According to experts, truck-involved fatalities are on the rise. In fact, according to a recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the incidence of truck-involved accidents and fatalities increased 4 percent from 2014 to 2015. Due to this recent trend, many drivers are questioning whether they can truly feel safe on the road.
According to a new study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, increases in speed limits over the last two decades have contributed to approximately 33,000 automobile accident fatalities. The study focused on evaluating deaths per billion traveled miles within individual states and on different types of roadways. The results seem to conclusively express the dangerous relationship between driving faster and increased risk of injury or death to drivers and passengers.
A Hesperia woman who was on her way to work at Desert Valley Hospital was killed in a head-on crash in the early morning hours of June 1. The 26-year-old woman, who worked as a respiratory intern and was studying to be a nurse, was just half a block from the hospital when another driver headed in the opposite direction on Bear Valley Road reportedly crossed over into her lane and collided with her.
Recently, we discussed the problem of texting among teen drivers. Indeed, using your phone for any purpose while driving can be dangerous. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Safety, 60 percent of vehicle crashes that involve teens are caused by distracted driving.
Just about every weekend, residents from all over Southern California head out to Las Vegas for the weekend. In the summer months, the traffic between Southern California and the Nevada desert, including Lake Havasu as well as Las Vegas, increases significant. Many travelers (some 40,000 daily) use Interstate 15, passing through the small town of Baker here in San Bernardino County.
California residents have likely heard that sophisticated automobile technology has the potential to one day all but eliminate traffic accidents, but a growing number of experts are claiming that the electronic information and entertainment systems that most modern vehicles come packed with could actually make the roads more dangerous. Multitasking has become normal behavior for many Americans, but dealing with phone calls, text messages and other distractions while behind the wheel causes thousands of accidents every year.
On March 17, several car manufacturers agreed that nearly all of their vehicles will have automatic emergency braking systems as of September 2022. California drivers may not be aware that, in September 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced an agreement with 10 car makers to add this technology as a crash prevention measure.
Officers with the California Highway Patrol reported that a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a vehicle happened on Highway 18 near Panorama Point. The accident reportedly happened just before 11:30 a.m. on March 4.
Google has been one of the leading proponents of self-driving cars and autonomous vehicle systems, and the California-based company hopes that this kind of technology will one day make auto accidents caused by human error a thing of the past. Experts in the field understand that autonomous vehicle technology will not be widely accepted by the public until safety concerns have been overcome, and they are particularly worried about the negative publicity that would follow a fatal accident involving a self-driving car.
A 43-year-old male employee of a CarMax dealership in Ontario died on Feb. 23 while riding along on a customer's test drive of a Corvette. A sergeant with the Ontario Police Department said the vehicle collided with a tree after the driver lost control on Mercedes Lane. Witnesses claimed to have seen the car speeding at 70 mph just before the crash.