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CVSA 72-hour inspection spree scheduled for May 2020

Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts the International Roadcheck, a 72-hour inspection spree of commercial motor vehicles that's meant to enforce federal CMV safety regulations. Truckers in California should know that the 2020 roadcheck has been set for May 5 to 7: a full month earlier than in previous years. The reason has to do with achieving favorable weather conditions for certain jurisdictions.

A dislocated shoulder can have serious complications

Many people do not realize how much they use certain parts of their body until they cannot. For example, reaching for objects and generally moving your arm may seem like an involuntary movement because it is so natural. However, after a car accident dislocated your shoulder, you understood how difficult things can become when you cannot move your arm.

FMCSA's new study on large-truck crash causation announced

California big rig drivers should know that the number of fatal crashes in their industry has gone up over the years. There was a 52.6% increase in fatal large-truck crashes from 2009 to 2018 with the latter year seeing a total of 4,415 such incidents. Various factors explain this rise, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning to conduct a study on them. It made the formal proposal in January 2020.

Injuries from a motorcycle accident can need extensive treatment

Though you enjoy riding your motorcycle whenever possible, you knew that you faced the risk of being involved in an accident. Anyone operating any type of motor vehicle faces this risk, but motorcyclists like you face a more significant chance of suffering serious injuries in the event of a crash.

New law lets bicyclists go straight in turn lane

Bicyclists in California are allowed to travel straight from a right or left-turn lane, thanks to a bill that was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 4. AB 1266 was aimed at helping bicyclists stay safer at busy intersections by allowing them to proceed straight without the need to change lanes.

Safety systems in newer vehicles may cause distractions

California residents may be interested in learning about a study showing that some of the systems that are designed to make cars safer are actually leading to distracted driving and potentially putting drivers in danger. Popular features like adaptive cruise control may cause drivers to drop their guard while driving.

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