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3 injuries and 1 fatality follow Caltrans accident

A California highway was the site of a major accident on Friday, July 1, 2016, involving a Dodge Ram pickup and a Caltrans vehicle. The incident left one person dead, one critically injured and two others with minor injuries. While authorities have ruled out drugs and alcohol as causes of the accident, the reasons for the collision are still unclear.

Lower gas prices linked to higher accident fatality rates

California motorists pay more at the pump than drivers in most other states, but a 30 percent fall in gas prices between July 2014 and June 2015 was a major reason that traffic accident fatalities in the Golden State surged by 20 percent during the first six months of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014. A report from the nonprofit National Safety Council reveals that accident fatalities and injuries across the country were up sharply in the first six months of 2015, and falling energy costs combined with an improving economy are seen as the factors most influencing these increases.

Study finds that teen drivers primarily injure others

Teen drivers can be a danger to others on the road, and California residents might like to know about the report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Teens are the age group with the highest rate of motor vehicle accidents, and almost two-thirds of those killed or injured in teen driving crashes are people besides the teen driver.

How self-driving cars might impact auto insurance

Google has been testing its autonomous vehicles on California roads. While some people believe that the mass adoption of the self-driving car may spell an end to the auto insurance industry, that may not be the case. Even if some manufacturers agree to self-insure their vehicles, it could result in a barrier to entry that smaller businesses may not be able to overcome. It may also create situations where companies refuse to allow a car to venture into an area where accidents or thefts occur at a high rate.

Accident leaves 5 California road users injured

Police in California have reported that an accident involving a sedan and an SUV left five people injured on April 16. Reports indicate that drug use or drinking are not thought to have played a role. Four of the accident victims suffered what are described as significant injuries, but they are all expected to survive. The accident took place at approximately 7:55 p.m. at the intersection of Del Mar Heights Road and Camino Del Mar Road in Del Mar.

Does hands-free technology improve driving safety?

Although texting and driving can be a deadly combination on California roads, banning such activity does not necessarily remove all communication-related distractions. Many vehicle manufacturers have incorporated hands-free systems into their designs for facilitating calls and other activities on the road. Referred to as infotainment systems, some dashboards offer extensive touchscreen management of music, directions and other interests during a drive. Although a majority of drivers believe that these technologies are safe, safety is not implicit in their design. Anything that draws a driver's attention from the road could be considered a distraction, including on-board technologies.

Head-on crash kills 2 in California

The California Highway Patrol says that its investigation into a fatal April 5 Mariposa County accident is ongoing and that alcohol consumption or drug use have not been ruled out. The accident claimed the life of a 56-year-old Midpines man and a 47-year-old woman from El Portal. A 48-year-old man was seriously hurt in the crash. The accident took place at about 1:15 p.m. on Highway 140 near Bull Creek.

Vehicle maintenance tips for good-working brakes

A large number of California residents rely on their vehicle to get them to their workplaces safely in all types of weather conditions. Therefore, as one of the most important components of a vehicle, the braking system should always be kept in tip-top condition. There are some tips to help motorists detect the condition of their car's brakes and if a maintenance check or repair is necessary.

Multiple injuries reported in California crash

One person was seriously injured, and up to six others suffered minor injuries in an accident involving five cars that took place at 6:05 a.m. March 8. Police say a Hyundai Sonata was going at a high rate of speed while traveling north on Sepulveda Avenue when it collided with a Yukon Denali that was in the left-turn lane going south on Sepulveda.

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