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Opioid use may be behind many fatal 2-car crashes

California drivers should know about a study published in JAMA Network Open because it concerns the role of prescription opioid use in many fatal two-car crashes. Analysts found that in these crashes, the drivers who were deemed at fault were twice as likely as the other driver involved to test positive for opioids. This shows that the nationwide opioid epidemic is starting to impact the roads.

Five major causes of truck collisions

There are five common causes of large truck crashes that California drivers should be aware of. The first cause is connected to everyone: driver error. In fact, 81% of truck crashes that involve driver error are the fault of passenger vehicle drivers, not truckers. Still, truckers are just as liable as other drivers to get behind the wheel drunk, drugged or drowsy. Speeding and distracted driving are other forms of negligence.

Artificial intelligence may help keep drivers from distractions

Everything from smartphones and dashboard touchscreens to billboards and radio controls can distract drivers in California. That's why it's no surprise that distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents. Every day in the U.S., these accidents result in some nine deaths and 100 injuries, according to the National Safety Council.

Switch to standard time could lead to drowsy driving

Every year in California and across the U.S., an average of 328,000 car crashes occur because of drowsy driving. The National Sleep Foundation reports that these incidents annually result in some 50,000 debilitating injuries and 6,400 fatalities. The problem is not that people are unaware of the danger: In AAA's 2018 Traffic Safety Culture Index, 96% of respondents said driving drowsy is dangerous, but 27% admitted to doing it in the previous 30 days.

Crash deaths down, pedestrian deaths up in 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released statistics indicating that the number traffic accident fatalities in California and across the country declined slightly from 2017 to 2018. The same statistics, though, show that the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed increased nationwide. According to the NHTSA, there were 36,560 traffic fatalities in 2018, 2% less than in 2017. The number of traffic deaths per 100 million miles driven dropped by 3%.

Study shows that distracted teens cause vehicle crashes

California residents may have heard that Teen Driver Safety Week is set to occur from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26, and MSU researchers have already released information about teen drivers from a study conducted between 2011 and 2013. Researchers tracked the driving habits of 3,400 drivers with the help of monitoring instruments. The study offered researchers a surprising amount of information regarding events occurring inside and outside vehicles. In comparison with traditional studies, this study offered previously undiscovered information about what causes vehicle crashes.

How some states rank in teenage drunk driving

Many California residents are aware of the National Minimum Legal Drinking Act. This act mandates that a person needs to be over 21 years of age in order to consume alcohol in the US. Violating this act can bring about different forms of punishment. Despite having us act in place, there are still a large number of teenagers who consume alcohol.

What can I do if my brakes fail while driving?

Pressing on your brake pedal only to find it unresponsive is a terrifying feeling. Unfortunately, it can happen, and your actions in the moments after can make a significant difference. There are steps you can take to stop your vehicle as safely as possible, which will hopefully prevent serious accidents and injuries from occurring. First and foremost, ensure your vehicle and your brakes are properly maintained at all times. Doing so will greatly reduce your risk of experiencing a braking issue. 

How is phantom pain treated?

After the amputation of a limb in California, you may experience a strange and often frustrating sensation called phantom pain. When phantom pain occurs, you experience discomfort that seems to be coming from the limb that is missing. The exact cause is unknown, and doctors once believed that it was a purely psychological phenomenon. Further research has indicated that phantom pain is, in fact, a neurological condition of the central nervous system, i.e., the brain and spinal cord. 

What is negligent entrustment?

Very often, the results of a car accident in Pomona can be devastating, resulting in death or serious injuries to accident victims. If you have been involved in such an accident, then you may be discovering that in such cases, the amount of compensation offered by an auto insurance provider is not sufficient to cover your injury expenses. In such a scenario, you may be left with little choice but to seek legal against the driver responsible for your accident. Yet if if is revealed that they were not even driving their own vehicle when they hit you, then there may be a strong possibility that they do no have sufficient resources to compensate you. 

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