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Many car accidents take place due to the same factors

Whether for business or for pleasure, you likely travel the roads a considerable amount. Driving may feel like second nature to you as often as you have to get behind the wheel. Of course, no matter how many times you start the engine, you always want to keep safety your top priority.

One of the best ways to avoid accidents on the road is to understand what typically causes them. This information can help you remain a more aware driver and focus on avoiding potentially dangerous activities yourself.

Who is responsible for your fall when alcohol is involved?

Bar and restaurant floors prove undeniably slippery and sticky. Spilled drinks and the lack of light in the building create the perfect scenario for slipping and falling.

Falling instances are among the most dangerous. Your potential sustained injuries depend on how you land and whether you braced for the impact. You may not even show signs of intoxication upon your fall, but the bar may argue that your own negligence caused your injuries.

Could technology put a halt on distracted driving?

Distracted driving is an increasing issue on California roadways. As technology has made life easier in many respects, it has also led to individuals devoting more and more time to handheld devices. As motorists avert their eyes from the road to check text messages or adjust an in-dash console, the risk for causing an accident goes up dramatically.

While the most obvious solution to this problem would seem to be simply putting the phone down, some have put forward alternative ideas for curbing distracted driving. One company, in fact, has introduced a rather unconventional solution: an app.

Woman dies at California hospital

Police say that an 18-year-old woman was struck and killed on April 15 at about 8:15 p.m. while attending the Coachella music festival in California. The woman was taken to Eisenhower Medical Centre where she died about an hour after the accident took place. Police say that the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash was not injured.

An infant in the vehicle was also unharmed, and authorities say that drugs and alcohol were unlikely to have contributed to the crash. Coachella is an annual music festival held in California over two weekends each April. The woman was struck near the site of the Indio festival that was held in April.

California vehicle collision kills 1, critically injures 8

The Los Angeles Police Department has reported that eight people were injured and one killed when a vehicle struck a minivan, causing it to overturn. The fatal crash happened in North Hills shortly before midnight on April 17. According to the report, the accident occurred just after an SUV driver was fleeing from a previous collision on Sepulveda Boulevard. As the SUV was traveling westbound on Parthenia Street, it struck a minivan that was heading north on Haskell Avenue and carrying a large group of people. The force of the impact caused the minivan to roll over, ejecting many of its occupants, some of whom were children.

When paramedics arrived at the scene, there were a number of individuals who were severely injured as a result of being thrown from their vehicle. An ambulance took nine people to local hospitals for treatment, eight of whom were critically injured. One of the victims later died.

NSC targets distracted driving in April campaign

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.

The National Safety Council is acutely aware of this problem, and the organization has designated April as the Distracted Driving Awareness Month. One of the chief goals of the initiative is to convey to motorists the dangers of using distracting automobile technology, which, surveys have found, most drivers assume is safe. The NSC will be providing free resources including posters, infographics and videos during the month-long campaign.

Wrongful death case against NCAA will move forward

College sports fans in California may be interested in a case filed against the NCAA, the manufacturer of a helmet and three sports officials at Frostburg State University, including the head coach, the trainer and the running back coach. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in 2013 by the parents of a Division III player at the university who died during practice in 2011.

According to court documents, the plaintiffs allege that the young man died after suffering a second brain injury before a previous concussion had completely healed. The plaintiffs allege that he died because of second-impact syndrome, which is brain swelling that happens when a person receives a second traumatic brain injury following an earlier one.

Crash on California Highway 98 claims 4 lives

According to officers with the California Highway Patrol, a two-vehicle crash on Highway 98 resulted in four deaths. The accident happened on March 26 around 12:05 a.m. near the highway's intersection with Ferrell Road.

Three people riding in a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder reportedly parked on the right hand shoulder of the eastbound lanes of the highway. A fourth person was traveling on the highway on a 1993 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle. When that person was west of the Pathfinder, the motorcycle and the vehicle collided. Law enforcement authorities indicated they are uncertain of why it happened.

Automatic emergency braking systems to be standard by 2022

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.

In 2012, approximately 547,000 people were injured and 1,705 were killed in rear-end collisions. Of the recorded injuries and deaths, 87 percent could have been lessened or prevented if there were accident avoidance systems in the vehicles. This is because driver distraction or inattention was a contributing factor in these crashes, according to researchers.

Motorcyclist killed in crash on Highway 18

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.

According to authorities, the motorcyclist was traveling north on the highway. For unknown reasons, he crossed the center line into the southbound lanes and then collided with a vehicle traveling south. The accident caused the motorcycle to catch on fire.

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