Motor vehicle accidents in California and around the country claim more than 100 lives every day, but that figure would be reduced to zero by 2050 if a coalition of road safety groups is able to reach its goal. The Road to Zero Coalition was formed by the National Safety Council after road deaths surged alarmingly in both 2015 and 2016, and it is supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and 16 road safety organizations.
Around 34 percent of trips taken by California drivers include some form of handheld phone use behind the wheel, according to statistics released Everdrive. This rate is about 3.5 percent less than the national median. The driving safety app found that motorists in the American South are some of the most likely to use their mobile phones while behind the wheel. Mississippi led the list, with Louisiana and Alabama coming in just behind.
Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and major vehicle damage, so it's important for victims to get the maximum amount of compensation possible. In California, victims can choose between going through a civil trial, which can be a prolonged and costly process, and trying for an informal settlement. Settling out of court can not only save time and money but also increase the chance of an amicable agreement.
Autonomous vehicles are marketed as being able to operate without the assistance of a human driver. For example, California-based Waymo made a commercial that showed passengers taking selfies in the back seat of its self-driving minivan. However, autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles still require the watchful eye of a driver in order to prevent accidents. This became clear when an Uber self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in March.
California drivers who engage in any activity that diverts their attention from the road are referred to as distracted drivers. Texting or talking on the phone, conversing with other people in the vehicle, adjusting the navigation systems or radio are all activities that can draw a person's full attention from the road and his or her driving.
California motorists who are interested in the development of self-driving cars may be aware of a fatality that occurred in March when an autonomous Uber vehicle killed a pedestrian. Video footage from the accident shows the pedestrian stepped into a dark section of road where there was not a pedestrian crosswalk. Although the Tempe, Arizona, police chief says the car was probably not at fault, a professor who works on designing similar types of systems disagrees.
Heavy traffic in California demands the full attention of drivers, and numerous studies about distracted driving conclude that cellphone usage by drivers impedes their situational awareness. An analysis of 93 papers about driver performance under various conditions produced strong evidence that cellphone use distracted drivers. People speaking on cellphones while driving repeatedly showed a reduced ability to notice road hazards or react quickly.
Have you ever looked over the fatal motor vehicle accident data for the United States over the last nearly 120 years? As unfortunate as the statistic inherently is, the numbers are quite fascinating. For the first three decades after motor vehicles entered the world, the fatality numbers were incredibly low compared to modern figures, which is an expected outcome given their scarcity in the early days.
The California Highway Patrol got a phone call at about 10:30 p.m. on March 12 about an accident that took place on Highway 99. A Ford Mustang had gone down an embankment on the southbound East Avenue on-ramp and had hit a tree. This resulted in a homeowner and a person driving a Kia to check on the driver of the Mustang.