Improvements in vehicle safety have dramatically reduced the number of road related deaths over the last several decades. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, enacting regulations like seat belt requirements in cars has saved an annual average of more than 11,000 lives annually between 1960 and 2012. However, safety regulations aren't the only way that traffic deaths can be reduced.
According to a new study, approximately two of every five drivers in California and across the U.S. have dozed off while behind the wheel of a car at some point in their lives. The study, which was conducted by AAA, was released as part of National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week in November.
The California Highway Patrol report that two young women died from injuries they suffered in a single vehicle crash during the early morning hours of Nov. 1. The driver of the vehicle, who was also another young woman, was severely injured in the accident.
Five people were killed in a fiery car accident in California Oct. 24. The fatal crash happened east of Groveland along Highway 120, the highway that connects the Bay Area to Yosemite National Park. The two vehicles collided head on, but police could not immediately determine which of the two vehicles had crossed the centerline.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced recently that it would be partnering with the Ad Council on a PSA related to underage drunk driving. The PSA was created as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week and aims to show teenagers that drinking and driving can lead to permanent consequences. Footage for the commercial was shot entirely on an iPhone and portrays drunk driving as a party foul.
Running a red light is a major safety risk at intersections in California and across the rest of the country. The Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that drivers who run red lights caused 762 deaths in that year. Additionally, it is estimated that red-light runners cause about 165,000 injuries every year.
Thousands of people are killed or injured on the roads of California annually, but the chances of being involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident have fallen sharply in recent years. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that the number of fatal auto accidents has been declining since 1985, and the number of people killed on the nation's roads fell by about a third between 2011 and 2014.
As California residents may know, self-driving features are being added to motor vehicles by some companies, including Mercedes, Tesla and Google. Others are working on their own versions of autonomous cars. A question has arisen in who carries responsibility if one of these vehicles is involved in an accident.
Thick fog and smoke can create many problems for drivers in California. According to a study on fog and smoke-related crashes, traffic accidents that occur in these types of conditions result in more serious injuries than accidents that occur when road visibility is clear. Fog and smoke-related accidents are also more likely to involve multiple vehicles.
California residents may have read media reports about millions of vehicles being recalled due to safety issues such as faulty ignition switches and airbags that can fill cars with flying debris in an accident. A string of fatal crashes around the country led to 64 million trucks, cars and SUVs being recalled, but court records indicate that the number of accidents linked to these issues may be far higher than originally thought.