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Self-driving car kills pedestrian in Arizona

The future trajectory of autonomous vehicles remains murky after an Uber self-driving vehicle fatally struck a pedestrian recently in Tempe, Arizona. The 49-year-old woman, who was attempting to cross the road without using a crosswalk, died at a local hospital from her injuries.

The fatal accident occurred on March 18 at approximately 10 p.m. The car that struck the pedestrian was operating autonomously with a human safety driver supervising, according to the Tempe Police Department.

What can Uber passengers do if injured in an accident?

Uber and similar carpooling apps have been big hits in Los Angeles and Orange counties. It is no wonder, as the area is generally home to new innovations from the ridesharing industry, including a new feature recently introduced by Uber that allows customers to enjoy lower fees by walking a short distance. 

Ubers may be convenient, but they are still susceptible to accidents like any other vehicle. Uber accidents occur frequently, and as a passenger, you may assume there is nothing for you to do. However, there are still actions you need to take because you could have sustained injuries from the event. 

Wrong-way driver strikes motorcycle, man survives

While there is certainly nothing like riding on a motorcycle, the danger from other drivers must not be overlooked. In many cases, motorists simply do not see the motorcycle until it is too late to avoid a collision.

That wasn't quite the case in a recent crash involving a motorcycle in Orange County, which is about a half hour from Pomona. According to police, the motorcyclist is "lucky to be alive" after he was struck by a vehicle headed the wrong way on the 91 freeway.

Is a property owner liable for your injuries?

As spring comes to Pomona Valley, there are many unfortunate opportunities for residents to get injured in accidents on other people's properties. In many of these instances, a business owner or homeowner may incur some liability for these injuries, opening the door for the victims to make successful claims for the damages. Some kinds of injuries that involve premises liability are more common than others.

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Driver arrested after accident kills 2 local rappers

A man in California has been arrested after driving a truck that crashed, killing two passengers. Both of those passengers were local rappers who were well-loved by the community. They went by the stage names of G-sta and C-LOC.

One of the men had two children, and family members stressed how much he loved those kids. They said he was an amazing man and one person claimed he was like a brother.

How do we prevent premises' injuries?

The general public expects safe passage in businesses, across transport options and on the sidewalks and roads. The people and organizations that are responsible for public properties are also responsible for public safety, and may be liable if an injury occurs due to their negligence or incompetence.

Preventing accidents is good business for premises owners as well as being a good neighbor. Some incidents are inevitable, but simple care to public areas and surfaces can stop a hazards before it hurts someone and costs liable parties for their inattention.

How to drive in the rain in Southern California

Southern California is known for its sunny weather nearly all year long. As recent wildfires have shown, though, the state sometimes does not get enough rain. Not only can this create fire dangers, but it could also set up dangers for drivers. Accident rates can increase in wet weather, possibly even more so when drivers do not have sufficient practice handling rainy roads when rain ultimately does come down.

Now, you can't control how other drivers act in rain, so there can always be special safety risks related to being out on the roads in rainy weather. The good news, however, is that you can steps to try to reduce your odds of a rain-related motor vehicle accident, such as following these simple tips for driving in the rain.

Would more training reduce accidents?

You may know that most car accidents are caused by driver error. This leads to an easy hypothesis: More training could cut back on accidents. Well-trained drivers wouldn't make as many mistakes.

But does it hold up? Not according to some researchers.

Woman flees in stolen truck, crashes, kills 1

A 28-year-old woman allegedly stole a Ford pickup from a convenience store in San Bernardino on Jan. 22 at about 3:45 p.m. Tucked away in a child safety seat was a 2-year-old boy. The woman reportedly dropped the child off on the side of the road. He was unharmed.

Then the woman sped away on the 210 freeway, heading the wrong way in the eastbound lanes. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) was getting ready to pursue the woman when she crashed into four vehicles on the 210.

Tips for moped drivers to avoid accidents

Mopeds are even smaller than motorcycles, which is why a lot of people like them. They're great for zipping around the city. They barely use any gas, they're far cheaper to buy than many motorcycles or cars and they offer an economic option.

Unfortunately, that small size also comes with risks. It's far more likely that a moped rider will be injured in an accident with a car. Mopeds are also small enough that other drivers may simply not see them; this is also an issue with motorcycles and bicycles. Below are a few tips that can help riders stay safe:

  • Wear a helmet. Yes, many mopeds only go 25-45 miles per hour, but a helmet can still save your life in an accident.
  • Follow all traffic laws. You've probably seen cyclists pedal their way through red lights. Don't do it. Drive a moped just like it's a car, following all traffic signals and laws.
  • Taking riding classes. You had to take classes before getting your driver's license, and doing the same thing before riding a moped can really help. The more you know, the safer you'll be.
  • Watch out for weather complications. Don't get caught out in a storm, as even a deep puddle -- which a car may plow through with no problem -- can be dangerous on a moped.
  • Check your moped over before using it. Specifically, check the turn signals, the headlight and the taillight.
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