A 71-year-old woman from Seaside apparently caused a chain reaction, which resulted in a three-vehicle accident during the afternoon of April 30. She was driving a 2012 Mazda eastbound on Highway 46 close to the Cholame "Y" when, according to the California Highway Patrol, the Mazda wandered into the westbound lane. The female driver of the Mazda died in the subsequent crash, and her name was not initially released by the CHP.
Pedestrian accidents are a distressing and prevalent issue in California. Across the nation, pedestrian deaths represent nearly 15 percent of automobile accident fatalities, and California leads the nation in this horrifying statistic. In 2015, the number of pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents in California was at 23 percent.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked cellphone companies to develop features that could reduce the growing number of distracted driving accidents in California and around the country. The request was contained in a set of guidelines proposed by the federal safety agency that aim to curb the growing use of mobile electronic devices by drivers. The public has until Feb. 3 to submit comments and suggestions about the proposals.
The trucking industry in California received some good news as did the rest of the trucking industry throughout the U.S. A news source revealed that despite the current administration's effort to force truck drivers to stop driving when they're tired, Republican legislators were successful in hindering the enforcement of this regulation.
Trucks weighing more than 20,000 pounds may soon be built not to exceed 60 miles per hour if a new rule is passed. While all 3.6 million large trucks in America are fitted with speed limiting devices already, not all of them have any limitations to how fast they can drive. The rule, which was proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is currently in a 60-day comment period. After the comment period ends, it will be determined whether or not the new rule should be implemented.
California motorists may want to check if their vehicles have Takata airbags, which will be the subject of a massive recall scheduled for 2018. These bags, which can explode violently, have been blamed for severely wounding and killing car occupants.
California residents who play sports may know that sleep is the best bet for those who suffer from a head injury. A study using rats that has been conducted by Swiss researchers found that the slow-wave cycle of sleep could reduce potential damage caused by the injury.
In March 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine revealed new data concerning how truck driver tiredness might be correlated with accident risk. According to the analysts who wrote the report, prior research had been hindered because it is hard to obtain an unbiased, accurate gauge of how much fatigue drivers suffer from. Analysts say that the new assessment's revelations could help enforce existing measures intended to keep tired drivers off the road, and the report comes on the heels of industry outcry for clearer standards on what constitutes fatigued driving.
California drivers might be surprised to hear that Takata Corporation is under fire from lawmakers for trying to hide issues with its airbags, which have been linked to more than 100 injuries and 10 deaths. At the same time, vehicle manufactures say that the airbag ruptures were caused by a mixture of design, humidity and manufacturing problems and the use of ammonium nitrate, a volatile chemical.
Two types of cough syrup are being recalled due to incorrect markings on the dosage cups, which could lead to an accidental overdose. While this could affect California residents, no overdoses have been reported so far.