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February 2016 Archives

Crash during test drive kills car salesman

A California car salesman was killed in a crash during a test drive in Ontario on February 23. The driver was suspected of being under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. According to police, a 28-year-old man lost control of the Corvette he was test driving, and then slammed into a tree a few blocks from the car dealership. Witnesses told the media that the car was traveling as fast as 70 mph before the crash. The salesman, a 43-year-old man, was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later died from his injuries.

Crash prevention systems do make a difference on accident rates

Crash prevention technology really works, according to one study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Rear-end accidents were reduced by around 40 percent with automatic braking technology while forward collision warning systems helped stop 23 percent of such accidents. California residents may be interested in how these figures were derived.

Self-driving cars and federal regulations

As the development of self-driving vehicles continues, one concern that has been brought up is who or what can be considered a driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in a letter to California-based Google, has addressed this issue by declaring that the software that controls the company's self-driving cars can be considered a driver under federal regulations.

Statistics show a rise in the number of traffic fatalities

California residents who are concerned about safety on the nation's roadways may be interested in knowing about a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on that topic. According to the NHTSA, the estimated number of traffic deaths in the U.S. recorded during the first nine months of 2015 suggest that the number is rising following years of steady decline. Fatalities increased by more than 9 percent over the comparable 2014 period.

Fatal California pedestrian accident launches investigation

A fatal accident in Escondido, California, left one pedestrian dead. The pedestrian was an 18-year-old resident of Escondido, and despite attempts made to save his life, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were dispatched to the scene of the accident at 8:50 p.m. on Feb. 6.

California trucking accidents and defense strategies

California residents may be interested in the various aspects of the defense for a truck driving accident. There are numerous questions that occur to a truck driver the moment after an accident, including concerns about the damage to the truck and the professional ramifications of the accident. It is crucial for attorneys to develop a relationship with their truck driver clients as soon as possible so they can answer these questions and address related fears. A team approach is essential to a solid defense.

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