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Car collision involving Caitlyn Jenner sparks second lawsuit

California car accidents can occur for a multitude of reasons, and no one is immune from the potential of being involved in a crash. In some of these accidents, a famous or prominent person might be involved. A February accident involving the reality television show personality and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner resulted in the death of a woman and five other people suffering injuries.

Current vehicle safety and possible improvements

While continual strides are being made to make driving safer, car accidents in California and around the country still pose significant risks as 32,719 traffic accident fatalities occurred in 2013 nationwide. This makes automobile travel one of the more dangerous parts of life, but some things can make a difference when it comes to road safety.

AAA study looks into drowsy driving

People in California who fall asleep at the wheel are not in a small minority. According to a new AAA survey, about 43 percent of licensed U.S. drivers answered 'yes" when they were asked whether they had ever fallen asleep while driving. About 31 percent of drivers who were surveyed said that they had struggled to stay awake while they were driving sometime during the previous month.

New ad campaign targets underage drunk drivers

California residents may be unaware that the leading cause of death for American teenagers is motor vehicle accidents. Of the teen drivers involved in fatal accidents, almost one-fourth had been drinking alcohol. As a result, the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have teamed up for a series of public service announcement designed to discourage teens from drinking and driving. The ads will appear both on television and online.

Fatal car accident statistics

Thanks to improvements in vehicle design and safety features, car accidents in California and around the country kill far fewer people than they used to. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that the number of deaths caused by car crashes has gone down by over one-third in the last few years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that there were fewer highway fatalities in 2014 than there has ever been, and car-related fatalities are likely to continue going down.

Autonomous cars on California roadways and liability issues

As of 2015, California is one of only four states permitting testing of autonomous car technology on its public roads. While the Mercedes-BenzS550 has semiautonomous features, Apple and Google have dominated discussion of fully autonomous cars so far. Google estimates that 94 percent of all auto accidents result from human error, but the remaining 6 percent have made many observers have questions as to the risks autonomous cars could pose. Without the driver's ability to control the vehicle, questions of liability in the event of an accident become difficult to answer.

Charges reversed against some drivers after recall

California drivers may have heard about a recall issued by General Motors in February 2014 due to a faulty ignition switch. Reports say that the company knew about the fault for around 10 years prior to the recall, and some people were convicted in fatal motor vehicle accidents that they now say were not their fault. Several guilty pleas have been overturned as a result of the new evidence.

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