When a driver experiences his or her first car accident, no matter how old the driver is or how long he or she has been driving, it is very disorienting. Whether the collision is a relatively simple fender bender or a more serious injury accident, these are often lengthy, costly matters to resolve.
There are millions upon millions of teenage drivers on the road. While everyone has to start somewhere, it's important to note that younger drivers often find it more difficult to remain safe.
Teens and adults are involved in fatal accidents in huge numbers each year. California is fighting back against distracted driving with new rules about using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.
Teenagers between the ages of 16-19 have the highest average crash and traffic violation rate over any other age group of drivers. There are more rules and regulations for young drivers and with good reason. The state of California bans the use of cellphones for anyone under the age of 18; even in hands-free mode. Cellphones are a known distraction for all drivers, since teenagers are less experienced drivers they tend to gain a false sense of confidence behind the wheel (feeling invincible) which makes them more susceptible to give into distractions.
California residents may be interested to know that according to a projection from the U.S. Census Bureau, there will be roughly 54 million people in America who are 70 and older. Of those in that age group, 80 percent are expected to be licensed drivers, and that number could be even higher if car safety technology continues to evolve.
A Sept. 5 car accident has left two children dead and a 36-year-old male driver facing felony charges for suspected DUI. The accident occurred on Highway 166, where the man moved into oncoming traffic while traveling west at a high speed. He reportedly attempted to correct his 2008 Toyota, which caused it to travel into the path of a 2013 Chevrolet driven by a 30-year-old male. As the Chevrolet struck the rear portion of the Toyota, the Toyota launched into the air before rolling. Parts of the car separated, and the young children were ejected.
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.
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.
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.
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.