance comparison website found that the fatality rate on Independence Day is 23% higher than the average for six other major U.S. holidays.
Drunk driving accidents in California and around the country claimed 11,000 lives and left 200,000 road users injured in 2017, and advocacy groups including Mothers Against Drunk Driving are calling on carmakers to step in and do what lawmakers and public awareness campaigns have failed to accomplish. Intoxicated drivers remain the leading cause of road fatalities in the United States, but these groups believe that autonomous safety systems and devices that prevent vehicles from operating when drivers have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher could eliminate the threat they pose.
A 2018 study from J.D. Power has shown that new vehicle safety features are saving lives. Whether automotive fatalities will ever be reduced to zero is another matter, but more than half of surveyed new car owners have said that safety features like blind spot alert, backup cameras and automatic emergency braking helped prevent a crash in the first 90 days of ownership. California drivers may be interested to hear more.
The vast majority of intersections in California are controlled by traffic lights or stop signs, but studies suggest that building roundabouts instead could prevent thousands of deaths and injuries each year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration, reconfiguring traditional intersections with roundabouts reduces collisions resulting in injury by as much as 75% and fatalities by as much as 90%.
Emergency personnel in California and nationwide know that the Memorial Day holiday launches a period of heightened risk for drivers. Teen drivers have an especially bad record during the summer months. A lack of driving experience coupled with more time driving raises the chances of teens getting into crashes.