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.
Drivers and passengers in a motor vehicle could be made safer by the presence of an external airbag. According to manufacturer ZF, this product could reduce the severity of injuries experienced in a car accident by 40 percent. Those on California roads and others in America could be kept safer because the air bag would work as an extra crumple zone. In essence, it would be like adding a pillow to the outside of the vehicle.
California drivers know that being out in the early morning or late afternoon can be challenging because of the brightness of the rising or setting sun. Bright sunlight creates visual illusions, putting drivers at 16 percent greater risk for a fatal accident than if they were in normal weather.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has a new study out that addresses a dangerous trend among drivers in California and across the U.S. This trend is the overreliance on car safety features. It appears that many drivers do not understand the limitations of these features. AAA puts part of the blame on misleading marketing and also calls out dealers, manufacturers and rental-car companies for failing to educate their customers properly.
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.
On Aug. 12, two 18-year-old men were killed in a suspected drunk driving accident on Highway 24 in Walnut Creek according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash also injured two 18-year-old women.
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.
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.
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.
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.