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1 dead and 3 injured in car crash on California bridge

A 28-year-old man who drove his 2012 Mercedes-Benz the wrong way in the eastbound lane of the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach remained in critical condition on Aug. 1. Authorities have not been able to determine why he was driving erratically. Earlier in the day, police had spotted the Mercedes crashing into event barricades at the Special Olympics.

Limo safety concerns after recent crash

California is one of the few states to enact safety measures to protect passengers traveling in limousines. After a limo fire killed five women in 2013, California regulators took action by requiring limo companies to install emergency exits and provide safety briefings to their passengers. Now, a deadly limo accident in New York is raising more awareness about crashes involving large limousines.

Teenage drinking and fatal auto accidents

California parents of teenage children may be alarmed to learn that while drivers under age 21 account for roughly 10 percent of licensed drivers, they account for significantly more fatal alcohol-related accidents. Approximately 17 percent of alcohol-related accidents that result in a fatality are attributed to drivers in this age range. Teenage drivers are also disproportionately involved in accidents caused by texting while driving. These rates are partly due to the tendency of teenage drivers to believe that they are invulnerable to the consequences of dangerous driving behavior.

Should collision-avoidance systems become standard issue? Part II

In our post last week, we began a discussion about safety features in automobiles. Specifically, the safety features we tend to take for granted (like seat belts and air bags) were once optional add-ons for which car buyers paid a premium. Through common-sense regulatory efforts, however, truly crucial safety features have become standard in all new vehicles.

Should collision-avoidance systems become standard issue? Part I

Some of the vehicle safety features that we now take for granted have not been around all that long. It is difficult to imagine driving a car without seat belts or air bags. But after each was invented, there was a period of time in which they were optional "luxury" items that customers had to pay more money for.

Takata air bag recall to affect 34 million U.S. vehicles: Part II

In today's post, we're continuing a discussion about a recent announcement by Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata. The company, which has provided air bags to most of the major automakers around the world, just announced that its safety recall will include 34 million vehicles in the United States, which is twice as many as originally planned.

Takata air bag recall to affect 34 million U.S. vehicles: Part I

In a post last week, we discussed how air bags work. This safety device relies on a rather complex process that we too often take for granted - until something goes wrong. Air bags that deploy mere fractions of a second too late could result in serious injury or even death during a collision.

Air bags: How they work and why it's deadly when they don't work

One of the biggest news stories of 2014 was the General Motors recall scandal. A congressional inquiry and independent investigation revealed that certain GM employees had known about defective ignition switches for more than a decade, but never made substantive efforts to report that knowledge or correct the problem.

Distracted driving is not safe, even if the virtual world

We have previously written about the dangers of distracted driving, as well as the problem that too many drivers don't seem to understand just how dangerous it is. It is often said that experience is the best teacher. But for something like distracted driving, the lesson learned from experience could be fatal.

Two seconds of driving distraction more dangerous than you think

One of our posts last week focused on the fact that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Texting, cellphone conversations and other driving distractions are increasingly becoming a problem on roads in California and across the United States. This is, in part, because those who choose to engage in distracted driving vastly overestimate their ability to do so safely.

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