Driving requires us to focus completely on the road. However, drivers nowadays, particularly, teenagers, are likely to distract themselves with their cell phones while behind the wheel. In 2015, 14 percent of fatal distracted driving car accidents involved the use of a cell phone.
Nowadays, many vehicles come equipped with dashboard infotainment systems including touchscreens that allow motorists to play music, look up directions, and access countless applications. While this advanced technology makes our lives easier, it can also distract drivers and lead to serious car accidents.
May was Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in California and throughout the United States, but statistics show that the country's most populous state was anything but safe for motorcyclists in 2016. The state's large population and mild weather mean that there are many motorcycles on the roads all year long. And, unfortunately, that translates to a large number of motorcycle accidents.
Over the last year, a series of accidents across the nation has focused considerable media attention on self-driving and semi-autonomous vehicles. While the technology offers considerable possibilities to both individual motorists and the transportation industries, regulators and legal experts still harbor some doubts about whether such vehicles are ready for public consumption. This is because safety continues to be a major concern.
Mobile and electronic devices - and our attachment to them - has helped to fuel a rise in the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers. In fact, the California Office of Traffic Safety estimates that distracted driving is now involved in more than 80 percent of all car accidents in the United States. At the same time, inattentive driving is responsible for nearly as many as 3,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States.
Traffic accidents are an unfortunate reality for motorists in the Bay Area and throughout California. When accidents involve multiple vehicles, they can become increasingly more dangerous, as more people, cars and trucks are at risk. Chain reaction crashes, especially at highway speeds, can be particularly perilous for drivers. The fault in such car accidents can sometimes be difficult to ascertain.
Every year in California, thousands of people are injured or killed in traffic accidents. In many cases, these crashes were preventable. Others, unfortunately, simply could not be avoided. But, when you or a loved one are a victim in a car accident, you may not immediately be thinking about how it happened or who was responsible. Instead, you are likely focusing on how to recover from the damage and move forward.
Technology often leads to improvement in the way people work and live, but the experimental and developmental phases can sometimes be shaky. Usually, the testing of new technologies occurs behind closed doors. But sometimes it doesn't, and, as two high-profile car accidents have demonstrated in recent weeks, the consequences can be deadly.
Every time there is a holiday, like St. Patrick's Day, that people celebrate by overindulging in alcohol or other substances which impair the ability to drive, San Joaquin County and the Bay Area see a spike in drugged and/or drunk driving crashes. Often, these car accidents are more catastrophic than your typical fender bender because the impairment reduces reaction times and leads to extremely poor decision making on the road.
Data from the California Office of Traffic Safety implicates distracted drivers in four out every five traffic accidents. On a national basis, over 2,000 people are killed annually in car accidents involving distracted driving. Driver inattention can be anything from eating or fumbling with the radio to trying to attend to children while driving. However, most attention and legislation is focused on the use of electronic devices while driving.