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Texting and driving cause fatal car crashes

California drivers may not be talking as much as they used to on their cellphones while driving. However, drivers are still using their phones in other distracting ways. Recent research shows that nearly half of observed drivers were texting and sending emails. The study was conducted when drivers had stopped their vehicles while waiting for the traffic lights to turn green. A detailed report was made public by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Bicycle accidents and brain injury

There are many perks associated with living in California, and one of them is the fact that you can ride your bicycle year-round. This also means California’s cyclists face year-round injury risks, however, and these risks become even more pronounced when cyclists fail to wear protective headgear.

Coalition aims to reduce roadway fatalities

Every year, traffic accidents continue to take lives in California and across the country. A number of organizations and individuals have come together to form the Road to Zero Coalition, aiming to achieve zero traffic fatalities by 2050. The coalition's spokesperson noted that over 100 people are killed every day on American roadways, a figure that often goes unnoticed despite the significant toll. She noted that it may seem difficult or impossible to achieve the coalition's goals in slightly over three decades to come, but the commitment obtained in terms of resources and technology can have a significant impact on its success.

Fatal chain-reaction crash in may be trucker's fault

California residents likely know how dangerous it can be to drive around commercial trucks. On the opposite coast, Florida Highway Patrol has said in a preliminary report that a fatal chain-reaction crash on I-75 near Gainesville may have been caused by a semi-truck driver.

Safety exemptions for livestock haulers may lead to crash risks

Drivers in California should know that commercial truck accident rates are going up across the nation. The number of truck occupant fatalities rose from 725 to 841 between 2016 and 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When pedestrians and occupants of motor vehicles are included, the number rose from 4,369 to 4,761.

Ford recalls trucks with risk for under-the-hood fires

In December 2018, Ford recalled more than 874,000 late-model pickup trucks across North America. Exactly 410,289 of those trucks were in the U.S., so truck owners in California should take notice. The recall covers Ford F-150 models from 2015 to 2019 as well as Super Duty and Chassis Cab models from 2017 to 2019.

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