A collision between two vehicles left one person dead and several other people injured on March 21 in the Moss Landing area. The incident took place on Highway 1 near Molera Road at about 12:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Californians are probably well-aware that Google has been testing its cars on the state's roadways. The company has previously reported that its cars have been in 17 accidents, but none of those accidents were the fault of the technology. On Feb. 14, however, one of the self-driving cars actually caused an accident because of a glitch in the software.
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 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.
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.
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.
California drivers may be interested in learning that Volvo has said that by 2020, they aim for people in their cars to be entirely safe from fatal accidents or even serious injury. Volvo is planning to use some of the technology that is being developed for self-driving vehicles to make their cars safer. Some of the technology is already in their vehicles. For example, adaptive cruise control brakes if necessary and adjusts speed based on distance from other cars.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, auto accidents caused by fatigued drivers merited sufficient concern to be included on the agency's yearly list of outstanding transportation safety problems. Although the list, which was released in January 2016, also featured carryovers from the prior year, such as the need for operators to be medically fit and avoid substance impairment, safety observers said that highlighting fatigue marked a new focus in safety standards.