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Tips for avoiding distracted driving

California drivers who are prone to distractions behind the wheel will want to consider the following tips. By being more attentive motorists, they can avoid becoming statistics in the future. In 2015, distracted driving contributed to 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries in the U.S.

Scientists develop 3D-printed device to help spinal injuries

Scientists have created a potentially revolutionary 3D-printed device that could one day help spinal cord patients in California recover some bodily functions. The device was developed by a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota, and their findings were published Aug. 9.

Studies show that there's no single cure for distracted driving

More than 37,000 people died on America's roads in 2017, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Transportation. While the number is slightly lower than it was in 2016, it represents a 10 percent increase from 2014. Some California residents may think that distractions caused by new technology are to blame for the increase. While the link between the two has not been definitively made by public safety officials, various studies indicate that technology is a major culprit.

Combining stricter laws and education for traffic safety

People in California who are texting and driving may be endangering themselves and others on the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 9 people die daily and around 1,000 are injured in accidents that involve distracted drivers. The five seconds it may take to receive or send a text means looking away from the road for the distance of a football field when a car is traveling at 55 mph. Around one-third of drivers have said they text while driving.

Seat belts reduce risk for serious liver injuries

Every year in the US, car accidents send more than 2 million people to emergency rooms. Tens of thousands die in them, costing the health care system over $1 trillion on average. Drivers in California should be aware that one of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents are liver injuries and that seat belt use can reduce their severity, perhaps even preventing a fatality.

The consequences of driving without insurance

California residents who don't have car insurance could create a variety of negative consequences for those who do. For instance, if a person without insurance gets into an accident, a driver who has insurance may have to make a claim on his or her own policy. There is no guarantee that the insurance company will pay the claim unless a driver has collision coverage.

Car accidents cause unexpected traumatic brain injuries

Imagine this scenario in your mind: You are on your way to work in Costa Mesa after leaving the house an hour earlier than usual to avoid rush hour traffic. Suddenly, another vehicle broadsides your car while you are driving through an intersection. You check yourself and passengers for injuries. Everyone seems fine. But did you know that any of you could have a traumatic brain injury

People admit to more distracted driving despite dangers

California motorists may be more likely to use their cellphones than in previous years. A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that since 2013, the number of drivers who said they used their cellphones either fairly often or regularly went up almost 50 percent. However, almost 90 percent said they believed distracted driving was serious in the same way as actions like drunk driving and that it was on the rise.

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