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August 2016 Archives

Truckers may be forced to drive slower

In California and around the country, vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds may soon have their maximum speed controlled by an electronic device. Over 3.5 million trucks already have this tool installed and just need them to be activated. A decision hasn't been made on whether the speed limitations will be forced onto truckers, but the limits under consideration are 60, 65 and 68 miles per hour.

Intoxication suspected as cause of fatal crash

Police in California say that a drunk driver caused a wrong-way accident in Marin County during the early morning hours of Aug. 19 that claimed the life of a 63-year-old Santa Rosa woman. The allegedly intoxicated driver was also seriously hurt in the crash, which took place on Highway 101 near the border between Marin and Sonoma counties at approximately 1:11 a.m. A third motorist suffered minor injuries after his pickup truck struck the accident wreckage.

Bicyclists face serious accident dangers

As bicycle-friendly as some parts of the state are, significant numbers of accidents involving cyclists take place on California roadways. In 2013 alone, bike riders accounted for almost 5 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state, which was more than double the national average. In the three years prior, the number of such fatalities rose by almost 20 percent nationwide.

Study: The real smartphone danger for drivers may be apps

For a long time we at Cutter Law have been issuing warnings about the dangers of texting while driving. But a new study suggests that another smartphone activity is replacing texting as the deadliest behavior - using apps.

Study: The real smartphone danger for young drivers may be apps

For a long time we at Cutter Law have been issuing warnings about the dangers of texting while driving. But a new study suggests that another smartphone activity is replacing texting as the deadliest behavior - using apps.

Bad rap for self-driving cars might be unfounded

It is unlikely that there is anything the general public unanimously agrees on, so every issue always has people on both sides that make a big deal when evidence goes along with their opinions. This has led to uproar whenever those against self-driving vehicles hear about the autonomous cars being involved in accidents, but it is hard to make definitive conclusions regarding the vehicles yet as there are positives and negatives that California residents might not know about.

Model X autopilot feature prevents car crash

Many California residents who have been following Tesla Motor's rise to fame have probably heard about the controversy surrounding the vehicle maker's Autopilot software. There have been numerous reported accidents where drivers had the Autopilot feature engaged but still became involved in collisions. However, a post on Facebook by a Tesla owner showed how the Autopilot feature actually prevented a crash.

Coming soon: Operation Safe Driver Week

Every year, a number of Californians are seriously injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents, some of which involve collisions with large trucks. In order to help to combat the problem, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance as well as local law enforcement agencies will be conducting Operation Safe Driver Week Oct. 16 - 22.

Distracted driving causes at least 8 deaths per day

Driving on crowded California freeways presents many challenges to drivers. When drivers look at their smartphones instead of the road, accidents become more likely. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over eight people die every day in car accidents involving distracted driving. Daily injuries from such collisions exceed 1,000.

Proving a truck driver is liable for an accident

California residents who become involved in vehicle accidents with commercial trucks understand just how damaging those crashes can be. If a person is dealing with an injury or other damage that was caused by a commercial vehicle accident, there are certain things they will need to know when thinking about filing a lawsuit.

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